By Melissa Conrad Rushville Republican
---- — Levi Riggs will headline a free concert Saturday, Aug. 10, at Rushville’s Riverside Park Amphitheater.
The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. with opener Amish Open Mic Band.
Riggs, a Danville native, has performed all over the world and has opened for country stars such as The Band Perry, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge.
Rocketing on the momentum of singles “My Best Friend’s A Girl” and “There’s Still A Place For That,” Levi Riggs’ newest CD “I’m Good” is expected to be released on iTunes Aug. 20.
Swooning audiences since age 10 with John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold,” Levi, now 27 years old, proves every show that he is one of country music’s brightest and fastest rising stars. With his non-stop energy, enthusiasm, and a smile that just won’t quit Levi creates a style of country music all on his own.
When it comes to authenticity, Levi truly lives the country lifestyle he sings about, working with country music fans every day, selling corn and soybean seed to farmers in the state of Indiana.
“I spend my weekdays visiting with growers and providing seed recommendations on their farms. They are my audience...That’s who I am,” he says.
Clearly one of the most ambitious country music artists, Riggs founded his own label, Windridge Records, and named it after his family’s Jersey dairy cattle farm.
Having spent his entire collegiate career on stages all over the world with the famous Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Riggs has learned to craft his recordings to fit his live show.
His first single, “My Best Friend’s A Girl,” ran up the charts as an indie label at a rapid pace, peaking at #52 on Billboard Indicator, a huge accomplishment for an independent! This single exploded with excitement from new fans begging to hear it at Riggs’ concerts. Originally released January of 2012, the excitement of this single continued as fans drove from New York to Minnesota just to hear Levi sing the single at the 2012 WE Fest (arguably the largest outdoor country music festival in the United States).
But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Not only did Levi perform for WE Fest, he also has opened for major acts, some of which include The Band Perry, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge.
One event in particular that Levi is very proud of was being invited to play for Manuel at the famous Nashville country music clothing designer’s 79th birthday party!
Best friend to Johnny Cash (one of Levi’s biggest music influences, along with Elvis Presley and Harry Chapin), Levi was floored with the response Manuel gave when asked what kind of look he thought Levi should have on stage. His answer, “I see you wearing black like the young Johnny Cash....no black coats, though...and be humble about it.”
Like Johnny, Levi sings and writes about what’s true to him, even if it means having to sing on the heavier side of subjects. “I don’t write songs just to write. I write about what I have passion for, what I’m growing through, and what’s real to me....and if I don’t write it, I pick songs that sound like I did.”
Riggs wants songs his fans can sing along to and go home with a piece of him and what he has experienced in life. His passion for his music and his fans shines through when he stands and signs autographs and takes pictures after his concerts at his “meet and greet,” visiting until the last fan leaves.
2012 marked a turning point in Riggs’ career with the single on the charts “There’s Still A Place For That,” along with a music video taken in Levi’s hometown of Danville. The video expresses the values of the young country singer and his views of family, faith, and patriotism. Armed with a new single, unrelenting drive and work ethic, and a team of some of the best professionals in the industry, there is little room to doubt that Levi Riggs will become a country music superstar.
About Amish Open Mic Band
Consisting of close friends Troy Herbert, Stan Richards and Marc McCane (Wally), Rushville’s own Amish Open Mic Band is self-described as “unusually hip, casually acoustic,” and will be sure to cover country, blues and rock.
Riverside Park Amphitheater is a premier outdoor music venue located at 100 West Water Street in Rushville. The venue is a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age; however, no alcohol is to be brought into the park and all coolers are checked upon entry.
Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available.
Looking ahead to the remainder of the season in August, Who’s Bad (The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band) will perform Aug. 24. This live performance is an unrivaled celebration of the pop music’s king. Their power-packed performance has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.
In September, Riverside Park Amphitheater welcomes Pink Droyd (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) as they bring to life the music of Pink Floyd Saturday, Sept. 21 with classic hits like “Money,” “Another Brick in the Wall (part II)” and “Wish You Were Here.”
For more information visit www.rushvilleamphitheater.com.