Concert attendees asked to donate to charities instead of admission fee

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    The First Friday on the Green concert series hosts its last concert of the year with Dallas-Fort Worth bands Stella Rose, Oil Boom and Skeleton Coast.

    The Fort Worth Weekly and Fort Worth South Inc. sponsor the free concert series, held during warm weather months (April through October,) from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Magnolia Green Park in the Near Southside area of Fort Worth.

    Non-profit organization Fort Worth South Inc. chooses a local charity each month to help through donations from concert attendees.

    Although the concert is free, Fort Worth South Inc. is seeking donations of paper towels, forever stamps, copy paper, Kleenex and toilet paper for The Warm Place, which provides grief and loss relief for young children.

    Along with the enjoying the music, those attending can also purchase food and drink from either of the two food trucks from Central Market or Chadra Mezza & Grill. Outside coolers, drinks and food are discouraged.

    Attendees usually come armed with folding chairs, pets and family members; the event is targeted at families and music fans in the Fort Worth community. Attendance at the series usually reaches to about 1,400, Mike Brennan, planning and development head of Fort Worth South Inc., said.

    “There’s a real synergy with the event,” Brennan said.

    Local sponsors also get involved with the event. Trinity Bicycles owner Bernie Scheffler set up a free bike valet for the concert series because many attendees showing up on bikes.

    Another sponsor, Sloan Clark, an agent from State Farm Insurance, also helped provide activities like face painting at the event.

    Brennan said many local bands playing Fort Worth area venues such as Lola’s Fort Worth or The Moon Bar use the event to their advantage by promoting their Friday night shows as unofficial after parties for First Friday concerts. In fact, Fort Worth band Calhoun said exactly that about their acoustic set at The Moon on Sept. 2, which happened to be after the First Friday event was over.

    Fort Worth South Inc. came up with the idea for First Fridays on the Green to bring the Near Southside neighborhood together and foster a more unified community feeling, Brennan said.

    Fliers and advertisements for the event can be found in issues of Fort Worth Weekly, on the Fort Worth Weekly website.