Music Scene in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth music venues rival those in much bigger cities, with so many genres and scenes to choose from in the area.

Jessica Mozo
On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 18:53
Fort Worth

Fort Worth may be best-known for its cowboy culture, but musicians around the world have praised it for its vibrant music and performing-arts scene. Fort Worth music venues rival those in much bigger cities, and with so many to choose from, there is always something to see when you’re in the mood for a good show. Whether it’s orchestra, theater, opera or late-night live music, you’ll find it in Fort Worth.

Bass Performance Hall

One of Fort Worth’s most impressive music venues is Bass Performance Hall, located on a full city block in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown. Named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Opera Houses in the World, Bass Performance Hall opened in 1998 and seats 2,056 people. It is the permanent home of many performing-arts organizations, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts.

Fort Worth Theaters

A number of Fort Worth venues are devoted to live theater, bringing the excitement of Broadway shows, children’s performances and nationally known musicians to the region. They include Casa Manana, Jubilee Theatre, Circle Theatre, Hip Pocket Theatre and Stage West. Local cinemas also stay busy thanks to the annual Lone Star International Film Festival.

Live Music Scene

When the sun goes down over Fort Worth, the city’s live music scene heats up. In the historic Fort Worth Stockyards district, you’ll find Billy Bob’s Texas, which proudly claims the title of the world’s largest honky tonk. Billy Bob’s hosts concerts by popular country-music artists such as Billy Currington and Ronnie Dunn, as well as live bull riding and free line-dance lessons. 

Other local dives that offer live music include Lola’s Saloon, Magnolia Motor Lounge, Wild Rooster, Capital Bar, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Basement Bar and White Elephant Saloon.

Main Street Arts Festival

Every April, music and arts fans from around the country converge on Fort Worth’s Main Street for the highly anticipated Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The free four-day event showcases live concerts, street performers, a juried arts fair, food and family fun, and has been a local tradition for nearly three decades. It is the Southwest’s largest arts and entertainment festival and has been rated the No. 1 arts festival in Texas and the third-largest arts festival in the country.

Several other annual events also bring live music to Fort Worth. They include MusicArte de Fort Worth, Arts Goggle, Modern ’til Midnight (held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth), Fort Worth Music Festival (previously known as Jazz by the Boulevard), The Ranch 95.9 Texas Music Series, and KXT 91.7’s Concerts on the Square.

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Jessica Mozo is a freelance writer who lives in Nashville, Tenn. with her husband, Manuel, and two sons, Bryce and Brett.