Yesterday, more than 750 cities (and 120 countries!) filled the air with free, live music, in celebration of Make Music Day. This one-of-a-kind free annual festival is open to all people—regardless of their age, background or musical ability. As passionate supporters of free outdoor concerts across the country, many of which are happening now, we’re sharing a few of our favorite pics from yesterday’s global music-making event.
The festival can be traced back to 1982, when it was launched in France as the Fête de la Musique. Fun fact: In French, “Fête de la Musique” means both “festival of music” and “make music.” To date, almost 8 percent of France’s population (approximately 5 million people) have reportedly played an instrument or sang in public as part of Fête de la Musique.
Now an international phenomenon, amateur and professional musicians across the globe spend the first day of the annual summer solstice making free, live music with and for their communities.
Didn’t get a chance to celebrate yesterday? You’re in luck—making music is free and joyous activity we can enjoy all year ‘round!
West African Percussion group Umoja celebrating MakeMusicDay in Rochester, NY. Image courtesy of @makemusicroc.
Celebrating Make Music Day in the great outdoors of Madison, WI. Image courtesy of @jpchip.
Enjoying a multi-generational celebration of Make Music Day from the comfort of home. Image courtesy of @KFBLaw.
Celebrating Make Music Day in front of the breathtaking Niagara Falls. Image courtesy of @FQH_official.
Local musicians bringing music to a local storefront in celebration of Make Music Day in Edmonton, Canada. Image courtesy of @jamaracing.
Young musicians from Farlington, Slinfold CofE and St. John’s Cof E Schools celebrating Make Music Day in the United Kingdom.
We take great pride in the fact that Levitt lawns across the country serve as places where those of all ages, backgrounds and breeds can come together and enjoy free, live music. Today we are deepening our commitment to providing a welcoming atmosphere for all our concertgoers—people and pets alike—with our Pet Clothing Requirement, which will go into effect at the start of the 2017 Levitt concert season. Continue reading →
With spring just around the corner, an abundance of green has been sprouting and leafing out here in southern California, but we’re especially seeing a lot of green today for St. Patrick’s Day! For centuries, the color green has been associated with Ireland, and thanks to Irish diaspora, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all around the world with plenty of green attire and décor, public festivities and Irish music. Continue reading →
Artists pictured above (from left to right, top to bottom): Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, La Santa Cecilia, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Carla Bruni, Abigail Washburn, Sierra Full, Helen Reddy and Chaka Khan.
Today is International Women’s Day—a day created in the early 1900s that calls upon us to honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. It is a day of reflection and celebration of past, present and future progress in the area of women’s rights. Continue reading →
Pictured above (from left to right, top to bottom): Walter “Junie” Morrison, Clyde Stubblefield, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton, Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne’s memorial plaque and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
This past week we’ve lost two musical greats, each of whom left a lasting impact on music history, despite the fact that they spent much of their careers outside of the spotlight—Walter “Junie” Morrison (songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, one-man studio band and funk master) and Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’).
In honor of African American History month, today we’re celebrating the contributions of these musical masters, as well as a few of the many unsung African American talents who’ve helped pave the way for musicians of all backgrounds, changing the landscape of American music in the process. Continue reading →
Happy #GivingTuesday! We’ve feasted, we’ve shopped, and now…we give!
From organizations that protect our environment and those that fight hunger to organizations that give scholarships and those that provide accessible arts programming (like free Levitt concerts!), there are countless reasons to be thankful for our nation’s extensive network of nonprofits that do incredible work. Continue reading →
Believe it or not, Halloween is already upon us! There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors, and in just three days’ time, the streets will be filled with costume-clad trick-or-treaters.
There’s no need to wait until Monday to get into the Halloween spirit! This weekend—whether you’re carving a pumpkin, putting the finishing touches on a fabulous costume or getting ready to cozy up with some hot apple cider and your favorite Halloween flick—set the mood for fun with Levitt’s Spectacularly Spoooooky playlist. Whether you’re looking for ghosts, ghouls or just some great music, we’ve got you covered!
Wishing you a safe and spoooooky Halloween weekend!