Events


Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

Levitt Denver Music Forum

LEVITT DENVER MUSIC FORUM

Call for the local music industry at large — come design your own amphitheater and be the first to play in it
 
Press Contact: Mel Aman, Director of Development
mel@levittdenver.org
 
What: Levitt Denver Music Forum
Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
When: Doors at 6 p.m., Forum starts at 7 p.m.
How much: Free and open to the public
 
DENVER — What if the local music industry at large — musicians, promoters, technicians, journalists — were involved in designing the newest crown jewel in Colorado’s performance venues? We’re about to find out.
 
On Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 6 p.m., Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver will host a one-night forum to discuss the new amphitheater planned for Ruby Hill Park.

Slated to open in 2016, Levitt Pavilion Denver is among the most exciting opportunities in our community and will provide 50 free concerts a year featuring local, national and international musicians, with an emphasis on creative and diverse programming. 
 
“Involving our local music scene before the amphitheater is even designed is crucial,” says Chris Zacher, Executive Director of the Friends of Levitt Board of Directors. “After all, who’s more knowledgeable than the people who spend so much time on-stage? We know their unique perspective will help create a truly special artist experience.”
 
As a commitment to Colorado’s exploding music scene, half of Levitt Denver’s programming will feature local artists. The musicians will be paid generously and competitively, even though the concerts are free. “We believe Colorado’s music scene is something special, and deserves to be showcased as well as cultivated,” Zacher says.  “And that’s why we need their input on all elements of the design, from acoustics to backstage amenities.”
 
Attendees will meet the Board of Directors and managers of Levitt Pavilion Denver, ask questions about this incredible project, and obtain information about band submissions. The Levitt Pavilion Denver Music Forum will close with a brainstorming session to provide input for the design of the ultimate backstage and greenroom.
 
“We’re assembling an unprecedented gathering of Colorado’s musical talent all in the same room,” Zacher says. “From musicians to club owners to die hard fans, we’re hoping to get everyone as excited as we are!”
 
To celebrate the occasion, longtime local scene veteran Chad Aman will host a jam session featuring some of the greatest music talent in the state. It will be a one-of-a-kind experience, highlighting what the entire Levitt Pavilion project is all about. It’s not to be missed.
 
As an added bonus, musicians will be able to enter their band to win the opening slot at the brand new venue. “Your band can be the first ever to set foot and play on the Denver Levitt Stage. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, really,” Zacher says.
 
For more information about the Denver Levitt Pavilion project, visitwww.levittdenver.org.
 
About Levitt Pavilion Denver:
When completed in 2016, Levitt Pavilion Denver will be located in Ruby Hill Park, joining the ranks as the seventh Levitt Pavilion in the United States, alongside cities such as Pasadena, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Arlington. 
 
Each year, Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver (FLPD) will produce 50 free concerts ranging from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists. With the average U.S. concert ticket price soaring to $69.52 in 2013*, free music is truly a gift to our community. With the mountains to the West and Denver’s skyline to the North, Ruby Hill Park provides an idyllic setting, allowing the power of free, live music to bring people together and invigorate community life. 
 
The Levitt Pavilion Denver is operated by the FLPD, a non-profit with the mission of building community through music. FLPD believes in embracing the local, including the architect, construction company, staff, artists and sponsors. Levitt Pavilion Denver is more than just another music venue — it is a nexus for local non-profits and arts groups across the Rocky Mountain Region. Outside of the Levitt Pavilion Denver concert series, the state-of-the-art amphitheater will be available for use by schools, arts organizations, and other non-profits. Levitt Pavilion Denver will feature:
 
• 50 free concerts annually with local, regional, national and international acts
• A rich spectrum of music genres: R&B, country, rock, Latin, jazz, children’s, electronic and more
• Relaxed, open lawn setting
• Local food vendors 
• State-of-the-art sound and lighting
• Easily accessible location near public transportation and bike paths
• Family-friendly environment
 
Concerts will feature national and international groups as well as the best talent from our local Denver music community. Volunteer and sponsor opportunities are available — contact us today at info@levittdenver.org for more information about how you can support Levitt Pavilion Denver. 
*Source: http://www.pollstar.com/news_article.aspx?ID=808976

FREE community concert benefiting Levitt Pavilion
Jul
2
5:00 pm17:00

FREE community concert benefiting Levitt Pavilion

Playing For Change

Location: Ruby Hill Park

On July 2nd from 5-8:30pm, please join us for a free concert featuring Playing For Change at Ruby Hill Park, the future site of Levitt Pavilion Denver.  Levitt National Tour presents this World music sensation! Join the pre-concert drum circle for all ages (no experience required!) and pre-show artist interview.

EVENT SCHEDULE

5:00 PM: Drum Circle
The drum circle is a fun community music-making event open to everyone, no experience required! Jon Crowder from Peak Rhythms will facilitate the drum circle as we make music together and welcome Playing For Change to Denver! Arrive early, as the first 250 people will receive a FREE Remo Sound ShapeTM (a mini-drum that is perfect for children of all ages) to take home!

6:00 PM: Artist Q&A
Join us for a lively on-stage interview with members of the Playing For Change band, who will share their inspiring personal journeys as well as insights on building a world movement for peace through music. 

7:00 PM: Concert
Audiences will be treated to Playing For Change's high-energy show while they groove to the band's soulful jams.

Levitt National Tour presents this World music sensation Playing for Change to benefit the Levitt Pavilion Denver.

Levitt National Tour presents this World music sensation Playing for Change to benefit the Levitt Pavilion Denver.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Before the performance, audience members of all ages are invited to participate in a drum circle open to all, no experience required! The first 250 people at the drum circle (which begins at 5pm) will receive a FREE Remo Sound ShapeTM (a mini-drum that is perfect for children of all ages) to take home, generously provided by tour sponsor Remo Inc., one of the world’s leading drum companies. You’re also welcome to bring your own.  And, no experience is necessary! The Drum Circle will be led by Jon Crowder of Peak Rhythms (www.peakrhythms.com).  

There will be food vendors on site, as well as a lively on-stage interview with members of the Playing For Change band, who will share their insights into the band's world movement for peace through music and the artists' inspiring personal journeys. 

The inaugural Levitt National Tour will feature critically acclaimed World music sensation Playing For Change. Co-founded in 2005 by GRAMMY-winning producer Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, Playing For Change is dedicated to positive social change through the universal language of music. Comprised of musicians hailing from six countries, representing four continents, the Playing For Change sound is a fusion of global influences.

Playing For Change began with a small film crew and a mobile recording studio. Its breakthrough moment came in 2009, when its video of musicians performing the song “Stand by Me” went viral. In it, musicians separated by thousands of miles across the world were united through the shared experience of creating music. The video became an instant YouTube sensation, and to date, it’s been viewed 60 million times. It was the first of many “Songs Around the World” posted on YouTube by Playing For Change that have attracted viewers in the millions.

Playing For Change recordings feature the talents of hundreds of artists including U2’s Bono, Keb Mo’ and Manu Chao, among others. The band has appeared in concert and on recordings with such celebrated artists as Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Patti Smith and Vusi Mahlasela. Playing For Change has performed at legendary venues and festivals in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, Japan, Latin America and Africa.

The Playing For Change Band includes: Grandpa Elliot of New Orleans, Louisiana (vocals, harmonica); Clarence Bekker of Amsterdam, Netherlands (vocals, acoustic guitar); Titi Tsira of Guguletu, South Africa (vocals); Tal Ben-Ari aka Tula of Tel Aviv, Israel (vocals); Jason Tamba of Matadi, Congo (vocals, guitar); Mermans Mosengo of Kinshasa, Congo (vocals); Keiko Komaki of Kagoshima, Japan (keyboards); Peter Bunetta of Los Angeles, California (drums); and Vasti Jackson of Mississippi (electric slide and steel guitar).

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