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2017 Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series Line Announced

May 10, 2017


Media Contacts – Joseph Kuzemka of The Rockhopper Creative, jkuzemka@gmail.com or 609.635.6736 and Amanda Donald of Trenton Downtown Association, amanda@trenton-downtown.com or 609-393-8998.

2017 Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series Line Announced, NJ State Council of the Arts Pledges Support

Free Summer Music Series Beginning June 29th – August 31st 2017 in Historic Mill Hill Park in Downtown Trenton

Trenton, NJ – The Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) and The Rockhopper Creative are excited to announce the approved line up for the 2017 Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series.  The ten-week free concert series will take place every Thursday starting June 29, 2017 in Mill Hill Park.  This year’s family friendly entertainment features a variety of genres chosen to appeal to the diverse community here in Trenton and beyond.  In addition, we have received a commitment from the NJ State Council of the Arts of financial support for this very important community building event.  These free concerts are open to the public and we encourage entire families to join us throughout the series. 

The 2017 Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series Program: 6/29/17 -8/31/2017
6/29/2017:   Derrick Hodge (Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Bass Virtuoso from Willingboro)
7/7/2017:     Sotomayor (Latin-inspired Electronic Fusion from Mexico)
7/13/2017:   Jeff Bradshaw (Smooth Jazz/Funk/R&B from Philadelphia)
7/20/2017:   Lawrence (Soul Pop from New York City)
7/27/2017:   Viva La Hop (Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop from Boston)
8/3/2017:     The Steppin’ Stones (Blues Rock from Nashville)
8/10/2017:   Bad Rabbits (R&B/Soul/Rock from Boston)
8/17/2017:   Big Mean Sound Machine (Afrobeat/Dance/Funk from Ithaca, NY)
8/24/2017:   The Weeklings (Beatles-influenced Power Pop from Asbury Park)
8/31/2017:   NJ Capital Philharmonic Orchestra (Professional Symphony Orchestra from Trenton)

In addition, The Rockhopper Creative is reviewing a pool of local performers to open each weekly concert. As part of our efforts to engage the community, TDA will also recognize a local arts and cultural organization weekly for their contribution in support of the city’s effort in making Trenton a great place to live, work and visit. “From Grammy award-winning musicians to an international act from Mexico, we have an amazing lineup in store that will also focus on the incredible, local talent that is so active within the City of Trenton. Pairing that with shining a spotlight on some of the most active arts and cultural groups the City of Trenton has to offer is a perfect match and makes for an exciting Thursday evening in the Capital City” Said Joseph Kuzemka, owner and founder The Rockhopper Creative.

The Trenton Downtown Association is grateful to welcome back third-year Founding Sponsor the NJ State Council of the Arts as our partner in presenting free live music in the Capital City.   “The Council is proud to be a founding co-sponsor of the Levitt Summer Concert Series. We see this wonderful event, together with all of our other arts initiatives in the Capital City, as crucial building blocks for the Trenton Renaissance. Art means business!” commented Nicholas Paleologos, Execuitve Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

“It takes a lot of people to make an event of this size happen every week.  We cannot do it alone.  Our goal with this year’s series is to bring the community together.   “With the concerts beginning in Mill Hill Park just a few hours after the Capital City Farmers Market concludes for the day, we are creating Thursday’s in Trenton celebrate all the good things happening in the city, specifically downtown” commented Tom Gilmour TDA’s Executive Director.  TDA is looking for many volunteers to support the operation and promotion of the music series.  Please consider joining us in building our community by signing up to volunteer.  Reach out to Meaghan Singletary at meaghan@trenton-downtown.com or at 609.393.8998, ext 306.  

This is a free concert open to the public and we invite all who attend to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs in order to bring the entire family and enjoy!  Free parking will be offered by the Trenton Parking Authority in the Liberty Commons Parking garage located on Front Street, just a few hundred feet from Mill Hill Park. Information on schedules, parking, guidelines and directions to the park are soon to come to our site at http://www.levittamp.org/trenton

As the Trenton Downtown Association continues its efforts to improve the quality of life in the downtown, recruit new businesses, work with the city’s local business community and attract visitors to come here and support those businesses, the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series provides a platform for community building that supports TDA’s current efforts to rebuild Trenton.  “It’s a wonderful opportunity for those who live and work here, all the individuals who have fond memories of this great city and are rooting for it to come back,” said Gilmour.  

About Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series

On January, 5, 2017 the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation announced the Trenton Downtown Association was awarded a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant in the amount of $25k to host another free summer concert series.  In a voting competition between 52 city applicants, Trenton was selected as one of 15 to receive funding.  This is the third consecutive year that Trenton qualified for the grant.  You can learn more about the series http://www.levittamp.org.

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in grants to support access to free, high caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to underused public spaces.

The Levitt network of permanent outdoor music venues and AMP concert sites collectively serves more than half a million people annually through 450+ free, family-friendly concerts in 22 towns and cities. As an example of the high caliber talent presented across the Levitt network, the 2017 GRAMMY nominees includes 25 artists who have performed on Levitt stages in recent years.




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