Worth the wait

After a brief affair with Austin, the annual Melodica Festival comes back home

As the festival approaches, Dover is only now finalizing the roster of DJs who'll be performing upstairs at the theater on Saturday. But the rest of the lineup is set, and though he hasn't heard all of this year's performers yet, Dover is certain that at least "10 of my new favorite bands will be there." They're the kind of groups he thinks people in the area don't get to see often enough, and he's right. While much of the North Texas New Music Festival offers the same collection of bands playing the same sets, Dover and Melodica offer a real alternative. He didn't plan to compete with the NTNMF -- which takes place on the same nights as Melodica -- but he couldn't be happier that he is.

Melodica Festival founder Wanz Dover, far left, will perform at this year's installment with two of his bands, The Falcon Project (pictured here) and The Wild Bull.
Melodica Festival founder Wanz Dover, far left, will perform at this year's installment with two of his bands, The Falcon Project (pictured here) and The Wild Bull.

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October 22 and 23

Bands scheduled to perform include Tripping Daisy, Yeti, Pong, Jetscreamer, Coals to Newcastle, Jalopy, Sub Oslo, Captain Audio, The Falcon Project, ...and you will know us by the trail of dead, the Ditch Kids, Flipside Quartet, The Wild Bull, The Noble Gases, and many more

Ridglea Theater
6025 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

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"The one thing about the Melodica Festival is that probably close to 90 percent of the bands playing never play Dallas," Dover says. The environment there is not real conducive to people doing different stuff. That's the reason why Melodica Festival has to exist. The great irony is that it's going on the same weekend as the North Texas Music Festival. I heard that, and it almost tickled me pink. I was like, 'Man, that's awesome.' When it comes down to it, no one gives a rat's ass about a lot of those bands outside of this area. Melodica has a reputation that goes overseas. People from Japan to Italy to Germany -- people know about it. It's going into its fourth year pretty strong."

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