Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World with Special Guest Ra Ra Riot
Jun
22
4:30 PM16:30

Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World with Special Guest Ra Ra Riot

NO BACKPACKS will be permitted for this show. For all venue rules and regulations please see VENUE RULES & REGULATIONS

Doors: 4:300PM | Show: 5:30PM

Tickets On Sale Now

RSVP to the Facebook event page for pre-sale info: http://bit.ly/2S8Ztii

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster.com here: http://bit.ly/2S6q5R6

Tickets are $79.75 for reserved seating and $39.75 for general admission lawn.

$0.25 of ticket costs includes a charity donation to Carbon Neutral

Third Eye Blind has announced the 35-city Summer Gods Tour, together with Jimmy Eat World.  Ra Ra Riot will join on all shows as tour opener. Produced by Live Nation, the North American amphitheater tour will kick off June 14 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, with dates in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and more, before wrapping August 3 in Irvine, CA at FivePoint Amphitheatre.  Touring in the summer “feels like more of a festival thing, because Third Eye Blind takes a lot of time in picking out the bands to play with us,” Jenkins tells iHeartRadio’s on-air personality, Andrew Harms, in an exclusive interview that ran earlier this morning across iHeartMedia’s network of Alternative stations. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to spend our 25th summer as a band touring the country of our birth to play music for our American fans!” says Jimmy Eat World, in a statement.  “Thanks to Third Eye Blind for inviting us to be a part of this amazing tour. We can’t wait to hang out with our fans as well as making some new friends!”

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Tower of Power with Special Guests Average White Band
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Tower of Power with Special Guests Average White Band

Levitt Pavilion Admission Based Event Series

Official Tower of Power Band
Special Guest: Average White Band

Reserved Tickets: $55.00 and $75.00
General Admission: $25.00
All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets are available by phone 800-745-3000 or at http://bit.ly/2RUwCy8

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

All Ages | Reserved Seating & GA Lawn
Doors are at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:30 PM

For more information about the artists, please visit
https://towerofpower.com/ & https://www.averagewhiteband.com/

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Three Dog Night with Special Guests Firefall and Hazel Miller Band
Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

Three Dog Night with Special Guests Firefall and Hazel Miller Band

Levitt Pavilion Admission Based Event Series

Three Dog Night
Special Guest: FIREFALL & Hazel Miller Band

Tickets are $25.00, $45.00 and $65.00 | $5.50 increase day of show

Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets are available by phone 800-745-3000 or at
http://bit.ly/2RQMNfP

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

All Ages | Reserved Seating & GA Lawn
Doors are at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:30 PM

For more information about the artists, please visit
https://www.threedognight.com/ & http://www.firefallofficial.com/

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Rob Thomas Chip Tooth Tour with Special Guest Abby Anderson
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Rob Thomas Chip Tooth Tour with Special Guest Abby Anderson

Doors are at 5:00 PM | Show at 6:30 PM

Tickets on sale now

All Ages | Reserved Seating & GA Lawn

Reserved Tickets: $99.50 & $69.50

General Admission: $35

All ticket prices increase $5.00 increase day of show

Join the Facebook event HERE

Tickets are available by phone 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com 

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion.

Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era – a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and acclaimed songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” and “Streetcorner Symphony,” Matchbox Twenty favorites including “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent,” and of course “Smooth,” his 3x RIAA platinum certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year. Thomas earned three GRAMMY® Awards for his role as co-writer and vocalist on “Smooth,” which topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks and spent 58 total weeks on the chart, the #1 song in Billboard’s “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs” chart history and #2 “Hot 100” song of all time. As if that weren’t enough, “Smooth” was declared the all-time #1 song on Billboard’s “Adult Pop Songs” radio airplay chart, the #1 song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard's Hot 100, and recently declared to still hold the spot as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.

In 2004, Thomas was the first artist to be honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award,” created to recognize a composer in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards, and twice earned the “Songwriter of the Year” crown from both Billboard and BMI. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records.

Thomas made his solo debut with 2005’s platinum certified …Something To Be and immediately made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to ever debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200. Thomas’ sophomore solo album, 2009’s Cradlesong, marked still another milestone, generating two #1 singles in “Her Diamonds” and “Someday.” Billboard chart history was made once again, with Thomas tying P!nk for the most #1 Adult Top 40 hits by a solo artist as well becoming the first male solo artist to score multiple chart-toppers at the format.

In 2012, Matchbox Twenty returned with their first all-new album in a decade, North. Fueled by the hit singles, “She’s So Mean,” “Overjoyed,” and “Our Song,” North proved a landmark for the band, their first ever #1 debut and Billboard 200 chart-topper. Thomas’ third solo album, 2015’s internationally acclaimed The Great Unknown, had a top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its release and featured hit singles “Hold On Forever” and “Pieces.”

A charismatic, engaging, and indefatigable live performer, Thomas has spent much of the past two decades on the road, fronting massive world treks with Matchbox Twenty and on his own as well as a series of intimate acoustic tours. Thomas is also a dedicated philanthropist, establishing Sidewalk Angels Foundation with his wife Marisol Thomas in 2003. The organization is dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to over 20 no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, across the country, that help to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. For additional information on Sidewalk Angels Foundation, please visit www.sidewalkangelsfoundation.org.

For more information about the artists, please visit

https://www.robthomasmusic.com & https://abbyandersonmusic.com/

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The Fab Four with Special Guest: Rocks Off - A Tribute to The Rolling Stones
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

The Fab Four with Special Guest: Rocks Off - A Tribute to The Rolling Stones


Doors are at 5:00 PM | Show at 6:00 PM

Tickets go on sale: Friday, April 5 at 10AM MST

All Ages | Reserved Seating & GA Lawn

Password pre-sale begins Wednesday, April 3 at 10AM and concludes Thursday,

April 4 at 10PM. Password: RINGO

Reserved Tickets: $60.00 & $45.00

GA Lawn Tickets: $24.00

All ticket prices increase $5.50 day of show

Tickets are available by phone 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com

Join the Facebook event HERE

This show is all ages. Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion.

No professional flash photography or video recording equipment.

The Fab Four

The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as: "Can't Buy Me Love", "Yesterday", "A Day In The Life", "Twist And Shout", "Here Comes The Sun", "Hey Jude", the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Rocks Off

Rocks Off is Chicago's premier and authentic Rolling Stones tribute, delivering the music, the look, and the attitude of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band!

Whether it be a deep album cut or your favorite live version, Rocks Off captures the Jagger moves, Keef riffs, Charlie Watts' groove, and the blazing Mick Taylor solo's from their golden era of 1968-1973, a la Ladies and Gentlemen and the Brussels Affair. But let's not overlook the songs of the mid-'60s that launched the Stones as rock and roll superstars; Rocks Off nails all your favorites from the Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood eras. If you want to see the next best thing to being there 40 years ago, come and see Rocks Off for yourself.

For more information please visit: The Fab Four & Rocks Off

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The Samples with Special Guests Vertical Horizon and John Adam Smith presented by KGNU
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

The Samples with Special Guests Vertical Horizon and John Adam Smith presented by KGNU


Doors are at 5:00 PM | Show at 6:00 PM

General Admission

GA Lawn Tickets: $15.00

All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

*Early Bird tickets are available while supplies last


Tickets are available by phone 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com

Join the Facebook event HERE Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion.

No professional flash photography or video recording equipment.

25 years after starting his full-fledged music career with The Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.

Sean started playing guitar at age 16 listening to Neil Young, Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne. Those influences mixed with his own poignant and timeless lyrics, a unique and striking voice and a mind for melodies led to songs like Little Silver Ring, Feel Us Shaking and Wild River. For many fans, these aren’t new songs or old songs, but anthems to their lives that represent the first time they met their wife or the joys of their times at college.

The Samples are more than a band – they represent a culture of fans and music that go beyond who happens to be playing in the band at any given time. There have been many members of The Samples, but Sean Kelly has been the consistent factor throughout all of the changes.

Sean’s journeys across America have taken place in rental cars, tour buses and pickup trucks that would have literally taken him to the moon and back over the last quarter of a century. There is a lot of music in store in 2013 and beyond from Sean Kelly and The Samples.

For more information about the artists, please visit

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Spread The Word Music Festival
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Spread The Word Music Festival

Spread the Word Music Festival

Sunday, May 19

Three Day Passes are available at www.spreadthewordfest.com

Three Day Passes are $50 in advance and $60 day of show.

Single Day Pass information is to be announced.


Get ready for Day 3 of Spread The Word Music Festival at Levitt Pavilion!

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Rebirth Brass Band

Head for the Hills

Bill Nershi

Jon Wayne and the Pain

Juno What

40oztofreedomproject

The Drunken Hearts

Jaden Carlson Band

Morsel

Tickets on sale now: http://bit.ly/2UWSh6K

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The Marigold Project Presents:  'Not One More'  Featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

The Marigold Project Presents: 'Not One More' Featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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The Marigold Project Presents:

'Not One More'

Featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

A Rally + Concert for Gun Violence Prevention

Featuring:

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Kam Franklin of The Suffers

Los Mocochetes

and Denver Children's Choir

Brought to you by:

The Kendeda Fund

Our Lives, Our Vote

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

In Partnership with:

AME Community Church, Amplifier Art, Center for American Progress, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Everytown, Giffords Law Center, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, KBCO, KTCL, Mental Health Colorado, Moms Demand Action, New Era Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, Safe Campus Colorado, Students Demand Action, Team ENOUGH, & The Brady Campaign

Doors at 1:00PM | Show at 2:00PM | All Ages

This event is rain or shine.

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2RkMyXq

General Admission Lawn: $20.00

Alternatively, your ticket will still support gun violence prevention with event proceeds to benefiting our nonprofit partner organizations

Venue Rules & Regulations

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

”For a long time I always had to go off on my own,” says Nathaniel Rateliff of his creative process. “For the first Night Sweats record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts. But for this new record, I felt like we’d all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should have that experience together. I wanted the guys to feel like they were giving something to the project beyond just playing.”

In other words, the Missouri-bred, Denver-based frontman wanted to make the band disappear along with him—out in the middle of the desert at first, and then deep in the woods.

The result is the aptly titled Tearing at the Seams, a vivacious and inventive full-band record, with significant contributions from all eight members of The Night Sweats. These songs are grounded in old-school soul and r&b but are far too urgent for the retro or revivalist tag. There are familiar elements of soul and garage rock, but also jazz and folk and even country: the crackling energy on opener “Shoe Boot,” the cathartic sing-along of “Coolin’ Out,” the melancholy folk of the closing title track. “The future of this band is to take everything we’ve ever done in the past and just do it with our own little twist,” says Rateliff. “I hear that in my favorite bands. They just sucked everything up.”

Like his heroes, Rateliff has always been an omnivorous listener and player. Growing up in Hermann, Missouri, a small town with a booming tourism industry as well as a rampant meth epidemic, he started his music career playing in his family’s band at church, but that came to a tragic end when his father was killed in a car accident. Music became an obsession for him and his friends. “We would walk around these deserted country roads and talk about music all the time, how it can change the world and how it could change our world,” recalls Night Sweats bassist Joseph Pope III. “Music was what we thought would save us.”

In 1998 Pope and Rateliff moved to Denver where they worked nightshifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out their songs at open-mic nights. Their first band, Born in the Flood, attracted some major-label interest, but the pair had moved on by then, gravitating from heavy rock toward a folksier sound. Rateliff released an album on Rounder Records with a backing band called The Wheel, but despite the critical success of that and subsequent albums, he was still trying to find the right sound, the right outlet for what he needed to say.

A set of rough demos recorded in the early 2010s and based on old Stax and Motown records pointed Rateliff in a new direction. “That old soul stuff meant a lot to him when we were young,” says Pope. “Of all the projects we had done and all the different genres we had played, this was the most natural thing I’d heard him do. It sounded like it came from a really deep place in him, but it took this really meandering path to come through.”

Those demos eventually developed into the band’s 2015 self-titled debut, which became a massive hit and pushed them out on the road for two long years. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats blasted their way through hundreds of shows in North America, England, Ireland, and Australia, and they played Coachella, Farm Aid, Newport Folk Festival, and the Monterey Pop Festival’s 50th Anniversary. The crowds grew larger with every show and The Night Sweats grew tighter and more vigorous.

In May 2017, they brought that same boundless energy to the opens plains and prickly cacti of Rodeo, New Mexico, where the entire band disappeared for a week to write songs for their follow-up. “We just did what we like to do best,” says Rateliff, “which is hang out and be a family.” They recorded a number of demos, some complete songs and others fragments or just ideas, but all were anchored by the preternaturally tight rhythm section of Pope and drummer Patrick Meese, then buoyed by the rambunctious keyboard runs from Mark Shusterman and the textural guitar riffs of Luke Mossman.

It was a sunny setting for emotionally overcast music. Together, The Night Sweats created a set of songs that comprise both an r&b party record and deeply personal confessional from Rateliff, who penned all the lyrics. The album recounts moments in the last few years of his life, some good and others not so much. “I remember finishing one song and just losing my shit and breaking down. These songs are so personal, but not everyone will get that. I get to leave little secrets in there for myself, so that everybody else gets to have their own individual interpretations of the songs.”

From New Mexico, The Night Sweats headed north to rural Oregon, specifically to the home studio of producer Richard Swift, who has helmed records for The Shins and Foxygen in addition to The Night Sweats’ debut. “He’s like a brother to me,” says Rateliff. “We hit it off during the last record. I feel like I get what Richard’s trying to do and he gets me. And his studio doesn’t really feel like a studio. It’s in this little building behind his house. That’s why I like it so much.”

In that tiny space The Night Sweats jammed hard, building off the demos they’d recorded in Rodeo. Often Swift would get dynamic takes without the band realizing he was even recording, which creates a loose, live sound on Tearing at the Seams. “Sometimes it just takes time for songs to reveal themselves to you,” says Rateliff. “You try not to get in the way of the songs and just let them be what they need to be or what everybody understands them to be.”

That’s how “Hey Mama” evolved from an acoustic guitar riff Rateliff devised in one of hundreds of green rooms the band has occupied pre-show into one of the catchiest songs on the album. He admits he wasn’t satisfied with his first stab at lyrics and melody, but “everybody in the band would walk around singing that melody and I’m like, Goddammit! I have to write a new melody! But if everybody’s singing it, it must be okay.”

The band took several cracks at “Intro,” a showstopper that opens the second side with a pretzel horn riff courtesy of tenor saxophonist Andreas Wild and trumpeter Scott Frock. A few measures later, Jeff Dazey unfurls a blazing alto sax solo. “We played that song live for a while,” says Rateliff. “It was a jam we came up with before we were really a band. We tried to record it so many different times in so many different places, but it never turned out the way we wanted it to sound. Finally, we just put it together at Richard’s one night. It was a drunken mess, but we got it.”

The album shows The Night Sweats tearing at their own seams, at their own sturdy sound, at their long- held definitions of friend and family and band. It’s an album that builds on the sound of their debut but dramatically redefines what they can do and where they can go next. Says Rateliff, “I want—and I need—everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band. I want them to feel like they’re contributingartistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. We’ve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats, and I want them all to know that it’s worth something.”

Kam Franklin

Kam Franklin is the lead vocalist for the gulf coast soul band, The Suffers. She has been publicly singing since age 5, and she is a 3-time recipient of the Houston Press Music Award for Best Female Vocalist. She has performed with The Houston Symphony, and she has been featured in Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, and Nylon for her unique sense of style. With The Suffers, she has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. She is also a very active participant in the Houston music scene. She has put on multiple events that have featured up and coming acts from around the Houston area, and she is always coming up with new and creative ways to represent the city while performing with The Suffers around the world.

Los Mocochetes

Los Mocochetes are a Xican@ Funk band from Denver, CO. This colorful cast of characters fuses thoughtfully brazen, socio/politically charged song lyrics, groovilicious melodies and high-energy stage antics to create an immersive experience unlike anything you've ever seen before. Much like a machete, which can be used either as a tool to build or a weapon to kill, they have chosen to use their music to inspire and encourage positive social change. Every show is different, but it’s always a dance party!

Los Mocochetes received the Westword Music Showcase award for Best Latin Band of 2017 and Best Funk Band of 2018. They were named Colorado Standout for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2018 and opened for contest winner Naia Izumi on the Denver stop of his national tour. They have opened for a variety of national touring acts such as The Original Wailers, Lil’ Wayne, Flor de Toloache, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Dos Santos, The Chamanas and Lil’ Jon. They have been featured in festivals including the Westword Music Showcase (local headliner), Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, Colorado Latino Festival, A Taste of Colorado, Mile High 4/20 Festival, Tribal Visions (NM), and have performed at numerous iconic Denver venues such as the Bluebird Theater, Oriental Theater, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Denver Art Museum, Levitt Pavillion, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Mercury Cafe, Larimer Lounge, Syntax Physic Opera, Aztlan Theatre, Lost Lake, Hi Dive, 3 Kings Tavern, Herman’s Hideaway, Lion’s Lair, and a sold out Ophelia’s Electric Soap Box. The band has a strong connection to New Mexico, often touring the state playing as far south as Acapulco, MX and as far north as Cheyenne, WY.

Denver Children’s Choir

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YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman. Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour
Sep
3
5:00 PM17:00

YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman. Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour

YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour

 

Doors at 5:30PM | Show at 7:00PM | All Ages

This event is rain or shine.

 

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: GET TICKETS

Reserved Seating: $129.50, $99.50 and $74.50

General Admission Lawn: $25.00

**All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

2018 marks the 50-year anniversary since the formation of one of rock’s all-time ground breaking super groups, YES. And to mark this milestone, YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman will be celebrating by touring the world as part of ‘Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour.’

The most successful progressive rock group of all time, 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees YES, was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968. They went on to sell millions of units with releases such as The YES Album, Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One and 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours. 

Whilst Rick is predominantly associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "mainstream era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity - including the band's biggest chart success 90125), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a guiding vision of both eras). The touring band line-up is completed by two extraordinary musicians - Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums – who help to ensure that YES’ immaculate artistic legacy remains intact.


For more information, please visit: http://yesfeaturingarw.com/

 

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ABBA The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA (Ticketed Event)
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

ABBA The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA (Ticketed Event)

ABBA The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA

Doors at 5:30PM | Show at 7:00PM | All Ages

This event is rain or shine.

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2FAmWPx

Reserved Seating: $55.00 and $35.00

General Admission Lawn in Advance: $20.00

**All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

21st Century Artists, Inc. has been presenting its ABBA tribute show throughout North America for well over a decade, known as ABBA The Music, ABBA The Concert, and ABBA The Hits. The audience and press all agree – “This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.” ABBA The Concert brings one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life.

ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” 

Many critics agree, ABBA The Concert is the most amazing and authentic ABBA tribute show in the world. Come dance, come sing, having the time of your life at THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE CELEBRATION!


For more information, please visit http://www.abbatheconcert.com/.

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WAR / Tower of Power with guest Megan Burtt (Ticketed Event)
Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

WAR / Tower of Power with guest Megan Burtt (Ticketed Event)

WAR & Tower of Power

Special Guest Megan Burtt

Doors at 5:00PM | Show at 6:00PM | All Ages

This event is rain or shine.

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2FEsIQg

Reserved Seating: $75.00 and $55.00

General Admission Lawn: $25.00

**All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

War and Tower of Power, two iconic bands that helped shape 70’s soul, will come together to co-headline for a night of incredible music.

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

 

WAR

The Multi-Platinum-Selling band, WAR, began in 1969 when these 'kids' had the nerve to carry the name WAR at a time when peace was the slogan in an anti-Vietnam America. "Our instruments and voices became our weapons of choice and the songs our ammunition. We spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes, and turf wars, as we embraced all people with hope and the spirit of brotherhood. It's just as apropos today" WAR, the original street band, was brought together by veteran record producer Jerry Goldstein rock legend Eric Burdon.

Tower Of Power

Oakland based soul band Tower of Power had also just begun. Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.

Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. 


For more information, please visit: http://www.war.com/ & www.towerofpower.com/

 

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KGNU Presents: Robert Earl Keen with very special guests The SteelDrivers (Ticketed Event)
Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

KGNU Presents: Robert Earl Keen with very special guests The SteelDrivers (Ticketed Event)

KGNU Presents: Robert Earl Keen

Very Special Guest The SteelDrivers

Doors at 5:00PM | Show at 6:00PM | All Ages 

Food Trucks: Little India, LaRue Bayou, Farm to Truck, Wanderlust Market, Illegal Pete's

 

This event is rain or shine.

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2FReekw

General Admission: $37.50 Lower Bowl Lawn*, $20.00 Upper Bowl Lawn**

***All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

*General Admission Lower Bowl Lawn

-Lower Bowl lawn is the sectioned of area closest to the stage.

-No blankets will be permitted

-Lawn chairs are permitted in a designated area

**General Admission Upper Bowl Lawn

-Blankets permitted

-Lawn Chairs permitted

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

Robert Earl Keen

"The road goes on forever ..."  It's not always easy to sum up a career - let alone a life's ambition - so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words - the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") - just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."

The SteelDrivers

The SteelDrivers’ innovative, soulful brand of bluegrass has made them one of the most successful bands on the contemporary bluegrass scene. The band, which has earned three Grammy nominations and winner of 2016 Grammy Best Bluegrass Album.

The SteelDrivers have inspired accolades from critics like NPR’s Ann Powers, who praised their “dazzling bluegrass musicianship,” and PopMatters’ Arnold Pan, who extolled the band’s  “virtuosic ‘bluesgrass’ songs that take classic Americana instrumentation and give it an intense, soulful inflection.” One thing is for sure: Nichols and the SteelDrivers speak in their own accent, one that charms and sears and beguiles. This is a band like no other, by inclination, but not by calculation.


For more information, please visit: http://www.robertearlkeen.com/ & http://www.thesteeldrivers.com/

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Home Free (Ticketed Event)
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Home Free (Ticketed Event)

Home Free

Doors at 5:30PM | Show at 7:00PM | All Ages

This event is rain or shine.

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2FOJyQW

Reserved Seating 1: $199.50 VIP 1*, $99.50 VIP 2** (VIP Tickets are sold out)

Reserved Seating 2: $49.50 and $39.50

General Admission Lawn: $19.50

***All ticket prices increase $5.50 day of show

The all vocal country sensation Home Free is bringing Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits to town (and having a great time doing so). The band comes to town on the heels of their most recent full-length album release, TIMELESS, bringing with them new music, new jokes, and new production.

Home Free has become a household name, amassing more than 185-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 300,000 people live in concert since bursting on the national scene in 2013.  The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor.

Their fourth studio album, TIMELESS, which was released on September 23, 2017 via Columbia Records and debuted at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.  This release marks the 4th consecutive top 5 Billboard debut for their album.

Audiences can expect new music and new stylings, plus country hits like Maren Morris’ “My Church”, pop slams like Shakira’s “Try Everything”, and fan favorite classics like the calypso-infused arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.”

For more information, please visit Homefreemusic.com

Children 6 and under are free for ticketed events at Levitt Pavilion. If you would like to purchase a reserved ticket and plan to bring a child who is 6 or under, please contact Emporium Presents at 303-835-6951 or info@emporiumpresents.com to assist you with your purchase.

 

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An Evening With Alan Parsons Live Project - Eye in the Sky 35 th Anniversary Tour (Ticketed Event)
Jun
2
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening With Alan Parsons Live Project - Eye in the Sky 35 th Anniversary Tour (Ticketed Event)

An Evening with Alan Parsons Live Project: Eye in the Sky 35th Anniversary Tour

Doors at 5:00PM | Show at 6:30PM | All Ages

This event is rain or shine.

Tickets are available at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2Hxw5tV

Reserved Seating: $250.00 VIP, $74.50, $59.50

General Admission Lawn in Advance: $29.50

**All ticket prices increase $5.50 day of show

This legendary talent began his storied career as an assistant engineer at the famed Abbey Road Studios working on projects such as The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be, and quickly became one of the most sought-after names in the recording industry for his engineering work on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, sound engineer and associate producer for Steve Wilson’s album “The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).” Released February 25, 2013, it received critical applause and rated #3 on the German album charts. After earning accolades for his work behind the glass, Parsons, a true Renaissance man and talented musician, formed The Alan Parsons Project, a multi-platinum selling, progressive rock band featuring Parsons, his collaborator Eric Woolfson and a rotating cast of studio musicians. The Alan Parsons Project garnered commercial and critical acclaim for such certified Billboard Top 40 hit singles as "Eye in the Sky," “Time” and "Don't Answer Me" among other successes. 

CAREER-DEFINING RECORDS:  The Beatles – Abbey Road, The Beatles – Let It Be, Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wings - Wild Life, The Hollies – Hollies, Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat, The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot, The Alan Parsons Project – Eve, The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky, Alan Parsons – A Valid Path. He has received gold and platinum awards from many countries, including 11 Grammy Award nominations for engineering and production, which includes a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for A Valid Path.  2013 marked the 40th Anniversary of Parsons engineering the acclaimed Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side Of The Moon (which includes the hit, Great Gig In The Sky). TDSOTM placed in the TOP 100 Billboard Charts (1973 to 1988) with an estimated 50 million copies sold. Parsons was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album as well as the recruitment of singer Clare Torry. His involvement made a significant impact on the success of the album, which garnered Parsons a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

With his recently released book, "Art & Science of Sound Recording,” Parsons has been leading the way regarding technology, blending tech with art for his craft as a recording engineer and producer-performer. Compiling his years of expertise into his book (and DVD set), there’s nothing else like it available in the marketplace. Sony has re-released his music collection in vinyl, and now in the new state-of-the-art surround sound @ 45 rpm (12” record size) is the 40 Anniversary of Tales of Mystery and Imagination, vinyl double album soon to release. 


For more information, please visit: www.alanparsonsmusic.com

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The Fab Four - Ultimate Beatles Tribute (Ticketed Event)
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

The Fab Four - Ultimate Beatles Tribute (Ticketed Event)

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
Special guest Morgan James

Doors at 5:00PM | Show at 6:30PM | All Ages
This event is rain or shine.


Tickets are available at 800-745- 3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com: http://bit.ly/2FA5Z7J
Reserved Seating: $55.00, $35.00
General Admission Lawn in Advance: $20.00
**All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute.


The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for- note live renditions of Beatles classics such as "Can"t Buy Me Love", "Yesterday", "A Day In The Life", "Twist And Shout", "Here Comes The Sun", "Hey Jude", the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.


Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.


For more information, please visit www.thefabfour.com

 

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Cody Johnson & Randy Rogers Band with special guest Parker McCollum
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Cody Johnson & Randy Rogers Band with special guest Parker McCollum

Levitt Admission Based Event Series

Cody Johnson & Randy Rogers Band with special guest Parker McCollum


LEVITT ADMISSION BASED EVENT SERIES

All tickets are general admission

$25.00 standard admission tickets are available July 28 to October 6 and increase $5.00 day of show. 

On Sale: Friday, May 19 at 10:00 AM MDT

Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/
Tickets are also available by calling 800-745-3000. 

All Ages | General Admission
Doors are at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:30 PM

For more information about the artist, please visit https://www.codyjohnsonmusic.com/.

 

 

CODY JOHNSON

When Cody Johnson’s Cowboy Like Me debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in January 2014, jaws dropped in offices all over Nashville.

“I got a lot of ‘Who is this kid?’” Johnson says with a laugh two years later. “I love that. That was a new horizon. And I’m gonna work to make sure people know exactly who I am.”

 Johnson does that from the start in Gotta Be Me, a follow-up project that’s loaded with solid country instrumentation and winsome melodies. In the first minute alone, he paints himself as a cowboy, raised on outlaw country, who drinks too much, fights too much and won’t apologize for having an opinion. By the time the 14-track journey is over, he’s shared his rodeo history in “The Only One I Know (Cowboy Life),” demonstrated his woman’s influence in “With You I Am” and paid homage to his gospel heritage in “I Can’t Even Walk.”

 Johnson delivers it all with an uncanny confidence. His smoky baritone and ultra-Southern enunciations give him a voice as uniquely identifiable as country kingpins Jason Aldean or Tim McGraw. And he uses it to convey a Texas-proud swagger, a real-man charm and an unwavering honesty about who he is, where he comes from and where he hopes to go.

 “I’m a God-fearin’, hard-workin’, beer-drinkin’, fightin’, lovin’ cowboy from Texas,” he grins. “That’s about it.”

The hard-workin’ part is key. The other parts are easily found in his music. It’s intense, focused, sincere. And when he takes the stage, there’s a Garth-like conviction to his performances. Johnson inhabits the songs, recreates their emotions because they’re so familiar. And he’s willing to lay bare those emotions because he’s always been willing to risk. He lives in the moment behind that microphone, the same way he rode bulls in an earlier day.

“That’s a very, very rough sport to be in,” Johnson notes. “It’s very, very rough on your body. It’s very rough on your mind, and it’s scary. I mean there’s not a professional bull rider that won’t tell you it’s not scary. If it wasn’t scary, we wouldn’t do it.”

Johnson pauses for just a beat.

“I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie.”

Needing a fix is part of the attraction in both the rodeo and music. In the former, there’s always another buckle to chase, another bull to conquer for eight seconds. In the latter, there’s always another fan to win over, another song to write. And in some ways, Johnson has been chasing something illusory, indefinable, since he first arrived on planet Earth in Southeast Texas.

Johnson grew up in tiny Sebastapol, an unincorporated community on the eastern shore of the Trinity River that’s never exceeded 500 residents. Even today, it’s more than 30 miles to the nearest Walmart, in Huntsville, Texas, a town best known as the headquarters for the state’s criminal justice department. It’s a rough and tumble area, and it comes through in the music. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Billy Joe Shaver – their songs were all essential to the local clubs, and Johnson was exposed to their mysterious allure even before he was old enough to get in.

“You could hear the music from those bars across that lake,” he recalls. “I’d always hear somebody singing ‘Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound’ or something like that, and I always wondered what was going on across that water in those barrooms. It definitely intrigued me. I always wanted to go see what was on the other side of the tracks.”

At a young age, Johnson was given the tools to eventually work in those clubs, though his official education was grounded in the church. His father played drums for their congregation, and that was likewise the first instrument that young Cody picked up.

“Learning drums first taught me about feeling the song – feeling that dynamic of when it’s supposed to be big and when it’s supposed to be soft,” he says. “I think that still sticks with me as a songwriter and as a performer, and in turn it’s helped me shape my band, because I know what I’m looking for on every front.”

Johnson learned guitar next, and when a teacher heard him playing an original song, he convinced Johnson to form a band with a few other students enrolled in the Future Farmers of America. Just a few months later, that first band finished runner-up in a Texas State FFA talent contest, creating an internal buzz that Johnson would continue to chase.

He didn’t necessarily think it would be a career. He briefly went to Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, but traded that in to become a rodeo pro. Johnson did OK in that sport – the oversized belt buckle he wears today was won fair and square on the back of a bucking bull – but he broke a litany of bones: his right leg, his left arm, two ribs and his right collarbone.

Cody started recording his own music during that phase of his life, beginning with Black And White Label, which featured his dad, Carl, on drums. Johnson sold the CDs, pressed on his own CoJo imprint, from his pickup.

Eventually, Cody took a job at the prison to pay the bills. His band kept hitting the clubs on the weekend, with Johnson kept banging away on the guitar on Fridays and Saturdays while overseeing some very hardened convicts whose crimes had cut them off from humanity.

“There’s a lonely style of music that a lot of those guys listen to,” Johnson says. “I worked in the field for a while, and they sang old prison work songs. Some had kind of lost hope, and I can see now that you have to sing about people that don’t have hope the same way you want to sing to give them hope.”

Meanwhile, his weekend crowds began to grow, and Johnson started landing hits on the Texas music charts. After the release of his third album, he won New Male Vocalist of the Year in the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards.

The music thing started to look like maybe it could be a business, not just a sideline pursuit. He was stunned when his wife, Brandi, agreed.

“It was a moment when I felt like I wasn’t on my own anymore,” Johnson says. “To have my fiancée at the time say ‘I’m behind you, no matter what we have to do,’ it gave me a whole new level of confidence that some people might have thought I already had. But I didn’t.”

Even with her belief, the road wasn’t easy.

“I sacrificed, and I worked my tail,” he says. “I barely slept for years trying to make this thing happen, and me and my wife didn’t have a lot of groceries. We didn’t have a lot of things for a long time.”

Johnson reached a new creative plateau when he enlisted singer/songwriter Trent Willmon, who wrote Montgomery Gentry’s “Lucky Man,” to produce an album in Nashville. That project, A Different Day, raised the bar on Johnson’s barroom ambitions. The studio musicians he worked with challenged his own band. Johnson grew – and his bandmates grew – because they had to stretch themselves to live up to the album on the road. That pattern has continued through three projects as he continues to chase something illusory.

“It’s that always-never-good-enough kind of attitude that gives us that drive,” Johnson says.

When Cowboy Like Me broke onto the Billboard chart, it demonstrated that they had built an audience, but also gave them a little cache to push it even further. The band has broken beyond the red-dirt confines, drawing sizeable audiences in such far-flung destinations as California, Montana, Wisconsin and the Southeast, as Johnson wins over fans with his honest songs and on-stage ferocity.

And Johnson’s built up a Twitter following of 73,000 fans – impressive numbers for a guy who’s marketed and developed his career without the aid of a major label.

He approached Gotta Be Me with two major objectives: to make yet another advance musically, and to provide an authentic self-portrait to that growing fan base still trying to figure out who this Cody Johnson guy really is. He worked with some of Nashville’s best songwriters – including David Lee (“Hello World,” “19 Somethin'”), Terry McBride (“Play Something Country,” “I Keep On Loving You”) and Dan Couch (“Somethin' ‘Bout A Truck,” “Hey Pretty Girl”) – while drawing on his own history, rich with its own compelling subject matter.

“Every Scar” draws a life lesson from all those rodeo bruises and broken bones. “Half A Song” blends his barroom experiences with the melodic and rhythmic sensibilities he picked up at his daddy’s feet. The fiddle-rich “Wild As You” embraces a freedom-loving woman whose sense of adventure is as deep as Johnson’s own. And that spacious gospel closer, featuring his parents on harmony, surrenders some of the rabble-rousing, adrenaline-raising pieces of his past into bigger spiritual hands.

In essence, Gotta Be Me documents the life of a guy who’s lived in the fast lane as a beer-drinkin’, rodeo-ridin’ cowboy, but who’s also seen just enough darkness to temper that wild streak.

“You’re only a couple bad decisions every day from screwing your whole life up,” he reasons.

With a good woman behind him and a whole lot of promise in front of him, that’s enough to keep Cody Johnson in check. The energy he put into his rebel years now goes into his work. He’s not sure what he’s chasing, but he knows it’s paying off The “me” that Cody Johnson is becoming will continue to evolve, and it’s his intent to share that journey in an honest, meaningful way. The same way that Haggard, Strait and Nelson did when they made their marks. When it’s all said and done, the plan is mostly to reach the point where people are no longer asking “Who is this kid?”

“I don’t want to be a blemish on country music,” Cody Johnson says. “I don’t want to be a dot. I’d like to be a mark.”

 

Randy Rogers Band

Authenticity isn’t something that can be manufactured in a studio. It’s not a craft that can be learned or artfully practiced. It comes from living life. It’s the byproduct of blood, sweat and tears and as the foundation for music, it elevates mere entertainment to compelling art. Every note, every word on the Randy Rogers Band’s new album Nothing Shines Like Neon rings with authenticity that makes each song linger with the listener long after the music fades.

“You’ve just got to be true to yourself and you can’t fool anybody,” Rogers states matter of factly of the band’s philosophy. “As a whole, our body of work is pretty consistent to our live show and the band that plays on the record is the band that you go see.”

The same line up has been performing together since 2002 andthe music has evolved as they’ve soaked up life experience. “As men we’ve all matured and lived a lot of life together,” Rogers says. “We’ve had a few breakups happen to us. We’ve had babies. We’ve had life changes. We’ve been on the road 200 shows a year. I’ve been in this band 15 years so a lot has changed.  I still listen to Merle Haggard every night. I mean that hasn’t changed, but a lot has changed for us musically and privately.  We all are in a good spot and we all are just as good friends as when we started.”

Camaraderie and creativity have made Rogers and bandmates Geoffrey Hill (guitar), Johnny “Chops” Richardson (bass guitar), Brady Black (fiddle), Les Lawless (drums) and Todd Stewart (utility player) one of the top bands on the competitive Texas music scene.  Nothing Shines Like Neon continues the momentum established by the band’s four previous albums—Randy Rogers Band, Burning the Day, Trouble and Homemade Tamales, each of which went to No. 1 on iTunes.  Earlier in 2015, Rogers joined friend Wade Bowen to record the critically acclaimed album Hold My Beer Vol. 1. 

Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon (Willie/Merle) at Cedar Creek in Austin, RRB’s news album Nothing Shines Like Neon showcases the band’s taut musicianship as well as Rogers’ earnest vocals and insightful songwriting on such instant classics as the groove laden “Rain and the Radio,” the heartbreak anthem “Neon Blues” and the playful “Actin’ Crazy,” a duet with Jamey Johnson. “Jamey and I wrote that song together,” Rogers notes.  “I met a movie star a few days before Jamey and I were going to write. I was in LA playing at the House of Blues and he came out to the show. I was thinking about him …and thinking about being a struggling actor living in LA and having to put up with all the bullshit that LA is.  I just wrote that song about him.”

The album opens with the fiddle driven shuffle “San Antone”. “That is a Keith Gattis song. He wrote by himself. Being from Texas and living so close to San Antonio, I don’t think that song is going to hurt me at all,” Rogers laughs.  “It’s one of those songs when I heard it I was like, ‘Oh hell! Why didn’t I write this song?’” 

“Takin’ It As It Comes” features Lone Star legend Jerry Jeff Walker. “I’ve been a big fan of Jerry Jeff’s all my life,” Rogers says.  “He came in the studio with us, got in there with the band, jumped around and played guitar and sang. We had a great time.”

“Rain and the Radio” is Rogers’ homage to Ronnie Milsap. “I wrote that with Sean McConnell.  He and I have written a lot of songs through the years.  I’ve always been a huge Ronnie Milsap fan and to me that song has a little Milsap feel to it, kind of a bluesy country thing, which we haven’t done before.  Any artist that I look up to always tries to create something different and pushes the envelope a little bit.  I think we do with that song in particular. It’s very country. It’s just very different.  As a band, we’re trying to broaden our horizons and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  If we were all just stuck doing the same old thing, we would all be bored. We probably wouldn’t still be here.  It’s just a matter of spreading your wings a little bit.” 

“Look Out Yonder” is a poignant tune Rogers recorded in honor of his mentor, the late Kent Finlay. “Kent gave me my start in the music business.  Up until the day that he died, we talked about songs and about music,” Rogers says. “We actually named the record, Nothing Shines Like Neon after a lyric in one of his songs as a tribute to him.  Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski are singing on ‘Look Out Yonder’, which was written by Earl Bud Lee, who is most famous for writing ‘Friends In Low Places’. He and I have been friends for 10 years and he has always wanted me to cut that song. I’ve never had a record where it fit and just thinking about losing Kent and Kent going to heaven and joining his mom, ‘Look out yonder coming down the road’ it just fit. I haven’t performed that song yet live, but I know I’m going to have a hard time getting through it.  The day we started our record, I got a call that Kent passed away so this record is definitely dedicated to Kent.  That song makes me think about all of us musicians and how we are crazy as hell and lead the most unorthodox lives. Most of us return back to our roots, so hopefully this is an album that glorifies Kent’s life and is also a nod to the traditional sounds that we all grew up loving.”

A native of Cleburne, Texas, Rogers grew up addicted to traditional country music. “I wanted to be George Strait when I was in the sixth grade,” he says with a smile. “And I grew up listening to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, I’ve listened to them more than anybody else, my whole life.  I always liked songs. I always wanted to find out who wrote the songs and what the songs were about.  I always liked the art and the craft of being a songwriter. My dad’s Beatles records got played a lot and Michael Martin Murphy is another one I listened to a lot as a kid. My dad was a huge fan.”

Like many artists, Rogers got his start performing in church and then expanded to local venues.  “I could write a song when I was pretty little, 11, 12 or 13,” he says. “It’s like a kid who could do calculus or something. It was just something that clicked in my brain for me.  I went and finished college and got a degree in public relations and then started a band.”

Since then the Randy Rogers Band has steadily built a following that has spilled beyond their native Texas. For the past 10 years they’ve recorded for Universal Music Group, but on Nothing Shines Like Neon, Rogers again takes the reins, releasing the album on his own Tommy Jackson Records, named after a song he wrote for their very first album. “It’s a very obscure Randy Rogers Band song and to this day there is always this one drunk kid at a show that says, ‘Play “Tommy Jackson!” Play “Tommy Jackson!”’  It’s kind of a running joke within our band. It’s like, ‘How in the hell did this kid in Iowa City, Iowa remember that stupid song “Tommy Jackson?”’  It’s about a guy who is on the run from the cops, wanted for murder.  It’s a story song and we just felt like it was a unique way to name a record label.”

Nothing Shines Like Neon is a stellar collection in an already impressive body of recorded material that owes a lot to the band’s potent live show. “You come to a show, you know what you’re going to get,” Rogers says. “We’ve worked hard at making ourselves better on stage and we care about our live show. It’s a way to come out and unwind, and we’ve stuck to writing songs that are about real life, about breakups or divorces, falling in love or babies being born, and in the case of this record even death, the ups and downs of life. People can relate. That’s what country music is supposed to be.  Our band has been around for a long time because there’s no bullshit to us. We’re not in it to be rich and famous. We’re in it to make a living, provide for our families and do something that we all love.  You can’t fool people and we haven’t ever tried.  I think that’s the key.”

   

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Josh Abbott Band
Sep
22
3:30 PM15:30

Josh Abbott Band

LEVITT ADMISSION BASED EVENT SERIES

Josh Abbott Band

Red Hot - $17.50. May 20 - July 13

Regular - $25 July 14 - Sept. 21

Day of Show Increase - $5.00

 

Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-745-3000.

All Ages | General Admission
Doors are at 5:30 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
 

JOSH ABBOTT BAND

As Josh Abbott Band moved into the final stages of work on Until My Voice Goes Out, lead singer Josh Abbott’s personal life took a couple significant twists that underscored where JAB finds itself professionally. Abbott’s father suffered a stroke while the album was being recorded, and Josh split his time between the studio and the hospital bedside, finishing all the lead vocals shortly before his dad passed away. Two months later, Josh welcomed his first child into the world.

Those developments in the spring of 2017 nutshelled the circle of life, and in a way, that’s how Until My Voice Goes Out operates. As the band observes 10 years since recording its first single, “Taste,” Voice finds the seven-piece Texas ensemble ending one chapter and beginning another. Its last album, the dramatic Front Row Seat, encapsulated the life cycle of a relationship, from its passionate start to its heartbreaking conclusion. It was a summary document of events from the past.

Until My Voice Goes Out is, by contrast, a hopeful look into the future, a roll-up-the-sleeves-and-move- forward embrace of life and its potential.

“This album is about appreciating the moment and your family and your friends, and living life the right way,” Abbott says. “It’s really all about finding clarity and focusing on what’s important.”

Experiencing life at its fullest includes taking risks, and Josh Abbott Band does that successfully in Until My Voice Goes Out, incorporating strings and a horn section for the first time. The approach layered both a glassy classicism and a ragged soul on the well-oiled JAB framework. Arranger Rob Mathes – noted for his work with Tony Bennett, Sting and Bruce Springsteen – worked up a handful of mood-setting string preludes and added to JAB’s range by, for example, weaving classy, dancing violins into “Girl Down In Texas” alongside Austin Davis’ plucky banjo and drummer Edward Villanueva’s firm backbeat. Mathes lathered a thick, Memphis-soul layer atop “Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey” and threw a buzzing baritone sax under “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” with the Austin-based horn section Groove Line carrying it out in thick precision.

“The guys were really hesitant that this would work,” Abbott concedes, “but I just said, ‘Look, let’s take another bold leap of faith here. Let’s go in the studio and record these songs and kick ass, the way we would make a normal album, but once we’re done making the cake, let’s see if the horns and the strings can put the icing on it.’ The band still recorded an album that sounds like us. You still have the banjo and a lot of fun, upbeat stuff and some really pretty love songs, and that’s core to JAB (Josh Abbott Band). That’s how we got our start.”

The genesis of JAB was almost non-descript. Abbott and Davis, frat brothers at Texas Tech University, performed at a couple of open-mic nights at the Blue Light Live in Lubbock. Those dates gave the two budding musicians “the bug,” and they grew their duo into a full-fledged band. Villanueva and fiddler Preston Wait were the first of the current lineup to join, followed by bass player James Hertless and guitarist Caleb Keeter in 2010, and keyboard player David Fralin in 2015.

Texas’ red-dirt scene provides a wealth of touring opportunities for young bands, and JAB made the most of it, quickly vaulting into the upper realms of the state’s live acts with a raucous, raw sound and a certain unpredictability. Once “Taste” appeared on radio stations across the Lone Star State, audiences came out to hear – and sing along with – that song and a wealth of hooky, accessible titles on Scapegoat and their 2010 breakthrough, She’s Like Texas, both released on the band’s own indie label, the appropriately named Pretty Damn Tough Records.

JAB nabbed Top 10 debuts on the Billboard country albums chart with 2012’s Small Town Family Dream and 2015’s Front Row Seat, and the band lobbed five singles onto the Hot Country Songs chart, including the infectious “Hangin’ Around” and “Amnesia.” In a cool quirk, JAB also provided two significant women their first chart exposure: 2011’s “Oh, Tonight” introduced many listeners to award-winning Kacey Musgraves; and 2016’s “Wasn’t That Drunk” set up Carly Pearce to sign with Nashville’s Big Machine Records.

JAB likewise flirted with an established label, though it became self-evident that the band was better suited as an independent.

“We control creative content and timelines and images and everything else,” Abbott says. “We get to shape our own narrative and projection and business plans. I feel like we, as a band, have gotten to a place in our lives where we’re just so happy doing what we’re doing.”

Celebration is at the center of Until My Voice Goes Out, and it’s underscored in “The Night Is Ours,” a percolating track that finds human breath pulsing through the horn section while Wait delivers a bristling fiddle solo and Davis adds a natty banjo run. The band explores love, music and the world at large with an emphatic boldness: “Life is good, love is great, friends are rare and the night is ours.”

They arrived at that upbeat viewpoint with the assistance of producer Dwight Baker (Wind + the Wave, Bob Schneider), who first teamed with JAB on Front Row Seat. Baker brought an ease to the artist/producer relationship that allowed the band to safely walk the line on both albums between risk and continuity.

“He just gets us,” Abbott says. “We feel super comfortable working with Dwight. He adds an element to our band because he gets our vibe for sure, and he also understands music and is willing to try different approaches.”

The horns and strings, in fact, were the result of an informal brainstorming session between Abbott and Baker. It was a new wrinkle to the group’s identity, and they knew that balance would be key.

“We really had to mix the album where you hear the strings and horns, but they never overpower the sonic palate,” Abbott says.

While those instruments are rather foreign to modern country, the horns in particular represent a full-circle turn. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys employed sax and trumpet as he established the classic western-swing sound in the Texas Hill Country, the same area where JAB is now based.

“Merle Haggard used horns, too,” Abbott notes. “It’s something that got really popular in part of the ‘80s with some of the country movement and specifically some of the Texas and Oklahoma guys. So we felt pretty comfortable with the horns being there and providing a little bit of fun.”

Mathes’ preludes became an important emotional glue for the project, and the titles that bookend the project – “An Appreciation of Life” and “Farewell Father” – helped bring a cohesiveness to the album and its back story. Mathes had already composed those sections and JAB was in the midst of recording when Abbott’s father suffered a stroke. Josh naturally went to his dad’s side in Lubbock, and the band forged on without him. “Farewell Father” – which follows Abbott’s quivering, ultra-personal performance of “Ain’t My Daddy’s Town” – became the perfect epilogue for the album, which is dedicated to David Abbott.

Josh briefly returned to Austin to cut the master vocals in a single day. He brought the recordings with him when he went back to Lubbock, and “Until My Voice Goes Out” was the last song that David heard during his lifetime.

“Sometimes things just work the way they’re supposed to work,” Josh says. “I didn’t write that song for my dad, but in a way, maybe without me knowing, I did. It fits my life now, and in his absence, I couldn’t be more grateful for that song and that album title.”

“Until My Voice Gives Out” is, after all, a song about embracing life lessons learned and using them to make a better future. Josh Abbott intends to do that in a way that supports his daughter, who arrived as JAB completed the album. And the band is making a statement through that song – and through the entire risk- taking album – about its continued growth and evolution as it moves forward, a decade after that first single gave Texas a taste of JAB’s brand of country. Through its time on the road and its growth from college-aged hellraisers into successful, self-employed musicians, Josh Abbott Band has been tested thoroughly and

discovered that life’s joy comes not from playing it safe, but from taking chances and from tackling hurdles head-on.

“I feel like we’re way better than we were 10 years ago, and that’s natural,” Abbott says.

“There’s a good vibe among all of us, and a lot of familiarity, so there’s a lot of trust, which is a very simple word but very complex sometimes. There’s no ego. There’s just a group of guys working together, letting each other kind of do their own thing and loving life again.” 

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Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival

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LEVITT PAVILION BEER FESTIVAL

 

LEVITT PAVILION BEER FESTIVAL

Join us for the Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival on Saturday, August 26, 2017 followed by a free show with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

The Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival is a 21+ admission based event from 4PM to 7PM. Along with tasty beers, event goers can expect incredible fare from local food trucks accompanied by live music from Grayson Erhard and Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts.

Breweries include: Wibby Brewing, FATE Brewing Company, Ska Brewing Co., Telluride Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, 14er Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, Epic Brewing Company, Santa Fe Brewing, Declaration Brewing Company, Cerebral Brewing, The Bakers' Brewery, Station 26 Brewing Co., Colorado Cider Company, Mockery Brewing, Odell Brewing Co., Platt Park Brewing Company, DESTIHL Brewery, Joyride Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Ninkasi Brewing Company and The Post Brewing Company. 

The beer festival will be followed by a free show with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. The free concert will begin at 7:30PM and doors will open at 7PM when the beer festival ends. The concert is open to the public and the beer festival attendees and is an all ages event.

Tickets are $25.00 and will increase to $30.00 day of the event. VIP tickets are available for $65.00 and will include catered gourmet snacks, separate bathrooms, a private GA section in front of the stage for the Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe concert and a beer inspired goody bag. VIP tickets increase to $75.00 day of the event. The Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival is 21+, and each ticket will allow entry to the beer festival with unlimited tastings while supplies last.

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311 with New Politics, & The Plates
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

311 with New Politics, & The Plates

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Emporium and Live Nation present: 311 with New Politics, & The Plates brought to you Channel 93.3 KTCL

General Admission Lawn Seating: $39.50

All ticket prices increase $5.50 day of show

Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-745-3000.

All Ages | General Admission
Doors are at 5:00 PM | Show at 6:00 PM
For more information about the artist, please visit www.311.com

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UB40 Legends Ali Astro & Mickey with Matisyahu and Raging Fyah
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

UB40 Legends Ali Astro & Mickey with Matisyahu and Raging Fyah

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Relix Presents: UB40 Legends Ali, Astro & Mickey with special guests Matisyahu and Raging Fyah

Reserved Seating: $40, $55 & $75
General Admission Lawn Seating: $25 regular price

All ticket prices increase $5 day of show

Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-745-3000.

All Ages | General Admission & Reserved Seating
Doors are at 4:30 PM | Show at 6:00 PM
For more information about the artist, please visit http://ub40.org/.

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