Music festival benefits Habitat for Humanity

Proceeds go toward helping perform critical home repairs in Denver neighborhoods

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The upcoming Blues and BBQ for Better Housing music festival will help provide critical repairs on homes in Denver’s Westwood, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

The longest-running continual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, the 22nd annual festival has raised more than $250,000 to renovate and build homes since it was started in a small bar near Coors Field in 1998.

The day-long tribute festival, which is Saturday, July 20 at Citizens Park, will feature nine bands performing the music of Aretha Franklin, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Bob Seger, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Allman Brothers, The Who and the music of Chess Records. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, retail vendors, face painting and a kids’ zone play area with inflatable bounce houses and games.

“Helping hard-working families is awesome,” Ranger Miller, founder of Blues and BBQ, said in a news release. “It’s so cool when you go out and work with Habitat for the day. They don’t do the work for you, they teach you how to do it and you do it, you fix-up a house working right next to the person who lives there. It really makes you feel like you’ve made a difference.”

Robyn Burns, the director of communications and marketing for Habitat Denver, said that the 20-plus-year partnership with Blues and BBQ is something the organization is thankful for.

“Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver has been building and preserving affordable home ownership for 40 years, and we couldn’t make the impact that we do without support from our local community,” Burns said in the release.

All-day entry passes are $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door and can be purchased in advance at www.bluesnbbq.com.

Habitat Denver has been helping families achieve the dream of affordable home ownership in the Denver area since 1979. Details about the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Critical Home Repair Program can be found at www.habitatmetrodenver.org/our-programs/critical-home-repair-program.

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