Deep Blue Something Closes Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series July 17

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Articles Deep Blue SomethingDeep Blue Something blasted out of Denton in 1995 when their hit, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” slowly began to dominate radio. At the time, there was a DIY attitude among bands, and that’s what Deep Blue Something did — start making records and hitting the road with an Indie budget, Indie resources and a dozen tight Indie/alt-rock songs. After a 14-year hiatus, Deep Blue Something is back to making music with a new EP. Their concert will close the Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert season at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, sponsored by Greater Texas Federal Credit Union.

After their success with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Deep Blue Something spent a year of nonstop shows and morning radio appearances before circling back to Dallas. They released their second album themselves, then a third self-titled release in 2001 before the group drifted apart. Their five-song EP, Locust House, makes it hard to believe they’ve been away for so long.

Starting off the last week of summer concerts is the gutsy garage swagger of another area band, Oil Boom, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14. As the band started to run out of steam at the end of 2011, it was clear something was missing. That something was Steve Steward, longtime staple of the Fort Worth music community. The updated version of Oil Boom retains the essence of its previous incarnation, but adds a stronger emphasis on the quirky pop influences of its members. Their performance is sponsored by FW Weekly.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances, and who have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world. They return to the Levitt at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, sponsored by the Sheraton Arlington. Dating back 30 years, the Dirty Dozen is the merging of two proud, but antiquated New Orleans traditions: social and pleasure clubs that hark back to a time in history when some southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as onlookers danced in the streets. The Dirty Dozen has been featured on albums by artists that include David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes.

The position that Radney Foster enjoys in the country music landscape is remarkable. For 30 years, he has thrived as a songwriter, recording artist, performer and producer with songs that have topped the country and Americana charts. Foster performs at the Levitt at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. A respected Texas singer/songwriter, Foster has written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Pat Green and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (Raining on Sunday, I’m In) and the Dixie Chicks (Godspeed). Foster has performed with Charley Pride and Asleep at the Wheel and at the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, during President Obama’s inaugural festivities. His appearance is sponsored by Southwest Bank.

The 2016 Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital Summer Concert Season at the Levitt Pavilion concludes July 17. Free music returns with the Fall Concert Season Sept. 2 with concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Oct. 9.

Levitt audiences are seated on an open lawn on blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics and coolers are welcome, but no glass containers, please. Free parking is available in lots all around the pavilion. The complete summer calendar, information about the artists, what to bring to the Levitt, where to park and much more are on the Levitt’s website, and on the free Levitt Arlington mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

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