Whitesburg, KY


The Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series, presented by the Cowan Community Center, is reenergizing the rural Appalachian town’s downtown core to build a stronger and healthier community.


Since 2018, the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series, presented by the Cowan Community Center, has reenergized the site of a former Appalachian railroad yard and shuttered high school to create a thriving gathering place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to envision and create a stronger and healthier community. With a population of 2,000 people, Whitesburg sits on a mountainous span sometimes called “the fertile crescent of country music.” Located at the heart of downtown Whitesburg, the site of this AMP series has seen a burst of energy and engagement with local shops, restaurants, art galleries, and the city’s farmers market, creating a place where community members could transcend ideological divides through a shared affinity for quality music. The 2023 series is once again bringing a wide range of world-class talent to the Mountain Heritage Festival Stage, creating a local point of pride and lively hub for creative and enterprising collaborations.

Presented by the Cowan Community Center, a nonprofit that provides cultural, social, educational and recreational experiences to east Kentucky, in partnership with the City of Whitesburg, the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, Appalshop, Inc., Whitesburg Farmers Market & CANE Kitchen and Letcher County Tourism





Mountain Heritage Festival Stage




June 1-July 28, 2023



Series/Booking Inquiries

Steve Ruth



Laid Back Country Picker

JUNE 1 AT 6:30PM

Renowned local duo strumming melodious country-rock tunes

S.G. Goodman

JUNE 8 AT 6:30PM

Kentucky native delivering gritty, haunting vocals with an alt-rock flair

Selwyn Birchwood

JUNE 15 AT 6:30PM

Groundbreaking blues musician performing with fire-and-brimstone fervor

Cowan Mountain Music Faculty

JUNE 22 AT 6:30PM

Internationally recognized master musicians providing an unforgettable music education

Tami Neilson

JUNE 29 AT 6:30PM

Canadian country songstress weaving captivating vocals with sultry instrumentals

Making Movies


Kansas City natives merging classic rock with Latin American rhythms and African-derived percussion

Marcella Simien

JULY 13 AT 6:30PM

Psychedelic swamp songstress weaving Memphis soul and New Orleans funk

The Sensational Barnes Brothers

JULY 20 AT 6:30PM

Memphis based brothers delivering a compelling blend of Memphis R&B and southern gospel

Senora May

JULY 27 AT 6:30PM

Native Kentuckian singer/songwriter capturing day-to-day mountain life through song

Sundy Best

JULY 28 AT 6:30PM

Kentuckian country duo delivering a soulful blend of country, Appalachian folk, bluegrass, rock, soul, and R&B