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!
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).
Sounds, colors and people fill a Levitt lawn, infusing a palpable energy into an underused public space. More and more, public art—whether it’s a temporary installation, a permanent mural, or an interactive sculpture, to name a few—is becoming part of the Levitt experience across the country. Below are some of the exciting ways Levitt communities have embraced the multidimensional power of the arts in public spaces. Continue reading
August is National Family Fun Month—how are you and your family celebrating? Continue reading
Along with July being National Picnic Month, this month is also National Park and Recreation Month, which makes sense considering that picnics and parks go hand in hand! We love this infographic created by National Recreation and Park Association that shares some fun facts about community spaces boosting positive attitudes toward cultural diversity, how playing outside enhances vision and that half of exercise in America takes place at parks.
Happy National Picnic Month!
Temperatures are rising and early summer showers are (hopefully!) on their way out. This time of year, public parks across the country are filled with families and friends enjoying the outdoors, so what better time to pack a picnic? In celebration of National Picnic Month, we’ve created a mouth-watering slideshow of picnicking Levitteers across the nation!
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
Every year, each Friends of Levitt organization presents a concert season featuring high caliber entertainment of an array of music genres. People of all backgrounds and ages can experience a diverse lineup of artists at permanent Levitt venues, where they can also spend time with friends, family and neighbors while enjoying the free concerts. It’s no wonder that Levitt venues get so much love from their communities. Take a look at some of the recognition the venues received in 2016!
Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Arlington Today Magazine
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
Extensive press coverage of concert featuring Jimmy Webb, songwriter of the iconic “MacArthur Park”
Levitt Shell Memphis
Winner, “Best Place to See Live Music”
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Winner, “Best Free Entertainment”
Lehigh Valley Style
Levitt Pavilion Westport
Winner, “Best Live Music Spot” and “Best Performing Arts Venue”
Best of the Gold Coast, Connecticut
Congratulations to the Friends of Levitt organizations on these achievements, which are a true reflection of the impact of community through music in their cities!
Levitteers always know they’re in for an incredible experience at Levitt venues, where everyone is welcome to enjoy artists of all music genres, for free. These talented performers range from up-and-coming acts to highly acclaimed artists, including a number of GRAMMY Award winners and nominees! Just today, the Recording Academy announced nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including 25 artists who have played on Levitt stages. Check out the nominees below, then hear them for yourself with our 2017 GRAMMY Nominees playlist! Continue reading
Using Levitt music venues as case studies, research examines value of different impact measurement approaches and offers insights into arts-based strategies to promote social connectivity
As interest in measuring and understanding the impact of arts investments in community development continues to grow, a new study released in November, Setting the Stage for Community Change: Reflecting on Creative Placemaking Outcomes, offers insights for the field of “creative placemaking” and is a working illustration of what can and can’t be learned from different impact measurement approaches. Continue reading