This weekend’s lineup of free headliner concerts (yes, the concerts really are free) at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington includes Indie rockers the Band of Heathens (top left), classical pianist Danny Wright (lower left), reggae rockers Watusi (lower right) and boot scooter Johnny Rodriguez (upper right).
That’s clearly something for everybody.
Band of Heathens is most often compared to Black Crowes, the Band and Little Feat. But Indie
rockers Band of Heathenshave evolved into their own with a new album last year that
landed on the Americana Top 10 Albums of the Year list (their third album in a row
to do so). They make their second appearance at the Levitt Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.
Their performance is sponsored by the Star-Telegram. The guys in Band of
Heathens are fond of saying they became a unit by accident. Unplanned, maybe, but
hardly random. The merger of singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists from
their respective solo careers and bands offers evidence that they were meant to
be together and have evolved into a solid musical entity.
The Levitt's second week of free concerts is one of its most diverse for the fall
concert series. At the other end of the music spectrum from Band of Heathens is
classically trained pianist and area favorite Danny Wright.Seated at a baby grand,
Danny performs original compositions with influences that include contemporary jazz
He also performs his own arrangements of Broadway and film classics
and has appeared in top venues from Boston's Berklee Performance Center to Schoenburg
Hall in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Danny released Soul 2 Soul, his first album
of all-original compositions in 11 years with songs inspired by the heartfelt stories
of his fans and friends. Danny's concert is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, presented by Pianotex.
The concert weekend begins with an island vibe with Watusi at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
sponsored by J. Gilligan's. Watusi is distinguished as a charter member of Reggae
Ambassadors Worldwide and one of the first and most established reggae bands in
America. They have been honored with numerous reggae and world music awards for
their unique blend of roots, dancehall reggae and world beat music delivered by
a tribe of world musicians from the Caribbean, United States and Africa.
For those who like to scoot their boots on a Saturday night, the Levitt is honored
to welcome Texas native son and member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame,
Johnny Rodriguez, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnny has recorded 35 albums and charted
45 singles, and has earned standing ovations for his classic country music from
Ryman Auditorium to Carnegie Hall. Johnny also has been recognized for his
Contributions in bringing the Hispanic communities and country music together with his bilingualsongs. His concert is sponsored by Southwest Bank.
Complete information about the Levitt Pavilion and the artists performing this week
are available on the Levitt's website, www.levittpavilionarlington.org