Back from a looong hiatus…

Well, the first quarter of 2013 was filled with an overloaded to-do list…and unfortunately the Denver Original Music blog suffered for this.  But we’re back in action.  And here’s what’s coming down the pike in 2013:

May 25th  Denver’s Day of Rock – several big stages downtown to celebrate local musicians all day long.  The Day of Rock is hosted by Concerts for Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to children’s causes in the Denver Metro area.

May 26th  Denver Music Gear & Swap Meet – Cervantes Masterpice Theater.  Free admission to this 3rd annual event that offers excellent musician networking.

June 1st & 2nd   Capitol Hill People’s Fair – Civic Center Park, Denver.  This festival includes lots of live music, arts & crafts and food and drink vendors.

Also June 1st & 2nd  Denver Chalk Art Festival – Larimer Square.  More than 200 artists compete in this street festival and live music shares the bill.

June 21st  Make Music Denver – 16th Street Mall.  Musicians will line downtown for this 2nd annual event that runs all day long.

June 22nd  Westword’s Music Showcase – 11th and Acoma Street, from noon till 10PM.  Acts have been nominated across various genres/categories and selected to play this prestigeous event.

July 5th & 6th  Cherry Creek Arts Festival – Apart from lots of fine art and great music, this event also features many special activities for the kiddos.

July 12th thru 14th  Colorado Black Arts Festival – City Park West.  This festival features drum and drill team competitions, parades, music and art exhibits. The festival used to be called the Denver Black Arts Festival, but was renamed to reflect its statewide focus.

July 18th thru 21st  Denver UMS (Underground Music Scene) – bands galore up and down Broadway.  Featured venues include the Hi Dive, 3Kings Tavern and the Skylark, and several more.

August 17th  Elizabeth Music & Art Festival – 10AM till 10PM.  Lots of great entertainers on an outdoor stage, and a special indoor nonprofit stage hosted by Musicians In Action.

August 30th thru Sept 2nd  Taste of Colorado – Civic Center Park.  Food lovers converge on the Mile High City’s annual event at Civic Center Park. Denver’s finest restaurants offer bite-size samples of their wares at the festival…and more live music!

One Comment on “Back from a looong hiatus…

  1. Think twice about getting behind Make Music Denver. The Downtown Denver Partnership is again producing this event under “Downtown Denver Events, Inc” which is just one of their charitable, tax-exempt organizations. For those who are paying attention, there is a serious glut of such “charitable” organizations that are choking our local industry and exploiting musicians. They all cry poverty and contributions received never trickle past the bookkeeper.

    DDP is likely the worst offender, their CEO currently earns $360k/year and their hardline corporate mission is more than evident. In light of the collective billions in assets that DDP represents they should pay professional musicians … something. Incredibly, DDP representatives firmly assert that will never happen … never!

    Here’s a link to a detailed account of this story:
    http://www.dmamusic.org/news/1187/into-the-belly-of-the-beast

    Pete Vriesenga, President
    Denver Musicians Association
    303-573-1717

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