We've banded together (no pun intended) to bring you a monthly roundup of live shows in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra begins the new year with works by Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev and Stacy Garrop. Spectacle of Light, according to composer Garrop, begins with “a single firework illuminates the sky, followed by a massive eruption of light, color and sound.” Guest conductor Jane Glover leads violinist Benjamin Baker and the FWSO for two days of classical and contemporary works.
Weird and Wild Waynesdays
The second Wednesday of every month at Lola’s Fort Worth is Weird and Wild Waynesdays with local singer-songwriter Wayne Floyd. Floyd brings a mix of performing artists from the area, and the sets of around four songs are on the shorter side. The idea, Floyd told me, is to create a chill afterparty vibe. The free show starts at 8 p.m., but the first musician or performer usually start up around nine-ish. Follow Floyd on Instagram @WizardOfTheRealm for show billings.
JANUARY 11 and 14
Amphibian Stage Presents Much Ado About Nothing
Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan lead the cast in Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy. The contemporary adaptation takes place at a family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria. Director Simon Godwin leads the performances following his award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra.
Billy Bob’s Texas Presents Colter Wall
Colter Wall hales from the prairies of southern Saskatchewan. The La Honda Records recording artist, famed for his rich baritone and storied lyrics, has performed at Austin City Limits and prominent rodeos like the Ponoka Stampede. You can catch this country star mid-January at Billy Bob’s Texas.
Bertha Coolidge Performs at The Post
Join multi-instrumentalist Joey Carter, guitarist Paul Metzger, bassist Aden Bubeck and drummer Rich Stitzel for an evening of virtuosic solos and tightknit performances. The Post at River East is an intimate and ideal venue for Fort Worth’s famed garage jazz quartet.
Jake Paleschic Performs at Tulips FTW
Singer-songwriter Jake Paleschic is releasing a new single at Tulips FTW. The Americana songsmith’s 2015 debut album gave Fort Worth several gems, including one of my favorite local songs, When It Is Played. The haunting melodies and undulating rhythms of Paleschic’s songs have captivated locals for several years and counting. Matt Tedder joins Paleschic for the Near Southside performance.
Black Powder Vipers Perform at Scat Jazz Lounge
The Black Powder Vipers perform a toe-tappin’ mix of traditional New Orleans jazz, Dixie Land and swing styles. The ensemble famed for lifting guests from their seats and onto the aisles performs two shows (8 p.m. and 10 p.m.) at Scat Jazz Lounge later this month.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Presents Tim Montana
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo that kicks off January 13 will feature more than two weeks of local, regional and national acts. Tim Montana takes the Bud Light Roadhouse stage late this month. Montana has performed with ZZ Top, Foo Fighters and other stars. The country-rock singer-songwriter famed for hookish tunes like This Beard Came Here to Party is considered a Renaissance man within the music field due to his varied interests and hobbies.