The Levitt Pavilion starts the second part of its birthday celebration on Aug. 31 with its official 10-year birthday bash featuring the band who played the very first concert on the Levitt stage a decade ago, Brave Combo. The party starts at 8 p.m., and rumor has it that there may be birthday cake for the first 2,000 partiers.Continuing its “greatest hits” theme for their birthday year, the Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital Fall Concert Season includes many artists familiar to Levitt-lovers. In addition to Brave Combo, the Quebe Sisters also performed during the Levitt’s first mini-season in October 2008. The triple-threat, fiddle-playing sisters from Burleson with killer harmony return to the Levitt at 8 p.m. Oct. 5. Additional artists making a return to the Levitt include rock royalty, The Drifters; the king and queen of Americana music, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis; concert pianist and composer, Danny Wright; Texas music maverick, Dale Watson; and Texas treasure, Carolyn Wonderland, as well as The Nightowls, The Unlikely Candidates, The Dirty River Boys, Dawn & Hawkes, and Grady Spencer and the Work.
Blues fans will not want to miss Grammy-winning blues guitar legend, Jimmie Vaughan, who will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 for Arlington’s annual Arlington GIVES! rally for North Texas Giving Day, presented by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Texas. It’s North Texas Giving Day’s 10th birthday as well, and the Arlington event celebrates a day of giving across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding area.
The fall season will include several new artists, most notably, Sundance Head, 2016 winner of NBC’s The Voice and the founder of country/soul music. Additional first-timers at the Levitt include The Vandoliers, Ram Herrera & the Outlaw Band, hometown jazz artist Tatiana Mayfield performing with the UTA Jazz Orchestra, and JB & the Moonshine Band. The free concerts end Oct. 7 with the African cirque experience of dance and music, Cirque Zuma Zuma.
The 2018 fall concert season calendar is available on the Levitt’s website, levittpavilionarlington.org and the free Levitt Arlington mobile app.
2018 fall concert season sponsors are Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, Arlington Parks & Recreation, Arlington Today, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Bahama Buck’s, Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital at Arlington, City of Arlington, Candlelite Inn, Downtown Arlington Management Corp., Dr Pepper/Snapple (7-Up, Clamato, Squirt), Fort Worth Weekly, J. Gilligan’s, Levitt Foundation, MillerCoors, NEA/Artworks, Nothing Bundt Cakes North Arlington, Bonnie & Alan Petsche, Pianotex, Sheraton Arlington, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital, Thrive Internet Marketing, UTATickets.com, Viridian and WFAA.