Staying at home for the Labor Day weekend? Got company coming and wondering what to do for entertainment without breaking the bank?
Celebrate the time off with a weekend of free music each evening at the Levitt Pavilion.
The Everything Energy Fall Concert Series opens Friday and runs through Sept. 28 with concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The holiday weekend shows all begin at 8 p.m.
Veteran Levitt concertgoers already know that Denton-based polka-and-more band Brave Combo will open the fall series on Friday. It’s a tradition dating to the Levitt’s official opening night in October 2008. The Grammy-winning Brave Combo is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.
Ambrosia, the 1970s Grammy-nominated pop band, will jog fans’ memories with How Much I Feel, You’re the Only Woman, Holdin’ On and Biggest Part of Me onstage Saturday. Three of its four original members remain with the band.
Americana duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis return to the Levitt on Sunday evening. The Texas music favorites are marking 20 years of marriage and their latest release, Our Year, has drawn comparisons to the collaborations of Johnny and June Carter Cash, George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
Not familiar with the Levitt’s rules and regs?
Concertgoers can bring children, blankets and lawn chairs, picnics and coolers with drinks that can include beer and wine, so long as there are no glass containers. Mosquito repellent is a good idea.
Concessions are available at the pavilion, which this year also includes beer and wine. J. Gilligan’s and Mountain Top Sno are vendors.
Free parking is available in several parking lots and garages surrounding the Levitt, thanks to agreements with First Baptist Church, the city of Arlington, Pinnacle Corp. and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Smoking is not allowed in the pavilion itself. Dogs are allowed on a leash, but if they get disruptive, owners will be asked to leave.
Check the Levitt’s 24-hour information line, 817-543-4301, for weather updates or other notices. Information will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Upcoming shows through September feature local favorite vocalists Marcia Ball and Ruthie Foster, eclectic and genre-bending bands including Green River Ordinance, Damn Quails, the Rebirth Brass Band, Whiskey Shivers, Two Tons of Steel and the UTA Jazz Orchestra with saxophonist Dick Oatts.
A complete fall concert lineup may be viewed at levittpavilionarlington.org .
— Shirley Jinkins