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Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference at the Stockyards, a new music networking conference for aspiring agents, managers, promoters, and emerging local Texas-based artists, will take place across multiple venues at the Stockyards in Fort Worth, TX, from March 2 through March 4, 2023. The inaugural event includes panel discussions and keynote speakers featuring well-established and highly respected live music industry executives, networking opportunities, workshops, and live performances.


Produced by Live Nation, in partnership with Chef Tim Love and Larry Joe Taylor, the Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference at the Stockyards aims to generate awareness surrounding the Texas music scene while working to build an infrastructure where artists can establish and grow their career in Texas and beyond. The conference will unite music enthusiasts and provide rising artists with an overview on how to enter and establish themselves within the live music industry, while also serving as a showcase for up-and-coming Texas-based talent.


The conference will extend across several venues in the Stockyards, including Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Tannahill’s Tavern Lounge, White Elephant, Atico Restaurant and Lounge, Love Shack, The Barn at Hotel Drover, and more to be announced.


Event passes for the conference will go on sale beginning Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m. at One pass will get attendees into all panel discussions, attend workshops with established artists, network with industry experts, and see new, emerging Texas-based talent in the heart of Fort Worth, TX.


Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Eddie Kolesel, Why & How Management

Artists Josh Abbott and Brendon Anthony of the Texas Music Office

Martha Taylor, Promoter and Attorney for LJT Festival

Artist Radney Foster

Artist and festival promoter Larry Joe Taylor and Quinn Donahue of C3 Presents

Henry Glasscock, booking agent from WME

Ray Johnston, former professional basketball player, cancer survivor, and now artist,

…and more to be added!


Artists scheduled to perform include: Mike Ryan, Kevin Fowler, Radney Foster, Graycie York, Josh Weathers, Gary P. Nunn, Michael Martin Murphey, Deryl Dodd, Prophets & Outlaws, The Tejas Brothers, Davin James, Max Stalling, Dave Perez, Tommy Alverson, Larry Joe Taylor, and more.


“Our vision is to celebrate the musical heritage and history of the Stockyards and to create an experience that unites this landmark district in the heart of Texas,” said Chef Tim Love. “The Stockyards is home to so many iconic venues, it couldn’t be a better time to showcase the destination through the lens of live music.”


“We are creating the Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference to serve as an infrastructure in Texas where aspiring managers, artists, promoters, and talent, or anyone who wants to enter the music business, can network with industry executives in a live music setting and gain insight,” said Larry Joe Taylor.


“Texas is a real hot bed for music and now we are seeing more & more artists from our state on the national stage,” said Anthony Nicolaidis, Market President, Live Nation. “This conference will be an opportunity for many who want to learn more about or establish themselves in the live music industry, and, Fort Worth and The Stockyards is the perfect backdrop for the conference -  giving attendees a campus feel while also featuring so many great performance venues.”


The Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference at the Stockyards begins with a VIP Party at Tannahill’s on March 1, followed by three days of panels, workshops and performances from Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4. A special acknowledgement of Texas Independence Day is planned for March 2.


Additional panel participants and moderators, as well as discussion topics and the full performance schedule will be announced shortly.


More information:


About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit



About Tim Love

Texas chef Tim Love is known as much for his vibrant personality as his signature urban western cuisine. Love is the chef and owner of Love Management, Inc., which includes Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (Fort Worth, Austin, Knoxville), Woodshed Smokehouse (Fort Worth), Love Shack (Fort Worth, DFW Airport, Knoxville, and Houston), Queenie's Steakhouse (Denton, TX), White Elephant Saloon (Fort Worth), Gemelle (Fort Worth), Atico (Fort Worth), Paloma Suerte (Fort Worth), Hotel Otto (Fort Worth), Catarina’s (Fort Worth) and Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall (Fort Worth). The later is in partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment provider.


Through Love Management, Inc., Love's influence extends beyond the restaurant industry with a growing entrepreneurial footprint in both the event and entertainment spheres including a strategic alignment with music festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, as well as holding the title of official chef for Austin City Limits and co-founder of Austin Food & Wine. Love will also debut Woodshed Smokehouse outlets at select Live Nation venues, including the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX. For more information about Tim Love, please visit and check out @cheftimlove on Instagram.

About Larry Joe Taylor
Larry Joe Taylor is an avid songwriter, rancher, and festival producer. He began his festival career in 1989 by hosting a small gathering in the small town of Mingus, west of Fort Worth where he and some of his songwriting friends to perform their tunes and hopefully draw a few fans. The idea was to provide a music friendly environment in which both the artists and fans felt welcome and on common ground. Today, Taylor and his family produce the largest independently-owned outdoor 6-day music festival in Texas, known as the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival, and often referred to as “LJT”. Not only does the Taylor family host multiple live music events year-round on the 380 acre “Melody Mountain Ranch” in Stephenville, Texas, Larry and his crew have produced and co-produced off-site live music events at other venues such as “Pickin’ at Possum” at The Lush (Possum Kingdom Lake), “Hot Chili Days Cool Mountain Nights” in Red River, NM, “Island Time” in Isla Mujeres, MX, “Coastin and Cruisin” Songwriter’s Cruise, and many others. For all information on Larry Joe Taylor, his music and schedule, and his events, visit

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