It’s time for the Main Street Arts Festival – April 20-23 – where Fort Worth gets a taste of national, local, up-and-coming and off-beat artists for the welcome price of free. That, along with plenty of food, drink, art and other entertainment. To say nothing of the people watching which rates a 10 on any meter.
The 2017 music lineup includes headliners Bettye LaVette, Doyle Bramhall II, The Rocketboys, Elephant Revival, Rodney Crowell, Chaka Demus & Pliers and the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gives a command performance on Friday afternoon, and The Cliburn presents the 2013 Cliburn Competition Third Place winner, Sean Chen, on Sunday. Ruben Ramos and the Revolution, Austin Allsup – one of Fort Worth’s contestants on The Voice – , the Lao Tizer Band feat. Karen Briggs, Dave Alexander and Sean McConnell round out headliners for this year.
The Frost “Locals Only” Stage on Seventh Street will feature hometown acts Cut Throat Finches, Josh Halverson, Reagan James, the Joey Green Band, Grady Spencer and the Work, and the Summer Dean Band. The inaugural Hip Hop Soul R&B Showcase presented by Buttons Restaurant takes place on Saturday.
The University of Texas at Arlington sponsors the UTA MAIN Stage at Ninth Street. The Dallas-Fort Worth Professional Musicians Union Trust Fund provides direct funding for much of our daytime entertainment.
As usual, there will be plenty of food, wine and beer at the festival. Back again will be a private wine tasting and winery experience from times ten cellars. This will be a seated tasting featuring four premium wines.
And art, of course.
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