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Levitt is a true gift to the community!

Yes, the Levitt has some kinks to work out, but it seemed on Saturday night they already fixed one of them (putting the wristband stand next to the beverage stand). They still need to work on the bike rack situation though.

Other than that, the most amazing thing I saw both nights was community coming together. Unlike the Pavilion or Denty or even the Midco Aquatic Center, you can go to the Levitt without a ticket and possibly see 30 concerts this year and 50 next year FOR FREE! The great part about it is, if you don’t like the act, you can leave and not feel cheated.

As for parking, I think there was plenty. I saw people walking to the event from 6th street and 8th street, and there seemed to be plenty of parking in the Raven lot. There isn’t a parking issue. I also think the Levitt volunteers did a great job of directing traffic and parking in the area.

As for the music, both nights were fantastic, especially last night. The band that performed was world class, and I enjoyed meeting them and chatting with them after the show. It was funny because I told three of the members that their trumpet player hits the notes perfectly (she is with the baby in the picture below) they laughed and joked with her saying something like “We told you so!”

I also got to meet the daughter of the Levitt founders, I got shoved into a photo with her to (God knows where that will show up!)

I think the crowds will get more diverse once more people realize the events are free (they will even borrow you a lawn chair!)

While I would still like to see BYOB, I think the adult beverage handlers (JJ’s) did a good job!

I would like to personally thank first the taxpayers of Sioux Falls for this amazing financial support and gift, like I often say some of the best things in SF are free to use, like the bike trail.

I would also like to thank the vision of Tom Dempster and Jennifer and Joe Kirby, and lastly all the hard work Nancy Halverson put in, Levitt SF really was lucky to bring her back and have her run this organization.

SIDENOTE: Please Sioux Falls, I know the previous Mayor started this trend, but it needs to end, especially now that we have a Graphic Designer as Mayor, STOP USING ALL CAPS HELVETICA ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS!

 

First Night of Levitt was Fantastic!

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If I had to take an educated guess it was around 2,000 people. The Levitt organization was very helpful with lawn chairs, and there was plenty of room for everyone. The sound system was also almost perfect, it wasn’t too loud and it was very clear. We will see how tonight’s concert goes, fantastic band;

A couple of observations though;

• There was NO temporary bike racks and people seem to pile their bikes together or chain them together.

• People (especially women) were praising the restrooms.

• The concerts end right at 9 PM sharp. I think they should adjust the time to 10 PM on Friday and Saturdays. The sun was just going down at 9 and it would have been cool to watch the music for another hour.

• The drink ticket situation is strange. The tickets are only good for the day of the event and they quit selling at 8:30 PM. So if you have any tickets left, you are screwed. On a positive note though, the selection was really good for beer, etc. But in a strange move they put the wristband station on the west side of the park and the drink line on the east side. I guess they make you exercise for your beer.

Also, on my ride home, I took this strange photo behind Slumshine. Unrelated.

JAS Quintet Album Release • Friday, June 7

The JAS Quintet has an album release performance Friday June 7th at 7:30 PM in the Belbas Theater in the Washington Pavilion.  Charles Luden will be reading poems as the opening act.  Xavier Pastrano will be reading poems as well.

Sioux Falls Municipal Band • 100 Year Anniversary

This is a great video, I applaud the citylink media people who put this together – nice job! I liked how at one time the musicians were union . . .

RIP – Dick Dale

I had the pleasure of meeting Dick Dale several times. One of the more funnier moments was when he was playing Knights of Columbus and kicked his grandson in the butt for not tuning his amp correctly. And he did it while playing the guitar . . . I’m sure him and Jimi are jamming right now.

There is a brief silent intro to video.

Music Club W/Jason Isbell

Just listen to this guy’s lyrics, nevermind all the fancy musicianship. He reminds me of my favorite songwriter of all time, Hank Sr. REAL. HARD. and SAD. Some people just get it, Jason is one of them.

Music Club: Blackberry Smoke covers Petty

Willie Nelson, Vote M’ Out!

RIP – Aretha Franklin

I consider myself lucky I got to see her in 2015 at Saturday in the Park.

Local Sioux Falls promoters bringing in great music!

Bravo to our local promoters for continuing to bring great music to town. The Living Deads at Bonus Round Bar on Thursday night, Wreckless Eric at Total Drag Friday Night.