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Stay Entertained in Westport This Summer

WESTPORT, Conn. — From solo performers such as Liz McNicholl to three-time Grammy award-winning artists like the Doobie Brothers and everything in between, there's no shortage of summer entertainment at Westport's Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.

Now in its 38th season, the Levitt — a nonprofit outdoor summer festival — offers a variety of free shows for people of all ages. This season, which kicked off June 26 and runs through Aug. 28, pavilion-goers can enjoy 57 free nights of entertainment.

"We're in the business of creating music omnivores," said Carleigh Welsh, director of marketing and communication and daughter of Executive Director Freda Welsh. "We exist to provide free entertainment. And because it's free, someone who enjoys a certain vein of music can take a chance to discover something new."

Providing free entertainment is the Levitt's gift to the community, said Freda Welsh. But to support this model, she said the nonprofit relies on the generosity of sponsors as well as the public. That's why, in addition to free entertainment, the Levitt hosts a few ticketed events every season. Money from these fundraisers helps underwrite all the free programming, she said.

On Sunday night, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will headline as this season's first fundraiser. Tickets for the performance, which starts at 7 p.m., range from $15 to $125. The Doobie Brothers will take the stage July 28 at 9 p.m. for the second fundraiser. Ticket prices range from $70 to $250.

"To see the Doobie Brothers live in concert — it's a turning point," said Carleigh.

For more information about the Levitt or to see a calendar of performances, visit the Levitt Pavilion online . You can also follow the Levitt on Facebook and Twitter .

What is the best show you've ever seen at the Levitt?What performances are you most looking forward to this season?

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