The fourth Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series concert brings the pop/soul newcomers The New Respects to the Mountain Heritage Stage on June 20.
Chicago’s The Claudettes open at 6 p.m.
Combining anthemic pop production, stadium-ready vocals and raw soul, The New Respects are a genre-defying band turning heads nationwide. The New Respects are a family band meshing pop, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll with overlays of acoustic folk to create catchy and memorable songs. Comprised of twins Zandy and Lexi Fitzgerald, brother Darius and their cousin Jasmine Mullen, the Nashville-based group’s family is steeped in religious music tradition, which transformed into undeniable soul and an incredible musical legacy that flows through the roots of their family tree.
Raised within the buzzing creative community of artists and songwriters that Music City has to offer, the band’s sound is somewhere between The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin — effortlessly classic, but enduringly fresh.
As one of the only female-fronted bands comprised of people of color in the overwhelmingly white spaces of spiritual, roots and country music, The New Respects channel the power of perseverance and wear their identity proudly in their music. NPR Music has described them as a “bright-eyed” group “calibrated for maximum pop effect,” while PopMatters lauded them for being one of the “hottest acts of this summer.” With spots at Bonnaroo and Fire On The Water festival, and their critically-acclaimed release “Before The Sun Goes Down” in 2018, The New Respects are a force that will soon become a staple of pop, rock and soul.
The Claudettes travel from Chicago to share their eclectic mix of delta blues, old-time jazz/swing, and pure punk attitude to make a double bill that should not be missed.
The Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series is ten concerts each Thursday from May 30 through Aug. 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 & 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.
Visit http://levittamp.org/ whitesburg for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.