Jacksonville in running for big concert series

By Gary Scott on November 3, 2015 at 7:47am

Concerts on concerts on concerts is what Jacksonville could be looking forward to next summer if it wins a national contest.

That’s a rap lyrics reference, by the way, which could be one of the genres of music in the concerts. After all, if Jacksonville wins, the prize is concerts over a two-and-a-half-month period.

It’s all part of the Levitt Pavilions concert series. Jacksonville Main Street hopes to qualify as one of fifteen winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Grant Awards to receive up to $25,000 in matching funds to produce their own concert series.

Kristen Jenkins of Jacksonville Main Street says the proposed venue site would be downtown.

“Our very first concert, if we were to win, would be at the Downtown Celebration. We would kick off the Levitt AMP Series, and we would have nine more concerts the following nine weeks,” she says.

Jenkins says the musical lineup will be diverse.

“Part of the purpose of this organization, Levitt AMP, is to expose communities to different types of music and to educate them on the types of music that are available. They do offer us a booking agent and a list of musicians from across the nation that would be available to come perform for us,” Jenkins says.

“All types of different genres, and we’re also able to use what we have locally, but we do have to offer every type of genre that they would like us to. Country, rock, jazz, blues. We’d like to have a symphony come play,” she adds.

Online voting is a key factor in who gets the grant money for the concert series. There are 39 cities competing, and Jenkins explains the Top 25 will be reviewed by Levitt AMP to be whittled down to the winning 15. To register, click here. Public voting is now open and ends on November 30th.