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Fall 2006

Downtown Arlington Management Corp. hosts Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch and Glen Williams from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to explore the possibility of bringing a Levitt Pavilion to Arlington.

February 2007
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation commits $250,000 to opening a Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington. The pavilion is the only Levitt Pavilion in Texas and the first one to be completely built instead of renovating an existing band shell or amphitheater. Arlington City Council takes action on the land that will house Founders Plaza and the Levitt Pavilion.

February-May 2007
Key community organizations and civic leaders meet to discuss forming an organization to raise the funds to make the Levitt Pavilion a reality.

May 2007
Architectural firm Gideon Toal is engaged by the City of Arlington to develop the design for Founders Plaza and the Levitt Pavilion.

July 2007
Mayor Robert Cluck and City Council members Kathryn Wilemon and Lana Wolff visit Pasadena, Calif., to see their Levitt Pavilion.

August-September 2007
Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington create a business plan and begin raising funds.

September 2007
Demolition and site preparation begins for Founders Plaza. Park and pavilion designs are presented to City Council.

October 2007
Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington receives state 501(c)(3) designation.

December 2007
$750,000 raised towards the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington goal of $1.2 million.

January 2008
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation awards the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington a $100,000 grant.

February 2008
$1.1 million raised. Levitt Pavilion Arlington is named a finalist in the Best Community Impact category at the Dallas Business Journal’s 16th annual Best Real Estate Deals of the Year gala.

March 7, 2008
Ground-breaking ceremony for Founders Plaza and the Levitt Pavilion. Construction begins.

March 28, 2008
Patti Diou named Executive Director of Levitt Pavilion Arlington.

April 2008
The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation’s $85,000 gift puts Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington over the top of their capital campaign goal.

May 22, 2008
Gene and Jerry Jones, along with their daughter, Charlotte, present the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington with the first check given from their family foundation.

Oct. 10, 2008
Opening night of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington with more than 1,800 people in attendance to see Brave Combo.

Oct. 25, 2008
A record crowd of more than 2,200 come to downtown Arlington to see Celtic rock group, The Killdares.

Oct. 31, 2008
2008 Premiere Season ends with more than 15,500 in attendance for the pavilion’s first 16 concerts.

May 29, 2009
First benefit concert, An Evening with B.J. Thomas & the Levitt Pops Orchestra. Summer Concert Series opening night, kicking off first full year of 50 free concerts. Artist: Melissa Lawson, Arlington winner of season six of NBC’s Nashville Star, with record attendance at 2,600.

Summer 2009
Levitt Pavilion and Founders Plaza were chosen as the 2009 Public Works Project of the Year in the $2 to $10 Million category by the Texas Public Works Association.

July 3, 2009
The first Summer Concert Series concludes with more than 36,000 people attending.

August 2009
The lawn seating area is named the Brock-Saxe Great Lawn in recognition of a generous gift made by Dr. Allan Saxe and Ruthie Brock.

Sept. 24, 2009
The Levitt Pavilion opens its second Fall Concert Series and marks the completion of its first year of free music under the stars.

Sept. 26, 2009
New attendance record set with 3,000 people to see Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Oct. 25, 2009
The Levitt’s first full year of concerts concludes with more than 48,000 in attendance.

May 28, 2010
The 2010 Summer Concert Series opens with the timeless pop/rock music of Firefall.

June 2, 2010
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Chesapeake Energy, the Levitt begins Children’s Concerts on Wednesday mornings for children in youth organizations, summer camps and day cares.

June 26, 2010
Grammy winners, Three Dog Night, perform for the Levitt Pavilion’s second benefit concert.

July 3, 2010
Melissa Lawson closes the 2010 Summer Concert Series, which concludes with more than 50,000 in attendance.

Sept. 2, 2010
Brave Combo opens the 2010 Fall Concert Series.

Sept. 18, 2010
The Levitt participates in Ecofest, presented by Arlington Parks & Recreation, and presents two concerts for the event.

Oct. 2, 2010
Bronze public art sculpture, The Gift, is unveiled at the Levitt. Donors are Debbie Duncan and Randy Jordan. Asleep at the Wheel concludes the 2010 Fall Concert Series, playing to the biggest concert audience to date with 7,000. The 2010 Concert Season ends with more than 93,000 people visiting the Levitt for 50 free concerts and more than $25,000 in audience donations.

May 27, 2011
The 2011 Texas Power Concert Season opens with its first title sponsor, Texas Power, and 4,000 people to hear the timeless soft rock of Ambrosia.

June 4, 2011
The Grammy-winning Charlie Daniels Band performs for the Levitt’s third annual benefit concert.

July 3, 2011
During a summer that brought record-breaking heat (72 days of 100+ temperatures), the 2011 summer concerts conclude with Radney Foster, fireworks, 35,000 people downtown for Light Up Arlington! and no rainouts!

Sept. 1, 2011
The Levitt’s fall tradition, Brave Combo, opens the 2011 Fall Concert Series.

Oct. 1, 2011
The Levitt’s 2011 Concert Season closes with Deryl Dodd & the Homesick Cowboys, 98,800 people in attendance for the year and only one rainout for the entire season.

Jan. 24, 2012
During An Evening with Danny Wright, the Levitt Pavilion presents its first Volunteer of the Year awards to Lyn Shimmin and Christine Guiterrez.

April 14, 2012
The Levitt Pavilion hosts a tornado relief benefit concert with the Salvation Army to raise funds for those affected by tornados in Arlington on April 3. More than 2,000 people came to hear the Salvation Army Band, Tony Award-winning star Betty Buckley and Nashville Star winner Melissa Lawson. A total of $9,500 was raised for tornado victims.

May 25, 2012
The Texas Power 2012 Summer Concert Series kicks off as part of the first Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival. Eleven musical artists performed over three days, and art vendors had booths along South Street. Headliners were Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Asleep at the Wheel. Approximately 20,000 people attended the festival.

June 23, 2012
Eddie Money, Grammy-nominated rocker from the ’70s and ’80s, performed for the annual benefit concert.

July 3, 2012
The summer concert series ends with Pure Prairie League and fireworks. More than 72,600 people attended summer concerts.

Aug. 30, 2012
The fall concert series opens with Brave Combo.

Sept. 2, 2012
An estimated 12,000 people come out to hear a cappella sensations and winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix, setting a new single concert attendance record.

Sept. 29, 2012
Fall concerts end with a rainout. Total attendance for 2012 is 108,925.

Oct. 6, 2012
The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Board of Directors has its first board retreat to plan the pavilion’s future as it approaches its five-year anniversary.

Oct. 11, 2012
Executive Director Patti Diou is honored with the Legacy of Women Award for the Arts, and Levitt volunteer and donor, Carol Zimmer, receives the same honor for Volunteerism.

Jan. 29, 2013
Sara Hickman performs for the Levitt Pavilion’s annual dinner, and Patty Murphy is named 2012 Volunteer of the Year.

April 2013
The Levitt Pavilion launches a new website to kick off its fifth anniversary season.

May 2013
Thanks to a sponsorship by WFAA, the Levitt’s Summer Concert Series is promoted with television PSAs.

May 24, 2013
The Levitt Pavilion opens its fifth season of free music under the stars with the second annual Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival. Headliners for the three-day event are Sarah Jaffe, The Polyphonic Spree and Old 97’s.

June 19, 2013
More than 3,000 watch the Lone Star Circus perform, the largest audience for a Children’s Concert in Levitt history.

July 2013
The Levitt Pavilion extends its Summer Concert Series to July 14.

Aug. 30, 2013
Brave Combo opens the Fall Concert Series and concerts shift to Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Sept. 14, 2013
The Levitt Pavilion has its first sold-out benefit concert with 2,500 rockers to see Foreigner.

Sept. 27, 2013
Multi-Grammy-winner Ronnie Milsap performs a free concert thanks to the generosity of Diane and Tom Cravens, who sponsored the evening to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by giving a concert to the community.

Sept. 29, 2013
Popular artists, Mingo Fishtrap, close the fifth anniversary season, which concludes with 61 free performances and 123,425 in total attendance, representing 82 cities and 19 states.

Jan. 27, 2014
Downhome diva, Ruthie Foster, performs for the annual dinner, and Karen Casey is named 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

May 23, 2014
Texas singer/songwriter Bob Schneider opens the Summer Concert Series and the sixth Levitt Concert Season. The first weekend of music is also the third Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival featuring Schneider, Jimmie Vaughan and Cody Canada & the Departed.

Summer 2014
The Levitt experiences two firsts during the Summer Concert Series. On June 20, friends and family gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Martin High School photography teacher, Dan Regalado. Michele and Louis Cyr got married July 7 at the Levitt, where they had their first date.

August 2014
Arlington Today magazine names the Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Favorite Live Music Venue.

Aug. 29, 2014
Brave Combo opens the Fall concert series.

Sept. 28, 2014
Marcia Ball, the queen of Southern Boogie, closes the Levitt Concert Season, which ends with total attendance of 127,530 from eight countries, 45 states and 67 cities. The most attended concert was 10,000 for area blues guitar legend, Jimmie Vaughan.

Oct. 4, 2014
The Levitt moves its annual benefit concert to College Park Center and welcomes four-time Grammy winners, The Doobie Brothers. The concert sets the record for most attendance at the Levitt benefit concert.

Dec. 8, 2014
At the annual holiday party, Anna Gant is named 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

Spring 2015
Levitt Pavilion Arlington receives a generous grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation with matching funds from Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to upgrade all of the sound and light equipment and add a digital video screen.

May 2015
The Levitt Pavilion’s 2015 Concert Season is covered by all of the area glossy print magazines, including D magazine, 360 West and FW magazine.

May 2015
Construction begins on the new video screen structure.

May 22, 2015
Prolific Texas singer/songwriter Hayes Carll opens the 2015 Concert Season.

May/June 2015
Texas experiences record-breaking storms and flooding, resulting in cancelled and relocated concerts at the beginning of the season, affecting Levitt Pavilion attendance numbers.

July 12, 2015
The Voice finalists Dawn & Hawkes, featuring Arlington’s own Chris Hawkes, close the Summer Concert Series after scheduled performers Jamestown Revival had to cancel just days before their concert.

August 2015
Arlington Today magazine names the Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Favorite Live Music Venue for the second year.

Sept. 4, 2015
Brave Combo opens the Fall Concert Season.

Sept. 5, 2015
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Board joins the Levitt to officially dedicate the new video screen, which makes its debut.

Sept. 17, 2015
Levitt Pavilion Arlington hosts the Arlington Gives Rally for North Texas Giving Day for the second year.

Oct. 3, 2015
Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins plays to a sold-out crowd at the Levitt for the benefit concert.

Oct. 11, 2015
Levitt favorites, Mingo Fishtrap, close the 2015 concert season, which ends with more than 115,150 audience members from seven countries, 38 states and 109 cities enjoying 61 performances. The Levitt has reduced attendance for the first time in its history due to an unusually rainy Texas summer.

Dec. 5, 2015
The Levitt gives the community its first Family Movie Night with a screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol following the annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Arlington, More than 1,200 people attend.

Dec. 7, 2015
At the annual holiday party, Diane and George Bartulevicz are named 2015 Volunteers of the Year.

February 2016
Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington signs on as title sponsor for the 2016 Concert Season.

March 4, 2016
Listing the Levitt as an example of what there is to do, TripAdvisor lists Downtown Arlington on its list of 11 Awesome Urban Districts Exploding with Character.

April 4, 2016
The Levitt launches a free mobile app, Levitt Arlington.

May 27, 2016
The 2016 Summer Concert Season opens with the fifth Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival. Headliners are The Polyphonic Spree, Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, and Bowling for Soup.The festival involves eight venues around the Levitt for performances by 26 bands over the three-day festival.

June 2, 2016
Thanks to colorful country artist, Dale Watson, Levitt Pavilion Arlington gets its first mention in Rolling Stone magazine.

June 10, 2016
A peaceful protest interrupts the Humming House concert. The band handled the incident smoothly.

July 17, 2016
Summer concert season ends with 1980s rockers, Deep Blue Something, known for their hit, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

August 2016
Arlington Today readers name the Levitt Best Live Music Venue for the third straight year.

August 2016
Downtown Arlington is named an official Cultural District by the state of Texas with the Levitt at its heart.

September 2, 2016
As is tradition, Brave Combo appears on the Levitt stage for the ninth time to open the 2016 Fall Concert Season.

September 17, 2016
Citing the Levitt Pavilion as a factor, Money magazine names Arlington among the nation’s Six Best Big Cities.

September 22, 2016
Luke Wade, area artist who made the top five on NBC’s The Voice, performs a free concert for North Texas Giving Day. It was the Levitt’s third time to host the Arlington rally.

September 23, 2016
Popular Celtic rock band, The Killdares, performs one of their last three concerts at the Levitt before retiring after 20 years. The Killdares performed at the Levitt during its first mini-season in 2008.

October 2, 2016
Fall Concert Season concludes with Bart Crow. The Levitt ends its free concert season with attendance by 118,350 music lovers from seven countries, 25 states and 70 cities.

October 8, 2016
The B-52s perform their hits to a sold-out crowd for the Levitt’s annual benefit concert. The 2016 benefit is the most successful benefit in Levitt history in raising funds for free music.