Dozens of versatile entertainers to perform on April 19-22 at Texas’ largest arts festival in Downtown Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 7, 2018) – Downtown Fort Worth comes to life each April as critically acclaimed entertainers from across the country perform at the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.). In 2018, music enthusiasts will enjoy blues, jazz, country, rock ‘n’ roll, Latin, funk, R&B, soul, folk, Americana, classical and more from artists such as Grady Spencer & The Work, Shane Smith & The Saints, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Jamestown Revival, Bonnie Bishop, and more.
This year’s MAIN ST. is taking place April 19-22, and will feature two performance stages: the University of Texas at Arlington Main Stage, located at 9th and Main Street, and the Sundance Square Stage, located in the Sundance Square Plaza. Both stages are set to feature thrilling performances by the Jabali African Acrobats, an acrobatic team straight from Mombasa, Kenya.
On Thursday, April 19, the festival will include performances by local Americana/roots-rock group Grady Spencer & The Work, Grammy Award-winning blues-soul singer Bonnie Bishop, seven-piece cover band Mr. Inez, and jazz-soul singer Tatiana LadyMay Mayfield.
The lineup for Friday, April 20, features performances from Grammy Award-winning Latin big band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Americana rock band Shane Smith & The Saints, Austin-based country-blues group Midnight River Choir, roots-Americana-soul band The War and Treaty, and the critically acclaimed Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday, April 21, will spotlight performances by contemporary swing revival jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Southern indie-rock group Jamestown Revival, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hutchinson, and jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton.
MAIN ST. performances will conclude on Sunday, April 22, with live shows from the versatile Tejano music singer Gary Hobbs, Grammy Award-winning polka quintet Brave Combo, soul-blues singer Abraham Alexander, Latin jazz band Latin Express, and Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg.
The four-day festival will feature performances starting at 11 a.m. for early attendees, and continue through the day and into the evening. The entertainment schedule, musician biographies, stage sponsors, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.
MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2018 is #MainSt2018. Festival hours for 2018 are:
- Thursday, April 19, 2018: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Friday, April 20, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Saturday, April 21, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Sunday, April 22, 2018: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 33rd year in 2018. Official sponsors for 2018 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, Michelob Ultra and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are Trinity Metro and 360 West. Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Chloe Wine Collection, Frost Bank and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, and TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.
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