Arts and Culture

All the mall's a stage for Make Music Denver

All the mall's a stage for today's Make Music Denver Denver loves its music, whether sounding off in outdoor amphitheatres, concert halls clubs...or the streets. That's where it will be today, when the Downtown Denver Partnership brings Make Music Denver, our own little slice of today's global celebration of World Music Day, to town. The idea behind the event is that everyone -- from concert pianists to three-year-old toddlers beating on a pan -- makes music. And that range is more or less what you'll get today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.

You'll hear rock bands, jazz musicians, roots music, country acts and just about anything else imaginable -- nearly one hundred performances in all -- through the day, culminating with a more formal show by street-concert pros Dotsero and Hazel Miller that runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets.

What else? Instrumentalists of a feather -- Mass Appeal groupings of musicians who all play woodwinds, or guitars, or ukuleles, and so forth -- will be convening in Skyline Park to play "Rocky Mountain High" throughout the day. Forte Music Education will host free guitar lessons at 16th and Cleveland streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Denver first lady Mary Louise Lee will be singing at the Denver Pavilions at noon, and Make Music Denver Facebook page favorites the Wandering Monks will hit Skyline Park at 2 p.m.

And best of all, every performance is free. For a complete schedule with locations, check out Make Music Denver online.

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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