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3-day festival celebrates Django and his music

January 19, 2014

A5ADjangoArtBy Kathy Edwards McFarland

The 11th annual Django Reinhardt Festival FW  this weekend (Jan 24-26), at Arts Fifth Avenue,1628 5th Avenue Fort Worth, with French food, documentary films, gypsy guitar  workshops, and live performances by Gypsy Moon, Slim Richey’s The Stray Gypsies, Ginny Mac and String Theory Manouche.The event celebrates the life and legacy of the King of Gypsy Jazz, Jean Baptiste”DJANGO” Reinhardt (1910-1953).

Tickets are $20-$45.

  • Doors open on Friday & Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Food & Film at 7 p.m., Music at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday doors open at 5:30 pm, Food & Film at 6 pm, Music at 7.
Ginny Mac

Ginny Mac


Friday music by: Gypsy Moon
Saturday Music By: Gypsy Moon, followed by Slim Richey’s Stray Gypsies
Sunday Music By: Ginny Mac, followed by String Theory Manouche

In 2004, Kim Platko (now with String Theory Manouche) and fellow Trio Blanc musicians Rex Bozarth and Mark Menikos were contacted by Gracey Tune, founder and artistic director of Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth to be the “anchor” group of a new event she had in mind to produce:   an annual celebration of the birthday of the guitarist whose name more than any other is synonymous with the term “Gypsy Jazz” — Django Reinhardt. Since that time, the Django Reinhardt festival has flourished and grown into a three-day multimedia party, and Kim Platko has performed every year, heading up a hand-picked group of players.

About String Theory Manouche

The quartet, Kim Platko/Guitar, Mark Menikos/Violin, James Miller/Guitar, and Marla Sporrer/Bass, playing their rich, vibrant fete manouche a la Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, recently wowed the audience at Denton’s Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.
Join us for for the AFA Annual Fundraiser Birthday Party featuring an art exhibit and performances by A5A Artists-In-Residence, hors d’ouevres donated by Southside eateries, birthday cake, a raffle with fabulous prizes, and as always … a few surprises up our sleeve!

About Arts Fifth AvenueArts5thAve

Arts Fifth Avenue, in Fort Worth, TX, offers professional performances and festivals featuring drama, music, visual arts, dance, and more … in every style, from every era, from around the neighborhood and around the world. The arts forum also has a wide variety of classes in the performing and visual arts for ages 3 years to adult.

A5A was incorporated and received its 501c3 designation in 1992. Its mission is to provide a forum of expression for dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, and visual and performing artists; and to stimulate, develop and preserve interest in Tap dance and Jazz music and to educate the public, particularly youth, about these uniquely American art forms.

Call (817) 923-9500 for more information, drop by 1628 5th Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76104, or e-mail at:

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