Today is International Women’s Day, and folks around the country are paying homage to the achievements of female leaders, thinkers and changemakers in American history! As we also find ourselves in the middle of Women’s History Month, what better time to pay closer attention to the importance of gender diversity in music. As a foundation dedicated to and passionate about the voice of women in arts and culture, we’ve put together an inspiring “Women of Levitt” Spotify playlist with music by just some of the female artists who have performed on Levitt stages across the country!
Women artists have been at the forefront of some of the most memorable Levitt concerts ever. Whether it’s soulful legends like Mavis Staples and the late and great Sharon Jones, or artists like vocal powerhouse Ruthie Foster, recently honored by the coveted United States Awards, Levitt stages represent the achievements of countless female artists, both seasoned and contemporary. Check out the playlist and sample the mighty sounds of the “Women of Levitt!”
What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to spotlight a group of determined female musicians who’ve pioneered their way into music history?
Here we celebrate one of the 15 talented members of Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, the all-female, two-time GRAMMY-winning mariachi group. Dedicating their lives to a genre that has traditionally been dominated by men, Cindy Shea and the ladies of Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea have challenged gender stereotypes, creating some incredible music in the process. In 2009, the group became the first all-female mariachi group to earn a GRAMMY nomination and win. They’ve since been nominated five times and took home a second GRAMMY Award for Best Regional Mexican Music in 2013—an award which marked the first time any mariachi group (male or female) had received two GRAMMY awards.
Be sure to check out their recent album, 15 Aniversario, which celebrates 15 years of making music with one another. We can’t wait to see what these determined divas are up to next!
Past Levitt performances:
Levitt Los Angeles (2014, 2007)
Levitt Pasadena (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)