This Thursday, five-piece band Radio Jarocho will close off the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series at Pfiffner Park with the vibrant rhythms of son jarocho music, paying homage to the countryside that pioneered the genre.
The 2017 Levitt concert season is finally upon us!
Concert season is by far our favorite time of the year here at Levitt. What better way to welcome in the summer season than by enjoying an evening of free, live music under the stars?
The sound of free Levitt concerts is already filling the air in nine communities across the country: Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa.; Denison, Texas, where veteran Levitt performer Brave Combo (the GRAMMY-winning mosh-pit polka band pictured above) delighted Levitt AMP Denison audiences last weekend; Greensboro, N.C.; Jacksonville, Ill.; Memphis, Tenn.; Ocala, Fla.; Santa Fe, NM; and Stevens Point, Wis.
Get ready for the 2017 concert season at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, which begins next Saturday, and stay tuned for more lineup announcements!
Check out these recently released photos from the Levitt Pavilion Denver construction site—it’s coming to life!
Next month, Levitt Pavilion Denver will open to the public, making it the seventh permanent outdoor music venue in the Levitt network. Levitt Pavilion Denver is being heralded as the centerpiece to Ruby Hill Park’s revitalization, an expansive yet underused 83-acre park located in Southwest Denver. Next month, this formerly underused public space will become a communal hub where Denverites can come together on lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy free, live music under the stars.
We’re thrilled to share this new video about the Levitt mission, featuring our favorite stills and live footage from free Levitt concerts across the country. Want to learn more about the overarching goals behind the 450+ free concerts attracting over 600,000 music lovers of all ages and backgrounds? Watch now!
The Levitt AMP grant applications are in—and soon, you will be able to help decide which towns and cities will have the chance to win $25K in matching funds to present their own free outdoor concert series! This year’s applicants span the entire country, from Vermont to Washington state, and all have the goal of revitalizing an underused public space in their communities through free, live music.
Because community involvement is the key to all Levitt programs, your votes make each Levitt AMP Music Series possible. Online public voting opens next Tuesday, November 1, so rally your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues now to sign up to vote!
Today, we’re shining the spotlight on the Mississippi Delta’s own Kate Campbell—a country/folk singer-songwriter who uses music and storytelling to preserve memories from her childhood in the small town of Sledge, Miss. and who will be taking the Levitt AMP Cleveland stage in her home state tonight. Continue reading
Not familiar with Pokémon GO? Check out the video below.
I learned about Pokémon GO about a week after its early July launch when two of my cousins—one 5-year-old and one 25-year-old—told me (with equal enthusiasm) that they were headed to a local park to capture some Pokémon. I was struck by their shared excitement to discover something new in a park they had both visited countless times before. When asked about the game’s appeal, the 25-year-old explained how “cool it is to see so many people out in [his] neighborhood” and referenced many landmarks the game had led him to discover. As Project for Public Spaces Fellow of Digital Placemaking Dan LaTorre explains, “Gamifying gives people a feeling of new permissions to explore the city.” Continue reading
On Sunday, the Silk Road festival returns to Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park for the fifth consecutive year to showcase the vast cultural riches of three diaspora communities. Did you know that Los Angeles—one of the world’s great crossroads—is home to people from over 180 countries, speaking 140 different languages? This wealth of ethnic diversity translates directly to the city’s cultural offerings, including food, art, theater, dance and music.
The upcoming Silk Road festival (not to be confused with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) will feature the Los Angeles-based Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, Anatolia Turkish Folk Dance Group and Nupur Academy for Indian Classical Performing Arts. Get ready for a lively night with this behind-the-scenes look at a few dances from these groups’ respective homelands! Continue reading
Free Levitt concerts turn underused parks into destinations, attracting thousands of music fans from near and far every concert season to enjoy live performances under the stars. Delphine Williams, who lives an hour away from Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, is one of those Levitteers. In this Faces of Levitt video, she says the free concerts are worth the travel, and that she checks out the lineup every week so that she and her friends “can come out and party.”
Audiences may choose to keep their evening simple and comfortable, resting on a picnic blanket or lawn chair as the show begins. But if you want to go all out with food and friends, Levitt lawns have plenty of space for you to do so! Check out Delphine’s candles, ample spread and vased flowers on the lawn, set up for all her friends to enjoy before they start dancing to the evening’s show. Not bad for a night out!
This concert season still has plenty of shows for Levitteers like Delphine to enjoy with friends. Check out the concert schedules and come join the fun!
Levitt concert series continue to roll out throughout the nation, with music lovers making their way to nine Levitt lawns this past weekend for free, live music, enjoying an array of genres spanning from bluegrass to mariachi. Audiences in Carson City, Denison, Greensboro, Midvale and New Albany were each treated to a free Levitt AMP concert while Levitt Pavilion Arlington, Levitt Shell Memphis and Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks hosted back-to-back nights of free shows. Check out all the fun in our weekend roundup of Levitt concert photos, and then experience a sample of the weekend’s performances in the videos below! Continue reading