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Cities on both U.S. coasts have had graffiti jams for years, but local street artist and muralist Dread wanted something bigger for Denver’s writers and crews. So he helped create Colorado Crush, a celebration of the often unheralded artistic style; the daylong block party, which includes music, painters and merchants, will turn a Denver alleyway into an art bazaar today.

"I wanted to show a different side to graffiti and street art. I wanted to give younger artists a chance to shine and express themselves in a constructive and positive manner," says Dread, who founded Colorado Crush four years ago. The afternoon features live painting from artists like Gamma, Swek and Totem, representing crews from across the country, paired with a rotating line-up of DJs like Julox, Man Mantis and InkLine. Graffiti battles and MC battles will also be part of the party, along with a city proclamation from Mayor Hancock, who signed off on this graffiti-positive event.

Colorado Crush starts at noon in the lot behind Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street, and runs outside until 7 p.m. Then it moves inside for more live music with headliners People Under The Stairs. The afternoon event is $5 and open to all ages; the evening show is $15 and open to those aged eighteen and up. There is also a pre-party at Guerilla Garden on September 6 and post-gathering graffiti battle at Owl & Orchid Tattoo on September 8. For more information on all events connected to Colorado Crush, visit facebook.com/CrushColorado.
Sat., Sept. 7, noon, 2013

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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