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.
If you build it -- or renovate it -- they will come. That remains the mantra of venue operators seeking their slice of the $25 billion global touring business. From theaters to arenas to stadiums, investment in development or refurbishment of facilities draws higher ticket grosses. Here are 20 of the most notable new or renovated live-music venues in North America competing for the top shows on the road.
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?
Ruby Hill has some interesting ingredients to emerge as an unexpected hub for Denver music: Levitt Pavilion Denver opens in July, the city rezoned Colorado Public Radio's land atop the hill and a big music festival at adjacent Overland Golf Course is moving forward. Could the city leverage these developments into a greater whole?
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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...
By Joe Vaccarelli | firstname.lastname@example.org 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.