Free Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series Concert

New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band layers traditional brass band music with bebop jazz, funk and R&B for a lively “musical gumbo.” With opening act Frank Parker.

Special thanks to Concert Sponsor Recycled Records.

The Official After Party is at Celtic Mist Pub.

This free concert series is made possible by a competitive matching grant from the Levitt Foundation, plus matching local support from presenting sponsor PNC Bank, plus Isringhausen Imports, City of Springfield, Springfield Park District, Radio Matters Partnership: Midwest Family Broadcasting-Capitol Radio Group -Neuhoff Media, Wyndham City Centre, US Bank, Levi Ray & Shoup, Springfield Convention & Visitors Center, Illinois REALTORS, Central Baptist Church, Evan Lloyd Architects, Illinois National Bank, HISO Music, Star Graphics, Conn’s Hospitality, Kerber Eck & Braeckel, Heartland Coca-Cola, Alderman Kristin Dicenso, WUIS’ Nightsounds, Cavanagh & OHara LLP, Foamed Up, Alderman Joe McMenamin, Arch Coal Viper Mine, Springfield Jaycees, Springfield Sliders, Catalano Creative, and UAct.

The series has been organized by Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, Downtown Springfield, Inc and Springfield Area Arts Council.

VENUE EXPECTATIONS

  • Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic!
  • Site will be open to public prior to 6 pm start time – free kids activities by the Springfield Park District will begin at 5:30 pm
  • Bring your own food and beverages (no glass containers)
  • On site food and beverage concessions will be available (alcohol purchase will require I.D.)
  • Check out downtown restaurants before or after the performances!
  • Please clean up your area at the end of the evening (garbage bins will be provided)
  • Service dogs are always welcome
  • To ensure a safe and welcoming experience for all concertgoers, other dogs are only allowed if: they are well-behaved; they are kept by owner’s side on a short (6 ft. or less), non-retractable leather or nylon leash; their owners pick up after them; and their owners agree to cover any damage, should it occur. Concert organizers reserve the right to ask that owners remove pets from the concert, if needed.

PARKING

Free parking is available at downtown street meters after 5 pm on weekdays (and all day Saturday and Sunday).

For nearby parking garages, might we suggest:

  • INB Parking Garage: adjacent to Levitt AMP concert site, at 4th and Capitol (suggested $5 donation to support three non-profits activating Levitt AMP concerts
  • Herndon Parking Garage: adjacent to the Hoogland Center for the Arts, at 6th and Capitol ($5 fee)

Mark Kessler, of Recycled Records Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

On, January 23rd, Downtown Springfield, Inc hosted their 26th Annual Awards Dinner highlighting the people and places that make downtown the hub for culture in Springfield. One very special award went to Mark Kessler, of Recycled Records for his tireless work in our community. Here is the speech the Past DSI Director, Victoria Ringer gave while announcing her dear friend as the recipient of the Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award:

I am Honored to be presenting the Wally Henderson LifeTime Achievement Award
this evening. Wally and his wife Brynn came to mean a lot to me and my husband
Doug. Our recipient and his wife have also be like Wally, this man has made his
mark on downtown by saying exactly what he thinks, working harder than the
average guy, giving back to his community and pulling no punches. 

In fact, as did Wally, our recipient would often call the DSI office and give his
opinion, often with volume and passion, on an issue affecting downtown. He would
always end the conversation with “you know I love ya, right”. Yep, I did.
When it comes to historical knowledge, business savvy, and the ability to
communicate I always knew where to send the media when they were looking for a
good interview or story. Running a family business that has been in the same
location for over 100 years takes stamina, the ability to acclimate to good and bad
economic situations, and character.

What once began as a downtown furniture store has evolved into a national
destination for collectors, famous musicians and people wanting to have a real
experience when shopping for jewelry, vintage items and, of course, music. You will
find an experienced staff, unusual displays and one constant overseeing the entire
menagerie.

Not unlike a fine vinyl record, this man has unique grooves, a crisp voice and the
ability to make a difference in the way you feel just by having a listen.
It is my great pleasure to present the Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award
to Mark Kessler, of Recycled Records.

 

Other winners of the night included:

Best Retail: The Roost

Best Restaurant: VELE

Best Not for Profit Initiative:  Lincoln Library and Director Will O’Hearn

2018 Most Impactful Public-Private Partnership: Kidzeum of Health and Science and the City of Springfield

Green Leadership: Kevin Greene

Best Renovation: St. George Apartments – Josh Wagoner

Best Creative Promotion: Hashtag Adams Family developed by Mark Forinash, Cafe Moxo

Best 2018 Event: Old Capitol Blues and BBQ Festival

Best Nightlife: Buzz Bomb Brewery

Bicentennial Award: Illinois Governor Mansions Association & Illinois REALTORS

Downtown Advocate of the Year: Linda Renehan

Volunteer of the Year: Brenda Stroh

 

To read more about the Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award, see the article posted in the SJ-R

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