memorial day events

Denver Day of Rock throws annual free, kid-friendly shows downtown

When 100,000 people swarm downtown during this weekend’s free Denver Day of Rock, they’ll see 25 national and local acts playing rock, pop, R&B, folk, indie and country music across five stages. But they won’t see Pitbull. “My friend who’s an agent says you can get anybody to do anything for you as long as you pay them,” said Christie Isenberg, president and co-founder of Concerts for Kids, the nonprofit that puts on Denver Day of Rock. “But unless you have a personal relationship with them, they’re not going to cut you a break. And we’re very strict about keeping within our budget for entertainment.” That’s why Isenberg’s fifth annual multistage festival, which kicks off with a concert from the Congress and the Wa...