The blues laid the foundation for so much of the music we enjoy today, which is why you’ll find blues musicians performing on Levitt stages across America, year after year. This week, we’re spotlighting one of the genre’s most innovative artists. Enjoy these 12 fun facts about Mississippi’s ‘Champion of Blues’—GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Grady Champion: Continue reading
Pop power trio Eternal Summers brings the warmth of summer to audiences all year round with their bright, gritty and upbeat rock anthems. This acclaimed talent—that has wowed audiences across the U.S., Europe and the U.K.—has been praised by music critics in Pitchfork, New Noise Magazine and Paste Magazine and featured on Rolling Stone’s May 2015 list of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” Continue reading
Pop legend Jimmy Webb first played Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in 2013. He returned to the venue this past summer, treating excited audience members to an acoustic rendition of his iconic song, “MacArthur Park.”
September is National Piano Month and we’re celebrating the talented pianists who have graced Levitt stages throughout the years. Moving a grand piano on stage is no easy task—though it’s well worth the effort to hear this colossal instrument produce a wide range of colorful sounds, from delicate arpeggios to bombastic rhapsodies. It’s no wonder why artists as diverse as Marcia Ball (New Orleans blues), Vijay Iyer (jazz) and David Troy Francis (classical) are inspired to play the ivories. Can you guess how much a grand piano weighs? Find out the answer and other fun facts about the instrument below, then listen to our playlist of piano virtuosos who have played Levitt venues! Continue reading
Legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman returns to his hometown of Memphis this weekend and will grace the Levitt Shell Memphis stage with the Rhodes College Jazz Band. Coleman has toured and collaborated with music’s most celebrated players, including Miles Davis, BB King and Ray Charles. His decades-long career in music started just two years after picking up the alto saxophone at the age of 17, inspired by influential bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker. Continue reading
What better way to welcome in a new year of life than with cake, candles, your favorite people and free, live music? We love seeing people come together on Levitt lawns across the country to celebrate life’s milestones—big and small.
The countdown to fall is on, but there’s still time to squeeze in some music-filled outdoor birthday celebrations before the clocks “fall back.” Free, Levitt concerts are still going strong in Arlington, Texas; Charlottesvile, Va., Cleveland, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Middlesboro, Ky.; North Adams, Mass.; Pasadena, Ca.; and Trenton, N.J.
So, if you’re in the area, grab that special birthday boy or girl in your life and show them some Levitt birthday love!
Tomorrow night at 7:30 pm, The Young Dubliners will bring the 2016 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks concert season to an electric finish! And next Friday, the Celtic rockers will head to Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., to take part in Levitt Pavilion Denver’s 2016 preview concert series. These musical veterans are no strangers to Levitt stages, with past performances at Levitt Pavilion Arlington (2014), Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (2014), and Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks (2011) under their belts! Continue reading
Summer is coming to an end—that means earlier sunsets, fall foliage and students back in school. But before the season turns, moms, dads, siblings, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles across the country are outdoors soaking up the sun together enjoying this Labor Day holiday.
Whether you’re cooking up a delicious barbecue, picnicking at a park, or grooving to the sounds of Funky Blu Roots on the Levitt AMP Utica lawn, we wish you and your family a fun holiday!
Yes, school might already be back in session, but there’s still time to soak up a few more weekends of summer fun. Continue reading