Vote for Outlaw Square to receive Levitt Amp Music Series Grant

While construction workers battle the weather in anticipation of its opening, Outlaw Square is also in the midst of an online voting battle for a $25,000 Levitt Amp Music Series grant that will help fund a free 14-week Wednesday night summer concert series. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson 

DEADWOOD — Named one of 25 finalists, Outlaw Square is already the subject of a battle, as the site competes with more than 30 other venues like it across the country for a $25,000 Levitt AMP matching grant to help fund its free summer concert series. 

The opportunity was created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small- to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000; its goal to strengthen the social fabric of America through free live music. Grant recipients will each be awarded $25,000 in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series, a free outdoor concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians, and Deadwood’s Outlaw Square Wednesday Night Concert Series is one of 25 finalists out of 33 applicants.

Grant winners are determined by the number of votes cast for the different town projects being considered and Deadwood is currently at number 19, with votes being taken from the public at now through 6 p.m. Nov. 20.

“So go to the web site and vote, vote, vote,” said Outlaw Square Director Bobby Rock. “Help support Deadwood. Without the public’s help, we won’t succeed.”

The Levitt Foundation will review the top proposals and select the 2020 Levitt AMP winners, to be announced Dec. 20.

Rock said businesses are offering incentives to get people to vote for Outlaw Square. Saloon No. 10 is offering a chance to win $100 for those who vote through their Facebook page and Holiday Inn Express is offering a room giveaway, as well.

If Outlaw Square wins the matching grant, it will give officials a larger budget with which to work in staging its Wednesday night concert nights.

“The matching sponsor for the other $25,000 of the grant is Deadwood Mountain Grand,” Rock said. “If we get the grant, we get a match of $25,000, which gives us a larger budget and enables us to bring in a bigger variety of quality entertainment for Wednesday nights – 14 weeks of free music at Outlaw Square. It will also enhance the things that Deadwood Alive is doing. When the crowd disburses from the last shootout, the concert series starts up between 6:30 and 7 (p.m.) and it will really add to the excitement down there.”

Going up against other cities like Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tacoma, Washington, Carson City, Nevada, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, Deadwood is the smallest city battling it out for the grant.

“Outlaw Square is posed to open in November as a family-friendly entertainment venue in downtown Deadwood. In order to receive the grant funding, Outlaw Square must receive favorable support through the online voting program at,” Rock said. “Deadwood Alive, Outlaw Square and Deadwood asks supporters to spread the word to family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Outlaw Square’s proposal.”

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