Monthly Archives: August 2017

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This summer, Levitteers across the country have captured the excitement of free Levitt concerts with #musicmoves, like this couple from Levitt AMP Carson City (dancing like nobody’s watching!). We love seeing the way #musicmoves you and your communities!

Although the summer is coming to a close, free concerts are still going strong at the permanent Levitt venues in Arlington, Bethlehem, Denver, Memphis, Los Angeles, and Pasadena; as well as the Levitt AMP sites in Berea, Carson City, Chattanooga, Hattiesburg, Middlesboro, St. Johnsbury, Trenton and Utica. If you’re in one of these towns or cities, you’re in luck! There’s still plenty of time to show off your #musicmoves! All you have to do is use the hashtag on your Instagram or Twitter with an accompanying photo showing how music moves you, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 iTunes gift card. You can also see your photo and caption on our national live feed! So what are you waiting for? Let’s see those #musicmoves!

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Audiences at the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series are in for a trip down memory lane tonight with veteran power-pop band The Weeklings! Renowned as a staple of the annual “Beatles Bash” in New Jersey as well as skilled original songwriters, the band’s members have formerly performed alongside evergreen rock and pop acts like Electric Light Orchestra, Paul McCartney, Styx and many more. Last week, they played at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks – we’re still celebrating the best of 1960s rock-n-roll with The Weeklings at Trenton’s Mill Hill Park tonight at 5PM!

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Spotlight_Series_gaby_morenoGuatemala-born indie songstress Gaby Moreno will be bringing her warm, award-winning “Spanglish” vocals and guitar licks to Levitt Pavilion Denver this Thursday night. Her fusion of jazz, pop, R&B, Latin folk (and a whole lot of heart!) has delighted audiences across the globe, including those who attended her 2011 Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles performance. Her work has earned the respect of her peers, as well as a range of accolades—including a Latin GRAMMY Award, Emmy Award nomination and GRAMMY Award nomination. 

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Screenshot 2017-06-16 14.24.54Welcome to the second installment of our “Research Recap” blog series, featuring posts that highlight a particular finding from our recently published impact study, which examines how creative placemaking builds social capital in communities, using permanent outdoor Levitt venues as case studies.

In honor of National Family Fun Month (which you can read more about in last week’s blog post), today we’re turning our attention to the inter-generational appeal of Levitt concerts. A quick glance around any Levitt concert reveals a wide range of ages on the lawn—from infants to seniors and everyone in between. As the figure below suggests, parents across the country are enthusiastic about the family-friendly atmosphere at Levitt concerts—created in part by the green, expansive and welcoming open lawn settings that are a hallmark of both permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites.  As one survey participant explained, “My kids have the freedom to move around.” Continue reading

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Steeped in centuries-old traditions and songwriting, bluegrass is a discipline as much as it is a musical genre. It’s rare to hear artists that break the mold. But Billy Strings – one young, steadfast Mid-Westerner, has recently exploded onto the Americana scene and caught the ear of many veteran musicians with his punk-rock spirit, arresting voice and sheer virtuosic ability with guitar and banjo. Recently named as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, audiences at Levitt AMP Sheboygan will experience the up-and-coming talent of this bluegrass and folk maestro this Thursday at 6PM, at the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Festival Green!

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Tomorrow night, reggae, soul and jazz singer Marla Brown will be taking the Levitt AMP Carson City stage, inspiring attendees with her empowering and uplifting songs about global issues. This multitalented artist has delighted audiences across continents with her graceful dance moves and powerful vocals. Levitt AMP Carson City concertgoers get to experience this rising star first-hand!

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  • UN Habitat and Minecraft teamed up to create Block by Block, a community participation tool allowing residents in underserved communities to play minecraft and create project proposals that reconstruct unused public space in their communities.

Placemaking places people at the heart of its process—empowering individuals by giving them an active voice in shaping the spaces around them, mapping and designing their own communities. This week, we’re highlighting a few fascinating placemaking projects from around the globe that illustrate the beauty of people coming together and creating a shared vision for their community.

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