Ben Sollee Brings Kentucky Charm to Fort Collins

Ben Sollee is a local music scene’s national hero. After a decade of touring out from his home state of Kentucky, he’s proven to his friends, family and fanbase that he is the kind of artist who isn’t afraid to commit to a goal or a cause. From a nation wide music tour on bicycle … Continued

Sonic outcomes: “Beyond Genre”

On July 18th, 2018, Off the Hook Arts and the Music District co-hosted the event Beyond Genre: An Improv Experiment and Discussion.  What does the term “genre” mean? Is it obsolete? What does it do for us as musicians, industry folks, and supporters of music? What are the challenges surrounding the term? What about this … Continued

Egoprisme meets Sultan and Necromancer for Sonic Exploration

Guest Blog by August 2018 Music District artist-in-residence Egoprisme What a trip… When I applied for the Brest-Denver Sister Cities Music Exchange, I knew I could have a chance to travel the world thanks to my music, and moreover to meet musicians that would give me inspiration and new ways of composing. In early July, … Continued

Wheelchair Sports Camp Does Fort Collins

*Guest blog by Wheelchair Sports Camp – Music District Artists-in-Residence June 2018*  The summer’s been hot in Denver and most of us are drowning in developments that seem to pop-up every other day. The sports camp crew needed a break out the city, so when the Music District offered us a residency we jumped at … Continued

Creating Community: Behind the Scenes with Sarah Slater

As summer draws to a close, festival season winds down as well (*sob*) and we find ourselves waving goodbye to weekends absolutely overflowing with music. At the Music District, we’re big fans of the camaraderie that comes with immersing yourself in watching back-to-back bands sweat it out on stage — or maybe just enjoying the … Continued

Students of All Ages: Creating a Community

An Interview by Malini Bartels (Music District Utility Player) with Elvin Holderfield (Music District Piano Instructor) A good music teacher fosters a creative space open to all genres of music and people of all backgrounds. Recently, the Music District sat down with piano instructor, Elvin Holderfield, and asked a few questions about teaching out of … Continued

Musician’s Help Desk Advice Column: Band Bios

Dear Musician’s Help Desk, I need to write a bio for my band, but I’m afraid we don’t have an interesting story to tell. Where do we begin? Kisses, Super Boring Person   Dear Super Boring Person, Come on. You can’t be that boring of a person. You’re in a band! That automatically makes you … Continued

Della Mae Comes Off Road for Songwriting Retreat

The members of my band, Della Mae, live in three different states. People always ask us, “But how do you practice?”, to which we usually answer, “on the road.” While that is somewhat true, the reality is that on tour we are crunched for time simply trying to make it to every soundcheck. We struggle … Continued

Head for the Hills – Growing Beyond a Genre

*Guest blog by Matt Loewen – Music District Artist-in-Residence May 2018 and bassist in Head for the Hills* Head for the Hills has always had a bit of an identity crisis. Being a “bluegrass band” without a banjo is a strange place to start from, and no one in the band grew up with bluegrass. … Continued