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Levitt Pavilion – Arlington, TX
Phone:
817-543-4308
Address:
100 W. Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
Description:

Warm Nights…
Cool Grass…
The Big Texas Sky…
Free Music… and You!

Levitt Pavilion Arlington, in the heart of Downtown Arlington, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience 50 nights of free music every year. The Levitt Pavilion brings the magic of live music and the performing arts to Arlington in a whole new way – under the stars for everyone to enjoy! Our concert calendar includes artists from all around the world and right in our own backyard, from jazz to hot Latin rhythms, home-grown country to Indie rock, and culturally diverse world music to fun, interactive children’s artists.

Upcoming Events At This Venue

June 29

Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong. Rated PG.

Movie time
8 p.m.
Run time: 90 minutes

Trailer

Date: June 29 @ 8:00 pm

June 30

Bluesy rock served with Southern hospitality

Their name may sound like a soft lullaby, but Somebody’s Darling is anything but sleepy. The five Texas-born musicians jam bluesy rock ‘n’ roll tunes that are big and commanding in every possible way, from lead singer Amber Farris’ impressive vocal chops and wild blonde hair to the band’s gritty rhythm section and grooving guitar licks. Think My Morning Jacket fronted by a woman or Alabama Shakes if they’d been born in Texas. Now together for seven years and three albums, their most recent release, Adult Roommates, takes a mature and sometimes stark look at what it means to be a working band. The Dallas band recently relocated to Nashville to tour and write their next record.

Concert time
8 p.m.

Artist’s website
somebodysdarling.com

Date: June 30 @ 8:00 pm

July 1

Americana award-winning master storyteller

The only thing better than a Ray Wylie Hubbard song is a Ray Wylie Hubbard story to go with it! Ray started his journey as a folk singer in the ’60s before falling in with the wild and wooly cosmic/outlaw Texas country scene of the ’70s — in large part by penning the immortal Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother), which Jerry Jeff Walker recorded. Ray performed constantly and recorded sporadically throughout the rest of the ’70s and ’80s, but his career as a songwriter’s songwriter began in earnest with 1994’s Loco Gringo’s Lament. He’s moved from strength to strength ever since, recording acclaimed albums, earning praise and awards from his peers, entertaining anyone who listens with his story-telling, and cementing his standing as one of the most respected artists on the modern Americana scene. He has 16 albums, including his most recent, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, as well as an autobiography, A Life … Well, Lived.

Concert time
8 p.m.

Artist’s website
raywylie.com

Date: July 1 @ 8:00 pm

July 2

Conjunto music that leaves you shouting for more!

Five-time Grammy nominees Jaime y Los Chamacos’ popularity can be directly attributed to 31 years of combined talent and outstanding ability to appeal to audiences of all ages. Creative choreography, including gravity-defying spins while simultaneously playing the accordion and singing, is the trademark of Jaime De Anda. Appearances have included night clubs and outdoor performances in Texas, Mexico and across the United States. Televised appearances have included Telemundo and Univision programming, public service announcements and commercials. The group’s CDs range from gold to platinum and include reaching number one on both the Tejano and Latin charts in Billboard magazine. Other achievements include three Latin Grammy nominations, Male Entertainer of the Year and Conjunto of the Year in the Valley’s Choice Awards, and Tejano Globe Awards’ Best Male Entertainer and Best Conjunto of the Year.

Concert time
8 p.m.

Artist’s website
jaimeyloschamacos.org

Date: July 2 @ 8:00 pm

July 3

Musicality meets grit

Collaborating across multiple genres ranging from soul, rock and pop to hip-hop and electronic dance music, classifying Daphne Willis in musical terms is no easy task. With infectious melodies delivered with lyrical precision and honesty, Daphne’s music is sincere, compelling and relevant. Raised in Chicago and relocated to Nashville, Daphne includes among her influences Elvis Costello and Michael Jackson, but her music cleverly incorporates these inspirations into a style that is refreshing and contemporary in a way that suits her songs best. Daphne is currently a pop writer at Sony/ATV and continues to release music and tour as an Indie Artist. Her fifth recording, 2014’s Live to Try, features songs co-written with Hunter Davis, Chris Faulk, Angela Lauer, John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Keri Barnes and Tim Lauer, while 2015’s Get It EP kicks off with the track “Done With Bein’ Done,” which Daphne co-wrote with Grammy winner Meghan Trainor. Last year, Daphne released two singles (“Spider in the Roses,” and “The Struggle is Real,” which advocates mental health awareness) and had main stage performances at both LA Pride and Nashville Pride. Daphne is putting the finishing touches on Come Together, an acoustic EP that re-imagines five classic tracks by The Beatles.

Concert time
7:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
daphnewillis.com

Date: July 3 @ 7:30 pm

Songwriting that will rock your socks right off!

Brad Thompson’s musical roots started at an early age. Both of his parents were avid music fans and musicians. Brad’s earliest memories are of his dad picking out Luther Perkin’s guitar parts off of Johnny Cash’s albums. Brad’s mom, an accomplished vocalist and pianist, tried her hand at classical guitar, but when it didn’t work out, she handed her guitar to 12-year-old Brad, who started taking private lessons. As a student at the University of North Texas, Brad became friends with singer/lyricist Eddie Allen and within two years of entering college, they both pursued music full time, writing and performing at clubs like The Hop in Fort Worth, Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, the Kerrville Folk Festival and other havens for young songwriters. Brad went solo in 1992 and has recorded seven CDs. His songwriting and performances show the influences of Michael Hedges, Lyle Lovett, Jeff Buckley, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows.

Concert time
8:45 p.m.
Brad’s concert will take a break at 9:45 p.m. for fireworks, then resume at 10 p.m.

Artist’s website
bradthompson.com

Date: July 3 @ 8:45 pm

July 6

Are you ready to hand jive? Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of Grease, the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines? Dress in costume, and sing a long to this perfect summer fun movie! Rated PG-13.

Movie time
8 p.m.
Run time: 110 minutes

Trailer

Date: July 6 @ 8:30 pm

July 7

Danceable, compelling alternative rock

Based in Fort Worth, The Unlikely Candidates, an alternative rock band, was initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male, then expanded to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek and drummer Kevin Goddard. Building from strength to strength in recent years, The Unlikely Candidates signed to Another Century Records in 2016 and crashed Alternative Rock radio with two infectious singles, “Your Love Could Start a War” and “Ringer,” which became part of the format’s Top 40. The band has been covered in The New York Times, Esquire and Perez Hilton and have toured with St. Lucia, Nothing But Thieves, Weathers, and The Moth & The Flame. They have performed at major music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, Riot Fest and SXSW. Most recently, The Unlikely Candidates were selected as part of Taco Bell’s Feed the Beat program. “Ringer,” “Your Love Could Start a War” and four more danceable, Indie-infused alt-rock tracks appear on The Unlikely Candidates’ new, six-song EP, Bed of Liars, which came out earlier this year.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
theunlikelycandidates.com

Date: July 7 @ 8:30 pm

July 8

Texas Hill Country music at its best!

With a voice as comfortable as well-worn jeans, Walt Wilkins knew his calling was music at an early age. His story-telling songs, hard-edged vocals and plaintive guitar have made him a fixture of the Texas music scene. Walt has been writing and playing music since the 1990s; sometimes alone, sometimes with his wife Tina, and sometimes with The Mystiqueros, a living art collective, a Hill Country jukebox, one of the bands destined to be on the bill in honky-tonk heaven. Together since 2007, their sound has been called “highly reminiscent of 1970s country/rock” with quality songwriting and vocal arrangements.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
waltwilkins.com

Date: July 8 @ 8:30 pm

July 9

Fab Four favs with a bluegrass spin

Bands have been playing Beatles tunes for decades, but none quite like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound from the greatest music ever written by the greatest band ever, The Beatles. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band’s repertoire features new and innovative takes on songs like “Eleanor Rigby,” “Back in the U.S.S.R,” Come Together,”  “Blackbird” and many more. Sgt. Pepper’s is all about taking classics out for a new spin while staying true to music and artists who shaped an entire generation.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
bluegrassbeatles.com

Date: July 9 @ 8:30 pm

July 13

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity. Rated PG.

Movie time
8:30 p.m.
Run time: 100 minutes

Trailer

Date: July 13 @ 8:30 pm

July 14

Poetically spun tales of Americana music

After having his last two albums on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Heatseekers charts, Mississippi-born Texas transplanted singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Eady is releasing his highly anticipated sixth album this year, Daylight & Dark. The collection merges Jason’s distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting. For Jason, who names Merle Haggard, Guy Clark and Willie Nelson among his main inspirations, instilling each song with graceful honesty proved to be his greatest achievement and thrill in creating the new album. The album radiates a warm vitality that’s got much to do with Jason’s gift for nuanced yet unaffected slice-of-life storytelling and includes guest performances by Tammy Rogers of The SteelDrivers, Courtney Patton and Vince Gill.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
jasoneady.com

Date: July 14 @ 8:30 pm

July 15

Levitt National Tour presents eight-piece
powerhouse of soul

The 2017 Levitt National Tour will feature the critically acclaimed rising stars, The Suffers. This eight-piece powerhouse of Gulf Coast Soul celebrates the rich diversity of the band’s hometown of Houston, masterfully melding classic American soul with genres as wide-ranging as rock, Latin ska, Cajun, hip-hop, country and R&B. When asked about the origin of the self-coined term “Gulf Coast Soul,” lead vocalist Kam Franklin explained, “When I think of the Gulf, I think of good food, humidity, diverse cultures, and this is all reflected in The Suffers. We come from different backgrounds, but it all comes together in our band, and we create a gumbo of music. It might not make sense on paper to put a Latin percussionist with a gospel singer with a classically trained saxophonist with a jazz drummer, but for us, it works.” This approach has already earned The Suffers a place on numerous “artists to watch” lists, rave reviews from Billboard, NPR and The New York Times and a growing international fan base — and they’re just getting started! The Suffers are frequently praised for their heartfelt, high-energy live shows. The combined force of the rhythm and horn sections’ contagious grooves and Kam Franklin’s soaring vocals has wowed audiences and critics alike in venues across the globe from small, intimate settings like NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts to large-scale festivals, like the Newport Folk Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest, to popular late-night television shows, like The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Along with pushing musical boundaries, The Suffers are dedicated to inspiring fans to live boldly and tap into their own potential. This dynamic band will move people of all ages and backgrounds with their raw, fiery Gulf Coast Soul!

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
thesuffers.com

Date: July 15 @ 8:30 pm

July 16

A Grammy-winning tapestry of folk, pop and blues

When Texas native and Grammy-winning songwriter Terri Hendrix laced up her “Two Dollar Shoes” and began her journey as an independent recording artist 20 years ago, there was no map or handy guidebook to show her the way. Although she wasn’t the first artist to ever self-release an album, the DIY road was still years away from becoming the busy thoroughfare that it is for so many musicians today. Now two decades and thousands of miles down the line, the trail-blazing Terri Hendrix is still going strong and feeling more inspired than ever before. Recently picked by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer/guitarists, Terri has played with some of the best musicians in Texas, most notably Austin City Limits Hall of Fame guitarist/pedal steel player and Grammy-winner, Lloyd Maines. Widely renowned for his work with such artists as Joe Ely, Terry Allen and the Dixie Chicks, Lloyd has worked on approximately 4,000 albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock and Texas music, and has toured with Terri almost exclusively for almost two decades. Terri’s and Lloyd’s charismatic stage presence and reputation for delivering an energetic, feel-good live show, has been embraced by loyal fans across the country and around the globe. As solo acts or as a duo, the pair have entertained crowds everywhere from intimate listening rooms such as Austin’s Cactus Cafe to huge outdoor events, like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Newport, Philadelphia and Kerrville Folk Festivals.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artists’ websites
terrihendrix.com
lloydmaines.com

Date: July 16 @ 8:30 am

July 21

Hall of Fame rock royalty known for
Under the Boardwalk!

“Up on the Roof.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “This Magic Moment.” “There Goes My Baby.” “Dance with Me.” “Spanish Harlem.” “Stand by Me.” The list of hits goes on and on. Since their inception in the 1950s, The Drifters, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding vocal groups, has had decades of hits that made them the second most successful recording artists of all time, according to Billboard magazine. Through their historical journey, which has included five legendary lead singers, the group has covered the entire spectrum of rock ‘n’ roll. They were the first musical group to include stringed instruments in R&B music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby.” They were the first to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up on the Roof.” Along with fellow inductees The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Supremes, The Drifters were in the first class of legends to be initiated into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the first African-American group to be inducted. Their classic tune, “Under the Boardwalk,” is the most played R&B record of all time. Their songs have been penned by such historic songwriters as Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Carol King, and Phil Spector. They have played at the White House three times, gave a benefit concert in Berlin the day the wall fell, performed for the Pope, the Queen of England and Nelson Mandella, and toured the world for the USO in three different war zones from Korea to Iraq. It’s been a while since The Drifters toured the country, but they are back to celebrate their 50-year catalogue and support their new recording, The Drifters Salute the Great American Songbook Live.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
The Drifters

Date: July 21 @ 8:30 pm

July 22

An American original who defies genres

With his unique voice, more unique songwriting and even more unique double-necked “guit-steel” guitar, there has never been anyone quite like Junior Brown. He’s an American original. Junior showed an affinity for music at an early age when the family moved from Arizona to a rural area of Indiana. Junior began to experience country music and remembers it as “growing up out of the ground like the crops – it was everywhere; coming out of cars, houses, gas stations and stores like the soundtrack of a story.” Instead of sticking to country music, Junior has shown himself to be equally adept at a wide variety of American music styles, including rock ‘n’ roll, blues, Hawaiian, bluegrass and western swing. With his writing coming together by the mid-1980s, Junior upgraded his gear in a way that no artist had ever done. Struggling through each show, going back and forth plugging and unplugging guitar to steel guitar while singing, he had a dream one night about the two instruments mysteriously melding into one. The result was Junior’s invention, the “guit-steel,” a double-necked instrument combining standard guitar with steel guitar. The guit-steel allows Junior to switch instruments quickly in mid-song while not skipping a note. Meanwhile, the “Junior Brown” style of songwriting also evolved, employing subtle dry wit to some songs with others being more overtly humorous or just plain dead serious. Like his playing, there is a wide range of styles that when combined can only spell Junior Brown. Since relocating to the Austin music scene, Junior has had Grammy nods, a Country Music Association Award for “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” and movie and TV appearances, like The Late Show with David Letterman, The Conan O’Brien Show, Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, SpongeBob, The X Files, Dukes of Hazzard, Me Myself and Irene, Tresspass, Still Breathing, Blue Collar Comedy Tours 1 and 2, and more recently, Better Call Saul. He has a Bluegrass Music Association Award, and has performed duets and video collaborations with Hank Thompson, The Beach Boys, George Jones, Leon McAuliffe, Ray Price, Leona Williams, Lynn Morris, Lloyd Green and Doc Watson.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
juniorbrown.com

Date: July 22 @ 8:30 pm

July 23

A hip-shakin’, belly-laughin’, song-slingin’,

down-home house party!

Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, when, at 14, he found a guitar under his father’s bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily, he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path, he landed in Shreveport, where he formed his first band, Picket Line Coyotes, a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. From there, Kevin ventured to Austin,  where The Gourds were born from the Picket Line Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard traveling. Since then, Kevin has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country/soul and swamp/funk. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip-shaking, belly-laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on and kissed on by the Shinyribs band featuring Winfield Cheek on keyboards, Keith Langford on drums, Jeff Brown on bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Whether on his six-string uke, his electric guitar or singing a cappella, Kevin Russell can entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry — a unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage.

Concert time
8:30 p.m.

Artist’s website
shinyribs.org

Date: July 23 @ 8:30 pm

September 23

Fall in love with Starship all over again!

The Kansas concert with special guest, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, requires a ticket purchase. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $185 for VIP, which includes a reserved parking area, preconcert party, dessert at intermission between the two bands, silent auction and reserved seating in the VIP area at the concert. Purchase tickets by clicking on Buy Tickets below. For the Kansas/Starship concert, chairs will be provided, and concessions will be sold. Please do not bring chairs, coolers, outside food and beverages, or pets to the Kansas/Starship concert.

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the ’80s and ’90s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. He made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “”Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Backed by the power of Mickey’s vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a number one hit with “Jane.” With this new sound and powerful new vocals, the group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out,” “We Built This City” and “Sara” and scored an Oscar nomination for the number one hit, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie, Mannequin. Other top hits include “Find Your Way Back,” “Stranger,” “Laying It on the Line” and “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over,” which became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987. Moreover, every Starship album released since 1979 has gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. Mickey’s stellar voice and video charisma on Starship’s video classics, like “We Built This City” and “Sara,” have become staples on MTV and VH1. Material covered in Starship’s live performances range from Mickey’s tenure with The Elvin Bishop Band and Starship as well as songs from his two solo albums. Mickey will be backed by the band Starship, featuring Jeff Adams (bass), John Roth (guitar), Phil Bennett (keyboards), Darrell Verdusco (drums) and Stephanie Calvert (vocals).

Proceeds from the Kansas concert with special guest, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, help fund more than 50 free concerts for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to our concert sponsors

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Concert time
7:30 p.m.

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Artist’s website
starshipcontrol.com

Date: September 23 @ 7:30 pm

Carrying on the classic rock

The Kansas concert with special guest, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, requires a ticket purchase. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $185 for VIP, which includes a reserved parking area, preconcert party, dessert at intermission between the two bands, silent auction and reserved seating in the VIP area at the concert. Purchase tickets by clicking the Buy Tickets link below. For the Kansas/Starship concert, chairs will be provided, and concessions will be sold. Please do not bring chairs, coolers, outside food and beverages, or pets to the Kansas/Starship concert.

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. Composing a catalogue that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and two 1-million-selling gold singles, “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.” Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. “Carry On My Wayward Son” continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on the radio more than 3 million times! 2016 marks the release of The Prelude Implicit, Kansas’ 15th studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album is released on InsideOut Music and marks the band’s first studio album release in 16 years. The band, comprised of original drummer, Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist, Billy Greer, keyboardist, David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist, Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist, David Ragsdale, guitarist, Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist, Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. Along with constant touring, Kansas remains a fixture of classic rock radio. The band has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs’ inclusion in various television shows, such as Supernatural and South Park, and films like Old School and Anchorman.

Proceeds from the Kansas concert help fund more than 50 free concerts for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to our concert sponsors

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Concert time

9 p.m.

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Artist’s website
kansasband.com

Date: September 23 @ 9:00 pm