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Travel: Rock out this weekend in downtown Denver

Downtown Denver will rock May 28 with multiple concerts along the 16th Street Mall.

Concerts for Kids helps raise funds for youth programs

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Downtown Denver rock out for a great cause this Saturday, May 28, when 25 bands take to five stages as Concerts For Kids hosts the second annual Denver Day of Rock.   The performance areas are along the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act.  Food and beer booths will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first day of Memorial Day weekend.

In 2010, more than 100,000 people attended the free music event, making it the city’s largest one day music festival.  This year, Day of Rock has added a fifth stage, four new beer gardens, and five more bands.  Stages and beer gardens are located just off the 16th Street Mall on Arapaho, in Skyline Park, at Champa, Curtis and Welton.

Performing this year are a line-up of local and national acts including:  Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Gin Blossoms, Chubby Carrier and Bayou Swamp Band, John Common, Trevor Hall, The Heyday, Bop Skizzum, The Hollyfelds, Boulder Acoustic Society, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Oakhurst, Alicia Witt, The Give, Mindless Behavior, The Congress, The Samples, The Railbenders, Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, Monroe Monroe, Young Cities, Angie Stevens, Strange Americans, KJ Denhert and Something Underground.  For additional band information visit the official website at  www.denverdayofrock.com.

“Denver Day of Rock is one of the most exciting and fun free events in downtown Denver, that gives a high energy kick-off to Memorial Day weekend,” says Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Bureau presented Day of Rock with a Tourism Star in 2010 for all they did for Denver tourism.

In addition to the music festival, downtown will also be buzzing with the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, staged at Denver Pavilions and showcasing the work of more than 130 of Colorado’s best artists (May 27-30) and with a 5 p.m. Rockies game against the Cardinals.  For special hotel packages and attraction deals this summer in Denver, visit www.visitdenver.com/hotels/specials/summer-hotel-packages.

Denver Day of Rock helps raise much-needed funds for programs and services that support the health and education of children.   Funds are raised through sponsorships and from food, beverage and the sale of promotional items on the day of the event. Moneys raised go to support over 40 local non-profit organizations through Metro Denver.

The event is sponsored by Newmont Mining, Southwest Airlines, McDonald’s, VISIT DENVER, Southern Wine and Spirits, Milender White Construction, CBIZ, Centerplate and with additional support from Denver Partnership, RTD, CBS4, Entercom, the Denver Post and the City of Denver.

Concerts For Kids is a Denver-based non-profit that produces adult-targeted events to raise funds for and awareness of local children’s health and education related organizations. Christie and Walter Isenberg created the organization in 2004, with the vision of enriching the lives of children by providing the best healthcare available and a quality education. Since its inception, Concerts For Kids has distributed over $1.25 million in both monetary and in-kind donations to more than 40 beneficiaries locally.

For more information about Concerts For Kids or the Denver Day of Rock, please visit www.denverdayofrock.com or call 303-605-2885.

A few of the headliners:

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
8-9:30 p.m., Champa Street Stage
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have been rockin’ the party scene worldwide with their style of “high energy, swamp funky zydeco” for the last 20 years.

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
8-9:30, Main Stage, Arapahoe Street at 15th Street
As a founding member of the multiplatinum rock group Styx, Dennis DeYoung’s songs – including “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Lady” – have been classic rock radio staples for more than three decades.

The Gin Blossoms
8-9:30, Skyline 2 Stage, Arapahoe Street, between 16th and 17th Street
The Gin Blossoms burst onto the scene with their smash hit “Hey Jealousy” in 1992. Renowned for their powerful live show, the band’s jangly power pop has earned a devoted following.

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