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Holiday decorations have been put away, New Year’s resolutions have been made and we’re already dreaming of warm spring days—bringing us one step closer to the 2019 Levitt concert season!

This year, more than 550 free Levitt concerts will take place in 26 towns and cities nationwide, serving more than 750,000 people. And planning is already underway! Across the country, Friends of Levitt nonprofit partners and Levitt AMP grantees are hard at work to make 2019 the most impactful season yet—energizing public spaces in metropolitan centers like Los Angeles, where Angelenos will gather in MacArthur Park to enjoy free outdoor concerts in one of the city’s densest, most diverse neighborhoods; to rural communities like St. Johnsbury, Vt., where residents and visitors alike will come together to experience the joy of free, live music atop the scenic Dog Mountain, in a formerly industrial area. Continue reading


‘Tis a time of celebration and festive music—and with a plethora of movie musicals playing this season, you can experience both while cozying up with friends, family or loved ones at your local theater.

As we head into another holiday weekend, here are some fun facts about this season’s movie musicals and the vibrant soundtracks bringing them to life. Interestingly enough, each film takes viewers on a new sonic journey while paying homage to beloved pop culture icons of the past—both real and imagined—ranging from Queen’s dynamic front man to a magical nanny with tunes to cure any and all ailments. Continue reading

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Calling all driven, creative undergraduate or graduate students who thrive in fast-paced, collaborative, mission-centric environments! With the growing scope of the Levitt Foundation’s work nationwide, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll now be offering Levitt internship opportunities every spring, summer and fall. Interning with Levitt is a meaningful way to gain relevant hands-on career experience, while making a profound impact in the communities we serve. Continue reading

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Do you need some costumed cuteness to start your Halloween off right? Well, you’re in luck! Look no further than this adorable (hot) dog, struttin’ at the annual Strut Your Mutt event at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. However you choose to celebrate the holiday, we hope your day is low on tricks, high on treats and filled with clever costumes that make you smile!

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Did you know that October 24th is United Nations Day? Today, we join the global community in celebrating the promotion of peace and progress, while commemorating the formation of the UN Charter, 73 years ago today. This international peacekeeping organization provides a platform where representatives from 193 countries can come together and exchange ideas that promote and protect basic human rights across the globe.

Fueled by that same idea that cultural exchange promotes both peace and progress, Levitt concerts provide places where people of all backgrounds can come together to enjoy shared musical experiences, while strengthening their communities. Each Levitt lawn nationwide represents a community-wide effort to bring it to life and tells a story of free, live music transcending social, cultural, economic and political barriers. Earlier this year, Levitt Board President, Liz Levitt Hirsch spoke with Liberty Hill’s Crystal Shaw about free Levitt concerts serving as places where we can celebrate our shared humanity. Continue reading

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Tomorrow, Metalachi—the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band—brings their explosive fusion of mariachi and metal to the Levitt AMP Escondido stage!

Clad in costumes as vibrant and eccentric as their music, Metalachi uses a blistering combination of modern and traditional mariachi instrumentation to play iconic rock and metal anthems like you’ve never heard. With bright trumpets, soaring violins and driving guitars, they create passionate original covers of songs by hair-raising musical icons like Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses and Slayer. Born in Juárez, Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, the half-brothers who formed Metalachi in 2008 found the group’s bold sound by drawing from their family’s rich Mexican musical heritage, and the plethora of genres that surrounded them growing up in Los Angeles. The band’s unlikely take on classic metal hits celebrates the common ground between metal and mariachi, highlighting the passion, danceable rhythms and high-octane energy that characterize both genres. Continue reading

Spotlight Series - Sierra Hull

Tonight, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Sierra Hull will enchant Levitt AMP Middlesboro concertgoers with her honey-crisp vocals and elegant command of intricate, bluegrass-inspired mandolin melodies. Once a teen prodigy from Tennessee, Hull is now a rising star in her mid-twenties who found her own unique voice and is using it to wow audiences, critics and living legends like Béla Fleck and Alison Krauss. Tonight’s performance will be Hull’s second Levitt AMP Music Series appearance, after delighting Levitt AMP Sheboygan audiences last year. In anticipation of tonight’s show, we’re bringing you 10 fun facts about this incredible talent! Continue reading

Devon Gilfillian

Fresh off the heels of a rousing performance that launched Levitt Shell’s fall season, soulful rocker Devon Gilfillian heads to Levitt Pavilion Dayton—where he’ll perform as part of the venue’s inaugural season tomorrow night! Described as “one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene” by Rolling Stone, Levitt Dayton concertgoers are in for an unforgettable night of sweltering blues guitar riffs, rich gospel vocals and velvet-smooth jams that pack a punch. This will be Gilfillian’s third Levitt performance of the season, following performances in Memphis and Middlesboro, Ky., earlier this summer. Continue reading