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Poetic musicians

Pictured above (left to right): Maya Angelou, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys and Jimmy Webb.

With rhythm—and frequently, rhyme—at the core of both poetry and music, it comes as no surprise that the worlds of these two prominent forms of self-expression have frequently overlapped.

In honor of National Poetry Month, today we’re celebrating five of the many talented artists who’ve been honored for their achievements in both fields! Continue reading

Jimmy Webb performing at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in 2013

After five decades of writing some of pop’s most iconic songs, Jimmy Webb is not showing signs of slowing down. The songwriter has become a book author, currently touring America to promote his just-released memoir, The Cake and The Rain, a title inspired by lyrics from the hit 1968 song he penned (and was first recorded by Richard Harris), “MacArthur Park.” We at Levitt know the song well—Webb has performed it twice (in 2013 and 2016) at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, which sits in the very park that inspired the ballad!

Webb’s prolific career writing storytelling lyrics about the American experience has earned him the apt nickname of “America’s Songwriter,” with songs including the hits “Galveston” (1969) and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (1967). You’ve likely heard one of the thousands of records that feature his songs, from some of the country’s biggest acts of the 20th century like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer.

To celebrate Webb’s legacy as he tours the country, here are five fun facts you might not have known about the living legend. Continue reading

Valentine's Day

Where would music be without passion, yearning and pure joy? To celebrate a day dedicated to love, we’re filling our world with love songs.  Continue reading

When Jimmy Webb performed his hit “MacArthur Park” in MacArthur Park on the Levitt L.A. stage, it did not cause a rip in the space-time continuum.

It was however, a very special night. In June 2013, the GRAMMY-winning songwriter performed his famous song for the very first time in the park.
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Stellar performances, enthusiastic crowds made for an unforgettable year!

It may be fall, but we’re still thinking about the free concerts that filled the warm, evening air at the six Levitt venues across America. The 2013 season was packed with surprises, sing-alongs and stars both of the celestial and musical variety, celebrating the arts and community from coast-to-coast.

New performers, longer seasons, Levitt favorites and exciting events made for record-breaking attendance and the best season yet. With too many must-see concerts to mention, here are some of the highlights from 2013!

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