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Spotlight_Series_silk_road2On 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!

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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

And with wide open lawns and live music that the whole family can enjoy, it’s no surprise that kids love Levitt!

Check out this new video featuring some pretty adorable young Levitteers having a blast on Levitt lawns. While all Levitt concerts are family-friendly, several Levitt venues also offer programming that’s created specifically for kids—from weekly children’s concerts at Levitt Pavilion Arlington (followed by children’s films in the evenings), Levitt Pavilion Pasadena and Levitt Pavilion Westport, to Levitt SteelStacks’ Summer Family Movies Series. Levitt stages have featured acclaimed, parent-friendly children’s acts like Danny and the Red Pants Band (featuring Danny Weinkauf, GRAMMY Award-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants), Kiddle Karoo and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.

So, if you’re looking for free, live entertainment that will be fun for kids of all ages this summer, look no further than free Levitt concerts happening in 22 towns and cities across America!

concert season_Daniela_CottonLast Sunday, the Gate City Divas officially kicked off the 2016 Levitt concert season in Greensboro, N.C.

This lively shot of soulstress Danielia Cotton was taken at the 2015 Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series—which will bring life to Capital Green once again this summer!

This month, we’re also looking forward to concerts starting at Levitt AMP Denison, Levitt Pavilion Arlington and Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks!



Levitt AMP New Albany Artist Lineup

Artists pictured above (L to R, from top to bottom): Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dee-1, Marcella & Her Lovers, Sam Mosley and the Muscle Shoals Horns, Cedric Burnside Project, Drvin’ N Cryin,’ Scott Mulvahill, Papa Mali, Young Valley and Holy Ghost Electric Show.

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River Run North

River Run North on stage at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (2015)

Earlier this month, two members of Run River North—the fun-loving folk rock band you might recognize from their 2015 performance at Levitt Los Angeles—opened up about their new album and unlikely musical journey on KPCC’s Take Two. This was the second time Take Two’s A Martinez chatted with the LA-based Korean-American band, formerly known as Monsters Calling Home. The original interview actually took place inside his car, a fitting location given the band’s serendipitous rise to fame.  Continue reading

GRAMMY-Museum-Mississippi-4-0983fbc25fEarlier this month (3/5), the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi officially opened its doors to the public in Cleveland, Miss., making it the second and only GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles.

This new, 27,000-square-foot music history mecca is housed on the campus of Delta State University, home to the Delta Music Institute. It’s also the same university behind the 2015 and 2016 Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series! Continue reading

Last month, Levitt AMP grantees from across the country joined us in Los Angeles for the first-ever Levitt AMP Convening! There was a palpable sense of energy and enthusiasm with so many creative, passionate and determined individuals in one room. New and returning AMP grantees got to know one another while bringing their minds together and exchanging ideas and strategies for strengthening their communities through the power of free, live music. 

We can’t wait to see these folks bring the 2016 Levitt AMP Music Series to life!