As January comes to a close and we march toward the 2018 Levitt concert season, we’re looking back at the incredible 2017 season.
Last year, 450+ Levitt concerts took place in 22 towns and cities—bringing the power of free, live music to communities coast-to-coast. The joy we saw in the photos that poured in was too contagious not to share with you all!
So, if you’re looking for a quick mid-week pick-me-up, you’re in luck! Relive the joy of the 2017 Levitt concert season by checking out the brief slideshow we’ve put together!
This 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
Next summer, Southern raconteur Paul Thorn and his six-piece band will team up with five-time GRAMMY-winning Gospel legend, Blind Boys of Alabama, for a one-of-a-kind musical collaboration as headliners of the 2018 Levitt National Tour. Levitt audiences across the country will experience these exhilarating, soulful shows blending old-school gospel with rock, blues and country.
Taking place next June and July, the 2018 Levitt National Tour will stop in seven cities including Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver; Los Angeles; Memphis; and Sioux Falls, S.D. (the future home of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls). The Tour follows on the heels of the 2017 Levitt National Tour, which featured Gulf Coast Soul sensation The Suffers, and previous Levitt National Tours featuring genre-busting violin outfit Black Violin (2015) and the world-music fusion of Playing For Change (2014).
A truly innovative musical experience is set to dazzle Levitteers at the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury and Levitt AMP Utica Music Series this Labor Day weekend, thanks to Charleston-via-New York-via-Brazil outfit Matuto! Melding the sounds of American Appalachia, bluegrass, Brazilian folk and Pan-Latin rhythms, this critically-acclaimed and globally-minded troupe of musicians have toured internationally, playing at festivals and venues like The Kennedy Center, Expressions of Brazil Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and more. Earlier this month, they graced the stage at The Levitt Pavilion for The Performing Arts in Westport – now, they’re taking the stage at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury this Sunday at 4PM, and at Kopernik Park in Utica on Labor Day at 6PM!
Summer has long been synonymous with outdoor concerts across the country. A simple search for “free outdoor concerts” yields hundreds of thousands of results coast to coast. Each year brings an increasing number of opportunities to experience free, live music in outdoor settings—from single concerts centered around a specific celebration like the annual Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; to coordinated events like Make Music Day, when dozens of U.S. cities celebrate the summer solstice through free music performances; to weekly concert series like Summerstage in parks throughout New York City and free Levitt concerts in towns and cities across America.
Check out the official dates for Levitt venues and Levitt AMP Music Series this summer! Across the country, free concerts will activate public spaces through the power of music and community building. Audiences will be thrilled by the exciting range of artists spanning a wide range of genres and styles! Scroll down to check out Levitt concert series dates in your community.
Permanent Levitt Venues
Each permanent outdoor Levitt music venue presents 50 free concerts every year and is managed, programmed and supported by a Friends of Levitt nonprofit partner, with Levitt Los Angeles run by the Foundation.
Levitt Pavilion Arlington: May 19 – July 23; September 1 – October 22
Levitt Pavilion Denver: July 20 – September 23
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles: June 17 – September 10
Levitt Shell Memphis: June 1 – July 16; September 7 – October 28
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena: June 29 – September 3
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks: May 25 – September 9
Levitt Pavilion Westport: June 25 – August 27
Levitt AMP Sites
The Levitt AMP Music Series will take place in 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities at pop-up sites in public spaces, each presenting 10 free concerts throughout the summer or fall.
Berea: July 7 – September 8
Carson City: June 23 – September 2
Chattanooga: August 24 – October 26
Denison: May 26 – July 28
Greensboro: June 3 – August 5
Hattiesburg: July 7 – September 22
Jacksonville: June 2 – August 4
Middlesboro: August 3 – October 4
Ocala: May 19 – July 21
Santa Fe: May 27 – August 12
Sheboygan: June 22 – August 24
St. Johnsbury: July 9 – September 17
Stevens Point: June 1 – August 3
Trenton: June 29 – August 31
Utica: July 3 – September 4
On the cusp of the first day of summer, this past weekend was full of outdoor activity options—including going to free Levitt concerts! So far this season, Levitt shows have been taking place in 10 cities across America, with even more Levitt concert series to roll out in the coming weeks. Check out all the fun that was had on Levitt lawns over the weekend as music lovers geared up for another summer of free music under the stars and a celebration of community. Continue reading
Not many people can say heatstroke is what inspired them to start writing music—but Luke Wade can.
The Texas-born singer-songwriter and Season 7 finalist on The Voice began writing music after suffering from temporary brain damage and amnesia as a teenager after a high school cross country meet in the sweltering heat. Writing music became a way to heal, and Wade has been following his dream of becoming a professional musician ever since.
This Friday, Wade returns to Levitt Arlington for a free show kicking off UT Arlington Weekend at the Levitt. Learn more about the soul singer—who has been compared to the likes of Ray LaMontagne and who also performed at Levitt SteelStacks and Levitt Westport earlier this summer—before the show. Continue reading
Growing up with GRAMMY-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien as her father, Marcella René Simien always knew she wanted to be on stage. By the age of 14, she was performing and touring with her father’s band, appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International de Louisiane and the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, among others.
Marcella and Her Lovers performing at the Levitt AMP Lafayette Music Series. Photo by Sara Virginia Yongue.
Now a professional musician in her own right, Marcella wowed audiences in her hometown of Lafayette, La., at the Levitt AMP Music Series earlier this summer. And in the coming week, she will play two more Levitt stages with her band, Marcella and Her Lovers: Levitt Shell on September 13 and the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series on September 16. Continue reading
Most of my music has always been personal, and that’s the thing that I think people relate to. This kind of music, the singer and songwriter style, is very personal and I think that’s why people like it.—Karla Bonoff
Ever since getting her start in the 1960s at Los Angeles’ famed The Troubadour, singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff has become famous for writing songs recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd. Also an accomplished performer in her own right, Bonoff plays a free show this Friday at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Learn the stories behind some of her hits! Continue reading