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2017 Levitt National Tour, The Suffers will play a FREE Levitt Pavilion Dayton Preview Concert this summer!
As a part of the 2017 Levitt National Tour, The Suffers will bring their “Gulf Coast Soul” to Dave Hall Plaza on Thursday, August 17th at 7:00pm for the Levitt Dayton Preview Concert. Friends of Levitt Dayton are excited to provide the Dayton community a FREE Levitt experience as a preview of what’s to come in 2018. This 8-piece powerhouse of ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ celebrates the rich diversity of the band’s hometown of Houston—masterfully melding classic American soul with genres as wide-ranging as rock, Latin ska, Cajun, hip hop, country and R&B. When asked about the origin of the self-coined term ‘Gulf Coast Soul,’ lead vocalist Kam Franklin explained, “When I think of the Gulf, I think of good food, humidity, diverse cultures, and this is all reflected in The Suffers. We come from different backgrounds, but it all comes together in our band and we create a gumbo of music. It might not make sense on paper to put a Latin percussionist with a gospel singer with a classically trained saxophonist with a jazz drummer, but for us, it works.” This approach has already earned The Suffers a place on numerous ‘artists to watch’ lists, rave reviews from Billboard, NPR and The New York Times and a growing international fan base—and they’re just getting started!
The Suffers are frequently praised for their heartfelt, high-energy live shows. The combined force of the rhythm and horn sections’ contagious grooves and Kam Franklin’s soaring vocals has wowed audiences and critics alike in venues across the globe—from small, intimate settings like NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, to large-scale festivals like the Newport Folk Fest and Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest, to popular late night television shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Along with pushing musical boundaries, The Suffers are dedicated to inspiring fans to live boldly and tap into their own potential. This dynamic band will move people of all ages and backgrounds, with their raw, fiery Gulf Coast Soul!
Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton continues to work to close the gap in the $5 million capital campaign to build this state-of-the-art music venue in downtown Dayton. There is roughly $300,000 still needed in order to reach the goal. We encourage everyone to continue making contributions to make Levitt Pavilion Dayton a reality. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of a visionary group. Hosting 50 concerts each summer, the future Levitt Pavilion Dayton will be a place for the community to come together to enjoy FREE live music throughout the summer. Future performances will include local, regional, and national acts like The Suffers. Contributions can be made via the website at www.LevittDayton.org.
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