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.
March 22-April 7
The Illusionist at Casa Manana
Jason Bishop is one of the most active magicians in the United States. His television credits include CBS Sunday Morning, CW’s Masters of Illusion, and NBC’s Today Show, among many others. For multiple nights later this month, he’ll be captivating Fort Worth audiences with tricks and illusions that defy gravity at Casa Manana. And he’ll be doing it with the help of his dog, Gizmo.
My Favorite Things: All-Piano Lovefest of Beloved Broadway Songs
You can enjoy the lovely songs of Gershwin, Sondheim, Rodgers and others as envisioned through solo piano arrangements this month when The Cliburn presents My Favorite Things. Local pianists Shields-Collins Bray, Jeff Lankov, Alex McDonald, Evan Mitchell, Nathan Ryland and Jonathan Tsay will perform the piano transcriptions. The concert will be held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Bill Bear & The Red Brick Troubadours
Bill Bear heads up this Fort Worth-based honky-tonk band, which pulls influence from as wide a group of musicians as Waylon and Willie, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others. The band’s website said fans might even hear “ghosts of country music legends” haunting the backrooms of their sound. White Elephant Saloon hosts this traditional country band.
National Joe Day
J/O/E (Joseph Petty) has one of the best gigs in town -- rapping about craft beer. The wordsmith is a prolific songwriter and champion of local beer. National Joe Day is hosted at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. Mention Joe, and you’ll get in for half price. The weekday event features a live performance by Fort Worth’s beer rap ambassador.
Petty Theft: A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rock legend Tom Petty left millions of fans in shock when he passed away at age 66. The 1990s cover band Fake Jerry will perform a tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at Lola’s Saloon.
Spring Gallery Night After Party at Blackhouse
Twice a year, Fort Worth’s art galleries pull out their red carpets for Fort Worth Gallery Night. Blackhouse, a local film/art/music space, has become the unofficial after-party destination for culture vultures looking to top off an art-centric night with dancing and mingling. The bands haven’t been announced yet but expect live performances and DJs coupled with the densest artist-per-square-foot crowd in Fort Worth. The party starts at 9 p.m.