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Mark your calendars—the countdown is on for the GRAMMY-winning mariachi of Flor De Toloache! The all-female, critically acclaimed mariachi group and veterans of the Levitt stage will headline this summer’s 2019 Levitt National Tour. Levitt audiences across the country will enjoy the band’s energetic, mesmerizing shows that blend traditional mariachi with jazz, salsa and pop music. Check out dates and locations for their 2019 tour stops—as well as their new single—in the video above, or scroll down for more information.

Bethlehem, PA | Thursday, June 6
Sioux Falls, SD | Saturday, June 15
Dayton, OH | Friday, June 21
Memphis, TN | Friday, June 28
Arlington, TX | Saturday, June 29
Denver, CO | Friday, August 2
Los Angeles, CA | Saturday, August 10

Levitt audiences eager to hear more from Flor De Toloache before the Levitt National Tour this summer are in luck: there’s a new album on the way this spring, and the first single “Besos de Mezcal” (featuring Camilo Lara, the artist behind the music of animated film “Coco”) was released last month! And be sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming collaboration with Platinum-selling R&B artist Miguel…see you on the Levitt lawn!

BestOriginalScoreWith the 2019 Oscars taking place this Sunday, we’re providing you a little background on this year’s best films and the original soundtracks that bring them to life. Today, we’re exploring the contenders for Best Original Score, which range from Japanese-inspired soundtracks to epic, African theme songs. Read on to learn more about the composers and their music that earned nominations this year! Continue reading

  • 37 nonprofit leaders from 18 small to mid-sized towns and cities gathered in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Here's to invigorating communities through free, live music!

Two weeks ago, the 2019 Levitt AMP grantees joined the Levitt Foundation for the annual Levitt AMP Convening in Los Angeles! It was an honor to host these inspiring nonprofit leaders and share ideas throughout two days of panels, presentations and group discussions.

With 18 small to mid-sized towns and cities from Alaska all the way to Florida, this year’s grantees truly represent the breadth of community spirit and placemaking efforts happening across the country. The endless enthusiasm in the room led to fruitful brainstorming, knowledge sharing and meaningful exchanges around the power of free, live music to ignite community change. We can’t wait to see how each Levitt AMP Music Series unfolds this summer and fall!

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Mark your calendars—a GRAMMY-winning mariachi experience will soon be coming to a Levitt stage near you! This summer, the all-female, critically acclaimed mariachi group Flor De Toloache will headline the 2019 Levitt National Tour. Levitt audiences across the country will enjoy the band’s energetic, mesmerizing shows that blend traditional mariachi with jazz, salsa and pop music.

Taking place between June and August, the 2019 Levitt National Tour will stop in seven cities including Arlington, TexasBethlehem, Pa.; Dayton, OhioDenverLos AngelesMemphis; and Sioux Falls, S.D. This year’s Tour follows on the heels of the 2018 Levitt National Tour, which featured Southern rocker Paul Thorn and gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama, and previous Levitt National Tours featuring Gulf Coast soul sensation The Suffers (2017), genre-busting violin outfit Black Violin (2015) and the world-music fusion of Playing For Change (2014).

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2__best_original_song-_oscars_2019-_split-h_2019With the full list of 2019 Oscar nominees recently announced, we’re providing you a little background on this year’s best films and the original soundtracks that bring them to life. In this week’s post, we’re exploring the contenders for Best Original Song, which range from Afro-futuristic pop hits to old-timey Western tunes. Read on to learn more about the performers, musicians and writers who earned nominations this year! Continue reading

Levitt Loves Kindness

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, spread some caring and kindness! Whether you’re with friends, family, volunteering or taking some much needed time off, remember the legacy of MLK Jr. and how he transformed a nation half a century ago. Compassion in your interactions with others not only brightens your day, but makes the world a more gentle place!

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2018 has been an incredibly impactful and sonically-charged year for the Levitt network, with nearly 500 free Levitt concerts building community all over the country in 26 towns and cities. From the gospel-infused Levitt National Tour to over 150 concerts presented as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series to over 330 free concert series presented at seven permanent Levitt venues. Levitteers across the nation were treated to amazing music by rising stars and acclaimed artists! Today, we’re sharing our personal favorites – songs that we kept on repeat throughout the year. From the cinematic vocals of Lady Gaga to the now world-renowned K-Pop of BTS, check out the Levitt Foundation’s favorite picks of 2018 below:

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$25K matching grants will bring free outdoor concerts to 18 small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America

Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $450,000 in matching grants to 18 nonprofits serving small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts as part of the fifth annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, the Levitt Foundation once again opened the Levitt AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading


Relive the magic of the 2018 Levitt National Tour with our new recap video featuring concert highlights and exclusive artist interviews with southern rock hero, Paul Thorn, and living legends of gospel, Blind Boys of Alabama! Between June and August, these artists dazzled Levitt audiences in seven Levitt locations—including including Bethlehem, PA; Memphis; Arlington, TX; Los Angeles; Dayton, OH; Denver; and Sioux Falls, SD (where audiences received a taste of what’s to come when their Levitt Pavilion opens in 2019). Each Levitt tour stop was an incredible evening for the entire community! 

And be sure to keep an eye out for our 2019 LNT announcement—we’ll be revealing the performer early next year! Learn more at levitt.org/national_tour

(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2019 GRAMMY Awards—and we’re thrilled to share that 17 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, country, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Included on the list is Levitt’s first-ever Record of The Year contender with the phenomenal Maren Morris, who’s also competing for five other awards!

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