Levitt Pavilion Announces First Round of Thirty Free Concerts in 2017


Levitt Pavilion Announces First Round of Thirty Free Concerts in 2017

“Levitt Pavilion Denver began as a dream five years ago. Since then, we’ve been working diligently to turn this dream into a reality,” says Chris Zacher, founder and executive director of the nonprofit behind Levitt Pavilion Denver, in a statement. “We’re incredibly excited to begin presenting free music to the community, ensuring access to high quality performances for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.” 


10 Things to Know About the New Levitt Pavilion


10 Things to Know About the New Levitt Pavilion

One of the most exciting projects in Colorado’s music scene is set to be publicly unveiled soon. Levitt Pavilion, a non-profit outdoor music venue featuring 50 free concerts a year has been erected on the rapidly redeveloped Ruby Hill Park in South Denver and plans to officially launch this summer. Featuring a myriad of local and national talent, Levitt Pavilion seeks to become a family and budget friendly entertainment hub just outside the city. As opening day lingers on the horizon, we have compiled a list of everything you need to know about the new venue coming to town.


The Denver Podcast - Interview with Chris Zacher


The Denver Podcast - Interview with Chris Zacher

South West Denver is about to come alive, and it all leads back to Chris Zacher. Chris is one of the most intriguing people I've met in a long time. After managing & growing City Park Jazz to very unexpected quality and attendance levels, The city of Denver tapped him to - from scratch -organize, plan, design, find funding for, and build what will be the most community focused big league music venue in the Denver Metro area: Ruby Hill's new Levitt Pavilion. In this personal, revealing interview, Chris shares the vision, struggles and heart behind this 5 year labor of love for our community. 

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Building Community Through Music: An Exclusive Interview With Levitt Pavilion's CEO Chris Zacher

Building Community Through Music: An Exclusive Interview With Levitt Pavilion's CEO Chris Zacher

By: Jura Daubenspeck, Boulder Beat

Last Thursday, November 10th, folks gathered at Ruby Hill Park to celebrate the groundbreaking of what will be Denver’s newest (free!) concert venue: Levitt Pavilion. The hour-long ceremony featured speeches by Mayor Michael Hancock, Parks and Recreation’s Executive Director Happy Haynes, a number of the city’s council members, as well as a serenade from the talented RL Cole, who later shared his thoughts on the concert spot with us. While listening to so many influential city leaders speak, it was hard not to leave feeling uplifted and optimistic about Denver’s cultural prowess in the national music scene.

Following the ceremony, we sat down with Chris Zacher, CEO/Executive Director of Levitt Pavilion, who shared his thoughts with us about the soon-to-be concert venue and its positive impact on the local community.

Work begins on south Denver outdoor concert venue; here's what it will look like

Work begins on south Denver outdoor concert venue; here's what it will look like

By Mark Harden, News Director
Denver Business Journal

The city of Denver celebrated a groundbreaking Thursday at the site of what is to be a public outdoor concert venue in south Denver's Ruby Hill Park, developed with backing from a nonprofit foundation.

The planned 7,500-capacity Levitt Pavilion Denver -- which has been in the works for several years -- will host 50 free performances each year, officials said, plus possibly additional shows scheduled by outside promoters, schools and nonprofits as well as private events.

“Having access to the arts right in our neighborhoods is a wonderful way to bring new vibrancy into the lives of our residents,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock...

Work on Levitt Pavilion amphitheater underway in Ruby Hill Park

Work on Levitt Pavilion amphitheater underway in Ruby Hill Park

By Joe Vaccarelli | jvaccarelli@denverpost.com
The Denver Post

City breaks ground on amphitheater that will bring in 50 free concerts each year

It’s been an idea nearly five years in the making, but the Levitt Pavilion amphitheater at Ruby Hill Park will soon be a reality and should be open in July 2017.

The city and Levitt Pavilion Denver officially broke ground on the project Thursday at the southwest Denver park that will bring a state-of-the-art music venue to the city that will offer 50 free concerts and 60-70 other events each year.

“This is for the community. It’s a game changer for local musicians,” said Chris Zacher, CEO of Levitt Pavilion Denver, a nonprofit that raised money to build the amphitheater.

Levitt Pavilion Denver Breaks Ground Next Week, Seeks to Boost Local Musicians

By Mariah Taylor, Westword

They say that 80 percent of success is showing up, but what if you can’t afford a ticket? The cost of entertainment today can be high, and sometimes seeing live music — especially big-ticket national touring acts — can seem like a pastime for the wealthy only. In Denver, a nonprofit is seeking to remedy that disparity with the opening of a large new venue. On Thursday, November 10, Levitt Pavilion will celebrate the groundbreaking of its newest concert venue in Denver’s Ruby Hill Park — one that will showcase fifty free concerts a year, as well as local beer and food trucks in a custom-made, open-seating facility. The venue will be operational sometime after July 15, 2017.


Colorado Music Collective Forges Connections and Faces the Challenges of Denver's 'Cultural Renaissance'

By Katie Moulton, Westword

On Monday, October 3, a motley crew gathered at Syntax Physic Opera for happy-hour drinks and industry talk. But this wasn’t your typical after-work wind-down: It was the ninth installment of the Colorado Music Collective. The room was filled with members of Denver’s independent music community, including bookers, publicists, festival organizers, sound technicians, writers, musicians and, on this night, several students from the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies department at the University of Colorado Denver.


Enjoy Some Incredible Musicians While Supporting A Colorado Nonprofit

By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com

DENVER (CBS4) – Coming to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival next week? Well the fun doesn’t stop there. It’s only a short walk from the Colorado Convention Center to the Summit Music Hall to see some great musicians and support a Colorado nonprofit organization.

“The Voice” runner up, Laith Al-Saadi, along with Colorado’s rising star Brent Cowles and Garrett Lebeau from Austin, Texas, will be performing on Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. to benefit Levitt Pavilion Denver.

Nonprofit Puts On Free Concerts To Build ‘Community Through Music’

Nonprofit Puts On Free Concerts To Build ‘Community Through Music’

By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com

DENVER (CBS4) – A nonprofit organization in Denver dedicated to building community through music is putting on a series of free concerts this year.

Levitt Pavilion Denver began its string of free concerts this summer. The nonprofit is working to get its new venue in Denver’s Ruby Hill Park operational by July 2017, but the organization has been putting on the free shows in Civic Center Park this year in advance of that.

“We believe in embracing the local, including the musicians, architects, construction company, staff, artists and sponsors. Levitt Pavilion Denver is more than just another music venue — it is a nexus for local nonprofits and arts groups across the Rocky Mountain region.”

Q&A – Levitt Pavilion Brings Free Concerts & Community Haven to Denver

Q&A – Levitt Pavilion Brings Free Concerts & Community Haven to Denver

By 303 Magazine

Levitt Pavilion opens summer 2017, and with it comes a variety of free live shows for Denver. The nationwide organization is constructing its next community music amphitheater in the massive 83-acre Ruby Hill Park. The South Denver park was historically a mill town along the South Platte River. Now, it’s mostly known for winter sledding and skiing—but not for long. It’s quickly becoming a haven for Denver’s community arts and so much more with Levitt Pavilion raising its foundations and the recent openings of both a children’s park and a bike park.

Working with local and national artists alike, the venue will enhance accessibility and outreach for many artists with no-cost summertime spotlights. Levitt Pavilion kicked off a preview concert series with Colorado natives Flobots, with the free concerts continuing through October with various musicians and comedians in Civic Center Park.

Comedy Line-up Added to Civic Center Concert Series

DENVER —Levitt Pavilion Denver and Sexpot Comedy have collaborated to add five talented and up-and-coming comedians to this year’s Civic Center Concert Series. The series is a teaser concert series featuring five FREE concerts in Denver’s historic Civic Center Park. It is an exciting prelude of what’s to come when Levitt Pavilion Denver formally opens in 2017 at its permanent location in Ruby Hill Park.

Levitt Pavilion Denver unveiled the five headlining musical acts last month and are now pleased to announce the partnership with Sexpot Comedy and the addition of the comedians to the shows.

Sexpot Comedy is responsible for more than 35 live shows each month in Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. In 2015, Sexpot Comedy was named one of the five funniest nights in America by GQ Magazine and have received numerous other awards and accolades nationwide.  

The public is invited to bring their picnic blankets and lawn chairs to the free concerts—reflecting the casual, family-friendly atmosphere of all Levitt concerts.

Levitt Pavilion Denver announces free concert series

The Denver Post, Hey Reverb

Ruby Hill Park’s Levitt Pavilion Denver has announced a run of free concerts in anticipation of the venue’s unveiling next year.

The five concerts will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. in Civic Center Park from August to October. Denver’s Flobots will kick it off on August 12, and Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright will close the series on October 7.

The concerts are meant to preview Levitt Pavilion Denver, which aims to host 50 free concerts every year from its projected launch in 2017.

The venue has not announced which artists it plans to book for its inaugural year.

“The artists were selected to appeal to a wide range of tastes, and they reflect the high caliber of talent that will be presented every year on the Levitt Pavilion stage beginning next summer,” said Levitt Pavillion executive director Chris Zacher in a release.

Ruby Hill Park amphitheater has architect, will open in 2017

By Joe Vaccarelli
YourHub Reporter

Denver has selected an architect to design an outdoor music venue in Ruby Hill Park, but it will open one year later than originally planned.

Denver-based Studiotrope Design Collective was picked by a design review committee to design Levitt Pavilion Denver on the north side of the 88-acre Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver. The state-of-the-art amphitheater will host 50-plus free concerts each year consisting of national and local acts.

"We were kind of blown away by the work (Studiotrope) had done," said Chris Zacher, CEO of the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver. Zacher will book the bands to play at the venue. "It's an opportunity to work with a great team.


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DENVER - Colorado Harvest Company presents a fundraiser for Levitt Pavilion Denver, featuring live music, a crayfish boil, silent auction and the opportunity to win two tickets to the sold out July 4th Grateful Dead “Fare Thee Well” show in Chicago, with travel package.

The event takes place Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 12 p.m. at The Park House, 1515 Madison Street, Denver, Colorado. $20 donation at the door is requested. All proceeds benefit the Levitt Pavilion Denver project. Tickets can be purchased at www.imbibe-events.com/crayfish

Each $20 donation includes one event ticket and one chance to choose the winning balloon containing two tickets to the sold out July 4th Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" show in Chicago. Travel package includes two round-trip plane tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines, one night in a downtown Chicago hotel, and two tickets to the official after-party.

The event also features a silent auction to be held both online and as a live event. A link to the online auction will be posted at www.levittdenver.org on May 9, 2015.

Silent auction highlights include: VIP Red Rocks for Trampled by Turtles and Elephant Revival (VIP backstage tour and private backstage dinner for two), Live Nation tickets, massage and spa services, UMS tickets, a signed hockey stick from the Colorado Avalanche, fine art and jewelry, gift baskets and certificates, one week at a resort in Kauai, and more to be announced at the event.

Live music begins at 1 p.m., featuring: Chris Dismuke Music, Whiskey Treats, Zydecoasters , Dover Prose (headlining inside at night), with special guests the Colorado Blues Society Youth All-Stars

Chris Dismuke Music
Whiskey Treats
Dover Prose

With special guests the Colorado Blues Society Youth All-Stars

Purchase tickets here: http://www.imbibe-events.com/crayfish

Press Requests: Charis Denny, charisdenny@gmail.com

Chris Zacher and Lisa Gedgaudas Receive Inaugural Cultural Leadership Award

DENVER – Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) announces the winners of the inaugural Cultural Leadership Award. The Cultural Leadership Award recognizes outstanding alumni of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who have made a significant impact on arts & culture in Colorado through a personal commitment to the arts. The initiative was spearheaded by the Leadership Arts Alumni Network.

2015 Cultural Leadership Award Winners

Lisa Gedgaudas (Leadership Arts 2009) – As the Create Denver Program Administrator for Denver Arts & Venues, Lisa works to develop and support Denver’s vibrant creative sector. She launched the Denver Music Summit, created the PS You Are Here neighborhood placemaking grant program, and is working on affordable housing for artists.  She serves on numerous committees to ensure creatives have sustainable and growing careers.

The most influential people in Denver entertainment in 2014

If you’ve spent any time in Denver, you already know about the beautiful rolling hills in Ruby Hill Park. What you may not know is that Ruby Hill is the future home to the Levitt Pavilion, a new amphitheater that is being created by a nationwide non-profit dedicated to bringing free concerts to communities across the country. Chris Zacher is the Executive Director of the Levitt Pavilion, and he’s at the forefront of this community-driven goal to make the performing arts accessible to everyone. The goal of the Levitt Pavilion is to produce at least 50 free concerts per year, and the musicians that will be playing those concerts will be paid as well. It’s being considered a game-changer in the local music scene, which is currently surviving in an environment in which bands play for bar tabs and parking fare. The Levitt Pavilion is a very exciting addition to the large venue options in Denver, ensuring that musicians’ work is valued, while also ensuring the accessibility of the arts for everyone, regardless of economic situation.