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 →
Take Levitt SteelStacks. Once a part of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, it became a toxic brownfield once the plant shuttered in the early 2000s. Partnering with local stakeholders, Levitt Pavilions helped transform the site into a focal point of the ArtsQuest complex, and since opening in 2011, Levitt SteelStacks has breathed new life into a depressed part of Lehigh Valley. Continue reading →
There’s a lot of movin’ and shakin’ at Levitt concerts. At any given show you’re bound to spot heads bobbing, toes tapping and, of course, some dancing divas (and divos) transforming any stretch of lawn they can find into their own personal dance floors. Young Jack Tracy would definitely be in this last category. Continue reading →