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2019 Banjo SummitEventThe Music District
  • Thursday November 14
  • thru
  • Saturday November 16

Want to learn accessible techniques to add color to your traditional playing or take you beyond bluegrass? Join Tony Trischka, Jayme Stone, Adam Larabee, Jake Schepps, and Courtney Hartman (resident guitarist) for this three-day banjo workshop. Regardless of your favorite styles, the Banjo Summit will expand your expertise and inspire new ideas to raise your playing to new heights.

This fall’s Banjo Summit will include a student concert and jam on Thursday night (11/14) at the Cloverlick Banjo Shop and a faculty recital on Friday night (11/15).

We are running a 20% discount on tuition with some scholarships available.

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Live@Lunch with Lunde StationEventThe Music District
  • 12:00pm
  • Friday November 15

Lunde Station has been a staple of the Northern Colorado music scene over the past 7 years and they’ll be Live@Lunch on November 15th! Don’t miss their live performance and interview.

Live@Lunch is sponsored by The Music District, a music-centric gathering place to cultivate talents, support professional development, and encourage connections.

Groundwaves w/ Murs (2019 Finale)EventThe Armory (314 E. Mountain Ave)Free
  • 7:00pm
  • Tuesday November 19

Created by Murs and inspired by such historical hip hop open mics as New York’s Lyricist Lounge and Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and Los Angeles’ Good Life Cafe and Project Blowed, Groundwaves aims to develop and amplify the already strong Colorado hip-hop scene and artists via a vital, authentic, and critical format.

Once a month, aspiring rappers and hip-hop artists from across Colorado and beyond will converge to test their skills and abilities in an open mic format, where Murs and an audience of peers are the judges. Murs, his team, and the Music District will use their expertise, resources, and industry connections to mentor and maximize the potential of the most promising participants – but it’s the hip-hop and music communities as a whole that will benefit most from the collective energy and inspiration.

Sign-ups at 6pm.
Open mic begins at 7pm.

Groove Theory w/ John BroaddusEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Wednesday November 20

Join us at the Music District every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Groove Theory: Producer Meetup. This month features a FREE masterclass from John Broaddus!

Our mission is to provide a place and format for music producers of all levels to share new, original works-in-progress and to get constructive and supportive feedback from fellow producers so we can all improve our craft.

We encourage bringing your laptop/DAW, or recordings of your tracks.

More on John Broaddus:

A producer of ambient electronic music, among many other styles, John Broaddus has experience teaching at Berklee College of Music (Boston, Valencia) and Full Sail University.

Listen to John’s music:

Producer meetup begins at 7pm.
The masterclass begins at 8pm.

Synthesizer Saturdays featuring Lisa Bella DonnaEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 1:00pm
  • Saturday November 23

Join the Music District and Fort Collins Synthesizer Enthusiasts for a special Synthesizer Saturdays performance and workshop by electric alchemist Lisa Bella Donna. This presentation is scheduled to coincide with Delia Derbyshire Day and pays homage to sonic explorations and compositional creativity in electronic music.

About Lisa Bella Donna: Lisa Bella Donna is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, synthesist, consultant, and clinician. She has traveled all throughout Europe, Japan, and USA for decades as a session musician and clinician, developing extensive techniques with modular synthesis, orchestration & film composition as a recording artist. She’s been commissioned for many multichannel audio art installations in the USA and Europe.

About Delia Derbyshire Day: Delia Derbyshire Day (DD Day) is a Manchester-based developing organisation honouring the work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001). DD Day produces original arts heritage events, commissions new art and offers electronic music education centred around the Delia Derbyshire Archive which is held at John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK. Delia’s most famous work is her iconic realisation of the original Dr Who theme in 1963 and she also produced a wide variety of electronic music and sound design for TV, radio, film and theatre and was a key figure in the development of electronic music in Britain.

Electronics for Musicians: Soldering WorkshopEventThe Music District$20
  • 6:00pm
  • Tuesday November 26
Electronics for Musicians: Discover the skills musicians use to maintain their equipment. This workshop will focus on introducing the participant to common instrument & mic cable repair solutions, and provide an in-depth foundation of audio hardware and guitar electronics for the DIY musician.
Space limited to 25 students. $20 material fee.
Sensational Student ShowcaseEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 2:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • Saturday December 7

We are celebrating the many achievements of our wonderful Music District community members. The Sensational Student Showcase features students of our Music District instructors.

Join us Saturday, December 7 for this family-friendly, all-ages event, and support your growing local music community.

Instructor Open HouseEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 11:00am
  • Saturday December 7

Join us for an instructor open house on Saturday, December 7! 11am – 2pm.

Featuring the following instructors:

Jordan Pasquin (drums)
Jordan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Drum Set Performance from Berklee College of Music.


Aaron Marifzo (piano and music production)
Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Music from the University of Colorado Denver for audio engineering and jazz performance.
Harrison Goodale (upright and electric bass)
Harrison Goodale is a professional upright and electric bass player. After graduating with a dual degree in Music and Education from the University of Connecticut, he did the responsible thing and co-founded a folk-rock band, Parsonsfield.
Mike “TwoScoops” McTernan (DJ and music production)
Mike is a Fort Collins based DJ and producer with over a decade of experience. He has played countless shows, including a mainstage performance during the 2019 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
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