Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Festival at Ridglea Theater plans to Rock the Dead
The festival will feature a musical line-up of the best tribute acts in the country, and each will represent famous musicians who are no longer with us – two of them were native Texans.
Infinite Source Productions presents the Day of the Dead Festival, Saturday November 3, 2007 at the historic Ridglea Theater located at 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth TX. The festival benefits the Texas Musicians Museum, the state's only all Texan musicians museum and research center.
The Day of the Dead Festival brings to light the Hispanic holiday known as Dia de los Muertos, traditionally celebrated on November 1, All Saints' Day, and November 2, All Souls' Day. The festival is adding a third day to the holiday, November 3, All Musicians' Day. The festival will feature a musical line-up of the best tribute acts in the country, and each will represent famous musicians who are no longer with us – two of them were native Texans.
The tribute acts and their respective music artists are: Back in Black (Bon Scott of AC/DC), Swan Song (John Bonham of Led Zeppelin), Voodoo Blue (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Kozmic Thrills (Janis Joplin), Me & My Monkey (John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles), Queen for a Day (Freddie Mercury of Queen), Alcohollica (Chris Burton of Metallica), Blizzard of Ozz (Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne's band), The Donkey Show (Layne Staley of Alice in Chains), and last but certainly not least The Dead Thing (representing five members of The Grateful Dead - Jerry Garcia, Ron McKernan, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, and Vince Welnick).
Traditionally the Dia de los Muertos holiday is approached with celebration and joy in remembrance of the lives of loved ones who have passed on. Shrines are commonly erected to honor loved ones, decorated with photos, candles, flowers, incense, food, gifts, and candy skulls. Celebrants often dress as the Dead, donning skull masks or make-up and elaborate costumes.
The Day of the Dead Festival also plans to follow these traditions with an opening ceremony to honor the deceased "monsters of rock" being represented. Patrons are encouraged to dress as the Dead in a true Masquerade of the Macabre.
The festival will also feature arts & crafts, food, prizes, and special displays including The Texas Music Experience Roadshow, a mobile museum being presented by the Texas Musicians Museum.
The Texas Musicians Museum is located in Hillsboro TX and houses an amazing collection of Texas music memorabilia, including recorded proof that rock 'n roll music was born in Texas. The Day of the Dead Festival will be raising funds to help continue the work of the TMM and its planned research database facility.
Advance tickets to the festival are on sale through Front Gate Tickets and at the Ridglea Theater box office. Ticket price is $25 and the event is all ages.
Source: Day of the Dead Festival