Levitt Pavilion Concludes Fifth Season with Fan Favorites and Foreigner
By Office of Communication
Posted on July 29, 2013, July 29, 2013



Levitt Pavilion Arlington will close its fifth season of free music under the stars with a strong musical line-up when the Texas Power 2013 Fall Concert Series kicks off Aug. 30. The Levitt has changed its format slightly for the fall and no longer scheduling Thursday night concerts. Concerts will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"We've found over the years that our fall Thursday night concerts have the lowest attendance,"said Patti Diou, the Levitt Pavilion's executive director. "In September, there is much more competition for everyone's time with school in session and all of its activities. Having concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday means we are spending our professional artists' fees wisely on nights when more people can relax and enjoy a free concert."

Kicking off the fall concerts on Aug. 30 is Brave Combo, the traditional opening band for the fall. The Denton-based "mosh-pit polka band"was the very first band to perform at the Levitt when it opened Oct. 10, 2008, and remains a crowd favorite.

Pentatonix returns to the Levitt on Aug. 31 for opening weekend. The a cappella group that features three Martin High School graduates has been selling out concerts across the country after winning NBC's The Sing-Off. Their 2012 concert set a new record for single concert attendance at the Levitt with more than 12,000 fans packing the area all around the pavilion.

Opening weekend concludes with legendary Texas troubadour and master storyteller, Ray Wylie Hubbard, on Sept. 1. Hubbard is one of the most requested artists at the Levitt for his humor, his songwriting, and of course, his stories.

One of the biggest nights for the fall season will be Sept. 27, when Grammy Award-winning country artist Ronnie Milsap takes the stage for a free concert. Milsap was named Male Vocalist of the Year four times by the Country Music Association and has six Grammy Awards. His free concert is made possible by a generous sponsorship from the Tom Cravens Family.

Rounding out the fall season are popular returning artists, including Marcia Ball, The Killdares, Mingo Fishtrap, Deryl Dodd and Soul Track Mind. New artists include Seryn, Hot Club of Cowtown, Larry G(ee) and Joe McCarthy, Grammy-winning percussionist who will perform with the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra.

The Levitt will host its annual benefit concert on Sept. 14, when Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital presents Foreigner, the classic rock band known for hits like "I Want to Know What Love Is,""Juke Box Hero,""Double Vision"and "Waiting for a Girl Like You."Foreigner is the only concert that requires a ticket purchase, and proceeds from the concert help with the Levitt's more than 50 free concerts. Tickets are $35 in advance for general admission and can be purchased on the Levitt Pavilion website, www.levittpavilionarlington.org, by phone at 817.543.4308 and at the fall concerts. Tickets at the gate will be $45. Local artist Lannie Flowers will play at 7:30 p.m. before Foreigner takes the stage at 9 p.m.

The Texas Power 2013 Fall Concert Series runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 29.

The Levitt Pavilion has open lawn seating on blankets and chairs. Audiences are welcome to bring picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages, but no glass containers. Concessions are sold at the pavilion by J. Gilligan's and MountainTop Sno. The Levitt Pavilion is located in Downtown Arlington at 100 W. Abram St. at the corner of Abram and Center streets. A complete fall concert calendar and information about visiting the pavilion, including directions and a parking map, can be found on the Levitt website.

The Texas Power 2013 Fall Concert Series is sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, the City of Arlington, Arlington Parks & Recreation, the Arlington Chamber Foundation, Coors, the Cravens Family, FW Weekly, Bonnie & Alan Petsche, Pianotex, Star-Telegram, Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Power, UT Arlington, WFAA, and grants from the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Union Pacific Foundation.

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