(Left to Right) Top Row: Lucy Kalantari, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Cha Wa; Middle Row: Seun Kuti, Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Bombino; Bottom Row: Victor Wainwright, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

(Left to Right) Top Row: Lucy Kalantari, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Cha Wa; Middle Row: Seun Kuti, Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Bombino; Bottom Row: Victor Wainwright, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2019 GRAMMY Awards—and we’re thrilled to share that 15 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, country, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Included on the list is the first-ever Record of The Year contender with the phenomenal Maren Morris, who’s also competing for five other awards!

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Levitteers, this past summer and fall you filled our live #musicmoves feed with your favorite Levitt concert memories through some show-stopping photos, videos and captions! We’ve selected our favorites, which are featured in our new highlights video above.

Coast to coast, we loved seeing you come out and support your local communities through the power of free, live music. Whether you grooved to the beat, sang at the top of your lungs, or lounged under the summer night skies, we were captivated by your #musicmoves. Thank you for making 2018 another amazing year, and we can’t wait to see how #musicmoves you in 2019!

And once again, congrats to the four winners of the 2018 #musicmoves contest winners who won iTunes gift cards below! Below are their winning entries.

Round One 1st Place Winner – @thomasnwalshii

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At the first @levittampwoonsocket free concert #musicmoves

Round One 2nd Place Winner – @thomasnwalshii

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Summertime at the Levitt AMP Sheboygan! #musicmoves #levittamp

Round Two 1st Place Winner – @twestfield 

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“I Be Happy When I See My Friends, Part II!” Look who I ran into! I love these Movers and Shakers (as opposed to working to change the Arts & Music scenes) was inspiring! Seeing @bigfeedia LIVE was amazing!!! Thank you #LevittAMP #LevittAMPChattanooga + @Jazznooga for bringing the Queen Diva out so we could #NOLABounce in the #GigCity #ScenicCity #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #CHAMusic

Round Two 2nd Place Winner – @pattybarden

#musicmoves Another wonderful #levittamp music show at the #californiacenterforthearts in escondido. Down with the crowd here is brass band La Patronal (@lapatronal). The Opener was another bunch of sassy brasses, Euphoria. These Grape Day Park concerts are a great Escondido thing. The world needs MORE LIVE MUSIC of all kinds

Today’s Faces of Levitt video features Memphis, TN residents Bob and Ann Rullet. As retirees of the airline and education industries, respectively, the Rullets find Levitt Shell Memphis to be the perfect place to take their grandkids, describing it as “a very safe place” and “a tremendous blessing to this city.” Check out their video to hear why the Rullets keep coming back to the family-friendly Levitt lawn year after year!

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Calling all driven, creative undergraduate or graduate students who thrive in fast-paced, collaborative, mission-centric environments! With the growing scope of the Levitt Foundation’s work nationwide, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll now be offering Levitt internship opportunities every spring, summer and fall. Interning with Levitt is a meaningful way to gain relevant hands-on career experience, while making a profound impact in the communities we serve. Continue reading

Choose the Top 25 Levitt AMP Finalists!

It’s time to vote! Over 40 proposals have advanced to online voting! Help decide which towns and cities will be one step closer to receiving $25K to present their own Levitt AMP Music Series of 10 or more free concerts in 2019. Vote now through November 20 on the Levitt AMP website, and be sure to spread the word! An individual voter may vote for up to five different proposals, but can only vote for each proposal once.


Important dates to note:

  • Online public voting opened this morning and ends November 20, 2018 at 5 PM PST.
  • After public voting determines the Top 25 finalists, the Levitt Foundation will then begin the selection process and choose 15 winning Levitt AMP grant recipients.
  • Winners will be announced on December 18, 2018.

Congratulations to Middlesboro, Sheboygan and Trenton!

We’re thrilled to announce that previous Levitt AMP winners Middlesboro, KY (Middlesboro Main Street), Sheboygan, WI (John Michael Kohler Arts Center) and Trenton, NJ (Trenton Downtown Association) have each been awarded multi-year funding to present the Levitt AMP Music Series in their towns for the next three years (which is why you won’t see them listed on the voting roster this November)!

During the past four years, each nonprofit has shown tremendous impact in their communities through Levitt AMP, bringing people together of all ages and backgrounds through the power of free live music, while creating a meaningful community gathering space. We’re proud to continue our support of these inspiring communities.

What are you waiting for? Head over to levittamp.org and help get your community AMPlified!

Levitt loves...clever costumes

Do you need some costumed cuteness to start your Halloween off right? Well, you’re in luck! Look no further than this adorable (hot) dog, struttin’ at the annual Strut Your Mutt event at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. However you choose to celebrate the holiday, we hope your day is low on tricks, high on treats and filled with clever costumes that make you smile!

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Did you know that October 24th is United Nations Day? Today, we join the global community in celebrating the promotion of peace and progress, while commemorating the formation of the UN Charter, 73 years ago today. This international peacekeeping organization provides a platform where representatives from 193 countries can come together and exchange ideas that promote and protect basic human rights across the globe.

Fueled by that same idea that cultural exchange promotes both peace and progress, Levitt concerts provide places where people of all backgrounds can come together to enjoy shared musical experiences, while strengthening their communities. Each Levitt lawn nationwide represents a community-wide effort to bring it to life and tells a story of free, live music transcending social, cultural, economic and political barriers. Earlier this year, Levitt Board President, Liz Levitt Hirsch spoke with Liberty Hill’s Crystal Shaw about free Levitt concerts serving as places where we can celebrate our shared humanity. Continue reading

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Tomorrow, Metalachi—the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band—brings their explosive fusion of mariachi and metal to the Levitt AMP Escondido stage!

Clad in costumes as vibrant and eccentric as their music, Metalachi uses a blistering combination of modern and traditional mariachi instrumentation to play iconic rock and metal anthems like you’ve never heard. With bright trumpets, soaring violins and driving guitars, they create passionate original covers of songs by hair-raising musical icons like Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses and Slayer. Born in Juárez, Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, the half-brothers who formed Metalachi in 2008 found the group’s bold sound by drawing from their family’s rich Mexican musical heritage, and the plethora of genres that surrounded them growing up in Los Angeles. The band’s unlikely take on classic metal hits celebrates the common ground between metal and mariachi, highlighting the passion, danceable rhythms and high-octane energy that characterize both genres. Continue reading

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Few artists have had such a meteoric rise in the music industry as Bette Smith. Only a few years off her first singles and mixtapes, Smith already has the passion, drive and success that many new artists dream of. She is the next soul-songbird to represent New York and the latest to find her voice in the American deep South. Now, on the heels of her first-ever national tour, Smith is taking the stage at Levitt Shell Memphis tonight at 7 PM to perform her funky, jazzy soul that has everyone from California to Mississippi raving. Read on to learn more about what put Smith on the soul train, her connection to Ray Charles and why Memphis audiences have a spectacular show to look forward to.

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