Culture Clash

What's happening at today's CultureHeads extravaganza, taking place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Paladium Event Center, 1320 West 62nd Avenue? A better question might be what isn't happening. Promoter Ryan Vincent says he "wanted to make a spot for everybody to go," and he wasn't kidding.

"The idea is multiple different cultures coming together and sharing pieces of art," he explains. What began as a concept for a car show to end all car shows evolved as Vincent and his cohorts decided they wanted music for the extravaganza and engaged rock, ska, hip-hop, R&B, funk and jazz artists for a total of eighteen different acts. They wanted to watch the Broncos play their first away game of the season, too, so CultureHeads will feature three seventy-inch screens broadcasting the game. "Then we had to figure out a way to feed everybody, so Hooters decided they would be on board and have a wing-eating competition," Vincent continues. Also in the mix: face-painting and giant jumping gyms for kids, a bikini competition, a lowrider hop-off, a B-boy battle, body art, vendors, artists creating work live and more. And get this: It's free. Tonight, the Formula Project — the official band of the National Hot Rod Association — will play to help offset some of the event’s costs; tickets to that show are $15, or $10 if you buy them at CultureHeads. "Everything's going back into the community," Vincent vows, so do your part and just show up. Visit or e-mail Vincent at [email protected] for information.
Sun., Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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