The bombastic, big-band sound of the High and Mighty Brass Band takes the stage at Dog Mountain for the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series this Sunday at 4pm! Levitteers in Westport, Conn., will recall their set at Levitt Pavilion Westport in 2017. Get ready to dance to the funky sounds of this New Orleans-via-New York outfit, stirring up a storm at festival stages all around the country and beyond!
The raucous spirit of punk and garage rock embraces the spiritual and socio-political bent of Southern songwriting in the music of up-and-coming outfit Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires. Often compared to kindred spirits like Drive-By Truckers and Alabama Shakes, they’ve received critical acclaim from far and wide, including The New York Times, NPR and the Wall Street Journal. Tonight, Levitteers in Hattiesburg, Miss., get to experience their raw energy at a free show as part of the Levitt AMP Hattiesburg Music Series – they take the stage at 8PM!
A truly innovative musical experience is set to dazzle Levitteers at the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury and Levitt AMP Utica Music Series this Labor Day weekend, thanks to Charleston-via-New York-via-Brazil outfit Matuto! Melding the sounds of American Appalachia, bluegrass, Brazilian folk and Pan-Latin rhythms, this critically-acclaimed and globally-minded troupe of musicians have toured internationally, playing at festivals and venues like The Kennedy Center, Expressions of Brazil Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and more. Earlier this month, they graced the stage at The Levitt Pavilion for The Performing Arts in Westport – now, they’re taking the stage at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury this Sunday at 4PM, and at Kopernik Park in Utica on Labor Day at 6PM!
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the 2017 Levitt AMP grantees here in our Echo Park office—what an inspiring group of individuals!
These local arts champions hail from 15 small- to mid-sized towns and cities all across the country. After experiencing their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to building community through music at this year’s Levitt AMP convening, we couldn’t be more excited to see the 2017 Levitt AMP Music Series come to life!
Hold onto your hats, folks! We’re in store for a fantastic 2017 concert season (and it’s only a few months away!)
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!
Change embodies creative placemaking focus for Foundation
Last month, we announced some exciting news—the work of our national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, will be carried out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation going forward, furthering our mission to strengthen communities across the country through free, live music.
Since 2005, the Levitt Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to its nonprofit partners and grantees to support free concerts in communities large and small. As Liz Levitt Hirsch, president of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, explained, “This exciting change signals our resolve to direct the majority of the Foundation’s philanthropy towards creative placemaking programs that focus on free concerts in public spaces. With funding now geared to one main cause, it made sense to place the operations of our national organization under one roof and to function as the Levitt Foundation, thus sunsetting Levitt Pavilions.” 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!
What do you get when you take a troupe of jazz, funk and brass musicians, dress them in marching band costumes, throw in stilt-acrobatics, hula-hoopers and Vaudeville dancers and ask them to put on a show?
An experience unlike any other…that goes by the name MarchFourth!
Reflecting our commitment that each Levitt project be community-driven, YOUR votes help decide which small to mid-sized towns or cities win up to $25K in matching grants to present their own free outdoor concert series in 2016.
Online public voting opens November 2, so start rallying your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to sign up to vote now!
Excited? We are! And we’re thrilled to announce the artists who will be playing the Levitt AMP Anchorage, Denison and Frederick Music Series, all of which begin early this summer. You can view their lineups, read artist bios, RSVP for concerts, invite your friends, find parking information and more on our new Levitt AMP website, your destination for all things Levitt AMP! And once concert season gets underway, you’ll be able to see all 100 free Levitt AMP concerts happening across the country, as America’s largest concert series gets even larger.
Learn more about these three exciting projects kicking off the 2015 Levitt AMP Music Series! Continue reading →