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Levitt at the Falls 2021 Season Opens This Weekend

Sioux Falls, SD (June 8, 2021) After a year hiatus, Levitt at the Falls will launch its 2021 season of 40 free concerts this weekend.  The 2021 concert season is presented by Sanford Health and will feature free outdoor concerts from June 11th – September 11th at the Levitt Shell in Falls Park West.  Opening night will be Friday, June 11th featuring GRAMMY-winning Gullah sensation Ranky Tanky.  The lawn will open at 6:00 pm with music beginning at 6:30 pm.  Local percussion ensemble Groove will be featured as the opening act, and youth vocalist Sophia Santos will perform the national anthem.  Audience members are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets and seating is first-come, first-served on the lawn.  In addition to great headlining groups and opening act musicians, Levitt at the Falls will host 3-4 local food trucks at each concert and beverage sales will be available through JJ’s Wine & Spirits.

Opening night’s featured band, Ranky Tanky, is a GRAMMY award-winning, Charleston, SC-based quintet that performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. Their soulful songs are brought to life by mixing the low country Gullah traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, and heartbreaking spirituals can all be found on their latest release Good Time, which won the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots album. The word “Gullah” comes from West Africa and means “a people blessed by God,” and “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely to “Work It,” or “Get Funky!”.

Levitt at the Falls’ second concert will be on Saturday, June 12th featuring top Country Billboard artist Lucas Hoge, with an opening act performance from singer/songwriter Analisa Marie.

Levitt at the Falls is a non-profit organization dedicated to building community through music.  In 2019, their inaugural season welcomed over 58,000 concert-goers to the Levitt Shell for 30 free concerts.  In 2020, their concert series went dark due to the pandemic, but the pivoted Levitt In Your Neighborhood outreach and Levitt In Your Living Room digital activities reached over 250,000 households worldwide. Levitt Shell Sioux Falls is part of a national network of outdoor Levitt music venues and concert sites dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities. Presenting a broad array of music genres and cultural programming, Levitt venues bring together families, friends and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds. The Levitt Shell is located in downtown Sioux Falls at 504 N. Phillips Avenue in Falls Park West.

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