For its last full week of free concerts this summer, the Levitt Pavilion welcomes an Austin Music Hall of Fame honoree. Dale Watson takes the Levitt stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, sponsored by Union Pacific. Watson’s recording career span
s two decades known for hardscrabble honky-tonk. Dale received his first guitar at age 7 and started to write songs shortly after. He began playing the local honky-tonks while still in high school in Pasadena, Texas, while his peers were into The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Dale’s most recent release, Carryin’ On, marks a fresh start for the country traditionalist, who blends today’s technology with the kind of musicians Dale admired while growing up listening to Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams and Buck Owens.
Starting off the week, Big Don returns to the Levitt Pavilion on Wednesday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. after releasing a new CD, Big Don’s Big Beat. Award-winning hip-hop artist Big Don has been named Hip-Hop Artist of the Year nine times by the Austin Chronicle. His hip-hop magic focuses on the positive and inspiring aspects of what kids love about life along with hip-hop lessons in manners and the ABCs. Big Don’s positive messages for kids have led to nine CDs, national recognition by Billboard magazine and the adventure of writing for the movie soundtrack of Spy Kids’ 3-D Game Over. Big Don’s concert is made possible thanks to a grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.
Take a group of Kansas City musicians with a passion for Celtic music, an Irishman with a love of all things American, and you get a cross-pollination that is high octane and progressive, yet rooted in Celtic tradition in the form of The Elders. Their Celtic rhythms and melodies are augmented with amped-up roots rock, blazing instrumentals and powerful vocals. But what really sets The Elders apart is their top-notch songwriting. Their original songs are authentic, catchy and durable, while transcending the stereotypical notion of Celtic music. The Elders perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, sponsored by the Star-Telegram.
Chance Morgan and Matt Mooty met each other playing basketball at the YMCA during the summer before fourth grade, and they’ve been best friends ever since, making decisions like whether to continue playing basketball, to play trumpet in the school band or to start their own band called Burning Hotels. Their self-titled Burning Hotels album shines through with a Texas flare that fuses new wave pop with dance aesthetics. Burning Hotels has supported The Toadies, Surfer Blood, We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Cribs. The group has earned several local awards from FW Weekly, including 2010 Rock Album of The Year, 2010 Rock Song of the Year, 2010 Rock Act of the Year and 2008 Rock Album of the Year. Their 8 p.m. concert on Friday, June 29, is sponsored by the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation has an established presence on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene and a recurring role on the HBO series, Treme. They will return to the Levitt Pavilion for their second appearance at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1. Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been celebrated as “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Big Sam’s concert is sponsored by the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council.
There is no concert at the pavilion on June 24.
Levitt audiences are seated on open lawn seating on blankets and chairs. They are welcome to bring picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages, just no glass containers. Some concessions are available at the pavilion for purchase.
The Levitt Pavilion is located in Downtown Arlington at 100 W. Abram St. at the corner of Abram and Center streets. A complete Summer Concert Series schedule is on the Levitt Pavilion website, www.levittpavilionarlington.org, along with information about visiting the pavilion, directions and a parking map, and detailed information about all of the musical artists.
The Texas Power 2012 Summer Concert Series through July 3, is sponsored by: Levitt Pavilions, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, Texas Power, Union Pacific, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the Arlington Tourism Council, Chesapeake Energy, the Arlington Chamber Foundation, Arlington Parks & Recreation, the City of Arlington, the Star-Telegram, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Sheraton Arlington, Pianotex and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Posted by: Sam Moore