By Marcia Neville | University Communications
DENVER - You’re invited to rock out with the 1970s to celebrate back-to-school. Rock bands and a rock wall are just a small part of the fun planned for a party along a block of the University of Colorado Denver’s Lawrence Street “education corridor” on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Lawrence Street will be closed to traffic between 14th and 15th streets, and open to CU Denver students, faculty and staff and all of the university’s downtown neighbors. The block, and the party, will be rocking from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The block party continues a new CU Denver tradition that started last year It’s free and open to the public, and includes Denver’s most popular food trucks, a ropes course and other activities as well as a variety of music. CU Denver’s award-winning Mix a cappella singers will perform along with Abandin Pictures and headliner Boogie Machine.
Boogie Machine is a 1970s retro-band so listeners are guaranteed to hear all the classics they love, and the ones they hate, from that decade.
“We decided on a '70’s theme for this year because that’s when CU Denver was officially recognized in the State of Colorado’s Constitution, in 1973,” explained Genia Larson, CU Denver’s assistant vice chancellor for university advancement for student engagement. “Many of the activities are designed to promote the theme, including a tie-dye station, pet rocks and a costume contest.”
Limited Student Discount
CU Denver students will want to boogie over to the party just as quickly as they can. The first 250 who stop by the Student Life booth and show their student ID will receive a $5 off food coupon.
Larson said that after last year’s highly successful inaugural block party, there was never any hesitation about making it an annual event.
“The objective behind the block party concept was simple,” Larson said. “The university desperately needed a signature event to engage both the campus community and our city partners. From the very beginning this has been a collaborative effort. We planted a seed so a tradition could grow.”
Traditions are sprouting up all across the University of Colorado Denver campus this anniversary year. In January, CU Denver broke ground on its first owned and operated building on the Auraria Campus and in February Milo the Lynx, the university’s first-ever mascot, was introduced.
The University & the City
The block party offers the campus and the downtown community another opportunity to come together, salute the past four decades and look ahead to the future.
As Larson points out, “It’s the development of traditions like this that serve to connect all of us outside the classroom and with all that the city of Denver has to offer.”
Save the Date
Larson’s invitation goes out to everyone. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and anyone headed downtown that day. “Come out and celebrate with CU Denver and our city partners. It’s a groovy way to kick off the academic year and to mark our milestone anniversary year.”
In order to set up and break down the day of the block party, Lawrence Street between 14th and 15th Streets will close at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and reopen at 4 p.m.
Next: Anschutz Block Party
The CU Denver block party was such an immediate success, that a similar traditions event is now being planned for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the entire AMC community, including both University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Anschutz Block Party will feature its own unique food, music and activities. It will be staged on the south side of Building 500 on Friday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.