One of my favorite venues in Denver, Levitt Pavilion, has been dropping concert announcements here and there as we edge towards Spring but today we have the first round of their free shows – and 2023 will go off with a BANG. Legendary funk rock fusion band FISHBONE will play the first free show (yes, FREE) on Saturday, May 6th. Those who know my husband Bryan probably understand this is one of his all-time favorite bands – so please be gentle with him in the pit during this show.
Levitt’s 6th year will see the non-profit continue to champion discovery and diversity while showcasing a world-class line-up of international, national and local artists. Since its inception, Bryan and I have been “Ruby Members,” which means we get a tax deduction for our donation, VIP access to free shows, some free beers, and lots of hugs from the folks at Levitt.
Levitt Denver hosts 50 free concerts a year, so this is only the first round of concert announcements. Be sure to check back for more and join us at the shows. They have a relaxed and open lawn setting, local food trucks, a state-of-the-art Meyer Panther sound system, and an easily accessible location in Ruby Hill Park near public transportation and bike paths.
Levitt Denver Free Concerts 2023
05.06 — Fishbone*
05.11 — Etana*
05.19 — Son Little*
05.20 — The Slackers*
05.27 — Son Rompe Pera*^
06.04 — Central City Opera*
06.17 — Strange Famous Fest (featuring Sage Francis + SFR labelmates)
06.25 — Brazil Day featuring Ginga & Bateria
07.07 — The Wailing Souls*
* Support to be added. Lineup subject to change. ^Performs in Spanish
Levitt Pavilion Denver also partners with local promoters like Live Nation and AEG who host admission-based events on nights when free concerts are not scheduled. These ticketed shows help support the free shows throughout the season and, personally, I love how they bring people in to discover how great Levitt really is.
As I mentioned, some of these shows have been announced over the past month or so, and the lineup is already rock-solid. I have tickets to three of them!
Levitt Denver Ticketed Concerts 2023
05.21 — Violent Femmes: Performing the debut album cover to cover (with Jesse Ahern)
06.15 — Garbage and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with special guest Metric
06.23 — An Evening with CAKE
07.26 — Cavetown – Bittersweet Daze with mxmtoon, Ricky Montgomery, and grentperez
08.08 — Yellowcard: Celebrating 20 Years of Ocean Avenue (with Anberlin, This Wild Life, and Emo Nite Brooklyn)
08.09 — Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Ziggy Marley (with Mavis Staples and Robert Randolph Band)
08.20 — Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of The Swell Season
This announcement is the first of several to outline Levitt’s free concert series that will run from May to the end of September. Levitt Pavilion Denver’s Deputy Director, Andy Thomas, shared, “We are thrilled to be back with our free concert series and to kick off the season with such an iconic band as Fishbone. We believe that music has the power to unite us all, and we are excited to welcome everyone back to the lawn for another incredible summer of free concerts.”
See you there!
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