Did you know that October 24th is United Nations Day? Today, we join the global community in celebrating the promotion of peace and progress, while commemorating the formation of the UN Charter, 73 years ago today. This international peacekeeping organization provides a platform where representatives from 193 countries can come together and exchange ideas that promote and protect basic human rights across the globe.
Fueled by that same idea that cultural exchange promotes both peace and progress, Levitt concerts provide places where people of all backgrounds can come together to enjoy shared musical experiences, while strengthening their communities. Each Levitt lawn nationwide represents a community-wide effort to bring it to life and tells a story of free, live music transcending social, cultural, economic and political barriers. Earlier this year, Levitt Board President, Liz Levitt Hirsch spoke with Liberty Hill’s Crystal Shaw about free Levitt concerts serving as places where we can celebrate our shared humanity. Continue reading →
In case you missed it, the tour dates for the upcoming Levitt National Tour were just announced! We’re less than 10 weeks before this highly anticipated collaboration of old-school gospel, blues and southern rock—between Southern raconteur Paul Thorn and GRAMMY Award winning legends Blind Boys of Alabama—treat Levitt audiences to seven FREE concerts around the country. And with Paul Thorn’s new album that released today, Don’t Let The Devil Ride, what better time to get a taste of the exhilarating, soulful blend of Thorn and the Blind Boys’ music that’s headed your way?
Billed as the “Mission Temple Fireworks Revival,” this year’s Levitt National Tour is a celebration of the deep connection between Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as a testament to the rich tapestry of southern American music. With individual sets by each artist as well as side-by-side performances, the universally cherished sounds of Thorn and the Blind Boys will fill the air, coast to coast, on the Levitt National Tour.
See below for each tour stop date (and watch the above video to get a glimpse of the fun ahead)! Plus, make sure you dive into the rich story behind this one-of-a-kind collaboration, learn about Paul Thorn’s latest, soulful album, and catch up on what makes Blind Boys of Alabama a groundbreaking icon in gospel music.
To witness a performance by Blind Boys of Alabama is to witness history in the making—with a career spanning more than seven decades, countless accolades and a remarkable output of recorded music, Blind Boys has become synonymous with the genre of gospel itself. That’s why the upcoming Levitt National Tour, co-headlined by them and Southern rock luminary, Paul Thorn, is sure to be one of the most unique musical experiences Levitt audiences around the country will be treated to. Today, we’re recounting some of the most inspiring stories from Blind Boys’ time-honored lives as musicians!
As 2018 begins, anticipation is running high for the Levitt National Tour, returning this summer! Stopping in seven Levitt locations (six existing permanent Levitt venues and one future Levitt venue), the tour will feature the rootsy southern rock of Paul Thorn and old-school gospel of Blind Boys of Alabama—a union of critically acclaimed and universally loved talent that’s truly a one-of-a-kind collaboration. To hold us over until summer, Paul Thorn just announced the release date of his upcoming album—“Don’t Let The Devil Ride,” out on March 23! These 14 songs feature vocals by Blind Boys of Alabama, who are set to co-headline the Levitt National Tour and perform songs from the album across all tour stops.
Award-winning 8-piece band, The Suffers, kicked off the 2017 Levitt National Tour at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles last Saturday with an outstanding turnout coming from all walks of life. The Suffers performed an upbeat, groovy set enabling Levitteers to get on their feet and dance the night away to the sounds of Gulf Coast Soul. The fun continues tomorrow night when the next leg of the tour stops in Memphis at Levitt Shell, followed by Arlington, Texas this Saturday night at Levitt Pavilion Arlington. Here’s 5 fun facts about The Suffers:
In less than two weeks, the duo—violinist Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester and violist Wil Baptiste—will release the follow-up to their previous albums, 2012’s Classically Trained and 2008’s Black Violin, with their major label debut Stereotypes on Universal Music Classics.
Preview some of Black Violin’s new tracks before the album drops September 18! Continue reading →
In just over a month, genre-busting classical strings meets hip-hop duo Black Violin will kick off the #LevittTour stopping at six Levitt cities across the country. Get a sneak peek of what’s to come when they arrive in Memphis (June 13), Arlington (June 20), Los Angeles (June 26), Pasadena (June 27), Bethlehem (July 11) and Denver (July 17)! All shows are free and fun for all ages.
If you’re wondering what to expect from these incredible live performers, watch them play two of their hits in this TEDxFIU talk and discover how they got started, what inspires them and why they believe in always thinking outside the box!