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.
The Texas Crossroads concert series continues with performances by award-winning songwriter Josh Halverson, rising local star Abraham Alexander and Not in the Face frontman Jonathan Terrell at Bass Hall's McDavid Studio.
Friday on the Green
If there was ever an enviable model for a well-crafted, family-friendly live music event, it’s Friday on the Green. The free Near Southside event spotlights local music talent, and there’s always a small army of food trucks and beer vendors to keep stragglers from leaving early. October’s season finale features (in order) Cody Lynn Boyd, Royal Sons, Calhoun and Holy Moly.
The third annual Fort Worth Cocktail Week aims to once again “shake up” the local craft cocktail scene with events like Texas Spirits Tasting Party, Bourbon Bash, The Tiki Party, Gin Vs. Vodka and, my personal favorite, Margarita Party. The party at Blackhouse (1105 Peach St) will feature small-batch rare agaves, sotols and tequilas from south of the border. Besides the craft ’ritas, Mexican noshes from Salsa Limon and live music round out the agave activities.
The Illusionists at Bass Performance Hall
The spectacular Broadway show The Illusionists makes its way to Fort Worth for two evenings. All ages are welcome to witness the series of magic acts performed by five of the world’s leading illusionists. In collaboration with Martin House Brewing Company, a taproom-exclusive golden stout with white chocolate will be on tap at the Riverside Brewery on October 18. Plan to stop by for a pint of The Illusionist ale before it, um, disappears.
With a whopping 800 artists and more than 50 bands, ArtsGoggle is one of Fort Worth’s most popular traditions. Held every spring and fall, the outdoor festival celebrates the Near Southside’s vibrant culture. With construction along South Main Street finished, South Main Village will be an active participant in the festivities for the first time in a few years. My advice is to clear your afternoon and evening, put on a comfortable pair of sneakers and prepare to log some serious distance on your Fitbit.
The largest single-day Red Dirt and Texas Country music festival in North Texas is brought to you by 95.9 The Ranch and 106.9 The Ranch on October 20. Ten bands will perform across two stages, including shows by Koe Wetzel, Asleep at the Wheel, Summer Dean and more. This year's concert will benefit Hear Fort Worth. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the gate.
Masters of the Medium
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth brings the Baumer Quartet to our fair city later this month for performances of works by Schubert, Beethoven, Shulhoff and living American composer George Tsontakis. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s auditorium provides an intimate and easily accessible venue for the performing art group’s concert series.