Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Free music fest in Arlington features Polyphonic Spree, Sarah Jaffe Memorial Day weekend
This annual music fest will have you kicking back in a lawn chair and munching on your own picnic while listening to some of the best local music around.
ARLINGTON Among the gaggle of DFW summer music festivals, only a few can boast of free admission and a stellar lineup. Downtown Arlington’s Center Stage Music Festival can do just that, with the Old 97’s, Sarah Jaffe, and the Polyphonic Spree on the Memorial Day Weekend bill. This three-day festival will take place at the outdoor Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.
The University of Arlington is one of the sponsors who help make this a free event, and they also weigh in on the lineup. Amy Schultz, associate vice president of Communications and Community Relations at UTA, said those involved "are on the lookout for talented and diverse groups year-round."
Although it’s not a requirement that the lineup be built on local acts, this year’s bill does boast a hearty number of well-known local artists who are stopping by during national tours, including Jaffe and the Old 97's. Aside from the headliners, another notable act is North Carolina’s Delta Rae on Friday, plus our very own Telegraph Canyon and Ryan Hamilton, both on Sunday.
Schultz says Center Stage is the kick-off event for the Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert series, which also hosts a total of 50 free concerts throughout the year. The shows have always been free of charge, she explained. Attendees can also bring a picnic and alcoholic beverages, or grab a bite from downtown Arlington restaurants selling food on-site.
So pack up your lawn chairs and a blanket this Memorial Day weekend for Center Stage, where you'll find a satisfying mix of genres from some of the best bands around while sipping on your favorite summer drink.
What to bring:
- Cash for concessions
- Picnic food and snacks
- Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages (but no glass)
- Blanket or chairs
- Bug spray
- Your favorite koozie
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