Ready for some music?Festival Week kicked off Monday with the Hot Beats & Cold Brews Concerts in downtown Mansfield, and will gain momentum as it rolls toward Friday with the Wurst Fest and culminates in the Historic Mansfield Music and Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday.Nuclear polka band Brave Combo takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the alternative-country Old 97’s headlining the festival at 9 p.m. Fort Worth bluesman Buddy Whittington closes the festival at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.But there’s a lot of music, art and food on tap before then. And all of the concerts are free. The Hot Beats & Cold Brews Concerts, which feature live music and food trucks at businesses on Main Street, continue at 6:30 p.m. today with Jim Suhler and Jason Elmore at the Farr Best Theatre, 109 N. Main St., and the Tyree Lindsey Duo at DayDream Photography, 124 N. Main St., and food by Bombay Chop Stix food truck. Thursday night’s bands will be Wendy Colonna and Dave Madden at DayDream and Mack & Dyan at the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St. The Sassy Hot Dogs food truck will be on the scene for dinner.Friday night, the music hits the streets with Doug Maguire and Swing Machine at 5:30 p.m. and the funky Buster Brown Band at 7:30 p.m. for Wurst Fest. Food and other vendors will line Main Street for the German-themed evening.On Saturday and Sunday, the concerts branch out to four stages, two on Main Street, another at the Farr Best Theater and the final band, 80s cover band Live 80, will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday at Fat Daddy’s, 781 W. Debbie Lane. Anyone with a festival bracelet will receive free admission to Fat Daddy’s.In addition to more than a dozen bands, the weekend will feature arts and crafts, a chili cook-off, classic car show and a bevy of food vendors.
For more information on Festival Week, go to www.mansfieldfestival.com.