Community is at the heart of every Levitt concert—whether it’s at a permanent Levitt venue or one of 15 Levitt AMP concert sites across the country. As Friends of Levitt nonprofit partners and Levtitt AMP grantees curate an exciting roster of local, regional, national and international artists for their free concert lineups, they also develop meaningful partnerships with a range of community organizations, schools, nonprofits and affinity groups that play an important role in programming and enhancing the Levitt experience. By reflecting the vitality of the towns and cities they call home, Levitt venues become an extension of home itself.
Throughout each concert season, community partners bring their connections with Levitt to life and perform on Levitt stages! These performances have given, and continue to give, music-loving Levitteers a chance to see their respective community’s diverse cultures, history and talents reflected on stage. From local youth ensembles to vibrant dance troupes and more, read on to learn how free Levitt concerts across the country are bringing their local communities into the spotlight.
Last week, the 2018 Levitt AMP Grantees joined the Levitt Foundation for the annual Levitt AMP convening at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles! It was an honor to host these inspiring leaders in the arts and share ideas throughout two days of panels, presentations and group discussions.
With 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities from California all the way to Rhode Island, this year’s grantees truly represent the breadth of community spirit and placemaking efforts happening across the country. The endless enthusiasm in the room led to fruitful brainstorming and some truly meaningful exchanges. Each attendee left the convening with a newfound sense of energy and inspiration–we can’t wait to see how each Levitt AMP Music Series unfolds with great success this summer and fall!
Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts, as part of the fourth annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, once again the Foundation opened the Levitt AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading
Top Row (L to R): Alex Cuba, Eric Bibb, The Secret Sisters, Gustafer Yellowgold; Middle Row (Clockwise): Bomba Estereo, Brothers Osborne, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sonny Landreth, Maren Morris, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Justin Roberts; Bottom Row (L to R): La Santa Cecilia, Jane Bunnett, Robert Cray, Billy Childs
Earlier this morning, The Recording Academy announced the full list of nominees for the 2018 GRAMMY Awards—and 15 past performers at permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites have received nominations! Spanning Latin, pop, rock, jazz, children’s music and more, the incredible talent of these performers has captured the attention of critics and audiences around the country. Listen to our 2018 GRAMMY playlist and read the nominations below!
We’re thrilled to announce the Top 25 finalists in the running to win $25K matching grants to present the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series! Thanks to more than 30,000 votes this year, these 25 towns and cities are one step closer to bringing free, live music to their communities next summer and fall. Scroll down to view each finalist and learn how they hope to revitalize an underused public space through free Levitt AMP concerts:
2018 LEVITT AMP FINALISTS
(listed in alphabetical order)
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Alice Moseley Pavilion
Berea Arts Council
Carson City, Nevada
Brewery Arts Center
Denison Main Street
Elko County Art Club
California Center for the Arts Escondido Foundation
Galva Arts Council
University of Southern Mississippi
Jacksonville Main Street
Discover Downtown Middlesboro
Moab Folk Festival
Nashua, New Hampshire
Great American Downtown
Marion Cultural Alliance
Prior Lake, Minnesota
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kohler Arts Center of JMKAC
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Arts Alliance of Portage County
Trenton, New Jersey
Trenton Downtown Association
Tulsa Roots Music
Utica, New York
Utica Monday Nite
Waterville Opera House
Cowan Community Center
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley
Following Levitt’s review period, the 2018 Levitt AMP winners will be announced on January 2, 2018. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!
Voting for the 2018 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is now officially open! Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25K matching grants to up to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Since all Levitt projects are community-driven, each year the Top 25 Levitt AMP finalists are chosen through online, public voting, open to all.
Vote for your favorite Levitt AMP proposals (up to 5 per person!) and you can help decide which towns and cities will be one step closer to receiving a Levitt AMP grant to present their own Levitt AMP Music Series. With 150 free concerts around the country (10 in each community), the series will inject new life into underused public spaces across America. Vote now! Voting ends November 20, 5PM PST. Spread the word!
The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series ends on a high note with critically acclaimed bluegrass darlings Whiskey Shivers, playing a FREE show tomorrow at 6PM! They’ve dazzled Levitt audiences in Denver (July 2017), Los Angeles (July 2014) and Arlington (September 2014) with their brisk energy and virtuosic folk spirit. Their theatrical, interactive performances have captured the attention of publications like NPR, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. Middlesboro, mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this one!
Cozy weather, leaves turning red and orange, quality time with friends and family – there’s so much about the fall season we’re looking forward to! And with more free, outdoor concerts continuing into the new season, we’re not winding down from the thrill of live music just yet. Get ready for more shows through the fall with this curated playlist of artists playing upcoming shows at the Levitt AMP Music Series in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Middlesboro, Ky., as well as Levitt Pavilion Arlington and Levitt Shell Memphis. This mellow, soothing collection of acoustic folk, R&B, indie and more is the perfect companion for the first week of fall – enjoy!
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 September 2016. 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!