Denver Arts, Entertainment, Venues & Happenings

Denver Arts, Entertainment, Venues & Happenings

Denver Arts, Entertainment, Venues & Happenings

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Denver Art Districts

Golden Triangle Arts District The mission of the Golden Triangle Museum District is to foster awareness and promote public participation in the arts and culture of Denver’s Golden Triangle.

ArtDistrict on Santa Fe The ArtDistrict on Santa Fe is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the metropolitan community.

River North Art District (RiNo) RiNo’s mission is to increase awareness of the neighborhood and promote the people and business that reside in River North Art District. To qualify, you must be within two miles of the Platte River within the North side of Downtown Denver proper. RiNo organizes four quarterly events throughout the year, from progressive parties to open studio/door tours and collaborative opening receptions.

Tennyson Street Cultural District Located in historic north Denver, Tennyson Street Cultural District features a wide array of family-friendly cultural experiences, creative businesses and unique venues.

Navajo Street Art District The Center of Denver’s alternative arts scene for over 25 years, the 37th & Navajo Arts District has launched and advanced some of Colorado’s top artists.

South Denver includes galleries along eclectic South Broadway and in some of Denver’s most charming commercial districs of Old South Pearl and Old South Gaylord.

Downtown/LoDo galleries enjoy being located within the pedestrian-friendly shopping and sight-seeing areas of Downtown Denver and Lower Downtown Historic District.

Cherry Creek North Art District is a friendly neighborhood of eclectic, individually owned studios and galleries featuring jewelry and hand-crafted furniture to fine art and glass.

2015 Five Points Jazz Festival: Saturday, May 16

The 2015 Five Points Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday May 16th.  The schedule is still in the works, but some early highlights include the USAFA Falconaires with legendary jazz vocalist Ernie Andrews, Sammy Mayfield, Ritmo Latin Jazz, Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles and Willie “The Blues Man” Houston.

The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more.

Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity. In 2014 we saw attendance increase to nearly 26,000 and 35 bands performed throughout the course of the day.  To accommodate for these increased numbers, we added 20 additional vendors, three more stages and expanded four blocks. We hope to see the same exciting growth for 2015 to make it the best year yet.

2015 Events Leading Up to the Festival:

Five Points Jazz Festival Presents: Rendezvous Sessions

Join us for a series of live performances and a film screening in anticipation of the 2015 Five Points Jazz Festival on May 16. Hosted at the McNichols Building from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a taste of what you can expect at the upcoming, free festival! Drinks & hors d’oeuvres will be served. $10 for each event, $25 for all 3 events. Tickets on sale March 4 at axs.com. Cash only at the door.

Thursday, March 12: Conjunto Colores accompanied by Senora and Jig. Internationally acclaimed Conjunto Colores is one of the few bands that specializes in “Salsa Dura” (Hard Salsa) emphasizing strong percussion and horns over vocals. Local salsa experts Senora and Jig will perform and get the crowd off their feet to dance.

Thursday, April 9: Buckner Funken Jazz. Led by respected jazz musician Rod Buckner, Buckner Funken Jazz has earned a reputation for blazing the club, theater and festival circuit with a sound that brings old-school funk and be-bop crashing together.

Five Points Jazz on Film

Thursday, May 14: Keep On Keepin’ On. Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, “Keep On Keepin’ On” depicts a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and music legend and teacher Clark Terry. Recently passed, Terry spent his life working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, most notably as Quincy Jones’ first teacher and mentor to Miles Davis, as well as one of the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. “Keep On Keepin’ On” highlights Terry’s friendship with the preternaturally gifted Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright and not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives.

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