Face the Music

The Fort Worth Music Festival returns to the Panther Island Pavilion this month for its fourth year under its new moniker.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will take the stage at this year's festival.

Underscoring the depth and variety of Fort Worth’s musical traditions, the two-day, two-stage event (formerly Jazz by the Boulevard) showcases 18 bands across several genres, including Texas country, R&B, jazz, pop and indie rock.
     “Fort Worth historically has a rich musical heritage and vibrant music scene,” explains event organizer Marsha Milam, who also produces 95.9 FM The Ranch’s Free Texas Music Series at Capital Bar and the Rockin’ the River Summer Tubing & Music Series. “One thing that we have always done is book local bands. You’ve got to support your local talent, and for these guys to be able to play on a stage with national and regional acts is really cool.”
     This year’s lineup includes Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Eat World, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Uncle Lucius, Quaker City Night Hawks, The Airborne Toxic Event and Justin Townes Earle. As in years past, after-parties are also scheduled at local venues. (A full lineup can be found on its website at fwfest.com.)
     Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet takes over as the new presenting sponsor this year, along with Robust Energy Drink and Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and spend the weekend by the Trinity enjoying the best music, local art and food truck treats Fort Worth has to offer.
     “Fort Worth reminds me musically of the way Austin was 20 years ago. It’s got a lot of young bands. It’s exciting,” says Milam. “The thing that Fort Worth has that Austin doesn’t is this pride in their community…. Fort Worth citizens love Fort Worth. Our hope is that the citizens of Fort Worth will start to embrace the festival and be proud.”


Dates: Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17
Address: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Advance ticket pricing: Two-day general admission, $35; single-day general admission, $20; two-day VIP, $95; single-day VIP, $60