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Denver music fans can attend more than a half-dozen music festivals in the coming weeks, stamina-willing. Here’s a rundown. Be sure to check websites for COVID-19 admission requirements, such as vaccination cards, masks and negative tests.


The producers of The Underground Music Showcase — founded by former Denver Post critics John Moore and Ricardo Baca — consider 2021 their 20th installment, having gone online last year due to the pandemic. This year’s national headliners include Pinegrove, Remi Wolf, Allah-Las, Shannon & the Clams and Dâm-Funk, plus 100 local acts such as bellhoss, Adiel Mitchell, Big Dopes, DespAIR Jordan, Izcalli, Neoma, Ray Reed and Wes Watkins.

Aug. 27-29 at various venues along South Broadway in the Baker neighborhood. Sold out.

Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

Low Cut Connie performs during Denver Day of Rock Saturday, May 27, 2017 on Champa and 16th Street.

Denver Day of Rock

This free, family-friendly event raises money for the Amp the Cause charity, with five stages along downtown’s 16th Street Mall. Local and national artists include The Band Perry, Cale Dodds, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.

Aug. 28 in downtown Denver. Free. VIP passes benefiting Amp the Cause are $250.

Down in Denver

Roughly 50 Colorado acts will take over two stages at RiNo’s Larimer Lounge (one inside, one outdoors) for this brand new event, which its founders describe as a “truly local” music fest. Booked performers include Bianca Mikahn, Bluebook, Kerrie Joy, Astral Planes, The Dollhouse Thieves and Wave Decay.

Sept. 4-6 at 2721 Larimer St. $15 day pass; $30 weekend pass.

Courtesy Sunnyside Music Festival

The Sunnyside Music Festival began in a Northside backyard in 2000.

Sunnyside Music Festival

This free, nonprofit, volunteer-run event raises money for neighborhood music-education programs in North Denver and features acts such as Los Mochochetes, Gumbo le Fungue, Pick & Howl, Cast Iron Queens and Shakedown Street. Food and drink will be available for purchase. “We really try to reach out to local artists and businesses,” said board member Amy Murin. “We’re in the long game in trying to breed musicians and music lovers in this neighborhood.”

Sept. 11 at Chaffee Park, 1901 W. 43rd Ave. Free.

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