Category Archives: Beyond Levitt

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Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the composers behind the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman, accept the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018.

This past weekend, the Golden Globe Awards recognized the wide range of talent that entertained audiences across movie theaters and TV screens throughout 2017. From the small-town noir of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, which won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Actress Motion Picture – Drama (Frances McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture (Sam Rockwell), to the coming-of-age tale of Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” (Best Actor Television Series – Musical or Comedy), there was no dearth of rich, relatable and diverse storytelling celebrated. One of the highlights from the evening was the award for Best Original Song Motion Picture, awarded to the anthemic “This is Me” from the Michael Gracey-directed musical period piece, The Greatest Showman.

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header - coachellaThis week the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup was announced and we were thrilled to see some familiar faces! Once again, several artists who’ve graced Levitt stages—including Tank & the Bangas, The Buttertones, The Regrettes, Kamasi Washington and The Delirians—will be flocking to Indio, Calif. this spring to perform alongside rising stars and musical giants at Coachella. Continue reading

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2017 has been an incredibly impactful and memorable year for the Levitt network, with hundreds of free concerts strengthening communities all over the country. From the Levitt National Tour to Levitt AMP Music Series in small and mid-sized towns and cities to season-long free concert series at permanent Levitt venues, there was too much good music to keep up with! Today, we’re looking back on the songs that grabbed our attention throughout the year. From the quirky-yet-anthemic hit “Wow” by Beck to the Latin jazz-influenced soul of Gabriel Garzón-Montano, check out the Levitt staff’s favorite picks of 2017 below:

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Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released Rural Arts, Design and Innovation in America: Research Findings from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey. The report pulls compelling findings from data captured in the 2014 Rural Establishment Innovation Survey (REIS)—illustrating the economic impact of the arts in rural communities by identifying key patterns and relationships among arts organizations, design-integrated firms and business innovators in rural settings. We enjoyed this report so much, we created the infographic above to highlight a few of our favorite findings. Click here for the NEA’s full list of takeaways and here to read the full report. Continue reading

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Former First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the drafting committee, holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. UN Photo (1949)

All too often, access to the arts is mistakenly labeled as a “luxury.” Here at Levitt we believe that experiencing art and culture in one’s community is essential to a healthy and happy life—it’s a basic human right. Interestingly enough, arts and culture are actually mentioned in Article 27 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will be commemorated around the world this Sunday, Human Rights Day. Continue reading

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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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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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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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!