New venue a hit


DDM continues Levitt AMP series

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Photo submitted by Brian O’Brien Lauren Shera was the latest artist to perform in the weekly Levitt AMP series.


Another downtown Middlesboro Saturday night has came and went with free music provided by Discover Downtown Middlesboro.

Folk musician Lauren Shera graced the Levitt AMP stage for an impressive crowd on Saturday night. The crowd got to hear first hand songs from Shera’s three albums — which have been listened to millions of times on Spotify.

The free weekly concert series is only halfway complete, so there is still plenty of time for music lovers to get in on the action.

Each Saturday, musical artist perform at the new concert venue located at 20th Street and Cumberland. Weather has been ideal for every concert thus far, providing the perfect Saturday night date night or family outing for people in the Tri-state area.

Concert goers can bring a chair, blanket and picnic to the show and make it a fun filled night.

Upcoming shows include the Whiskey Shivers, Sept. 5, Appalatin, Sept. 12, Annandale, Sept. 19, Erica Blinn, Sept. 26 and the Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival, Oct. 3.

According to DDM’s site, Whiskey Shivers will be performing on Sept. 5. The site states, “Chopping away at traditional bluegrass constraints with its mischievous cleaver, mixing in shadows of Delta swamps and New Orleans basements, Whiskey Shivers calls itself a “trashgrass band.” The band adds hints of country and old time and a layer of sheer grit on top of hard-driving bluegrass rhythms. Born in Austin, Texas from a Craigslist ad, Whiskey Shivers is comprised of musicians from all around the country—Bobby Fitzgerald, Andrew VanVorhees, Joe Deuce, Jeff Hortillosa and James Bookert. The group seeks to revive the joy of a community barn dance with their lively audience engagement and an anything-goes philosophy.”

The site also stated, “Whiskey Shivers fills their rich, layered music with heavy themes of universal struggle – work, pain, sin, regret and death. This is present in their latest self-titled album released in 2014. Their sound caught the attention of concert tour industry publication Pollstar, which produced a three-part documentary series on the band. Whiskey Shivers won Best Country/Bluegrass at the 2012 Austin Music Awards and was voted on to the Austin Chronicle Critics “Best New Local Act” list in 2012.”

DDM is able to continuously provide the free musical entertainment to the downtown area 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.

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.

Photo submitted by Brian O’Brien Lauren Shera was the latest artist to perform in the weekly Levitt AMP series.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DDM.jpgPhoto submitted by Brian O’Brien Lauren Shera was the latest artist to perform in the weekly Levitt AMP series.
DDM continues Levitt AMP series

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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