Cody Johnson & Friends performed another SOLD OUT show on October 15th. This live performance featured Cody Johnson with special guests Randy Houser & Hailey Whitters. The gates opened at 5:30pm and music began around 6:30pm. Over 13,000 concert attendees were able to enjoy food, drinks, merchandise and live country music with a gorgeous backdrop of Downtown Fort Worth!
Week 5 of Rockin’ the River was the best happy hour of the season! We enjoyed one last evening of live music, tubing on the Trinity River, food, drinks and sandy feet! On August 11th, we listened to headliner Dirty River Boys with the Peterson Bros and Dustin Massey on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage and CINCH Stage.
To our 2022 sponsors, thank you for helping us rock this summer! To our 2022 attendees, an even bigger thank you for spending your Thursday happy hours with us! It was an amazing season filled with sunshine and smiles!
WEEK 5 ROCKIN’ THE RIVER SCHEDULE:
5:00pm- Gates Open
5:15pm- Dustin Massey on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
6:45pm- Dirty River Boys on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
8:25pm- Dustin Massey on the CINCH Stage
Rockin’ the River Week 4 was our biggest turnout of the season! Hundreds of people dressed in their favorite swimsuits headed to Panther Island Pavilion on August 4th for some fun on the Trinity River! We jammed out to live music from headliner Kyle Park with Bencjones and Seth James while enjoying food and drinks from our vendors! Join us for the LAST week of Rockin’ the River this Thursday for Week 5!
WEEK 4 ROCKIN’ THE RIVER SCHEDULE:
5:00pm- Gates Open
5:15pm- Bencjones on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
6:45pm- Kyle Park on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
8:25pm- Seth James on the CINCH Stage
The weather was hot, but the vibes were amazing at Rockin’ the River Week 3 at Panther Island Pavilion on July 28th! We had a great turnout as attendees enjoyed live music from the Trinity River and the beach area! This past week we listened to headliner Triston Marez with Austin English and the Squeezebox Bandits. Use a free cooler, courtesy of North Texas Marine, to take your snacks and drinks from the vendors onto the water! As awesome as these coolers are, they have to be returned at the end of the night, but they are definitely a happy hour essential during Rockin’ the River! Join us at Week 4 this coming Thursday!
WEEK 3 ROCKIN’ THE RIVER SCHEDULE:
5:00pm- Gates Open
5:15pm- Squeezebox Bandits on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
6:45pm- Triston Marez on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
8:25pm- Austin English on the CINCH Stage
Rockin’ the River Week 2 was a blast at Panther Island Pavilion on July 21st! We enjoyed live music from John Baumann and Lorena Leigh on Coors Light Waterfront Stage followed by David Beck’s Tejano Weekend on the CINCH Stage. Friends and families grabbed their swimsuits and tubes to relax, float and listen to live music! Our VIP season pass holders were able to enjoy some great food while viewing the stages from the shaded VIP area. From kids playing in the sand to adults splashing and singing in the water, this free weekly concert series is fun for everyone! Be a part of the fun at Week 3 next Thursday!
WEEK 2 ROCKIN’ THE RIVER SCHEDULE:
5:00pm- Gates Open
5:15pm- Lorena Leigh on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
6:45pm- John Baumann on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
8:25pm- David Beck’s Tejano Weekend on the CINCH Stage
We had an awesome turnout at Rockin’ the River Week 1 on July 14th! This free weekly concert series is a summer favorite and many people came out to enjoy live music, floating, food and more! Attendees were able to rent tubes, bring their own or rent other watercrafts from Backwoods Paddlesports to enjoy the live music from the water. There were two food vendors on site along with multiple bars for attendees to enjoy. While Week 1 was awesome, we cannot wait to kick off Week 2 with you!
WEEK 1 ROCKIN’ THE RIVER SCHEDULE:
5:00pm- Gates Open
5:15pm- Ginny Mac on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
6:45pm- The Texas Gentlemen on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage
8:25pm- Bubba Bellin on the CINCH Stage
Lord Huron, an American indie rock band based out of Los Angeles, took over Panther Island Pavilion on October 22, 2021! The gates opened at 7:00 pm and supporting artist, Squirrel Flower, performed at 8:00 pm prior to Lord Huron taking the stage.
Thousands of people came out to listen to their amazing music! With food trucks, merchandise, an outstanding performance and a gorgeous night view of downtown Fort Worth, this concert was one of the best this season at the pavilion!
Zeds Dead and the Deadbeats: The Revival Tour made a stop at Panther Island Pavilion on September 4, 2021. Thousands of people gathered around the main stage at the pavilion to see a stacked lineup including music from Herobust, Rusko, Troyboi, the headliner Zeds Dead as well as many others!
This stop at Panther Island Pavilion was a part of a coats-to-coast Deadbeats label tour. The tour consisted of 13 shows that began on September 3rd at New York’s Electric Zoo. After stopping in Fort Worth on Sept. 5th the tour will visit Minneapolis, Seattle, Kapolei, Detroit, and more.
Cody Johnson & Friends returned to Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, June 26! — Fort Worth, TX.
Cody Johnson not only brought the party but brought yet another SOLD OUT show to Panther Island Pavilion! Ian Munsick kicked off the party this past weekend. The concert continued throughout the night with Josh Ward and Kevin Fowler on the Main Stage all before Cody Johnson wrapped up the night with a great show!
Tiesto added Fort Worth, TX as a stop on his Back to Business Tour on June 12, 2021. He took the stage on the Main Stage and Tchami closed out the night with an afterparty at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion. Thousands of fans gathered coming from near and far, traveling into Fort Worth from across the state of Texas, along with many out-of-staters! Both shows were sold-out events.
Tiesto was dubbed one of the first large outdoor concerts of its kind to occur within the DFW metroplex since the start of the pandemic. Thanks to Disco Donnie for bringing yet another great show to Panther Island Pavilion!
Rockin’ the River Press:
“Rollin’ on the River: Top 15 Fun Floating Festivals Worldwide”- American Express Essentials
“Trinity River: 21 Lazy Rivers to Float This Summer across the U.S.” – Travel Channel
“Trinity River: 9 Natural Rivers in Texas You Have to Check Out This Summer for a Tubing Adventure” – Only In Your State
Rockin’ the River kicks off July 3rd with Jonathan Tyler headlining the all-day Music and Tubing Series
Popular Fort Worth tradition returns Saturdays at Panther Island Pavilion.
FORT WORTH, TX – Rockin’ the River is back for an exciting tenth year of popular music and tubing at Panther Island Pavilion. A Texas-sized lineup including five bands and fireworks show each Saturday from July 3 thru August 7 will continue what has become a Fort Worth summer tradition along the Trinity River.
Each week, the gates will open at 1:00pm with five different bands playing back-to-back sets beginning around 2:15pm on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage. After the headlining band finishes at 8:15pm, the water party moves to the shore with the fifth and final band playing until 9:25pm on the after-party stage before a weekly fireworks display.
Although Jonathan Tyler was born in Birmingham, Alabama, he later relocated to Dallas where he formed his band Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights. They take cues from Southern rock veterans like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Black Crowes, and Led Zeppelin and have toured extensively with the likes of Heart, Kid Rock, and O.A.R. as well as playing major festivals including Austin City Limits Music Festival, Forecastle Festival, Summerfest, SXSW, and others. Tyler and the Northern Lights will bring their muscled sound to Fort Worth to headline the opening weekend of this year’s Rockin’ the River stage on July 3. Carson Jeffrey will bring his honest, raw, and often emotional country-rock sound to the party to round out the first weekend when the show moves back to the land for the after-party.
Stephenville-natives Giovannie and the Hired Guns will deliver their high-energy show and unique Texas country sound on July 10. The band continues to make a name for themselves in the Texas music ranks, where they are known for playing thrilling shows that always keep fans on their toes. The fun continues all day with Ross Cooper, Dustin Massey, and local fave Austin English. The Lowdown Drifters will bring their country, folk, and rock-infused sound to the after-party crowd.
Fan favorites The Dirty River Boys return to the Rockin’ the River stage on July 17. Beers and fists are often raised as the Boys’ amped guitars and fiddle-fired energy deliver a dynamic live experience fans will not soon forget. Dallas-based Saints Eleven will also bring their Texas country and rock blend to the stage that day. After four potent albums, 14 charted radio singles, and a slew of virally intensive music videos & regular co-bills with many of the top artists in the scene, lead singer Jeff Grossman and the band say they are just getting started. Hellbound Glory will bring music from their latest release Pure Scum to the after-party stage. The band credits influences from Hank Williams to Nirvana and pumps out a country and roots rock vibe.
Chris Colston has been playing music since his stepfather signed him up from drum lessons at the age of seven. Now he’s headlining the Rockin’ the River stage with his gritty Texas roots, blues, and rock n’ roll sound. Colston will headline the waterfront stage on July 24. Another raising star on the Texas/Red Dirt scene, Cody Hibbard, will round out the night on the after-party stage. Hibbard honed his songwriting skills and deep-rooted love of country music riding around on his dad’s tractor as a kid and later at the United States Naval Academy. It’s a show you won’t want to miss.
Cody Canada & The Departed return to the RTR stage on July 31. Canada and his band are a surefire recipe for a good time. This year his son, Dierks Cobain Canada, will also take the stage with his band Waves. The star-studded Saturday will also include Austin Meade as he continues to make waves throughout the state and beyond with his powerful performance style. Jarrod Morris will close out the night with his no fluff, raw, and real lyrics and genre-blurring sound.
John Baumann is excited to be back on the stage to support his latest release Country Shade released last year. He will close out the series on August 7 on the main waterfront stage. Jon Stork brings his unique “rockytonk” and soul sound to the after-party stage on the final weekend. Newcomers to the RTR festival – Teague Brothers Band, Taylor Hunnicutt, and Western Youth round up the final weekend’s lineup.
In addition to live music on two stages; food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Rain or shine, we rock the river. In the event of inclement weather, the party does not stop. We simply move the fun over to The Shack. Nightcap? You bet. Each event ends with a fireworks show right on the banks of the Trinity River.
Thirty bands over the six-week music series will perform at Rockin’ the River. Check out the full band line-up and other details at: rockintheriverfw.com.
Rockin’ the River is presented by Coors Light. It is generously sponsored by 95.9 The Ranch and North Texas Marine. Rockin’ the River benefits Tarrant Regional Water District’s (TRWD) Trinity River recreation and programming initiatives on Panther Island.
The Panther Island Pavilion Beach is open 7 days a week through Labor Day weekend with various beach and river activities including a roped-off swim area, food and beverage concessions, and tube and watersports rentals.
2020 has been a year for the history books. Panther Island Pavilion was a popular place for outdoor activities this year providing a park space to escape from the challenges that the pandemic brought on. Be it in a tube, on a bike or in a virtual format the community found ways to support causes and create fun while staying safe.
Read below a few highlights
- The annual Fort Worth’s Fourth fireworks show returned to the skies over Panther Island Pavilion even larger than ever this year. In-person activities were canceled but the show went on offering kids and adults alike the opportunity to safely celebrate our Independence Day from afar. Event staff coordinated a complete shutdown of the festival site and surrounding arterials, encouraging the community to watch from afar or by livestream from their home to maintain social distancing. KDFW Fox 4 provided a live stream and 95.9 The Ranch broadcasted the music. The fireworks show was made possible by generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and TRWD and celebrated those that fought for our freedom and honored first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone on the front line.
- New this year, the Panther Island Beach concessions expanded to 6 days a week. A concession stand served trail users and beachgoers with drinks and snacks available to purchase. On weekends, a food truck, waterfront yoga classes, and acoustic performers were added. Rental options were expanded to include more pedal boats to keep up with the demand. The Panther Island Pavilion Beach provided an option for people to bring their families and enjoy the Trinity River. With white squares painted across the lawn, the set up worked perfectly for families to choose a spot and safely social distance.
- Waterfront Yoga Sundays started during the summer months and due to popularity, the sessions were extended through the end of the year thanks to yoga instructor Jordan Palmer of Fort Worth Community Yoga.
- Oktoberfest Fort Worth was canceled this year, but that did not stop fans from celebrating in their own way! The festival still sold their classic hat pins and steins with proceeds benefitting TRWD’s Trinity River recreation & programming initiatives. Fans tuned into Facebook for a virtual prost with Alex Meixner who sang Ein Prosit in honor of the festival.
- The inaugural River and Blues Festival brought live music back to the Main Stage on November 13 and 14. The diverse line up featured performers such as Maddie & Tae, Samantha Fish, Bart Crow, Casey James, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Kirk House, Charley Crockett, Kody West, Southern Avenue, Johnathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, and Alaina Kay. Festival-goers had a choice between VIP tables or general admission tickets which offered a white painted square for attendees to put their chairs and properly social distance on the lawn.
- Backwoods Paddlesports opened up for their 8th season offering canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. More than 12,500 individuals paddled with them this season, an 88% increase from 2019. Customers also had the opportunity to help clean the Trinity and collect around 200 bags of trash during their time out on the river. With the growing popularity of the river recreation, Backwoods hosted five on Sunset and Night paddles for the second year in a row, which accommodated 42 people.
- Fort Worth Bike Sharing B-cycle station located at Taylor Circle has made it easier than ever to hop on and off at the venue and enjoy the Trinity Trails. The station is the best overall performing downtown station and the 7th best overall performing station. Over 5,069 bikes were checked out at the Taylor Circle to date in 2020 which is a 140% increase from 2019.
- Operation Airdrop was a tribute that occurred on Memorial Day to honor healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as always for our military heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Due to the rainfall happening during the early afternoon in Fort Worth, the scheduled parachute was unable to happen, but veteran parachuters met at the top of the hill at PIP for a smoke and ground show.
- The Veterans Day Parade mobilized in the parking lot of Panther Island Pavilion on November 11. There was a brief opening ceremony followed by a Marine Corps Flyover at 11am. Shortly after the flyover, the motorcade began their route down Forest Park Boulevard where watchers stood and cheered, then circled back to Panther Island Pavilion.
- Step Up For Down Syndrome, Fort Worth Marathon, Pumpkin Spice, and Thanksgiving Day Run offered an in-person opportunity to hop on the Trinity trails for a walk or run. The events were modified to reduce gathering and provided a fun and safe way to exercise.
- Jude Walk, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Great Strides all continued to raise money and host their events virtually, encouraging participants to get out and walk for a cause in their own neighborhood.