Monthly Archives: December 2016

Every year, each Friends of Levitt organization presents a concert season featuring high caliber entertainment of an array of music genres. People of all backgrounds and ages can experience a diverse lineup of artists at permanent Levitt venues, where they can also spend time with friends, family and neighbors while enjoying the free concerts. It’s no wonder that Levitt venues get so much love from their communities. Take a look at some of the recognition the venues received in 2016!

Levitt Shell Arlington
Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Arlington Today Magazine



Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

Extensive press coverage of concert featuring Jimmy Webb, songwriter of the iconic “MacArthur Park”



Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Shell Memphis
Winner, “Best Place to See Live Music”
Memphis Flyer



Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Pasadena Weekly



Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Winner, “Best Free Entertainment”
Lehigh Valley Style



Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion Westport
Winner, “Best Live Music Spot” and “Best Performing Arts Venue”
Best of the Gold Coast, Connecticut



Congratulations to the Friends of Levitt organizations on these achievements, which are a true reflection of the impact of community through music in their cities!

  • Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec, Canada. Photo: Jamie McCaffrey

Many people think of winter as a time to bundle up in front of the fireplace, pop in a favorite holiday record and sip a cup of hot chocolate indoors. Public squares and streets all over the world, however, are bringing people out of their homes—even in freezing temperatures—through creative placemaking. Whether it’s by hosting an ice-skating rink, setting up an annual holiday market, or illuminating buildings with festive light displays, placemaking during the cold season draws residents and visitors alike outside to enjoy the winter ambience. That’s why, even in cities known for their snowy seasons and frigid air, you’ll find public outdoor spaces alive with activity.

Check out these real-life winter wonderlands in the slideshow above, and tell us about your favorite outdoor public spaces to visit during the winter!


This year has been the most impactful yet for the national Levitt network, with over half a million people in 22 towns and cities experiencing the joy of community and free, live music at Levitt venues and concert sites across America! Behind each Levitt show is the belief that free, live music has the power to bring people from all walks of life together. The Levitt Foundation team member picks for their favorite songs of 2016 exemplify the tremendous amount of great music from a diverse array of emerging and established artists that came out this year. Take a listen! 

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Whether it’s making the time to take a stroll, squeeze in a few moments of meditation, or join a yoga session on a Levitt lawn, here’s to finding those precious moments of Zen in our fast-paced lives! 

Wishing you some calm, refreshing moments of self-care amidst the busyness of this holiday season.

‘The most wonderful time of the year’ is upon us yet again, bringing twinkly lights, festive music, holiday gatherings, and (of course) gifts.

If you’ve already checked everyone off your holiday shopping list, kudos to you—sit back, relax and enjoy the season. However, if you’re still on the hunt for that perfect gift that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face, consider giving a gift that will create joy for both the recipient and others!

We’ve compiled a list of 10 ways you can give socially- and eco-conscious gifts this year, that will bring twice the joy (at no extra cost!). Continue reading

  • Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars

Levitteers always know they’re in for an incredible experience at Levitt venues, where everyone is welcome to enjoy artists of all music genres, for free. These talented performers range from up-and-coming acts to highly acclaimed artists, including a number of GRAMMY Award winners and nominees! Just today, the Recording Academy announced nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including 25 artists who have played on Levitt stages. Check out the nominees below, then hear them for yourself with our 2017 GRAMMY Nominees playlist! Continue reading

Levitt Pavilion Dayton Set to Open in 2018


Image by Robin Feld

Dayton, Ohio is a city of innovators, inventors and dreamers. As home to numerous patents and inventions, the spirit of innovation permeates its entire culture. This is evident throughout the city, including in the ongoing reimagining of its downtown. Levitt Pavilion Dayton, located in Dave Hall Plaza—an underutilized public space sitting at the southern gateway to the city’s downtown—is set to play a major role in the revitalization of Dayton’s core and make it a welcoming destination for all. Continue reading