Pre-parade performance floats will enter parade route at 4:00 PM, on Weatherford Street. They will stage between Houston Street and Commerce Street, and then move to positions around the route. The floats will then move around the route and stop at different points and perform.
Please enjoy these performances, featuring local entertainment to be announced October 15, 2020!
A special Fort Worth THANK YOU to our performers for the 2019 parade:
Grady Spencer (Grand Marshal) and the Work (Entry #4)
Born in Lubbock and raised in the country outside of a town called Paducah, Grady Spencer’s roots dig deep into Texas soil. By day, Spencer is a foreman for a commercial construction company. By any other time, he’s songwriter and front-man of Grady Spencer & The Work.
The Work originally formed in 2013 on the stage of Paradox Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Drummer Blake Sager was joined by bassist Johnny Hatcher in 2016, followed by guitarist Tyler Martin in 2018. The Work’s music reflects its members: honest, good-timing, with a nod to blue-collar roots.
In 2013, the band recorded and self-produced its first album at 1916 Studios in Kyle, Texas. Released that same year, Sleep was the band’s first introduction to the Fort Worth music scene. “Things to Do” was eventually picked up by the Fort Worth Visitors Bureau via Tom Martens, and in 2017 the city sent Spencer and The Work to Niles City Sound to rerecord and release the track as a single.
Sophomore record The Line Between was primarily tracked at January Sound in Dallas, Texas. The band worked with Magnolia Records and released the album in 2016. The Line Between carried the band beyond Forth Worth city limits—a following started to crop up across the state and numbers rose on streaming platforms, catapulting The Work to their next album.
Celebrate, The Work’s most recent album, was recorded with Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas in 2018.
Jack Barksdale (Entry #36)
Jack Barksdale has been called a “musical phenomenon” by Buddy Magazine)an “old soul” by the Fort Worth Weekly) and “amazing to watch” by DFW.com. Jack Barksdale is a 12-year-old singer/songwriter who started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, and Hayes Carll. In June of this year Jack released a live album recorded at famed Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX.
DJ Soft Cherry (Entry #56)
DJ SOFT CHERRY is a female DJ from Fort Worth, TX. With an ear for what sounds good, DJ SOFT CHERRY takes inspiration from a wide variety of musical genres, sampling everything from 90s RNB, 80s New Wave, and Hip-Hop to current hits and unique deep house remixes. Her one-of-a-kind performances absorb listeners with an unmatched emotional intensity, and can elevate the vibe for any type of event.
Squeezebox Bandits (Entry #67)
(From the Fort Worth Weekly): The Squeezebox Bandits sound a whole lot like Texas. Their mix of Tejano and C&W reflects the upbringing of the quartet’s frontman, Abel Casillas, who grew up in the predominantly Hispanic North Side under the influence of a tapestry of cross-cultural music.
The group has carved out a spot for themselves in Fort Worth’s music scene thanks in part to a relentless schedule packed with up to five gigs a week for the past two years, some good relationships, and a sound that connects with a wide audience, drawing in fans of Tejano and country alike.
Danni & Kris (Entry #92)
Recently nominated by the Fort Worth Weekly as DFW’s best singer/songwriter and voted “Favorite Local Celebrities”, Danni and Kris are two Texas natives who perform all over the state. Together they have released two albums, played the same events alongside Eli Young Band and ZZ Top, and are on stage 5-7 times a week. The two grew up in the same neighborhood for quite some time, never knowing the other one was just around the block. It wasn’t until after their teen years that they met, through a large amount of mutual friends on FaceBook where Kris messaged Danni, “We should get together and jam sometime”. The rest is D&K history.
Undeniably, Danni & Kris took the best parts of their own selves to create a super band by appearing on Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox 4. They hit every major venue and you’re sure to catch them at venues such as Bass Performace Hall, Billy-Bobs, The Rustic, Sundown at Granada, Toyota Music Factory, The Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Convention center, and much more. Their quirky-cool vibes EP “Daydream” is now on iTunes and Spotify! Catch their new FULL LENGTH album “Mountain Sounds” out on all listening platforms.