The Levitt AMP Foundation Concert Series, Big Freedia Jazzes Up Chattanooga

The Competitive Tinillik Dance Team for inner city youth holds one of the dancers in the air for a choreographed dance at the annual Jazzanooga nonprofit festival on Thursday, September 7, 2018. The Tinillik Dance team showed the Chattanooga community a creative form of art and dance at the Jazzanooga festival. (photo by Justin Sisk)

By Megan Zinger, Staff Writer —

The Levitt AMP Foundation is hosting its second-annual music series Aug. 23- Oct. 25 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on East Martin Luther King Boulevard.


The Levitt AMP Foundation is a matching grant program, located in several cities throughout America, which provides grantees $25k in matching funds to host up to 10 free concerts over an extended period of time.


According to The Levitt AMP Foundation, their three goals are to amplify a city’s character, provide live, free music to enrich lives and demonstrate the importance of vibrant places.


“[The concert series] is a great way to celebrate through some great music and be able to enjoy free music,” Shane Morrow of The Levitt AMP Foundation in Chattanooga said.


On September 6th, Jazzanooga, a non-profit promoter of music education and performance, presented Big Freedia, the “Queen of Bounce,” at the concert series.  


Big Freedia, a rapper and ambassador of high-energy, is a New Orleans-based performer who made her way to Chattanooga, TN.


According to Jazzanooga, Big Freedia brings upon a vibrant twist of hip-hop and upbeat dancing to concertgoers within her performances.

The Levitt AMP Foundation Concert Series is free to the public. For more information visit

Logan Garrett

Logan Garrett


Logan Garrett hails from Vonore, Tennessee and was named Editor-In-Chief of the University Echo in May 2018. He is a communication major with a psychology and Spanish double minor. Logan is also an associate editor for UReCA, an undergraduate research publication journal. You can reach him at or on twitter @LoganGarrett__.

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