Why One Tourist Who Loves Red Rocks Fell for Levitt Pavilion

Levitt Pavilion
Levitt Pavilion Jake Cox
In our Best of Denver edition, Westword honored Levitt Pavilion as the Best Outdoor Venue in Denver, upending a long and predictable tradition of Red Rocks Amphitheatre winning that award. Some readers weighed in, accusing us of jumping the shark.

But Thomas Clark, a tourist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, agreed that Levitt Pavilion was a real find.

Here's what he wrote:

I just read the Westword article about Levitt Pavilion being the best outdoor venue not named Red Rocks. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and make an annual August road trip to Denver and Red Rocks. Two years ago, I had tickets for moe. and Twiddle there, but the show was cancelled due to a band member’s illness.

A few weeks before the trip, I was researching for something else to do to fill the void left by the cancellation. I found Levitt Pavilion and, that same night, Band Of Heathens was playing a free show there. We had a great time at Levitt and BOH has become a favorite band since seeing them there. The opening band, Blake Brown [and the American Dust Choir], was fantastic, and I had a nice talk with them after their set.

I’ll be back out for the first night of the two Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats shows at Red Rocks (saw them there last year, too).

So far no other show has been booked at Red Rocks that I am interested in, so I’m anxious to see if Levitt Pavilion has a show I’ll want to see during the week that I’m there. See you in August!  
Welcome back to Colorado, Thomas. In the meantime, read on for more of our coverage of Red Rocks and Levitt Pavilion:
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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