DDM hosts concerts


Free event every Saturday

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Ray Welch|Daily News Philadelphia rock band MACH22 was the most recent performer in the Levitt AMP Music Series on Saturday.


Discover Downtown Middlesboro has provided free musical entertainment the last three Saturdays and the shows are scheduled to continue for the next seven weekends.

Concert goers can bring a chair, blanket and picnic to the new concert venue located at 20th Street and Cumberland for the next seven Saturdays and see a plethora of musical acts from numerous parts of the country.

Philadelphia rock band MACH22 was the most recent talent to make their eastern Kentucky debut. The group spoke out via social media after the show, expressing their gratitude for the warm welcome in Middlesboro.

DDM is able to provide these free concerts through an Arts Access Assistance Grant they acquired through a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state’s art agency. The agency is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Levitt AMP Music Series is supported in part by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free outdoor concert series in America.

The Levitt is said to be dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities and partners with cities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free live music. In 2015, free Levitt concerts will take place in 16 cities across 14 states, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent.

Middlesboro is the only community in Kentucky and one of ten nationally selected to put on these concerts through Levitt Pavilions and with support from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.

There are seven Saturdays left in the series. Kentucky native and country singer/songwriter Jeni Carr is the next performer scheduled in the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series. The show begins at 7 p.m. DDM encourages folks to come out and give her a warm eastern Kentucky welcome.

Laura Shera is scheduled on Aug. 29, Whiskey Shivers, Sept. 5, Appalatin, Sept. 12, Annandale, Sept. 19, Erica Blinn, Sept. 26 and the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival, Oct. 3.

For more information and full biographies of the upcoming performers, like Discover Downtown Middlesboro on Facebook.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

Ray Welch|Daily News Philadelphia rock band MACH22 was the most recent performer in the Levitt AMP Music Series on Saturday.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DDMConcert1.jpgRay Welch|Daily News Philadelphia rock band MACH22 was the most recent performer in the Levitt AMP Music Series on Saturday.
Free event every Saturday

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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