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Judy Collins, Pete & Sheila E, Karla Bonoff, Poncho Sanchez at Levitt Pavilions this summer

A 1980 peace rally at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park.
A 1980 peace rally at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park.
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“We bring diverse groups together on our lawn to celebrate music and culture together. What better place to do that than in Los Angeles? Music is a tremendous vehicle to reach and engage people. There is a wonderful synergy that can happen here.” -- Levitt Pavilions Executive Director Renee Bodie

Every summer, the Levitt Pavilions at Pasadena's Memorial Park and L.A.'s MacArthur Park bring in dozens of acts for free concerts, and the new schedule has just been announced.

I've seen some memorable performances at the Pavilions, including Jimmy Webb singing and playing his hits, including "MacArthur Park."

(Pete and Sheila E. Credit: Levitt Pavilions)

The concerts start this weekend (in L.A.) and run through September 20, and the acts include: the Pete Escovedo Orchestra featuring Sheila E., Barbara Morrison, Dustbowl Revival, Frankie Avalon, Mariachi Divas, Bob Baker Marionettes, Vieux Farka Toure, Karla Bonoff, Leftover Cuties, Poncho Sanchez, Judy Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Los Lobos, and Rita Coolidge.

The roster includes singers and bands you know, and ones you don't, but at the very worst, you'll be hanging out in a great public space with your fellow citizens. Not much of a risk.