Sunnyside Festival to host A. Tom Collins, John Common, more - Reverb

This weekend: Sunnyside Music Festival offers more music, beer than ever

The 9th annual Sunnyside Music Festival descends on Chaffee Park this Saturday, Sept. 10., with an eclectic line-up and an expanded layout.

The free community fest, which began in a backyard in 2000, has grown into an annual rally for Highlands and Sunnyside neighbors. This year’s double-staged music will certainly groove the hood, with a variety of local maestros.

The great-great grandson of a famous cocktail maker, A. Tom Collins will stomp his horn-drenched beats. Hip-hop instrumentalists Broken Tongues will bend their sound. The harmonic Dr. Harlan’s Bluegrass Tonic will soothe ailments. Local fixture John Common will join the Blinding Flashes of Light and the rootsy, jazz-horned, African drummed Pink Hawks will elevate their dance-ready rhythms.

Electrified soul rockers the Love Royale and the carnival-like performance of the Raven and the Writing Desk will keep the grassy joint hopping. Kids will celebrate the fun songs of Yo Mamas & Papas and the experimental tinkering of leungliss has to be seen.

Songwriters Colorado Goat Ropers Guild and the effervescent Bonnie and the Beard will shake the venerable park. Plus two winners of the SMF Battle of the Bands –- the punkish Soft Parade and bluesy Union Driftwood –- will get a shot on the Main Stage.

This year the festival’s beer garden is stretching around the park, providing sipping access to the music. And organizers –- 200 volunteers guided by a committee of 20 and a board of nine dedicated Sunnysiders –- will use every inch of the park this year, with bouncy castles anchoring a larger kids’ area. Local artists and businesses will join a host of local eateries and Breckenridge Brewery again is delivering the tasty buzz.

The festival donates 10 percent of its profits back to four Northwest Denver charities. This year all the money generated by the kids’ activities will go to local schools. The gig runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 44th and Tejon. Click over to sunnysidemusicfest.org for more info.

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