The Show: Friday, September 29, 2004
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The Elite return from the ’60s to garage-rock the Fort.
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Trinity Park

By Justin Press

Before the heyday of the Fort Worth rock scene — back in the ’70s, when the convention center played host to bunches of national acts almost weekly; when The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones all made their ways to the Will Rogers complex; when Panther Hall opened its doors to new acts like the Electric Light Orchestra and Journey; and when record stores like LP Goodbye existed — there was a thrilling local scene, especially on the East and South sides. Young upstart musicians, modeling all the London fashions, created their own versions of the English bands that were sweeping the nation. Fort Worth was, indeed, garageland.

Bands like the Cynics, The Nomads, The Jades, and Loose Ends (featuring current big time producer T-Bone Burnett) were tearing up the youth halls and high school gymnasiums with fuzzed-out sounds that were part-Kinks, part-Yardbirds, and part-Them with nods toward the Fab Four and The Glimmer Twins. Fort Worth was its own universe, and like Tulsa, Little Rock, and Albuquerque, became a scene unto itself. This influential period was chronicled last year with the release of a three-c.d. set, Fort Worth Teen Scene 1964-1967 Vol. I-III, on Norton Records.

In the spirit of ’66, some of those same bands, including The Elite and Larry and the Bluenotes, will be performing this weekend to raise money for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and in turn, re-igniting some of the excitement they provided when “The Fort” was but a growth region with a unique taste in music. There will also be visual art for sale and a charity auction.

Sun at Trinity Park, FW. musicandartsagogo@yahoo.com


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