Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Levitt Denver Pavilion Executive Director Speaks to CU Students



            On the 7th of February, 2017, Levitt Pavilion Denver founder and executive director Chris Zachar visited CU Denver students and talked about the new Denver concert pavilion that will open summer of 2017. Also accompanying him were partners Andy Thomas, (a Denver musician, Levitt partner and music journalist) as well as Chase Wessel, (a CU Alumni, Levitt Partner and former sound person at the Conan O’ Brien television show). The three gentlemen talked about new city plans for an all ages venue in Denver’s own Ruby Hill Park. The venue is projected to have 50 free shows and 30 plus paid concerts featuring touring acts as well as locals.
The venue is part of the Levitt foundation, which has similar venues around the nation. Levitt’s website states that “free Levitt concerts will be presented in 21 towns and cities. Each celebrates its own community and presents high caliber entertainment featuring a rich array of music genres.” (Levitt.com).  As Zachar discussed the future pavilion’s plans, he stated that the goal of Levitt Denver was to make arts more accessible to the surrounding area of Ruby Hill Park. The Levitt foundation funds cities and builds pavilions for music. They also help curate an art market or helps develop one that already exists. Ruby Hill Park in Denver is looking to be developed as an arts community with the help of Levitt.
The purpose for Denver’s Levitt project is to “Help make Denver feel like the place to be” (Zachar). Andy Thomas also talked about the importance of bringing music to communities that don’t normally get access to concerts and music events. He spoke on Levitt’s partnerships with Guitar Center to give instruments to kids in the community that couldn’t (without the help of Levitt) afford them. Chase Wessel, who graduated from CU in 2007 explained how he always wanted to own his own venue. Now he helps book for the Levitt pavilion in Denver and has already gotten busy booking for the summer 2017 concert season. The CU Denver students in attendance were exposed to the amazing new project for the music and concert industry that is Levitt Denver, as well as the chance to meet Zachar, Thomas and Wessel. The summer of 2017 looks to be a great first season for the pavilion, as the first show is confirmed to be on July 21st 2017 and will feature a free show by UB40 Legends Ali, Astro & Mickey with special guests Matisyahu and Raging Fyah.

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