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Canon with Deraj: Levitt AMP Ocala

June 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series presents Canon with opening artist Deraj on Friday, June 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. The performance is free. Please bring your chairs and blankets.

Food is available from a select food truck as well as from the Summer BreakSpot program. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Visit local vendors and have fun at the Ocala Recreation and Parks recreation vehicle.

Parking is available at the CF Hampton Center (1500 W Silver Springs), MLK Jr. Aquatic Center (255 NW 16th Ave) and E.D. Croskey. More information is available at www.levittamp.org/ocala or contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447.

Each concert in the series features a local non-profit organization working to create art accessibility in our community; tonight’s featured non-profit is the Ocala Civic Theatre. You could be a star tonight at take the microphone during their intermission activity.

Canon’s own journey of defining “home” started in Chicago, where he moved around a lot, but found stability, security, and a sense of belonging with his family and church. He started attending a youth group called “The House” when he was a teenager. This is where he first came to know the Lord and began exploring his passion for rap. From there, Canon attended college in Memphis, where he had to take ownership of his identity when his peers called him “too ghetto” or did not understand the culture he came from.
Canon is using his story to encourage others to make a home of their own. He cites the story of the builders found in Matthew 7:24-27 to help them find the same peace and confidence. “Whatever home you build,” he shares, “let it be on a solid foundation.” Learn more at www.getthecanon.com

Often times in hip hop, sonic trends dictate the course of popular music, so it’s always refreshing when an artist emerges with his own distinct style and point of view. The multi-talented Deraj has played by his own rules, offering his listeners a diverse musical palette that unabashedly spans alternative, hip hop, trap, pop and future bass. His empowering messages and passionate delivery are consistently relatable as they tackle everyday struggles, faith and triumph. “I always want people to be able to feel encouraged that they are not the only ones that may be dealing with the internal dialogue about life struggles,” he says. Learn more at www.justderaj.com


Don’t forget to show us how #musicmoves you by dancing and you may receive a 2019 Levitt AMP Ocala t-shirt. Use the hashtag on Instagram and you could win $100 gift card from the Levitt Foundation. Also, show your support by stopping by our tent and completing a brief survey to tell us what you thought of the series.

Levitt Foundation, Marion Cultural Alliance, City of Ocala Municipal Government, 98.5 KTK, TriEagle Sales, Island Grove Wine Company, The Mojo Grill & Catering, Kona Ice Ocala, David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, Ocala/Marion County, Florida, Summer BreakSpot Program, and Ocala Electric Utility. Production by Oniram Productions, Inc.

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org.


June 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Webb Field at Martin Luther King Recreation Complex
1501 W Silver Springs Blvd
Ocala, FL 34475 United States
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