Category Archives: Levitt AMP


The Levitt AMP Music Series has officially kicked off! Whether it’s classic, down-home blues, big band cumbia, singer-songwriter folk or electro-funk, the 2017 Levitt Amp Music Series has a culturally diverse range of genres featuring emerging and established talent

With Levitt AMP concerts having begun in Denison and Santa Fe, and just around the corner for the 13 other AMP towns and cities, enjoy this specially curated Spotify playlist of Levitt AMP artists taking the stage this summer and fall! You’ll hear something from each town and city – the vintage roots music of Guitar Shorty, the frenetic rockabilly of The Trip Daddys and the hit ballad “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, among many more. Here’s to a great season of free music under the stars!

Check out each city’s artist lineup and schedule here. And be sure to tag your Instagram and Twitter posts with #musicmoves for a chance to win an iTunes Gift Card! 

This week, we’ve launched the 2017 Levitt AMP Music Series website—your go-to resource for lineups, artist bios and all things Levitt AMP—and the 2017 Levitt AMP artist lineups have started rollin’ in!

Check out who’ll be performing at this year’s Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series and be sure to stay tuned for upcoming lineup announcements for DenisonSanta Fe, Ocala and Carson City!

Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Vandoliers, Unifyah and Mathis & The Pirates, Waterloo Revival, Old Salt Union, Curley Taylor, Ptah Williams, The South Austin Moonlighters, The Trip Daddy's, Dirty Revival, and Marquise Knox ft. Renee Smith.

Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Vandoliers, Unifyah and Mathias & The Pirates, Waterloo Revival, Old Salt Union, Curley Taylor, The South Austin Moonlighters, Ptah Williams, The Trip Daddy’s, Dirty Revival, and Marquise Knox ft. Renee Smith.

Starting June 2 with the Vandoliers, an alt-country band with punk roots, the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series will present 10 weeks of free, live music in Central Park—fueling the city’s efforts to revitalize the formerly neglected historic central business district and bringing the joy of free, live music back to Central Park. See the full lineup, featuring Dirty Revival, Curley Taylor, Marquise Knox and more.

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Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the 2017 Levitt AMP grantees here in our Echo Park office—what an inspiring group of individuals!

These local arts champions hail from 15 small- to mid-sized towns and cities all across the country. After experiencing their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to building community through music at this year’s Levitt AMP convening, we couldn’t be more excited to see the 2017 Levitt AMP Music Series come to life!

Hold onto your hats, folks! We’re in store for a fantastic 2017 concert season (and it’s only a few months away!)


Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts, as part of the third annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, once again the Foundation opened the AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading

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Tonight, Levitt AMP Asbury Park will host an inspirational show to close out its free music series headlined by Vy Higginsen’s Harlem Teens Choir. The choir is part of the Gospel for Teens program, founded by New York radio personality Vy Higginsen and her daughter Ahmaya Knoelle, with the purpose of preserving the gospel music genre.  “[Gospel is] a story of a people in song, created out of an American experience,” said Higginsen in an Emmy Award-winning segment of “60 Minutes” that documented the music education program.  Continue reading

Misc. local Levitt AMP opening performers

Levitt AMP stages across the country feature a wide range of talent, from acclaimed emerging artists like celebrated rockers, Low Cut Connie—featured on President Obama’s 2015 POTUS playlist—to seasoned musical veterans like GRAMMY Award-winning zydeco sensation Terrance Simien.

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Tomorrow night, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will bring his soulful vocals and high energy stage presence to Levitt AMP Midvale’s final concert of the season. This passionate soul singer is one of the singing competition’s most memorable contestants, having competed in the show’s most-watched season.

Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., Hicks began his music career as an independent artist making a name for himself in the South. Hicks even shared the stage with several high profile artists early in his career, including James Brown, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne. Despite his regional success, Hicks struggled to land a recording contract, and with encouragement from his half-brother, he decided to audition for American Idol in 2006. Continue reading

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From left to right, top to bottom: Eternal Summers (Levitt AMP Charlottesville), Jane Monheit (Levitt AMP Utica), Bumper Jacksons (Levitt AMP Charlottesville, Levitt AMP Trenton), Jeni Carr (Levitt AMP Middlesboro), Gary U.S. Bonds (Levitt AMP Asbury Park), Young Valley (Levitt AMP New Albany), Cedric Burnside Project (Levitt AMP Cleveland), Taylor Hicks (Levitt AMP Midvale), Kate Campbell (Levitt AMP Cleveland), Holy Ghost Electric Show (Levitt AMP New Albany), Alex Boyé (Levitt AMP Midvale), Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine (Levitt AMP Middlesboro), Scott Ambush and Funkelociraptor! (Levitt AMP Frederick), Seratones (Levitt AMP North Adams), Stitch Early (Levitt AMP Frederick)

The wait is over! All 15 of this year’s Levitt AMP Music Series artist lineups have been revealed, meaning you can check out who is performing every week at the Levitt AMP site closest to you! And not only that—you can start listening to acts headlining Levitt AMP concerts with our latest 2016 Levitt AMP playlist. 

Earlier this season, we posted a Levitt AMP playlist featuring headlining artists from five Levitt AMP music series lineups. Now you can check out this sampling of artists playing other Levitt AMP music series, taking place in Asbury Park, Charlottesville, Cleveland, Frederick, Middlesboro, Midvale, New Albany, North Adams, Trenton and Utica!

While we’re in the thick of concert season—with 11 free Levitt AMP concerts this week—four Levitt AMP music series are gearing to kick off, including Levitt AMP Middlesboro opening this Saturday! Click here to check out the Kentucky-based series’ first headlining act of the season, Americana quartet and Levitt AMP veteran Roosevelt Dime.