Denver’s Largest Free Music Festival Kicks off Memorial Day Weekend


Be honest.  When was the last time you heard the Gin Blossoms?  Combine that oldie-but-goodies, with Styx, John Common, Trevor Hall, and the rest of a great line-up and you’ve got a rocking time.  Oh, and food and beer?  Done and done.  Hope to see you there.


Here’s the official press release of Downtown to Shake, Rattle and Roll with Denver Day of Rock:

DENVER, CO – May 16, 2011 – Downtown Denver will be transformed into a massive free rock concert on May 28, 2011 when 25 bands take to five stages as Concerts for Kids hosts the second annual Denver Day of Rock.   The performance areas will be 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

“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

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.comor contact us at 303.605.2885.

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating more than100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes.  Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $2.8 billion in annual spending in 2009, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs. Learn more about Denver at, on Twitter @VisitDenver and, or by phone at 800 2 DENVER.

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  • Kyle

    As a rabid Denver music fan, I’m a little disappointed with the line-up, but John Common is terrific and The Congress and The Hollyfelds are definitely worth checking out.

    • Jess Hunter

      John Common, Trevor Hall, The Congress, The Railbenders, and The Zydeco Hellraisers all put on a great show. I think the line-up is still better than last year.

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