Fast Forward

The finished Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park is still a dream on paper as fundraising continues to help finance the proposed 7,500-seat amphitheater, slated to open to the public for fifty concerts in 2016, under shared sponsorship by the national Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation and the City of Denver. But Denverites will get a taste of what’s coming at a pair of special events scheduled for today and tomorrow at the pavilion site.

Tonight kicks off the two-night celebration with a benefit from 5 to 8:30 p.m., featuring Mayor Hancock, a catered dinner and live tunes from local bands Ark Life and Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra. Tickets for the tony affair start at $150. And tomorrow at the same time, the site will host a different kind of concert — a free set by Levitt national touring act Playing for Change, a world-music outfit often augmented by celebrity guests for anyone and everyone. As Chris Zacher, local director for the Denver project, notes, the two shows are a perfect example of what to expect in 2016: “Our goal is twofold — to provide exposure to locals and also pay them at a better rate than usual, and to offer national touring artists and emerging artists at no charge.” It doesn’t get any more egalitarian than that.

Both events are at Ruby Hill Park, 1200 West Florida Avenue; for benefit tickets or more information about Levitt Pavilion Denver, visit
Tue., July 1, 5 p.m., 2014

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