DENVER – Spring is in the air, and with it comes the return of the Denver Days Music in the Park concert series hosted by the Rotary Club of Denver LKN.
The annual festival, which got its start in 2002 as a fundraiser for the construction of what is now Rescue Squad Park, has evolved to include four Music in the Park concerts in the months leading up to the festival. From May through August, the Rotary Club puts on a show on the third Saturday of each month at the park the festival helped fund.
The first installment of the 2019 series is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, when Thirsty Horses, an acoustic group from Mooresville, takes the stage.
Thirsty Horses has played hundreds of shows in the Lake Norman area since forming in 2006, performing a mix of rock ’n’ roll music that spans generations. The band reaches back to the 1950s and ’60s and the roots of rock music, covering songs by The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, while also mixing in songs by some of today’s chart-toppers like The Killers, X-Ambassadors and Walk the Moon.
With Thirsty Horses covering the rock ’n’ roll genre, Maple and Pine will bring country music to the stage for the June installment of the series. The four-man band based in Huntersville will mix in a few original tunes while also playing covers by Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blake Shelton, Eric Church and more.
Poncho Afterglow, a cover band that describes itself as loving “to have a good time, jam some fun tunes and make good memories,” is slated to perform at Rescue Squad Park in July. The band is no stranger to Lincoln County, having performed at Crafted: A Southern Speakeasy and Untapped Territory in downtown Lincolnton, as well as the Lincoln Country Club.
The Justin Mintun Band will put a bow on the 2019 Denver Days Music in the Park concert series in August. The band bills itself as bringing “a fresh sound of rock, rhythm and blues, and soul.”
In addition to the music, inflatable attractions will be set up at the park for children to play on free of charge. For the adults, beer and wine is sold at each concert and there will be food trucks as well.
After the concert series wraps up in August, the 17th annual Denver Days Fall Festival is set for the first weekend in October. The two-day festival will include live music both nights, as well as a variety of vendors and rides for kids of all ages.