- Blue Grass
Bluegrass tunes meant to last
The Texas songwriter tradition casts a long shadow today, and Austin-based Americana roots juggernauts and 2018 Grammy Award nominees, Wood & Wire, could easily rattle off a long list of songwriters who inspire them from Willie Nelson to James McMurtry and everyone in between. But ask them what it is about Texas that brought that produced so many great songwriters, and they stop cold. That’s because they don’t romanticize their culture or their past, they’re too busy making new music and writing new songs. Respect for honest labor is a central theme in Wood & Wire’s 2018 Grammy-nominated album for Best Bluegrass, North of Despair. The songs are populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge in Llano with his own two hands. The characters on the album live large and aren’t afraid to share their opinions about the modern world. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting. But it’s the melding of this hard country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that creates Wood & Wire’s signature sound. Artists like John Hartford have mixed up great songs with bluegrass virtuosity and a strong sense of place, and Wood & Wire aim to pave the way for Austin’s roots scene with a fully-fledged vision for a new Texan sound. Wood & Wire considers itself fortunate to exist “south of rich and north of despair,” buoyed by family and friends. Never ones to shy away from hard work, Wood & Wire rely on their humble acoustic instruments and their own hands to make music meant to last. As Kamel sings “I ain’t trying to be the kingpin, I’m just trying to make a living.”
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.