It was music to live performance-lovers ears, when the popular Levitt AMP Berea Music Series made its return Friday to the Berea City Park Expansion.
For the next four weeks, a vibrant roster of approximately 21 musical acts will take the stage at the city park and will include acts such as Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Cody Lee Meece & The Poor Excuses, Vox Sambou, and Big Maracas.
Kicking off the event this week were The Jesse Lees and March Madness Marching Band, who performed on Friday. Tonight, Vox Sambou will take the stage. The founding member of Montreal-based hip-hop collective, Nomadic Massive, will be supported by Lee & Hawk featuring The King of the Keys.
The 2022 Levitt AMP Berea Music Series, will be held every Friday and Saturday for the next consecutive weeks. Performances will take place from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, rain or shine, at the Berea City Park Expansion located at 400 North Broadway in Berea.
Next weekend, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression described on First Friday Berea’s website as delivering “a hook-filled mix of funk and soul,” will perform on Friday, Aug. 12. On Saturday, the Sophia Goodman group will perform. Goodman is a Nashville, Tennessee-based drummer and composer and leads a modern jazz ensemble that fuses American, Afro-Latin and Middle Eastern genres, according to the event’s website.
The music series final act on Sept. 3 will be Big Maracas, fronted by Venezuelan ex-patriot Enrique Gonzales. The Maracas delve into many branches of Latin and Tropical music. Supporting artist will be Empathy Engines.
In addition to the musical acts, Levitt AMP Berea also features the First Friday Market, performance art, and children’s activities — providing a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for everyone. There will also be a food truck at each concert and those 18-years-old and younger will be able to eat for free.
Rebel Rebel Studio & Lounge will also be hosting an after-party each weekend after the conclusion of the outdoor concert.
During the public comments portion of the Berea City Council meeting on Aug, 2, organizer Ali Blair expressed her excitement for the event on behalf of First Friday Berea and gratitude for the support from the Berea city government.
The music series is sponsored by many organizations such as City of Berea, Berea Parks and Recreation, Berea Kids Eat, the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation.
First Friday Berea was awarded a grant annually for the outdoor concert series, but also fundraises throughout the year to provide the event. This year, the non-profit organization sponsored the 100 Women Amplified program.
Other sponsors of Levitt Amp Berea are Peg + Awl Public House, Erica Chambers Photography, Rebel Rebel Studio Lounge, The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, Native Bagel Co., Novelis, America’s SBDC Kentucky, Stream Go Media, Van Guard Heating & Cooling, Mid Atlantic Arts, and Holiday Inn Express.
“Levitt AMP concerts are programmed for diversity and cultural significance, showcasing diverse genres to appeal to a wide audience who may not otherwise have access in rural Kentucky,” according to First Friday Berea’s official website.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation empowers local communities across the country through the power of free, live music. In 2019, nearly 550 free Levitt concerts took place in 26 locations nationally, all featuring an array of music genres and high caliber talent.
Attendee’s are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
For more information about 2022 Levitt Amp Berea Music Series, visit firstfridayberea.com. The event is also seeking volunteers for the concert. Volunteers can register online at www.firstfridayberea.com/volunteer.
Full lineup for the 2022 Levitt AMP Berea Music Series:
The Jesse Lees | March Madness Marching Band
Vox Sambou | Lee & Hawk Ft. The King of The Keys
Joslyn & The Sweet Compression | Madison Brass
The Sofia Goodman Group | The New Developments
The Local Honeys | Possum Queens
Driftwood Gypsy | Bigg Sugg & The Jazz Funkers
Bee Taylor | Chelsea Nolan
Cody Lee Meece & The Poor Apologies | Aaron Boyd
Toubab Krewe | cora love
Big Maracas | Empathy Engines