Inaugural CFW Festival Coming to Globe Life Park in April


Josh Abbott Band, Young The Giant, R.LUM.R and Lonestar Headline Musical Artists at Event Featuring Premier Food, Drink and Entertainment

Yes, it may still be winter but spring is right around the corner here in North Texas. Before you know it, we’ll be back to warm afternoons and comfortable nights, that time of year where we look around for things to do outside and take advantage of great weather.

Well, mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 in Arlington. That’s when the inaugural CFW Festival (Craft beer, Food and Wine) will be held at Globe Life Park and the grounds surrounding it. The CFW Festival will bring North Texas’ premier craft beer brands, wine brands and world-class restaurants together for two days, with live entertainment, chef-inspired cooking demonstrations every hour, premium experiences and music for everyone.

The CFW Festival will include approximately 30 craft beer vendors, restaurants and wineries in pop-up booths. An experience tent will have hands-on demonstrations every hour, with celebrity chef appearances as well. The CFW Festival will feature RFID wristbands for each guest, serving as their ticket and transaction method on purchases (cash-free, a really cool and convenient feature for attendees).

Of course the CFW Festival will include headlining musical acts as well.

Friday evening’s lineup features LA-based and ultra-popular Young The Giant, with a unique sonic sound all their own that is a mixture of prog-rock, boogie metal, Southern rock, soft rock, new wave, and dance-rock (if that’s even possible). A festival favorite around the country, Young The Giant is a band worth seeing and hearing.

Opening Friday night is Florida-bred and Nashville-based, R.LUM.R, who self-proclaimed, “If I had to label (my music), I’d say it’s ‘R&B/Singer-Songwriter/Soul/Electronic.’ But,” he smiles, “I don’t want to limit myself.” Rolling Stone dubbed him “An artist you need to know,” and called him “a buzzing R&B star on the rise.”

Saturday’s headliner needs no introduction to Texas music fans, as Josh Abbott Band celebrates a decade of top-10 hits, including “Taste,” “Hangin’ Around,” and “Amnesia.” The band has grown from college-aged hellraisers at Texas Tech into successful, self-employed musicians. JAB has stood the test of several albums and thrives from taking chances and from tackling musical hurdles head-on.

Prior to JAB taking the stage, Texas-born Lonestar opens Saturday evening, merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums and achieved 10 No. 1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and their crossover smash “Amazed.” Excellence in writing, strong lead and harmony vocals, exuberant instrumental tracks — all Lonestar attributes – are something to enjoy.

“We are thrilled to host the inaugural CFW Festival at Globe Life Park this April,” said Mark Neifeld, vice president of events for the Texas Rangers. “Our musical lineup is fantastic, and it promises to be a great two days of food, drink, entertainment and fun in the epicenter of the DFW Metroplex.”

Wristband ticket prices for the CFW Festival are $49.99 for event access and $11.99 for children. Guests can also choose to purchase a VIP wristband that includes VIP parking, a VIP gift upon entry, one experience at the “Experience CFW” tents and VIP accommodations that include a VIP backstage hangout area for $149.99.

Event hours for the CFW Festival are 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. Wristbands are on sale now at Wristbands may also be purchased over the phone by calling the Globe Life Park Ticket Office at 972-RANGERS.

Make plans to experience the inaugural CFW Festival in April; it promises to be a fantastic time and a perfect date night, no matter your age or interests. There will be something for everyone.


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Seamus O'Callahan is a sports historian who specializes in NFL and MLB storytelling. A veteran of over 45 years in sports writing, he vacations back to his native Ireland every summer.


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