Denver is home to Five Points, a historic, culturally-rich neighborhood known as the “Harlem of the West” because it was frequently visited by famous jazz musicians like Billy Holiday, Luis Armstrong, and Miles Davis. The neighborhood also garnered fame when Jake Kerouac made frequent mention of it in On the Road.
Denver’s Five Points is now a colorful, exciting neighborhood that draws creative residents who seek the fusion of old and new and want to live in a place where their art is supported and celebrated. A walk through the neighborhood takes you past craft breweries, museums, coffeehouses, and galleries and instills a strong sense of history unique to this very special corner of Denver.
On May 20th, from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Five Points’ culture and history will be celebrated at the 15th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival. This free, family-friendly event offers a full day of music spread across several venues, which means there’s something for every taste at every hour of the day. These venues include the Main Stage, Plaza Stage, Arts & Venues Stage, Crossroads Theater, Coffee at the Point, Cervantes, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, and 715 Club.
Two Jazz-focused documentaries, Nina Simone, Love Sorceress and Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog, will also be shown. For more hands-on activities, visitors can participate in yoga, drum circles, and dancing. And for those who take their kiddos along, a family zone will offer child-focused activities like face painting, a giant slide, a jumpy castle, and more.
For more information on the Five Points Jazz Festival, visit www.ArtsAndVenuesDenver.com.
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