Levitt Pavilion’s free concert series — which returns this summer to south Denver’s Ruby Hill Park (1380 W. Florida Ave.) — is unusually robust for no-cost seasonal programming.
While the nonprofit venue offers a handful of ticketed concerts, including Rob Thomas (June 10), Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World (June 22), and Tower of Power (Aug. 3), the vast majority of its shows require no tickets, only an advance RSVP at levittdenver.org.
DENVER, CO — There will be 50 free concerts in Denver’s Ruby Hill Park this summer. Levitt Pavilion Denver, which was recently named Denver’s Best Outdoor Venue by Denver Westword, announced their 2019 concert schedule on Monday morning.
This will mark Levitt’s third year of providing free, family-friendly concerts. The concerts are free to attend, but donations are accepted and VIP upgrades are available. Organizers encourage you to RSVP to the concerts you plan attending.
The outdoor amphitheater can accommodate up to 18,000 people in its open lawn seating for their free concerts and 7,500 for ticketed concerts.
The diversity of the past season — with an emphasis on Spanish-language and bilingual bands — makes Levitt a spot for discovering emerging groups as well. If finding out about new music is your passion, there's no better place to do so without shelling out your paycheck...while also taking comfort in the fact that artists are being paid industry standards.
In Levitt Pavilion, we get two of Denver's greatest assets in one: a beautiful public park and a music venue. The nonprofit-operated outdoor stage is nestled in southwest Denver's Ruby Hill Park, a lovely, accessible green space offering access by car, bus, bike or foot. Fifty free concerts a year means that Levitt is economically approachable, too, giving audiences a chance to check out local, national and international musicians that fill the venue's summer calendar. Bring a blanket and your own picnic, or purchase food from the local food trucks that set up shop during concerts. Enjoy beverages from Levitt's own concession stand and you'll put money right back into the programming that makes this outdoor amphitheater a welcome, all-ages addition to an already bustling live-music scene.
Levitt Pavilion Denver completed its first full year of outdoor programming in 2018 as the latest permanent venue funded in part by the Levitt Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to reinvigorating public spaces through the performing arts. Denver-based architects Joseph Montalbano and Jared Floyd designed the pavilion -- with tilt-up concrete side wings, a protruding steel roof canopy and an intertwining ribbon of metal mesh -- to resemble an unwrapped present when viewed from above. The gift of the foundation to the city of Denver is now hosting 50 free concerts a year and additional admission-based shows produced by Levitt partner Emporium Presents, now majority-owned by Live Nation.
KUSA – Ignore the multiple music festivals that have taken hiatus’ from Denver: the Mile High City’s music scene is going strong.
And if you want proof, look no further than its newest concert venue, the Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park. The nonprofit hosts dozens of free and paid concerts each year, which acts ranging from local up-and-comers to national performers like Jimmy Eat World.
Nathaniel Rateliff moved to Lakewood, Colo., from Missouri in 1998, shortly before April 1999's Columbine High School massacre outside Denver. Rateliff was 20 years old at the time; its devastating impact on the community has stayed with him.
Denver Arts and Venues has announced the recipients of the 2018 Denver Music Advancement Fund Grant, as well as the IMAGINE 2020 Fund Grant. To reiterate, the Denver Music Advancement Fund and IMAGINE 2020 Grant were created to accompany Denver’s long-term initiative to build and maintain the city’s music scene as part of the city-sponsored Denver Music Strategy. 2018 is the pilot year of the Denver Advancement Fund Grant, which was initially set to provide $80,000 to spur local music growth but, has since increased to $100,000.
But just as important as that, the Pavilion is helping to bring music into the lives of people in the surrounding neighborhoods through programs like Band Start. Band Start provides free music lessons to kids in the Ruby Hill/Godsman area through a partnership with Swallow Hill Music and Great Divide Brewing Company.
This summer, seven girls are taking part in the program, attending weekly guitar classes at Schmitt Elementary in hopes of someday being Rock Stars.
DENVER (CBS4) – A year after opening in Denver’s Ruby Hill neighborhood, the Levitt Pavilion is going strong and keeping its promise to be a venue focused on local artists.
Murry Mercier and Michael John McKee are in the band Strange Americans. They’ve performed at the pavilion twice and say it’s an experience unlike any other.
“To have such a big stage, to give artists an opportunity to play on a stage they might not have performed on before with a large sound system and a full light rig and cameras on you… it’s a different experience, and it’s awesome,” Mercier told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.
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.
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LEVITT PAVILION DENVER | Concert capacity: 7,500
Run by a nonprofit foundation, the Levitt Pavilion Denver opened in mid-2017 to offer some 50 free concerts a year...
The best things in life are free, and the same is true for Denver's newest outdoor music venue. Levitt Pavilion opened in Ruby Hill Park this summer with the express purpose of "building community through music," and part of that initiative involved paying local luminaries to play free shows for the public. Slim Cessna's Auto Club played the grand opening of the Colorado Music Series, and concerts by SHEL (September 21) and Dragondeer (September 23) are still coming up. This got us thinking: What other hometown heroes should help build Colorado's music scene by playing at Levitt?