StapleFUN: Stapleton Rocks

August 27, 2014 Stapleton Stories No Comments

StapleFun is a series of stories about what set Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation or articles about our StapleFun!

By Diane Deeter, Community Director, Stapleton MCA

Our annual Stapleton Rocks concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th from 10:30 am-10pm on Main Street in Northfield.  The Denver Children’s Home is the “cause” this year.  Money will be raised by ticket sales for activities and by the purchases at our concession stand.  Activities this year will begin at 11am and will conclude at 6pm.  The activities include a stilt party, hamster balls, a skateboard simulator, face painting, a magician and the quad bungee trampoline.

The schedule for the bands is listed below.


10:45am Neighborhood Music Stapleton
11:15am Steam Train
12:30pm The Downey Sisters
1:15pm Rockridge Ramblers
2:00pm Nightingale Symphony
2:45pm Fools in the Rain
3:30pm School of Rock
4:15pm Natasha Olson Guitar Studio
5:00pm Wabash Cannonballs
5:45pm Control Tower
6:30pm Starcar Sunday
7:15pm Sophie Levine
8:00pm 3 Star Monday
8:45pm Mossgatherers
9:30pm Mile High Dance Music


Taking the stage at 2pm, Nightingale Symphony is comprised of five band members ranging in age from 13 to 16. Their sound is self-described as “angsty, alternative rock with a hint of indie” and includes a mix of covers and original songs. This is their first time performing at Stapleton Rocks, and they’re most excited about introducing their band to a new fan base.

A few hours later The Wabash Cannonballs, a perennial Stapleton Rocks favorite, will rock out with their take on fun, classic and modern covers. Named for a bandmember’s son whose father referred to his grandson as the “Wabash Cannonball”, a ball of energy in their home on Wabash Street in Stapleton, they first played Stapleton Rocks the year he was born, and the name stuck.

Bandmembers Steve Smith and Natasha Olson-Smith have two young boys and consider Stapleton an ideal place to raise a family. In fact, they teach guitar and have a music studio in their home. Visit Natasha Olson Music for more info.

“It’s not often you get to play a festival with so many great bands where the audience skews younger, which is always so much fun. We love to see the kids dancing in circles – even when we play the headier music.”

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