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24 May 11 Austin Brings Latin Funk to Arlington

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Grupo Fantasma

2011 started out as a banner year for Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma. Their most recent album, El Existential, won Grupo their first Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album. The popular Latin group beings their 21st century beat to the Levitt Pavilion at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, as part of the 2011 Texas Power Summer Concert Series. Grupo

Fantasma’s Grammy was their second nomination. They are widely known for their energetic live shows, which NPR declares “seamless, whenever and wherever they’re on stage.” The 10-piece orchestra has received praise from The Wall Street Journal, La Opinion, and USA Today, which called them “Latin-funk masters.” Their free Levitt concert is sponsored by the Arlington Arts Alliance. Children’s performer, Eddie Coker starts off the second week of summer concerts at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, as part of the Chesapeake Energy Children’s Series. Singing about things like happiness and purple ducks, Eddie has entertained more than a million children nationwide, created his own radio show for Disney, written music for Barney, Borders Books and Chuck E. Cheese, and has recorded hundreds of songs for children and their families. On Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m., Soul Track Mind blends ’60s and ’70s era soul and R&B with flares of jazz, blues, funk and dance rhythms. With their debut album, Ghost of Soul, and a string of well-received appearances since, Soul Track Mind is becoming a force to reckon with in the modern soul genre. Their free concert is sponsored by the Star-Telegram. The Levitt Pavilion’s annual benefit concert is The Charlie Daniels Band on Saturday, June 4, presented by Titan Operating LLC. This is the only Levitt concert that requires a ticket. Tickets are $25 in advance through the Levitt Pavilion Web site, www.levittpavilionarlington.org, or by phone at 817.543.4307. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $35. Gates open at 7 p.m. for the 9 p.m. concert. The new face of traditional country music, Blaine Gray, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the Charlie Daniels concert help the Levitt Pavilion pay for this year’s 50 free concerts. Finally, the

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second week of concerts concludes at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5, with the Austin Lounge Lizards known for their hilarious song parodies about everything from health care, big bank bailouts and all things Texas. Their concert is sponsored by the Star-Telegram. All of the Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concerts are free, except for the benefit concert featuring The Charlie Daniels Band. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., except for the Wednesday Chesapeake Energy Children’s Concerts, which are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Summer concerts continue through July 3. There is free parking all around the Levitt Pavilion. The Texas Power 2011 Summer Concert Series is generously supported by our Season Sponsors: Texas Power, Chesapeake Energy, 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 Texas

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Commission on the Arts, Aaron Ave. Records, the University of Texas at Arlington, the United Services Association for Health Care Foundation, the Star-Telegram, and the Sheraton Arlington, the official hotel sponsor for the Levitt Pavilion. For more information and a complete calendar of summer concerts, please visit the Web site at www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

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