Soulful singing superstar Leon Bridges is coming home to Fort Worth to party on New Year's Eve. Bridges will be a special guest at New Year's in the Funk, an all-new Fort Worth bash set to take place December 31 at a top-secret warehouse in the super hip South Side.
Bridges, who is currently up for two Grammy awards, is not officially listed as a scheduled performer. But guests shouldn’t be surprised if he takes the mic, as he confirmed his appearance in his own Instagram post December 3. In the post, which advertises the event on his official account, the hit-maker says, "Where I’m partying for NYE. If you ain’t got plans come turn up with us." As of December 13, the post had been "liked" by more than 2,600 followers.
Dec 3, 2018 at 12:34pm PST
New Year's in the Funk will include sculptural and light installations, food and drinks by Taco Heads, treats by Dough Boy Donuts, and live music, organizers say. Official performers on the bill include Medicine Man Revival, C.S. Armstrong, Picnictyme, Ronnie Heart and ASA ACE.
The party planners will not confirm whether Bridges is one of the featured performers, but when there's a stage and a hit singer, there's an invitation, they say.
“If he wants to get on stage and join his friends performing, then we would totally be cool with that,” says Taco Heads managing partner Sarah Castillo, who’s helping to coordinate the event.
It wouldn’t be the first time Bridges would play for Castillo and Taco Heads patrons. Castillo says the Fort Worth native used to play outside her taco trailer years ago when she was parked off West Seventh Street. He was paid in tacos and beer, she adds.
Bridges' next official appearance in Fort Worth will be to headline the 2019 Fortress Festival in the spring.
Tickets to New Year's in the Funk range from $45 for general admission, which includes the entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight, to $100 for VIP entry. The latter includes two drink tickets, TX Whiskey cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and VIP access to bar service, restrooms and seating.
Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase (including items from Castillo’s upcoming new South Side restaurant, Tinie’s). The party starts at 7 pm and runs until late night. The event location will be revealed a week in advance, organizers say.