The Sunnyside Music Festival is Denver’s only community-owned, neighborhood music fair, and it will celebrate 10 years this Saturday.
Born in a backyard, the festival has thrived with a fun collection of diverse local and regional acts fueling a community gathering rife with food, drink and all the trappings of a major celebration.
Think of it as the ultimate block party.
The Saturday festival includes some of North Denver’s best eats, with Ernie’s Pizza, Highland Tap & Burger, Lou’s Food Bar, Highland Tavern, Little Man Ice Cream and Chilly Billy joining Sunnyside stalwarts like Rosa Linda’s.
The musical lineup for the day-long festival features Denver’s guitar-centric Hearts in Space, country-punk rockers Herman Gauche, five-piece Varlet, indie-popsters Serious Moonlight and the West. Fort Collins eight-piece the 3 Twins Broadband, Colorado Springs folk-roots outfit Haunted Windchimes, Boulder’s She Said String Band and longtime Colorado favorite the Lindsey O’Brien Band round out the festival’s eclectic mix of songwriters and rockers.
In 2009, Mohammed Alidu & the Bizung Family’s appearance at the Sunnyside Music Festival was cut short by a deluge that drowned the party. The talking drum masters from California via Ghana will try again this year, flooding Chaffee Park with their vibrant Afropop and tribal drumming.
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