Go Metro Weekends, chill at Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concerts

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The Levitt Pavilion L.A. stage at MacArthur Park. Photo by Bunnicula via Flickr/CC.

If you haven’t taken advantage of our longer, milder evenings this time of year to hear some music live and out-of-doors, why not cross it off your summer to-do list this weekend?


DJ/Composer Karsh Kale via his Facebook page.

Admit it, Fourth of July was fun, but action-packed. And getting through the week post-holiday… that took some work, right? Personally, lounging on/under a blanket while taking in great tunes sounds like just the right energy level for this weekend…

Of course, there are lots of places to enjoy live, outdoor music during summers in our city, like the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, Dance Downtown and Grand Performances, to name a few. One we haven’t yet mentioned this season on The Source is the Levitt Pavilion summer concert series.

The Levitt Pavilion is the non-profit organization responsible for the restoration of the historic band shell at MacArthur Park. Each summer they plan a lineup of 100 performances to take place either at Pasadena’s Memorial Park or the MacArthur Park stage. Every concert is free in an effort to make live music accessible to all Angelenos.


Latin Jazz trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez via Facebook.

Keeping with this post’s “chill” theme, getting to Levitt Pavilion concerts via Metro rail is a breeze. This Saturday at 8 p.m., Indian composer and producer Karsh Kale brings his electronic fusion music to the band shell at MacArthur Park, just a short walk from the Metro Red/Purple Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. On Sunday, Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz artist Bobby Rodriguez performs in Memorial Park at 7 p.m. (take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station). Don’t forget your lawn chairs, picnic blanket and warm layers. Bring your own food, or purchase a bite from a rotating list of food trucks at each venue.

For the full list of shows at Levitt Pavilion L.A. (MacArthur Park), click here. The lineup for Levitt Pavilion Pasadena (Memorial Park) can be found here.

Finally, a few more events taking place near Metro buses or rail this weekend, for you mass-transit riders who never say die:

…and some helpful links for getting around via Metro:

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