A slice of Texas music history
Grammy winners and eight-time Grammy nominees, The Light Crust Doughboys, hold the longest track record of all the western swing bands in our area. In 1929, James Robert (Bob) Wills moved from West Texas to Fort Worth and formed the Wills Fiddle Band, made up of Bob as fiddler and Herman Arnspiger as guitarist. In 1930, Milton Brown joined the band as vocalist, and in 1931, the Wills Fiddle Band — Bob, Herman and Milton — became The Light Crust Doughboys, when Bob persuaded Burrus Mill and Elevator Co. to sponsor the band on a radio show by advertising the mill’s Light Crust Flour. People listened at noon each day for a couple of licks on Bob Wills’ fiddle and the enthusiastic introduction, “The Light Crust Doughboys are on the air!” In 1933, the band’s most influential doughboy, Bob Wills, moved on to Waco, where he organized the Playboys, but The Light Crust Doughboys played on with a changing roster of artists. They were the first band to be inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, and the Texas legislature declared them the “official music ambassadors of the Lone Star State” in 1995. The band has remained active in the 2000s. Their collaborative work on Southern Meets Soul: An American Gospel Jubilee earned a 2005 Grammy nomination for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Album. In December 2005, The Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame and Museum officially opened in Quitman with exhibits of historic memorabilia as well as hosted live performances. The Light Crust Doughboys were inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2006. This year marks 82 years of performances for the Light Crust Doughboys.
Levitt Pavilion General Information:
Concerts are FREE and family friendly, except for the annual fall benefit concert, which requires a ticket purchase. The Levitt Pavilion is located at 100 W. Abram St. in Founders Plaza on the corner of Abram and Center streets. For directions and parking, please see Directions & Parking. The Levitt is an open-lawn seating, outdoor concert venue. Visitors to the FREE concerts should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Picnics and coolers are welcome to the FREE concerts. Please do not bring glass containers to the Levitt. Concessions are sold at the Levitt, including beer and wine. For additional information, please visit our FAQs, call the 24-hour information line at 817.543.4301, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.