2013 CHART-TOPPING ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDES ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND, SISTER HAZEL, LITTLE TEXAS, AVERAGE WHITE BAND AND MORE

Hundreds of performers are set to entertain festivalgoers on three stages along the streets of downtown Fort Worth on April 18-21, playing all day and into the night at the city’s largest arts and music festival

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 6, 2013) – The city of Fort Worth's largest arts festival, the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), is also the city's largest music festival, and this year's event will be its biggest since it began 28 years ago. Taking place April 18-21, the 2013 MAIN ST. will be jamming with live music starting at 11 a.m. daily during the festival’s four days, bringing to Downtown Fort Worth the biggest names in country, rock, funk, blues, reggae, jazz and Latin rock.  

Hundreds of national, regional and local musicians will perform on three different stages, including the Sundance Square Stage, located at 4th and Houston Streets, the UT Arlington Performing Arts Stage, located at 5th and Main Streets, and the Bank of Texas Stage, located at 9th and Main Streets. Headliners for the 28th annual MAIN ST. include blues/rock/soul guitarist Robert Randolph & The Family Band, chart-topping rock band Sister Hazel, country music favorite Little Texas, the reigning merchant of soul jazz Richard Elliot, one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music Average White Band, and more than 10 performances from “America’s Got Talent” star William Close’s internationally renowned performance group, MASS Ensemble.

A comprehensive entertainment schedule featuring bios, touring histories and social connection options is available online at www.mainstreetartsfest.org/experience-main-st./music-on-main/ or on the MAIN ST. iPhone app.

Headliners at 2013 MAIN ST. include:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. – MASS Ensemble – MASS Ensemble is an internationally renowned performance group that combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, composers and choreographers. Created by “America’s Got Talent” star William Close, MASS continues to delight audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad through an exciting blend of sculpture, music, dance and the visual arts. (UT Arlington Performing Arts Stage)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Joyce Spencer – As a saxophonist, flautist, singer, songwriter and composer, Joyce Spencer has recently made a strong comeback after a 20-year hiatus. (Bank of Texas Stage)  
  • 6:30 p.m. – A Band of Brothers – North Texas-favorite variety band with music and style reflecting a group of storytellers and blues masters who really enjoy giving crowd-pleasing performances of Texas rock, country, blues and funk. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 8:30 p.m. – Little Texas – With multiple #1 country hits such as “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas," “My Love” and "Kick a Little," the music Little Texas has generated over the years is timeless and blissfully familiar, resulting in one of America’s favorite and most popular rockin’ country bands. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 8:30 p.m. – First Rush – These progressive rock musicians have been involved in the North Texas music scene since the early 1970s. (Bank of Texas Stage)  

Friday, April 19, 2013

  • 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. – MASS Ensemble (UT Arlington Performing Arts Stage)
  • 7 p.m. – Carolyn Wonderland – A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 7 p.m. – The James Hunter Six – The Grammy Award-nominated James Hunter never fails to deliver a classic yet perpetually modern brand of rhythm and blues that captivates listeners across generations. (Bank of Texas Stage)
  • 9 p.m. – Richard Elliot – The reigning merchant of Soul Jazz, Richard Elliot invites loyal fans and newcomers alike to celebrate 25 years since the release of his debut album Trolltown. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 9 p.m. – Average White Band – Widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music and perhaps known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit, "Pick Up the Pieces," the Average White Band's strength actually lies in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across 40-years, several Gold-selling albums, and multiple Grammy nominations. (Bank of Texas Stage)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

  • 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. – MASS Ensemble (UT Arlington Performing Arts Stage)
  • 7 p.m. – BettySoo – BettySoo adds welcome edge and grit to the heartbreaker ballads and bell-pure vocals she’s come to be known for. (Bank of Texas Stage)
  • 7 p.m. – The Wailers – Reggae music has never stopped evolving, but, for millions of people from around the world, it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Here's YOUR chance to experience the Wailers' heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 9 p.m. – Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, Robert Randolph is a pedal steel guitarist who made his name-playing gospel. Randolph's "Family Band," made up of cousins Danyell Morgan and Marcus Randolph (bass and drums, respectively) and John Ginty (Hammond B-3 organ) is one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom! Randolph's 13-string instrument has a chillingly clear tone and his solos are dotted with howling melodies and perpetually cresting, lightning-fast explorations. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 9 p.m. – Sister Hazel – Combining elements of acoustic rock, folk and jangle pop, the chart-topping Sister Hazel forges an earthy, melodic sound that highlights the band's vocal harmonies. Sister Hazel's eponymous debut hit "All For You" topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997, reaching the national Top 10, and, in the process, propelled their 2nd album, Somewhere More Familiar, to platinum status. (Bank of Texas Stage)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

  • 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. – MASS Ensemble (UT Arlington Performing Arts Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Quebe Sisters Band – The Quebe Sisters Band’s unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm, performing a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling. (Sundance Square Stage)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Los Texmaniacs – Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues, and R&B riffs and you've cooked up the tasty Texmaniacs groove. (Bank of Texas Stage)

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public.  Festival hours* for 2013 are:

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19, 2013: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2013: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21, 2013: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*Note visual artists’ booths may close at 8 p.m. each evening, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Many, however, stay open later to accommodate the evening’s music audience.

For additional event information and a full concert line-up, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at www.MainStreetArtsFest.org, “like” its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest, follow it on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts, or download the free MAIN ST. iPhone application directly from your Apple device or from the iTunes App Store.

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 28th year in 2013 and is presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth. Official Sponsors for 2013 are Sundance Square, Tarrant Regional Water District, the University of Texas at Arlington and Wells Fargo.  Media Sponsors include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and its Trinity Railway Express (TRE), TV stations KTVT-TV CBS 11 and KTXA-TV Channel 21, and radio stations 98.7 KLUV (KLUV-FM), 103.7 LITE FM (KVIL-FM), 100.3 JACK FM (KKJK-FM), 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM), NewsRadio 1080 (KRLD-AM), 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) and Mega 107.5 DFW (KMVK-FM). Supporting Sponsors include Bank of Texas, Chesapeake Energy, the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and XTO Energy.

The festival is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by provide a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. also produces the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.