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Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series Announces Full Lineup

Post Date:05/16/2018 4:31 PM

OCALA, Fla. (May 16, 2018) – The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), in partnership with the City of Ocala, is excited to unveil the full lineup for the 2018 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series. The series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national funder of creative placemaking that empowers communities to inject new life into underused public spaces. Through free, outdoor concerts, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will present ten free, family-friendly concerts to the public this summer.

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will take place at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex located at 1510 NW Fourth St. Concerts will take place every Friday, June 15 through Aug. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn setting. Gates open at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

The 2018 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will feature a diverse lineup of high-caliber talent spanning musical genres such as blues, jazz, funk, soul, gypsy swing, Latin, roots/Americana and R&B.

2018 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series Lineup:

  • Friday, June 15 – Velvet Caravan, with opening act Left on Broadway
    • Spotlight non-profit: Racial Harmony Task Force
  • Friday, June 22 – Flor de Toloache, with opening act Alex & Jenny Duo
    • Spotlight non-profit: Marion Cultural Alliance
  • Friday, June 29 – Selwyn Birchwood, with opening act Dan Signor Project
    • Spotlight non-profit: Dance Alive
  • Friday, July 6 – Nick Schnebelen, with opening act Honey Hounds
    • Spotlight non-profit: Fort King National Historic Landmark
  • Friday, July 13 – Honey Island Swamp Band, with opening act Jeff and the Jarretts
    • Spotlight non-profit: Ocala Skate Park
  • Friday, July 20 – Orchestra Fuego, with opening act Eduardo Fuentes
    • Spotlight non-profit: College of Central Florida/Appleton Museum of Art
  • Friday, July 27 – Latasha Lee and the BlackTies, with opening act Ecliff Telford
    • Spotlight non-profit: Reilly Arts Center, with Ocala Symphony Orchestra
  • Friday, Aug. 3 – Gedeon, Luke & the People, with opening act Shema Shine
    • Spotlight non-profit: Ocala Civic Theatre
  • Friday, Aug. 10 – Squirrel Nut Zippers, with opening act Miranda Madison
    • Spotlight non-profit: Discovery Center
  • Friday, Aug. 17 – Dumpstaphunk, with opening act Locochino
    • Spotlight non-profit: Ocala Storytelling

This event will feature craft and non-profit booths, food trucks, novelty food vendors, in addition to beer and wine, which will be available for purchase. The Summer Break Spot will provide free dinners for those ages 18 and under. Each concert will also spotlight a local non-profit organization, who will conduct a special activity during the event’s intermission.

“This free concert series is a great opportunity for everyone to gather on the big green lawn at Webb Field,” said Jaye Baillie, Executive Director, Marion Cultural Alliance. “During last year’s series, we saw young and old dancing, swaying and singing side by side.”

The 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series is sponsored by 98.5 KTK, the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, Mojo’s Grill and Catering, Kona Ice Ocala, Tri-Eagle Sales, Island Grove Winery and Oniram Productions.

For more information, please visit concerts.levittamp.org/ocala. To learn more about vendor or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Normoyle, City of Ocala Cultural Arts Coordinator at jnormoyle@ocalafl.org or 352-629-8220.

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About the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series:

In January 2018, Ocala was named one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Webb Field in 2018. MCA, in partnership with the City of Ocala, submitted the Levitt AMP proposal and is presenting the concert series. In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation invited the public to choose the top 25 finalists through online voting. Learn more about the winners and the 150 free Levitt AMP concerts across America at http://levittamp.org.