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.
The facility will join other Levitt Pavilions in Texas, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, among others, under the Levitt Foundation, an organization that looks to build community spaces and bring people together through music.
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.