By: Matt Olson, Copy Editor
Sunday Oct. 18 from 1-8 p.m., Denton will play host to the Industrial Street Pop Festival, also known as “Geezerpalooza.” The event is free to the public will feature tribute bands whose music will hearken back to ‘60s and ‘70s rock and pop.
One of several event organizers and committee member Randy Robinson elaborated upon the concert: “It kind of goes back to the way things came together. Of all the festivals and activities we have in Denton, there really wasn’t a festival dedicated to classic rock genre, so that’s one thing – it’s fairly unique in that respect.”
He added: “We invite half a dozen non-profit organizations that get exposure to the crowds we draw. It’s a free event, so we encourage people to donate to the non-profits that are there. We also have T-shirt sales, and we donate a portion of that back to the non-profits.” Non-profit organizations that will attend the event include Serve Denton, the Salvation Army and Denton High School’s DHS Cares, as well as several others.
The event will take place on Industrial St. in front of Dan’s Silverleaf. Industrial St. will be closed so that the crowd can gather on the empty street – attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Vendors will be on site to offer craft activities to children and sell T-shirts and similar memorabilia. Food and beverages will not be served, but local restaurants and bars will still be open.
Asked what he was most looking forward to about this year’s event, Robinson shared: “Watching as the music starts and just seeing the crowds gather the day of.”
He added: “We’ve grown – this is our third year – from our first year. Attendance has grown, and we’re planning on more people.” The organizers and planning committee expect anywhere from 300 to 500 attendees, though due to the length of the event, most concertgoers do not stay for the full seven hours.
Robinson also said: “The first year we did it, we didn’t know what to expect. My favorite memory is always going to be about a third of the way through the festival – I saw a lot of people having fun. A lot of people appreciated what we had put together. That’s the first time you realize, ‘Hey, this is really happening.’ It’s a good thing.”