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Maybe it’s the slate of the artists that’s causing the confusion, said Lisa Wagner, executive director of the Levitt Pavilion Dayton.
Fans from as far as Indiana, Michigan and Georgia plan to attend the Aug. 11 concert of Paul Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama, which is part of the pavilion’s opening weekend.
Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama tickets at other venues across the country cost $30 or more. Tickets for a recent show in California cost as much as $57.50.
The pavilion’s official grand opening is on Thursday, Aug. 9, with a concert by award-winning Latin pop singer Gina Chavez.
The next evening, the pavilion hosts two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown, who will be accompanied by Chris Standring.
Twenty-four hours after that, Thorn and the Blind Boys take the stage.
And Sunday afternoon’s show is Trout Fishing in America, a Grammy-nominated group.
But the pavilion is a public space and is not enclosed by fencing. People can come and go as they please, and the cost is free.
The Levitt is seeking donations to help pay for operations, programming and other costs, but that’s completely voluntary.
“People don’t understand this is free … but if they love it and want to support it, we encourage them to donate,” Wagner said. “We’ll pass the bucket every night on the lawn, and hopefully people will support free music going forward.”
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The Levitt offers about 25,000 square feet of lawn space, and during the shows, food trucks will be parked nearby, and there will be vendors selling concessions.
The teardrop lawn, directly in front of the stage, can accommodate about 2,500 visitors, which doesn’t count other grassy spaces and patio areas.
People can bring lawn chairs and alcoholic beverages, though glass containers are prohibited.
The Levitt seeks to remove barriers to music entertainment, like the cost of tickets, and hopefully will connect people through the shared experience of music, Wagner said.