The music is back!
The Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, a 10-week series of free, live entertainment, returns to Springfield for a second season from June 3 through August 5. The concerts feature a diversity of musical talent from around the country, performing at 6 p.m. each Thursday, on the vacant block north of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion.
The first season in 2019 attracted over 7,700 participants. COVID-19 postponed the second season which was originally scheduled for summer 2020.
Singer Soultru kicks off the series. Go to https://www.heritagefoundationspi.org/levitt-amp-springfield-schedule for a full list of performers.
PNC Bank is the series sponsor.
“We strongly believe in the correlation between access to the arts and better communities,” said Brian Ray, PNC Central Illinois Regional President. “Bringing this musical series back to downtown Springfield will allow our neighborhoods to come together again, in a safe and socially distanced environment, to celebrate a diverse and culturally rich experience.”
The series is also supported by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation which partners with cities and towns to bring people together in underused public spaces to enjoy free live music.
Sharon Yazowski, executive director of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, said the extraordinary challenges of the past year show how “the power of public space and live music to nurture our well-being and create shared experiences took on even greater importance”.
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“We are thrilled to see the Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation and its partners inject renewed energy into Block Y with the return of the Levitt AMP Springfield Musical Series, inspiring joy and a sense of community for all who come. »
Admission is free and the public is welcome to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. In order to safely accommodate larger crowds, organizers are painting large circles – or pods – on the grass to allow for social distancing. Attendants are asked to wear face masks, except when seated inside the 8ft by 8ft pods, in groups of up to six people. Capsules are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Spectators are also encouraged to support local restaurants by picking up takeout on the way to the block to serve as a picnic. Drinks will be available for purchase on site.
Restaurants interested in serving food at concerts can complete the form at https://bit.ly/2S3KQyF
Anyone interested in volunteering at the concerts should contact the Springfield Jaycees at [email protected]