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2019_cha_waTomorrow night, GRAMMY-nominated New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa brings their funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone to Levitt Pavilion Westport—just days before they head to Sheboygan, Wis., to close out the 2019 Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series next Thursday night! Audiences are in for a vibrant taste of a New Orleans street party. Led by the warm, gritty vocals of lead singer J’Wan Boudreaux, Cha Wa infuses reggae, gospel, funk and old-school R&B into the booming sound of a traditional New Orleans brass band to create high-energy, eclectic fusions that honor the city’s rich Mardi Gras Indian heritage. The band’s name itself, which loosely translates to “we’re comin’ for ya,” is a traditional Mardi Gras Indian rallying cry that’s heard throughout the streets of New Orleans each Mardi Gras.

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At the unexpected intersection of hip-hop and bluegrass, you’ll find the genre-busting New York City five-piece, Gangstagrass—who is bringing their fresh musical fusion to Levitt AMP Stevens Point tonight and Levitt AMP Galva this Sunday! Seamlessly weaving together banjo, fiddle and soaring three-part-harmonies with rap vocals and beats, Gangstagrass creates a one-of-a-kind sound Rolling Stone describes as “…the best argument yet for a rap and country music marriage.”

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farahsirajspotlightgraphicsTonight, Levitt AMP Whitesburg will be graced by international Arabic flamenco jazz sensation, Farah Siraj—who’ll light up the stage with entrancing trilingual (Arabic/English/Spanish) fusions of Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz, bossa, pop and more. For today’s post, we’re bringing you 10 fun facts about this renowned singer/multi-instrumentalist, whose music serves as a medium for peace and celebration of the global community’s rich diversity.

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Edgy, versatile and fresh, Latin GRAMMY-winning 2019 Levitt National Tour artist Flor de Toloache is winning the hearts of Levitteers across the nation this summer. Much like the Toloache flower—known for its use in Mexican ‘love potions’—the ladies of Flor De Toloache are casting a spell over Levitt audiences with their soaring bilingual harmonies, playful gritos and magnetic stage presence. With three tour stops under their belt (SteelStacks, Sioux Falls and Dayton), ‘Las Flores’ are headed to Levitt Shell Memphis for their fourth tour stop this Friday and will wrap up the week with a Levitt Pavilion Arlington performance on Saturday (click here to check out all 2019 Levitt National Tour stops). August will bring them to Levitt Pavilion Denver and closing out the tour at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, capping off a tour that brought them to seven Levitt stages coast to coast as part of this year’s Levitt National Tour. In addition to their Levitt National Tour performances, the ladies of Flor de Toloache will grace Levitt AMP stages in Carson City, Nev., and Woonsocket, R.I. this summer. Continue reading

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2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the GRAMMY-nominated, genre-shaping ska sensation, The Skatalites—who’re headed to Levitt AMP Springfield tonight! Concertgoers are in for an unforgettable night of mellow grooves, soaring horn lines and the legendary vocals of ‘The Queen of Soul.’ One of Jamaica’s most celebrated singers, Monica Johnson—better known by her stage name Doreen Shaffer (or ‘The Queen of Soul’)—bridges the group’s past and present, as the last original founding member of The Skatalites. Continue reading


This week the Spotlight Series continues with the genre-busting violin/vocalist duo, Sons of Mystro—who launch the 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series tonight with their lively mix of classical, reggae, hip-hop and more! To gear up for tonight’s show, we’re bringing you 10 fun facts about this eclectic power duo! Continue reading

Love exploring this nation’s breathtaking natural landscapes? So do we! This weekend we’re all in luck. Tomorrow marks the start of National Park Week 2019 (April 20-28) and to celebrate, the National Park Service is graciously waiving entrance fees at all 61 national parks on Saturday, April 20.

So grab your hiking boots, water bottle and hiking buddy, and find a national park near you to enjoy during National Park Week!

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What better time to celebrate the valuable role public libraries play in communities than National Library Week (April 7-13)? These centers for community, culture and knowledge come in all shapes and sizes—from intimate local branches to monumental citywide destinations—and have the ability to enhance rural, urban and suburban areas alike. Perhaps this is why today you’ll find more public libraries than Starbucks branches in the U.S. (16,568 libraries compared to 14,718 Starbucks).

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Sun-drenched late afternoons, trees dotted with colorful blooms, artist lineup announcements for the upcoming summer concert season—what’s not to love about this season of new beginnings? Across the country, permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites are preparing to fill the air with the joyous sounds of free, live music! Taking a cue from the shifting season, we’ve just launched the 2019 Levitt AMP Music Series website—your go-to resource for Levitt AMP artist lineups, concert schedules and more. Stay tuned for the first Levitt AMP artist lineup announcement, coming next week!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Today’s post celebrates all the fearless females out there who are courageously breaking barriers—including the ladies of Flor de Toloache, headliners of the 2019 Levitt National Tour! As New York’s first and only all-female mariachi group, GRAMMY-winning Flor de Toloache is fearlessly pushing the genre’s boundaries with their electrifying fusions of mariachi, jazz, salsa, pop and more. Their bold artistic vision and sophisticated, fresh interpretation of mariachi classics continues to win the hearts of contemporary and traditional mariachi music fans alike. Flor de Toloache made music history in 2017, when their critically-acclaimed studio album “Las Caras Lindas” was awarded the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album—making them the first female recipients of the award.

Here’s to the many generations of fearless women who’ve paved the way for the women of today and tomorrow to dream, thrive and continue breaking barriers!