It was music to the ears of live performance fans, when the popular Levitt musical series AMP Berea made its return to the Berea City Park expansion on Friday.
Over the next four weeks, a dynamic roster of approximately 21 musical artists will take to the stage in City Park and will include artists such as Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Cody Lee Meece & The Poor Excuses, Vox Sambou and Big Maracas .
Kicking off the event this week was The Jesse Lees and March Madness Marching Band, who performed on Friday. Tonight, Vox Sambou will take the stage. The founding member of Montreal hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive will be supported by Lee & Hawk featuring The King of the Keys.
The Levitt AMP Berea 2022 Music Series will be held every Friday and Saturday for the next consecutive weeks. Performances will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine, at the Berea City Park Expansion located at 400 North Broadway in Berea.
Next weekend, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression described on the First Friday Berea website as offering “a mix of funk and soul”, will perform on Friday August 12. On Saturday, the group Sophia Goodman will perform. Goodman is a drummer and composer based in Nashville, Tennessee, and leads a modern jazz ensemble that fuses American, Afro-Latin and Middle Eastern genres, according to the event’s website.
The final act of the September 3 musical series will be Big Maracas, led by Venezuelan ex-patriot Enrique Gonzales. Maracas delve into many branches of Latin and tropical music. The supporting artist will be Empathy Engines.
In addition to musical acts, Levitt AMP Berea also offers the Premier Friday Market, performance art and children’s activities, providing a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for all. There will also be a food truck at each concert and those 18 and under can eat for free.
Rebel Rebel Studio & Lounge will also host an after-party every weekend after the outdoor concert ends.
During the public comment portion of the Berea City Council meeting on August 2, organizer Ali Blair expressed his enthusiasm for the event on behalf of Berea’s First Friday and his gratitude for the city government’s support. of Berea.
The musical series is sponsored by many organizations such as the City of Berea, Berea Parks and Recreation, Berea Kids Eat, Mortimer Foundation and Mimi Levitt.
First Friday Berea received a grant each year for the outdoor concert series, but also raised funds throughout the year to organize the event. This year, the nonprofit organization sponsored the 100 Women Amplified program.
Other sponsors of Levitt Amp Berea are Peg + Awl Public House, Erica Chambers Photography, Rebel Rebel Studio Lounge, The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, Native Bagel Co., Novelis, America’s SBDC Kentucky, Stream Go Media, Van Guard Heating & Cooling, Mid Atlantic Arts and Holiday Inn Express.
“Levitt AMP concerts are programmed for diversity and cultural significance, featuring diverse genres to appeal to a broad audience that would otherwise not have access in rural Kentucky,” according to the official First Friday Berea website.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation empowers local communities across the country through the power of free live music. In 2019, nearly 550 free Levitt concerts took place at 26 venues nationwide, all showcasing a range of musical genres and high-caliber talent.
Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
For more information on the 2022 Levitt Amp Berea Music Series, visit firstfridayberea.com. The event is also looking for volunteers for the concert. Volunteers can register online at www.firstfridayberea.com/volunteer.
Full Levitt AMP Berea 2022 Music Series Lineup:
The Jesse Lees | March Madness Marching Band
Vox Sambou | Lee & Hawk Ft. The King of Keys
Joslyn and gentle compression | Madison Brass
The Sofia Goodman Group | New developments
Local Honeys | Possum Queens
Driftwood Gypsy | Bigg Sugg and the Jazz Funkers
Bee Taylor | Chelsea Nolan
Cody Lee Meece and poor excuses | Aaron Boyd
Toubab Krewe | cora love
Great Maracas | Drivers of empathy