Rock Concert Fundraiser — Saturday, May 21, 2016 (4p-10p)
Started in 2004 by music-loving Teller parents, the event has grown into this east Denver elementary school’s biggest fundraiser. In 2014, we returned to the iconic Bluebird Theater, located right in the Teller neighborhood! But this event is not your typical school fundraiser. Don’t expect kid music. Expect everything under the sun music. And while, yes, kids are welcome – Tellerpalooza shows what makes Teller special. A community that enjoys a great time, great music, and each other.
The event will be presided over by the always entertaining and unpredictable master of ceremonies, Zach Hochstadt. Early in the evening, the stage features the Teller DPS (Denver Public Schools) student band. Later, kids head home to babysitters; parents and local fans stay into the night. Tellerpalooza 2016 is about much more than music, with food trucks, a bake sale, a merchandise market with Tellerpalooza tees and goodies from performing bands, games, and other surprises. Basically, come and plan to HAVE FUN. Doors open at 3:30p, and the music starts soon thereafter.
Launched in 2003, Tellerpalooza serves as a vital funding lifeline for Teller Elementary, which this year finds itself with a $350,000 budget deficit. And it wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Denver’s music community, members of which donate their time and talents for the event. “Tellerpalooza lets us show off how much we cherish the arts and music at our school and in our community,” said Teller Principal Jessica Downs. “We’re genuinely grateful to the musicians, to the Bluebird Theater, and to our event sponsors for supporting us when we really need it.”
Last year, some 800 people attended Tellerpalooza, helping raise more than $20,000 to fund academic programs as well as faculty positions at Teller Elementary.