Wildly literate, scrappy music from Austin’s 2017 Musician of the Year
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem like a hopeless proposition. Last year, Hayes was chosen as Austin Musician of the Year, Best Folk Performer, Best Male Vocals and Best Songwriter. The Austin Music Awards went on to choose Lovers and Leavers Album of the Year and “Sake of the Song” as its Song of the Year. More importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Hayes connects with music lovers across genre lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band, the Gulf Coast Orchestra, merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubbard’s lean, freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality. All the accolades, all the facts and all the stats are awesome, but they don’t tell the whole story. Fiercely individual, Hayes’ banged-up take on classic country is honed by the road always taking in the vistas and humanity before him. Hayes paints vivid pictures of humanity as it really is. Thick-headed. Avaricious. Squalid. Hungry. Angry. Getting by.
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.