Rent (The Musical) is Coming to Fort Worth!

Rent follows several struggling artists and musicians in New York's Lower East Side as they try to cope with life.

The rock musical Rent is once again touring. DFW residents will have the chance to hear the great music from this show March 3 - 11, 2012 at Casa Manana in Fort Worth.

Rent became a cult classic when it was first seen on Broadway in 1996. Since then, the musical has toured the country many times. It has received critical acclaim, including the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996. It also has a special place in my heart, as it was the first Broadway production that I ever saw on-stage. When it debuts at Casa Manana, audiences are sure to be blown away by the amazing songs and deep rooted message of this musical.

Rent follows several struggling artists and musicians in New York's Lower East Side as they try to cope with life. It is a dark musical that depicts characters unable to pay their bills, yet still searching for love. As soon as things start to look brighter for many of the characters, their dreams are once again shattered by an AIDS epidemic.

The script and music were both written by Jonathan Larson. He began Rent in 1989 at the age of 29. His goal was to create a rock opera that would appeal to the MTV generation. He far exceeded his goals. It is one of the only shows on Broadway where the audience consists of tuxedo-clad patrons sitting next to green Mohawk sporting punks. The musical really broke down barriers that were set up by previous shows.

Larson, unfortunately, passed away right before Rent made it to Broadway. He never got to see the success of his one and only show.

Fort Worth music lovers of all ages should purchase tickets to this amazing musical. It is only running for one week, March 3 - 11. Do be aware that some of the content may not be suitable for youngsters. Bring them at your own discretion. Tickets range in price from $40 to $65 and can be purchased from Ticketmaster. The tickets are sure to sell out for all shows, so buy them early.

Sir Paul McCartney Tribute at the Bass Performance Hall

Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney

For one weekend only, conductor Martin Herman will lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for a night entitled, Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Singer Tony Kishman will pay tribute to rock legend Sir Paul McCartney by performing some of McCartney's most requested solo hits, including Maybe I'm Amazed and Silly Love Songs. The maestro has even promised to conduct the orchestra in some favorites by The Beatles as well.

Even though Sir Paul will not be there to join in the festivities, this concert is sure to blow the roof off the Bass Hall. Imagine a packed house full of Beatles and McCartney fans reminiscing about times when the Fab Four was still together. Hopefully, it will not be like the Ed Sullivan Show, where music lovers could not hear the band through the screams of love-stricken teenage girls.

While not normally a fan of tribute shows, I am a huge classical music aficionado - after all, I did major in music performance during my college years. The Fort Worth Symphony is full of talented players that will easily bring the music of Sir Paul to life.

Vocalist Tony Kishman has been singing songs of the Fab Four ever since he toured with the Broadway hit Beatlemania.

In addition to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Tony Kishman, the lineup will include:

  • Jim Owen - keyboards, guitar, bass and vocals
  • John Brosnan - guitar
  • John Merjave - guitar
  • Chris Camilleri - Drums and vocals

Songs promised to be performed include:

  • Hey Jude
  • Penny Lane
  • Live and Let Die
  • Yesterday
  • My Love
  • Uncle Albert
  • Let It Be
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Hello Good-Bye
  • Long and Winding Road
  • Get Back
  • Silly Love Songs
  • Jet
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club

Three shows are scheduled: Friday, January 20 at 8pm; Saturday, January 21 at 8pm; Sunday, January 22 at 2pm.

Tickets are on sale now. They range in price from $27 to $79.

N.O.M.A.D - 'Under'

Recorded with the lucid dreamer in mind, here's some hypnagogic hip-hop from N.O.M.A.D's DWELL EP.

Seventy-Six at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth

Independent rock band Seventy-Six is scheduled to play a set at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth on Friday, January 6.  Heavy rock fans should check out this group - their style and lyrics are reminiscent of late 1990's rock, with a mixture of metal and grunge that really appeals to a thirty-something crowd.

The lineup of this rock band is quite impressive. All of the members came from various groups that were successful at one time or another. They include:

  • Terry Glaze from Lord Tracy, Pantera and Raised by Gods
  • Kinley Wolfe from Lord Tracy, The Cult and American Fuse
  • Taz Bentley from Izzy Stradlin, Burden Brothers and Rev. Horton Heat
  • Brian Harris from Lord Tracy and Queen for a Day

Although I am somewhat unfamiliar with this band, I am very impressed with their resumes. No Fort Worth music fan does not know the head-banging music of Pantera. Terry Glaze rocked with them from 1981-1986. Another Texas favorite is Rev. Horton Heat. Taz  Bentley was their drummer for over a decade. Three out of the four performers shared the stage as heavy rockers for Lord Tracy. You know that with talent like this, their music is sure to blow the roof off the joint.

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Listen to the group performing their catchy song "Another One." This video was taken during the Wildflower Festival in 2011. Like what you hear? Then be sure to buy tickets for their concert at Lola's.

The show is set to start at 10pm, with the doors opening at 9pm. All ages are invited to attend. Ticket prices are $8 for those 21 and over, and $12 for everyone else.

Be ready to headbang the night away!
 

Best Live Music Venues in Fort Worth

Live music has really taken off in Fort Worth over the last decade. The city features an array of talent from many different genres. Not only do music lovers find country music in Fort Worth, but they can also enjoy live rock shows, dance clubs and even classical performances in the city.

There are several fantastic music venues for every type of concert imaginable. Knowing which venues to check out will make your weekends a lot more note worthy (pun intended).

Billy Bob's Texas

Located in the heart of the Stockyards, Billy Bob's has been one of the premier country music venues for many decades. Not only do famous acts perform here, but music lovers can also line dance to some of their favorite local country singers.

Lola's Saloon

Also situated in the Stockyards, Lola's mainly features rock music from local bands. The intimate setting makes it an ideal setting for listening to some of your favorite artists.

The Moon

Featuring Indie/Rock bands from all over the Metroplex, the Moon is a staple in the city. In the next year, it will be moving to the Ridglea Theater, a much larger location. Once it reopens there, the Moon is sure to become more popular than ever.

The Aardvark

Close to Texas Christian University, the Aardvark has been the local hangout of college students ever since it opened. On any given weekend, you will find the most current college tunes being played to a young crowd.

Bass Performance Hall

For those seeking classical music, the Bass Performance Hall is one of the most prolific performance venues in the country. Designed for concerts, plays and dance, the Bass Hall continues to sellout shows on a daily basis.

For those who live in Fort Worth, these venues are regular part of our weekend adventures. Those looking to visit the city should check them out and catch some great music.

Willie Nelson Returns to Fort Worth

On the Road Again...

American music legend Willie Nelson will be returning to Fort Worth on Friday, January 6 at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth.

The Texan native is well-known for his country hits that have topped the charts for decades. His unique take on music has set him apart from the rest and allowed Nelson to attract listeners from all over the world. You do not have to be a country music enthusiast to fall in love with the music of Willie Nelson.

The Fort Worth show is the fourth stop in Willie's 2012 tour that starts off in Austin. Of course, the tour begins in Texas, an homage to Willies' homeland. He is sure to perform some of his most requested classics, including "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." I am also sure that there will be some partying in the tour bus - *wink*.

The last time Willie Nelson came to Fort Worth was for Willie's 4th of July Picnic earlier this year. That show sold out completely, and fans raved about the event. He is known for putting on a show that really engages everyone in the audience.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Billy Bob's Texas. The tickets are selling anywhere from $20 all the way up to $60 from Billy Bob's, but ticket brokers are already making a killing offering them for up to $150 a pop. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to buy right away. You don't want to miss this event.

Doors open on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 6pm. It is an all-ages concert, but those 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Valid ID must be presented at the door.

 

War Party - 'Beginner's Luck'

The songs on War Party's debut LP Year of the D-g manage to carry an emotional heft usually absent from the garage-punk genre. Like the Thermals and the Descendents before them, War Party uses an aggressive, offhand sound to exercise real introspection. An impressive start from a very young Fort Worth band.

Zombie Western - The End... And The Aftermath

Post-rock will definitely be the soundtrack to the post-apocalypse. Most of the genre almost eagerly predicts the days after the end of days. Here's another dose of aural doom-juice from Fort Worth instrumental outfit Zombie Western. The six-song EP is entitled The End... And The Aftermath and it strikes up familiar genre territory with exciting new urgency. Stream the whole thing below.

 

Phantom Caste - "Here in Hundreds"

Here's the sunny first track off of this Fort Worth dream-glam outfit's most recent self-titled record. 

The Toadies - "Possum Kingdom"

I miss the way '90s alt rock sounds. The post-Pixies era felt so simple, so sunny in its dirty guitar riffs and barky vocals. Bringing up the lighter side of the grunge sound, the Fort Worth act The Toadies helped to pioneer the definitive markings of their decade. Their most famous single "Possum Kingdom" might be one of the happier-sounding songs about murder. Check out the only mildly creepy music video from this 1994 track below. 

 

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