Wednesday, July 27, 2011 , Updated 10:14 a.m., August 4, 2011
UPDATED: Jazz by the Boulevard will become Fort Worth Music Festival
The two-day fest will still feature jazz musicians, but it'll also have a ton of local rock bands.
FORT WORTH This fall, the Fort Worth Music Festival will step out as the bigger, better version of what was previously called Jazz by the Boulevard. (If you're keeping score, the 35 Conferette in Denton also recently changed its name to 35 Denton.) [UPDATE:
Reported first by DFW.com Re-posted first by Fort Worth Weekly, then by DFW.com,] the Fort Worth Music Festival seeks to broaden its scope outside of jazz. Organizers, however, say jazz will still play an important role.
“Fort Worth has a rich and varied musical history spanning decades,” said festival producer Marsha Milam in a press release. “From country and Western Swing (Bob Wills and Milton Brown) to jazz (Ornette Coleman, Tex Beneke) to rock (Delbert McCLinton, King Curtis), Fort Worth has been the breeding ground for great musicians and great music.”
The two-day festival is September 30 and October 1 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center and at venues around town. Some of the big players include jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Kermit Ruffins, Dawes, the Meat Puppets, and local bands Telegraph Canyon, the Orbans, Seryn, Oil Boom, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Luke Wade, Calhoun, Quaker City Nighthawks, and more.
The festival will also have cooking lessons, art booths, appearances by ever-popular food trucks, and a festival record store.
Proceeds will go toward a fund to "restore and beautify Camp Bowie, the city’s oldest boulevard," the release says.
Says Preston Jones, the reporter who broke the story, "The bookers had an extraordinarily tight time window in which to pull off this year's line-up, so despite the rush, it's a solid mix of acts that aren't strictly hipster-snob fare as well as a sterling showcase for worthy local bands."
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