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02 Aug 11 Levitt Planning for Cool Weather Music

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Carolyn Wonderland

Texas may be going through the pains of a summer drought. But the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington is already hard at work, preparing for its upcoming “cool weather” music.

The Levitt’s free 2011 Texas Power Fall Concert Series begins on Labor Day weekend and runs through Oct. 1

with free music on Thursday through Sunday evenings. This venue is one of the best in north Texas for fun, free, top quality live music.
The Levitt Pavilion continues its fall tradition of having the crowd-pleasing mosh-pit polka music of Brave Combo start the fall series on Sept. 1. Labor Day weekend continues with rockin’ “pianimal,” Jason D. Williams, who channels Jerry Lee Lewis on Sept. 2. Arlington’s favorite country-singing mom, Melissa Lawson, returns to the stage on Sept. 3, and the holiday weekend concludes with blues from a down-home diva, Ruthie Foster, on Sept. 4.
All of the fall concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. except for two concerts on Sept. 17, which are part of EcoFest, presented by Arlington Parks & Recreation. On that day, Velvet Love Box will perform at 6:30 p.m., and new age percussion masters, Spoonfed Tribe, will perform at 8 p.m.
The Fall Concert Series has something for everyone, including indie rock, lyrical songwriters, Latin pop, contemporary Christian, enchanting music from the Peruvian Andes, rebel funk, Grammy-winning jazz, persuasive percussion and country music with a distinctive Texas flair. Highlights include Carolyn Wonderland, a hot Texas artist with a touch of Janis Joplin and a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughn; alternative country married couple duo, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis; Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who plays with the Dave Matthews Band; and popular country nice guy, Deryl Dodd and his band, The Homesick Cowboys.
To make the most of their Levitt experience, participants should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, a picnic and cooler with beverages (no glass containers, please), bug spray, and family and friends to enjoy music under the stars. J. Gilligan’s will be back to grill burgers, veggie burgers, chicken and quesadillas. Kettle corn, ice cream and snow cones also return. And concert-lovers can document their evening with the Levitt’s photo kiosk. There is plenty of free parking in the lots all around the pavilion.
The 2011 Texas Power Fall Concert Series is generously supported by our Fall Season Sponsors: Texas Power, Titan Operating LLC, the Mortimer Levitt Foundation, Levitt Pavilions, the City of Arlington, Arlington Parks & Recreation, the Arlington Chamber Foundation, the Arlington Arts Alliance, the Star-Telegram, the Texas Commission on the Arts, FW Weekly and the Sheraton Arlington, the official hotel sponsor for the Levitt Pavilion.

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