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Levitt Grammy Nominees

Top Row (L to R): Alex Cuba, Eric Bibb, The Secret Sisters, Gustafer Yellowgold; Middle Row (Clockwise): Bomba Estereo, Brothers Osborne, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sonny Landreth, Maren Morris, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Justin Roberts; Bottom Row (L to R): La Santa Cecilia, Jane Bunnett, Robert Cray, Billy Childs

Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2018 GRAMMY Awards—and 15 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, rock, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Listen to our 2018 GRAMMY playlist and read the nominations below!

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CONGRATS TO THE TOP 25 FINALISTS

We’re thrilled to announce the Top 25 finalists in the running to win $25K matching grants to present the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series! Thanks to more than 30,000 votes this year, these 25 towns and cities are one step closer to bringing free, live music to their communities next summer and fall. Scroll down to view each finalist and learn how they hope to revitalize an underused public space through free Levitt AMP concerts:

2018 LEVITT AMP FINALISTS
(listed in alphabetical order)

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Alice Moseley Pavilion

Berea, Kentucky
Berea Arts Council

Carson City, Nevada
Brewery Arts Center

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jazzanooga

Denison, Texas
Denison Main Street

Elko, Nevada
Elko County Art Club

Escondido, California
California Center for the Arts Escondido Foundation

Galva, Illinois
Galva Arts Council

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi

Jacksonville, Illinois
Jacksonville Main Street

Middlesboro, Kentucky
Discover Downtown Middlesboro

Moab, Utah
Moab Folk Festival

Nashua, New Hampshire
Great American Downtown

Ocala, Florida
Marion Cultural Alliance

Prior Lake, Minnesota
Viva Musica

Santa Fe, New Mexico
AMP Concerts

Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Kohler Arts Center of JMKAC

St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Catamount Arts

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Arts Alliance of Portage County

Trenton, New Jersey
Trenton Downtown Association

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Roots Music

Utica, New York
Utica Monday Nite

Waterville, Maine
Waterville Opera House

Whitesburg, Kentucky
Cowan Community Center

Woonsocket, Rhode Island
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

Following Levitt’s review period, the 2018 Levitt AMP winners will be announced on January 2, 2018. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!


All through the summer and fall, Levitteers filled our live #musicmoves feed with photos and videos capturing the fun and excitement of free concerts all over the country! Whether you were showing off your dance moves, grooving along to the awesome musicians on stage, or simply kicking back with friends and family, it’s been a treat to see how live music invigorated your lives and your communities. Watch our highlights video above, and check out the #musicmoves contest winners who won iTunes gift cards this year below!

Thank you for making the Levitt AMP Music Series so memorable this year! We’re already looking forward to 2018 and seeing more of your #musicmoves.

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Today, we salute the courageous men and women who’ve fought for the freedoms we Americans hold dearly. The fundamental American freedoms that are positioned at the core of the Levitt program—like the right to gather and the right to express ourselves—are defended by the brave and selfless individuals who’ve served (and continue to serve) in the Armed Forces. Coming from all backgrounds and bringing their own unique talents, service members reflect the rich diversity of this country. 

We’ve all enjoyed the musical talents of the veterans below—from iconic rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix to 2000s R&B crooner Shaggy. And these are only a few of the countless individuals who’ve helped to protect our rights AND shape American music history.

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A still from the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music video of a Beethoven Performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Virtual reality was used to remotely broadcast the concert with visualizations.

Have you seen the new virtual reality (VR) music video for “Ogilala” by 90s rocker Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)? Or pop songstress Bjork’s exhibition of virtual and augmented reality videos promoting her new album? Or perhaps the LA Philharmonic’s VR music video filmed at a live Beethoven performance? These are just a few examples of how a once elusive idea in technology—interactive media—is quickly becoming a new frontier for creative production in music.

And interactive media isn’t serving solely as music accompanist; rather, it’s helping us better understand the musical experience as a whole and re-purpose academic research in music into something far more wondrous and accessible. Today, we’re highlighting a few instances at the intersection of music and interactive media that have caught our attention for their creative ingenuity and captivating approach. Perhaps most telling, they help us explore what it means to hear, interpret and love music from an entirely new vantage point. So grab your headphones, enter full screen mode on each video and immerse yourself in these sonorous experiences.

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Voting for the 2018 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is now officially open! Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25K matching grants to up to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Since all Levitt projects are community-driven, each year the Top 25 Levitt AMP finalists are chosen through online, public voting, open to all.

Vote for your favorite Levitt AMP proposals (up to 5 per person!) and you can help decide which towns and cities will be one step closer to receiving a Levitt AMP grant to present their own Levitt AMP Music Series. With 150 free concerts around the country (10 in each community), the series will inject new life into underused public spaces across America. Vote now! Voting ends November 20, 5PM PST. Spread the word!

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Do you remember your first live concert experience? Today, we thought it’d be fun to share our own stories which launched a lifelong love affair with live music! Take a trip down memory lane with us as we reminisce about our own first concert experiences.

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The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series ends on a high note with critically acclaimed bluegrass darlings Whiskey Shivers, playing a FREE show tomorrow at 6PM! They’ve dazzled Levitt audiences in Denver (July 2017), Los Angeles (July 2014) and Arlington (September 2014) with their brisk energy and virtuosic folk spirit. Their theatrical, interactive performances have captured the attention of publications like NPR, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. Middlesboro, mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this one!

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sounds-of-fallCozy weather, leaves turning red and orange, quality time with friends and family – there’s so much about the fall season we’re looking forward to! And with more free, outdoor concerts continuing into the new season, we’re not winding down from the thrill of live music just yet. Get ready for more shows through the fall with this curated playlist of artists playing upcoming shows at the Levitt AMP Music Series in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Middlesboro, Ky., as well as Levitt Pavilion Arlington and Levitt Shell Memphis. This mellow, soothing collection of acoustic folk, R&B, indie and more is the perfect companion for the first week of fall – enjoy!

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The bombastic, big-band sound of the High and Mighty Brass Band takes the stage at Dog Mountain for the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series this Sunday at 4pm! Levitteers in Westport, Conn., will recall their set at Levitt Pavilion Westport in September 2016. Get ready to dance to the funky sounds of this New Orleans-via-New York outfit, stirring up a storm at festival stages all around the country and beyond!

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