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07 Sep 10 Texas Music With a Side of Salsa

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When her break-through album, What I Deserve, was released 10 years ago, The New York Times said, “Kelly Willis offers painful tales of lost love, but then expresses the resolve to move on. Hovering between romantic fantasy and deflated realism, Ms. Willis taps a rare subtlety of feeling.”

This week. Kelly Willis brings her signature alternative country music to the Levitt Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Her concert is presented by Arlington’s Maner Fire Equipment Inc.

Much has happened to Willis since her first recording. She’s been busy with her four children and was named “alternative country’s golden goddess” by NPR. Her most recent album, Translated From Love, is her most adventurous with material that might not be expected of her, including six songs she penned herself and a raucous, countrified version of Iggy Pop’s Success featuring The Gourds and Michael Ramos.

Joining Willis on the concert schedule for the Levitt’s second week of free fall concerts, salsa lovers can dance to the sounds of a new breed of Latin music with Havana NRG on Thursday, Sept. 9.

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presents Austin-based Nelo on Friday, Sept. 10. Nelo’s smooth and compulsive 21st century pop sound has broad appeal with just enough Texas in it to keep things sharp and sturdy. The group officially formed in 2005, but took a detour to Georgia before returning to Texas to record their debut album at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studios. Nelo has played South by Southwest twice and at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Their second full-length album will be released in October.

The second weekend concludes with the award-winning Texas Gypsies, swing, gypsy jazz and rockabilly — Texas style — on Sunday, Sept. 12. The Texas Gypsies helped open the Levitt Pavilion in October 2008. We’re pleased to have them back with their eclectic sound that combines big band swing, gypsy jazz, western swing, Texas blues and rockabilly styles as well as their own take on well-known pop and jazz standards. With their evocative look from the ’30s and ’40s, the group mixes guitar, violin and bass, drums, accordion, keyboards, singers and a horn section to deliver a sound that is at once earthy and sophisticated. The Texas Gypsies are presented by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Fall concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday nights through Oct. 2. A complete concert calendar is available on the Levitt’s Web site,

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