Category Archives: Spotlight Series

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In just a few hours, “Hillbilly-Pink Floyd” rockers, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams will electrify the Levitt AMP Utica stage with their one-of-kind Americana! Hailing from the Hudson Highlands of New York, the group has been dubbed “The Hudson River Valley’s best kept secret” by Jam.Base.com, for good reason. Performing together for more than a decade, the group has found their niche in surreal and playful performances—bringing audiences an eccentric fusion of Americana meets rock meets folk meets blues. With an eclectic repertoire ranging from gentle ballads to sweeping cinematic style anthems, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams takes audiences on a colorful journey, complete with quirky costumes, surprising props and a heartfelt nostalgic sound. The result is simultaneously familiar yet original…and is bound to make for a memorable evening. Continue reading

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Tomorrow night, the soulful sounds of contemporary Gullah music will fill Levitt Pavilion Westport, when South Carolina-based quintet Ranky Tanky takes the stage! Ranky Tanky celebrates the rich, multifaceted musical tradition of the Gullah (pronounced “guh-luh”)—a West African term translating to “a people blessed by God” that was born out of the transatlantic slave trade, and a cultural heritage that is still thriving in the Caribbean and the southern coastal areas, like the South Carolina coast and Sea Islands. 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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Spotlight_Series_HuDostThis Friday night, ethereal world-folk outfit HuDost will treat concertgoers at Levitt AMP Woonsocket in the River Island Art Park to lush soundscapes at the intersection of new-age grooves and ancient melodies in an immersive musical experience that will inspire and delight audiences from all walks of life!

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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