Friday on the Green, a free community concert series produced by Near Southside Inc. and Near Southside Arts, returns this week.
The event took a hiatus in the spring of 2020 because of the pandemic. Starting Sept. 16, it will return to the Magnolia Green, located on Lipscomb between Magnolia Avenue and Rosedale Street; the event will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and feature numerous food options from Near Southside restaurants.
The wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines catalyzed the series’ return, said Megan Henderson, director of events and communications for Near Southside Inc.
“We said, ‘This is it. We’re ready to go,’” she said. “It was probably the event that we got questioned about most frequently, ‘When is Friday on the Green going to come back?’ ”
Introduced in 2008, the event’s original purpose was to give people a chance to experience the nightlife of the Near Southside. The first event attracted about 100 people. Since then, it has grown into a music festival with roughly 2,000 people per event before the hiatus.
In the past, this festival was once a month from April to June, but this season’s schedule will have a show happening every other week starting from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28.
“It’s a really cool way to show off all of the talent in the Near Southside community and give some artists who worked really hard on albums behind the scenes during the pandemic a moment to shine,” Henderson said.
The headliner for this Friday on the Green is the local indie band Cut Throat Finches. The band, which has been around since 2015, consists of singer-songwriter Sean Russell, guitarist Taylor Tatsch, bassist Robert Paine, keyboardist Eric Webb and drummer Draya Ruse.
“We are really excited not just to play, because it is literally our favorite event to play in Fort Worth,” Russell said. “(It) feels like the last remaining victim of the pandemic is finally revived.”
Russell feels that this will be a great way for Fort Worth musicians to reconnect with their fans and a great way to show that Fort Worth has more to offer than just the Stockyards.
“We hope that people from all over Fort Worth join us for Friday on the Green this year,” Henderson said.