Make Music Denver clangs through downtown

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Everyone was welcome to bang a drum in the community jam, one of many "Mass Appeal" events that encouraged the public to make some noise. The drums were provided by Pick Up America, a Maryland-based non-profit that makes musical instruments from roadside trash.

Tourists who hit downtown yesterday will leave the Mile High City with a slightly exaggerated impression of the role music plays in the workaday lives of Denverites. During the first-ever Make Music Denver -- an all-day, outdoor showcase of local music that builds on a global movement to celebrate music as a public art at least one day each year -- the 16th Street Mall was recast as an artist friendly thoroughfare with more than 21 pop-up venues scattered from tip to tail.

For business folk, mallrats and other locals, Make Music Denver created a soundtrack to the daily trudge -- a not-unpleasant cacophony of rhythms, beats and echoes that added to the everyday clamor of shuttles, RTD buses, busking, spare-changing and power-lunching that typify a summer day in the city.

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High-school band I'm on Fire take it to the streets during Make Music Denver, performing on the median at Curtis and Champa.

Find more about Make Music Denver on the next page.

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16th Street Mall

1001 16th St., Denver, CO

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