This summer, Levitt AMP communities coast to coast are bringing the joy of free, live music straight to you with the Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series! The 20-concert series co-presented by the Levitt Foundation launches tonight at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT with a one-of-a-kind evening curated, produced and presented by the Levitt AMP Galva team. The virtual show will include intimate performances and interviews with acclaimed homegrown artists Chicago Farmer and Edward David Anderson, along with footage from a newly released mini-documentary about the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series—giving viewers a taste of what makes the rural town of Galva, Ill., such a vibrant place to call ‘home’ and why supporting the area’s creative economy is so vital.
A community-driven effort, decades in the making
Nestled in Northwest Illinois, the 2,500-person community of Galva is one of many small rural communities that make up Henry County. Once home to an utopian-esque Swedish settlement, this historic and culturally-rich county has been shaped by agriculture, industry, Swedish artisan craft traditions, and, more recently…live music.
Bringing free, live music to Galva became a reality in 2018 with the inaugural Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, yet this community-wide effort has been decades in the making. For the past 30 years, the dedicated volunteers of the Galva Arts Council (GAC)—many of whom are still active—have worked together to position art as a community-building tool and have built a culture of volunteerism, laying the groundwork for the Levitt AMP Music Series to succeed. With robust experience rallying support for community arts experiences, like the launch of the GAC’s Coffeehouse Music Series in 1992, series organizer and Henry County native John Taylor saw the GAC as a natural fit to lead the Levitt AMP effort. Continue reading
At the unexpected intersection of hip-hop and bluegrass, you’ll find the genre-busting New York City five-piece, Gangstagrass—who is bringing their fresh musical fusion to Levitt AMP Stevens Point tonight and Levitt AMP Galva this Sunday! Seamlessly weaving together banjo, fiddle and soaring three-part-harmonies with rap vocals and beats, Gangstagrass creates a one-of-a-kind sound Rolling Stone describes as “…the best argument yet for a rap and country music marriage.”
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!”
This summer, 150+ free Levitt concerts will bring joy and world-class musical talent to communities in small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country, all as part of the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series!
With free Levitt AMP concerts already underway in Santa Fe, N.M., Galva, Ill., Stevens Point Wis., and Whitesburg, Ky., and Ocala, Fla.,’s series right around the corner, we’re thrilled to share the wide-range of award-winning artists and rising stars who’ll bring vibrant outdoor performances to Levitteers across the nation this summer. Scroll down to check out the incredible talent coming to these five Levitt AMP locations, and stay tuned for more exciting 2018 Levitt AMP lineups! Continue reading
The 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!