Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, from June 23rd to August 29th, there is free live music at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. That’s a lot of music. Who pays for all this music, you ask? If Napster taught us anything, it’s that music is free. Except when it’s not, like at the first Levitt show, “Dionne Warwick Under the Stars,” which is the Levitt program’s major fundraising effort.
Guilt, however, is usually not a good reason to go to a concert. In this case a much better reason is available: Dionne Warwick is awesome. From 1962 to 1998, she racked up 56 chart singles, including a dozen straight from ’63 to ’66, many of them the result of her fruitful collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David—until she sued them, that is. But you probably know these things already, because she’s one of the most successful female vocalists in the history of popular music. Now she’s a humanitarian and stuff, but I bet she’s still got some life in those pipes, and then some.
The full Levitt calendar can be found here. Personally, I am most looking forward to the Mariachi Divas and Non Stop Bhangra. Ole!
Dionne Warwick Under the Stars
Sunday, June 13, 8 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park
Holly St. at Raymond Ave., Pasadena
$40, $60, $65, $75