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Dance-happy blend of pop, R&B and funk!
The Nightowls took Texas by storm in 2014 with the release of their debut album, Good As Gold. The Austin Chronicle hailed them as “suave, energetic, blue-eyed soul” and named their album one of the Top 10 of the year at its annual music awards. Austin Monthly named them a Band to Watch. They spent the next year bringing their ecstatic live show to stages around the country, including the Austin City Limits Festival. Their sound is an energetic blend of classic soul and modern pop with influences running the gamut from James Brown to Michael Jackson. Bright, bold horns dance and leap over a funky rhythm section, and the group’s voices shimmer and shine with gorgeous harmonies. Their sophomore recording last year earned them serious national attention from The Atlantic and Southern Living to Relix and Pollstar.
The original honky-tonk hero
Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the 1970s, and his reputation among musicians and critics hasn’t diminished over the decades. Billy Joe got his first musical break in 1968 writing songs like Good Christian Soldier (Kris Kristofferson), Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me (Tom T. Hall), Ride Me Down Easy (Bobby Bare) and Sweet Mama (The Allman Brothers). His real breakthrough came in 1973, when Waylon Jennings recorded an album composed almost entirely of Billy Joe’s songs, Honky Tonk Heroes — largely considered the first true “outlaw” album — followed by Billy Joe’s own debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me. All Music Guide lists 23 albums for Billy Joe, from 1973’s Old Five & Dimers Like Me through 2007’s Everybody’s Brother, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Among his many classic songs are I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day), Honky Tonk Heroes, Georgia on a Fast Train, Live Forever, Tramp on Your Street, and Try and Try Again. In 2006, Billy Joe was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting. He also served as spiritual advisor to Texas independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman. Billy Joe Shaver is one of the most respected living figures in American music. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, has often played Billy Joe‘s Old Five And Dimers Like Me in concert, and Johnny Cash called him “my favorite songwriter.”
Blues, country and down-home rock
Look out your window, and keep your eyes open. Bart Crow is coming your way. Always known as “the nice guy” with a smile on his face, the tides are turning, and the gloves are coming off. Bart is still the kind of guy and artist fans in the South and Midwest have grown to love. But on his new album The Parade, boundaries disappear, and things are getting real. The road-toughened troubadour and his band have already logged thousands of miles playing in front of loyal crowds at far-flung, late-night clubs and concert halls all over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and beyond. It’s his music that draws them — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his individual imprint. Fans hear their lives in his lyrics, written in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and other true-life troubadours. With no help from big record labels, and money pulled from his own pockets, Bart has put together an admirable track record as a recording artist, with six number one singles on the Texas Music charts. He has sold more than 40,000 albums and released five self-produced albums in just over a decade, including Dandelion, which debuted at number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers South Central chart. He’s been cheered in Country Weekly, on Country Music Television and other national media outlets, and his YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views.
The World’s Greatest Party Band!
After 36 years and 20 million albums sold, the B-52s are still rocking concerts around the world with their groundbreaking songs like Rock Lobster, Dance This Mess Around and Private Idaho and chart-topping hits like Love Shack, Roam and Deadbeat Club. They re-emerged on the pop scene with their 2008 CD, Funplex, with signature B-52s’ style and unforgettable dance-rock tunes that start a party every time their music begins. Formed on an October night in 1976 in an Athens, Ga., Chinese restaurant, the popular party group named themselves after the southern slang for exaggerated bouffant hairdos. Before long, their thrift store aesthetic and genre-defying songs were the talk of the post-punk underground. Their self-titled debut disc sold more than 500,000 copies on the strength of their first singles, the garage rock party classic, Rock Lobster, and 52 Girls. Top 10 hits followed with Love Shack and Roam, and the group became a trio in 2013 with original members Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Cindy Wilson. As they take their party-music revolution into the 21st century the B-52s show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.
Proceeds from the B-52s concert will help Levitt Pavilion Arlington provide more than 50 free, culturally diverse concerts. It is the only Levitt concert that requires a ticket purchase.
In addition to Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital, the B-52s benefit concert is sponsored by Blue Mesa, Candlelite Inn/Bonnie & Alan Petsche, the Levitt Foundation, MillerCoors, Patterson Law Group, Peyco Southwest Realty, Tarrant County College, Total Wine & More, Tricon Construction, United Service Association for Health Care Foundation, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Wade Funeral Home.
Gates open: 7 p.m.
Opening act: The O’s (Folk/Americana) at 7:30 p.m.
B-52s concert time: 9 p.m.
For the B-52s concert only
No chairs — chairs will be provided.
No coolers — concessions will be sold at the concert.