Audiences at the Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series are in for a special treat tomorrow night when renowned reggae band The Original Wailers take the stage for a free concert at 7 PM! This GRAMMY-nominated five-piece is fronted by prolific guitar virtuoso, Al Anderson, who spent years as a touring and recording musician alongside Bob Marley himself, among countless artists from the ‘80s through the 2000s. Read on and get ready to feel the infectious vibrations at the Minnesota Street Stage, as well as at the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series in one week!
This Saturday, June 16 at 7PM, critically acclaimed outfit Birds of Chicago are taking the stage at the Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series for a free performance! Inspired by the expansive tapestry of Americana music, spanning blues, roots rock and gospel, this husband-and-wife duo’s uplifting energy has caught the attention of music publications, global charts and international music-lovers alike. Since their humble beginnings in 2012, Birds of Chicago have evolved into one of the most talked-about presences in modern folk music––this is one rousing performance Levitteers in Santa Fe simply can’t miss! Be sure to RSVP for this free concert today and read on to learn more about this high-spirited duo.
Community is at the heart of every Levitt concert—whether it’s at a permanent Levitt venue or one of 15 Levitt AMP concert sites across the country. As Friends of Levitt nonprofit partners and Levtitt AMP grantees curate an exciting roster of local, regional, national and international artists for their free concert lineups, they also develop meaningful partnerships with a range of community organizations, schools, nonprofits and affinity groups that play an important role in programming and enhancing the Levitt experience. By reflecting the vitality of the towns and cities they call home, Levitt venues become an extension of home itself.
Throughout each concert season, community partners bring their connections with Levitt to life and perform on Levitt stages! These performances have given, and continue to give, music-loving Levitteers a chance to see their respective community’s diverse cultures, history and talents reflected on stage. From local youth ensembles to vibrant dance troupes and more, read on to learn how free Levitt concerts across the country are bringing their local communities into the spotlight.
Springtime is upon us! It’s that wonderful time of the year where our shared spaces are transformed by gorgeous greenery, the sunshine lingers and flowers are in bloom, paving the way for a joyous summer ahead, filled with free Levitt concerts in 26 towns and cities!
We hope you’re having a revitalizing spring season and have marked your calendars for all the free, live music coming to your community.
In case you missed it, the tour dates for the upcoming Levitt National Tour were just announced! We’re less than 10 weeks before this highly anticipated collaboration of old-school gospel, blues and southern rock—between Southern raconteur Paul Thorn and GRAMMY Award winning legends Blind Boys of Alabama—treat Levitt audiences to seven FREE concerts around the country. And with Paul Thorn’s new album that released today, Don’t Let The Devil Ride, what better time to get a taste of the exhilarating, soulful blend of Thorn and the Blind Boys’ music that’s headed your way?
Billed as the “Mission Temple Fireworks Revival,” this year’s Levitt National Tour is a celebration of the deep connection between Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as a testament to the rich tapestry of southern American music. With individual sets by each artist as well as side-by-side performances, the universally cherished sounds of Thorn and the Blind Boys will fill the air, coast to coast, on the Levitt National Tour.
See below for each tour stop date (and watch the above video to get a glimpse of the fun ahead)! Plus, make sure you dive into the rich story behind this one-of-a-kind collaboration, learn about Paul Thorn’s latest, soulful album, and catch up on what makes Blind Boys of Alabama a groundbreaking icon in gospel music.
Today is International Women’s Day, and folks around the country are paying homage to the achievements of female leaders, thinkers and changemakers in American history! As we also find ourselves in the middle of Women’s History Month, what better time to pay closer attention to the importance of gender diversity in music. As a foundation dedicated to and passionate about the voice of women in arts and culture, we’ve put together an inspiring “Women of Levitt” Spotify playlist with music by just some of the female artists who have performed on Levitt stages across the country!
Women artists have been at the forefront of some of the most memorable Levitt concerts ever. Whether it’s soulful legends like Mavis Staples and the late and great Sharon Jones, or artists like vocal powerhouse Ruthie Foster, recently honored by the coveted United States Awards, Levitt stages represent the achievements of countless female artists, both seasoned and contemporary. Check out the playlist and sample the mighty sounds of the “Women of Levitt!”
Stills from movies nominated for Best Original Song, clockwise from middle: Call Me By Your Name, Coco, Mudbound, The Greatest Showman, Marshall
The 90th Academy Awards show is this Sunday! As the entertainment world and film buffs around the world tune in to watch the awards, one category that has received some major buzz this year is the award for Best Original Song. This incredible year in film music saw everything from inspiring pop anthems to gentle folk balladry win hearts, leading to a highly eclectic and compelling range of nominees. Read on to learn more about and listen to each song gearing up for the gold!
It’s hard to overstate the immeasurable legacy left behind by Nina Simone, one of jazz music’s most inventive and resilient icons. Born on this day, February 21, in 1933, Simone quietly produced an output of almost two dozen albums spanning classical, blues and early R&B, while channeling bold social commentary and civil rights activism through her work. While she only received two GRAMMY Award nominations in her lifetime (and two posthumously), Simone’s artistry continues to earn newfound meaning through the music of countless contemporary artists, documentaries and books. Today, as part of our ongoing celebration of Black History Month, we’re taking a look at why Nina Simone’s contributions to music are cemented in history.
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! Whether you’re celebrating with your better half, best friends or family members, you’re probably looking for the perfect music to set the mood. Well, what’s better than a specially curated playlist of love songs by Levitt artists?! Tune in with the embedded player below to hear country, R&B, soul, blues and more, all connected by the soothing and harmonious sounds of love.
With spring just around the corner, and seasons of free Levitt concerts around the country just within reach, we hope you’re looking forward to enjoying some incredible live music with your loved ones too!
Last week, the 2018 Levitt AMP Grantees joined the Levitt Foundation for the annual Levitt AMP convening at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles! It was an honor to host these inspiring leaders in the arts and share ideas throughout two days of panels, presentations and group discussions.
With 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities from California all the way to Rhode Island, 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 and some truly meaningful exchanges. Each attendee left the convening with a newfound sense of energy and inspiration–we can’t wait to see how each Levitt AMP Music Series unfolds with great success this summer and fall!