Look at Fort Worth. Gettin’ all festival-y this fall, with not one but two huge events landing on our not-so-sandy shores, and that’s not counting Fort Worth Rock Assembly (Fri.-Sun., Sept. 6-8, at J&J’s Blues Bar) and Lola’s Lolaspalooza (early October).
Though markedly different, both Dia De Los Toadies (Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14) and South By So What?! (Fri.-Sat., Oct. 25-26) will definitely revolve around ROCK.
Along with The Toadies, the legendary Fort Worth band’s sixth annual festival, taking place for the first time in the Fort (at Panther Island Pavilion, specifically), will feature performances by Gary Clark Jr., Eisley, Dirty River Boys, Burning Hotels, The O’s, Piñata Protest, Oil Boom, Baboon, The Cush, These Machines Are Winning, and Fort Worth School Of Rock’s Dean’s List on the 14th –– on the night before there will be an intimate “fireside/almost-acoustic” showcase with Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis, Centro-matic’s Will Johnson, and former Pleasure Club frontman James Hall. Tickets are $30 for Saturday and $60 for the two-day pass that offers access to Friday’s campfire concert. Visit Diadelostoadies.com or Prekindle.com.
South By So What?!, a festival that typically precedes South By Southwest every March, not only has never taken place in Fort Worth (Frisco is the event’s home) but has never taken place in autumn. A pit-stop created by Third String Productions in 2007 for traveling bands on their ways to or from Austin for South-By, So What?! will bring Gwar, Finch, Story of the Year, Whitechapel, Dance Gavin Dance, Miss May I, The Almost, Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, A Band of Orcs, Sylar, and Fort Worth’s Urizen to LaGrave Field on the North Side. And that’s only on Day One. Day Two’s lineup will be announced on Monday, Aug. 5. Single general admission tickets go on sale on Monday. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit Southbysowhat.com.