Monthly Archives: December 2015

Lawn adventures_snow Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Even when covered in a blanket of white, Levitt lawns continue to serve as community gathering places.

We’re reminded time and again that Levitt venues are so much more than places to experience free, live music. They’re centers for community life—places where soccer fans can come together and cheer on their favorite teams, places where blind and visual impaired youth can hunt for Easter eggs, places where community members can bundle up and master their sledding skills…the list goes on and on! 

Click here to learn about more of the fun and unexpected ways Levitt venues are being used both during and following the concert seasons, illustrating their role as year-round destinations.

  • Levitt Arlington
    Arlington, TX
Did you know that each signature Levitt venue is managed and programmed by a local Friends of Levitt nonprofit, and depends on the support of their local community?

“At their core, signature Levitt venues are community-driven,” says Liz Levitt Hirsch, president of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. “The Levitt Foundation’s annual grants to these venues only go so far. That means it’s up to each individual community to support the free concerts.”

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LevittStaffPicksCollage2015 has been a fantastic year for music, from the largest Levitt season yet bringing free, live music to 16 towns and cities across the country, to a number of excellent releases by acclaimed, emerging talent and seasoned, award-winning artists alike. It was hard to choose our favorite songs of the year, but here is a selection of what we loved in 2015!

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The holiday season is upon us—and what a wonderful time of year it is! Whatever is on your to-do list today—searching for that perfect gift, cooking up a scrumptious meal or spending time with loved ones—we hope that you’re feeling the joy of the season.

Need a little inspiration? You’re in luck! We’ve put together this festive mix of holiday favorites, old and new, that will have you feeling the holiday spirit in no time! Enjoy this very merry Levitt holiday playlist.

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GRAMMYCollageWe’re thrilled to announce that 21 artists who have performed on Levitt stages across the country have received nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards! True to the spirit of the Levitt program, these artists represent a wide array of music genres from Latin to blues to roots to children’s.

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In just a few weeks, 2015 comes to a close, ending another standout year for the signature Levitt program! Check out some of their awards and accolades!

Levitt Shell Arlington
Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Winner, “Favorite Place for Live Music”
Arlington Today Magazine

 

 


Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
Record-breaking attendance

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Shell Memphis
Winner, Innovation Awards
Inside Memphis Business

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Pasadena Weekly

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Winner, “Best Free Entertainment”
Lehigh Valley Style

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion Westport
Winner, “Best Live Music Spot”
Best of the Gold Coast, Connecticut

 

 

 

Hearty congratulations to the Friends of Levitt organizations for these achievements and the incredible work they do!

Congrats to the Top 25 Finalists!After a very close public voting competition, we’re thrilled to announce 2016’s Top 25 Levitt AMP finalists! A huge thank you to the thousands of voters who participated—bringing their towns and cities one step closer to a $25K Levitt AMP matching grant! Meet this year’s Top 25 finalists and learn more about the public spaces they’re looking to revitalize through the Levitt AMP Music Series (listed in alphabetical order by city name):

ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Music Foundation | Springwood Park

CARSON CITY, NEVADA
Brewery Arts Center | Minnesota Street Stage

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
WTJU Radio | IX Art Park

CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI
Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute | Crosstie Walking Trail

DENISON, TX
Denison Main Street, Inc. | Heritage Park

DIXON, ILLINOIS
Dixon Main Street and Riverfront | Dixon Riverfront

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS
City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation | Gulley Park

FREDERICK, MARYLAND
Downtown Frederick Partnership | Carroll Creek Amphitheater

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND
Blackrock Center for the Arts | Blackrock Center for the Arts

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
Artsgreensboro | Jimmie I. Barber Park

JACKSONVILLE, ILLINOIS
Jacksonville Main Street | Central Park

LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center | Shea Homes Stage and Plaza

MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY
Discover Downtown Middlesboro | Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-up Park

MIDVALE, UTAH
Midvale Arts Council | Midvale Outdoor Stage in the Park

NEW ALBANY, MISSISSIPPI
The Levitt Riverstage Music Series | The Park Along the River

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS
MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center | Colgrove Park

OWENSBORO, KENTUCKY
Friday After 5, Inc. | Owensboro Riverfront

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council | Armory Pavilion

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau | Davis Park

ROXBURY, NEW YORK
Roxbury Arts Group | Kirkside Park 

SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN
John Michael Kohler Arts Center | Arts & Culture Plaza on 8th Street

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS
Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council | Birdsong Amphitheater

TAHOE CITY, CALIFORNIA
Concerts at Commons Beach | Commons Beach

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
Trenton Downtown Association | Capital Green

UTICA, NEW YORK
Cornell R2G Utica Urban Studio | Rutger Park

What happens next? With online public voting now over, Levitt is currently reviewing the Top 25 proposals and will announce the 15 winners on January 5, so stay tuned!