Category Archives: Spotlight Series

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Tonight, ‘Bayou Americana’ jammers Honey Island Swamp Band will light up the Levitt AMP Ocala stage with their fun and funky fusion of roots-infused blues and country. Their blazing horns, searing harmonica, twangy guitar riffs and soulful vocals are bound to have audiences dancing and clapping along to their driving beats! The group’s joyous, upbeat tunes are an ode to their resiliency, showcasing their ability to relocate and rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina hit their hometown of New Orleans in 2005. Continue reading

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This Sunday afternoon, bohemian ‘circus punk’ rockers Bella’s Bartok will bring their vibrant kaleidoscope of sound to the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury stage. Audiences are invited into a mesmerizing world steeped in vaudeville, playful camaraderie and the rich folk traditions of the band members’ immigrant grandparents. The six-piece powerhouse seamlessly blends Eastern European klezmer, Americana, punk and pop music, creating a lively fusion you won’t soon forget. Their passionate, eclectic sound is amplified by the group’s high-energy theatrical performances. “At their core, our shows are about a certain release,” explains the band’s lead vocalist, Asher Putnam. “We share with the audience all of our joy and grief, while they do the same back to us. It is a wholly cathartic experience for both the band and the concert attendees.” No stranger to the Levitt AMP Music Series, Bella’s Bartok wowed Levitt AMP North Adams audiences in 2016 and they’ll also be headed to Berea, Ky., in early August to perform in the 2018 Levitt AMP Berea Music Series. Continue reading

2018_Spotlight Series_local-honeysTonight, bluegrass powerhouse duo Local Honeys will take to the Levitt AMP Whitesburg stage, treating audiences to the warm, nostalgic sounds of an old-time Kentucky string band that seamlessly glides between impeccable originals and heartfelt covers of crowd-favorite standards. Comprised of Kentucky natives Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, the songstresses’ lush and tight vocal harmonies, vivid lyrical storytelling and unflinching technical skills have brought them to the forefront of the Appalachian Music scene. Teeming with equal parts humor, heart and ‘things little girls are told they ought not say,’ the duo’s debut Little Girls Actin’ Like Men (2016) was met with glowing reviews. As the Bristol Herald Courier put it, “Encircled with pride and graced with grit as driven by a couple of emblazoned talents, the Local Honeys charge forth as a pair of incontrovertible lions with something to say.” In anticipation of tonight’s show, we’re bringing you five fun facts about these one-of-a-kind Appalachian raconteurs! Continue reading

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Audiences at the Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series are in for a special treat tomorrow night when renowned reggae band The Original Wailers take the stage for a free concert at 7 PM! This GRAMMY-nominated five-piece is fronted by prolific guitar virtuoso, Al Anderson, who spent years as a touring and recording musician alongside Bob Marley himself, among countless artists from the ‘80s through the 2000s. Read on and get ready to feel the infectious vibrations at the Minnesota Street Stage, as well as at the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series in one week!

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This Saturday, June 16 at 7PM, critically acclaimed outfit Birds of Chicago are taking the stage at the Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series for a free performance! Inspired by the expansive tapestry of Americana music, spanning blues, roots rock and gospel, this husband-and-wife duo’s uplifting energy has caught the attention of music publications, global charts and international music-lovers alike. Since their humble beginnings in 2012, Birds of Chicago have evolved into one of the most talked-about presences in modern folk music––this is one rousing performance Levitteers in Santa Fe simply can’t miss! Be sure to RSVP for this free concert today and read on to learn more about this high-spirited duo.

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Hannah Gill & The Hours will bring sweet, sultry, emotion-filled songs to Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks tomorrow night! 20-year-old vocal powerhouse and songwriter Hannah Gill—who has earned glowing praise from NPR Music, Huffington Post and Teen Vogue—has teamed up with guitarist, songwriter and arranger Brad Hammonds to create an irresistible fusion of ‘70s lo-fi pop meets soul meets blues. Every element of their songs celebrates freedom and creativity—from Gill’s lush, soulful lyrics to the driving, genre-busting musical accompaniment. Continue reading

Spotlight_Series_vandoliers-2The days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer—which means, it’s time for the 2018 Levitt concert season and the return of our annual Spotlight Series! Each week on our blog, we’ll be shining the spotlight on an artist performing on a Levitt stage that week. Throughout the series, you’ll get to know some of the talented performers bringing music of all genres to Levitt audiences across the country.

To get us all in the mood for summer fun, we’re launching the 2018 Spotlight series with twangin’ Texas cowpunk rockers, the Vandoliers, who’ll take the Levitt AMP Galva stage Sunday night! 

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The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series ends on a high note with critically acclaimed bluegrass darlings Whiskey Shivers, playing a FREE show tomorrow at 6PM! They’ve dazzled Levitt audiences in Denver (July 2017), Los Angeles (July 2014) and Arlington (September 2014) with their brisk energy and virtuosic folk spirit. Their theatrical, interactive performances have captured the attention of publications like NPR, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. Middlesboro, mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this one!

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Not many can say they’ve shared the stage with iconic jazz legends such as Benny Goodman, Miles Davis and Gerry Mulligan before the age of 21 – but Eddie Gomez is no ordinary musician.

This Sunday, October 1st, audiences in Arlington, Texas, will experience the extraordinary artistry of jazz bassist and two-time GRAMMY Award winner Gomez when he takes the stage with his trio at Levitt Pavilion Arlington.

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