Category Archives: Levitt AMP

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Levitt AMP concertgoers in Berea are in for a night of vibrant rhythms and dancing tonight with Kentucky’s own Appalatin! A perfect match against the rustic backdrop of the Old Artisan Village of Berea, Appalatin has been making waves in the South’s thriving folk fusion scene as well as across the United States, thanks to their unique confluence of pan-Latin genres and traditional Appalachian music––beautifully bridging the gap between these seemingly disparate styles.

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Throughout the summer, we’ve highlighted the incredible talent invigorating small and mid-sized towns and cities nationwide through the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series—and today is no exception! While many students across the country are already heading back to school, there are many festive evenings of free Levitt concerts left to enjoy. The Levitt AMP Music Series is still in full force with dozens of concerts to look forward to in communities across the country, including St. Johnsbury, Vt., Berea and Middlesboro, Ky., Chattanooga, Tenn. and Escondido, Calif. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on this last batch of Levitt AMP lineups and celebrating the many evenings of free, live music under the stars ahead. Scroll down to learn more about the rising stars and award-winning talent filling these five towns and cities with the free, live music! Continue reading

Second Lineup Announcement InstallmentEarlier this season, we shared the first five Levitt AMP Music Series lineups to invigorate small to mid-sized towns and cities through the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series—today we’re pleased to shine the spotlight on five more incredible Levitt AMP lineups that are thrilling Levitteers this season!

With free Levitt AMP concerts already underway in 13 towns and cities from coast to coast, this year’s Levitt AMP Music Series is in full swing and we’ve loved seeing the ways #musicmoves concertgoers and communities nationwide! Today we’re taking a closer look at the exciting talent lighting up the Levitt AMP stages in Sheboygan, Wis., Carson City, Nev., Utica, N.Y., Trenton, N.J., and Woonsocket, R.I.! Featuring a wide array of musical styles and genres, ranging from explosive rock ‘n’ roll, to velvety R&B and danceable mariachi (among many others!), these lineups are bringing lively and eclectic concerts that audiences of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes are bound to enjoy. Scroll down to learn more about the rising stars and award-winning talent filling these five communities with the joyous sounds of free, live music! Continue reading

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Earthy blues singer-songwriter and masterful guitarist, Samantha Fish, takes the stage at the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series stage tonight at 6PM! With two more Levitt AMP appearances on the horizon at Levitt AMP Galva this Sunday, July 29, and Levitt AMP Middlesboro on August 16, read on to learn more about with the prolific, Billboard chart-topping output of this charismatic blues storyteller, recently heralded by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know!”

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This summer, 150+ free Levitt concerts will bring joy and world-class musical talent to communities in small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country, all as part of the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series!

With free Levitt AMP concerts already underway in Santa Fe, N.M., Galva, Ill., Stevens Point Wis., and Whitesburg, Ky., and Ocala, Fla.,’s series right around the corner, we’re thrilled to share the wide-range of award-winning artists and rising stars who’ll bring vibrant outdoor performances to Levitteers across the nation this summer. Scroll down to check out the incredible talent coming to these five Levitt AMP locations, and stay tuned for more exciting 2018 Levitt AMP lineups! Continue reading

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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.

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  • 30 arts leaders, 15 small to mid-sized towns & cities and one common goal – to invigorate communities through free, live music!

Last week, the 2018 Levitt AMP Grantees joined the Levitt Foundation for the annual Levitt AMP convening at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles! It was an honor to host these inspiring leaders in the arts and share ideas throughout two days of panels, presentations and group discussions.

With 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities from California all the way to Rhode Island, this year’s grantees truly represent the breadth of community spirit and placemaking efforts happening across the country. The endless enthusiasm in the room led to fruitful brainstorming and some truly meaningful exchanges. Each attendee left the convening with a newfound sense of energy and inspiration–we can’t wait to see how each Levitt AMP Music Series unfolds with great success this summer and fall!

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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 fourth 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 Levitt AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading

CONGRATS TO THE TOP 25 FINALISTS

We’re thrilled to announce the Top 25 finalists in the running to win $25K matching grants to present the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series! Thanks to more than 30,000 votes this year, these 25 towns and cities are one step closer to bringing free, live music to their communities next summer and fall. Scroll down to view each finalist and learn how they hope to revitalize an underused public space through free Levitt AMP concerts:

2018 LEVITT AMP FINALISTS
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Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Alice Moseley Pavilion

Berea, Kentucky
Berea Arts Council

Carson City, Nevada
Brewery Arts Center

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jazzanooga

Denison, Texas
Denison Main Street

Elko, Nevada
Elko County Art Club

Escondido, California
California Center for the Arts Escondido Foundation

Galva, Illinois
Galva Arts Council

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi

Jacksonville, Illinois
Jacksonville Main Street

Middlesboro, Kentucky
Discover Downtown Middlesboro

Moab, Utah
Moab Folk Festival

Nashua, New Hampshire
Great American Downtown

Ocala, Florida
Marion Cultural Alliance

Prior Lake, Minnesota
Viva Musica

Santa Fe, New Mexico
AMP Concerts

Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Kohler Arts Center of JMKAC

St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Catamount Arts

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Arts Alliance of Portage County

Trenton, New Jersey
Trenton Downtown Association

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Roots Music

Utica, New York
Utica Monday Nite

Waterville, Maine
Waterville Opera House

Whitesburg, Kentucky
Cowan Community Center

Woonsocket, Rhode Island
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

Following Levitt’s review period, the 2018 Levitt AMP winners will be announced on January 2, 2018. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!