Concert to City Park neighbors: Keep calm and let us Chive On

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DENVER -- If and when Denver issues Chive Fest a concert permit for a City Park concert slatted to happen August 16, the hope is noise levels will be kept in check, while concerns over parking, trash and fencing off the Meadows section of the park will be mitigated as well.

“We changed parks policy in 2010, to allow for-profit events to happen in city parks,” said Jeff Green. “We are working very closely with Chive Fest to make this event super successful and not a problem for those living near City Park.”

Wednesday evening, residents upset over the basic NIMBY ("not in my backyard") issues which come up from time to time, met with Chive Fest promoters. Fresh off a huge Soldier Field in Chicago concert, Denver will only sell 7,500 tickets for the show, Chive folks tried to answer questions neighbors had about the festival.

“Even tho policy was changed, we still think it is wrong to use public land for concerts like Chive Fest,” said CPFAN Director Louis Plachowski. “We don’t care if they are playing opera or classics, paid events in city parks is wrong.”

As many concert goers wait to Keep Calm and Chive On, the hope is the day-long event with acts such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetick Zeros, Cold War Kids, and Talib Kweli will go off without a hitch.

For those who don’t know Chive.com, a website for viral videos and photos began hosting concerts this year in Seattle, Chicago and will follow Denver with a much bigger one in Dallas.