Marcella and Her Lovers will perform a free concert in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday (Sept. 16) at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series.
Marcella and Her Lovers will bring an eclectic mixture of the dark magic of Louisiana swamps and the angelic grind of Memphis soul to Cleveland. Their repertoire spans Stax classics to wall-of-sound pop unforgettables.
Lead songstress Marcella Rene Simien, hailing from Lafayette, La., grew up onstage with her father, two-time Grammy award winner Terrance Simien.
In 2009, she moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis College of Art. In no time she was back onstage, delighting audiences with a sound born from fusing elements of her Creole heritage with Memphis soul. In addition to her work with her own group, Simien was featured on her father’s most recent album “Dockside Sessions,” which won a Grammy in January of 2014.
The Marcella and Her Lovers concert will take place on the downtown green space near College Street. Airport Grocery will sell dinners and Delta Dairy will sell frozen treats. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, ice chests and bug repellant. Glass bottles are not allowed.
Kelsey Collins will be the opening act beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series is supported in part by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free outdoor concert series in America. Dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities, Levitt partners with cities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2015, free Levitt concerts will take place in 16 cities across 14 states, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent. In addition to Levitt AMP, Levitt forms the only national network of nonprofit outdoor music venues, each presenting 50+ free concerts each year. Within this region is the Levitt Shell (www.levittshell.org) in Memphis, with concerts taking place this May, June, July, September and October. Learn more about Levitt locations and impact at: www.levittpavilions.org.
The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series is sponsored by Delta State University and its partners: the Delta Music Institute, Delta State University Student Government Association, the city of Cleveland, Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Team Cleveland, The Grammy Museum Mississippi, Peavey, Domino’s Pizza and the Delta Arts Alliance.
For more information about the Cleveland Amp Levitt Concerts Series, visit http://concerts.levittamp.org/cleveland, or call the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce at 662-843-2712.