We’ve parsed through the lineups and cut through the noise to bring you a monthly roundup of the best live shows in Fort Worth. 

July 11

Ornette Coleman Tribute

Scat Jazz Lounge will host this tribute to Fort Worth native and jazz icon Ornette Coleman. 50 years ago, Coleman introduced the world to free jazz with the release of The Shape of Jazz to Come. Local jazz trio Flipside will be joined by trumpeter Pete Clagett. Show begins at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 cover charge.


July 13, 20, 27

Rockin' the River

Float up to Texas’ only waterfront stage or chill on the shore for Rockin' the River at Panther Island Pavilion. This free summer concert series occurs every Saturday through August 10 featuring top Texas Country acts, a little rock and soul and a fireworks show to end the night. Tube rentals are $5, or bring your own, and food and drinks are available for purchase. Headliners include: Cory Morrow, Prophets & Outlaws, Zane Williams, Adam Hood and Zac Wilkerson. 


July 19 & 20

Luke Wade and Sam the Lion 

Check out the newest live music venue to open in Fort Worth's River East district. The Post is an intimate live music venue, bar and restaurant with a stellar courtyard patio to boot. Bands grace the stage multiple nights a week. Catch Luke Wade on Friday, July 19, and Sam the Lion on Saturday, July 20. More details here

July 26

Nic Armstrong & the Thieves

With a sound described as “Knife-blade-treble guitars and the vengeful crash of the early Who and Kinks” by Rolling Stone, Nic Armstrong and his rock outfit have entertained audiences across North America, the UK and Europe. His performance and festival credits include Coachella, Austin City Limits and Noise and Confusion. You can catch this Austin-based artist Friday evening at Twilite Lounge


July 23-28

A Bronx Tale

Broadway at the Bass presents A Bronx Tale later this month. The Broadway hit takes audiences to the turbulent 1960s where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he would like to be. The show features original doo-wop songs from the composer of Beauty and the Beast. The New York Times hailed the show as, “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”