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SEASON TWO OF LEVITT AMP SPRINGFIELD TO START THURSDAY, JUNE 3

SPRINGFIELD, IL. May 14, 2021 – The Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, a 10-week series of free and live music presented by PNC Bank, is coming back to Springfield for a second season June 3, through Aug. 5. The concerts will showcase a diverse lineup of high-caliber talent from across the country, performing at 6 p.m. each Thursday, on the vacant block north of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion. For a full schedule of concerts and additional information about the artists, visit http://levittampspringfield.org.

The first season in 2019 attracted more than 7,700 attendees and was voted “Best Free Entertainment” by Illinois Times readers. The event’s second season was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19.

“We strongly believe in the correlation between access to the arts and enhancing communities,” said Brian Ray, PNC regional president of Central Illinois. “Bringing back this music series to downtown Springfield will allow our neighborhoods to once again come together, in a safe and socially distant environment, to celebrate a diverse and culturally rich experience.”

“Following the extraordinary challenges of the past year, the power of public space and live music to nourish our well-being and create shared experiences has taken on even greater importance,” said Sharon Yazowski, executive director of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. “We’re excited to see Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation and its partners breathe renewed energy into the Y Block through the return of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, inspiring joy and a sense of community for all who come.”

Admission is free and the public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and enjoy the concerts. 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 sitting inside 8×8-foot pods, in groups of up to six people. These pods are available on first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees also are encouraged to support local restaurants by picking up takeout on their way to the block to serve as their picnic. Beverages will be available on site for purchase. Restaurants interested in serving food to concert-goers should fill out the form at https://bit.ly/2S3KQyF.

Generous series sponsors include the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, Isringhausen Imports, US Bank, Levi Ray & Shoup, Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, the Illinois REALTORS, Springfield Park District, City of Springfield, Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Central Baptist Church, La Piazza, Springfield Jaycees, Star Graphics, Springfield Area Arts Council, Republic Services and Downtown Springfield Inc.

Other sponsors include the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce, Urban Action Network, Kerber Eck & Braeckel, Conn’s Hospitality, Heartland Coca Cola, NPR Illinois’ Nightsounds, Cavanagh & O’Hara, Springfield NAACP, Midwest Family, Capitol Radio Group, Neuhoff Media, plus Aldermen Shawn Gregory, Kristin DiCenso, Joe McMenamin, Jim Donelan and Erin Conley.

Those interested in volunteering at the concerts should contact the Springfield Jaycees at leahfarraher@gmail.com.

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About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About The Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series

The Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that partners with towns and cities across America to activate underused public spaces, creating thriving and inclusive destinations where people of all ages and backgrounds come together through the power of free, live music. In 2021, free Levitt concerts will bring a broad array of musical experiences and high-caliber artists to communities nationwide. Learn more at levitt.org

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Springfield Park District will be hosting children’s activities during each evening of the concerts.
  • The Springfield Jaycees will host their annual dog pageant with the series on Thursday, July 1.
  • The Juneteenth Celebration Committee and Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting June 17 as the first night of a weekend-long celebration of Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, as it commemorates the last slave becoming free on June 19, 1865.
  • The HipHop Xpress, an internet-connected mobile classroom and sound studio inspired by George Washington Carver’s Jesup wagon, will be parked on 4th Street during a performance in June so that people can make their own music during the intermissions.
  • The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s new exhibit, “State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois,” explores the incredible contributions Illinois has made to music through music, video and stunning artifacts, including a Cheap Trick guitar and Mahalia Jackson’s first record. The exhibit is open to the public 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, just a few blocks from the Y Block.
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Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series postponed to 2021

The 2020 season of the Levitt AMP Springfield concert series has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

The first season of these free local concerts were held in Springfield’s historic Y Block in Summer 2019. Local organizations, businesses, and individuals partnered to produce ten concerts which were attended by more than 7,700 people.

Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation was to present the second Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, furthering the renewal of an under-used space in Springfield’s historic business district. The 2020 series aimed to expand outreach to Springfield’s under-served communities and foster meaningful connections through interactive on-site experiences.

The decision to postpone the season was made in consultation with the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which provides a matching grant for the series. Springfield’s organizing committee is working on putting together its application for a Levitt Foundation 2020 bridge grant created in response to the pandemic. The grants of $5,000 can be used by Levitt AMP communities to keep building community in 2020.

“While for now the show must ​not​ go on, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to gather safely once again to experience the joy of free, live music in the heart of our town,” said Sheila Walk, Executive Director of the Springfield Area Arts Council.

The Springfield-based trio The Deep Hollow (Micah Walk, Elizabeth Eckert, and Dave Littrell) will be featured in the National Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series on July 24. Concerts in the series will take place online twice a week from June 1 thru August 28, 2020.

Please visit the Levitt AMP website for more information about the concert series.

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