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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.

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.

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).

 

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.

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.

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!

 

 

 

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: 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

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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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