Monthly Archives: September 2015


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

And what a lovely mosh pit these two Middlesboro ladies made at Levitt AMP Middlesboro’s Whiskey Shivers concert earlier this month! @loren_grace26, thanks for sharing how music moves you!

The 2015 Levitt AMP Middlesboro Series wraps up this weekend with a performance you don’t want to miss by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winning vocalist Dale Ann Bradley. So if you’re in the area, be sure to come out to the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-Up Park this Saturday night for a good time!

Keep sharing your Levitt concert pics on Twitter and Instagram with #musicmoves for your chance to win a $100 iTunes gift card—there will be a winner every month through October 31! See the #musicmoves August winner.


DREAM on display at Burning Man, image courtesy of Bob Pruitt

We’ve all heard the expression, ‘everything is bigger in Texas.’ After getting a sneak peak of the new DREAM sculpture in Arlington, Texas, it looks like dreams are no exception!

The unveiling and dedication for this 54′ long, 12′ tall, metallic LED-lit piece adjacent to Levitt Pavilion Arlington will take place tonight at 7 p.m., in conjunction with the annual South Street Art Festival and a lively performance by folk rocker Luke Wade at Levitt ArlingtonContinue reading


Not many people can say heatstroke is what inspired them to start writing music—but Luke Wade can. 

The Texas-born singer-songwriter and Season 7 finalist on The Voice began writing music after suffering from temporary brain damage and amnesia as a teenager after a high school cross country meet in the sweltering heat. Writing music became a way to heal, and Wade has been following his dream of becoming a professional musician ever since. 

This Friday, Wade returns to Levitt Arlington for a free show kicking off UT Arlington Weekend at the Levitt. Learn more about the soul singer—who has been compared to the likes of Ray LaMontagne and who also performed at Levitt SteelStacks and Levitt Westport earlier this summer—before the show. Continue reading

@ashleyyreeed, thanks for sharing this great shot of fiery vocalist, Danielia Cotton, rocking the Levitt AMP Trenton stage! And kudos for summing up what we love most about the Levitt AMP Music Series—fun, music and community. 

With autumn only one day away, what better way to say farewell to summer 2015 than by enjoying some free, live music in the great outdoors? There’s still one more performance in the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series, so if you’re in the area, be sure to head to Capital Green this Saturday for an evening you won’t forget. You’re bound to have a great time once the engaging and hilarious experimental rockers, The Dean Ween Group take the stage!

Keep sharing your Levitt concert pics on Twitter and Instagram with #musicmoves for your chance to win a $100 iTunes gift card—there will be a winner every month through October 31! See the #musicmoves August winner.

Ready for Beethoven’s Fifth…in virtual reality? 

Today and tomorrow, VAN Beethoven, a free, unprecedented classical music experience comes to Levitt Pasadena and Levitt Los Angeles as a part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Immortal Beethoven Festival.

Using virtual reality headsets, “concertgoers” will experience the opening minutes of Beethoven’s famous symphony as if seated in the Walt Disney Concert Hall—without ever leaving the VAN Beethoven truck. Continue reading

This Saturday, Los Lobos—East L.A.’s eclectic musical veterans, known and loved for their blending of cumbia, blues, R&B and roots rock—will treat Levitt Los Angeles audiences to a high-energy performance that is sure to get everyone dancing.

With over four decades of music making under their belts, it has become clear that the way the band described themselves in their 1978 album title—Just Another Band From East L.A.—could not be further from the truth. Since forming in 1973, this multi-GRAMMY-winning band has gained the love and respect of audiences across the globe. Continue reading

A hearty congrats to @DCGreene, last month’s iTunes gift card winner. Week after week, this #musicmoves poster extraordinaire has given us a taste of the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series through his creative images and catchy captions…and we have enjoyed every post. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for free, live music, Mr. Greene.

The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series will be going strong for the next four weeks, so if you happen to be near Middlesboro, Ky., be sure to make your way over to the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-Up Park!

You could be our next winner! Keep sharing your Levitt concert pics on Twitter and Instagram with #musicmoves for your chance to win a $100 iTunes gift card—there will be a winner every month through October 31!

tribute_in_light_Photo by Vizzini...courtesy of MAS

Photo by Robert Vizzini, Courtesy of The Municipal Arts Society of New York

Today is 9/11, a day which 14 years ago claimed thousands of lives and two iconic towers in New York that will forever be etched in the minds of people across the globe. Six months following the attacks—on March 11, 2002—a public artwork emerged that has served as an international symbol of hope and remembrance ever since: “Tribute in Light.”

Illuminating New York City skies and visible to all those within a 60-mile radius every September 11th since 2002, “Tribute in Light’s” powerful beams of light return tonight, honoring “those who were lost and those who worked so hard to get…[New York City]…through that terrible trial” according to the Municipal Arts Society (MAS)—the presenter of this work for the first 10 years, before the 9/11 Memorial Museum took over the display in 2012. Continue reading


Growing up with GRAMMY-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien as her father, Marcella René Simien always knew she wanted to be on stage. By the age of 14, she was performing and touring with her father’s band, appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International de Louisiane and the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, among others. 

Marcella and Her Lovers performing at the Levitt AMP Lafayette Music Series. Photo by Sara Virginia Yongue.

Marcella and Her Lovers performing at the Levitt AMP Lafayette Music Series. Photo by Sara Virginia Yongue.

Now a professional musician in her own right, Marcella wowed audiences in her hometown of Lafayette, La., at the Levitt AMP Music Series earlier this summer. And in the coming week, she will play two more Levitt stages with her band, Marcella and Her Lovers: Levitt Shell on September 13 and the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series on September 16.  Continue reading