Levitt Announces 2019 Concert Series

I still have to do some more research on the bands, but some really stand out (I bolded the bands I have either seen or heard before). Jonathan Byrd is fantastic. I’m really excited about the series and will try to attend most of the concerts. This is a very good thing for Sioux Falls. Hopefully in 2020 we can BYOB. As I have told councilors it is just a matter of changing city ordinance to allow BYOB at Falls Park West (which really isn’t a part of Falls Park, though they keep claiming it is).

UPDATE: I started linking some YT vids of the bands. Lots of great stuff and it’s all FREE!

Americana Series

Sponsored by CorTrust Bank

Rock Series

Sponsored by First PREMIER Bank

Women of Song Series 

Sponsored by Avera

World Music Series

Sponsored by MetaBank

The Family Series 

Sponsored by an anonymous donor supporting Therapy Dogs International


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.09.19 at 12:03 pm

I know a few of the groups or personalities rekindle memories of past RibFests.



#2 Jannelle Cain on 05.09.19 at 12:35 pm

On the whole list I recognized 3 and that includes Phil Baker!!!!!!


#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.09.19 at 12:47 pm

But will the condos across the street like the music? How Iconic, I mean ironic…

“What I like about my condo is that it’s like it’s own transistor radio. Depending upon which window you open, you can hear different genres of music as if you were changing channels….”

#4 l3wis on 05.09.19 at 12:54 pm

JC, click on some of the links, there are some really good bands in the lineup. The opener is a fantastic Marioche band. Louis York is also this great throwback funk/Motown band, that show should be cooking.

#5 Ljl on 05.09.19 at 1:08 pm

I can smell the pot and hairy hippies already.

#6 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.09.19 at 1:30 pm


August will be the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and did you notice that the “High Kings” are performing that month at the local Levitt, too?

#7 Matthew Paulson on 05.09.19 at 2:13 pm

So much for their big reveal party tonight…

#8 l3wis on 05.09.19 at 2:25 pm

They revealed at 10 AM this morning.

#9 Warren Phear on 05.09.19 at 4:52 pm

A few years ago all the Levitts allowed BYOB and your own food. I knew the BYOB would never fly in SF…always a profit motive. How about packing your own food? Will that even be allowed?

#10 l3wis on 05.09.19 at 6:10 pm

You will be allowed to bring coolers with food and drink (not alchohol though). I guess they are going to not take much of the alcohol sales either.

#11 D@ily Spin on 05.10.19 at 11:49 am

This is an interesting entertainment venue. It should be popular and somewhat profitable. However, there will be extra police calls and noise complaints. What’s refreshing is that it affords the music groups exposure and provides affordable middle income entertainment.

#12 Matt Staab on 05.10.19 at 5:00 pm

Pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of artists.

#13 l3wis on 05.10.19 at 7:11 pm

I would agree, I expected like 4 bands that would be good, but some of those acts are fantastic, and it’s FREE!

#14 Warren Phear on 05.10.19 at 8:05 pm

How about parking?

#15 l3wis on 05.10.19 at 8:52 pm

WP, thank you for bringing this up, because it is an interesting tale.

First off, the Levitt folks think that each concert will bring in 3,000 peeps per concert, I don’t think that will happen. My guess is closer to 4-500, especially in the first year. I think the concerts on the weekends will actually distract from other people hanging out DT. I think it will take a few years for people to understand they can go and watch a free concert until 9 PM then go hangout DT afterwards. The numbers will increase, but it will take a couple of years.

One of the reasons I think the concerts will have a low turnout is because the majority of folks in SF either like pop country, hair metal or contemporary dogma. Americana, Swing, Funk, Jazz and Classical have a very small audience in SF. I joked with someone, it’s going to be great for me, because I won’t have to fight crowds to hear great music, and I am 10 minutes away on the bike trail.

But the Levitt is betting on the high numbers so the Sioux Steel folks can say they need to build a parking ramp that will accomodate the concert goers, in which they will gladly give FREE parking to at night as long as they get their $25 million dollar TIF that they are salivating over.

Of course when the low numbers occur for Levitt in the first year it will only give ammunition to the Sioux Steel folks to say, “See, the numbers are low because there is NO parking. Please give us a TIF so we can build parking.”

#16 Putin/Pence in 2020 on 05.11.19 at 12:55 pm

We can just all take an expensive Lyft to the free concert, that will solve the parking issue.


#17 Friends of the Levitt on 05.11.19 at 8:42 pm

Friends of the Levitt have a big job ahead of them.

They have to fund raise $334,000 every year to make this work.

Wonder how long it will be before they come to the taxpayers looking for a hand out!!!

#18 Barr/Cheney 2020 on 05.12.19 at 11:10 am

The $334,000 issue can easily be resolved: “Sanford/Levitt Shell”

#19 Warren Phear on 05.12.19 at 1:23 pm

Here is a good Q&A from the levitt in Arlington Texas.

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