Saturday was a busy day in Funkytown, with both the Fort Worth Music Festival and the Spring ArtsGoggle. For someone like me, who doesn’t like to miss out on anything, ArtsGoggle on its own is maddening enough. Near Southside — which used to pretty much mean the Fairmount area but which now extends just about to the Water Gardens — plasters art and music all over every empty lot, every willing business and a good chunk of the sidewalks. It’s a wonderful thing, and it’s free. I gave the Fort Worth Music Festival a pass this year.
I spent a good deal of my Goggle time checking out Creative Collective. Picture an antique mall full of art and handmade goods, which is what filled the old location on Vickery Boulevard. But the building got sold out from under the folks who ran the business, so they found an 18,000-square-foot abandoned textile building to renovate (at 501 S. Calhoun St.). The ground floor will house art for sale; the upstairs and the basement will be roped off into smaller parcels and rented to artists as studio space. A large patio out back will serve as party space. Renovations are expected to be completed in a few months, but on Saturday they were giving tours and had artists selling works in the field next door, while bands played beside the building.
The Chat Room is kind of a cultural hub of the Fairmount neighborhood, and that’s where I decided to end my evening with a free show by Goodwin. It was a duo performance, with Tony Diaz on vocals and Danielle Gomez on guitar. Goodwin is a rock ’n’ roll/power-pop act that has been kicking around Fort Worth for more than a decade. Gomez is a gifted guitar player and performed the vocals on an excellent cover of Overkill by Men at Work. Diaz is a powerful frontman, with forceful vocal delivery and an engaging stage presence.
They did at least one more cover, Elton John’s The Bitch Is Back, but it was the Goodwin originals that I was there to hear, and they did not disappoint. Even sans drums and bass, these guys deliver a rock payload that lesser bands only fantasize about. It wouldn’t be ArtsGoggle without them.
Near the end of the set, Sally Birthisel of Fairmount Booking broke the news to me that Sally Majestic had just finished playing its last concert ever. I felt as if I had been punched in the face.
Sally Majestic has been an essential part of the Fort Worth musical landscape for years, and in a childlike way, I thought it would always be there. No matter how bad things got, you could always take comfort in knowing that somewhere out there Sally Majestic was rocking out, and if you could just make it to one of the group’s shows, everything would be OK — at least until the end of the set. No solid explanation was readily available, with guitarist John Stevens posting on his Facebook page “I quit. There’s my side of the story.”
The band will be missed.