Tank and the Bangas performed at the final Levitt AMP concert of the 2017 series. (Photo: Staff)

For the second consecutive year, Chattanooga has been awarded a 10-week concert series after a national campaign.

The Levitt AMP Music Series will return to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center lawn this fall.

Each concert will be free to attend, and local food and beverage vendors will be on-site. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.


Jazzanooga submitted a proposal for Chattanooga this year. The proposal was a partnership between the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The finalists were tallied from a public voting campaign in November.

According to Jazzanooga, the 2018 series will “bring momentum to a larger communitywide effort to celebrate the area’s renowned musical heritage while re-establishing it as a thriving cultural destination.”

Watch a preview video of the Levitt series below:

The 2017 Levitt AMP Music Series was held Thursday evenings Aug. 24–Oct. 26 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center lawn. Headliners included Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, hip-hop legend Kool Moe Dee, local rocker Nick Lutsko and NPR Tiny Desk winners Tank and the Bangas.

A full schedule for the 2018 series will be released this summer.

The Levitt Foundation offers a matching grant of $25,000 to 15 cities to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series. Other participating cities include Ocala, Florida; Middlesboro, Kentucky; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Since 2015, the Levitt Foundation has awarded $1.4 million total to 29 communities across America through the Levitt AMP grant program. The goal of the program is to serve as “a national creative placemaking funder dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music … bringing communities together in small and midsize towns and cities across the country.”

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