Mark your calendars—a GRAMMY-winning mariachi experience will soon be coming to a Levitt stage near you! This summer, the all-female, critically acclaimed mariachi group Flor De Toloache will headline the 2019 Levitt National Tour. Levitt audiences across the country will enjoy the band’s energetic, mesmerizing shows that blend traditional mariachi with jazz, salsa and pop music.
Taking place between June and August, the 2019 Levitt National Tour will stop in seven cities including Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver; Los Angeles; Memphis; and Sioux Falls, S.D. This year’s Tour follows on the heels of the 2018 Levitt National Tour, which featured Southern rocker Paul Thorn and gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama, and previous Levitt National Tours featuring Gulf Coast soul sensation The Suffers (2017), genre-busting violin outfit Black Violin (2015) and the world-music fusion of Playing For Change (2014).
With the full list of 2019 Oscar nominees recently announced, we’re providing you a little background on this year’s best films and the original soundtracks that bring them to life. In this week’s post, we’re exploring the contenders for Best Original Song, which range from Afro-futuristic pop hits to old-timey Western tunes. Read on to learn more about the performers, musicians and writers who earned nominations this year! Continue reading
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, spread some caring and kindness! Whether you’re with friends, family, volunteering or taking some much needed time off, remember the legacy of MLK Jr. and how he transformed a nation half a century ago. Compassion in your interactions with others not only brightens your day, but makes the world a more gentle place!
Holiday decorations have been put away, New Year’s resolutions have been made and we’re already dreaming of warm spring days—bringing us one step closer to the 2019 Levitt concert season!
This year, more than 550 free Levitt concerts will take place in 26 towns and cities nationwide, serving more than 750,000 people. And planning is already underway! Across the country, Friends of Levitt nonprofit partners and Levitt AMP grantees are hard at work to make 2019 the most impactful season yet—energizing public spaces in metropolitan centers like Los Angeles, where Angelenos will gather in MacArthur Park to enjoy free outdoor concerts in one of the city’s densest, most diverse neighborhoods; to rural communities like St. Johnsbury, Vt., where residents and visitors alike will come together to experience the joy of free, live music atop the scenic Dog Mountain, in a formerly industrial area. Continue reading
Annemarie “Mimi” Gratzinger Levitt, an iconic patron of the arts and historic preservation, died of natural causes on January 6, 2019 at her home in New York. She was 97. Known for her intelligence, grace and hands-on approach to philanthropy and activism, Mimi believed in the arts as a source for positive social change and left a lasting legacy of generosity and service to the causes she supported. Continue reading
2018 has been an incredibly impactful and sonically-charged year for the Levitt network, with nearly 500 free Levitt concerts building community all over the country in 26 towns and cities. From the gospel-infused Levitt National Tour to over 150 concerts presented as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series to over 330 free concert series presented at seven permanent Levitt venues. Levitteers across the nation were treated to amazing music by rising stars and acclaimed artists! Today, we’re sharing our personal favorites – songs that we kept on repeat throughout the year. From the cinematic vocals of Lady Gaga to the now world-renowned K-Pop of BTS, check out the Levitt Foundation’s favorite picks of 2018 below:
‘Tis a time of celebration and festive music—and with a plethora of movie musicals playing this season, you can experience both while cozying up with friends, family or loved ones at your local theater.
As we head into another holiday weekend, here are some fun facts about this season’s movie musicals and the vibrant soundtracks bringing them to life. Interestingly enough, each film takes viewers on a new sonic journey while paying homage to beloved pop culture icons of the past—both real and imagined—ranging from Queen’s dynamic front man to a magical nanny with tunes to cure any and all ailments. Continue reading
$25K matching grants will bring free outdoor concerts to 18 small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America
Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $450,000 in matching grants to 18 nonprofits serving small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts as part of the fifth annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, the Levitt Foundation once again opened the Levitt AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading
Relive the magic of the 2018 Levitt National Tour with our new recap video featuring concert highlights and exclusive artist interviews with southern rock hero, Paul Thorn, and living legends of gospel, Blind Boys of Alabama! Between June and August, these artists dazzled Levitt audiences in seven Levitt locations—including including Bethlehem, PA; Memphis; Arlington, TX; Los Angeles; Dayton, OH; Denver; and Sioux Falls, SD (where audiences received a taste of what’s to come when their Levitt Pavilion opens in 2019). Each Levitt tour stop was an incredible evening for the entire community!
And be sure to keep an eye out for our 2019 LNT announcement—we’ll be revealing the performer early next year! Learn more at levitt.org/national_tour