You might remember last summer’s Spotlight Series feature on Brave Combo, the genre-bending polka band that has wowed audiences for over 35 years. This week they’re highlighted in a new Meet the Artist video filmed at Levitt Pavilion Arlington, where the band has performed eight times including on the venue’s opening day back in 2008. Check out the video above to find out more about Brave Combo’s origins, eclectic musical style, and why they keep returning to perform at Levitt venues. Want to know more about this lively band’s history? Read below for five fun facts!
Featured Levitt AMP Music Series artists, by column, left to right: (Levitt AMP Carson City) SambaDá, Whitney Myer and Incendio; (Levitt AMP Denison) John Fullbright, Danielle Nicole and Billy Joe Shaver; (Levitt AMP Greensboro) Gate City Divas, Carolyn Malachi and The Suffers; (Levitt AMP Jacksonville) Benton Blount, Radio Birds and Old Salt Union; (Levitt AMP New Albany) Dee-1, Marcella & Her Lovers and Pala Mali; (Levitt AMP Sheboygan) Flor de Tolache, Synthian and the Rebirth Brass Band.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is thrilled to announce that Sioux Falls, South Dakota will be home to a new permanent Levitt venue, presenting 50 free concerts every year featuring a diverse range of emerging and acclaimed talent. Set to open in 2019, Levitt Shell Sioux Falls will be located within the city’s beautiful and historic namesake, Falls Park, and will be known locally as “Levitt at the Falls.” This new venue will be part of the national network of permanent outdoor Levitt music venues with locations in Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa.; Denver, Colo. (opening in 2017); Houston (opening in 2018); Los Angeles; Memphis; Pasadena, Calif.; and Westport, Conn.
Change embodies creative placemaking focus for Foundation
Last month, we announced some exciting news—the work of our national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, will be carried out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation going forward, furthering our mission to strengthen communities across the country through free, live music.
Since 2005, the Levitt Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to its nonprofit partners and grantees to support free concerts in communities large and small. As Liz Levitt Hirsch, president of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, explained, “This exciting change signals our resolve to direct the majority of the Foundation’s philanthropy towards creative placemaking programs that focus on free concerts in public spaces. With funding now geared to one main cause, it made sense to place the operations of our national organization under one roof and to function as the Levitt Foundation, thus sunsetting Levitt Pavilions.” Continue reading →
Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Benton Blout, Marina V., David Gerald, Sarah Ross, Radio Birds, Fivefold, Rapture Ruckus, Aaron Kamm and The One Drops, Angela Perley and The Howlin Moons and Old Salt Union.
Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dee-1, Marcella & Her Lovers, Sam Mosley and the Muscle Shoals Horns, Cedric Burnside Project, Drvin’ N Cryin,’ Scott Mulvahill, Papa Mali, Young Valley and Holy Ghost Electric Show.
Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Santa Fe Line, Big Joe Walker, Band of Heathens, John Fullbright, Nicnos, Whiskey Myers, Dawn & Hawkes, Wayne Toups, Danielle Nicole and Billy Joe Shaver.
Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Gate City Divas, Bio Ritmo, Tom Principato, The Poetry Cafe and Abyss & Uprite Lions, Carolyn Malachi, Greensboro’s Ode to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra, The Suffers, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and The Broadcast.