It’s the 10th anniversary of Levitt Shell, and Memphis is on our minds! To celebrate, we’re looking back on our “Meet The Artist” video, featuring four-time GRAMMY-winning artist and 2014 Levitt Shell performer, Booker T. Jones, best known for the band Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Jones was born and raised in Memphis as a musical prodigy – by age 18 he had already written the instrumental for “Green Onions,” which would become a massive radio hit in 1962 and spur the success of both his band and his solo career. Soon he was writing songs for Otis Redding and Eddie Floyd, all while attending Indiana University. He and his band won their first GRAMMY in 1995 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance thanks to their song “Cruisin’”. In 2007, Jones won the coveted Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award. In this video, we had the honor of speaking with the legend himself, learning a little more about his career-spanning connection to the Levitt Shell.
Today’s Faces of Levittvideo features Arlington, TX, resident and former WFAA news reporter, Jim Douglas. As a member of Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Advisory Board, Douglas contributes his time and talents to a nonprofit he describes as “one of the best things that has ever happened to [his] city.” Check out his video to discover why he feels free, live music at Levitt Pavilion Arlington makes you “feel like you’re living in the America that we want to live in.”
As born and bred Angelenos, Mayra Vega and Aaron Garcia can’t get enough of the unique and eclectic musical offerings of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park. Every night is a new experience; whether it’s jazz and blues, cumbia, or even country music, Aaron and Mayra can rely on Levitt LA’s high-quality programming to enjoy the music they love and know, while expanding their horizons.
Bethlehem, Pa., residents Jim and Pat Yost have witnessed significant changes in their community during the past 35 years, including the transformation of the Bethlehem Steel brownfield into Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. Since opening in 2011, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks has turned Bethlehem into a music-filled destination for all to enjoy. The venue’s impact is in part possible because of Levitt volunteers like Jim and Pat who give back to their community by making every free Levitt concert experience a positive one. “Our job here is to make sure the people who come here have the best time they’ve ever had,” says Pat in our Faces of Levitt video. Continue reading →
Arlington, Texas residents Maggie and Roger Gallenstein know how to enjoy a Levitt concert with style! Their impressive setup—complete with picnic chairs, a homemade tablecloth on their mini picnic table, wine glasses and (of course) fresh cut flowers—creates an atmosphere of “elegance and romance” amidst Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s joyous, family-friendly setting. Continue reading →
Free Levitt concerts turn underused parks into destinations, attracting thousands of music fans from near and far every concert season to enjoy live performances under the stars. Delphine Williams, who lives an hour away from Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, is one of those Levitteers. In this Faces of Levitt video, she says the free concerts are worth the travel, and that she checks out the lineup every week so that she and her friends “can come out and party.”
Audiences may choose to keep their evening simple and comfortable, resting on a picnic blanket or lawn chair as the show begins. But if you want to go all out with food and friends, Levitt lawns have plenty of space for you to do so! Check out Delphine’s candles, ample spread and vased flowers on the lawn, set up for all her friends to enjoy before they start dancing to the evening’s show. Not bad for a night out!
This concert season still has plenty of shows for Levitteers like Delphine to enjoy with friends. Check out the concert schedules and come join the fun!
As a fourth generation Angeleno, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has seen his hometown go through countless changes—including the transformation of MacArthur Park, home to Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, in recent years.
In this Faces of Levitt video, Garcetti speaks of the way Levitt came in like a “spark in the entire community,” and how the world-class talent showcased throughout the free concert series is “enriching the experience for people who live there [and] bringing people who hadn’t been to MacArthur Park in years, if not decades.”
The impact of a Levitt Pavilion goes far beyond free, live music. Garcetti explains how the City of Los Angeles started to tend MacArthur Park better after seeing the renewed energy and activation occurring in the park. To hear more about MacArthur Park’s transformation from an underused space into a vibrant community asset, check out Mayor Garcetti’s Faces of Levittvideo!
As a longtime Lehigh Valley resident, Levitt SteelStacks Board Member, Tito Negron, has experienced firsthand the transformation of Bethlehem, Pa.’s iconic, larger-than-life blast furnaces: from powerful steel-makers to devastating eyesores to pinnacles of the awe-inspiring backdrop to Levitt SteelStacks.
Growing up, Negron’s father used to work at Bethlehem Steel, which at its height was the country’s second largest steel producer, employing 30,000 workers. When the company closed in the early 2000s, Negron’s family was one of the manywho had to move elsewhere in search of new employment opportunities. Today, Negron has returned to his hometown, where he is raising a family of his own.
In this Faces of Levittvideo, Negron and his wife, Amy, explain why having access to a rich variety of free, live music is so important for their family. “To expose the kids to so many different kinds of music, weekly, is absolutely priceless,” says Amy. Levitt lawns provide clean and safe places where family members of all ages can enjoy free, live music. With Levitt SteelStacks in their backyard, the Negron family plans to call Bethlehem home for years to come!
In this Faces of Levitt video, longtime Bethlehem resident and Levitt SteelStacks volunteer Jeff Brodhead shares how going to free Levitt concerts and witnessing the revitalization of Bethlehem’s south side inspired him to get involved. “The music here is just wonderful,” says Brodhead. “Once you come here once, you’re coming back again.”
Be sure to thank your local Levitt volunteers this concert season, which starts in just a few months! And if you’re interested in volunteering with your local Levitt venue, each Friends of Levitt nonprofit has opportunities available during both the concert season and throughout the year. Click here to find out more!
All too often, high caliber art comes with a high price tag.
In this Faces of Levitt video, Ann Ward challenges us to take a hard look at arts access: “Just think, a family of four, a regular concert’s price of a ticket usually is $50 or $60. Who can afford that?”
Here at Levitt we believe that arts access isn’t a luxury, but a basic human need and a vital component of healthy communities. Studies continue to reveal the positive effects of the arts on our individual wellbeing and the cities in which we live. Shouldn’t everyone get to experience those positive effects? Continue reading →