Top of the Town 2018: Music Venue That’s Not Red Rocks
An attention-grabbing cocktail scene. A growing number of live performance venues. Has there ever been a more entertaining time to live in the Mile High City?
BY SPENCER CAMPBELL | JUNE 29, 2018
Levitt Pavilion Denver
This outdoor amphitheater, which embarked upon its first full season this summer, offers something even Morrison’s iconic stage doesn’t: ease. No traffic, no costly concessions, and, for the better part of the summer, no tickets. Planted in the middle of Ruby Hill Park, the Levitt is the result of a public-private partnership whose mission is to build community through music. In practice, that means the nonprofit will host 50 free concerts each summer, bringing a variety of musical genres—from country to Latin to R&B—to a hopefully diverse crowd that’ll post up on the lawn with picnic baskets. (For ticketed events, the Levitt’s capacity is 7,500, but the venue can hold up to 19,000 eager attendees during its free concerts.) So far this season, the Levitt has presented Della Mae, the Slackers, and the Posies. However, the late-summer lineup looks even better, with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (July 6), John Fullbright (August 12), and Carbon Leaf (September 28) taking the stage. Unfamiliar with those acts? You won’t find a more convenient spot to gain an introduction.