The Drop’s 2nd Annual Block Party Presents Busta Rhymes (For Free) at Denver’s Civic Center Park

Hip-hop veteran and 12-time Grammy nominee Busta Rhymes will headline a free concert at downtown Denver’s Civic Center park this summer, radio sponsor The Drop announced Friday. .

The June 10 outdoor event — 104.7 FM’s second large-scale free summer concert The Drop — is set to take place at the park’s Greek Amphitheater. The iconic stone rotunda sits at the south end of the park adjacent to the Capitol, where it also hosted PrideFest’s main stage, free music and dance performances, and the city’s next annual cannabis-themed gathering. April 20.

June’s “2nd Annual Block Party” begins at 7 p.m., according to a press release from the Denver-based hip-hop and R&B station. It follows the public radio station‘s 2021 free concert at the Levitt Pavilion which featured acclaimed rapper Wale, Jakob Campbell and Old Man Saxon.

“Last year, we had the opportunity to bring a live music experience (for free) to our vibrant and resilient Colorado community,” wrote Nikki Swarn, General Manager and Program Director for The Drop, which has was presented as an Alt-Urban format. “It was something that was so needed and it was so rewarding.”

The Drop, which celebrates its third anniversary this year, caused a stir on the Denver radio and music scene when it began broadcasting in June 2019 as “The People’s Radio”, eventually gaining an on-air broadcast signal. at the start of last year.

“It’s a long game for (the Corporation for Public Broadcasting),” Mike Henry, who helped shape the Urban Alternative format, told the Denver Post in February 2021. “I started talking to Rocky Mountain Public Media as soon as CPB announced its second round of grants.(KUVO) Tina Cartagena was the original inspiration to latch on to it.Once she got Amanda Mountain’s ear, Amanda really latched on to her. I got the grant. I hired Nikki, and the rest is history.

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