Concert series needs votes

The Downtown Business Association and Elko County Art Club ask for online votes to bring an outdoor concert series to downtown.


ELKO – The Elko Downtown Business Association and Elko Art Club are currently ranked in the top 30 group for nonprofit organizations in the competition for a grant to bring a free outdoor community concerts series to downtown Elko.

“I believe the series would bring people to the new look of downtown,” DBA President Jon Karr said. “These concerts would promote the arts, and the Downtown Business Association would match the $25,000 grant to produce the series through the funds by the recreation board through the city of Elko.”

The competition is nationwide, and only the top 15 nonprofit agencies would receive a $25,000 grant to produce their own Levitt AMP outdoor community concert series.

“Initially, my husband and I heard about all the events in downtown Elko,” Rushele Melton said. “When we lived in California, we knew we could go see a concert on Friday and Saturday nights in the community. We want Elko to have a consistent basis of events for children and their families in the community. It’s a way to bring everyone downtown to experience this local culture of music.”

The Levitt AMP music series grant would allow the concert series to bring in new and upcoming bands of all genres, including jazz, blues, big band, rock n’ roll, country, bluegrass and more.

“The organization wants to spread the series west across America, but we just have to prove that we can provide an audience for it,” Karr said.

Carson City was selected as a winner last year.

“All the bands have to be specifically approved by the Levitt AMP Foundation,” Melton said. “They have to be found to work with communities in the improvement of communities and music programs.”

To make the Levitt AMP Elko Concert Series of 2018 a reality for Elko residents, the Downtown Business Association and Elko Art Club need residents to vote either online at the website, or through registering their email on the website.

Each email address registered on the website to vote counts as one vote toward the series. Voters will receive a notification that their vote was cast and an additional notification if Elko wins.

“This series is meant to remind Elko that we care that you work hard, and that it’s an opportunity for the community to come together to support one another as one culture,” Melton said. “I’ve seen the effort and involvement of the community of Elko, and I believe that if they can dream about it, that they can make it happen.”

If Elko wins, the Downtown Business Association and Elko Art Club will work together to establish an outdoor concert venue in Centennial Park, and produce a series of 10 to 12 concerts for the community.

“If Elko wins, we would produce the series of concerts on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer of 2018,” Karr said. “It would one-hundred percent bring people downtown for the excitement of the free music series.”

All votes for the series need to be cast by 5 p.m. Nov. 20.

Winners of the grant will be announced by the Levitt AMP Foundation on Jan. 2.



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