May 312013

It seems to be the season for great, FREE live music in Denver. Last weekend it was the Denver Day of Rock; this weekend, it’s yet another of Denver’s finest traditions: the annual Capitol Hill People’s Fair, which takes place June 1-2.

Every year round about this time, the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (effectively Denver’s largest HOA) takes over Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, in the shadow of the state capitol, with what could arguably be considered the best block party ever. Hundreds of exhibits from local artists and crafters (including a juried art competition), great local fare…and five stages featuring some of Denver’s finest local performers. All of it FREE. There’s no better place this weekend to take in some great Denver music than at the People’s Fair, which is why it is my pick for this weekend.

Here are just a few of the great artists who will be performing around Civic Center Park this weekend:

Olivia Rudeen
Monroe Monroe
Vices I Admire
Wendy Woo
Coles Whalen
The Foot.
Left Foot Green
Buckner Funken Jazz
Green River Vibe
Something Underground
Tequila Mockingbird
Demon Funkies
PJ Zahn

….aaand many others!

The Capitol Hill People’s Fair Kicks off at 10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday, with music going on throughout both days. The weather looks to be awesome, so come on out and enjoy! For information about the People’s Fair, click here; for a full lineup of acts and start times, click here.


If two days of great live outdoor music is not enough for you, you can head over to the Hi-Dive (7 S. Broadway) Saturday night after the fair closes to catch Nate Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who are releasing a 7″ vinyl record with a special show there. DJ Jason Heller will open the show. Tickets are $10 plus service charge, available from the Hi-Dive. “Formal attire is encouraged.” Doors at 9:00 PM; show starts at 10:00. Ages 21+. (Word to the wise: this concert is likely to sell out, so get tickets early.)

Happy weekend!

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