Live music in downtown Sioux Falls is nothing new. But a concert Friday night marks a beginning: the inaugural Levitt concert. The Levitt at the Falls is under construction at Falls Park West, but this first concert was held nearby on Friday at 8th & Railroad Center, where a gathered crowd took in a free outdoor concert from Paul Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Come 2019, the Levitt at the Falls shell will host free live concerts just a couple blocks away. Friday night, the crowd got a taste of what’s to come.
Dwight Harris of Sioux Falls is here to take this in.
“I’m just here to enjoy the music, and it’s a good venue that’s out here tonight,” Harris said.
By the looks of the crowd, he has a lot of people in agreement with him. He only has one requirement for his music of choice.
“I like most all of it, country, jazz, it don’t matter,” Harris said. “So long as it’s good.”
“We’re glad to be out here, enjoying the atmosphere in downtown Sioux Falls, and the live music, and excited about the new Levitt, so, excited to kick that off with them, and our kids love being downtown, too, so it’s just great to be out here,” Lauri Finnegan of Sioux Falls said.
“There’s a lot of good people out here, and it’s just, good place to be,” Harris said.
8th & Railroad Center is just a short walk from where the Levitt Shell will welcome concertgoers next year.
“There’s a huge value to having the Levitt Shell here. It brings people downtown, it brings economic development, and it brings fantastic free music to our community,” said Nancy Halverson, executive director of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls.
Halverson says construction on the Levitt Shell is expected to wrap up in November. Finnegan will be going to future Levitt at the Falls concerts.
“Absolutely, yep, it’s an awesome project, and it’ll be great to have more music in Sioux Falls,” Finnegan said.