The foundations for Levitt Pavilion are being built for an August opening in Dayton

Levitt Pavilion announces its first concert of the season for downtown Dayton

At last! The highly-anticipated Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton has announced its first show for the upcoming concert season. 

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This summer, two extraordinary co-headliners—acclaimed southern rocker Paul Thorn and living legends of gospel, Blind Boys of Alabama will be making a stop in Dayton on August 11.

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This one-of-a-kind collaboration will thrill audiences with their rousing fusion of contemporary and traditional music. The tour is set to make stops at seven Levitt locations across the country. 

Paul Thorn and Blind Boys of Alabama will be making a stop at downtown Dayton's Levitt Pavilion on August 11

Billed as the "Mission Temple Fireworks Revival," the tour marks a celebration of the deep connection between Thorn and Blind Boys of Alabama. With individual sets by each artist, as well as side-by-side performances, you will be treated to songs from Don't Let The Devil Ride, Thorn's upcoming gospel-infused album featuring guest performances by Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Raised in Tupelo, Miss., Paul Thorn's brand of muscular, rootsy rock and blues music speaks universal truths. His performances on shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, chart-topping songs and collaborations with the likes of Sting, Mark Knopfler and John Prine have cemented his strong presence in modern southern rock.

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With a remarkable career spanning nearly 80 years, Blind Boys of Alabama are synonymous with the genre of gospel. As one of the pioneers of the "jubilee" gospel style, these five-time GRAMMY Award winners are recognized worldwide for spirituals and classic songs that have moved and uplifted people for decades, as they continue to impact modern music today. 

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