Levitt AMP Whitesburg presents a night of jazz

The third Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series concert features the jazz-fusion stylings of the Ethan Jodziewicz Group at the Mountain Heritage Festival stage on June 13.

The third Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series concert features the jazz-fusion stylings of the Ethan Jodziewicz Group at the Mountain Heritage Festival stage on June 13. Bek and the Starlight Review open the show.

A musician first and foremost, Ethan Jodziewicz fully embodies the notion that nearly anything is possible on the bass. Playing bluegrass, jazz, old-time, funk, symphonic and chamber music and also to push the boundaries of bass playing beyond its traditional roles.

As an in-demand ensemble player, Jodziewicz spends much of his time traveling the world, and playing the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, A Prairie Home Companion, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and hundreds of others. He is also featured on a few dozen albums, including Sierra Hull’s GRAMMY-nominated ​Weighted Mind,​ several albums with Darol Anger, and a duo recording of fiddle music with Tatiana Hargreaves.

Jodziewicz leads The Ethan Jodziewicz Group, which explores his original fusion jazz compositions and free improvisation. The group includes outstanding Nashville session musicians Mark Raudabaugh on drums, Matt Menefee on electric banjo, and Matt Endahl on keyboards.

Jodziewicz also currently tours with The Milk Carton Kids, following four years on the road with mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull and previously played for four years in Mr. Sun (feat. Darol Anger), and several years performing with songrwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Chopak. He has also shared the stage with Béla Fleck, David Grisman, Tony Trischka, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Turtle Island Quartet, Howard Levy, Time for Three, the Seattle and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, and many more.

Bek & the Starlight Review take the stage at 6 p.m., with the Ethan Jodziewicz Group performing at 7 p.m. on the Mountain Heritage Festival stage. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Appalshop in downtown Whitesburg.

The Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series is ten concerts each Thursday from May 30 through August 8. Each show is free and family friendly. Music lovers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the shows. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at each show.

Sponsored in part by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation and presented by Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the series will feature a diverse lineup of regional, national and international talent spanning genres from country to jazz to blues to classical.

Partnering with the Cowan Community Center to present the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series are the City of Whitesburg, the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, Whitesburg Farmers Market and Appalshop. Major sponsors for the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series are Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Double Kwik Stores, Pikeville Medical Center, Appalachian Impact Fund, and the Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation.

Visit ​http://levittamp.org/​whitesburg for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.

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