Levitt Pavilion Announces Their 2019 Concert Schedule With 50 free Concerts in Ruby Hill

The beautiful Levitt Pavilion (Photo courtesy: Joel Rekiel)

One of our favorite venues has just announced it’s 2019 lineup and we are pretty stoked. This year is sure to be a blast as Ruby Hill plays host to an amazing lineup of national and local acts.

Levitt Pavilion Denver is proud to announce their 2019 Concert Schedule with 50 Free Concerts in Ruby Hill Park this summer. The Levitt Pavilion Denver mission of building community through music is more prevalent than ever with their continued support for local musicians, community programs, and increasing access to the arts through their free concert series. The non-profit music venue is funded by donations, sponsorships, and onsite concession sales. While the concerts are free to attend, donations and VIP upgrades are available to help keep the music going for years to come.

2019 will mark Levitts third year of providing free, family-friendly concerts for all to enjoy. Recently named as Denver’s Best Outdoor Venue by Denver Westword, the outdoor amphitheater can accommodate up to 18,000 people in its open lawn seating for their free concerts and 7,500 for ticketed concerts produced by Emporium Presents. Patrons can expect a diverse lineup of local Colorado based artists, national, and international talent in a wide array of music genres.

Executive Director, Chris Zacher adds “Levitt is still in growth mode as an organization and as a venue. In 2017 nobody knew what Levitt was, that is now changing but there’s still a lot of work to do. This offseason we spent a tremendous amount of time working on our artistic bookings and improving the venue for the concert goers experience. We want everyone to come out to a show and grow with us, learn about artists you haven’t yet heard of, bring the family and spread out on our vast lawn, and be a part of this unique experience. Without the support of the community Levitt is not possible.”  

Esme Patterson performing at Levitt Pavilion. (Photo courtesy: Joel Rekiel)

Levitt Pavilion prides themselves in discovering emerging artists, especially the local Colorado artists. In 2018, eighty Colorado based bands played the Levitt stage over the course of sixty concerts in both free and ticketed events. Talent Buyer and Production Manager, Chase Wessel asserts, “At Levitt, we pride ourselves on presenting all genres of music for our growing communities. Having success in past seasons has allowed us to increase artist budgets, which in turn has allowed us to bring in higher caliber artists. I'm extremely excited to announce our third summer season at Levitt and continue to put on high level productions, free of charge!”

Levitt Pavilion Denver’s 2019 free concert season will begin on May 24th and run through September.

* Local support to be added. Lineup subject to change.

Levitt Pavilion Denver's 2019 Free Concert Schedule

5/24 - Dragondeer with A.J. Fullerton

5/25 - TBA *

5/26 - Tea Leaf Green with The Jive Tribe

6/1 - Esmé Patterson with Carsie Blanton

6/2 - Jenny and the Mexicats with Bang Data

6/6 - Phamaly 30th Anniversary Concert

6/7 - Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra with The Dendrites

6/14 - Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers *

6/15 - The Slackers *

6/16 - Queen City Country & Western Showcase

6/21 - Who’s Bad | The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Float Like A Buffalo

6/23 - School of Rock Showcase

6/28 - Greyhounds *

7/5 - The Bright Light Social Hour with Walker Lukens

7/6 - The Dustbowl Revival *

7/7 - Villalobos Brothers with El Javi

7/11 - Denver Concert Band with Carol Jantsch of the Philadelphia Orchestra

7/12 - Brubeck Brothers Quartet *

7/13 - Inspector with Vic N’ The Narwhals

7/14 - Orgone with Cosmic Joe

7/18 - Rainbow Militia with Chimney Choir and DéCollage

7/19 - Gasoline Lollipops with Chella & The Charm

7/20 - Reggae on the Grass

7/21 - Aterciopelados with Pink Hawks

7/25 - Dale Watson with Halden Wofford & The Hi-Beams

7/26 - Kinky with iZCALLi

7/27 - Lyrics Born with Boss Eagle

7/28 - TBA *

8/1 - Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts and Tracksuit Wedding

8/2 - Levitt National Tour Presents: Flor de Toloache with Flamenco Denver

8/4 - Reverend Horton Heat with The Delta Bombers and Lincoln Durham

8/8 - Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with Lost Walks

8/9 - Passafire with Of Good Nature

8/10 - The Mother Hips *

8/15 - Eilen Jewell *

8/16 - Celso Pińa with Pato Machete

8/17 - Backyard Party with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Slim Wednesday

8/18 - The Brothers Comatose with Jalan Crossland

8/22 - Special Guests with CITRA

8/23 - Fiesta Colorado Dance Company with Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra

8/24 - Zion I *

8/29 - Wild Rivers with The Copper Children

8/30 - Dessa with MONAKR

8/31 - Authority Zero with No Bueno!

9/1 - Grupo Fantasma

9/7 - Native American Arts Celebration with special guests Redbone

9/8 - Face Vocal Band *

9/13 - TBA *

9/14 - Low Cut Connie *

9/15 - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Robbie Peoples

Through a partnership with Emporium Presents, Levitt Pavilion Denver will also host a handful of ticketed concerts, featuring artists like Rob Thomas, Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, and Tower of Power. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or levittdenver.org.


Levitt Pavilion Denver's 2019 Ticketed Concert Schedule

5/19 - Spread The Word - A Colorado Music Festival

5/31 - The Samples with special guests Vertical Horizon

6/8 - The Fab Four with Special Guest: Rocks Off - A Tribute to The Rolling Stones

6/10 - Rob Thomas: Chip Tooth Tour with special guest Abby Anderson

6/22 - Third Eye Blind / Jimmy Eat World: Summer Gods Tour 2019 with special guest Ra Ra Riot

8/3 - Tower of Power with special guests Average White Band

9/27 - Three Dog Night


For more information about tickets, parking, venue information, VIP upgrades, and donations please visit www.levittdenver.org.

From Humble Beginnings To A National Holiday, Record Store Day Has Become A Vinyl Lover's Dream

Back in 2007, Twist and Shout Records Co-Owner Paul Epstein sat in a hotel room with several other independent record store owners and dreamed up Record Store Day.

“We were like ‘yeah! Let’s have exclusive products from all the labels’ kind of like a holiday for records. That’s what got the conversation started,” Epstein says.

Who would’ve thought,12 years later it would grow to international scale, feature rare releases from heavy weight artists like Jack White and St. Vincent, and go on to be declared an official holiday in Las Vegas and a few other American cities. Record Store Day has evolved into a multifaceted event differentiated by the record stores that put them on. Many provide artist meet and greets, live performances, and various promotional pop-ups.

Epstein looks back at the early stages of Record Store Day, “In the beginning it was a slow build. It really got going around year five. Then the labels started taking it more seriously and producing more products. That’s when we started seeing the big lines before we opened.”

Paul Epstein of Twist and Shout Records.

Every year, Twist & Shout experiences record breaking attendance and this year they expect the same. Early birds will get treated to bites from indie music festival The Underground Music Showcase and coffee from Tattered Cover Bookstore. Then doors will open at 8am.

A taste of what to expect once inside: a Grateful Dead inspired ale from Dogfish Head Brewery paired with an exclusive record and poster, KBCO’s one-of-a-kind release that will only be offered at Twist & Shout, and even a Baby Shark vinyl. Full list of products available on twistandshout.com.

First timers and veterans are given the same advice from Epstein, “Come prepared. Know your priorities because once supplies are gone, they’re gone.”

Happy hunting, music lovers.

-Demi Harvey

First Look: Babelord "Feels" Video

Just who is Babelord?

We are still trying to figure that out. All we know is we received this transmission via our 8 track fax machine and wanted to share with our fellow earthlings.

2.5 million light years away, within the 528th quadrant, beyond the ninth quasar within the Andromeda galaxy lies the planet of Galactar; home of the Galactans. The Galactans are a peaceful and highly advanced humanoid race; well versed in the arts, sciences and intergalactic love...

In Galactic year 420.69, a young Galactan by the name of Babelord was sent to the planet Earth with an impossible mission; to educate humans in the ways of infinite, unconditional, intergalactic love. With no feasible way to communicate effectively with the primitive humans, and armed only with the sounds of music and a few friends she has made along the way, Babelord and her comrades fight an uphill battle. Will she succeed, or will the spirit of humanity be erased from the universe FOREVER??????

Babelord and her Earthling friend Danny D.

SXSW Unplugged: Volume 3

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Welcome to SXSW Unplugged, this is the third volume in this project and we had a chance to work with some amazing artist this year. This project started a couple years ago in Denver and has carried over to SXSW for the last few years. Our aim has always been to capture the artist in their intimate and casual setting. Thank you to Haelos, Madge, Cautious Clay, Japanese Breakfast, White Denim, Cuco, Taylor Janzen, Leikeli47, and of course Nardwuar.

HAELOS

Japanese Breakfast

White Denim

MADGE

LEIKELI47

TAYLOR JANZEN

CUCO

CAUTIOUS CLAY

NARDWUAR

Ultra5280's Best Of 2018: Band of The Year

Los Mocochetes playing during this year’s Underground Music Showcase. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

We have usually shied away in the past from naming a band of the year. This year we decide to recognize a band that left blood, sweat, and tears on the stage with every performance. This group of gentlemen provided Denver with a message that was much needed in light of our current political climate. Sharing positivity and love throughout their sets, it was an easy choice to name Los Mocochetes our band of the year. The band had huge presence this year playing an abundance of shows all over our state (we had a chance to see them three times), they blend an array of sounds from Latin beats to funk to politically charged lyrics, add a high energy stage performance and you are guaranteed to dance your ass off. Cut from the same cloth as bands such as Rage Against The Machine and Ozomatli the band is looking to top their year in 2019 with their debut album. We look forward to seeing the band continue to ride their current wave and can’t wait to see what they have in store for the new year. Viva La Raza!!!!!!

Other bands worth mentioning that had an amazing year and should be recognized for their accomplishments this year.

Cheap Perfume

Oxeye Daisy

The Still Tide

Tennis

Citra

Yasi

The Velveteers

Dreadnought

It’s Just Bugs