As of now, tomorrow’s First Friday on the Green free concert (at Magnolia Green Park on the South Side at Lipscomb and Magnolia) is still a go. Slated to perform are three stellar Fort Worth acts: roots-rock singer-songwriter Luke Wade, roots-rock band The Orbans, and alt-country-slash-dub indie-rock band Dove Hunter.
On Saturday, Ridglea Theater (6025 Camp Bowie Blvd, 817-738-9500) hosts Absu, Averse Sefira, Hod, Violent Intentions, and a local-ish band that I recently learned has been around for eons, Solitude Aeternus. The show is a makeup gig for Absu –– all tickets purchased for the previous, canceled show will be honored at the door at Saturday’s show. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Take time to pull yourself away from the grill to check out the City of Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival (1625 Hospital Pkwy, Bedford, 817-952-2100). On the bill is a bevy of big-time studs, including Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Chris Duarte, Omar & The Howlers, Joe Jonas Band, and some Fort Worthians: Buddy Whittington, Tejas Brothers, Dave Millsap, and Holland K. Smith, and Chris Watson. Tix are $5-50.
And from the desk of Weekly staffer Jeff “El Hefe” Prince:
Fort Worth’s fantabulous Juke Jumpers are celebrating the 32nd anniversary of their existence by cranking out Texas-style jump, rockabilly, and blues on Saturday.
The band’s original members, including guitar wizard Sumter Bruton, sax maniac Johnny Reno, and lead crooner Jim Colegrove, get together every year for a reunion gig and to party down with their old pals. Despite the musicians’, um, maturity (the band was formed in 1977, after all), they’re still healthy, “which is pretty rare for an old band,” Bruton said. “We didn’t really take care of ourselves, but I guess it just worked out that way.”
The band kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at Keys Lounge (5677 Westcreek, 817-242-8627). Cover charge is $15.