For the second consecutive year, Chattanooga has been awarded a 10-week concert series after a national campaign.
The lineup for the Levitt Amp Chattanooga music series was announced on Friday. Concerts will be every Thursday evening from Aug. 23 to Oct. 25 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.
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.
This year’s series is presented by Jazzanooga, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using jazz to transcend cultural barriers and addressing the lack of arts and cultural programming in the Chattanooga area.
Watch the official announcement below.
Check out previews of each artist below:
Pedrito Martinez Group — Aug. 23
The Baylor Project — Aug. 30
Big Freedia — Sept. 6
Kevin Whalum — Sept. 13
Jason Eskridge — Sept. 20
Chante Cann — Sept. 27
Deacon Bluz & The Holy Smoke — Oct. 4
Ingrid Woode & the Woode Tribal Orchestra — Oct. 11
John Boy & Surround Sound — Oct. 18
Seaux Chill — Oct. 25
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 place-making 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.”