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Free concerts to return in 2020

The Levitt AMP Concert Series is coming back to Whitesburg for the third year in a row this summer.

Voters chose the Whitesburg site as one of 17 concert venues for this year’s concert series. The free shows will be every Thursday night at the Mountain Heritage Village Stage.

Valerie Horn of the Cowan Community Action Group, the lead partner for the grant, said organizers have begun talking to performers, but nothing is final.

In the past, the concert series has hosted such acts as Webb Wilder and the Beatniks, La Misa Negra, the Nasti Nati Brass Band, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert series is one of three awarded in Kentucky, with the others at Berea and Middlesboro. Middlesboro received a multi-year grant last year, the fourth time it had applied. Two other cities have multi-year grants — Sheboygen, Wis., and Trenton, N.J. Horn said it’s not a given that sites will receive multi-year grants, but she is hoping that will happen with Whitesburg.

“What I am positive of is we go through the same process next year as we did this time,” she said.

The Levitt AMP series is sponsored by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. Each city gets $25,000 to put on a concert series that is free to the public. Each organization must match that grant with an equal amount of money. Horn said Appalachian Regional Healthcare is the “presenting sponsor” of the event in Whitesburg, giving $10,000 for the event. Other sponsors include the City of Whitesburg, the Mountain Heritage Festival, Appalshop, the Appalachian Impact Fund, Double Kwik, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, Appalachian Groundswell, and the Letcher County Tourism Commission.

While Cowan has raised the money for the match, it will continue to raise money for extras during the concert series. Horn said it’s amazing to her that the concert series here finished first, second and fourth in the online voting when matched against such cities as Santa Fe, N.M.

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