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"Songs that smile…. remarkable vocal arrangements that feature intertwining lines and gorgeous harmonies, a sun-splashed style underscores the positive messages of love, peace and self-awareness.  Each tune serves as another stepping stone toward a better day & a richer life." Tom Staudter, Croton Gaz. / NY Times
 
 

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on the road...

  • The celebration continues.
Blue Bottle coffee at the Art Cafe.
    The celebration continues. Blue Bottle coffee at the Art Cafe.
  • Celebrating thirteen beautiful years together at Strawberry Place in Nyack, NY
    Celebrating thirteen beautiful years together at Strawberry Place in Nyack, NY
  • The Tick and Jordan Anderson. Two of our favorite guys with the same super hairdo.
    The Tick and Jordan Anderson. Two of our favorite guys with the same super hairdo.
  • Acostic Music Scene with our friends Josh Joffen and The YaYas
    Acostic Music Scene with our friends Josh Joffen and The YaYas
  • The new Sunday morning church? Zoom in to see the congregants.
    The new Sunday morning church? Zoom in to see the congregants.
  • Bubbah Ganoush in a Trust T with Bird the Mule
    Bubbah Ganoush in a Trust T with Bird the Mule
  • Fabulous people wearing  Trust T-Shirts.
    Fabulous people wearing Trust T-Shirts.
  • Today is a holiday for all bookstores!
#harperlee #ToKillAMockingbird #gosetawatchman
    Today is a holiday for all bookstores! #harperlee #ToKillAMockingbird #gosetawatchman
  • Finishing up two outdoor gigs on a Sunday in Hastings. This lamppost guiding us home.
    Finishing up two outdoor gigs on a Sunday in Hastings. This lamppost guiding us home.
  • Bubbles for fireworks on the 5th.#bubbles #iridescentair
    Bubbles for fireworks on the 5th.#bubbles #iridescentair
  • Shrooms in the yard..."Down by the river, seasons will pass you by. I get up, I get down..." Yes #thelevinsmusic.com, #mushrooms, #Yes,
    Shrooms in the yard..."Down by the river, seasons will pass you by. I get up, I get down..." Yes #thelevinsmusic.com, #mushrooms, #Yes,
  • Spotlight sunset.  Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio #sunset, #ohio, #thelevinsmusic.com
    Spotlight sunset. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio #sunset, #ohio, #thelevinsmusic.com
  • In Cuyahoga Falls Ohio today.
Bugs Bunny: I give up, Mr. Fudd. Why is the state of Ohio different?
Elmer Fudd: Because it's high in the middle and wound on both ends! O-HI-O! #bugsbunny, ElmerFudd, #Ohio, #thelevinsmusic.com
    In Cuyahoga Falls Ohio today. Bugs Bunny: I give up, Mr. Fudd. Why is the state of Ohio different? Elmer Fudd: Because it's high in the middle and wound on both ends! O-HI-O! #bugsbunny, ElmerFudd, #Ohio, #thelevinsmusic.com
  • Crossing the Mississippi River. #mississippiriver
    Crossing the Mississippi River. #mississippiriver
  • On the wall In a gas station along old HWY 30, IA.  #ontheroadagain. #traveler,
#thelevinsmusic.com, #unknown
    On the wall In a gas station along old HWY 30, IA. #ontheroadagain. #traveler, #thelevinsmusic.com, #unknown
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gigs

Date Event Location
Music at the Mission Music in the Mission, West Milford NJ, NY Music in the Mission, West Milford NJ, NY
Private Event Montvale, NJ Montvale, NJ
JUST BE LOVE! Tour OSCL Social Hall, Oakland, CA OSCL Social Hall, Oakland, CA
Opening for Brother Sun Sounding Board Coffee House, Hartford, CT Sounding Board Coffee House, Hartford, CT
Wednesday Night Live! with Pluck & Rail The Winery at St George, Mohegan Lake, NY The Winery at St George, Mohegan Lake, NY
Garden Stage Concert Garden City, NY Garden City, NY
Lighten Up Edgar; The Poe Show Kinderhook Library, Kinderhook, NY Kinderhook Library, Kinderhook, NY
Tribes Hill Kindred Folk Embark , Peekskill, NY Embark , Peekskill, NY
Focus Focus Concert Series, Falls Church, VA 22042 Focus Concert Series, Falls Church, VA 22042
The Levins at the Blue Rock Blue Rock Cafe, Hudson, OH 44236 Blue Rock Cafe, Hudson, OH 44236
The Levins Java Joes, Des Moines, IA 50309 Java Joes, Des Moines, IA 50309
Kripalu Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA 01262 Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Soulful Sundown Coffeehouse Concert Shelter Rock UU, Manhasset, NY 11030 Shelter Rock UU, Manhasset, NY 11030
Special guest for Catie Curtis New Moon Coffeehouse / Universalist Unitarian , Haverhill, MA New Moon Coffeehouse / Universalist Unitarian , Haverhill, MA
North Elk Coffeehouse North East, MD 21901 North East, MD 21901
Borderline Folk Music Club TBD TBD

EXCITING NEWS! A brand new review of My Friend Hafiz in the Science of Mind Magazine - A Guide for Spiritual Living!

" Lyrical pearls of wisdom float along on the luscious harmonies Levin and Bordenaro offer from their beautiful hearts."  
Lisa Ferraro, Science of Mind Magazine  August, 2015

What an honor! 
An internationally-distributed magazine, available at Barnes and Noble nation-wide and it's a lovely full page review.  A few instrumentalists were mentioned but not all so  please visit our CD listings for all musicians that were part of this recording that continues to shine!  We are forever grateful to Daniel Ladinsky and his inspiring renditions of Hafiz's poetry.

We will be sharing TRUST with the reviewer soon and there is a even possibility we will get to share a show in California in September with the fabulous musician that reviewed our CD... So stay tuned!​
  • The cover story features the beautiful love story of the founder of multi-media giant, SoundsTrue Radio. What a vision she had! 
  • It was so much fun to walk into Barnes and Noble and buy a copy! And no, we didn't say anything to the guy behind the counter.
  • For those that have asked, this is a wonderful magazine with very affirmative non-dogmatic and inclusive monthly companion with daily affirmations and inspiring articles
Link to purchase CD
Link to hear Music 
Link to Learn More about the Full Theatrical Circus Production of My Friend Hafiz

 




LATEST NEWS!

10th Annual Huntington Folk Festival ! - July 26 

Returning to the 
Huntington Folk Festival!


July 26th  3:00pm,
Heckscher Park
Main Street, Huntington, NY
Music - Noon - 10:30 pm

A day filled with free music in the park! Many members of our musical community will be performing throughout the day culminating with Tom Paxton headlining ton the main stage.  It's an annual event that has been gallantly spearheaded by Michael Kornfeld of www.acousticmusicscene.com for the past decade!


 

Hastings Flea and Irvington Farmers Market 

We love playing the regional markets when possible.  
We see familiar faces we rarely get to see.  
We get to know and support the local vendors / artists in our
communities, share stories and get our veggies for the week.
Its a lovely way to start the day.

Sunday we will be at both the Irvington Farmers Market 11am-1pm 
and Hastings Flea 3-4pm.  
A sweet friend of ours started this venture and
we are very proud to be singing there on Sunday afternoon.  
 Music all day! Held cross from the Hastings Train Station.
All details here: HASTINGSFLEA.COM

 

ROCKLAND-BERGEN MUSIC FESTIVAL! June 27th - 28th 

 We play Sunday at 2:50 pm. on
Stefan's Turning Point Stage. 

Join us & hang out to hear more great music - Shawn Colvin later that dayThe 2nd Annual music festival is held TWO days this year. And as tradition,  the festival promotor Joe D'Urso is offering free entrance to those that turn 50 in 2015. 
German Masonic Park
120 Western Highway, Tappan, NY
Music 11am - 7:30pm

Full schedule and tons of information can be found at the link below.

www.rocklandmusicfestival.com
 
Saturday Night!  (27th) - 9 pm
After the festival, join us for a
special event at Jersey Boys Bar and Grille  704 River Road, New Milford, NJ

 
 

June 9th: NYC- On Your Radar with John Platt, WFUV 

We are so excited to be a part of the established monthly series curated by John Platt, WFUV. We are featured with Brian Dunne and Toby Tobias and it promises to be a great night of music  - don't' miss it! 
 

Cover $12  / 21+ / Doors at 6:30- show starts promptly at 7:00

It's best to buy tickets in advance at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/854505

 

Listen to music by the artists on our ReverbNation page http://www.reverbnation.com/plattsonyourradar

 

MAY 30th - Connecticut / HARTFOLK FESTIVAL  


SATURDAY, MAY 30th. 7:30 pm
HARTFOLK FESTIVAL

The Center for the Arts & Humanities
University of Saint Joseph
1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT
Tickets:
$22 Adults | $17 Seniors | $10 Youth | $10 Military

with The Nields, Han and the Radio Flyers 
James Maple and Kristen Graves!

NEW TRUST REVIEWS! 

Reviews for TRUST!!   We've enjoyed each reviewers personal take on our songs and especially seeing the "through lines", the consistency in what they take away. The reviews are heartening, honoring and humbling…all in a very good way.  
More coming, but here's a start!

  • Review from John Apice, No Depression: http://nodepression.com/album-review/levins-–-trust
    • “Upon cracking open The Levins’ (pronounced The LeVinns) new album Trust – their second -- instantly caught me by surprise. Their title track kicks off the album and immediately I heard a delightful radiating tune with irrisitible glimmers of Richard and Linda Thompson.”  Continue reading here...
  • Review from George Graham : Graham Album Review, George Graham  http://georgegraham.com/reviews/levins.html
    • "The Levins have created a very pleasing album that is just the thing for when you want to feel better about the world.   Continue reading here...
  • John Hammel, Homegrown Music: "The Levins new cd Trust is a nonpareil example of perfect harmonization coupled with the lyrical and melodic gifts of a Paul Simon.  I was impressed (rightly so) with their last cd and this new project cements the fact of their superlative artistry." 
  • One review, by Tom Staudter, formerly of the NY Times, wrote such a wonderful review that was featured in the Croton Gazette and drew new listeners to our recent show in Peekskill. (The power of print!) 
    • ​"Songs that smile…. remarkable vocal arrangements that feature intertwining lines and gorgeous harmonies, a sun-splashed style underscores the positive messages of love, peace and self-awareness. A perfect antidote to the headlines of the NY Times and the world of sadness and horror hinted at on television.  The straight forward vocals and unhurried tempos allow listeners to share in the earnest and honest musical art that Julia and Ira have perfected. Each tune serves as another stepping stone toward a better day and a richer life."

MAY 9th - Opening for MODERN MAN! 

 
HURDY GURDY FOLK CLUB   SATURDAY MAY 9th  8 pm  
 
This is a real Treat!  We get to open for Modern Man! "A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers - David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters... interweaving themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness…"    www.modernman.com
 
These fellas are so much fun and we'd probably be in the audience even if we weren't  opening for them.  It might give us the chance to pull out "More Yiddish" and "Get Your Bony Chin Out of My Clavicle"…although we were warned that "as far as being funny, you're up against Mount Rushmore!"  

Join us! -if you you need a lift…it just might be the melodic elixir.  
10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ  /  Tickets for non-members- $25  
 

THE LEVINS at KRIPALU - Saturday, May 3rd 


This was on our wish list when we moved east. Performing at Kripalu. A center for the healing arts, transformation, healthy living, yoga and more. it  hosts a wealth of speakers, presenters and artists such as Julia Cameron of "The Artist's Way" who will be presenting this week and I am one of many that was inspired by that book over the years. 

This concert is not open to the public, but day passes are or if you happen to be participating in any events this weekend, drop in and sing with us. 
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MUSIC VIDEO : "Lines in the Land"