If you want to party with Leon Bridges, the breakout soul singer from Fort Worth, you may get your chance this New Year’s Eve when he’ll be at New Years in the Funk, a party .... somewhere in Fort Worth.
But you’ll be partying with him. Unless the spirit moves him to make a cameo or something, he is not scheduled to perform.
Bridges made his plans known in a recent Instagram post, which was first spotted by CultureMap Fort Worth.
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According to its website, New Years in the Funk will take place” 7 p.m. till late” at a location that is yet to be revealed, except that it’’s a “secret warehouse on the South Side of Fort Worth.”
“This warehouse party has been conceptualized to bring in 2019 through form, sound & culture by combining sculptural & light installations with selected musical performances,” says a statement on the website, which has some strobing effects of its own.
There will be music: Medicine Man Revival, the Dallas “futuristic soul collaboration of artistry, production and performance” by Keite Young and Jason Robert Burt; blues man C.S. Armstrong; Dallas producer/performer Picnictyme; self-described “cosmic funk” artist Ronnie Heart; and Asa Ace.
FWblackhouse and Studio Seance, a Dallas “design & creative consultancy,” are co-hosting the event. Food and drinks will be provided by Fort Worth’s Taco Heads. General admission is $45; VIP admission is $100. For tickets and updates, visit the New Years in the Funk 2018 events page on Facebook.
Bridges, who just received two Grammy Award nominations, is scheduled to perform at the Fortress Festival in late April in Fort Worth. According to his website, he is on a break from touring, but will resume in January with seven dates in Australia before starting a U.S. leg in April.
He has been known to make unexpected (albeit non-singing) appearances in Fort Worth: Former Star-Telegram staff writer once ran into him at a Walgreens in downtown Fort Worth, and he was the first customer at Melt Ice Creams’ Magnolia Avenue location after it moved from Rosedale Street in 2016.