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Welcome to the exciting third season of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series presented by PNC, a ten-week series of free, live music on the Y Block (next to the Governor's Mansion). We are pleased to introduce our headlining artists, who will perform each night at 7 pm.

2022 SCHEDULE

June 2     Jazz & Senior Jazzy Night

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Soul Message Band   |   7:00pm

A soulful and infectious style crafted around classic organ grooves, and rooted in thae tradition of great Hammond B3 organists like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, and “Groove” Holmes.

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Johnny Owens | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Springfield Social Dance Club and Young Dance Inc from Peoria

June 9     Rock

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The Heavy Hours   |   7:00

Having made an acclaimed debut in the midst of worldwide crisis, The Heavy Hours, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based band, infuse well-crafted and  powerful songs with uncommon honesty and a radiant energy that converts subtle strokes into an altogether different kind of music.

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Grand Moff | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: SYPG Studio Company

June 16   Afro-Rock/World/Spoken Word

Part of Juneteenth 2022

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Natu Camara   |   7:00pm

Natu Camara began her music career in the Ideal Black Girls, a Guinean quartet considered West Africa’s first all-female R. & B. and hip-hop group. Since relocating to Harlem, the Ivory Coast-born singer has flipped her musical equation. Where before she was an African artist performing music with an American edge, now she’s a New Yorker playing work steeped in Afro-pop.

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TBA | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Capitol City Dance Team

June 23     Jazz Funk/Rock

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Postponed   |   7:00pm

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June 30    Latin + Fireworks

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Charanga Tropical   |   7:00pm

Founded in 2006, Charanga Tropical performs with an instrumentation that dates back to the roots of Cuban music featuring a sizzling Latin rhythm section, three violins, vocalists, and flute. Repertoire includes rarely heard danzones and a spicy variety of modern son, salsa, cha cha cha, and timba.
The music is rich in harmony and melody, fantastic for listening and superb for dancing.

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Tino Knight | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Springfield Zumba Instructors

July 7     Zydeco/Bluegrass

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Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience |  7:00pm

For 40 years, two- time GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien and 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is – and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience bandmates – long time members Danny Williams, keyboards and Stan Chambers, bass with Lance Ellis, sax; Ian Molinaro – Thompson, drums, and our newest member, Revon Andrews on trombone.

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Square of the Roots | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Dance Creations Dance Studio

July 14     Indian/World Music

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Orchestra Saregama |  7:00pm

What's in a band name? The significance of these seven swaras  is SA   (Lord Agni), Rishabha means RE   (Lord Brahma), Gandhar means GA   (Goddess Saraswati), Madhyam means MA   (Lord Shiva), Panchama means PA   (Goddess Laxmi), Dhaivata means DHA   (Lord Ganesha)and Nishad means NI   ( Sun God) -- the seven basic notes of Indian classical musi c.   This is the foundation for every Bollywood music.

Rajesh Chalam and his band hail from Central Illinois and bring a high energy fusion of Bollywood hits, Hindustani classics, and American popular music to our stage.

Josie Lowder | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: South Asian Indian Dancers

July 21     Blues

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Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band   |   7:00pm

Sheryl Youngblood is a Joliet native and a Chicago Blues Hall-Of-Famer. A top-tier vocalist and drummer —  she's a force to behold on and offstage, whether it is blues, gospel or R&B. Tonight she's performing with her Blues Band.

Idle Oath | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Lotus Fire Belly Dance

July 28     Country

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Arlo McKinley   |   7:00pm

Gifted singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley will release his debut solo record at age 40 on John Prine’s Oh Boy records - after he almost gave up on music altogether, his story is one of hope and sincerity, and he is living proof that great songs will reach the right ears eventually, even if it takes time.  

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Ben Bedford | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Prairie Land Dance Club

August 3     Jazz Funk/Rock

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Davina and the Vagabonds   |   7:00pm

Davina Sowers creates her own Americana mishmash — a little Amy Winehouse-worthy neo-soul here, a little Great American Songbook-influenced songcraft there.” Rolling Stone Magazine "This music, as retro as it may be at times, feels fun, frisky and alive....

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After-school Special | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Greek Dancers from St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church

August 4     Gospel

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Harlem Gospel Travelers   |   7:00pm

The Harlem Gospel Travelers are not from Harlem. They came to Harlem, however, from far-flung corners of the five boroughs of New York City, and it was in Harlem, that legendary center of African-American culture, that they found their voices. As members of the music education program Gospel For Teens, these young men spent many hours on the subway or the bus to ultimately end up at an unassuming brownstone on W. 126th Street. They walked through the red door at the parlor level, the one with the cross on it, and inside they found a world of music. 

Fantastic Jones Family | 6:00pm
Dance Intermission: Professional Dancer Jacob Frazier, Chicago, IL 

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Do You Play?

If you're a musician who would like to be considered for the series, email us at:
levittamp@downtownspringfield.org