Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Levitt Pavilion’s third week of free fall concerts starts at 8 p.m. Friday in Downtown Arlington.
Friday, September 14
Start your weekend in The American Dream City with the energetic blue-eyed soul of The Nightowls. This 10-piece band took Texas by storm in 2014 when their debut album landed in the Top 10 at Austin’s annual music awards, and Austin Monthly named them a Band to Watch. Their sound is an energetic blend of classic soul and modern pop with influences running the gamut from James Brown to Michael Jackson. Their sophomore recording earned them serious national attention from The Atlantic and Southern Living. Their Levitt concert is presented by the University of Texas at Arlington.
Saturday, September 15
Honky-tonk hero and country music maverick, Dale Watson,
returns to the Levitt at 8 p.m. presented by the Texas Commission on the Arts. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, Watson took his “Texas outlaw” sound to Los Angeles and Nashville, but found that commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter, so he returned to Texas. In addition to music, Watson has appeared in films (The Thing Called Love, On the Borderline), on television (Friday Night Lights), and most recently, on stage in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. His rumbling baritone also has been heard on commercials for Shell, Monster.com and On the Border restaurants. Earlier this year, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live from SXSW.
Sunday, September 16
When you mention Texas music, the first thing that usually comes to mind is country music or honky-tonk, but country music is a staple in most southern states. Tejano music, on the other hand, was born in Texas (Tejano means “Texan” in Spanish) and remains home to Tejano music pioneers and living legends. Ramiro “Ram” Herrera is a smooth-voiced, award-winning Tejano singer and songwriter, who is not only a staple on the Texas music scene, but is considered one of its legends. He has been honored with a Tejano Music Award as Male Entertainer of the Year twice and Male Vocalist of the Year as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Tejano Music Association. Ram and his band, The Outlaws, will make their Levitt Pavilion Arlington debut at 8 p.m. presented by the Dr Pepper/Snapple brands 7Up, Squirt and Clamato.Click here for the Levitt’s fall concert schedule.