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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Ten-piece salsa orchestra headlining this week’s Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series concert

A ten-piece orchestra from Jacksonville that plays high-energy salsa and Afro-Cuban music will headline a free concert this week as part of the 2022 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series.

On Friday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., musical group LPT will hit the stage at Webb Field (1501 West Silver Springs Boulevard).

Ten piece salsa orchestra headlining this weeks Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series concert
Ten-piece orchestra LPT is this week’s headliner at Webb Field (Photo courtesy of LPT)

During intermission, the cast from Ocala Civic Theatre’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast production will perform a musical number. Concert attendees will also be able to grab a bite to eat from food trucks that will include Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue, Fat Tiki, and Kona Ice Ocala.

Additional free concerts will be held on each Friday through July 1 (excluding May 27), and concertgoers will be treated to live music from the following headliners:

  • Friday, May 6 – Indigenous (Blues).
  • Friday, May 13 – The Byrne Brothers (Celtic).
  • Friday, May 20 – The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard (R&B/Soul).
  • Friday, June 3 – Reggae Force (Reggae).
  • Friday, June 10 – Bette Smith (Soul/Rock).
  • Friday, June 17 – Natu Camara (Guinean Afro-Rock).
  • Friday, June 24 – Melvin Williams (Inspirational).
  • Friday, July 1 – Grand Finale with Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts, and a patriotic performance with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to featuring a diverse lineup of artists that spans multiple musical genres, the concert series will also celebrate Black Music Month in June with African American and Black musicians and a partnership with Ocala’s Juneteenth Celebration.

Each concert will spotlight a local non-profit organization that will conduct a special activity or performance during the event’s intermission. There will also be plenty of food trucks and an Ocala Recreation Mobile trailer with outdoor games and activities.

Admission to each concert is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The music series is a ‘rain or shine’ event, and if a rain call is made, the concert will be moved indoors at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NW 4th Street).

For more information on the concert series, visit the 2022 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series webpage.