In music, it’s hard to appeal to a variety of musical tastes, but Green River Ordinance may have found the winning formula in walking the lines of country, rock, pop and folk. Their free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, kicks off the second weekend of free music at the Levitt Pavilion.
Green River Ordinance’s debut album, Out of My Hands, shot to the top of the Billboard charts and catapulted their two singles, “Come On” and “On Your Own,” into the Top 40. Their latest recording, Chasing Down the Wind, features the group’s honest, hopeful songwriting and soaring harmonies. Released last year, their single, “It Ain’t Love,” was second on the Texas country radio charts and was the third most played Texas country song last year. Green River Ordinance has shared the stage with artists like Bon Jovi, Train, Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls. They have had their music played on 56 network and cable shows and in three films, and their videos have been featured on MTV, VH1 and Country Music Television.
The Green River Ordinance concert is sponsored by the University of Texas Arlington and is part of their annual fall UTA Night on the Town to introduce students to the food and entertainment available to them in Downtown Arlington, just steps away from campus.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m., Americana meets rock with The Damn Quails getting a concert night of their own at the Levitt after opening for Asleep at the Wheel two years ago. Described as a young band with old souls, The Damn Quails sank their roots into songwriting early on and remained close to that art while indulging in music styles that run the spectrum. They’re backed by the “Quail Philharmonic,” which on any given night, includes peers from other bands. The Damn Quails debuted their first studio release in 2011 with the same producer who has worked with Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Turnpike Troubadours, Stoney LaRue, Johnny Cooper, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn and Lloyd Maines. Their concert is possible thanks to a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation.
The weekend concludes with the funky, friendly, jazz-grass sound of MilkDrive at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, sponsored by Arlington Proud. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies and generations. With labels that range from “jamgrass” and “nu-folk” to “redneck gypsy jazz,” the band has built a following that’s as funky and friendly as they are. The group plays festivals from coast to coast every year, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Levitt audiences are seated on blankets and lawn chairs on an open lawn. They are allowed to bring picnics and coolers with beverages, including beer and wine, but no glass containers. Concessions are available at the pavilion, which this year also includes beer and wine. All of the Levitt concerts are family friendly. There is plenty of free parking in the parking lots all around the pavilion located at 100 W. Abram St. at the corner of Abram and Center streets.
The Levitt’s free Fall Concert Series sponsors are Everything Energy, Levitt Pavilions, the City of Arlington, Downtown Arlington Management Corp., Arlington Parks & Recreation, the Arlington Chamber Foundation, the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, FW Weekly, Pianotex, the Sheraton Arlington, the Star-Telegram, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital, Union Pacific, University of Texas Arlington, and WFAA.
A complete fall concert schedule as well as information about the artists is available at levittpavilionarlington.org. The website also includes directions, a parking map and helpful FAQs about the concerts and visiting the pavilion.
Posted by: Sam Moore
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