The Ruby Hill Park area in Denver at 1200 W. Florida Ave. has undergone quite the transformation since the city of Denver completed a Master Plan in 2006 to bring changes to the park.
Since then, the city has added new playgrounds, walking trails, a picnic pavilion, interactive fountains and splash areas and an outdoor performance area. And through a partnership with Levitt, an organization that works to support arts, culture and education, the sound of live music performances can typically be heard.
This year, Levitt had planned for another summer packed with live music in Denver. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit was forced to cancel it’s in-person shows.
“After exhausting all possibilities for opening this summer, it’s clear that it is best for the health of our non-profit organization and the community that we refrain from a 2020 concert season and focus our energy on building an incredible comeback in 2021,” Levitt said in a statement.
“Thank you to our community and donors who make our free music series possible and have helped us through this unprecedented and evolving situation. We miss you, Denver! We can’t wait to see you on the lawn again but until then, please join our virtual concert series Levitt In Your Living Room on Monday and Wednesday nights!,” the statement continues.
Levitt in Your Living Room has brought live music to residents from the comfort of their own homes. On Aug. 31, Vanessa Zamora performed for the series on Levitt Pavilion Denver’s Facebook account. On Sept. 11, Chris Daughtry will host a virtual show through Levitt where a percentage of ticket sales and tips will go toward the music venue at Ruby Hill Park.
Levitt has locations outside of Colorado, including in Texas, California, Tennessee and more. It is focused on empowering communities to use underused outdoor spaces as places where the community can gather for live music. The nonprofit pays local artists around 40 percent more than other venues in the front range, according to statistics from Levitt. Levitt is funded through sponsors, donors, grants and concessions. In a normal year, Levitt estimates that 375,000 residents attend its free shows. The venue at Ruby Hill Park can hold 7,500 residents at a time.
By the time 2021 comes around, Levitt hopes to carry on with live music shows. Current outdoor gathering limits in Colorado have made it difficult for other concert venues to carry on with live performances. According to a report from the World Economic Forum, the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to cost the music industry at least $10 billion in sponsorships.
You can find more about Levitt at levittdenver.org. To see its virtual live music streaming schedule, visit