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Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2024 Levitt AMP  Cumberland Music Series which will take place on Thursday evenings from June 6-August 8, 2024, on the Festival Grounds of Canal Place, and new in 2024, at Hoffman Park in Frostburg!

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which partners with towns and cities across America to activate underused public spaces through the power of free live music, creating welcoming, inclusive destinations. Presenting a broad array of music genres and cultural programming, Levitt venues and concert sites are community anchors where families, friends and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds come together. Learn more at levitt.org.

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FAQ

What is the Levitt AMP series and how did we get it in Cumberland?

In April 2022, the Allegany Arts Council partnered with Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland and Frostburg State University to develop a grant for a $90,000 Levitt Foundation matching award. The Levitt AMP program provides funding to small and mid-sized communities looking to activate underutilized public spaces, to develop community pride and to foster economic growth through the arts. In August 2022, we were named as one of 36 nationwide finalists, and in September, members of our community came out in force to vote for Cumberland as a next AMP site, elevating us to 8th in the rankings. In November, we were named as one of 15 U.S. cities to receive this prestigious funding, which will include 10 weekly concerts in 2023, 2024 and 2025, joining more than 650 Levitt AMP concerts across the nation.

What can I expect at the Levitt AMP  Cumberland series in 2024?

The Levitt AMP funding guidelines require a diverse and broad range of artistic performances which stretch communities and pay all participating performers, both with artist fees and music royalties. In this year's lineup, attendees will experience everything from our first foreign language act to bluegrass legends, soulful and retro moments, to a rock guitar virtuoso. Our performers will be representative of communities across the U.S. and Canada and feature a diverse array of performers and performances.

All concerts are free to the public and all are invited to attend. Levitt AMP performances are family-friendly and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, food and beverages. There is absolutely no cost to you to participate, although donations will be accepted.

In 2024, the Levitt AMP Cumberland Series will also offer beer and wine sales. Proceeds from these sales will be utilized to support the sustainability of the series. Attendees will be required to show ID and obtain a wristband in order to purchase and drink beverages.

Also in 2024, we will be offering a Kid Zone, complete with fun and creative opportunities for kids!

What time are the concerts taking place?

All concerts in the series begin at 7:00PM with doors opening at 6:30PM. We ask that people do not arrive earlier than 6:30 as our sound and production teams will be making final adjustments.

Why don't I see a local band or name I recognize in the lineup?

The Levitt Foundation has specific guidelines for talent in its Levitt AMP program, which require all participating performers to be professional artists, play, perform and sell original music, and have an established internet and social media presence. You can check out our performers on streaming services like Spotify and others to learn more and to hear sneak peeks of their performance styles.

A goal of the Levitt Foundation funding is to introduce communities to a wide range of genres and experiences. It is a fun way to get to know new styles of music and artists we don't traditionally see in our community.

Can I bring my family to the Levitt AMP performances?

Yes! Children and families are encouraged, and so is dancing, toe-tapping and singing along. We promise many of the performers will have you on your feet!

Will there be food and beverage at the concerts?

In 2024, we have opened the Levitt AMP series to food vendors, and applications are currently being accepted.

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How do I access the concert site?

Nine of the ten 2024 concerts will take place on the Festival Grounds of Canal Place, which is a wide open lawn with no affixed seating. Parking is available in the Canal Place parking lot, located in front of the train depot building, or street parking may be found in and around downtown Cumberland. Paid garage spaces are available at the City Center Parking Garage.

You can also access the concert location on foot from Washington Street, from the C & O Towpath, or from Industrial Boulevard, or on bike from the Great Allegheny Passage.

The Levitt Foundation allowed AMP communities in 2024 to produce a program at an alternate location, and for 2024, we have selected the beautiful Hoffman Park in Frostburg!  Join us on Wednesday, July 3, for that show.

How do I stay informed about the Levitt AMP series?

Send us a quick note to be added to the e-mail list -  art@alleganyarts.org. Subject: Levitt.

I'd like to support the development of free live music in our community. How do I do that?

Donations may be made below or by stopping by the Allegany Arts Council anytime during business hours. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor of our 2024  series, please view sponsorship opportunities in the information below.

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2024 Series Lineup

Afro-Andean Funk
Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to kick off the 2024 program with New York City-based, Afro-Andean Funk!

Two-time Latin Grammy Nominated Afro-Andean Funk is a band led by Peruvian Singer Araceli Poma and American music producer/bassist Matt Geraghty. Their Afro-Andean roots music fused with world music and funk features themes of social struggle, shamanic rituals and indigenous Peruvian traditions. Their music aims at uniting musical cultures and bringing visibility to the Quechua language — the most widely spoken indigenous language in South America.

Afro-Andean Funk presents a selection of original songs paying homage to Poma’s Andean and Afro-Peruvian roots. Afro-Andean Funk will perform music from their two albums The Sacred Leaf and Flower on Fire reflecting the group's deep love for music from a variety of styles and places. Their music brings together a spectrum of traditional and modern musical styles from Peru and beyond such as afropop, huayno, electronica, drum and bass, funk, cumbia as well as hard rock.

Photo Credit: Bill Wadman

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Ariel Posen
Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to announce its next program with Canada-based songwriter and guitarist, Ariel Posen!

Recently named one of the 10 best rock guitarists in the world by MusicRadar, Ariel Posen is no stranger to crafting compelling guitar solos that tell a beautiful story and paint a vivid picture for his listeners. A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played. including being a member of the Juno Award-winning roots-rock band, The Bros. Landreth, co-writing and producing other artists across all genres, and writing/recording his own compositions as a solo artist.

“Ariel Posen is the complete package: a great singer and songwriter, as well as a virtuoso guitarist. He is representative of a new generation of players who are fully schooled, either academically or self-taught, who don’t let the schooling get in the way of their soul,” says Michael Ross (Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Guitar Moderne).

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Laura Rain & The Caesars
Thursday, June 20, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to announce its next concert with Detroit-based, Laura Rain & The Caesars!

Detroit’s Laura Rain & The Caesars transform funky soul and R&B into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.

Formed in the Motor City in 2012 with her husband George Friend, the pair set off on a creative journey writing and recording their own music. Their debut release, "Electrified," received praise from radio and press. Performing with a stripped down lineup of organ, guitar and drums, the band developed its signature sound, and cultivated a vintage-toned energetic foundation.

Having released four albums, they have also been honored with a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Blues Songwriter, and tour the U.S. Canada and Europe.

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Lizzie No
Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to announce its next concert with performing artist, Lizzie No!

With the release of her debut album, 'Hard Won,' in March 2017, singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in indie folk music. Billboard Magazine called the album “simultaneously understated and fervent.” She followed up the album with the release of “Sundown,” a benefit track for Black Lives Matter.

Building on the songwriting prowess displayed in her critically acclaimed debut album, Lizzie No is unsparing in the stories she tells on her second album, 'Vanity,' released August 2, 2019. The nine songs on ‘Vanity’ are epic tales of ego, featuring narrative shifts within vividly crafted characters. No embodies characters ranging from a handsome egoist in “Narcissus” (which Rolling Stone called a "crisp alt-rock gem") to a broke songwriter waiting for her big break in “Pity Party,” to a bitter and isolated rocker on “Loyalty” who rants that the crowd has left him behind. Inventive arrangements written in collaboration with co-producer Nick Rapley elevate the record to shimmering heights, alternating between swaggering grooves and intimate clarity.

Lizzie has toured with Iron & Wine, Adia Victoria, Ron Pope, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, and has showcased at festivals like Newport Folk Fest, Americanafest, South by Southwest, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Classical arrangements of her songs have been performed at the Louisville Orchestra's Festival of American Music and the Downtown Chamber Series. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest.

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Airshow
Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to announce its next concert with Nashville-based, Airshow!

This show takes place at Hoffman Park in Frostburg, MD.

Airshow is a high-flying, Nashville-based jam band featuring a unique contrast of familiar acoustic and mind-bending electric sounds that transports listeners from a campfire picking-party to the outer reaches of the multiverse.

Formed by longtime friends Cody Chelius (Mandolin / Vocals) and Steve Gallagher (Guitar / Vocals), the group’s lineup was completed with the addition of Bill Baker (Bass/ Vocals) and John Rodrigue (Drums/ Vocals) in 2016. While each member has different musical influences, it is their shared passion for exploring uncharted sonic territories that has propelled their ascension to the top of Nashville’s jamband scene— and they won’t be landing anytime soon.

Having released two studio albums ‘Shimmer’ (2021) and ‘Up in the Clouds’ (2019), as well as two EPs, ‘Anubis’ (2020) and ‘Lightbulb’ (2017), Airshow has started sharing live recordings of recent shows from all across the north and southeast. The band has their navigation set in all directions, so keep your eyes peeled for the one and only Airshow in your town soon!

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The Lao Tizer Band
Thursday, July 11, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series welcomes back an incredible jazz collaboration with, The Lao Tizer Band!

“Jazz Group of the Year” nominee, The Lao Tizer Band, will make their debut at Levitt AMP! Cumberland Music Series on Thursday, July 11 in support of their forthcoming Summer 2024 album & video release AMPLIFY. The new release is a major evolution for the group and includes 5 new original vocals and 4 new original instrumentals with flavors of Jazz, R&B, Funk & World Music. The project was recorded and filmed all LIVE at legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood with simultaneous 7-camera video shoot and a legendary cast of musicians. Joining keyboardist and bandleader, Lao Tizer (“Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Down To The Bone) for the evening are American Idol star, Elliott Yamin, drum phenom Tony Austin (Kamasi Washington) and Senegalese bassists and producer, Cheikh N’Doye (Baaba Maal, Weedie Braimah). Please join us as the group takes you on a high-energy musical ride through a variety of flavors and styles with an all-star cast of musicians.

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John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band
Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to host bluegrass legend, John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band!

J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock) and seasoned showmanship. This is the “high lonesome sound” of American roots music at its finest.

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman) of the formative country rock group Desert Rose Band. After working as a freelance musician in Southern California, Jorgenson met Hillman and soon formed the Desert Rose Band. In 1990, Jorgenson went on to found the Hellecasters and toured with Elton John’s band for six years. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson’s guitar work. Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds. In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs.

Herb Pedersen was a member of legendary bluegrass band The Dillards as well as bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way. A sought-after singer and musician, he has worked with such music legends as Chris Hillman, Earl Scruggs, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne and John Denver.

Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s toured and recorded with the Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Allison Krauss and Dolly Parton, as well as producing many artists in jazz, country, bluegrass and gospel genres.

Patrick Sauber is a multi-instrumentalist who has quickly made a name for himself in the world of bluegrass and old time music. Equally adept on guitar, mandolin and banjo, Sauber has toured with Peter Rowan and Laurie Lewis and appeared on screen in “The Mighty Wind.”

J2B2’s debut album, From The Crow’s Nest, was recorded in Sheryl Crow’s home barn studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was recently released as part of a John Jorgenson limited edition, 3-CD box set called DIVERTUOSO (Cleopatra Records), which has received vast critical acclaim. DIVERTUOSO includes three new distinct albums by Jorgenson: J2B2 – From The Crow’s Nest; John Jorgenson Quintet – Returning (gypsy jazz); and John Jorgenson – Gifts From The Flood(instrumental electric guitar).

In addition to recording their first album as a group, J2B2 has played several major tour dates over the course of the past two and a half years, including tours of Norway and the UK, performances at the annual RockyGrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado; the Joe Val Festival in Framingham, Massachusetts; and headlining the Guitar Town Festival in Copper Mountain, Colorado, three years in a row. J2B2 made its Grand Ole Opry debut in October 2013 and has returned several times to the Opry since.

J2B2 has created quite a buzz, and The International Bluegrass Music Association is among the many giving the newly formed band’s live performance high marks. In a review, the IBMA noted, “There was warmth, and storytelling, and lots of laughter as this fresh band of legends made their debut…but with their expertise combined, you would think they had been playing in this configuration for years.”

Yes! Weekly in Greensboro, NC has noted of J2B2: “Expect fireworks and amazing playing from some of the best string players in the world.”

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Ali McGuirk
Thursday, July 25, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to welcome Vermont-based, Ali McGuirk!

Blending classic soul power with a folk songwriter lyricism, New England’s Ali McGuirk has the rare ability to silence a room with just a few words of a song. With a voice that is raw and sultry and a style rooted in improvisation, her sets are a hypnotic and intimate journey.

On her Signature Sounds Recordings debut ’Til It’s Gone, McGuirk delivers a sublime set of songs that pairs her trademark soul sound with rootsy turns and raw rock ‘n’ roll detours. The album landed on the Boston Globe’s Top 50 Albums list for 2022. Consequence of Sound raved, “‘All Back’ feels like it could exist somewhere outside of space and time– it could be on a record in the background of a party in a 1970s bungalow, or it could be on your Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. Either way, it’s a great listen.”

McGuirk co-produced ‘Til It’s Gone with Jonah Tolchin (a star singer-songwriter in his own right) and a set of session legends: Little Feat guitarist/mandolinist Fred Tackett, organist Larry Goldings (James Taylor, Norah Jones), singer Valerie Pinkston (Ray Charles, Luther Vandross), percussionist Lenny Castro (Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder). They provided the astounding chops, but the true magic of the album comes from McGuirk’s singular voice as both singer and songwriter. The nine tracks run from intimate introspection to wider meditations on oppression and justice, from tough r&b and tender soul to big rock guitar and twangy folk. And McGuirk's voice – bold, buttery, spellbinding – carries each song to the next til they’re gone.

McGuirk currently divides her time between touring North America and Europe and crafting new compositions in her lakeside Vermont cottage . She has performed spellbinding sets at Boston Calling, Merlefest, Americanafest, and NPR’s Mountain Stage.

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ilyAIMY
Thursday, August 1, 2024

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to welcome Baltimore-based ilyAIMY!

For over two decades, Rob Hinkal and Heather Aubrey Lloyd have crisscrossed the nation as ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) playing everything from bait shops to biker weeks to clothing-optional resorts, folk festivals, heavy metal festivals and jams of def comedy. Award-winning narrative songs with soulful, powerful male / female harmonies and a percussive, clawhammer-like acoustic guitar provide the heart of the band, while their infectious energy and rapid-fire lyricism is softened with cello, driven by Irish bones and bodhran, beatboxing, djembe, and thickened by didgeridoo, synths and keys creating “an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare”.

Their energetic brand of new-folk has garnered honors from the Bernard/Ebb Songwriter Awards, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Kerrville Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Washington Area Music Awards, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They are three-time winners of the Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group and are known for combining their award-winning songwriting, tight male/female harmonies, signature intricate slap-style guitar work, ukulele, percussion and an eclectically humorous stage show into an exquisite package.

 

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Fantastic Cat
Thursday, August 8

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is pleased to welcome New York-based band, Fantastic Cat!

They said it couldn’t be done. Four different songwriters joining forces to form a single band? There was simply no precedent (outside of CSNY, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, The Highwaymen, Monsters of Folk, etc). And yet Fantastic Cat did it anyway, defying the odds and teaming up to record their highly unanticipated debut, The Very Best Of Fantastic Cat. Captured in the wilds of the Pocono Mountains, the album gleefully careens between genres and decades, mixing electrified 60’s folk and 70’s AM radio gold as it balances careful craftsmanship and ecstatic abandon in equal measure.
Individually, each member of Fantastic Cat boasts their own impressive resume along with a litany of critical acclaim. The Guardian dubbed Don DiLego “one to watch.” NPR said Anthony D’Amato “sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter.” Rolling Stone called Brian Dunne’s latest single a “stunner” and praised Mike Montali’s band, Hollis Brown, as “the soundtrack for a late-night drive through the American heartland.” Collectively, though, the four transcend their respective roots, emerging as an instrument-swapping, harmony-trading, tear-jerking, wise-cracking rock and roll cooperative far greater than the sum of its parts. They say some cats are born fantastic; others have fantasy thrust upon them. These guys are somewhere in the middle.
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