Lots of free entertainment coming up this weekend at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington.
Thursday: Big Sam’s Funky Nation returns to the Levitt at 8 p.m., sponsored by the Star-Telegram. Big Sam’s concerts are always a full-out party on the Levitt lawn with Big Sam’s high-energy mix of funk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop and jazz melded into the same pot with the brassy influence and heavy grooves of New Orleans. The band’s live performances are legendary, filled with blasts of brass, bursts of electric guitar, and the charisma of Big Sam, a trombonist and front man who sings, plays, dances and involves the audience in everything he does. Big Sam and his colleagues shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome, and the band had a recurring role on the HBO series, Treme.
Friday: A highlight of the concert week is The Verve Pipe
at 8 p.m., sponsored by Titan Contractors. Best known for their 1996 hit, The Freshmen, The Verve Pipe serves up textured rock songs distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals. In 2001, they released Underneath, which produced the singles, Happiness Is and Never Let You Down, one of the most played songs for Adult Top 40 and radio that year. The album also included Colorful, the ballad featured in the film and its soundtrack, Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. In addition to features in Spin and Rolling Stone, they have made numerous appearances on The Late Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.
Saturday: Country artist Zane Williams takes over with real country music about real life at 8 p.m. Respected by his fans, The Zaniacs, as a down-to-earth family man, Zane is a charismatic entertainer and a prolific songwriter, a rare combination of abilities that just may make him a superstar. His music strikes a delicate balance of Texas authenticity with a bit of Nashville polish, but by capturing the best of both worlds, he creates a sound all his own that’s a refreshing change for fans of either music scene. His concert is sponsored by Dave & Buster’s.
Sunday: Light Up Arlington!, the city’s annual hometown Independence Day celebration and fireworks cap off a week of free music at the Levitt Pavilion. Food, activities and entertainment kick off all around the pavilion at 6 p.m. organized and presented by Arlington Parks & Recreation. Free concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with the fiery fiddle and girl-power vocals of Hannah Kirby,
who stole the hearts of audiences everywhere on season eight of NBC’s The Voice, placing in the top eight, guided by her coach, country superstar Blake Shelton. Last summer, she released her anticipated single, Power, with her debut album, Fire in My Soul, scheduled for release this year.
Brad Thompson and the Undulating Band take the stage at 8:45 p.m. Brad is a North Texas favorite with seven CDs and songwriting and performances that show the influences of Michael Hedges, Lyle Lovett, Jeff Buckley, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows. Brad’s concert will pause at 9:45 p.m. for the city’s annual fireworks display, then resume around 10 p.m. Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital makes the free music at Light Up Arlington! possible.
For artist details and website links, directions, a parking map, the complete summer concert schedule and more information about visiting the Levitt, please visit the website,
Posted by: Sam Moore
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