Episode 23: Making it Happen Part 1 with Paul Levine

In this 3-part series, Taraleigh and Leah talk to three different heroes behind the curtain (aka live music producers and promoters) to highlight all they do to bring live music to the people. Of course, with covid this is a whole new ball game, and these heroes deserve a lot of props for their courage, ingenuity, and innovation. Where would we be without our live music medicine? I don’t even want to know.

Paul Levine from Purple Hat Productions starts us off by talking about what it took to produce the first big U.S. music festival after covid, Suwannee Surprise, at the majestic Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Paul’s main concern is safety and he lets us in on all the details that need to be considered to produce live music in 2021. He shares reactions from fans and artists that attended and highlights live music’s healing effects. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor talks about how play and healing are related and the effect on our bodies when we play at live music. Taraleigh gives listeners specific ways to incorporate play into your life every day in her “Daily Jam.”


Paul Levine is a festival producer and founder of Purple Hat Productions. He produces many events at the magical Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida including Suwannee Hullaween, Purple Hatter’s Ball, AURA Music & Arts Festival, and Southern Grown.


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