Today we celebrate a man with a dream—a visionary leader who had the courage to envision a better world and the foresight to know that we can accomplish so much more together than apart.
With the help of Stevie Wonder’s hit single, “Happy Birthday” and Coretta Scott King’s moving testimony to Congress, a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came into effect in 1983. For years, Americans celebrated Dr. King’s legacy with a day off. Today, we’ve been charged to instead celebrate with a “day on” and give back to our communities.
In 1994, Congress dedicated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday a national day of service. Now, each year—on the third Monday in January—hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country come together to serve their communities. Side by side, people of all backgrounds work together to better the lives of others. During his life, Dr. King stressed the importance of strengthening our communities by empowering our neighbors. So, what better way to celebrate his legacy than by lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need?
Each year more participants come together to serve others through projects ranging from tutoring, to building homes, to delivering meals. However, many people are still unaware of the service component that accompanies this well-known holiday. Check out the video below to learn more about this day and spread the word!
Looking for some fun ways to give back? Click here to view hundreds of volunteer opportunities that are happening around the country today!
And for folks in Arlington, head over to Levitt Arlington at 9 a.m. to kick off your day of service with your fellow community members at The MLK Festival—featuring live performances, art, food trucks and more!
Pictured from L to R (top row): Levitt Pavilion Arlington; Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles; Levitt Shell Memphis; (bottom row): Levitt Pavilion Pasadena; Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks; Levitt Pavilion Westport.
Across the country, another spectacular season of Levitt concerts has come to a close, and we’re once again celebrating the undeniable power of free, live music to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds, creating stronger communities. Watch your favorite Levitt venue in action!
You may ask, who brings the Levitt program to life, year after year? Your local Friends of Levitt nonprofit, that’s who! Each Friends of Levitt manages, programs and fundraises for the 50 free concerts every year. This is an impressive feat when you consider the sheer number of acclaimed artists presented on a Levitt stage featuring a range of music genres; the first-rate production crews and state-of-the-art sound and lighting; as well as the additional programming and activities realized through local partnerships to create unforgettable evenings of free music under the stars. Rounding out the experience are the passionate volunteers whose friendly smiles and enthusiasm embody that warm sense of community found on Levitt lawns.
And yet the Friends of Levitt nonprofit is only part of the equation. Equally important is the community of supporters—audience members who donate on the lawn, businesses sponsoring shows, grants from foundations, and local family and individual donors—whose generous contributions ensure the free music continues each year at their Levitt venue. Continue reading →
If you happen to be near Memphis, Tenn., this weekend, you’re in for a treat, because The Suffers—who’ve already taken Levitt lawns in Arlington, Texas and Lafayette, La. by storm this season—will be heading to Levitt Shell this Friday night! This ten-piece retro soul band hailing from Houston, Texas, will be serving up a healthy portion of what they call “Gulf Coast Soul.”
In a recent interview, Kam Franklin—the band’s fiery vocalist—explained how the group came to define their sound as “Gulf Coast Soul:” “When I think of the Gulf, I think of good food, humidity, diverse cultures, and this is all reflected in the Suffers. We come from different backgrounds, but it all comes together in our band and we create a gumbo of music. It might not make sense on paper to put a Latin percussionist with a gospel singer with a classically trained saxophonist with a jazz drummer, but for us, it works.” Continue reading →
Looking to kick back, relax and enjoy free live music under the stars this Independence Day weekend? Grab your picnic basket and head to your local Levitt for a celebration music lovers of all ages will enjoy. Continue reading →
This week, Black Violin is heading west, where they will be giving two performances in southern California: Levitt Los Angeles (6/26) and Levitt Pasadena (6/27). So if you’re in the area, come out and join the fun! You don’t want to miss this dynamic duo.
Both shows begin at 8pm. Arrive early, at 7pm, with your violin for a free music workshop led by Black Violin and stick around for a lively post-show Q & A with the artists!
To see more #musicmoves, check out our live feed and be sure to share your own photos on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a $100 iTunes gift card!
While you can certainly say it with flowers, chocolates, home cooked meals and more, we often find ourselves turning to one of the most romantic forms of expression of all: music. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a playlist of songs about love by artists who have performed at Levitt stages across the country over the last couple of years! Continue reading →