Live music returns to downtown Dayton—The 2021 Eichelberger Concert Season at the Levitt Pavilion has been officially announced.
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After the COVID-19 pandemic replaced in-person concerts with virtual shows, live music will return to the Levitt Dayton stage this summer with a diverse array of genres including bluegrass, hip hop, jazz, blues, funk, R&B, gospel, Christian, Celtic, classical, rock, country, Latin, reggae, ska, and psychobilly.
The 2021 Eichelberger Concert Season begins on June 12th with the New Orleans trumpet player, Shamarr Allen. Other performers to take the stage this summer include the United States Air Force Band of Flight (Aug. 7), Celtic Fest favorites The Drowsy Lads (July 29), and the legendary Ohio Players (Sept. 18). Click here for the full schedule. All concerts are free, and guests are invited to bring picnic blankets, chairs, food, and beverages.
In the interest of safety, the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton wants to meet everyone where they are in this ever-changing environment. They have installed touchless restrooms and will provide hand sanitizing stations around the park. Social distancing circles will be painted in a few rows at the back of the lawn for anyone who would like the space.
“We are constantly monitoring and listening to local and public health orders and remain nimble and flexible as the summer progresses,” said Lisa Wagner, executive director. “We ask that everyone attending the concerts be respectful and kind to one another as we all enjoy the return of live music!”
In 2019, the Levitt Pavilion Dayton saw over 72,000 people in attendance on the lawn and had a $1.5 million economic impact on the Downtown area. In 2020, they provided 16 free virtual concerts through Facebook and Youtube and injected $28,000 into the local arts industry.