Summer's about to start, and I've got a strong case of summer fever—the 2013 season of FREE outdoor concerts begins tonight and this weekend across America!

To coincide with this happy occasion, I am thrilled to introduce The Levitt Effect, a new quarterly e-newsletter to keep you in tune with the latest news of our national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, as well as the six local Levitt nonprofit music venues across America, each presenting 50+ FREE outdoor concerts annually and collectively serving over 500,000 people every year.

For many of you who have experienced a Levitt concert, I think you'll agree that they reflect the best of American city life—a place where everyone feels welcome on the open green lawn.

Levitt's mission is to strengthen the social fabric of America, and we harness the power of free, live music to transform neglected public spaces into welcoming destinations, bringing people together and invigorating community life. We're excited to share the impact of the Levitt program in building stronger, more connected communities!

See you at the Levitt!

Liz Levitt Hirsch
Board Chair, Levitt Pavilions

First Look: Free Concerts
Across America All Summer Long!

Levitt has the perfect recipe for summertime fun!
 
Nothing says "summer" like evenings filled with free, live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Add yummy picnics with friends and family, then shake it up with dancing on an inviting, green lawn, and you've got the makings of an unforgettable summer. That's exactly what six Levitt venues are serving up across America as they launch their 2013 seasons of 300+ free concerts celebrating community, culture and the arts.
 
It all starts this week with a full slate of all-star performers - including artists new to Levitt stages and returning favorites - plus even more exciting special events and activities, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together in Levitt cities across the country.
 
Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect this summer at Levitt venues across the nation!

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A Levitt Pavilion is coming to Denver's Ruby Hill Park!

“Mile High City” of Denver Will Be Home To Seventh Levitt Venue!

Levitt's vision for an America filled with thriving public spaces is one step closer to becoming a reality with recently announced plans to bring the Levitt program to Denver!

The new Levitt Denver, located in the city's expansive, 80-acre Ruby Hill Park just minutes from downtown, will be the seventh Levitt performance venue across the nation, joining the cities of Los Angeles; Memphis; Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa.; Pasadena, Calif.; and Westport, Conn. As part of the Levitt network, Levitt Denver will present 50 free concerts annually in a state-of-the-art outdoor venue open to all, featuring acclaimed, emerging talent to award-winning artists in a diverse range of music genres. The welcoming open lawn setting will be perfect for lawn chairs and picnics. Construction is expected to break ground in 2015, with free concerts to begin wowing Denverites in spring 2016.

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Levitt Pavilions is featured in the May 2013 cover story of Western City, the magazine of The League of California Cities.

California Arts Council Director Craig Watson writes how arts and cultural tourism can spur economic development in cities.

To highlight the impact of the Levitt program, we've gone straight to the source!

Faces of Levitt” is a series of 1-minute videos showcasing everyone from audience members and musicians to volunteers and mayors speaking about what the Levitt program means to them. Check out father and son Mark and Alexander Terrades, who love going to the free shows at Levitt Pasadena.

A BIG THANK YOU to ALL the Levitt supporters who voted for us in the My LA2050 Challenge. We're thrilled to have been named a finalist (finishing in the top 20 of 279 submissions and #5 in the arts & culture category), and offer our congratulations to the award recipients. The incredible outpouring of votes, comments, and social media shares in support of Levitt speaks to the overwhelming enthusiasm and belief in the power of free, live music to build community.