Changes for Levitt 2020

I first want to say that Nancy Halverson and crew knocked it out of the park. I think only 2 concerts had to be completely cancelled, and a couple, including Friday night’s show had to end early due to weather. We expected that.

While they planned on 30 concerts this year, they plan to have 50 next year, I’m excited about it.

Here are some changes I would like to see made next year to make Levitt even better;

Allowing people to bring their own beer or wine. I think it should be limited to that and NOT liquor. I also think that if people bring their own, they should have to get an ID badge. While JJ’s did a fine job, I think the city council could change the very simple ordinance that says Falls Park West (where the Levitt resides) to allow this. It really is as simple as an ordinance change.

Put in permanent bike racks. I think they could be easily be put in along the sidewalk on the West side of the restroom. I do know that FAB is working with the city to do something better and I appreciate it.

• Plant more shade trees around the grounds. I also think that they should get a sponsor to put an awning coming off the restroom to the East.

Take down bag search signs. You can’t search people’s bags without a warrant of probable cause. Maybe a sign that says “Suspicious bags subject to search.”

• No pets allowed. This of course would require a city ordinance that basically says pets are not allowed to the Levitt grounds area. JazzFest has NOT allowed pets for years. It’s not good for their health and they don’t want to be there anyway.

Have Friday and Saturday night concerts from 8-10 PM. It was disappointing to see a concert end at 9 PM right when the sun was going down. As I understand it noise ordinance is 11 PM.

• Move the restroom drinking fountains to the Eastside of the building. Those fountains sit in the sun ALL day long, I have never gotten a cold drink of water from them, at best tepid.

• Don’t bring a lawn chair if you don’t need to. This of course will be something people who are attending will have to do on their own. I never sat in a chair all season long and only sat on the ground a few times. Dance and enjoy yourself.

I think with some minor tweaks (I think Levitt will propose some of their own) the 2020 season will be fantastic.

Kory & the Fireflies played the last show of the season last night.



11 comments ↓

#1 Matthew Paulson on 08.11.19 at 6:13 pm

All good suggestions. Levitt is an awesome venue.

#2 Busy taking my selfie at City Hall on 08.12.19 at 12:44 pm

What about some gigantic speakers with go-go dancers on top?

#3 Shawna on 08.12.19 at 1:11 pm

My small dog was far better behaved than many of the children that attended the concerts this summer.

#4 Matthew Paulson on 08.12.19 at 10:28 pm

No one is worried about small dogs. The last time I went, there was a 60-80 pound dog that a small child (who I am pretty sure had no relation to the dog’s owner) was playing with. A volunteer had to tell the owner that they shouldn’t be letting their large dog get so close to children.

#5 Michael L. Wyland on 08.13.19 at 11:31 am

Matthew:

When I delivered newspapers as a kid, the large dogs slobbered on me if I got too close – I remember one St. Bernard in particular . It was the little purse dogs running loose that would bite at my ankles and, in one case, ruined a decent pair of slacks.

#6 Blasphemo on 08.13.19 at 11:59 am

While the size of the dog does matter where the front end of it is concerned (slobber, fangs, jaw opening, strength for biting/fighting/attacking), no matter what the size of dog they all PEE – and they don’t ask to be taken to the restroom before they do it, DO THEY! This is a confined, groomed turf lawn where people in shorts, flip flops and/or bare feet gather, with most of them getting down close to said turf to sit in a chair, on a blanket or right on the grass. It’s insane the issue even needs to be debated with dog owners. While owners may be able to pick up their dog’s turds, I’ve never seen one rinse down & dry where their dog has peed. NO PERSON wants to come in contact either directly or by smell with dog piss. It also triggers other dogs to piss when they smell it. ENOUGH OF THE DAMN DOGS OF ANY SIZE BEING ALLOWED AT THE LEVITT.

#7 JD on 08.13.19 at 12:44 pm

I’d rather watch the dog’s than listen to Kory & the dishrags’!

#8 l3wis on 08.13.19 at 2:29 pm

As I mentioned in an earlier post about this, it’s about the health of your dog. If you care about the well being of them, you would not bring them.

#9 LJL on 08.13.19 at 6:07 pm

I can guarantee you shutting it down at 9 has everything to do with not competing with the DT bars and nothing to do with noise.

#10 scott on 08.13.19 at 7:00 pm

kory needs to wear shoes. his feet are filthy. damn hippy.

#11 Shoeman Extraordinaire on 08.14.19 at 12:00 am

Paul’s sneakers and Kory’s barefootedness are both signs of where we are going as a community. Such casualness, if not stopped soon, will allow the elite of our town to claim that their foot problems are like those of the working poor here, and that hence: “I feel your pain.”

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