In today’s Spotlight Series we’re featuring the LowDown Brass Band, a Chicago-based ensemble that takes the traditional sounds of the Big Easy to new heights with infusions of jazz, blues, funk and hip-hop. The group’s hard-hitting horn section, groovy sousaphone and funkified drums create an atmosphere that fans describe as “an absolute party,” and the recent addition of ferocious poet MC Billa Camp’s energizing rhymes has made their live performances even more explosive. After lighting up Levitt AMP Sheboygan earlier this month, the LowDown Brass Band will be bringing the funk to Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks tonight for another pumped-up performance.
This week the Spotlight Series continues with the genre-busting violin/vocalist duo, Sons of Mystro—who launch the 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series tonight with their lively mix of classical, reggae, hip-hop and more! To gear up for tonight’s show, we’re bringing you 10 fun facts about this eclectic power duo! Continue reading
(Left to Right) Top Row: Gregory Porter, Wood & Wire, COASTCITY, Cedric Burnside, Monsieur Periné; Middle Row: Victor Wainwright (above), Seun Kuti (below), Orrin Evans, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Cha Wa (above), Bombino (below); Bottom Row: Lucy Kalantari, Danielle Nicole, Elio Villafranca, Los Texmaniacs, Tim Kubart
Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2019 GRAMMY Awards—and we’re thrilled to share that 17 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, country, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Included on the list is Levitt’s first-ever Record of The Year contender with the phenomenal Maren Morris, who’s also competing for five other awards!
Did you know that October 24th is United Nations Day? Today, we join the global community in celebrating the promotion of peace and progress, while commemorating the formation of the UN Charter, 73 years ago today. This international peacekeeping organization provides a platform where representatives from 193 countries can come together and exchange ideas that promote and protect basic human rights across the globe.
Fueled by that same idea that cultural exchange promotes both peace and progress, Levitt concerts provide places where people of all backgrounds can come together to enjoy shared musical experiences, while strengthening their communities. Each Levitt lawn nationwide represents a community-wide effort to bring it to life and tells a story of free, live music transcending social, cultural, economic and political barriers. Earlier this year, Levitt Board President, Liz Levitt Hirsch spoke with Liberty Hill’s Crystal Shaw about free Levitt concerts serving as places where we can celebrate our shared humanity. Continue reading
Few artists have had such a meteoric rise in the music industry as Bette Smith. Only a few years off her first singles and mixtapes, Smith already has the passion, drive and success that many new artists dream of. She is the next soul-songbird to represent New York and the latest to find her voice in the American deep South. Now, on the heels of her first-ever national tour, Smith is taking the stage at Levitt Shell Memphis tonight at 7 PM to perform her funky, jazzy soul that has everyone from California to Mississippi raving. Read on to learn more about what put Smith on the soul train, her connection to Ray Charles and why Memphis audiences have a spectacular show to look forward to.
Fiddling since the ages of seven, 10 and 12 years old, the Quebe Sisters are masters of their craft. The country singers and string-pluckers bring a fresh, family-centric look and sound to Americana, and have been doing so for nearly two decades now. Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe have managed to break down the barriers between country and jazz, with their western-style swing that draws audiences from all around the world. The sisters will be performing for the eighth time at Levitt Pavilion Arlington this coming Friday, not too far from their hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Read on to learn more about the Quebe Sisters and what makes them one of the most defining acts from the South.
When it comes to embodying the classic, no-frills attitude of independent rock, Carbon Leaf is a living legend. Having experienced lineup changes, more than a dozen albums, record deals and thousands of shows across the country, their evergreen brand of folk, blues and celtic-infused rock has persevered through it all. Now, the band is celebrating its 25th anniversary at Levitt Pavilion Denver tonight at 6PM, alongside Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart, whose lead singer is the Associate Director of Levitt Denver, Andy Thomas himself! Read on to learn more about the legacy of Carbon Leaf’s “ether-electrified porch music” that’ll thrill audiences in Denver.
Fresh off the heels of a rousing performance that launched Levitt Shell’s fall season, soulful rocker Devon Gilfillian heads to Levitt Pavilion Dayton—where he’ll perform as part of the venue’s inaugural season tomorrow night! Described as “one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene” by Rolling Stone, Levitt Dayton concertgoers are in for an unforgettable night of sweltering blues guitar riffs, rich gospel vocals and velvet-smooth jams that pack a punch. This will be Gilfillian’s third Levitt performance of the season, following performances in Memphis and Middlesboro, Ky., earlier this summer. Continue reading
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.
Tonight, the fierce and fabulous Big Freedia—pronounced “Big Free-da”—will take Levitt AMP Chattanooga by storm with her danceable rapid-fire beats and joyous messages of empowerment for people of all ages, backgrounds and genders. As an openly gay artist of color, Big Freedia fearlessly lives her truth, breaking down barriers and helping to create a more open and accepting world in the process. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Bounce,’ Big Freedia is a passionate ambassador of the high-energy, hip-hop with a twist coming out of New Orleans, known as bounce music. And her passion is contagious! Continue reading