The bluesy vocals of Janis & the guitar-slinging skills of Stevie Ray
A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar-slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. Carolyn grew up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’s gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for her recordings, Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, Miss Understood and Peace Meal. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she plays – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Carolyn even throws in a whistling solo on occasion. Her breakthrough album was 2008’s Miss Understood. From appearances on Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Carolyn’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart, and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake. Her 2011 follow up, Peace Meal, was produced by a stellar cast, including long-time supporter and inspiration, Ray Benson; two-time Grammy-winner, Larry Campbell; and founding member of The Monkees, Michael Nesmith. In 2015, Carolyn played her first-ever New Orleans Jazz Fest appearance, appeared on the Carson Daly Show, and released a live album, Live Texas Trio. Carolyn earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance Single, and her songs have been featured on NBC’s Homicide and Fox’s Time of Your Life. She has toured with acts like Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, sat in with String Cheese Incident, Robert Earl Keen and Los Lobos, and has jammed with mentors and friends like Bob Dylan, Eddy Shaver and Ray Benson. She’s co-written songs with Ruthie Foster, Cindy Cashdollar, Candye Kane and Guy Forsyth. Carolyn is also the guitarist in the all-girl, southern rock band, Sis DeVille, and a founding member of the Austin Volunteer Orchestra.
Join us on the lawn!
This concert is free! There is limited seating available in socially-distanced squares on the lawn and on Abram Street. No reservation is required. Squares are first come, first served when the gates open at 6 p.m. Each square holds up to four people. You must wear a mask to enter the lawn. Once you are in your square, you can remove your mask to eat and drink. You must wear a mask any time you leave your square. Once the concert is over, please leave the lawn as quickly as possible. While at the Levitt, please stay a socially distanced 6 feet away from Levitt crew, staff, artists and volunteers. Please bring your own food, beverages, chairs and blankets. No glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking. Concert gates are located at the corner of Center and South streets between the Levitt and First Baptist Church and at the corner of Abram and Pecan streets near the flagpole entrance at the west end of the Levitt lawn.
For your health and safety
The Levitt has taken required health and safety precautions to help make your visit to the lawn as safe as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Antibacterial stations are located by the restrooms and throughout the concert area. A cleaning crew will sanitize the bathrooms before, during and after concerts. Please do not attend concerts if you are not feeling well, have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or have been exposed to the virus. Thank you for following safety protocols of social distancing and wearing a mask. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is up to all of us.