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The Merced Open Air Theatre (MOAT) in Merced’s Applegate Park, future home to the Levitt AMP Merced Music Series

Tonight, the Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series continues with a new virtual concert featuring the upbeat sounds of California’s Central Valley Latin rock favorite Valley Wolf and a fusion of musical styles from faculty-led ensemble G Street Revolution, co-presented by University of California, Merced and the City of Merced – the dynamic team behind the Levitt AMP Merced Music Series. Tonight’s concert celebrates Merced’s ongoing efforts to revitalize an iconic amphitheater and fuel unity through the power of arts and free music. Tune in at 8pm ET/5pm PT at!

Creating and celebrating a shared identity


Downtown Merced

Located in the heart of sunny California’s San Joaquin Valley, the city of Merced is home to just over 83,000 people. Known as the “Gateway to Yosemite,” this tranquil center of the Golden State is just two hours from San Francisco and Sacramento, and 90 minutes from the famed Yosemite National Park. Surrounded by lush natural beauty, Merced residents enjoy streams, scenic hiking trails, abundant parks, an extensive bike path system and the valley’s rich agricultural heritage. Merced has served as the processing and shipping hub for agricultural produce of the valley since its 1872 founding by the Central Pacific Railroad. In 2016, Merced County generated over $3.4 million in produce, becoming the fifth-top producing county in California. Over the past 20 years, Merced’s local industries have expanded to include printing, warehouse distribution, packaging and most recently, higher education.

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Left to right: David Lee Garza, Shayna Steele, Abraham Alexander

As we head into August, free Levitt virtual concerts continue to bring a lively and electric mix of artists and music genres straight to you! Check out this month’s roundup of free virtual shows presented by permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP grantees across the nation, featuring artists like Abraham Alexander, Tall Tall Trees, David Lee Garza and Shayna Steele. Discover new music and continue enjoying the sounds of summer with the free virtual concerts below!

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With summer break well underway for families across the country and the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the way we work, play, gather and travel, many of us are having to rethink our travel plans. Whether travel plans have shifted or you’re just looking for some family-friendly virtual travel to add to your itinerary this season, we’ve got you covered! Although you might physically be staying local, museums and tourist attractions across the globe are offering virtual opportunities to explore the world with family and friends this summer. Here’s a list of virtual experiences packed with fun (and educational!) virtual adventures for all ages:

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Tonight, the Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series continues to bring joy to music lovers across the country with an electric performance by folk-rock music duo, HuDost. Co-presented by Catamount Arts, the nonprofit behind the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series, tonight’s virtual concert celebrates the ongoing collaborative effort to strengthen and unify the community of St. Johnsbury through the power of music. Be sure to tune in at 8pm ET/5PM PT at! Continue reading


July is here with new opportunities to enjoy free virtual Levitt concerts! Check out this month’s roundup of free shows presented by permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP grantees across the nation, featuring artists like Drew Angus, The Greyhounds,  Kat Wright, Allison Grace and Levi Platero. Discover new music and welcome in the sounds of summer with this month’s lively and electric selection of virtual concerts.

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As we kickoff the month of June, virtual music, arts and cultural experiences continue to serve our communities with opportunities for connection, healing and creativity. In this spirit, check out a new round of free virtual concerts presented by permanent Levitt venues featuring artists like Jackie Venson, The City Champs and Gina Chavez. Celebrate the start of summer with these diverse performances you can stream from the comfort of your home.

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Today marks the start of Memorial Day weekend, a time when we pay special tribute to our nation’s heroes and those who’ve lost their lives serving our country. This year, the national holiday carries added weight as we honor our nation’s frontline workers, who are risking their lives daily during the COVID-19 pandemic—which has taken nearly 100,000 American lives thus far.

While many of us are adjusting how we’ll celebrate the occasion given the ongoing public health crisis, there are still many ways you can celebrate Monday’s holiday with your friends, family and neighbors, from the comfort of your home. Continue reading