Lovin’ Levitt

Sep 7, 2010

We showed love to the Levitt Pavilion concerts by throwing a few bucks in the donation bucket every time we attended a concert this summer, but now that the season has ended, we wanted to shout out some love for one of the greatest gifts to the region: Free concerts, five nights a week, in a beautiful setting in Old Pasadena, featuring a wildly diverse range of artists of considerable talent.

So THANK YOU, Liz Levitt, and thanks to your amazing team, especially artistic director Eddie Cota, who did such a great job of programming this summer, and C.J. Whitcomb, the savvy executive director.

We’re also going to use this moment of gratitude to make some requests for next summer, and we’d like you to join us—we’ll pass along the requests to Eddie Cota. What musicians would you like to see next summer? Be realistic—Levitt does pay its performers, but they can’t pay Lady Gaga prices. They’re looking for outstanding bands and performers who have talent and showmanship but don’t sell out the Greek Theatre. And they’re particularly looking for specialists in jazz, world music, roots Americana and children’s. Please post your requests and we’ll pass them along. As for us, we’re hoping they can book roots-bluegrass singer Tim O’Brien, Irish rockers Gaelic Storm, L.A. band Dawes and great L.A. singer-songwriter Jill Sobule. We’d also love love love it if they could snag Ozomatli, one of the greatest party-music bands L.A. has ever produced.

And if you’re needing just a little more night music, head down to Levitt’s other Southern California venue in MacArthur Park—the free concert season there goes on until September 12th, with some pretty terrific sounding acts, including the closing-night all-female mariachi band. Here’s the calendar.

Dancing at twilight

8 Responses for “Lovin’ Levitt”

  1. TJ says:

    Bonnie Prince Billy
    Bobby Bare, Jr.

  2. Frankie Stearns says:

    Steve Tyrell
    James Raymond’s jazz quartet – they are local and they are fabulous. I don’t know what they call themselves but I’m working on finding out.

  3. Jeff A says:

    Blues – Homeade Jamz
    Rock – Beth Hart
    World – Jai Utal
    Latin – Ozomatli

  4. Mel Malmberg says:

    our favorites this year were la santa cecilia and dengue fever (and can I say double bill?? those two would bring down the shell together — bring them back!!!) ; they could possibly get the international Les Nubians and the incredible Sidestepper, both of whom have played at the rather humble (in attendance and cost but not talent) Luckman series (another winnner!!!) . Ollin are terrific if still together. It would be great to have a battle of the local bands by age group, including the geezers. tap into the sangeet world.

  5. Kim says:

    Ozomatli is always good
    Soft Pack – alternative local band
    Contact me regarding a middle eastern dance show!
    More dance! Loved the Bollywood!

  6. Nutty. They fuse classic rock songs with classic jazz tunes.

  7. Frankie Stearns says:

    The jazz quartet is called lit by fireflies
    They will be playing at The Coffee Gallery in Altadena on October 22 – You really want to see this band!

  8. Bob Miller says:

    David Arnay is a great local jazz pianist. He’s at Arroyo Chop House most weeks, & has a great bassist & drummer too.



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