Monthly Archives: May 2015

Spotlight Series: Trout Fishing in America

Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are no strangers to Levitt stages.

As Trout Fishing in America (TFIA), the duo has performed at Levitt Arlington (2013, 2010), Levitt Shell Memphis (2011) and Levitt Westport (2011), and they’ll be adding Levitt SteelStacks to the list when they bring their family-friendly folk-rock show to the Lehigh Valley this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Get to know the band before they take the stage with some fun TFIA trivia! Continue reading

Screen-Shot-2015-05-25-at-3.49.51-PMIn today’s data-driven world, it’s perhaps only fitting that the modern-day mix tape was brought to life by an algorithm. In 2000, Pandora burst onto the scene, offering people a new kind of radio; breaking songs down into basic components, categorizing them and streaming playlists tailor-fit to listeners’ personal preferences. To date, there are over 250 million registered Pandora users—clearly, the creators of this platform were onto something.

The man behind the complex categorization system that powers Pandora (the Music Genome Project) is chief musicologist, Nolan Gasser, who recently posed the question: “How can we make use of that information to make our lives better?” To answer that question, he turned to music therapists, who show us day after day how music can in fact make our lives better—especially when something goes wrong. Today, we explore the possibly of Gasser’s relation-identifying algorithm making an even deeper impact than it has already made. Continue reading

Spotlight Series on the band Soul Asylum

In our new Spotlight Series, we’re featuring some of the incredible, diverse talent performing on Levitt stages! This week we’re taking a look at ‘80s alternative rockers Soul Asylum, playing at Levitt Arlington this Saturday, May 23, and their smash hit “Runaway Train.” Continue reading

concert-season_5_smallerThe wait is finally over—the 2015 Levitt concert season is officially here! Dust off your picnic baskets, grab your dancing shoes and get ready for the largest Levitt concert season yet!

This season features another energetic and eclectic mix of performances by emerging stars and seasoned musical legends that you won’t want to miss. Click here to see when your local Levitt will be kicking off its 2015 concert series!

BBKing

Last night, legendary bluesman B.B. King passed away at the age of 89, devastating not only blues fans but also music lovers around the world. For more than half a century, King defined the blues with his gritty voice and distinctive style of guitar playing that earned him spots in the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame and influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and more. Among the many highlights of his long career include a Presidential Medal of Freedom, 15 GRAMMYs (including a Lifetime Achievement Award) and the nickname “The King of the Blues.” Continue reading

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Spring is in full swing! Once again, colorful signs of rebirth fill the great outdoors—from chirping baby birds to flowers bursting into bloom. It seems everywhere we look we’re reminded just how lovely new beginnings can be.

Before diving into yet another fun-filled summer, let’s take a moment to take stock of the season’s friendly reminders and try something new (or perhaps share something new with a young loved-one like we see in today’s Levitt Loves)!


The Levitt National Tour is almost here!

In just over a month, genre-busting classical strings meets hip-hop duo Black Violin will kick off the #LevittTour stopping at six Levitt cities across the country. Get a sneak peek of what’s to come when they arrive in Memphis (June 13), Arlington (June 20), Los Angeles (June 26), Pasadena (June 27), Bethlehem (July 11) and Denver (July 17)! All shows are free and fun for all ages.

Mark your calendars!

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If so, you’re in luck! In honor of Cinco de Mayo we’ve created a playlist featuring some of the many talented Chicano artists who’ve graced Levitt stages over the years. Continue reading

NationalBikeMonth

Are you excited that it’s finally May, Levitteers? Not only are we that much closer to the start of concert season, but it’s also National Bike Month, a celebration of cycling first established in 1956!

Here at Levitt, we wholeheartedly support the many benefits of biking, from healthier living to reducing our carbon footprint to improving the overall livability of places. We’re thrilled to see the country moving towards increased bikeability, with initiatives like protected bike lanes and bike share programs growing more popular in cities like Los Angeles and Memphis.

This month, whether you’re a veteran cyclist or a biking beginner, we encourage you to join the movement! Check out our fun bike-related trivia, see all the awesome events happening for National Bike Month and get inspired to go for a ride! Continue reading