The first-ever River and Blues Festival took over two days, November 13 & 14, at Panther Island Pavilion. Check out the great write up from Manuel Nauta with Rock ‘N’ Roll Report about the festival and see great photos of each performer at https://rocknrollreport.com/river-and-blues-festival-in-fort-worth-texas/
River & Blues Festival Gears Up for a Weekend of Live Music in Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas (November 3, 2020) – With less than two weeks to go, River & Blues Festival is gearing up for the live music festival experience of the year. The festival is offering multiple safe and fun experiences for its attendees, including Platinum and VIP opportunities.
“This is set to be a fantastic event,” said Jennifer Ellison, festival co-founder. “Not only are we bringing some of the best country and blues artists to Fort Worth, but we are excited to be working with some of Fort Worth’s best chefs to create a unique and fun festival experience for our guests.”
Along with a fantastic lineup of food trucks that will be available for all festival attendees, River & Blues Festival has enlisted Magdalena’s, Heim Barbecue, and Vestals for unique menus and chef experiences for VIP and Platinum ticket holders. In addition to this partnership, VIP and Platinum ticket holders will be treated to reserved stage-front seating, premium bar, exclusive parking, private restrooms, and more. For more information on Platinum and VIP tickets for River & Blues Festival, please visit riverandbluesfest.com.
The river will ramble with artists like Charley Crockett, Bart Crow, Casey James, Southern Avenue and more, November 13 & 14, 2020. Get the latest updates by following the River & Blues Festival on social at @riverandbluesfest along with information about the festival schedule, event sponsors, chef experiences, and additional vendors will be can be located at riverandbluesfest.com.
ABOUT RIVER & BLUES, LLC
River & Blues, LLC, was founded in 2019 by partners Jennifer Ellison of Ellison Event
Productions, and Omar Ortiz of 83 Entertainment . Ellison and Ortiz have produced
events such as the Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival and other concerts featuring artists
including NEEDTOBREATHE, Aaron Watson, Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Judah
and the Lion, Ben Rector and more. Along with live music for the whole family, the
weekend will include local fares, alcohol for purchase and specialized experiences in an
engaging environment. For more details, visit riverandbluesfest.com .
“The River & Blues Festival, which had its inaugural event postponed from May 15-16 to November 13-14 due to the coronavirus pandemic, has gotten the official go-ahead from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s office to proceed as scheduled, festival organizers announced on October 16.
Like all in-person events these days, it will be a socially-distanced experience, featuring viewing pods, cashless transactions, a face mask requirement, and other safety precautions. Seating will be limited to 40 percent of Panther Island Pavilion’s capacity.
Performers for the two-day festival will include Charley Crockett, Maddie & Tae, Kody West, Bart Crow, Grady Spencer & the Work, Samantha Fish, Casey James, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Elaina Kay, Kirk House, and more.
“For the last few months, we have stepped back and evaluated all of the options presented to us,” festival co-founder Omar Ortiz said in a statement. “With our experience and input provided by the city, we are sure that we can provide festival-goers with a great opportunity to enjoy an awesome festival experience all while maintaining safety.”
The general admission area will be divided into 10’x10’ pods, each having a limited capacity of 10 people, that will be filled daily on a first-come, first-served basis. Pods will not be shared between groups, which means some pods could have as few as two people. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to place in their pods.
There will also be a VIP area close to the stage, with tables and chairs provided for ticketholders. Tables will be set in groups of two to 10 people, and will be spaced properly following social distancing guidelines. These are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who purchases a platinum level ticket can arrange for a reserved table.
The festival will also include food available for purchase from a number of local establishments and food trucks, including Heim Barbecue, Cousins Maine Lobster, Kono Pizza, Melt Ice Creams, Big Kat Burgers, and The Beignet Bus.
Tickets for the festival range from $55-$300 for single day tickets, and $90-$450 for two-day passes.”
For more information visit https://riverandbluesfest.com/
Fort Worthians looking to escape the summer heat can now cool off at Panther Island Pavilion six days a week.
Starting June 30, weekday tube and pedal boat rentals are available Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. with live music performances all weekend long.
At Panther Island Pavilion, folks can relax on the public beach in the heart of Fort Worth or venture further up the Trinity River with canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals from Backwoods Paddlesports.
Combat Bummer Summer 2020 (thanks, COVID) with weekends at Panther Island. The self-proclaimed “original social-distanced event,” Rockin’ the River, is a Saturday concert series where music lovers can enjoy a variety of performances from a tube or in the sand. The concerts run every Saturday starting July 11 to Aug. 8 from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with fireworks to cap off the evening.
For family-friendly relaxation, Sunday Fundays return June 28 to Sept. 6. The laid-back event offers activities for all ages like yoga, acoustic music, and pet adoptions weekly.
The pavilion is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of its patrons which include PPE for event staff, hand sanitizer stations, and increased sanitation.
Fort Worth’s Fourth Modified
Festival Cancelled |Fireworks show set for July 4, 2020, at 9:20 pm on Panther Island
For the health and safety of our community, we have modified this year’s annual Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration. Fort Worth will still be home to the largest fireworks show in North Texas; however, the festival portion of the event will not take place. To limit public gathering, Panther Island Pavilion will be closed and there will be no activities.
Thanks to generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), we will still celebrate our nation’s birthday with our largest fireworks show ever. This year we celebrate those who fought for our freedom and honor our first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone on the front line.
The community is asked to watch the fireworks from the comfort of their home, backyard, or balcony. The show will be larger and taller this year so it can be seen from a distance.
This year, you will be able to watch the show from anywhere, as it will be live-streamed on fox4news.com.
You can also tune into 95.9FM The Ranch to listen to the music choreographed to the fireworks show.
For all details on the show, you can visit www.fortworthsfourth.com
The attached map shows the shaded area that will be closed and barricaded to discourage gathering and minimize traffic congestion. Individuals are asked to keep their family at or near their homes for viewing of the show. There will not be vehicular access to areas near the venue.
United Way of Tarrant County, Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth Extend Creative Industry Relief Fund
Musician’s Initiative Expanded to Include Filmmakers and Visual Artists
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 25, 2019) – Today, Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth with assistance from United Way of Tarrant County announced expansion of a creative industry relief fund to help support musicians, visual artists and filmmakers who have lost work due to COVID-19.
The initiative spearheaded by Hear Fort Worth is an extension of Fort Worth musician Rachel Gollay’s Artist & Service Worker Relief Fund, which raised $10,000 and provided support of $200 per qualified applicant.
Visit Fort Worth, parent organization of Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth, will manage the application process and United Way of Tarrant County will spearhead collection of donations and fund distribution.
“Members of the creative community have been ambassadors for our city and we need to support them in this crisis,” said Mitch Whitten, executive vice president of marketing and strategy at Visit Fort Worth. “We want to support musicians, artists and filmmakers who have lost so much work and income. We’re grateful to Rachel Gollay for starting this initiative and to the United Way for helping us expand it.”
United Way of Tarrant County will host the donation and application page on their website https://www.unitedwaytarrant.org/artistsrelieffund/. The goal is to reach a total of $20,000, however, the fund will stay open as long as donations continue to come in. Gifts to the fund will be 100% tax-deductible, with tax acknowledgements provided by United Way of Tarrant County for any individual donations of $250 or more.
Fort Worth Weekly, the local music resource featuring local musicians is the first promotional partner for the effort, helping spread the word through its publication, website and network.
“United Way of Tarrant County is honored to partner with Visit Fort Worth to assist the creative community who have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “With so many artists relying on hourly or one-time income from large social gatherings in establishments now closed, this population has been hit hard by the virus. We encourage the community to support this initiative.”
The fund is open to Fort Worth musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. Qualified applicants will be eligible for a one-time grant of $300.
For more information or to donate, please visit https://www.unitedwaytarrant.org/artistsrelieffund/.
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Visit Fort Worth is the official destination marketing organization of the 13th-largest city in the United States, dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination with thriving centers of creativity, culture and commerce. Visit Fort Worth is the parent organization of The Fort Worth Herd, the Fort Worth Film Commission, Fort Worth Sports Commission and music initiative Hear Fort Worth.
About United Way of Tarrant County
United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1922. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year, United Way of Tarrant County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. United Way of Tarrant County has no fees on donor designations, with 100 percent of the donations going to the selected agency or cause.
Every year Panther Island Pavilion hosts various events such as walks, concerts, festivals and more! Each year PIP welcomes back events as well as adds on new events to our schedule. Check out some of the new events coming to PIP this year. Be sure to check back often to keep up with event announcements throughout the year.
SYNDICATE SMOKEDOWN APRIL 25
Syndicate Smokedown is Cowtown’s premier large-scale nonprofit BBQ competition, with live music (headliner and opening acts will be announced soon), beer and other beverages, and of course, BBQ ready for you to eat. Line-up announced soon!
GOTEXAN WINE, FOOD & ART FESTIVAL MAY 8-9
Over 30 local wineries with a selection of over 250 different wines made from Texas Grown Grapes. Sip a glass of wine while you shop over 50 local artists and vendors. Try craft beer from a local brewery and excite your taste buds with Texas-style eats, while listening to live music from local talent
RIVER & BLUES FESTIVAL MAY 15-16
The soundtrack of summer is here. Combining country and blues music over two days, this not-to-be-missed music event of the year invites you to roll with the rhythm. Hear the unique sounds of: Charley Crockett, Maddie and Tae, Kody West, Bart Crow, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Grady Spencer & the Work, Brandy Clark, Jonah Tolchin, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Elaina Kay, and Kirk House Band
JUNETEENTH COMMUNITY 5K & FESTIVAL
Join the community as we celebrate with the 5K Walk/Run, Parade, Family-friendly entertainment including music concerts, Kids Zone, Food Vendors, Outdoor Marketplace, car show, water rides and much more.
For more information and a full list of our event click on the events tab above!
Fort Worth’s favorite outdoor venue welcomes new events and brings back old favorites!
FORT WORTH, TX – Get out your calendar and make sure Panther Island Pavilion is all over it! An eclectic bunch of events are coming to Fort Worth’s favorite outdoor event venue. The schedule is packed with old favorites and some exciting new events that will keep you coming back all year long.
New This Year
Syndicate Smokedown (April 25) – Cowtown’s premier BBQ competition hosted by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Featuring cold beer, live music and of course, BBQ! You will not want to miss this showdown.
Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival (May 8 & 9) – Spend your weekend keeping it local. This event is bringing over 30 local wineries with a selection of over 250 different wines, over 50 local artists and vendors, craft beer from local breweries and live music from local talent.
River and Blues Festival (May 15 & 16) – This two-day summer festival cannot be missed. Picture two days of country and blues featuring a mix of old favorites and new talents such as Maddie & Tae, Charley Crockett Grady Spencer & The Work, Bart Crow and so many more amazing acts!
New Year, New Website
The PIP website got a facelift! Visit www.pantherislandpavilion.com and check out this hub for outdoor activity right on the Trinity River. Whether you are looking for an event, looking for a new way to experience the Trinity River or you are looking to bring the next event to Fort Worth, this website has it all!
Panther Island Pavilion Schedule:
Cowtown Cook-Off & Music Festival– Mar 27 & 28 Sunday Funday – Sundays June 28-Sept 6
Water Lantern Festival – April 4 Fort Worth’s Fourth – July 4
March for Babies – April 18 Rockin’ the River – Saturdays July 11 – Aug 8
Syndicate Smokedown – April 25 St. Jude Walk/Run – Sept 19
El Fuerte FW Taco Fest – May 2 Fort Wurst Corporate Night – Sept 23
Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival – May 8 & 9 Oktoberfest Fort Worth – Sept 24 – 26
River and Blues Festival – May 15 & 16 Oktoberfest Fort Worth Run Und Ride – Sept 26
Great Strides – May 17 Texas Cigar & Spirits Tasting – Oct 10
3rd Annual Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta – June 12 Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Walk – Oct 17
FW Juneteenth 5K & Festival – June 13 Walk to End Alzheimers – Oct 31
Tour de Cure: North Texas – June 20 JDRF One Walk – Nov 14
Cody Johnson Throwdown – June 27 Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K & Half – Nov 21
Check out www.pantherislandpavilion.com/events for the full lineup and event announcements throughout the year.
Visit DFW released their list of place to rock in DFW this summer! Read about Rockin’ the River, the live music and tubing series at Panther Island Pavilion.
This all-day Saturday shindig is free to the public and is the place to cool off this summer while tubing along the Trinity River. Gates open at 1 PM each Saturday (July 6 – August 10), and the music starts at 2:15 p.m. featuring three bands and a headliner. We’re counting down to August 3, to see Adam Hood. To cap off the party, enjoy fireworks show following the concerts at 9:25 p.m.
Fort Worth’s Fourth will be an all-day party and day full of fun at Panther Island Pavilion on July 4th. Read what CultureMap says about Fort Worth’s Fourth and what to expect out at PIP.
Thursday, July 4
Fort Worth’s Fourth
Fort Worth’s Fourth is a full day of free family fun at Panther Island Pavilion on the Trinity River. The celebration also includes live music from Poo Live Crew and Party Machine Band, Hydroflight Team Show performances throughout the day, a kids zone, tubing, and more. Plus when the sun goes down, spectators are treated to the largest fireworks show in North Texas, coordinated with music on 95.9 The Ranch.
Rockin’ the River will be here before we know it! Read what Narcity had to say about Rockin’ the River and see what they recommend you bring. Can’t wait to tube it this summer.
“Summer is the time for concerts and taking a dip in a beautiful pool and now you can do both at the same time. Panther Island Pavilion is having its Rockin’ The River concert series every Saturday from July 6th to August 10th. The concerts will start at 1 p.m. and end at around 9:30 p.m. While at the concert, you will be able to grab your favorite tubing device and hit the water.
The show will end in fireworks every night starting at around 9:25 p.m. with just about 5 artists playing the music you love. Some of the artists playing include Kody West, Prophets & Outlaws and Zac Wilkerson. The stage is the only waterfront concert stage in Texas, making this a unique summer experience.
The Panther Island Pavilion is located at 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth. For more information on the concerts, you can visit their website here.
Rockin The River
Address: 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth, Texas
Why you need to go: You get the chance to experience an awesome concert and firework show while tubing down their lazy river. ”
Take a dip and cool off at Panther Island! See what WFAA has to say about all of the events happening down at Panther Island Pavilion and where to rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up-paddleboards. Did we mention the events have $4 beers?!