THE MAVERICKS, ROBERT CRAY, EDDIE PALMIERI, BOB SCHNEIDER AND THE FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HEADLINING FEST

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 17, 2014) – Hundreds of critically acclaimed entertainers, including The Mavericks, Robert Cray, Eddie Palmieri, Bob Schneider and the world-renowned Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, will soon perform at the 29th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, taking place April 10-13, 2014. Fort Worth’s largest annual arts and music festival strives to have a variety of talent each year, and this year is no exception. Throughout the four-day festival, music lovers will hear the sounds of some of the biggest names in blues, country, opera, funk, rock, jazz and classical music.

There will be three stages providing the entertainment platform for all of this year’s performers. The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) MAIN Stage, located at 9th and Main Streets in front of the Convention Center, will host entertainers such as country-steeped garage band The Mavericks, internationally admired blues artist Robert Cray, and pop/soul/funk band Mingo Fishtrap. The Sundance Square Stage, located in the brand new Sundance Square Plaza, will host entertainers such as multi-talented Bob Schneider, Grammy Award-winning Eddie Palmieri, the Fort Worth Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. On the Performing Arts Stage, located at 5th and Houston Streets, performers include funk/folk singer/songwriter Luke Wade and No Civilians, the Motown music-man Larry g(EE), variety performers Alex Zerbe and John Park, and 12 performances from the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei.

More information, including a comprehensive entertainment schedule, full artist bios, website information and social media connections, can be found on the MAIN ST. iPhone app or by visiting www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/experience-main-st./music-on-main/.

The 2014 MAIN ST. headliners include:

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    • 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – The incredible strength and physical grace of the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei has rendered crowds awe-struck around the world. Now, the masters of agility and grace will be performing during all four days of the MAIN St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. (Performing Arts Stage)
    • 6:30 p.m. – TuTu Jones – Growing up in a house immersed in rhythm and blues, Jones started playing the drums at age four and hasn’t looked back since. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
    • 8:30 p.m. – Chris Watson Band – Combining funk, soul and roots into their music, the Chris Watson Band is a powerhouse southern soul group hailing from Fort Worth, Texas. (Sundance Square Stage)
    • 8:30 p.m. – Trent Willmon – Texas singer/ songwriter Trent Willmon brings his fun loving, beer drinking, ready-for-anything attitude every time he sings. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
    • Friday, April 11, 2014
      • 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – (Performing Arts Stage)
      • 5 p.m. – Fort Worth Opera – Celebrating their first appearance at MAIN ST., 12 members of the Fort Worth Opera will provide a memorable, first-class operatic performance. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko – Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audiences and critics from all over the world with his powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – The California Honeydrops – With their audience growing bigger with each “southern-fried jazz” performance, The California Honeydrops’ mission is to make people dance, sing and enjoy themselves every time they hit the stage. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – The Wicks – A folk act infused with an R&B twist, The Wicks put their heart, soul and vocal thunder into every performance and hold nothing back with every song they sing. (Performing Arts Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Eddie Palmieri – The nine-time Grammy Award winner is known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive. A true powerhouse of brilliance, Eddie Palmieri and his band continue to thrill audiences with their legendary style. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Robert Cray – With inspiration from George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray has been internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to blues music. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Luke Wade and No Civilians – Texas-based singer-songwriter Luke Wade, and his band, No Civilians, offer an impressive mash-up of funky, folky pop/rock sound and have been a fixture on Southern stages for more than a decade. (Performing Arts Stage)
      • Saturday, April 12, 2014
        • 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – (Performing Arts Stage
        • 5 p.m. – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Returning to MAIN ST. for the first time in 15 years, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs great symphonic music at the highest level of artistic excellence with the hopes of educating, entertaining and enhancing cultural life. (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 7 p.m. – The Rhythmators – Fort Worth-natives, The Rhythmators, found their sound in Colorado before establishing their name in the DFW music scene. With a mixture of R&B, blues and soul, they entertain crowds by playing original music, as well as blues and soul classics. (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 7 p.m. – Mingo Fishtrap – Pop, soul and funk is an unlikely combination for music, but the sounds have been merged and perfected by the eight-piece band, Mingo Fishtrap. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – Bob Schneider – Originally building his career as a working class musician, Bob Schneider has an institution of faithful followers across the U.S. with a mega fan base in Austin. (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – The Mavericks – This country-steeped garage band emerged from Miami in 1989 and reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. The Mavericks will bring both new and classic hits, such as “Here Comes The Rain,” and “Dance The Night Away,” to MAIN ST. in 2014. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – Larry g(EE) – With a Motown feel to his music, Larry g(EE) strives to make his sound authentic and original for his audience. (Performing Arts Stage)
        • Sunday, April 13, 2014
          • 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – (Performing Arts Stage)
          • 4:30 p.m. – Latin Express – With more than 30 years of performing under their belt, Latin Express continues to be a mainstay in the DFW Tejano music scene. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
          • 6:30 p.m. – Havana NRG – The “NRG” in Havana NRG stands for “New Rhythm Generation,” and this youthful Texas group offers up a hot program of timba-influenced salsa to prove that Havana-inspired sounds are alive in the Lone Star State. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. and presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth.  The Festival is free to the public. Festival hours* for 2014 are:

  • Thursday, April 10: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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

For additional event information, 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 official MAIN ST. iPhone app via the iTunes App Store℠, here: bit.ly/MainStreetiPhone.

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 29th year in 2014 and is presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth. Official Sponsors for 2014 are Sundance Square, Tarrant County College, the 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 Trinity Railway Express (TRE), 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting Sponsors include RadioShack, the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts 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 providing 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 XTO 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.

 

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