Summer music festivals are something that many look forward to all year. This weekend, May 16 - 18, there are several festivals going on in the area. So much music . . . . .and so little time! The pleasantly cool weather we are having will make these festivals hard to resist.
The largest of these events is the annual Wildflower Arts and Music Festival at Gatlyn Park in Richardson. Wildflower is an award winning, three day eclectic arts and music festival. This event will have three main outdoor stages along with a Singer/Songwriter stage. Among the many bands performing this year will be Loverboy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, Foghat, Michael Martin Murphy, Jack Ingram, Le Freak, Swan Song, and Def Leggend. You can see the complete schedule here.
This weekend Fork & Cork , the 1st Annual Addison, TX Celebration of Taste, will take place in Addison Circle Park. "Fork & Cork is a two-day, casual yet sophisticated event for people who enjoy food as entertainment." This intimate two day event brings together celebrated chefs, craft breweries, wineries and spirit-makers.
But, also every festive event needs some music, right? Headlining this event will be three time Grammy nominee, Texas' own Pat Green. Green has sold over two million albums. "Wave On Wave", "Feels Like It Should", and "Let Me" are among his top singles. Also scheduled to perform at Fork and Cork are Prophets and Outlaws, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The O's, Telegraph Canyon, plus more. The complete event schedule can be seen here. Tickets are priced from $35 to $100. All Fork & Cork ticketholders will receive $50 in Addison Gift Cards.
And then there is the Fort Worth Music Fest at the Panther Island Pavillion. This is a venue which I just discovered that sounds like so much fun . . . . you can experience a concert while floating in the water. At this two day festival you can hear music from several different genres - from Pop, Indie Rock, and Alternative Country, to Rhythm and Blues. There will be twenty bands in all, playing on two stages. Friday night's line-up will include Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top and his All Star Band. Also on this night will be Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earl, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more. Saturday night Jimmy Eat World, The Airborne Toxic Event, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jackopierce, plus eight more bands will play on the two stages of this music fest. See the schedule here.
Two day passes for the Fort Worth Music Fest are $40, with single day passes priced at $25. VIP passes which include a catered meal and a t-shirt, along with other amenities, are available for $100 for a 2 Day Pass or $75 for a 1 Day Pass. Passes can be purchased here.
Celebrating the city's 160th anniversary, Rockwall will host the Founders Day Festival on Saturday, May 17 at Harry Myers Park. The City of Rockwall invites you to come out to enjoy a good old-fashioned day of family fun. Live music begins at 10:15 a.m. The headliner of this festival is the Charlie Daniels Band, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. Best of all, this event is free.
The 30th Annual Main Street Days, A Craft Brew Experence will take place in Grapevine this weekend, May 16 - 18. This event will have three full days of non-stop live entertainment on multiple stages. Some of the headliners of this festival are Monte Montgomery, Little Texas, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and Bo Gerard. See the complete three day schedule here .,,
Lastly, there is another event this weekend which is not really about music, but one of the celebreties scheduled to be at this event is someone with a musical history that I know many metal fans would love to meet. Alice Cooper himslf will be at Dallas Comiccon.
With so many options available this weekend, it is hard to make a decision. What will you do?