Levitation Sessions : NIGHT BEATS

JULY 24, 2021

Next up on Levitation Sessions -- NIGHT BEATS! For Night Beats’ Levitation Session, Danny Lee Blackwell and his band ventured out into the Mojave Desert and recorded a discography spanning 13 track set on reel-to-reel tape, featuring classic Night Beats tracks + our first chance to hear some jams off their new LP “Outlaw R&B” in the live setting.

Show premieres July 24th at 7pm CT.

 Tickets + vinyl + merch bundles & info here:


The show features original Night Beats drummer James Traeger, The Black Angels’ Ramiro Verdooren on guitar, Chris Maciel on Bass, Mikey Whiteside on keys and as always, Danny Lee on lead guitar and vox.

Recording with all analog equipment in the blazing Mojave heat was a test of both the band and their vintage gear (they even had to put ice on their guitar pedals to keep them operational), but well worth the trouble because they emerged from the desert with a dusty, warm-hued rock n roll artifact ready to share with the world. More than just a cool location, the desert provided Night Beats an opportunity to tap into something deeper in the Mojave:

"For our Levitation Session we recorded on reel-to-reel 1/2 inch tape in the middle of the Mojave Desert in Antelope Valley.  Due to my natural tendencies to explore the layers of my ancestry and being forever inspired by the beautiful sounds coming out of the Saharan desert, I wanted to challenge myself to produce a recording that doesn't filter but fully embraces a similar environment. A search for symbiosis between the music and the ground it’s made on. Thanks to a place I love and respect, a welcomed challenge, and some of my closest friends, what you are hearing is Night Beats in one of its truest and rarest forms.  Thank you for listening and thank you to those who lived on and cherished this land before us."

- Danny Lee Blackwell // Night Beats

Here’s a sneak peek of the show with “New Day” off the band’s LP, Outlaw R&B, released June 4th on Fuzz Club Records.

Filmed in Antelope Valley, California
Edited by: Hamilton Boyce
Camera Operators: Hamilton Boyce, Danny Hahn, Riley Bray, Anthony Ferrara
Recorded by: Ian Doerr
Mixed and mastered by: Chris Maciel, DLB, and Joey Oaxaca

The album will be pressed on limited edition vinyl + cassette, available alongside eye popping tie dyes, tees and signed screen prints with art by CMRTYZ!


These vinyl pressings, t-shirts and cassettes are limited editions only available as part of the stream! The signed splatter edition of vinyl is only available as part of the signed bundle. Tie dye t-shirts are hand dyed and are each one of a kind. The album will be released digitally worldwide on August 6. Get it ahead of that date by grabbing a download with your ticket:


$3.98 | stream ticket

$9.98 | stream + lossless WAV + 320 KBPS MP3 download


$100 | cassette + shirt + live album splatter vinyl LP, signed by the band
$49.98 | screen printed 18"x24” poster, signed by the band
$23.98 | live album swirl vinyl LP
$32.98 | hand dyed t-shirt
$27.98 | t-shirt
$13.98 | cassette

When you make your purchase you’ll receive a link via email to watch the stream.
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Can’t make the show time? No worries, the stream will be available to watch at any time you prefer until AUGUST 1 at midnight CT! And you can rewatch as many times as you like too.

Downloads will be delivered within 24 hours of the stream to your email. All orders will be shipped from our warehouse in Austin, Texas.  Customers will receive a shipping notification and tracking number when items ship, sent to the email used for purchase. T-shirts are scheduled to ship Early-August, Cassettes are scheduled to ship in Late-August. Posters will ship in September. Vinyl pre-orders are expected to ship in December, hopefully sooner. Orders will be shipped when all items purchased are in stock. If you’d like to receive anything sooner, please make a separate order.

Our mission at Levitation is to be a platform where the art and music we love can thrive. Levitation Sessions are our way to support the bands and keep the music going. Just like a regular show, the majority of every dollar you spend goes to the artists we’re presenting. Thank you for supporting these artists!