Denver Gives throws March Music Jam for charity

Nothing makes me happier than seeing Denver musicians donating their talents to a worthy cause. As I observed back in October, the most generous contribution an artist can make is his or her art, especially when it just might draw in a crowd of folks with some deeper pockets. This Saturday, a number of incredibly talented Denver musicians will be donating their delicious art for the sake of Denver's children. You'll find rock veterans Forth Yeer Freshman, the remixed Revenge of Astrophagus (read this for an explanation of what that means), David Tamkin, the jammish Revelation Union and pop-rockers Schofield -- plus DJ Cristian Whitney -- pouring out their musical hearts at the March Music Jam, organized by Denver Gives, a local nonprofit group. It all goes down on Saturday, March 28, at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Read on for more details.

Denver Gives is a relatively young nonprofit, founded last year by young professionals to help other nonprofits in the Denver community with fundraising, outreach and education. The group runs on a shoestring, with about six volunteers currently and no paid staff. While the group puts together monthly "Third Thursday" happy hours to increase awareness, it also sponsors large event like this weekend's occasionally, in hopes of increasing the breadth and depth of its supporters. Kevin White and Daniel Williams of Denver Gives both consider themselves huge music fans, so they're very proud of the March Music Jam, which will benefit Colorado Youth Program (outdoor education for kids), Platte Forum (arts education for kids), and the Colorado Suns (tumbling and cheerleading for kids, including those with special needs). 

Local music and local charity collide beautifully, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Cervantes. General admission tickets for the event are $15 and include a free drink, while $25 VIP stubs get you balcony seats, a meet-and-greet, free drinks and catered food. All profits from the event will go to the charities. Visit www.denvergives.org for more information.

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