Monday, June 11, 2012
Putting the brutal Texas sun to good use: Solar Powered Music Fest in Fort Worth
It'll be hot, and that's the way they like it.
FORT WORTH Look out, Austin: Fort Worth is hosting its very own solar-powered music festival this summer. Getting greener with every step, the inaugural Solar Powered Music Fest -- which is completely solar-powered -- is Saturday, June 16. The free, all-day event makes its home at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown, adjacent to the banks of the Trinity River.
The kickoff event is being produced by the Marsha Milam Music company, which hosts a plethora of other solar powered music events including the Ranch Bash for 95.9 FM in Fort Worth and many others in San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso. "Fort Worth is a very progressive and green city, so it seemed to me that it would be the perfect place to hold a solar-powered music festival,” said Founder Marsha Milam.
The lineup is one of the best we’ve seen this summer, including headliners English Beat, The Romantics, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Ishi, Chris Johnson of Telegraph Canyon and many others.
The eco-friendly bent intrigued Ishi’s front man John T. Mudd. “We're definitely excited to play an event that encompasses new technology that is trying to cut back on pollutants. It's going to be another hot day -- I think we play at 4 o'clock. Those are definitely brutal sets, but we don't allow that to affect us that much. We're happy to share the bill with our friends Jonathan Tyler and all of the other acts.”
Mudd says that DFW booking group Spune contacted them about the fest and wanted some “local heavy-hitters to make the event pop.” The location doesn't hurt, either: It's "seconds from downtown but with a beautiful grassy lawn and the river right there," said Milam.
The event is free, but those wanting a VIP pass can get one for $35. The "Pug Pass" (named after the Rahr Ugly Pug beer and Pug Rescue, the festival's charity) will come with a shaded area, chairs, a private cash bar, two Rahr beverages, and a t-shirt for the first 100 VIP passes in the gate. You can purchase passes here.
The event’s tagline gives all of the reasons why you shouldn’t miss this new festival: “Independent Bands, Independent Beers, Independent Thinkers.”