Ubbi Dubbi Festival 2019

Ubbi Dubbi Festival was held on April 27th and 28th at Panther Island Pavilion—Fort Worth, TX.

The Ubbi Dubbi Festival was a SOLD OUT, two-day EDM festival that had brought in 21,127 festival goers day one and 20,110 day two, bringing the total number of festival goers to 41,237 over this past weekend. Ubbi Dubbi fans came from 50 different states and 6 countries!

Ubbi Dubbi was presented by Disco Donnie, the festival had performers such as Illenuim, ARMNHMR, Space Jesus, Keys N Krates and more! The festival was spread out across two main stages and a  smaller stage known as the “zoom room”. Light shows, fireworks, and glitter filled the weekend at Panther Island Pavilion!

Check out the recap videos for this year’s festival below:

Ubbi Dubbi Fam Video

Rockin’ the River has a whole new atti-TUBE!

Saturdays at Panther Island Pavilion just got a lot cooler this summer.

Rockin’ the River is back again and got the 7-year itch since last summer! The popular summer music and tubing series, in its seventh year, is back at Panther Island Pavilion. The extended happy hour event, usually held on Thursday is making the switch to an all-day Saturday party. “We are pleased to deliver what our fans have been asking – to rock the river on the weekend.” said Trinity River Vision Authority Executive Director, J.D.Granger.

As always, Rockin’ the River remains a free event to the public. It will be a fist-full of summer festivals live on the Trinity River with thirty bands performing over the six-week music series. Some of the area’s top Texas Country artist will be headlining. To keep things funky, expect some rock and soul sprinkled in the lineup each week too. See the full band lineup here.

THE LOWDOWN

Each week, the gates will open at 1:00pm with five different bands playing back-to-back sets beginning around 2:15pm on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage.After the headlining band finishes at 8:15pm, we will clear the water and bring the party to the shore with the fifth and final band playing until 9:15pm on the Pacifico Stage.

In addition to live music on two stages; food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Regardless of the weather, the party does not stop. The fun simply moves indoors to The Shack. Lastly, each Rockin’ the River event will have the ultimate nightcap – a fireworks show right on the banks of the Trinity River.

This summer’s Rockin’ the River promises more tube and tan time, more music and fun. We can’t wait!

Rockin’ the River Saturday Series Finale!

Our patrons asked and we delivered. For the first time in Rockin’ the River history, folks can watch some great Texas Country music from a tube on a Saturday! The Saturday Series Finale will start at 1:00 pm this Saturday, August 13. Cooder Graw, Brandon Steadman, Aaron Einhouse and Statesboro Revue will play all day on the only waterfront stage in Texas and when the sun goes down there will be live music from the Southshore Stage at the after party. It is guaranteed to be a day filled with unbeatable live music, ice cold beer, tubing on the river, delicious food from Salsa Limon all in the heart of Fort Worth. Plus, the Coors Riverfront Ice House will offer shaded seating and live TVs so patrons can cheer on Team USA while they rock the river. As always, the night will close with a Texas-size fireworks show over the Trinity River.

The Damn Quails to Headline Opening Night of Rockin’ the River

It’s official, we can finally announce that The Damn Quails will headline the first night of Rockin’ the River 2016! A favorite from last year, The Damn Quails guarantee to put on a show that will knock your water socks off. Then after their performance, Joey Green Band will take to the Southshore Stage and continue entertaining the after party. Mark you calendar, gather your waterwings and start working on that swimsuit bod because Rockin’ the River is right around the corner!

Rockin’ the River is back for the fifth year!

Rockin’ the River is back for the fifth year and we have a great season lined up; we’re bringing in some fresh acts as well as favorites from previous years. With the addition of The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, now all Rockin’ the River events will happen rain or shine!

New this year is a Parrothead theme night with Jimmy Buffett cover-band, The Land Sharks. They’ve played with, backed up, and opened for Jimmy Buffett in concert. Plus they’ve opened for The Beach Boys and even played at the Super Bowl.

The gates open at 4:30 pm and patrons can bring a blanket and chairs or enjoy front row seats from the comfort of a tube. At 6:45 pm the headliner will kick off on the Coors Waterfront Stage. At 8:30pm the after party band will play on the south shore stage and then the festivities end at dark with a fireworks show. In addition to the two stages, the Coors Riverfront Ice House will be back serving ice cold brews, providing shaded seating as well as live tvs which play Rangers games when they’re on!

Rockin’ the River is presented by Andrews Distributing Company and Coors Light. It is generously sponsored by North Texas Marine, Backwoods Fort Worth, Margaritaville, 95.9 The Ranch, DFW.com, Pepsi and produced by the Trinity River Vision Authority.

Chisholm Trail Music Festival This Weekend at PIP

Come out for some great music, great BBQ or a 5k run and help Cops for Kids provide gifts to children in local hospitals, scholarship opportunities, school supplies and social activities to the over 5,000 disadvantaged kids they serve. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect this weekend:

Friday, March 27

5:30 pm BBQ Cook-off

7:00 pm Song Swap hosted by Justin Frazel

9:00 pm Free concert from Prophets and Outlaws

Saturday, March 28

Noon – 11:45pm Chisholm Trail Music Festival featuring Cody Canada and the Departed, Sam Riggs, Austin Allsup, Larry Hooper and The Hawkes Band.

8:30 am 1k Fun Run and 5k

10:00 am BBQ judging

10:00 am – Car show

Thanks For Making Rockin’ the River Great in 2014!

We had yet another totally tubular Rockin’ the River season and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. A GIANT thank you goes out to Andrews Distributing Company, North Texas Marine, Body Glove, Hydroslide, Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Rentals, DFW.com, 95.9 The Ranch and Yelp Metro Fort Worth! You are all so amazing and the reason we can continue to produce events like this to help keep Fort Worth funky.

The Lowdown: Brandon Rhyder

Country music’s Brandon Rhyder has unquestionably established himself as a fixture in the Texas Country/Red Dirt scene. Rhyder has released eight albums and boasts an impressive four #1 singles on the Texas Music Charts, along with an abundance of other milestones. He continues to push boundaries and deliver fresh material, all while maintaining his signature sound that fans have grown to love.

His latest album, That’s Just Me, which is produced by both Rhyder and his longtime guitar player Matt Powell, served as his eighth full-length album over the span of 12 years. Recorded and carefully crafted at The Zone in Dripping Springs, TX, this album includes co-writes from fellow Texan powerhouses and friends Josh Abbott and Wade Bowen. The debut single from the album, “Haggard,” was heavily inspired by Charlie Daniels and Riders in the Sky and is a clear picture into Rhyder’s youth. The song proved to be wildly successful as it scored the #1 position on the Texas Regional Radio Report (TRRR).

The Lowdown: Dirty River Boys

The Dirty River Boys are paving their own road as they travel it. They are a proof to the idea that “if you can dream it, you can do it,” moving with purpose ever closer to the light. Above all is their belief in their music. It inspires them and provides exultation for each member, as well as for the audiences who have become fans by the force field the band creates in live performance.

Steely intention aside, there is a magic to being in the right place with the right stuff at the right time. Home in El Paso, the Dirty River Boys longed to make music the centerpiece of their lives. Then they played their very first Austin gig, a happy hour set at hipster hangout, Lustre Pearl. The music they presented was energetic and infectious, though stripped down acoustic. The joy was unmistakable. And a new path with exciting possibilities was being born. The band migrated to Austin shortly thereafter, where they thrive amidst the other musicians in town, and love the strong sense of community they found. “Being in Austin, with so many great bands, it makes you up your game.”

Travis Stearns and Nino Cooper met in the music scene in El Paso. They started performing every once in a while, while they waited for the day they could dedicate themselves to music 24/7. The Dirty River Boys trio formed 3 years ago, when Marco Gutierrez quit his job and school to join the band. “We had to go against full bands in El Paso, us with three people with acoustic instruments. It shows if you are consistent and serious about your music, you can really make it. We put our hearts out there every night. People see that.” They added an upright bass player about a year and a half ago. Colton James joined for a 90 minute set at the River Road Icehouse. It was a trial by fire and a foursome was forged.

The new album, Science Of Flight, was recorded at Yellow Dog Studio in South Austin, Texas. Marco, Nino, Travis and CJ put aside just five days for the process. They played everything on the album themselves, only tapping on the legendary Kim Deschamps to lay down pedal steel. Expect surprises; Wurlitzer, marching drum sounds, train whistles, a rattlesnake. The band was aware of their ability to recreate the sounds on stage in the live environment. The Dirty River Boys are seemingly always on the road, having logged 200,000 miles in the van.

Science of Flight has been described by The Dirty River Boys as Western, Fat, and Rock and Roll. It touches on numerous emotions with gentle harmonies that sparkle with beauty, acoustic rave-ups, and hook driven tunes. “This time, we made a record. We build it, recording the parts ourselves. This is a band record. We are really excited about it.”

The Lowdown: Josh Grider

It clearly takes some degree of talent to make it in the music business. It also takes killer songs that mesh the perfect lyric with a fitting and captivating arrangement. But possibly the hardest, most frustrating part of the whole ordeal are the roles that timing, cosmic alignment, being in the right place at the right time, and pure unadulterated passion play. That matrix of unidentifiable variables that come together for some, while conspiring against others is what Josh Grider explores on his newest album, Luck & Desire.

The Las Cruces, New Mexico native moved to Nashville by way of Texas in early 2011 just to “try something different.” There, he hung around Music Row for a few years meeting fellow songwriters, signing a publishing deal, and building a network of like-minded friends who challenged his writing and supported his dreams. One of them was fellow singer/songwriter and soon-to-be producer, Trent Willmon. The connection was monumental. “He’s savvy,” Josh explains. “He understands what being an artist is. He understands what being a writer is. He understands Texas and Nashville, and he understands the road. He understands so much of what I do, and the proof is in the pudding. We made a awesome record.”

That was the goal—to make an awesome record. But for Josh, it was about more than just making an album that would sell well or produce a litany of number-one hits. He says his goal was “to make something artistically satisfying enough for the purist in me, but relatable enough that I could play it for my dad.” He pauses and explains, “My dad is a smart guy, but he’s not a studied musician or anything, he’s just a lover of country music.” Indeed he is. He raised Josh on the classics, the legends. Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson are the foundation that Grider builds on, but his own generation of musical peers is also present in his music. “Dave Matthews was a huge influence. John Mayer and Chris Thile make me want to just quit,” he laughs. “I’m just blown away by everything those guys do. I could never do what they do, but I’m certainly challenged by them. For me, they are setting the bar for songwriters in our generation.”

The formally trained singer, who remembers pressing, “play” on his Fisher Price tape recorder to hear Ricky Skaggs “Heartbroke,” always knew country was where he belonged. Even though he played guitar in a jazz combo in high school, and received a scholarship to attend college and study classical voice, it only took one night performing in a Waco honky-tonk for Josh’s relationship with his roots to be solidified.

Josh began putting pen to paper in high school and soon realized his passion. He beams when he says, “Writing is my favorite thing in the world. I’m very fortunate to be given the ability to deliver what I write, and I guess that’s why singing the songs I wrote is my second favorite thing in the world.” Writing is more than a job for Josh. It’s a passion that allows him to chronicle his life, and a therapy that helps him make sense of the world around him. When speaking about song selection for Luck and Desire he says, “I just started looking at what I had been writing and all of the sudden these themes of want, and need, and desire, and getting or not getting what you want started surfacing.” According to Josh, that is just what seems to happen. “There will be seasons in my life and things that I go through that will definitely influence my writing. It’s really neat to go back and look at how the songs reflect what I was going through in my life and how I was trying to work it out musically.”

There is, too, an unspoken theme to Luck & Desire that Josh is most proud of. “Luck and Desire definitely play a big thematic role in this album,” he says. “But that particular song sort of ends sadly for desire. I think there’s more hope than that in the record. Overall, I want there to be hope, because I have hope. Without it what the hell is the point? I say focus on the good and believe that something good is going to happen, and it just might.”

For more information check out www.joshgrider.com

The Lowdown: Eleven Hundred Springs

Listening to any effort from Eleven Hundred Springs, including latest Midway, is like having your cool uncle pull out his favorite albums. Matt Hillyer and the rest of the band have that old-school country sound down. When the band first formed way back in 1998, some people thought it was just guys imitating the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams, but over the course of nine albums, Eleven Hundred Springs have developed into a tight unit of true believers. Songs like “I’m a S.O.B. (When I’m S-O-B-E-R)” and “Hard Work Just Ain’t Working Anymore” are not imitative of the band’s influences. They are authoritative narratives of rural America.

Eleven Hundred Springs shows a commitment to the true soul of country music — what Steve Earle calls real music. While they may not look like your conformist country (Disney Channel / reality show, etc) act, the tradition and spirit that make up true Americana is easy to see. It’s all about honesty and lack of pretense.