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You Going? Free Outdoor Music in MacArthur Park 5 Nights a Week

La Fanfare du Belgistan plays at the Levitt Pavilion | Photo by kimbrough-photo via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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Thanks to David Kimbrough, a frequent contributor to our LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr, we learn more about the free concert series at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park that continues through the end of September for five nights of the week (it began in July). He writes in, sharing with all of us what this great series is all about. Thanks, David!

One of the most eclectic and lively musical venues in Los Angeles is probably one of the least known. In the north-west corner of MacArthur Park is Levitt Pavilion, a band shell built at the bottom of what was 100 years ago a reservoir and now whose banks now form a natural amphitheater.

Over the last three summers the Levitt Family Foundation has funded perhaps the most exciting and diverse musical programs at here. Every Wednesday through Sunday concerts of every imaginable type of music . Wednesday nights are “Música Latina” with everything from tejano and banda to the Irish-Cuban music of Miami based Javier Garcia while on Saturdays it is “American Roots” with C&W, Jazz, and Bluegrass artists like Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale and Texas’ own BettySoo. In between is World Music and Night Rhythms with ska, reggae, cumbia, swinging big bands, hip-hop violin, zydeco and there is even a Children’s Night on Sunday.

Shows start at 7:30 and go until 9:00 barring a demand for an encore. Seating includes grass, rocks, park benches, or whatever you bring yourself and is strictly “first come, first serve”.