SJ-R: “Weekly Y-Block Concert Series To Begin May 30”


There is an article in today’s local paper The State Journal-Register about the big Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series announcement. The article is titled “Weekly Y-Block Concert Series To Begin May 30th” found in the Local section of this Wednesday’s paper, also online right here. From the article:

The Skatalites, one of Jamaica’s original heavy-hitting ska and reggae bands, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Fareed Haque headline the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series on the Y-block in downtown Springfield on Thursday evenings from May 30th to Aug. 1. The series’ musical styles run the gamut, with artists offering up beebop jazz, soul, traditional Celtic, classical and roots-rock.

The full list of ten concerts has been announced, which you can find a list of on our site right here. Dumb Records is on as a main sponsor for the Thursday, June 6th featuring the one and only Skatalites from Jamaica, which is already less than one month away.

Be sure to “like” and follow the Levitt AMP Springfield facebook page for more updates on the concert series.

All Levitt AMP Music Series Dates Announced (May 30th – August 1st)


A lot of you have been very curious as to what the city of Springfield winning a $25,000 grant through the Levitt AMP Foundation would lead to and after a lot of waiting and anticipation the dates for all ten concerts that are set to take place on the Y-Block downtown this summer have been announced. These will be happening Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at 4th and Jackson Streets downtown (very close to our new location). At this point all of the dates have been released as facebook events posted from the Levitt AMP Springfield facebook page. Here are all of them listed out:

May 30th: Damon Mitchell + Integrity
June 6th: The Skatalites + TaQsem
June 13th: The ISO Brass Ensemble
June 20th: Oro Solido + Latin Jazz Project
June 27th: Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble + Jazz Robots
July 4th: Concert + Fireworks
July 11th: Dirty Dozen Brass Band + Frank Parker
July 18th: Liz Cooper & The Stampede + Kate Laine
July 25th: Switchback + Skibbereen
August 1st: John Moreland + Edward David Anderson

There you have it! Dumb Records is on as a main supporting sponsor for the June 6th date with The Skatalites – active since the 1960’s and on tour from Jamaica. Keep updated with everything Levitt Springfield related by following the Levitt AMP Springfield page on facebook. We’ll also be adding all of these shows to our Springfield shows page so you can stay up to date on events going on outside of our space.

Update: Here is a video announcement put together by Downtown Springfield Inc. and PNC Bank for all of the dates.

THE SKATALITES (Jamaican Ska, Est. 1964) Playing Free Outdoor Concert June 6th in Downtown Springfield


We have been holding off BIG TIME in announcing something incredibly exciting that is coming to downtown Springfield as part of the Levitt AMP Springfield concert series that we as Dumb Records had a hand in, but we can no longer hold off as this is something that is happening nearly one month from now. Legendary ska group from Jamaica, THE SKATALITES will be performing FOR FREE on or near the Y-block in downtown Springfield on Thursday, June 6th as a part of the Levitt AMP Concert Series. The Skatalites are a group that has been around playing music in some or another since over 55 years ago. They will be performing here in Springfield as a ten piece band. Stream their first ever album from 1967 on the player below.

The concert is kicking off on the lawn (or nearby) at 6:00 pm with one opening act “TaQsem.” It is free. For those of you unfamiliar on where the Y-block, it is visible right through the alley right next to us (very close to Dumb Records). Find a facebook event for this one right here. This concert is supposed to be one in a ten part series being presented by Levitt AMP Springfield and the Springfield Area Arts Council. We’ll be sure to let you know when all of those concerts are announced, you can also follow their facebook page for updates right here.