Chattanooga’s newest, freshest, most hip music series is upon us: The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series! Check out what artists will be animating the lawn of the beautiful Bessie Smith Cultural Center on historic M.L. King Blvd every Thursday night August 24th-October 26th! Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. #MusicMoves
Kool Moe Dee – Aug. 24
Kool Moe Dee, known for his famous "Wild Wild West," is one of rap’s earliest stars. Starting his career in the early ‘70s, he formed the legendary Treacherous Three with DJ Easy Lee, Special K, and L.A. Sunshine. After the group’s first break-up in ‘84, Kool Moe Dee went solo, establishing himself as one of hip-hop’s first big stars with his debut solo album, “How Ya Like Me Now?”. He became one of the first hip-hop acts to get a Grammy, and became the first to perform at the Grammy’s.
Opening Act: Jonathan Tryezz Fowles - Jonathan, also known as Tryezz (Pronounced "Trez"), is an artist and musician from Chattanooga TN. He is an electronic keyboard player that plays his own original blend of mainly instrumental Jazz, Funk, Classical and Electronic based grooves layering it with live improvisation.
Masego – Aug. 31
Pronounced Muh-Say-Go, this artist has completely transformed the music game, combining hip hop and jazz to create what he likes to call “TrapHouseJazz.” His music is cool, it’s fun and it makes you want to stop being the wallflower you are at parties and actually dance. One listen and you’ll have his music on repeat.
Opening Act: DjDee Beats and Zowie - DjDee and Zowie have a Neo-Soul meets Hip-Hop sound. What started off as a relationship, blossomed into a musical experience. They were both born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and began working together on original music while in High School. DjDee produced all of their songs and beats, with some help of Zowie, to make sure they both vibe well to it.
Avery Sunshine – Sept. 7
Avery Sunshine is a brilliantly talented singer, songwriter and pianist known for a signature sound that weaves soul, gospel, jazz and R&B. Sunshine’s brand of optimistic, message-driven R&B—coupled with her vibrant, charismatic vocals—has been winning over a growing contingent of fans since her beginnings near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Opening Act: Jalil Muhammad & Friends - Mr. Muhammad, a native of Chattanooga, is a sophomore at Lee majoring in music with an instrumental emphasis. Recently, he performed on the saxophone alongside singer/songwriter and Chattanooga native, Usher Raymond, at the Neighborhood Sessions concert in Chattanooga.
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience – Sept. 14
One of zydeco's most soulful vocalists and fieriest accordionists, Terrance Simien is also among the music's most pop-oriented artists, infusing his sound with elements of R&B, funk, gospel, and reggae. The Grammy Award Winner’s sound will take any listener to a soulful Cajun paradise.
Opening Act: Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project - Kelle Jolly and Will Boyd reside in Knoxville where
Will is a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Kelle hosts a music radio show. Kelle is a member of the Tennessee Blues Society, and the couple represented Knoxville in it's sister city of Muroran, Japan's Music Festival. They would later go on to record an album there.
Julie Dexter – Sept. 21
Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British singer, songwriter and producer considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. From Jazz to World Music, Soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience.
Opening Act: The Cast of The Wiz Production at Chattanooga Theatre Centre. This dazzling multicultural journey is a familiar story about Dorothy and her journey on a yellow brick road that's filled with rock, gospel and soul music.
Nick Lutsko – Sept. 28
Nick Lutsko’s style ranges from storytelling songs with surreal imagery and political overtones to vintage sounding pop with catchy melodies and grassroots production. Lutsko's band - dressed in homemade puppet costumes - have helped him deliver great original alternative rock with an unusual tinge of whimsy and humor.
Opening Act: Midnight Promise - Midnight Promise is a young Pop-Rock three piece band with a dynamic sound that likens to John Mayer and Jason Mraz. Elements of rock, pop and R&B permeate their songs while creating a different experience around every corner.
All Cows Eat Grass – Oct. 5
All Cows Eat Grass is an electro-funk band and art collective based at Pasture, in Atlanta. Friends for a lifetime, these native Tennessee kids started their career as the producers and music director for Janelle Monáe's live performance and through the magic of music, morphed into an entity of their own while traveling the globe in 2011.
Opening Act: Seaux Chill - Nabil Ince, stage name Seaux Chill, is an artist originally from Columbia, MD who has been in the Chattanooga area for the past few years. Piano is his first love, playing since he was 6 years old. However, Nabil also loves producing music, composing melodies, and writing poetry/hip-hop.
The Nth Power – Oct. 12
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, or just stand there with goose bumps.
Opening Act: Sound Advice Band Feat. Neshawn Calloway - Sound Advice is a Jazz, Neo-Soul musical ensemble based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. You get an eclectic mix of Jazz, Soul and Funk when Sound Advice is in the house!
Irene Diaz – Oct. 19
Irene Diaz is Los Angeles’ modern day Torch Singer Songwriter. Within only a short amount of time Irene has gained national acclaim. In August 2013 Irene caught the attention of NPR’s All Things Considered host Don Gonyea, and the interview was aired nationally and presented on Radio Station websites across the United States. In September of 2013 the E.P. was reviewed by Patrick O’ Heffernan for Vents Magazine. “She brings back classical American soul and blues and elevates it to a whole new level for today’s audience…. quite possibly, someday (Irene) could join Ella and Nina and Billie and Rosemary as a queen of torch.”
Opening Act: East Lake Expression Engine - East Lake Expression Engine is a music education non profit based at New City Fellowship Church in the East Lake neighborhood of Chattanooga, TN.
Tank and the Bangas – Oct. 26
This band combines R&B with hip-hop's poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans. Unpredictable, theatrical and full of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and spoken word freshness — Tank and the Bangas might not be able to describe the sounds they emit — but it is beautiful nonetheless.
Opening Act: Voices of THECREATIVEUNDERGROUND - Founded in 2007, The Voices of TCU was created as an African American community ensemble that sings and performs an eclectic array of music at the highest artistic levels, and to communicate to their audiences through compelling and musical performances.
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The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2017, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will take place in 22 towns and cities, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent. Learn more at levitt.org.