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Here at Levitt, we’re firm believers in the power of free, live music to transform communities—especially when those concerts are taking place in the great outdoors. Why? Countless studies remind us why we yearn to be outside. Time in nature allows us to press a ‘reset’ button, triggering a wide array of health benefits from lowering cortisol levels (stress), to alleviating pain, to improving our mental health. Which is why today, in honor of Black History Month, we’re honoring the contributions of three of the many pioneering African American conservationists who’ve made a profound impact on our country’s natural environments. Each has dedicated their time and unique talents to protecting green spaces and ensuring that people of all backgrounds can enjoy nature experiences for years to come. Continue reading

BestOriginalScoreWith the 2019 Oscars taking place this Sunday, we’re providing you a little background on this year’s best films and the original soundtracks that bring them to life. Today, we’re exploring the contenders for Best Original Score, which range from Japanese-inspired soundtracks to epic, African theme songs. Read on to learn more about the composers and their music that earned nominations this year! Continue reading

2__best_original_song-_oscars_2019-_split-h_2019With the full list of 2019 Oscar nominees recently announced, we’re providing you a little background on this year’s best films and the original soundtracks that bring them to life. In this week’s post, we’re exploring the contenders for Best Original Song, which range from Afro-futuristic pop hits to old-timey Western tunes. Read on to learn more about the performers, musicians and writers who earned nominations this year! 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

(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart

Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2019 GRAMMY Awards—and we’re thrilled to share that 17 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, country, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Included on the list is Levitt’s first-ever Record of The Year contender with the phenomenal Maren Morris, who’s also competing for five other awards!

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What better way to usher in the summer months, than with free, live music? Today, on this first day of the summer, we get to enjoy more sunlight and more free, live music thanks to Make Music Day—a global celebration that encourages anyone and everyone to experience the power of music, free of charge.

First launched in 1982 to enliven public spaces across France through free, live music, Make Music Day has grown into an international celebration of music making. This global phenomenon is now celebrated in more than 800 cities and 120 countries (and counting!). This joyous day celebrates the inner musician or music lover in all of us, encouraging people of all ages, backgrounds and professions to come together with their friends, family members and neighbors to enjoy live music happenings in their community.

We’re thrilled to share that a number of Levitt stages are supporting this global musical movement, offering free live, music for their communities to enjoy today. Check out the links below for more information about the free Levitt concerts taking place this Make Music Day.

Levitt Pavilion Denver
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Levitt AMP Sheboygan (1st concert of their 2019 season!)
Levitt AMP Stevens Point
Levitt AMP Whitesburg

Happy Make Music Day and welcome to summer 2019!

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!”

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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!

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Header-black_pantherOnly a week after its release, Marvel’s blockbuster hit Black Panther has already broken several box office records and is on track to continue doing so. In addition to introducing audiences to another Marvel superhero, the film honors the vibrancy of black culture in the people, places and music thoughtfully brought to life onscreen—which brings us to today’s post! As Black Panther invites its viewers into the fictional Afro-futuristic utopia of Wakanda (and briefly back to 1990s Oakland, Calif.), its visceral soundtrack leads the way. Today we’re bringing you 10 fun facts about the musicians, instruments and compositions that help set the stage for Black Panther. Continue reading

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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.

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