The Nightowls Kick Off Last Weekend of Free Music at Levitt Pavilion for 2016

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The Nightowls

It’s the last weekend of free music for 2016 at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

Friday, September 30

The Nightowls took Texas by storm in 2014 with the release of their debut album, Good As Gold. The Austin Chronicle hailed them as “suave, energetic, blue-eyed soul” and named their album one of the Top 10 of the year at its annual music awards. Their sophomore recording last year earned them serious national attention from The Atlantic and Southern Living. The Nightowls perform at 8 p.m. sponsored by Arlington Today magazine.

Saturday, October 1

He’s not exactly a household name, but Billy Joe Shaver’s songs are country standards, and his reputation as a master songwriter and Texas colorful character remains strong since the 1970s. Billy Joe performs at 8 p.m. He got his first musical break writing songs like Good Christian Soldier (Kris Kristofferson), Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me (Tom T. Hall),

Ride Me Down Easy (Bobby Bare) and Sweet Mama (The Allman Brothers). His real breakthrough came in 1973, when Waylon Jennings recorded an album composed almost entirely of Shaver’s songs, Honky Tonk Heroes — largely considered the first true “Texas outlaw” album. Among his many classic songs are I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day), Honky Tonk Heroes, and Try and Try Again. Billy Joe is part of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting. His concert is sponsored by Union Pacific.

Sunday, October 2

The Levitt’s last free concert is Bart Crow at 8 p.m. The road-toughened troubadour and his band have logged thousands of miles playing in front of loyal crowds. It’s Bart’s music that is the draw — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his individual imprint. Crow has had six number one singles on the Texas Music charts. He has sold more than 40,000 albums and released five self-produced albums in just over a decade, including Dandelion, which debuted at number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers South Central chart.

He’s been cheered in Country Weekly, on Country Music Television and other national media outlets, and his YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views. His concert is sponsored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.