Summer is the season of sunlight and the season of outdoor festivals, and for an event held in Texas recently, it was the combination of the two. Fittingly dubbed The Solar-Powered Music Festival, Fort Worth’s free outdoor music concert held on Saturday, June 16, promised big-name performers like the Romantics and the English Beat. But more than that, it showcased the amazing power of the sun—as giant solar panels amped up absolutely everything at this 100% totally solar-powered festival.
Solar Fest was designed to “showcase Fort Worth’s commitment to being a forward-thinking, green city,” according to the festival’s website.
Held on the Trinity River Project Property, minutes from downtown Fort Worth along the banks of the Trinity River, the 10-act Solar Fest featured performances from Tyler and the Northern Lights of Dallas, who began the day, as well as music from Ishi, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Chris Johnson of Telegraph Canyon and others. Other highlights included local beer, local vendors and food trucks, which were the one part of the festival not powered by solar energy.
Featuring a total of 10 acts, the festival was sponsored by RAHR & Sons Brewing Company and presented by DFW.com. Sustainable Waves, which also provides a solar stage for The Warp Tour, provided the solar stage and power for the event. All proceeds went to benefit Pug Rescue in honor of Rahr’s popular Ugly Pug craft beer, and attendees were invited to bring a donation of leashes, harnesses and heartworm or flea and tick medication, if not a cash donation, to help with pug rescue.
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