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September 19, 2017 10:05 PM

Downtown Free Concert Stage Closer To Reality

On Tuesday, KELOLAND News got an update on a downtown Sioux Falls project that will host dozens of free outdoor concerts every year.

Construction is set to start next year on Levitt at the Falls. It's expected to open in 2019.

Levitt at the Falls will hold 50 free concerts every year, varying from country to cultural experiences.

"There's definitely a movement for free concerts in communities across the country because there's no barriers to participation," Sharon Yazowski said.

Yazowski is the executive director of the Levitt Foundation, the national group behind the project. On Tuesday she held a question and answer session with the community.

"We're seeing that there's an incredible social impact, as well as an economic impact, in communities when free concerts are offered," Yazowski said.

There are an increasing number of people living in the area by the project. While you may think they would be concerned about parking or live music, overall the feedback is very positive.

"It's music. You have to like it. If you don't, you don't belong downtown," Lee Leuning joked.

Leuning lives right next to the soon-to-be stage. He was one of two dozen people who showed up to voice support for the project.

"It makes us a first class city," Leuning said.

A city that will hopefully hit a high note for years to come, thanks to projects like this.
"Live music and people connecting with one another is something that the digital age can't replace," Yazowski said.

The local Levitt group also announced it's raised enough money to build the stage.
Now it will focus on operational costs to hire staff and pay artists.

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