The Polyphonic Spree Kicks Off Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival May 27

Articles Levitt Pavilion 05-20-16

The Polyphonic Spree

The Levitt’s 2016 Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital Summer Concert Season kicks off May 27-29 as the centerpiece of the Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival, featuring six free concerts at the Levitt and a variety of music artists in restaurants surrounding the pavilion.

The Levitt’s summer season starts with the awe-inspiring Texas psych/pop choir, The Polyphonic Spree, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 27. Fresh off their 15th anniversary tour, the Spree has circled the globe several times over and appeared at every major music festival and on every late-night television program with their upbeat pop sound and hippy-dippy robed look. Dallas’ Indie pop heroes, Pleasant Grove, will open for the Spree at 7 p.m. The Polyphonic Spree is sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas.

Grammy Award-winning classic rockers, Blood, Sweat & Tears, perform at the Levitt at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, sponsored by Downtown Arlington Management Corp. Four decades since they began, BS&T is known as the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style. The group now features Bo Bice, who was runner-up to Carrie Underwood on American Idol. Opening for BS&T at 7 p.m. is an R&B singer/songwriter from Burleson, Reagan James, who was in the Top 10 on NBC’s The Voice in 2014 and used to have fellow Burleson resident and the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, as her babysitter.

Opening weekend concludes with the quirky infectious punk/pop fun of a Metroplex favorite, Bowling for Soup, performing at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29. Since they began more than 20 years ago, Bowling for Soup has captured the hearts of music fans in every corner of the globe with their infectious, fun-filled attitude while earning Grammy nominations along their career. Their concert is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts/Art Works. The musical storytelling of Doug Burr opens the Bowling for Soup concert at 7 p.m.

The Levitt’s Summer Concert Season runs May 27 through July 17. Concerts are on Thursday through Sunday nights at 8 p.m. until July 7, when concerts begin later at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday morning Children’s Concerts are at 9:30 a.m. June 8-29, and the Levitt’s new Family Movie Nights are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings June 8 through July 6.

Levitt audiences are seated on an open lawn on blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics and coolers are welcome, but no glass containers, please. Free parking is available in lots all around the pavilion.

The complete summer calendar, information about the artists, what to bring to the Levitt, where to park and much more are on the Levitt’s website, levittpavilionarlington.org and on the free Levitt Arlington mobile app available for iPhone and Android.