It’s time to grab your 20 closest friends, your picnic blanket, and your travel grill and head to City Park for Sunday night jazz. Tonight’s concert, featuring Cocktail Revolution, is from 6 to 8 p.m. and marks the beginning of the 23rd season of the summer festival.
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Bob Nelson, vice president of City Park Jazz’s board, says the concerts have been drawing 4,000 to 5,000 audience members per show, a notable increase from the first year, when around 100 people attended. For that reason, he recommends that jazz lovers arrive by 5 p.m. for a good spot.
For those of us who aren’t ambitious enough to bring our own grills, food (think hamburgers, hot dogs, and kettle corn) and drink are available for purchase on-site, although no alcohol will be sold. The concert is free, but consider that it costs around $7,000 to put one on, so keep an eye out for the donation hat.
Give back: If you want to help City Park Jazz, sign up to volunteer through its website. Volunteers help sell t-shirts and collect donations.
Go green: BikeDenver is offering free, secured bike parking from 4:30-9 p.m. for those of us who like to cut back on our carbon footprint and avoid the hassles of parking.
Read more: Check out the July issue of 5280 for a backpage interview with City Park Jazz’s Joe Lewis, who talks about selecting the bands for the festival and how it has grown over the years.
Sun, Jun. 7, 6-8 p.m.
City Park, 17th Avenue and Steele Street, official website