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.