A hard-scrabble package of folk, rock and bluegrass
Playing upwards of 200 dates a year, giving heartfelt, unrestrained performances and winning over a loyal audience show by show, it takes a lot to stop this band from El Paso, home of the “dirty river” known as the Rio Grande. It was against this backdrop that Nino Cooper, Marco Gutierrez and Travis Stearns came of age, playing music in various bands and dreaming of recording at Sonic Ranch, the mammoth residential studio just outside of town. Fast forward a decade or so, and Nino had returned to El Paso from Southern California, where he’d abandoned a corporate career. Armed with an acoustic guitar and an armload of originals and covers, he began playing anywhere that would have him, including restaurants and hotel lobbies. Travis quickly jumped aboard to provide percussion, but venues weren’t crazy about a loud drum kit, so he picked up the cajón, a box-like instrument common south of the border. Marco Gutierrez, a veteran of a number of local bands, soon rounded out the trio, and gigs in hotels and restaurants soon became bookings in El Paso’s handful of live music clubs, which led to trips out of town with a hard-driving roots-acoustic style that wouldn’t sound out of place on a playlist with the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. Along the way, they’ve reached a number of significant milestones, including opening for Willie Nelson several times and selling out the famed Gruene Hall in New Braunfels.
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.