The second week of free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion concludes with a spiritual feeling on Sept. 11, when contemporary Christian rock group, Luminate, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by First Rate Inc.
Drawing from a wide range of influences in British rock and modern worship music, Luminate’s catchy Christian pop/rock sound pays homage to artists that include U2, The Fray, Switchfoot and The Killers. The Tyler-based contemporary Christian band has toured across the country to play festivals, camps and churches and has a debut recording on their self-titled Sparrow Records with a collection of songs that speak to the essence of love.
Salero! starts off the week on a high-energy note at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Created in the culturally diverse, explosive Austin music scene, Salero!’s sole purpose is to mix hot Latin rhythms with an eclectic vibe of sounds that includes Latin, rock, jazz, salsa and Tejano music with a refreshing island sound. Salero! is sponsored by the Star-Telegram.
The Levitt Pavilion showcases two local singer/songwriters who record for Arlington’s Aaron Ave Records on at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The evening’s first artist, Brad Thompson, knew exactly what he wanted to do from the minute his mother handed her 12-year-old son a guitar. Thompson, who has recorded six CDs, has played familiar local venues, such as The Hop in Fort Worth and Poor David’s Pub in Dallas as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival. Lannie Flowers also found music at the age of 12, when he discovered that in Kennedale, the quickest way to get a girl’s attention was with a guitar. He went on to travel for 13 years as part of The Pengwins covering songs by T. Rex, David Bowie and Mott the Hoople. These days, Flowers records from his own home studio, where he created Same Old Story, and his most recent project, Circles.
Jamie Richards got his musical education in Oklahoma honky-tonks before venturing east to Music City. His mastery of songwriting caught the attention of record producers, and he worked as a staff songwriter for major label artists and movie sound tracks. When a Texas record label famous for launching George Jones was looking for the next voice to bring back the roots of country music, Richards knew it was time to come home. His debut album, No Regrets, produced two Texas Music Top 10 singles. His third release, Drive, contains two songs that have reached numbers 1 and 3 on the Texas Music charts. Richards brings his timeless country music to the Levitt at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 sponsored by MiMo.
To make the most of their Levitt experience, participants should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, a picnic and cooler with beverages (no glass containers, please), bug spray, and family and friends to enjoy music under the stars. J. Gilligan’s will be back to grill burgers, veggie burgers, chicken and quesadillas. Kettle corn, ice cream and snow cones also return. And concert-lovers can document their evening with the Levitt’s photo kiosk. There is plenty of free parking in the lots all around the pavilion.
The 2011 Texas Power Fall Concert Series is generously supported by our Fall Season Sponsors: Texas Power, 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 Star-Telegram, the Texas Commission on the Arts, FW Weekly and the Sheraton Arlington, the official hotel sponsor for the Levitt Pavilion.
Posted by: Sam Moore