2022 Levitt National Tour
Levitt National Tour returned this summer to present free performances and high-energy grooves by headliner The New Respects!
The Levitt National Tour was back in 2022, giving audiences many reasons to get up and dance! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the tour returned with a six-venue run and two Levitt AMP communities, highlighting the collective impact of the Levitt network and a common mission to build community through music. Sharing that vision, The New Respects, a rising trio known for bright, feel-good tracks stacked with lush harmonies and propulsive beats that get all ages dancing, headlined the 2022 Levitt National Tour!
This energetic family affair, dubbed “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, presented electrifying evenings of danceable pop, soul and rock & roll. As a collaborative programming effort of the Levitt network, The New Respects marked the return of the tour, which began in 2014 with the world-music fusion of Playing For Change. A highlight of the free concerts series performed at Levitt venues nationwide, other Tour artists have included Flor De Toloache (2019) with their blend of traditional mariachi with jazz, salsa and pop music; Southern rocker Paul Thorn and gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama (2018); Gulf Coast soul sensation The Suffers (2017); and genre-busting violin duo Black Violin (2015).
Hailing from Nashville, Zandy Mowry lays down the group’s funk-inspired grooves on guitar, her brother Darius Fitzgerald drives the beat with his retro rhythms and their cousin Jasmine Mullen brings it all together with soaring lead vocals. Having performed together since their youth, the 20-something trio uplifts audiences with their playful, energetic and familiar vibe. Filled with catchy hooks and fresh throwback sounds, the group’s debut 5-song EP Here Comes Trouble (2017) launched them into the national spotlight as Rolling Stone named them one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” Quickly gaining traction with fans and critics alike, the EP’s standout single, “Trouble” garnered over 2 million streams and received sync placements with Fox Sports, ESPN and TNT. On the heels of their success, The New Respects embraced an aggressive touring schedule, opening for Switchfoot, Robert Randolph, O.A.R., and NEEDTOBREATHE, and making appearances at key festivals such as Hangout, Bumbershoot and Rock the Ranch. The group’s star continued to rise after releasing their 2018 album Before the Sun Goes Down to critical acclaim.
With touring halted during the pandemic, The New Respects worked on new music and recently released their first acoustic EP, Don’t Panic (2022) featuring spiritual inspirations to hold onto hope and love during times of uncertainty. Levitt National Tour audiences are in for unforgettable evenings that’s equal parts eclectic and electric featuring fan favorites “No Drama,” “Freedom,” and “What Makes the World,” plus the debut of new music from their upcoming album this summer!
Read more about the 2022 Levitt National Tour in Levitt Now.