Labor Day Weekend traditionally signals the end of summer. In Downtown Arlington, it’s the beginning of five more weeks of free music with the Texas Power 2012 Fall Concert Series! The biggest news for opening weekend is Pentatonix on Sun
day, September 2. These five a cappella sensations walked away with first prize and a Sony recording contract from NBC’s The Sing-Off last fall.
The three lead singers, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi are all Martin High School grads. Kirstie and Mitch grew up fine-tuning their talents on the Theatre Arlington stage,
while Scott was a regular at Creative Arts Theatre & School and Johnny High’s. The bass and percussion section, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, joined forces with the Arlington trio when they decided to enter the The Sing-Off. Together, their creative arrangements and tight harmonies produce a pop, modern, gripping sound. Their debut recording is out, and they’re coming to the Levitt for a hometown concert sponsored by Edward Jones!It’s the hokey-pokey, the chicken dance and conga lines for opening night on August 30, when Brave Combo continues the tradition of opening the fall concerts with their unique brand of mosh-pit polka. Lone Star Comics returns as the opening night concert sponsor, so you can bet there will be super heroes and free comic books on hand as well. As a crowd-pleaser, you just can’t beat Brave Combo! They have played everything from road houses to New York’s Lincoln Center and even appeared as their animated selves in a Simpsons episode with Springfield’s Oktoberfest celebration. They have countless followers, avid devotees, two Grammy Awards and seven Grammy
nominations, and they have the distinction of being the first
musical artists to perform on the Levitt Pavilion Arlington stage for its grand opening night in 2008. Opening weekend continues with fiddle prodigy, 17-year-old Ruby Jane, who brings her mind-blowing fiddle playing to the Levitt on August 31 thanks to a grant from the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council. Ruby Jane is the youngest fiddler ever invited to the Grand Ole Opry. She has toured, performed with or opened for Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Asleep at the Wheel, Blues Traveler, and many more. On Saturday, September 1, it’s real-life married couple and one of alternative country’s most talented singer/songwriter duos, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. Their concert is presented by Worthington National Bank. Kelly has reigned as a critically acclaimed roots music singer and recognized as a new country and Americana pioneer. Bruce made his mark as both a writer of hits for George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks and as an artist in his own right with eight albums. Complete information about the Levitt Pavilion and the artists performing this week are available on the Levitt’s website, www.levittpavilionarlington.org.
Posted by: Sam Moore
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