Concert review: Fort Worth Weekly Awards concert
by Michelle Parsons
The Burning Hotels were the best performers of the night - and the best we've seen them so far.
The Burning Hotels take their name very seriously.FORT WORTH - The lineup
for Fort Worth Weekly's Music Award Festival is impressive. I was excited --
like school-girl-jumping-up-and-down-hand-claps excited. The nominees this
year truly are the best of the best Cowtown has to offer. Thirty-six bands,
including Josh Weathers, The Orbans, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The Burning
Hotels, and Calhoun played in six venues. So I embarked on a quest (a
50-minute, 278-move Mapquest-directed quest) from Richardson to the 7th
Street corridor for stellar tunes and a little heat exhaustion. Here's the
diary of my travels:
6:55 p.m.: The Burning Hotels start sound checks. Co-frontman Chance Morgan
promises he's not a prima donna. As the crowd packs in, the temp (and
tempers) start to flare. One employee turns on two overhead fans. Tempers
back to chill mode.
7:04 p.m.: The quartet dives into "Stuck In the Middle" and blazes through
the next 40 minutes with style and finesse. This was the best set I'd heard
thus far, and turned out to be the best of the entire night. Drummer Wyatt
Adams pushed the tempo as fast as his hands could move, and the rest
followed suit in a wave of succinct harmonizing and peppy guitar plucks.
They toasted Lola's and the rest of the 7th Street venues with "Boy or a
Girl," a song Morgan said was written about his hometown hangouts.
Quaker City Nighthawks at Lola's 6th (June 18)
Here's QCN performing in Fort Worth for The Orbans' CD release party. It's a
good peek at them performing live. NOTE: Watch the volume; we don't want to
blow your speakers. Video posted by StephenTall on YouTube.
7:40 p.m.: After The Burning Hotels ended their set with the infectious
"Austin's Birthday," we leave Lola's refreshed and spunky and head to The
Pour House for Quaker City Nighthawks.