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Denver Day of Rock Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Denver

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Downtown Denver becomes a mini-Woodstock on Saturday, May 26 when Denver Day of Rock brings in 25 bands playing on 5 stages – and all for free. Almost two dozen food trucks, a handful of special beer gardens and the usual 28 outdoor cafes that line the mile-long 16th Street Mall, will make this one rockin’ Saturday afternoon and evening.

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The music festival is a fundraiser for Concerts for Kids, so everyone wins. The Day of Rock festivities will rock the 16th Street Mall from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. with the five stages located on Arapaho, in Skyline Park, at Champa, Curtis, and Welton. In 2011, more than 100,000 people attended the event.

This year’s line-up of national and local acts includes: TOTO, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Samples, John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light, Jeff Brinkman, O-Tones Brass Band, Offbeat Revolution, Lee Avenue, Alicia Will, Tracksuit Wedding, Tatanka, Go Home Joe, Fishbone, Something Underground, Smack Thompson, Strange Americans, Jeff Edison, White Water Ramble, Amanda Capper, Air Dubai, Paa Kow's By all Menan's Band, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, The Railbenders, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. For additional band information, visit the official Denver Day of Rock website.

Next door to the music festival, the Downtown Denver Arts Festival features 125 Colorado artists exhibiting and selling their work all weekend long (May 25-28).