Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bethlehem, Pa., residents Jim and Pat Yost have witnessed significant changes in their community during the past 35 years, including the transformation of the Bethlehem Steel brownfield into Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. Since opening in 2011, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks has turned Bethlehem into a music-filled destination for all to enjoy. The venue’s impact is in part possible because of Levitt volunteers like Jim and Pat who give back to their community by making every free Levitt concert experience a positive one. “Our job here is to make sure the people who come here have the best time they’ve ever had,” says Pat in our Faces of Levitt video. Continue reading

Pictured above (from left to right, top to bottom): Walter “Junie” Morrison, Clyde Stubblefield, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton, Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne’s memorial plaque and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

This past week we’ve lost two musical greats, each of whom left a lasting impact on music history, despite the fact that they spent much of their careers outside of the spotlight—Walter “Junie” Morrison (songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, one-man studio band and funk master) and Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’).

In honor of African American History month, today we’re celebrating the contributions of these musical masters, as well as a few of the many unsung African American talents who’ve helped pave the way for musicians of all backgrounds, changing the landscape of American music in the process. Continue reading

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the 2017 Levitt AMP grantees here in our Echo Park office—what an inspiring group of individuals!

These local arts champions hail from 15 small- to mid-sized towns and cities all across the country. After experiencing their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to building community through music at this year’s Levitt AMP convening, we couldn’t be more excited to see the 2017 Levitt AMP Music Series come to life!

Hold onto your hats, folks! We’re in store for a fantastic 2017 concert season (and it’s only a few months away!)

GRAMMYs Childrens Music Nominees

We’ve got plenty of reasons to be excited about this Sunday’s GRAMMY Award Ceremony—25, to be exact! That’s right, 25 Levitt artists were nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award, and taking a closer look at the categories, you may notice that four of these artists share nominations for Best Children’s Album. That’s four out of five of that category’s nominees! Continue reading

Tom Petty, you rock!
This Friday, just two days prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning rocker Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As the 27th recipient of this prestigious annual award, Petty will follow in the footsteps of musical greats like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Carole King—each boasting a robust musical legacy, as well as a long history of charitable work. Continue reading


Here at Levitt, we’re reminded year after year that free, high-quality arts programming gives communities so much more than free entertainment. It empowers people of all backgrounds to come together and strengthen the social and economic fabric of their communities.

The collaborative work of creative placemaking pioneers—like the visionary folks at the National Endowment for the Arts—show us all just how catalytic a role the arts can play in strengthening communities. Continue reading

Playing for Change performing at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena as part of the 2014 Levitt National Tour.

Playing for Change performing at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena as part of the 2014 Levitt National Tour.

Whether it’s blues, samba or hip hop, much of the music that reverberates from Levitt stages is made possible because artists from around the world are able to come together, inspire each other and collaborate creatively. The Levitt Foundation is proud to support platforms for international artists to express themselves and bring community members together through music. As Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh, who has lived in the United States for the past 16 years, recently told NPR, “I continue to believe that making music is an act of freedom.”

Embracing all Levitt artists and Levitteers—no matter their country of origin—is a big part of our mission to strengthen the social fabric of America, which has been immeasurably shaped by immigrants. Take a look at a few of the many artists from around the world who have graced Levitt venues! Continue reading