Upcoming Events At This Venue
Grammy-winning Creole for Kidz
In 2009, Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien got a call from Disney asking him to collaborate on a song for their first African-American Disney Princess in Princess & the Frog. The animated movie was set in New Orleans and focused on New Orleans music and traditions like gumbo, jazz and zydeco. Since then, Terrance’s young audiences everywhere sing along with him on Gonna Take You There from the film. While they’re enjoying themselves, they don’t realize they’re learning about music appreciation and music history as well as American history, social studies and geography. Terrance also teaches them audience etiquette, all while enjoying a concert created especially for kids and their families centered on a musical genre that’s an important part of our nation’s cultural history.
Funk-charged rock to get the party started
Noladelic powerfunk. That’s the sound Big Sam’s Funky Nation has been whipping up for more than a decade. It’s high-energy music that mixes funk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop and jazz into the same pot, melding everything together with the brassy influence and heavy grooves of New Orleans. From national performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits to hometown appearances at Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, Big Sam’s Funky Nation has built its reputation on stage. 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. You don’t just watch a Funky Nation show, you are part of the show, singing along with Big Sam whenever he demands a call-and-response. A native of New Orleans, Big Sam first rose to fame as a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with a touring schedule that kept the trombonist on the road for 300 days a year. The group performed with bands from all genres, backing up Widespread Panic one minute before sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band the next. Big Sam loved the variety that Dirty Dozen Brass Band offered, but he wanted his own group. He needed to sing, to engage the crowd and write his own songs. Inspired to chase down his dream, he formed Big Sam’s Funky Nation, reaching out to some of his favorite players from around the Big Easy to create his own super group with an impressive list of musical credentials. 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.
Recalling a time when we were merely freshmen
With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the genesis of multi-platinum artists, The Verve Pipe, can be traced back to the early ’90s when the principal members of two rival Michigan bands joined forces. After releasing two independent albums, I’ve Suffered A Head Injury and Pop Smear, the group quickly earned a regional following for its textured rock songs distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals. Their 1996 platinum major label debut, Villains, featured the radio hit, Photograph, and the number one single, The Freshmen. Their follow-up release, the critically acclaimed, self-titled, The Verve Pipe, featured Hero, a Top 15 hit at Modern Rock radio. 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 their success on radio and in TV and film, they racked up sold-out concerts, features in Spin and Rolling Stone, and videos on MTV. They also made numerous appearances on The Late Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. In 2014, The Verve Pipe released their first rock album in more than 13 years with Overboard, a collection of 10 new songs, including Crash Landing, Hit and Run, and the title track. The Verve Pipe continues to tour, including special appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Hangout Music Festival and SummerStage in Central Park.
Real life, real country music
Authenticity. Self-reliance. Hard work. Camaraderie. Gratitude. These are the qualities Zane Williams sings about in his rootsy anthem, Texas Like That, the title track of his fifth studio album, so it comes as no surprise that these are also the qualities that describe his rapidly growing music career. Respected by his fans, The Zaniacs, as a down-to-earth family man, Zane is a also a charismatic entertainer and a prolific songwriter who wrote all 10 of his new album’s tracks. It’s a rare combination of abilities that just may make him a superstar, especially among country music fans hungry for an alternative to today’s pop and hip-hop influenced “bro country.” Zane 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. Zane is an anomaly in today’s country music — equal parts bar-room entertainer and introspective poet. If you ask his Zaniacs what it is they love about the man and his music, they might tell you it’s his genuine smile, the way his songs seem to come straight from the heart or how he sings about real life in a way that real people can relate to.
Fiery fiddle and girl-power vocals
Hannah Kirby stole the hearts of audiences here and abroad on season eight of NBC’s The Voice, placing in the top eight, guided by her coach, country superstar Blake Shelton. While competing on The Voice, Hannah covered mostly rock anthems, but she also writes and performs electronica, blues and soul. After The Voice, she immersed herself into what she’s always wanted to do, recording, producing and publishing her own album. Last summer, she released her anticipated single, Power, with her debut album, Fire in My Soul, scheduled for release this year. Now that Hannah’s found her fire, her musical goal is to spark her fans into finding their own fire. Through her voice and music, Hannah is connecting with fans she gained from her appearances on The Voice and winning new fans wherever the fire takes her.
A celebration of songwriting
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.
Brad will take a break at 9:45 p.m. for fireworks, then resume his concert at 10 p.m.
Shaun the Sheep
In this delightful family film, a sheep takes the day off to have some fun and gets more than he anticipated when a mix up with a farmer, a caravan and a steep hill leads to a big-city adventure. It becomes the whole flock’s responsibility to embark on a whimsical mission and bring everyone home. Rated PG.
A native Texan rocks the blues
A lifelong Texan, Buddy Whittington became enamored of the electric guitar like countless others in his Baby Boomer generation. None of his family members played an instrument, but there was always music in his Fort Worth home, from the TV on Saturday evenings during Cowtown Jamboree and Big D Jamboree or from the AM radio dial with KXOL, KFJZ, KLIF, KKDA, WBAP, WRR and KNOK providing a variety of sounds and styles to open and expand a young would-be musician’s ears long before the advent of “underground” album rock stations like KFAD and KNUS, Q102 and KZEW (The Zoo). Western swing also played a role, as Mr. and Mrs. Whittington were big fans of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Probably the biggest influence in young Bud’s musical makeup was the record collection of his big sister, with everything from British Invasion bands to R&B hits from Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Gary “U.S.” Bond, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo. A succession of fledgling musical efforts with varying degrees of success ensued, culminating in an offer by John Mayall to join The Bluesbreakers in 1993. He appeared in countless Bluesbreakers’ shows and recordings worldwide for 15 years until 2008, when John Mayall decided to restructure the band. Buddy’s self-titled solo CD debuted in 2007, and garnered favorable reviews and considerable airplay. The CD, recorded at Hurricane Sound in Garland, features performances by Mike Gage, longtime bassist Wayne Six and guitarist Michael Mayes, and same artists who make up the core of Buddy’s current working band.
Queen of Southern boogie and roadhouse blues
The title track of Marcia Ball’s most recent album, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, is an irresistible tale of true love at the traveling carnival. It’s a story that only Marcia could spin, filled with vivid details, universal truths, and a rambunctious sense of fun. With raucous horns punctuating Marcia’s legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the song kicks off an 12-song CD that mixes Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex-flavored zydeco into a musical gumbo, a sound Marcia has been perfecting over the course of her legendary career. Born in Orange, Texas, to a family whose female members all played piano, Marcia grew up in Vinton, La., right across the border from Texas. She began taking piano lessons when she was 5, playing old Tin Pan Alley tunes from her grandmother’s collection. From her aunt, Marcia heard more popular music, but it wasn’t until she was 13 that Marcia discovered the power of soul music. The musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame, and in 2012, into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received six Living Blues Awards, nine Blues Music Awards and five Grammy Award nominations. Marcia has been featured on leading television and radio programs, including Austin City Limits and NPR’s Fresh Air and Piano Jazz. She performed in Piano Blues, the film directed by Clint Eastwood that was included in Martin Scorsese’s The Blues series that aired on PBS. Marcia also has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman with The New Orleans Social Club, which helped benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Marcia has been featured on the covers of The Austin Chronicle and Blues Revue magazine and has been in countless lead stories in entertainment sections of publications around the country.
Grammy-winning classic country with a Hispanic heritage
During the mid-1990s, Grammy Award-winner Rick Trevino emerged as one of the first popular Hispanic singers in country music since the mid-1970s, when Freddy Fender and Johnny Rodriguez were recording hits. He racked up several hits over the next few years with his Garth Brooks-inspired blend of new country and album rock. Rick was born into a musical family – his father was a member of a local Tejano group. Both of his parents fostered his musical interests, and as a child, he listened to a variety of music, including Tejano, country, classical pianist Van Cliburn, and mainstream pop/rockers like Elton John and Billy Joel. Rick’s first album, the Spanish-language Dos Mundos, was accompanied by a single release of Just Enough Rope, which was released in English, Spanish and a bilingual version – the first traditional country single to be released in both Spanish and English. Rick’s hits include the Top 40 single, Honky Tonk Crowd, and two Top 10 singles, She Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry and Doctor Time. Rick won a Grammy Award in 1998 as part of Los Super Seven, an all-star band that included Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Freddy Fender, Joe Ely, and Flaco Jimenez.
Award-winning Tejano family music
With an American Grammy Award nomination, three Latin Grammy Award nominations, Billboard Awards and multiple Tejano Music Awards, La Tropa F has come a long way as a humble Texas family-oriented Tejano/conjunto band formed by the Farias family. The band continues to extend their fan base by adding a third generation to the group. The band continues to be a household name in the United States and is stronger than ever in Mexico, providing high-energy shows from clubs to arenas that seat thousands of fans. Far from just a group of guys on a stage, La Tropa F is a family tradition that will continue to grow.
Gutsy garage swagger
When the last seconds of 2011 ticked to a close, the members of Oil Boom drew a collective sigh of relief. Although they had released their six-song debut EP, Black Waxy, and earned thumbs-ups from music critics and their expanding fan base, the band was enduring growing pains, and something was lacking. That something turned out to be bassist Steve Steward (Darth Vato, Epic Ruins), longtime staple of the Fort Worth music community and more importantly, a fan of Oil Boom. The reformed trio gradually constructed a brand new identity – one deferential to their musical past, but clearly looking ahead toward their sonic future. The updated version of Oil Boom retains the gutsy garage swagger of its previous incarnation, but adds a stronger emphasis on the quirky pop influences of its members. Their most recent recording, Red Metal, was released in 2014.
World-famous New Orleans music machine
In 1977, the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions. Social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the name The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Thirty years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the United States and in more than 30 countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen has been featured on albums by artists that include David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes.
A West Texas poet’s enduring country music
The position that Radney Foster enjoys in the country music landscape is remarkable. For 30 years, Radney has thrived as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer and producer. His songs, solo and recorded by other artists, have topped the country, Americana, and AAA charts alike. At the same time, he’s earned the respect of his peers and a devoted audience as intent on listening as they are eager to dance. Radney grew up in two worlds: herding cattle on horseback at his grandfather’s East Texas ranch in the summer and hunkering over a transistor radio in his West Texas hometown, listening to border radio that played country to conjunto. That hybrid of influences may be why Radney has always been tough to categorize. His first success was with the seminal country/cowpunk duo Foster & Lloyd, whose first single, Crazy Over You, went straight to number one. His subsequent solo albums told tales through a honky-tonk lens and yielded enduring hits, Just Call Me Lonesome and Nobody Wins. Considered an elder statesman of Texas singer/songwriters, Radney has written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (Raining on Sunday, I’m In), Sara Evans (Real Fine Place, Revival) and the Dixie Chicks (Godspeed). Radney has performed with Charley Pride and Asleep at the Wheel and performed at the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, during President Obama’s inaugural festivities.
The band who took us to Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Deep Blue Something blasted out of Denton in 1995 when their hit, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, slowly began to dominate radio. At the time, there was a DIY attitude among bands, and that’s what Deep Blue Something did — start making records and hitting the road with an Indie budget, Indie resources and a dozen tight Indie/alt-rock songs. When a local rock club in Lubbock used a snippet of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in a radio ad, listeners besieged stations with calls asking about the tune. The demand was so great that programmers put the song in regular rotation, and CDs began to sell. After a year of nonstop touring, truck stop cafeteria food and “Breakfast with DBS” morning radio shows, the band circled back to Dallas. They released their second album themselves, then a third self-titled release in 2001 before the group drifted apart. Band members went on with other projects, producing bands like Flickerstick, Drowning Pool, Calhoun and The Nadas and a record label, Kirtland Records, whose roster includes The Toadies, Sarah Jaffe and The Polyphonic Spree. Then one day, they started talking about getting the band back together. Since the members live far apart and have families, they decided to do an EP instead of a full-length album. Deep Blue Something wound up with five new songs for the EP, Locust House. The final track, Winsome, was actually the first of the new songs to come together about a fascination with people, their relationship to cars and how getting into a car transforms them. The strength and focus of Locust House makes it hard to believe Deep Blue Something was on a 14-year hiatus. It’s also a logical progression for the band, demonstrating that they never lost the connection they built in their early days having Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
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 the Levitt Foundation, MillerCoors, Peirson Patterson LLP, Peyco Southwest Realty and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Gates open: 7 p.m.
Opening act: 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.