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Denver Day of Rock to Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend

5 stages, 25 bands, all free
5 stages, 25 bands, all free
Steve Crecelius for VISIT DENVER

Denver's largest free one-day music festival attracted 100,000 people last year and will be even bigger on Saturday, May 28, 2011 when Denver Day of Rock transforms the 16th Street Mall into a mini-Woodstock. Five stages and 25 bands will transform the 16th Street Mall into Denver’s free music festival. The bands are all within easy walking distance of each and mixed in with food booths and five beer gardens. Add 28 outdoor cafes along the 16th Street Mall, and you have the makings of one great party.

5 stages, 25 bands, all free, Sat. May 28, 16th Streeet Mall
Steve Crecelius

Sponsored by Concerts for Kids, the performance areas are staged along the 16th Street Mall at Araphaoe, Champa, Curtis and Welton and will feature food and beer booths and free music 2:30 to 9:30 p.m on the first day of Memorial Day weekend.

Some of the headliners include:

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.

Other local, regional and national acts performing this year include: 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

In addition to the music festival, Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall will be filled with colorful booths for the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, showcasing the work of more than 130 of Colorado’s best artists (May 27-30). There is also a Saturday 5 p.m. Rockies game against the Cardinals.

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 Downtown 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.

Volunteers Needed

If you want to have a rockin' day and do some good, consider volunteering for Day of Rock. Visit or contact them at 303.605.2885.


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