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

Sonic Social Summer Celebration

Join the Music District on Saturday, June 23rd, as we kick-off summer with Sonic Social, a free open house-style celebration where you’re invited to plug in, turn up, and party on. Kick-back and get entertained The Living Room will feature fabulous performances, including a retro dance party with DJ Jason Heller and music by “Weird” gAL (Fort Collins’ own … Continued

Celebrations of Juneteenth

Celebrations of Juneteenth (June 3rd – June 19th) is a series of events created by Musician’s Angel Network with a dual purpose: to commemorate and celebrate freedom. This is the first year the Fort Collins community will see collaboratively created events surrounding the national holiday that honors the date slaves were released to freedom (June … Continued

On Being a Woman in the Music Industry

*Guest blog by Montse Carty – Music District Artist-in-Residence May 2018* I had the privilege of staying at The Music District (MD) as an artist-in-residence in Fort Collins, CO last month. There I met with many fantastic artists and staff. One of the things I was struck by is the MD’s commitment to empowering women … Continued

“Be Yourself”, A Conversation with Del the Funky Homosapien + Amp Live

The Music District Mic Check series invites you to go behind-the-scenes and beyond the music with intimate conversations featuring some of your favorite musicians and industry insiders. On May 5, 2018, legendary rapper and producer Del the Funky Homosapien & producer/DJ Amp Live sat down for an interview with veteran hip hop journalist Kyle Eustice (Wax … Continued

Youth Music Collective – Looking Back, Looking Forward

*Guest Blog by Mary Claxton – Little Kids Rock Colorado Director of Programs; Drummer and Vocalist for the Burroughs* One of the things I love about Fort Collins is that the question “what if?” quickly becomes “how can we make this happen?” That transition is how the Youth Music Collective was formed. I am a … Continued