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.
Mimir Chamber Music Festival
With tight-knit ensembles and a seemingly endless pool of repertoire to pull from, chamber music remains one of the most exciting ways to experience live classical music. TCU-based Mimir Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 21st year as Fort Worth’s premier chamber music festival this July.
This year’s featured artist is violinist and Grammy Award nominee Leila Josefowicz. Performances run July 2-8 at PepsiCo Recital Hall with one matinee concert (July 8) at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Brews & Booms at Panther Island Brewing
The skies over Panther Island Pavilion will be ablaze with vibrant fireworks as tourists and locals celebrate Fort Worth’s Fourth. Nearby Panther Island Brewing has a day-long event, Brews & Booms at Panther Island Brewing, to help you stretch out the July 4th festivities before taking in the nighttime fireworks show.
The $15 ticket includes three pours of beer and a souvenir red, white, and blue glass. Michael Richardson (aka Big Mike) will be performing, and the Rack Attack BBQ food truck will be on hand. Doors open at 1 p.m.
Jacob Furr Residency
Many now-iconic musicians (Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk) garnered steady work while building a following through residencies. The Twilite Lounge continues that tradition with local singer-songwriter Jacob Furr July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Furr’s buoyant guitar work, polished vocals, and introspective lyrics command attention in any venue. The intimate performance space at Twilite Lounge should especially serve him well.
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Rockin’ the River
This one’s a great way to beat the heat. Float below the main stage on the Trinity River or take in the live music from the shore at Rockin’ the River. The music lineup runs deep, with several rock/country/Americana bands taking the Panther Island Pavilion stage every Saturday through July and mid-August. The event is free with VIP ticket options.
Suzy Bogguss - Bass Performance Hall
July is one of the slower months for big acts passing through the 817. Fortunately, Performing Arts Fort Worth saved the month for one gem of a country star. With millions of record sales under her belt, Suzy Bogguss has become a household name among country music fans. Since the early 1990s, she has followed her muse to explore genres including modern swing, folk and jazz. Her latest album, Lucky, features works written by Merle Haggard. Event and ticket information is available here.