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Denver Day of Rock Features More Than 20 Bands

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Looking for some affordable live entertainment over the Memorial Day weekend?

At five locations in the Mile High City, more than 20 bands are playing for free to benefit local kids at the Denver Day of Rock.

Among those performing are Dennis DeYoung from Styx and the Gin Blossoms. DeYoung, one of the founding members of that Chicago band will perform the Music of Styx on the main stage 8 until 9:30. The Gin Blossoms out of Tempe, Arizona will hit the stage at that same time at Skyline 2.

Other highlights of Denver’s Day of Rock, besides being Free, the Boulder band, The Samples will perform on the main stage 6:10 to 7:10. They were named after what they were eating while trying to survive being working musicians-grocery store “samples.” They headlined the H.O.A.R.D. tour in 1993 and 1996 and have shared the bill with Sting, the Allman Brothers, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Collective Soul and Dave Matthews Band.

And remember actress Alicia Witt? She was Zoey, Cybill’s daughter on the TV show, Cybill, that ran from 1995-1998. Recently she’s played Detective Nola Fallaci on Law and Order and may step in when Mariska Hargitay leaves. Witt has also been in movies such as Mr. Holland’s Opus, Bongwater, Vanilla Sky, Two Weeks Notice. She’s been putting out music and doing concerts since 2009. The actress aslo has a recurring character, Cheryl, on the TV show Friday Night Lights. She’ll perform 4:40 to 5:45 on the Main Stage at the 16th Street Mall. Rounding out the entertainment on downtown Denver’s main stage will be Angie Stevens and the Strange Americans.

Accompanying the Gin Blossoms on the Skyline 2 stage are John Common, The Heydey, Young Cities and Monroe, Monroe.

If you’ve ever heard the theme song to “King Of The Hill” then you’ve heard Roger Clyne. He was part of The Refreshments with drummer PH Naffa on the album “Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy.” Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers play between 5:45 and 7:15 on the Welton stage. Also there catch Denver’s own, The Railbenders, they’ll hit the stage for an hour 4:15 to 5:15 as will Oakhurst and The Hollyfelds.

And if you like Cajun music, the stage at Champa is the place to be. The line-up of Cajun performers includes; Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, Bop Skizzum, The Congress and K. J. Denhert.

There’s also free music on the Curtis stage like Trevor Hall, Something Underground, The Boulder Acoustic Society, Mindless Behavior and The Give.

Click here for the full schedule.

Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Concerts For Kids to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

1616 Seventeenth Street, Suite 462 | Denver, CO 80202
303-605-2885 |

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