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Pink Hawks’ Yuzo Nieto (left) is restarting Denver Does Denver in September.
In 2009, Pink Hawks front man and Westword MasterMind Yuzo Nieto started the first Denver Does Denver, a music festival where Denver bands played short sets and covered other local acts. Nieto saw the festival as an opportunity for bands from the hometown to show their love for one another while giving the musicians the opportunity to immerse themselves in each other’s sounds.
After hosting a huge event in Denver Does Denver in 2010 that included acts like the Lumineers, Night of Joy, Pythian Whispers, and Hideous Men, Nieto was busy teaching music full-time and attending both a Masters degree worked on Illiterate, the magazine that helped sponsor the festival, but eventually fizzled out.
For the past decade, Nieto says, people have turned to him for other Denver Does Denver events, but none have ever worked out. Last year, Hi-Dive co-owners Curtis Wallach and Suzanne Magnuson, who opened the Trinidad Lounge earlier this year, teamed up with Indie 102.3 to run an online quarantine version of the festival last October.
Now Nieto plans to hold the first personal Denver Does Denver in more than ten years at Town Center Park, 5050 Argonne Street on the Green Valley Ranch on Sunday, September 12th. While he has already set up a few bands for the outdoor festival, he is calling for artists for the second time. This time around, Nieto is looking not only for musicians, but also for visual artists, thespians, dancers who “are encouraged to remix, cover, or otherwise interpret the work of other Denver artists or musicians and perform the results for a day”. Music and art festival. ”
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Nieto says that artists interested in performing at the festival should contact him before August 29th via [email protected] with their band name and the person they would like to cover. Bands play twenty minute sets.
Nieto hopes Denver Does Denver will help spread the word about the Radical Arts Academy Denver, kindergarten through eighth grade charter school, which he will be in the far northeast after an application process with the Denver Public Schools next spring through fall 2023 from Denver wants to open.
The school’s website states that it will work to “provide high quality arts-based learning to meet the needs of the whole child / learner. This is done through a lens of critical awareness that provides concrete avenues for historically underserved populations to learn and learn Development promotes. ” through the arts to achieve self-actualization and career readiness in the arts, in life and beyond. ”