I went to college in northeast Florida and we drove hours to see UB40 when they played at the home of the Gators. It was worth the trek, and I saw them several more times in the late 80s and early 90s.
Which is why I was thrilled to see Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – the true heart of UB40 – were the first ticketed event at Denver’s new venue, Levitt Pavilion. If you haven’t been there, it’s an outdoor stage settled at the bottom of a natural bowl in Ruby Hill Park. Denver is the 7th Levitt Pavilion in the United States, after continuing commitment from the Levitt Foundation to create public/private partnerships that promote music. The City of Denver provides the land, Levitt national provides support, and our local foundation raises the rest to provide 50 free concerts per year.
Levitt Denver also offers ticketed events … partly to supplement their fundraising efforts, and partly to take advantage of this awesome new venue.
Translation? UB40 played in Denver and made a lot of people happy.
The band continues their tour throughout the Fall – including finishing up the US in Florida, which makes me very, very happy.