2017 Levitt National Tour


2017 Levitt National Tour

The Suffers

In summer 2017, The Levitt National Tour returned with critical sensation and rising stars, The Suffers—an 8–piece powerhouse that got us dancing to their fiery blend of Gulf Coast Soul meets rock meets funk!

About the Tour

Building upon the success of previous Levitt National Tours—Playing For Change in 2014 and Black Violin in 2015—the 2017 Levitt National Tour featured Houston’s 8-piece ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ sensation, The Suffers. Kam Frankin’s powerful vocals soar over the band’s fiery fusion of classic American soul and rock with a unique Houstonian twist, thrilling audiences and critics alike.

Through July and August, the Tour stopped at six Levitt locations—including Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa; Dayton; Denver; Los Angeles; and Memphis. Each Levitt tour stop was a super fun evening for the entire community!

About The Suffers

“The large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice.” —WHYY (PBS)

The Suffers, an 8-piece powerhouse who celebrate the rich diversity of their hometown of Houston, masterfully meld classic American soul with genres as wide-ranging as rock, Latin ska, Cajun, hip-hop, country and R&B to create what they call ‘Gulf Coast Soul.’ When asked about the origin of the self-coined term ‘Gulf Coast Soul,’ lead vocalist Kam Franklin explained, “When I think of the Gulf, I think of good food, humidity, diverse cultures, and this is all reflected in The Suffers. We come from different backgrounds, but it all comes together in our band and we create a gumbo of music. It might not make sense on paper to put a Latin percussionist with a gospel singer with a classically trained saxophonist with a jazz drummer, but for us, it works.” This approach earned The Suffers a place on numerous ‘artists to watch’ lists, rave reviews from Billboard, NPR and The New York Times and a growing international fan base—and they’re just getting started!

The Suffers are frequently praised for their heartfelt, high-energy live shows. The combined force of the rhythm and horn sections’ contagious grooves and Kam Franklin’s soaring vocals has wowed audiences and critics alike in venues across the globe—from small, intimate settings like NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, to large-scale festivals like the Newport Folk Fest and Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest, to popular late night television shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Along with pushing musical boundaries, The Suffers are dedicated to inspiring fans to live boldly and tap into their own potential.

Read more about the 2017 Levitt National Tour in reVerb, the Levitt blog.


Tour Artists


The War and Treaty


La Santa Cecilia


The New Respects


Flor De Toloache


Paul Thorn and Blind Boys of Alabama


The Suffers


Black Violin


Playing For Change