Ace Crayton, of the Thieving Birds, plays for ears on the beach and in the Trinity River in tubes, rafts and kayaks during the first Thursday night of the annual summer series "Rockin' the River" presented by the Trinity River Vision Authority at the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

Ace Crayton, of the Thieving Birds, plays for ears on the beach and in the Trinity River in tubes, rafts and kayaks during the first Thursday night of the annual summer series "Rockin' the River" presented by the Trinity River Vision Authority at the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

/Andy Jacobsohn/Staff Photographer

Update June 1, 2017 at 4 p.m.: Zane Williams' date has been rescheduled for July 29, meaning the Rockin' the River 2017 schedule has been changed slightly and now also includes Bart Crow instead of Eleven Hundreds Springs. The story has been updated to reflect the most current info available.

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For the last six years, tubes and tunes have proved a winning combination for Fort Worth's Rockin' the River concert series. How can you beat watching a live band from the comfort of the Trinity River in the dead of summer?

In fact, the events have become so popular organizers are expanding upon them this year. Where the concerts used to be on Thursday evenings, they will now take place on Saturdays and include five bands (up from two), allowing for a full day's worth of fun in the sun.

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Every Saturday from July 1 to Aug. 5, bands take the stage on the edge the Trinity River near the banks of Panther Island Pavilion while fans enjoy the tunes buoyant from tubes, rafts or paddle boards in the water. Consider it Cowtown's own musical lazy river, with plenty of beer drinking and people watching to satisfy. Patrons can also enjoy the action from the beach.

Headliners for 2017 include Zane Williams, Eleven Hundred Springs, Prophets and Outlaws and more. See the full schedule below.

Panther Island Pavilion will open at 1 p.m. each Saturday for Rockin' the River and the first band will perform at 2:15 p.m. After the weekend's headliner wraps up at 8:15 p.m., organizers will clear the water and fans can enjoy one last band ashore on the Shack stage. The events conclude with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. each Saturday night. Concerts are free to attend, and food and rinks are available for purchase onsite.

Grab your bathing suits and beach towels, round up the kiddos (or pets) and pick a date below for your summer staycation.

Rockin' the River 2017 lineup:

Note: Headliners are listed first, though they play second to last on each date.

July 1: Prophets and Outlaws, Cole Risner, Wayne Garner, Austin Meade, and Eric Tessmer

July 8: Headliner TBA, Zach Nytomt, Cordovas, Kody West, and Jackie Venson

July 15: Shane Smith and the Saints, Hunter Hutchinson, Larry Hooper, Nakia and one ore band to be announced

July 22: Zac Wilkerson, The Rankin Twins, Radio Birds, Shotgun Rider, and Joey Green Band

July 29: Zane Williams, Chance Anderson, Aaron Copeland, Randall King Band, and Ray Johnston Band

Aug. 5: Bart Crow, Jared Deck, The Peterson Brothers, Grady Spencer and the Work, and The O's

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