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

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