Levitt on the Lawn Brings Live Outdoor Music to Claremont

A Levitt on the Lawn performance at Scripps College

This spring, the Levitt on the Lawn Music Series returns to Scripps for another season of joyous and energizing concerts. As part of Scripps Presents’ public programming, the series offers the broader Scripps community free, outdoor, live music performances featuring an eclectic mix of artists from around the world. Concerts are held in the early evening during spring and summer months on Bowling Green, creating a perfect excuse for dancing and picnics on the lawn with friends and family. The College also provides lawn chairs to rent and refreshments from local food trucks.

“Levitt on the Lawn promotes women’s voices and a variety of diverse artists and performers, which is very much in line with Scripps Presents’ mission,” says Marcy Robinson, interim director of events and conference services. “We’re fortunate to partner with such a community-focused organization.”

Levitt on the Lawn was launched by alumna Liz Levitt Hirsch ’74, board president of the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation, which has developed permanent outdoor music venues in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and other cities across the US. The program first came to the College in the early 2000s and became part of Scripps Presents in 2016. Since its debut, the concerts have featured performers such as Indigenous funk and blues artist Martha Redbone, the country group Dustbowl Revival, and Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal, whose lead singer, Scripps Associate Professor of Chicanx/Latinx Studies Martha Gonzalez, received a MacArthur Fellowship.

“Audiences experience some amazingly talented singers and musicians, and Levitt on the Lawn provides a chance for our community to relax and enjoy these performances,” Robinson says. “As Liz says, ‘Music is a transformative vehicle for healing, for togetherness, for celebrating our shared humanity.’”

Additional information about the Levitt on the Lawn series is available on the Scripps Presents website.