Thursday: The soulful sounds of New Orleans will fill the air when native son, Glen David Andrews, kicks off the Levitt Pavilion’s second week of free summer concerts, making his Levitt debut at 8 p.m. A singer, songwriter and trombonist, Glen David was born in the historic Tremé neighborhood. His brother, who plays in the Rebirth Brass Band, and their younger cousin, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, soaked up life’s musical lessons by learning the history of the brass band tradition from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. His showmanship has endeared him to audiences on New Orleans’ fabled Frenchman Street. His Arlington performance is sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas.
Friday: When you mention the Texas music “outlaws,” most people think of Waylon and Willie, but
Dale Watson, a honky-tonk hero and country music maverick, is one of the Texas music outlaws carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. He will show everyone the singing and songwriting skills that earned him a spot in the Austin Music Hall of Fame at 8 p.m., sponsored by Union Pacific. In addition to music, Dale has appeared in films (The Thing Called Love, On the Borderline), on television (Friday Night Lights), and most recently, on stage in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp.
Saturday: Every time the down-home blues diva, Ruthie Foster, is on the schedule, Levitt regulars know they are in for a good time with a powerhouse blues artist. The three-time Grammy nominee returns to the Levitt at 8 p.m. Born to a family of gospel singers in a small Texas town, Ruthie learned to sing at church and trained herself in the style of powerful women musical role models, like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, growing her sound into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel. Ruthie has earned accolades that include three Austin Music Awards as Best Female Vocalist, four Blues Music Awards and two Living Blues Awards. Her concert is sponsored by Frost Bank.
Sunday: Rounding out the concert week is one of the first bands to appear at the Levitt Pavilion when it opened in 2008, The Quebe Sisters Band, at 8 p.m., sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas. The Quebe Sisters, Grace, Sophia and Hulda, found their musical niche at an early age as national fiddle champions and have evolved from whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers to a dynamic young adult Americana band with killer harmonies. In addition to headlining their own shows, they have shared the stage with music legends, like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, and Riders in the Sky.
For ticket information, visit http://levittpavilionarlington.org
Posted by: Sam Moore
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