Fort Worth is known for its deep country roots. Cowboys roam the historic stockyards, tourist ride the mechanical bull at the legendary honky-tonk venue Billy Bobs while the locals line dance, and in the past, the city was one of the primary filming locations for Walker Texas Ranger (can’t get more country than that). But there has been a steady increase in independent music thanks to local modern art museums constantly hosting events that created an outlet for musician and artist over the past several years. Fortress Festival returns for its second year and shows how much the city has grown from being a heavily weighted country scene to one of Texas’s largest supporters for independent music.
The festival is this weekend, April 28-29th at the Fort Worth cultural district. Twenty-three acts are scheduled to perform over the two days; here are the performers we are excited to see:
Father John Misty
Josh Tillerman is out on tour again and is pushing his soon to be released new album God’s Favorite Customer. His exaggerated dance moves keep the mood light while he sings weighty lyrics. He is the big act; if you miss him, you missed the festival.
Retro-wave duo David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel always put on a top-notch performance filled with laser lights, 80s influenced guitar solos and funky synth beats. They are the Saturday headliners, and will most likely be playing new material from their first new album in over four years – Head Over Heels.
The Texas Gentlemen
Fortress Festival does have a world class headliners, but they didn’t forget to book local acts on the bill. The Texas Gentlemen is the DFW band at the moment. They’re constantly collaborating with new and established singer-songwriters such as Leon Bridges and Nikki Lane. They will be bringing the Texas soulful blues Sunday at 8:00 PM.
Drive 45 minutes north of Fort Worth and you’ll end up in Denton Texas, home of the all-girl rock band Pearl Earl. The group blends a multitude of genres including psychedelic, alternative, punk with surf rock guitar tones from the 60s. They help kick off the festival on Sunday at 2:00 PM.
The lo-fi, world beat-driven, art pop band is a perfect fit for the bill. Merrill Garbus leads the band with dreamy, syncopated vocals while being backed by perplexing beats. Do yourself a favor today and treat yourself with their enthralling music videos for Heart Attack and Water Fountain.
Visit Fortress Festival’s official website for the entire line up, ticket prices, and directions to the event. We’ll have a full post-show write up early next week.
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