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MOVIE NIGHT: Hedwig and the Angry InchEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Thursday May 4

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is equal parts musical, mockumentary, and drama, adapted from an off-Broadway show. It features a transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin who tours the U.S. with her band. She tells the story of the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs, and her search for a sense of self.

Vocal Performance MasterclassWorkshopThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 2:30pm
  • 4:30pm
  • Saturday May 6

StudioK Music is hosting a vocal master class at The Music District focusing on vocal stage performance. The goal of this class is to help you build your confidence performing in front of a group. Our master class teacher, Christian Mark Gibbs, comes to us with incredible training and experience from New York. He has passion to help every student leave with confidence in their voice and performance!

Please select either the 2:30pm or 4:30pm session–there are 10 spaces available per session. 

What to expect:
-You will get a second opinion from an experienced performer.
-We will record a video for you to evaluate your 2-3 minute performance and review your feedback.
-We will have a professional accompanist that will follow you and make your song communicates deeper.
-Current StudioK Music students will be performing in this venue two weeks after the workshop. So this is your dress rehearsal!
-Stage fright and self conscious thoughts are combated in a group with constructive and positive feedback.

Instructor: 

Christian Gibbs comes to Colorado from New York City. He recently performed with Opera Fort Collins as an understudy for both roles of Arturo and Normanno in a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor. His other recent opera roles include an understudy of Caliph in Kismet with Loveland Opera Theatre, Le Chevalier in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, and Miles Gloriosus from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. To learn more about his performing and experience visit Christian Mark Gibb’s website.

Singing Bowls SessionsEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 3:00pm
  • Saturday May 6

Experience soothing sound vibrations, as Betsy Perna plays her Himalayan Bowls—concert style. Certified by the Atma Buti School; Betsy uses ancient Tibetan methods to induce balanced body rhythms, relaxation and meditation. Join us in “the attic,” for an afternoon of bliss!

Bring a mat, small blanket and a pillow as needed. Comfortable seating will be available as well, and we’ll have tea afterward.

Northern Colorado Touring Musician's Mind MeldWorkshopFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Tuesday May 9

The spirit of collaboration is the essence of this event and what makes the music industry timeless and dynamic. 

The Music District in partnership with The Mishawaka Amphitheatre present the Touring Musician’s Mind Meld. The goal for Touring Musician’s Mind Meld is for musicians competing in the same markets to engage in discussions about the joys, trials, tricks, and resources available for sharing their craft on the road.

The concept for this event is inspired by the World Cafe, “a method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue that matter in service to real work.” The World Cafe functions based on the assumption that, “We are wiser together than we are alone.”

The structure of the event is to set tables with flip chart paper, each with a topic related to touring; each table with host a micro group for ten minutes. During that ten minutes, musicians will be verbally prompted to ask questions about it or provide some insight, contact or other resource(s). After all rotations, totaling five or six, are complete, the larger group will gather together to have open dialogue breaking down the patterns present, sharing resources and other insights.

Tom Brosseau: Aspects of SongwritingWorkshopThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 6:00pm
  • Friday May 12

Join musical storyteller Tom Brosseau in an exploration of the aspects of songwriting:

-Talk & Music

-Ideas & Influences

-Guitar Technique

-Folk Songs & The American Songbook

-And other neat things!

About

Photo by Lars Topelmann

Tom Brosseau, North Dakota-born and LA-seasoned, is a songwriter, guitar player & singer. He learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother. Brosseau has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Brosseau also sings and plays guitar with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends.

Tom Brosseau on his background: “I grew up with music in the church, in the school, music at home. I learned a lot of hymnal and folk songs, both traditional and contemporary, and since I was influenced by what my grandparents listened to, in a sense I studied the singers and songwriters of the great American songbook.”

His songs have been chosen by Natalie Portman for her charity compilation, covered by Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, host of Prairie Home Companion), and featured in the Judd Apatow Netflix series, “Love” season one.

Not long after Brosseau moved to Los Angeles in 2003, he began performing at the renowned club, Largo, where he met Sara and Sean Watkins (Watkins Family Hour, Nickel Creek). Sean Watkins recorded Brosseau’s much praised 2014 release, Grass Punks, and the 2016 album, North Dakota Impressions.
Brosseau travelled to Bristol UK to work with John Parish (PJ Harvey) who produced Brosseau’s 2015 album, Perfect Abandon. Tom and a 3-piece band recorded the album live at The Cube theater in Bristol UK, using only a single mic.

For 2017, Brosseau is releasing a live concert album, recorded in Cologne Germany. A limited release on vinyl, it features both original acoustic songs and covers of some of Tom’s favorites with liner notes by Dr Daniel J. Levitin (author, This Is Your Brain on Music & more).

So You Wanna Be a Deejay?WorkshopFirst Spin StationFree
  • 2:15pm
  • Saturday May 13

Have you ever listened to the radio and thought, hey, I want to do that, I think I have the chops for radio! Or even an idea for a show that you’d love to share with or that reflects an unrepresented part of our community? Join the KRFC Team to learn what it takes to create your own music, public affairs, or news show on your community radio station.

 

 

Adventures in RagtimeEventThe Sisters - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Thursday May 18

Workshop: The process of taking the piano stride style from likes of Scott Joplin, Tom Turpin, and Joseph Lamb, and translating it to guitar. From there, showing how ragtime evolved, how ragtime is viewed today, and how it can still be a relevant American music style. 

Performance: In Adventures in Ragtime, Nathan Smerage performs ragtime music on solo guitar, from originals to covers, sophisticated stride-style to rural grit, showcasing the lasting impact this music has made upon popular music. This workshop and performance is a stop on his tour from Sante Fe to Minneapolis. His workshop and performance are free and open to the public. 

Bio: Nathan Smerage is a talented fingerstyle guitarist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Graduating from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2016 in Contemporary Music Performance, his style focuses on the early blues, ragtime, and old time music of America. He released his debut EP, ‘Rain Check’, in April 2016, and is set to release a full length album by summer 2017. Smerage has been hailed by the Santa Fe Reporter as, ‘one hell of a guitarist’ (Alex DeVore, Santa Fe Reporter Music Issue, June 8th, 2016).

 

Music Video Creation Series II: Working TogetherWorkshopThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 2:30pm
  • Saturday May 20

NoCoast Artists presents a three-part, music video workshop series hosted by the Music District. This series of workshops are designed to help both musicians and filmmakers develop essential skills and techniques related to the creation of music video content. With an emphasis on creativity, relationships, and vision cohesion, these workshops will be highly interactive in nature.

II – Working Together: The second workshop in this series will focus on developing the relationship between artist and filmmaker. Whenever multiple creative minds share a project, the first challenge is to find a cohesive vision and working relationship that ensures a smooth creative process. This workshop will teach skills and best practices, as well as help both musicians and filmmakers better understand the other perspective.

We strongly encourage attendees to participate in all three events (one event per month April-June) as we will be developing baseline and ongoing skills, vernacular and relationships throughout this process.  Each workshop will include “hands on” activities with time devoted to applying learned skills. Additionally, there will be a strong collaborative element to the entire series, and we encourage both filmmakers and musicians to participate throughout all three workshops.

This workshop runs from 2:30-6:30pm.  See you there!

About

NoCoast Artists is an artist collaborative based in Fort Collins, CO. Best known for producing the feature film Whensday, NoCoast produces and distributes a variety of multi-media content and arts experiences. Founded by Tomas Herrera, Ben Mozer, Andrew Schneider and Doug Usher, NoCoast seeks to continue the advancement of the arts in Northern Colorado, and to prove to the world that you don’t need a coast to be a creative force in the world.

Turntablism: Manipulation of Live SoundEventThe Sisters - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Thursday May 25

The Music District celebrates DJ culture and scratching with a new workshop, Turntablism: The Live Manipulation of Sound. Enjoy a brief presentation, a handful of turntablism showcases highlighting the spectacular art form, and a Q&A session in closing.

DJing is all about the music. It teaches everything from music theory and appreciation, to its history and application. Specifically, teaching the techniques central to DJing and the vinyl-wizardry that is turntablism, requires introducing basic musical concepts. Prepare to gain an intelligent perspective on the foundational element and evolution of hip-hop and scratching, the DJ, and walk away with a deeper understanding about the roots of the turntable art form.

Bio: Diego Felix, aka DJ Full Metal, has quickly built a reputation as a ‘DJ’s DJ’ in Northern Colorado. Since picking up a pair of turntables in 2012, Full Metal has competed in the world-famous DMC DJ Championships; opened for numerous nationally-touring acts coming through Colorado (Waka Flocka, Dizzy Wright, Obie Trice, Shwayze); traveled and performed at SXSW as part of the 2015 Colorado Music Party; and organized NoCo’s first monthly scratch night where DJs (hip-hop, edm, club, etc) can come together and scratch some vinyl.

Navigating the Twists: Music Business Strategy & VisioningWorkshopLiving RoomFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Wednesday May 31
Creative Outreach Conference: Collaboration and Confidence WorkshopWorkshopThe Sisters - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 3:00pm
  • Friday June 2

It’s common business practice to bring experts and influencers on board when forming a workforce. But even the smartest individuals can’t outperform the net effect of a passionate, dedicated team with shared vision.

Teamwork and true collaboration can be catalyzed, and for a team to work at its highest level, these concepts must be reinforced. More than merely understanding the intricacies and precision that any job requires, recognizing that everyone in the team plays a crucial role is key to any team’s ultimate success.

Eric Melin’s Air Guitar Collaboration & Confidence Workshop starts with John Cleese’s definition of creativity (“a willingness to play”) and combines it with elements of improvisation and risk-taking to bring any team to vivid life and leave them with an absurd feeling of accomplishment—and a great story to tell.

The workshop unfolds on an even (and quite imaginary) playing field, giving each participant equal confidence to co-create a 1-minute World Air Guitar competition routine together. In a group setting, with advice and encouragement from world champion Eric “Mean” Melin, the team uses critical listening skills, imagination, and creativity to dissect a short piece of music and translate it into choreographed movement.

Although understanding the strategy behind a championship-winning air guitar routine is an absurdly specific thing, the concepts tackled in the workshop are broad enough to resonate with any team and reinforce the idea that the group is stronger than the individual. It also introduces the improv-centric concept of saying “yes, and” to suggestions—and discourages the kind of snap judgments that can kill true collaboration.

The essential bonding that creates instant trust and camaraderie among the group comes from the workshop’s last-minute twist. At the completion of the choreography, the group is informed that it will be performing the 1-minute routine together, in a nearby public area, as a flash mob. The novelty of the situation, combined with the feeling of confidence and safety that comes from doing it in a group, creates a unique bonding experience (not to mention, a flurry of onlookers pulling out mobile phone cameras).

A recent Cambridge study illustrated that playing air guitar is highly beneficial to the creative mind. It frees up actual musicians to think beyond the limitations of the instrument, and it improves creativity. This workshop leaves a team with a one-of-a-kind bonding experience— confident, refreshed, and excited—and ready to operate at the highest level.

About Eric

Eric Melin is an Air Guitar World Champion and TEDx speaker who espouses the creative virtues and fire-in-the-belly inspiration that can be derived from air guitar. With nine years of professional social media experience, he’s also an award-winning business communicator and the Senior Social Media Community Manager at ad agency Callahan Creek. For two years, Eric was social media chair for AAF-KC, and is currently President of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. Perhaps he is best known as the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion, and a tireless ambassador for the sport of competitive air guitar—and its dream of achieving world peace.

Creative Outreach Conference: Keynote - How to Combine Your Personal & Professional Online BrandEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 1:00pm
  • Friday June 2

How to Combine Your Personal & Professional Online Brand

So you have a job that requires you to use social media professionally, but up to now you’ve only been using social media to post snarky comments with your friends. The questions are as old as social media itself (so, about 10 years now): Do I need to keep my personal social media accounts private? Or do I need to separate my professional social accounts from the social accounts I use to interact with friends? the answer is “no.” There are all kinds of advantages to combining your personal and professional online brand. Take it from Callahan Creek’s Senior Social Media Community Manager Eric Melin, who found himself in an unusual position when it became very public that he was the World Champion of Air Guitar. This presentation will walk you through the tricky ins and outs of building a professional brand that’s authentic, with real, practical advice that you can apply to yourself and your business.

About Eric

Eric Melin is an Air Guitar World Champion and TEDx speaker who espouses the creative virtues and fire-in-the-belly inspiration that can be derived from air guitar. With nine years of professional social media experience, he’s also an award-winning business communicator and the Senior Social Media Community Manager at ad agency Callahan Creek. For two years, Eric was social media chair for AAF-KC, and is currently President of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. Perhaps he is best known as the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion, and a tireless ambassador for the sport of competitive air guitar—and its dream of achieving world peace.

Creative Outreach Conference: Effective Communication and Relationships in a Virtual WorldWorkshopThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 3:00pm
  • Friday June 2

In a global, digital, and increasingly interconnected work environment, the quality of your virtual communication is critical to your personal and professional success. If you are a freelancer or work remotely, your ability to wow is measured almost entirely by how you deliver results through these channels.

This workshop offers strategies that you can immediately implement to improve the way you:
– Write clear, actionable emails
– Run efficient meetings
– Flawlessly execute deliverables
– Leverage tech tools to be more efficient and effective

About the Presenter

Julianna Kobs has directly supported Executive Directors and university leaders through calendar, event, travel and project management. She currently works as a virtual executive assistant and as the Program Director for 33Vincent Academy where she has created an online learning program targeted towards freelancers and remote workers. Over the years, Julianna has held many different types of positions including for a study abroad company, for a Milwaukee nonprofit, and on commercial fishing vessels. Whether working in traditional or nontraditional work spaces, Julianna has understood the deep impact that effective communication can have for relationship building.

Looping 101WorkshopThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 2:30pm
  • Saturday June 3
Looping can be accessible for anyone.  Today’s artists have access to a wide spectrum of technology, from a simple app to a large pedal and everything in between. This workshop aims to introduce and demonstrate three very different setups to those interested in looping (but don’t know where to start) and musicians just starting to loop and want to develop their craft further.
Performing instructors:
Structure:
Each of the 3 performers will set up in 3 separate rooms. Attendees will take a “demo tour” together. Each performer will introduce their setup, briefly describe how it works, and perform 1 – 3 songs that illustrate those concepts. Attendees will then report to a breakout session in the room of their choice. This allows people to try some hands-on exploration with the technology they are most drawn to (e.g. the iPad app versus the 6+ input pedals). They can also ask more specific questions, and the artist can discuss & demonstrate more advanced techniques with their technology.
  • 2:30pm Meet in lobby of the Music District and introduce performers
  • 2:40pm Rachel Ann’s demo (Room 1)
  • 3:00pm Riley Ann’s demo (Room 2)
  • 3:20pm Tiffany Christopher’s demo (Room 3)
  • 3:20-4:30pm Breakout sessions (attendees report to the room of their choice)
Singing Bowls SessionsEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 3:00pm
  • Saturday June 3

Experience soothing sound vibrations, as Betsy Perna plays her Himalayan Bowls—concert style. Certified by the Atma Buti School; Betsy uses ancient Tibetan methods to induce balanced body rhythms, relaxation and meditation. Join us in “the attic,” for an afternoon of bliss!

Bring a mat, small blanket and a pillow as needed. Comfortable seating will be available as well, and we’ll have tea afterward.

OFF Cinema Presents: All My Life, I’ve Been Waiting for You - Two 16mm Film ProgramsEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 5:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • Thursday June 8

OFF Cinema is proud to present – All my Life, I’ve Been Waiting for YouTwo 16mm Experimental Film Programs.
OFF Cinema will be presenting two curated programs of 16mm experimental films at The Music District on Thursday, June 8th at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
All of the films that will be shown have a strong element of music within the film itself or interesting ideas on music and sound that correlate with the film imagery.

Tiny Cinema will also be parked in the Music District parking lot for special showings from 6:20-6:55pm and again from 8:20-9:00pm.

Program #1 – GIRLS ROCK!! – June 8th, 5:00 PM
GIRLS ROCK!! is a program of 11 different films by women filmmakers and performers. The program has been curated to highlight filmmaker and animator Jodie Mack whose work looks at culture and place through the lens of the 16mm Bolex camera. Often using marbleized paper, fabric itself and even a hand-drawn film using special glasses to transform everyday black and white into a rainbow pattern of color, and surprise, Jodie’s films are a feast for the senses. Also, featured in the program is a live score by Boulder Musician Pearls and Perils who will be performing to Marie Menken’s Go! Go! Go! and a collection of Serpentine dances by Loïe Fuller that are hand tinted from the 1890s.

Program #2 – BREAKAWAY / WHAT’D I SAY!? – June 8th, 7:00 PM
BREAKAWAY / WHAT’D I SAY!? will also have 11 different films by several different artists and filmmakers. The program has been curated to highlight filmmaker and animator Jodie Mack whose work looks at culture and place through the lens of the 16mm Bolex camera. Often using fabric itself and even a hand-drawn film using special glasses to transform everyday black and white into a rainbow pattern of color, and surprise, Jodie’s films are a feast for the senses. Also featured are three works by seminal found-footage filmmaker Bruce Conner that he made featuring the music of Ray Charles, Toni Basil and Devo. Finally, Boulder musician, Pearls and Perils will be performing a live score to the film Go! Go! Go! by Marie Menken.

About the Presenters

OFF Cinema is the cinematic programming collaboration of Jacob Barreras and Libi Rose Striegl.

Jacob is an experimental film and video projectionist and film programmer. He has a unique passion for programming films from new and emerging filmmakers as well as works ranging throughout the history of Avant-Garde cinema. He is the Head Academic Projectionist for the University of Colorado – Film Studies Program and travels to various experimental film festivals around the country as an Eye & Ear Control Specialist.

Libi is an artist across and between many media, ranging from robotics and software design to textiles and filmmaking. Her interest in curation comes from a desire to share work that might not otherwise be seen with people who might not otherwise see it. She is a PhD candidate at CU Boulder and holds an MFA from Duke University and a BA/BFA in Film Studies from CU.

Tiny Cinema

What is Davey B. Gravey’s Tiny Cinema? A fine question indeed! The Tiny Cinema is, literally, a tiny cinema. Once a cargo-trailer, this four seat sideshow cinema screens short, silent movies on the glorious format of Super 8 film. Each film comes with live musical accompaniment from your projectionist, Dr. Gravey himself!

 

 

 

Music Video Creation Series III: 48 Hour Film Festival KickoffWorkshopThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 6:00pm
  • Friday June 9

The Music Video Creation Series culminates in a 48 Hour Music Video Festival, where musicians and filmmakers will be randomly teamed up and sent out to make a music video in just 48 hours. A week later participants will re-convene on June 17th to screen the completed works and celebrate the creation of new art in our world.

About

NoCoast Artists is an artist collaborative based in Fort Collins, CO. Best known for producing the feature film Whensday, NoCoast produces and distributes a variety of multi-media content and arts experiences. Founded by Tomas Herrera, Ben Mozer, Andrew Schneider and Doug Usher, NoCoast seeks to continue the advancement of the arts in Northern Colorado, and to prove to the world that you don’t need a coast to be a creative force in the world.

Community Barn Dance -- a CROMA Sponsored EventEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Friday June 16

Fort Collins, are you ready to raise the roof! Please join the Central Rockies Old-time Music Association at the Music District, Friday January 20th for our monthly community barn dance. This event is structured for those that don’t normally dance. Really, no experience is necessary. We will teach you what you need to know as the night progresses. Come alone or with a partner. Live hard driving toe tapping fiddle music provided and dance calling by Bob Zuellig.

Doors open at 6:45pm. Dancing begins at 7:00pm.

This is a fund raising event for the Central Rockies Old-time Music Association (CROMA). Recommended donation is $10 per person or $20 for families–please donate at the door. All proceeds go towards supporting the CROMA mission of preserving, promoting, and presenting old-time music in the Central Rocky Mountain region. Learn more about CROMA and it’s mission.

Please RSVP through this event page and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Come out, support traditional music, and join in on the fun and help make community dance a regular part of Fort Collins culture.
Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Musicians: An Open WorkshopWorkshopThe Sisters - 639 S College
  • 7:00pm
  • Tuesday June 20

This is a chance to meet the members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy winning Silk Road Ensemble, learn about their instruments (shinobue, frame drums) and performing traditions. Hands on or off, come join us! You certainly don’t need to be a musician. Just a curious observer!

Please RSVP through Off the Hook Arts.

Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Musicians: PerformanceEventThe Music District - 639 S College
  • 7:00pm
  • Wednesday June 21

Program Fee: $22 for adults, $10 for students.  Reserve your spot through Off the Hook Arts. 

Join Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy winning (2017) Silk Road Ensemble — multi-style cellist Mike Block, japanese flute player Kaoru Watanabe and multi-cultural style percussionist Shane Shanahan with guest bass trombonist Steve Wilson, of the 21st Century Musician — as they come together in their first appearance in Fort Collins, to premiere composer Bruce Adolphe’s newest composition. Commissioned by the 21st Century Musician Initiative of Steve Wilson, Thuenpa Peun Zhi (Four Harmonious Friends) was written specifically for this group of musicians for this summer at Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. Additional music will be performed that blends eastern and western cultures, featuring American, Arabic, and Asian styles, as well as original compositions, and drawing heavily on improvisation and spontaneity.

Mike Block and the Global Musicians Workshop Children's ConcertEventThe Music District - 639 S College
  • 3:00pm
  • Saturday June 24

Please RSVP through Off the Hook Arts.

Join us for a family-oriented, hands-on one-of-a-kind concert by Silk Road Ensemble members — multi-style cellist Mike Block, Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese bamboo flutes), and cross-cultural percussionist Shane Shanahan — joined by innovative bass trombonist Steve Wilson and composer/keyboardist Bruce Adolphe — at The Music District. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to interact with Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning, world-traveling musicians! Come talk with the musicians, listen to their improvised music, hear Bruce’s brand-new musical version of the Buddhist tale The Four Harmonious Friends, composed especially for these musicians in their first Off the Hook Arts SummerFest appearance. And there’s more: try your hand at playing some cool instruments!

BONUS EVENT: please join us for hands-on fun with instruments from the Global Village Museum’s collection and The Woodshed! We’ll be set out on the Front Porch (east side) of the Music District from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Don’t miss this great opportunity to play with some unique instruments from around the world including drums, strummed and fun percussive toys. There will be games and refreshments too!

Singing Bowls SessionsEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 3:00pm
  • Saturday July 1

Experience soothing sound vibrations, as Betsy Perna plays her Himalayan Bowls—concert style. Certified by the Atma Buti School; Betsy uses ancient Tibetan methods to induce balanced body rhythms, relaxation and meditation. Join us in “the attic,” for an afternoon of bliss!

Bring a mat, small blanket and a pillow as needed. Comfortable seating will be available as well, and we’ll have tea afterward.

Black Hills Unity Concert FundraiserEventLiving RoomFree
  • 5:00pm
  • Saturday July 8

link to eventbrite:

The Fort Collins branch of The Black Hills Unity Initiative is hosting a fundraiser for the 2017 Black Hills Unity Concert in Piedmont, South Dakota. This event is meant to illuminate and raise awareness about indigenous people’s land and rights as well as how the community can support indigenous communities. Performances, a silent auction, and poetry readings will take place throughout the event.

The Black Hills Unity Concert: A free, weekend-long gathering in Piedmont, South Dakota where natives and non-native individuals come together in prayer. Attendees are encouraged to partake in workshops during the day and enjoy music during the evenings while learning more about Native American cultures. Elders and leaders within the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Nations meet to discusses the reclamation of portions of the Sacred Black Hills. The concert hosts many indigenous artists, as well as their supporters, for a weekend of sharing, reconciliation, and community.

Artists:

Lois and the Lantern is a zesty non-denominational Colorado string band made up of 4 bad ass chicks: Saja Butler (banjo, guitar, ukulele and vocals), Theresa Brodzinski (guitar, harmonica, banjo, trumpet, vocals), Tara Lynne Sparks (bass), and Mary Merritt (mandolin, vocals). The four ladies met at a monthly women’s musical gathering, where they soon discovered a natural connection in music (and whiskey). Lois and the Lantern has a diverse musical palette, which sparks them to constantly write originals that fuse multiple genres such as bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, punk, pop and more.

The Cody Blackbird Band has been named the top Native American Band of 2016. Cody has found his calling as a musician and has had worldwide success especially with his band the Cody Blackbird Band as they have recently received attention and praise from pop sensation Mike Posner and the Steve Miller Band’s Kenny Lee Lewis as well as Kris Kristofferson and others. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds. The band carries a message of finding purpose and pursuing one’s life goals in a positive manner to reflect change in one’s self and thus their community and abroad, as well as stressing the importance of keeping culture alive in music. 
Lyla June

Lyla June Johnston is a poet, musician and public speaker of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. She uses music and spoken word to inspire indigenous peoples around the world and to raise award through prayer.

 

Thana Redhawk

Thana Redhawk is an influential speaker, published poet, and award winning spoken word artist. She is a heARTivist for the evolution in human consciousness. Through her poetry, music, and activism, she honors sacred purpose in each being, she prays to empower others by decolonizing hearts through rembering what it means to be a human being.

Sage Trudell

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