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28 May 15 Lots Going On at the Levitt

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We have been getting a lot of news lately from the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington. Read below. And trust me, we may be burying the lead here!

First up at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, fresh from their national television debut on Late Night with David Letterman, The Suffers bring their brand of Gulf Coast soul fused with rock ‘n’ roll. In the short time they have been together, The Suffers have progressed from packing local Houston venues to accepting invitations for national and regional main stage performances. Last year, they were named among the top 10 musical acts to watch by the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle. Their concert is sponsored by the Star-Telegram.suffers

The new-agey, persuasive percussion ensemble, Spoonfed Tribe returns to the Levitt at 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, made possible by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council. Born in Fort Worth in 1999, the Tribe is known for its mesmerizing shows combining walls of percussion, psychedelic sounds and mind-expanding visuals. Since their debut, Spoonfed Tribe has appeared at major festivals, such as Lollapalooza, Joshua Tree, Voodoo Music Experience and Wakarusa, and has been named on the Dallas Observer’s list of The 10 Most Mind-Blowing Live Acts in DFW.

The Dirty River Boys make their Levitt Pavilion debut at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Known for their winning four-part harmonies and stout acoustic instrumentation, The Dirty River Boys meld traditional folk instruments with rock and bluegrass arrangements. Their concert is sponsored by Viridian.

Finishing the weekend at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31, are popular Levitt artists, The Quebe Sisters Band, with the triple fiddles and down-home harmonies of Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe. The Quebe Sisters’ music is a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards along with Texas-style fiddling. In addition to appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Ryman Auditorium, they have been honored with the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and were named the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce sponsors their performance.

Those who come to see MarchFourth! perform get a lot more than just music! They get high-energy music and spectacle that has turned them into one of the nation’s best live touring acts. They descend for their second appearance at Levitt Pavilion Arlington at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, sponsored by the Star-Telegram.

Wearing vintage marching band uniforms, the band’s more than 20 members include a five-piece percussion corps, a seven-part brass section, high-stepping stilt acrobatics and dazzling dancers. Their original music is anchored by funky electric bass and rockin’ guitar echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock and jazz all boiled together. Since they began as a Fat Tuesday party (on March 4, 2003) in Portland, Ore., MarchFourth! has shared the stage with Pink Martini, Trombone Shorty, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hot Buttered Rum and Yard Dogs Road Show.

The Levitt’s third week of free summer concerts starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, with the tasty Tejano of Grammy-winners Los TexManiacs. Founded by Max Baca, the TexManiacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone from his father’s family conjunto to the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and even the Rolling Stones. Los TexManiacs’ current CD, Borders Y Bailes, won a Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album in 2010. Their concert is made possible by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council.

Charla Corn, popular country radio host from 95.9 The Ranch, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, sponsored by Downtown Arlington Management Corp. Corn is a past recipient of the Best Female Artist title by the Texas Regional Radio Musical Association and worked as a Country Music Television correspondent before deciding that wasn’t her particular “country music dream” and headed back home to Texas. She has opened for such regional favorites as Pat Green, Roger Creager, the Randy Rogers Band, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott Band.

kenny logginsFour-time Grammy nominees Trout Fishing in America complete the week with music for those who take their fun seriously at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have been making fun of our most annoying daily habits and making full entertaining use of their arresting physical appearance for three decades. Idlet stands at a whopping 6 feet 8 inches tall and Grimwood is roughly 14 inches shorter than his singing partner. With songs like My Hair Had a Party Last Night and My Baby Loves Sudoku, the duo has been called the “Lennon and McCartney” of family-friendly music. Their show is sponsored by First Rate and the YMCA of Arlington.

And finally…. Kenny Loggins is coming in October! This show requires tickets. For more information, visit levittpavilion.org or call 817.543.4308.

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