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08 Jun 10 Levitt Pavilion Profiles Austin Band

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Be sure to catch this Sunday night’s concert when Levitt Pavilion audiences can hear the new opening act for the Dave Matthews Band, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at 8 p.m. June 13. Joe Lewis’ retro style shows his love of deep Southern blues masters, but with a more dangerous slant. Add a gospel-inspired call and response, crisp, soul-soaked staccato brass, and song titles such as Big Booty Woman and Master Sold My Baby, and the result is a sweat-soaked sound edgy enough to win over youthful audiences unfamiliar with the likes of Lewis’ show-stopping predecessors, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave or Wilson Pickett. Ending 2009 on a variety of “best of” lists, Joe Lewis and his Austin-based combo have the kind of gritty attitude and deliciously greasy groove-consciousness that would pass muster in the best juke joint. Their concert is sponsored by the Arlington Arts Alliance.

Black Joe Lewis

Leading up to Sunday, the Levitt is pleased to welcome back The Boogers for the Chesapeake Children’s Concert Series on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Since The Boogers (Sticky, Crusty and Greenie) visited last summer, their debut album, Road to Rock, won a 2009 National Parenting Publications Gold Award! No wonder choosy kids pick Boogers!
On Thursday, the Levitt is proud to welcome Grammy nominee Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, sponsored by the Star-Telegram. Cedric has been making a name for himself reviving the old Creole fiddling styles and injecting a healthy dose of his own personality. The Alternate Routes take the stage on Friday night with a sound that’s a hybrid vibe of rock ‘n’ roll grit and ghostly, meaningful balladry. They are sponsored by the Arlington Arts Alliance. After a life-threatening illness almost ended his music career in the late 1990s, Deryl Dodd re-emerged with a new appreciation for life and a stronger loyalty for himself and his own music, rooted in the country music classics he grew up listening to in Dallas. His concert with the Homesick Cowboys is on Saturday, sponsored by Vandergriff Auto Group. The concerts on Thursday through Sunday all begin at 8 p.m.

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