The days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer—which means, it’s time for the 2018 Levitt concert season and the return of our annual Spotlight Series! Each week on our blog, we’ll be shining the spotlight on an artist performing on a Levitt stage that week. Throughout the series, you’ll get to know some of the talented performers bringing music of all genres to Levitt audiences across the country.
To get us all in the mood for summer fun, we’re launching the 2018 Spotlight series with twangin’ Texas cowpunk rockers, the Vandoliers, who’ll take the Levitt AMP Galva stage Sunday night!
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.
The countdown to the 2018 Levitt concert season is on! Across the country, free outdoor concerts at Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites begin kicking off this month, ready to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together through the power of free, live music. Levitteers throughout the nation will be enthralled by this year’s wide range of rising stars and award-winning talent taking to Levitt stages. Scroll down to check out when free Levitt concerts will be taking place in your community! Continue reading
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