Updated Sept. 15 to add the lineup and change the headliner.
By Basha Cohen
Organizers of this year’s Jamming on the Jetty music festival are hoping to fill the airwaves with a call to heal Sloan’s Lake. The music festival takes place 2-7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Sloan’s Lake Boat House and Jetty on the north side of the park, Byron Place and Utica Street.
This jam-fest is more than just a kick-up-your-heels and hang-out-to-music event. It is the second year in a row to feature a community fundraiser, hosted by the Sloan’s Lake Park Foundation (SLPF), which is trying to help save the lake from sediment, algae bloom, fish kill, and eroding depths that have plagued the coveted body of water.
“We want to activate the lake through beautification projects, monthly clean-ups and educational forums that will engage our community to protect and defend one of the most beautiful natural assets in North Denver,” said Glenn Witman, chairman of the foundation’s board.
Bringing music to the marina is a symbol of our diverse community, and Jamming on the Jetty is a perfect way to enjoy the lake framed by the Rocky Mountain skies. Two high-octane bands have been revealed to date, including the six-piece Dzirae Gold Soul Band, whose voice is just that: pure gold.
In honor of Latin Heritage Month, the evening’s headliner is 2MX2, an electrifying local band featuring Latinx alternative hip-hop and pop. You’ll dance ’til you drop!
There will be free family- friendly events including yoga, DJs, swing dancing, a kids sing-along, and a kids zone. Additional performances will include Polynesian dancers, Mexican Folklorico dancers, and more. Plus barrels of beer, cocktails, margaritas, food trucks, and ice cream will be on hand.
“Every dollar counts. Every beer sold, every donation given, and every commitment of support goes back to improving the lake,” SLPF board organizer and lake advocate Kurt Weaver said.
For more information about the foundation, visit sloanslakeparkfoundation.org or email info@ sloanslakeparkfoundation.org.
Editor’s note: Basha Cohen is the vice chair of the Sloan’s Lake Park Foundation and also a contributor to The Denver North Star