Fort Worth has a live music scene that now rivals the variety, quality and quantity of bands and venues in Austin, a city that has for many years called itself the live music capital of Texas.
In fact, some say the live music scene in Fort Worth is better than it is in Austin, thanks to rapid development here and a bit of a decline there.
Rumor has it that there are now more live music venues in Fort Worth than in Austin, so it makes sense that Fort Worth gays and lesbians would want to get in on the excitement and entertainment too.
Fort Worth gay clubs may sometimes host some live music, but I can’t point you to a single gay live music venue in Fort Worth. And while Fort Worth’s straight clubs are generally safe and tolerant, I can’t recommend that you visit them if you’re expecting to be accepted. You just can’t be sure.
Instead, there are safer and better ways to participate in the vibrant Fort Worth live music scene — and ways to hear great music that won’t leave you feeling like a fish out of water.
Here’s some advice aimed specifically at Gay Fort Worth’s audience about how to enjoy live music in Tarrant County and stay safe too.
Get acquainted with Central Market’s patio.
Central Market, the specialty grocery store at I-30 and Hulen in West Fort Worth, hosts live music events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from March through October. The events are free and no purchase is necessary, but you can’t bring your own food or drinks.
Hundreds of people of all sorts attend, and there’s plenty of security. Rowdy drunks are generally not tolerated and are thrown out, keeping the atmosphere safe for all ages and persuasions. Just be careful not to spend too much on their high-end groceries and specialty beers.
Join the eclectic throng at Friday on the Green.
Sponsored by Fort Worth South and Fort Worth Weekly, Friday on the Green is a series of outdoor live music events held on Magnolia Green, a Near South Side urban field where organizers put up a stage — and rock from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. one Friday a month except in winter. Pick up a Weekly to see when the next one is happening.
Outside food and drinks are prohibited on the green too, but there are plenty of food trucks. Since these events draw a very Austin-ish crowd that’s generally as accepting as they are diverse, you should be fine there. And the police keep a watch on things.
Enjoy the Fort Worth festival scene.
Outdoor festivals are often a safer environment for gays and lesbians than dark and confining straight clubs, and Fort Worth has lots of festivals. Fortunately, all feature live music. Consider the Main Street Arts Festival or Mayfest first, but look for new and obscure festivals of all sorts. And yes, there’s a gay pride event every year, but it doesn’t usually feature live music.
Explore restaurant entertainment instead of venturing into bars.
Many Fort Worth restaurants offer live music and fun patios now, so check out a few of them.
Cleaner, safer and often more fun than a club, these restaurants welcome anyone who’s willing to pay for some food and drinks, but you’ll find the scene at some more appealing than at others.
Don’t Get Me Wrong
Please don’t think that there’s reason to be concerned for your safety in Fort Worth. It’s a generally safe town with good police and good security — and most venues and events are run by responsible business people who nurture a tolerant environment.
But we all feel more comfortable in some situations than in others, don’t we?
If you’re willing to step outside the confines of Gay Fort Worth and into the wider city, you’ll soon find that the Fort Worth live music scene offers plenty of great tunes for everyone.