April 24, 2024

Chef Tim Love is one of the minds behind the Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference.

Chef Tim Love is one of the minds behind the Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference.

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Chef Tim Love is eager for fans to check out many artists at the second annual Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference.

Chief among them is Fort Worth native Louie TheSinger, whose song “Down Here” featuring Paul Wall went viral last year.

“He’s the example of what this festival is all about,” Love said. “Discovering new talent to where eventually they become our biggest headliner a couple years down the road, or a year down the road.”

Love is one of the people behind the Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference, along with Live Nation and country music icon Larry Joe Taylor.

Over 40 local and national artists are lined up to perform at the event next week, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 2. On the conference side, ticket holders can attend panel discussions and network with those involved in the local and statewide music scene.

Tickets for the festival and conference are available online, here.

The full lineup for the 2024 Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference.
The full lineup for the 2024 Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference. Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference

This is the second annual festival and conference after last year’s events drew over 3,500 people to the Stockyards.

Love said feedback from last year changed things going into year two, including adding an outdoor stage and a new venue at the Cowboy Channel Studio. Additional music will lengthen the Saturday lineup, after being a little short in 2023.

New changes to the conference include adding more breakout sessions for people to drill down into specific interest areas such as venue operation and booking talent.

“We’re really pushing the conference because there’s not a place in Texas for young artists, managers and agents to come mingle and learn,” Love said. “In order to improve the music scene, you got to give people the education.”

Along with expanding access to the local and statewide music scene, the Fort Worth Music Festival and Conference will give people a taste of the Stockyards.

Festivities will be spread out across seven venues in the Stockyards: Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Tannahill’s Lounge, White Elephant, Love Shack, Billy Bob’s Texas, Cowboy Channel Studio and an outdoor stage.

Love recommends people make the most of the experience, whether that be listening to a few artists and then getting a drink at Tannahill’s or stopping by Lonesome Dove for a steak. Having the festivities in the Stockyards gives attendees a “choose-your-own-adventure” feel.

At the end of the day, Love said the festival supports the local music scene which has seen its share of venue closures over the last several months.

“As we see these music venues in Fort Worth come and go, we need to support the music and support live music especially,” Love said. “So we keep seeing these great bands develop out of our city.”

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Brayden Garcia is a service journalism reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020, where he worked at the student newspaper, The Shorthorn. He previously covered education at The Dallas Morning News.


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