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Free concert series is returning to Whitesburg for 10 more weeks

Whitesburg will have 10 weeks of free outdoor concerts for a second summer after the Levitt Amp Foundation again awarded a $25,000 grant to Cowan Community Center.

The Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation announced the grant on Tuesday.

Whitesburg is one of three cities in the state that will host the Levitt Amp Concert Series. The others are Berea and Middlesboro. Middlesboro has had the series for four years and received a multi-year grant this year funding concerts through 2021.

This will be the second year that Cowan Community Center and the City of Whitesburg have partnered for the concert series.

“I am so glad to hear this great news,” Valerie Horn, of Cowan Community Center, said Tuesday after receiving notification of the award. “I felt positive about it, but you never know.”

The community center is the grant recipient and partners with Whitesburg for the concert series. A committee made up of people from Cowan and Whitesburg organizes the series.

Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft said it is a “great partnership” with Cowan, and is great for the city.

“I want to personally thank everyone who took time to vote for our city,” he said. “I’m looking forward to another season of wonderful music under the stars.”

The grant is for $25,000, but grant recipients have to match that with $25,000 in local money. Based on the success of last year’s program, that money was already pledged before the grant was awarded.

The concert series will be held in the same location as this year, the Mountain Heritage Village Stage on Depot Street.

The concerts will begin in May and will continue for 10 consecutive weeks. An exact schedule hasn’t been set. That will be announced later, as will the performers booked for the shows, Horn said.

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