May 8, 2017

Celebrate artistic expression on June 2nd and 3rd as we experience something new in Sundance Square. Part street painting exhibition and part live music festival, Plaza Palooza is a FREE event that will appeal to a wide variety of creatives and those who appreciate them.

Watch ten street artists bring chalk drawings to life on the east side of the Plaza beneath the large umbrellas Friday, June 2 from 1 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the masterpieces are complete. (Dust off your Instagram lens.) Learn more about the artists below.

Listen to local and visiting bands on the west side of the Plaza on Friday night, June 2 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Don’t worry. The fountains will be turned off for the occasion.) Specific bands and times are listed below.

In addition to the non-stop lineup of artists, Plaza Palooza will offer craft beer and other adult beverages, photo and GIF booths, and 35 blocks of shops (like Parts Unknown and francesca’s) and restaurants (like Waters and Istanbul) for attendees to enjoy. You may bring blankets and lawn chairs, but please leave the coolers at home. Your support of Sundance Square merchants enables us to continue providing free events like this for our Fort Worth friends and neighbors.

Featured Street Painters

Melanie Stimmell Van Latum is the only woman to hold the title of “maestra madonnara” (master street painter) in two countries: Italy and Germany, but her career began with eight years of work on the series South Park. In 2012, she and her husband started a 3D street painting company called We Talk Chalk.

Anat Ronen is a self-taught urban artist and dynamic street painter who has also painted over 200 original murals in Houston. She’s created works for clients as renowned as Neiman Marcus and Dr. Pepper.

Rebekah Tee is the founding art teacher at KIPP Houston Art School. Rebekah has been street painting for nine years. Some of her former students have become featured artists at street painting events.

Hung Pham’s artistic philosophy unites technological advancement with design and technique. He has become such a master of creating perspective trickery that Via Colori (an art festival fundraiser in Houston) invited him to teach a workshop on it.

 

The Bands

Winston Ramble — Friday, 6 p.m.
Genre: Folk/Rock/Jam
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Winston Ramble is a homegrown, folk-rock band that aims to interject the raw expression of rock-n-roll into the feel-good vibes of folk and bluegrass music.

Grady Spencer & the Work — Friday, 9 p.m.
Genre: Americana/Roots-Rock
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Simultaneously old-fashioned and new-fashioned, Grady Spencer & the Work is proud of their local roots. Their song “Things To Do” was featured in the 2017 Visit Fort Worth video.

The Gibbonses — Saturday, 11 a.m.
Genre: Southern Soul/Americana/Rhythm & Blues
Hometown: Dallas, TX
The Gibbonses combine a unique blend of southern soul, Americana, and rhythm & blues with raw passion and brutally honest songwriting. The married couple is known for being transparent on stage.

Brandy Zdan — Saturday, 1 p.m.
Genre: Rock-n-Roll
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Seasoned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Brandy Zdan, has strong vocals and an affinity for writing and arranging mature pop songs with hauntingly gorgeous melodies and edgy arrangements.

The Wicks — Saturday 3 p.m.
Genre: Soul/Folk
Hometown: Pacific Northwest
A soul/folk band that moved from their homeland in the Pacific Northwest to the heartland in Fort Worth, Texas, The Wicks’ gritty and perfectly imperfect music resounds in the hearts of folks across the country.

The Powell Brothers — Saturday 5 p.m.
Genre: Country/Americana
Hometown: Houston, TX
The Powell Brothers’ music has been praised for its catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, superb musicianship, and emphasis on vocal harmonies. Their philosophy is simple: Trust God. Work hard. Give thanks. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Blue Water Highway — Saturday, 7 p.m.
Genre: Americana
Hometown: San Marcos, TX
Biography: Blue Water Highway music is haunted and haunting, tough but melodic, top-of-the-line Americana. The sound is as unique as the Texas-Louisiana region from which they come.

Josh Weathers Music — Saturday, 9 p.m.
Genre: Soul
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
This band is a rock-n-soul infused, high energy powerhouse led by singer/songwriter Mr. Josh Weathers. Join these local favorites on an exciting journey of R&B, funk, rock, and soul.