Vote To Bring Levitt AMP 2018 To Chattanooga

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jazzanooga is now in the running to bring a 10 -12 week live music series to Chattanooga during the fall of 2018.  

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Chattanooga hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. 

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are a matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians. 

Jazzanooga submitted the proposal for Chattanooga. The proposed venue site is the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Chattanooga’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting. http://levittamp.org 

A successful campaign for Chattanooga depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners. 

Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting opened on Wednesday at noon and ends Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on Jan. 2, 2018.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring Levitt AMP back to Chattanooga in 2018," said Shane Morrow, founder and creative director of Jazzanooga. "The 2017 series really highlighted the power of free, live music and reflected the diversity of our city.  I think one of the keys to making this series a success is the unique collaboration between partners in our city, including Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, the city of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.” 

Jazzanooga asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Chattanooga’s proposal. 

Learn more at http://levittamp.org.




The Colonnade Players Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The Colonnade Players will present the musical production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Feb. 9-17. It will be at the Colonnade Theatre, 264 Catoosa Cir. in Ringgold.  Showtimes will be: Feb. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 1 and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $13-$17 and available at www.colonnadecenter.org or by ... (click for more)

CSO Presents Compose Yourself Feb. 11

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present their annual family-friendly symphony event, Compose Yourself, on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center.  Conducted by CSO Music Director Kayoko Dan and narrated by Carey Shinbaum, Compose Yourself is a 50-minute concert designed to introduce young audiences to the wonders of a symphony orchestra. ... (click for more)

Snow Reaches Chattanooga on Tuesday Afternoon, But Brings Little Accumulation; Many Schools, Most Courts Closed Wednesday

Snow began falling in downtown Chattanooga early Tuesday afternoon, but there was little accumulation.  The National Weather Service issued a special statement on Tuesday night warning of icy roads. It says:  SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL  9AM EST  WED ...VERY COLD TEMPERATURES AND PATCHY ICE ON ROADS THROUGH  WEDNESDAY MORNING... TEMPERATURES ... (click for more)

Young Gets 23 Years In North Chattanooga Murder

Abram "AB" Young pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning to a murder in North Chattanooga and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Young was 17 at the time of the 2015 slaying of 19-year-old Charles Holsey during a drug deal behind the Kangaroo on Dallas Road. He is now 20. Prosecutor Cameron Williams said the sentence for second-degree murder will be served at 100 percent. Young ... (click for more)

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you, Dr. King for stepping-out.  Thank you for your lasting voice to what it's all about. Thank you, Dr. King for  stepping up and also showing-up, ...when decisions were being made and  your refusal  to shut-up.  We find your fingerprints on both directions and toward progress.  your modeling, mentoring,  and reactions helps ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Once In A Blue…

On August 21st this past summer, four black women were walking down the street in Dayton, Tn., when a white man asked from his porch, “Are you ladies here to see the eclipse?” Told that yes, they most certainly were, the gentleman pointed to his back deck and another white couple and said, “If you don’t have plans, would you care to sit with us?” The ladies were delighted and ... (click for more)