The 2024 Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference is planned for multiple venues in the Fort Worth Stockyards February 28 through March 2, with a full festival schedule, including performances, conference panelists, topics, workshops, and venues to be announced soon, organizers said.
The inaugural event earlier this year drew more than 3,500 attendees from more than 25 U.S. states to shows and panel discussions at 10 participating music venues in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The 2024 event will feature panel discussions and keynote speakers with well-established and highly respected live music industry executives, networking opportunities, workshops, and live performances.
Produced by Live Nation in partnership with Chef Tim Love and Larry Joe Taylor, the event seeks to generate awareness surrounding the Texas music scene while working to build an infrastructure where artists can establish and grow their career in Texas and beyond.
The conference will be held at several venues in the Stockyards, including Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Tannahill’s Lobby, White Elephant, Love Shack, Billy Bob’s, Cowboy Channel Studio, an outdoor stage, as well as more stages to be announced.
Organizers said the conference will unite music enthusiasts and provide rising artists with an overview on how to enter and establish themselves in the live music industry. The festival will also serve as a showcase for established acts and up-and-coming talent.
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment company, composed of Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship.
Providing ‘a music friendly environment’
Noted Fort Worth chef Tim Love is known as much for his dynamic personality as he is for his signature urban western cuisine. Love is the chef and owner of Love Management, which includes Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (Fort Worth, Austin, Knoxville), Woodshed Smokehouse (Fort Worth), Love Shack (Fort Worth, DFW Airport, Knoxville, and Houston), Queenie’s Steakhouse (Denton), White Elephant Saloon (Fort Worth), Gemelle (Fort Worth), Atico (Fort Worth), Paloma Suerte (Fort Worth), Hotel Otto (Fort Worth), Caterina’s (Fort Worth) and Tannahill’s Tavern and Music Hall (Fort Worth).
Through Love Management, Love’s influence extends beyond the restaurant industry with a growing entrepreneurial footprint in both the event and entertainment arenas including a
strategic alignment with music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, as well as holding the title of official chef for Austin City Limits and co-founder of Austin Food & Wine.
Love also debuted Woodshed Smokehouse outlets at select Live Nation venues, including Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas.
Taylor is an avid songwriter, rancher, and festival producer.
He began his festival career in 1989 by hosting a small gathering in the small town of Mingus, west of Fort Worth, where he and some of his songwriting friends wanted to perform their songs and draw a few fans. The idea was to provide a music friendly environment in which both the artists and fans felt welcome and on common ground, organizers said.
Today, Taylor and his family produce the largest independently owned outdoor six-day music festival in Texas, known as the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival, and often referred to as “LJT,” and hosted by the Taylor family on their 380 acre “Melody Mountain Ranch” in Stephenville and Taylor. He and his crew host other events at the Stephenville ranch and produce and co-produce off-site live music events at other venues, including “Pickin’ at Possum” at The Lush (Possum Kingdom Lake), “Hot Chili Days Cool Mountain Nights” in Red River, N.M., “Island Time” in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, “Coastin and Cruisin” Songwriter’s Cruise, and many others.
Early bird tickets for the music festival and conference are on sale now and start at $49.50.
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