We love our outdoor events in Fort Worth, especially when they’re nicely sandwiched between winter and summer. April marks the start of a uniquely Fort Worth outdoor experience called Friday on the Green, a monthly concert series that runs from April through November with one break in August. The event is now in its sixth year. The Near Southside folks have thought of everything here. For starters, only the best local bands get booked, riffing on everything from progressive rock to bluegrass and a mashup of genres that defy explanation. It’s kid-friendly too, meaning you won’t have that awkward moment where you hope your kid didn’t hear “that word” on stage.
April's lineup is enough to make any local musicphile salivate with Oil Boom, Leon Bridges, and Ronnie Heart taking the stage. Oil Boom, an eclectic trio of guitar, bass, and drums, balances a mainstream sound that doesn't coming off being too commercial (think garage band meets R&B meets rockabilly). As a personal fan, I’m hoping they’ll perform some tunes off their new EP, Gold Yeller. Leon Bridges is bringing his sultry vocals and acoustic guitar for some jazz-infused treats and while there’s not a lot of room to dance, Ronnie Heart will be blasting his techno flavored neo-disco sounds across the green.
The large green space, nestled between Magnolia and Rosedale, can seem unexpected for an area that’s bulging with new development and hospitals. I didn’t even notice it until my friends and I came to several of these events last year. Parking is only a problem if you get there late (after 7pm). Or, you can take Mayor Price’s advice and bike your way to the fun. There are ample bike racks on the southwest corner of the green or try the nearby Fort Worth Bike Share stations. Once you park your lawn chair or roll out a blanket, you won’t be far from a small army of food trucks and beer vendors. The prices are right, and there’s usually a decent selection of brews from Rahr and Sons Brewing Company or Shiner on ice.
See, I told you they thought of everything.