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Songwriters Meetup: December 2018EventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Tuesday December 11

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

Please bring your instrument (keyboard available on-site), or a demo recording of your song (stereo system also available for playback), as well as multiple copies of your lyrics for others to follow along to aid in the critique. Bringing snacks to share is optional, but appreciated.

The Songwriting meeting is hosted by Justin Roth, a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk.

Musician’s Help Desk: Office HoursEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 5:00pm
  • Tuesday December 11

Looking for advice to take that next step in your career? Curious about certain practices of the modern music industry? Wanna just brainstorm your next release plan? Drop in (no appointment necessary) to the Musicians Help Desk: Open Office Hours taking place every Tuesday from 5-6pm in the Media Library at The Music District. This new series, presented by FoCoMA and The Musician’s Help Desk will feature Matthew Fritz and a rotating cast of industry professionals and artists who are here to lend a hand in offering advice and answers to your burning questions.

About Matthew Fritz:
Matthew Fritz, who now serves as the Executive Director of the Fort Collins Musicians Association comes to Fort Collins with 10+ years of music business and music management experience working with notable artists such as Ben Sollee, King Cardinal, Satsang, The Last Revel, and Yonder Mountain String Band.

In addition, music attorney Jess Gries will be joining Matthew for the first session of each month to provide answers to music-related legal questions.

Jess Gries has practiced law in Fort Collins since 2000, focusing on the representation of artists, production companies, talent agencies, festivals, record labels, and other music industry players. He specializes in contract negotiation and review, entity formation (LLC’s, Corporations, etc.), intellectual property protection and licensing, risk management and special event permitting. Jess has served on the Board of Directors of SpokesBUZZ, KRFC and other local non-profits and is currently a Director at Positive Legacy, a charitable organization that organizes service projects in conjunction with international music festivals. He is a volunteer attorney with Colorado Attorneys for the Arts and a member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.

Holiday Caroling w/ John Magnie and FriendsEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 6:00pm
  • Wednesday December 12

Join us for the annual evening of caroling with John Magnie and friends! This is an informal ‘stand around the piano’ event. See friends and meet new people as you sing familiar carols of the holidays and enjoy delicious seasonal snacks. John plays a mean piano so you’ll hear gospel, spiritual, boogie, and various other styles.

John Magnie and friends have been doing this annually for more than 20 years and the past two years it was held at the Music District so more of the community could attend. Bring your harmonies at all skill levels to this special event held in a place that celebrates music and community.

Making Covers Your Own w/ John CraigieEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 2:00pm
  • Saturday December 15
Join Portland, Oregon songwriter and storyteller John Craigie Saturday, Dec 15th from 2-3pm at the Music District for a “Making Covers Your Own” workshop.

 

John Craigie will discuss different ways to approach chordal structures, melodies and vibe, when playing cover songs. The session will end with an open Q&A.

 

Later that evening, catch John Craigie performing at the Armory.

 

“…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger

“The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” – The Portland Tribune

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson.  Soon after, Craigie found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and The Gorge in Washington. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.

Musician’s Help Desk: Office HoursEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 5:00pm
  • Tuesday December 18

Looking for advice to take that next step in your career? Curious about certain practices of the modern music industry? Wanna just brainstorm your next release plan? Drop in (no appointment necessary) to the Musicians Help Desk: Open Office Hours taking place every Tuesday from 5-6pm in the Media Library at The Music District. This new series, presented by FoCoMA and The Musician’s Help Desk will feature Matthew Fritz and a rotating cast of industry professionals and artists who are here to lend a hand in offering advice and answers to your burning questions.

About Matthew Fritz:
Matthew Fritz, who now serves as the Executive Director of the Fort Collins Musicians Association comes to Fort Collins with 10+ years of music business and music management experience working with notable artists such as Ben Sollee, King Cardinal, Satsang, The Last Revel, and Yonder Mountain String Band.

In addition, music attorney Jess Gries will be joining Matthew for the first session of each month to provide answers to music-related legal questions.

Jess Gries has practiced law in Fort Collins since 2000, focusing on the representation of artists, production companies, talent agencies, festivals, record labels, and other music industry players. He specializes in contract negotiation and review, entity formation (LLC’s, Corporations, etc.), intellectual property protection and licensing, risk management and special event permitting. Jess has served on the Board of Directors of SpokesBUZZ, KRFC and other local non-profits and is currently a Director at Positive Legacy, a charitable organization that organizes service projects in conjunction with international music festivals. He is a volunteer attorney with Colorado Attorneys for the Arts and a member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.

Groove Theory: Producer Meetup w/ FrequentEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Wednesday December 19
Join us at the Music District every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Groove Theory: Producer Meetup. This month features a production masterclass from heavy bass music producer, Frequent.
 
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.
Producer meetup begins at 7pm.
The masterclass begins at 8pm.
 
More about Frequent:
“Frequent” is the sum of my creative output – an ongoing experiment into what is possible with sound. Be it movie sound effects or natural soundscapes, the sonic realm has always fascinated me. Ultimately though, electronic music has inspired me to become an artist from day one, and even as I continue to explore new sounds and spaces, heavy bass music will always be at my roots. For years I have been working to push my sound design and composition skills in an attempt to leave my mark on the “neuro” community – a niche genre with heavy emphasis on impressive bass design and technical arrangements. After countless hours working with this type of music, Frequent finally has its own defined sound, one that I only intend to push even further. Distinct reese basses, compelling soundscapes, immense layering and meticulous arrangements are the key components to my compositions, and each of these elements is something I strive to expand on with every release.
 
– Frequent (Nolan Petruska)
 
Follow Frequent and check out his music here:
 
Website: http://www.frequent-audio.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frequentaudio
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/frequentaudio
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVMbWJCB-79KbDZ51eakZgQ
Groove Theory: Producer Meetup w/ Michal MenertEventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Wednesday January 16
Join us at the Music District every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Groove Theory: Producer Meetup. This month features a production masterclass from Michal Menert.
 
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.
 
Producer meetup begins at 7pm.
The masterclass begins at 8pm.
 
More about Michal Menert:
As Menert co-produced the chart topping Pretty Lights album “Taking Up Your Precious Time”, it was natural that he was the first artist to join Pretty Lights Music. His debut solo album “Dreaming of a Bigger Life” was released in 2010, followed by 2012’s mega-LP “Even If It Isn’t Right”. In 2015 Menert released Space Jazz, and the debut by his band Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics, “1”.
 
Menert’s reputation as a live performer continues to grow, as he brings his music to fans nationwide via both his septet, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, and his 22-piece all-star ensemble the Michal Menert Big Band. Menert has shared the stage with musical luminaries including STS9, Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee, and more, and played legendary venues including the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, The Gorge in Washington and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. His collaborations have led to the formation of myriad ongoing side projects including Manic Menert (with Manic Focus), Half Color (with Paul Basic), and work with artists like Eliot Lipp, Mux Mool, Break Science, and more. Additionally, Menert handled sound design for the Dead & Co tours, and co-produced Mickey Hart’s 2017 LP “RAMU”, as well as his 360 Surround Sound performance at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
 
Committed to a community-driven approach to collaborative creativity, Menert works hand-in-hand with producers he chooses for his own record label, Super Best Records.
 
Check out Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics new album “From the Sea” right here: https://bit.ly/2BT98Ra
 
Stay up to date with Michal Menert on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michalmenert/status/1070402848213483520
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrBI-gjFa5h/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=to7jfjimdwss
Michal Menert AcademyEventThe Music District
  • 9:30am
  • Friday January 18
  • thru
  • Saturday January 19

Join Michal Menert, The Pretty Fantastics & Ableton for a multi-day workshop dedicated to bringing your music “From the Bedroom to the Stage.”

You’ll learn a variety of ways to turn new sounds into songs and then how to get your music from your computer and into ears worldwide, plus ways to incorporate video into your live show without breaking the bank, as well as cost-saving techniques to build your own home studio, January 18-19, 2019 in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Music District.

Sign up and learn more: https://academy.menertmusic.com/

Academy faculty includes:
Michal Menert
Richard “Sleepy” Floyd (Turbo Suit)
Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit)
David Najarian
Julianne Thoma
Matt Van Den Heuvel
Jason “Schollaship” MacLeod
Guest lecturer Zaak Kerstetter (Zenotope)

Check out Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics new album “From the Sea” right here: https://bit.ly/2BT98Ra

Stay up to date with Michal Menert on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michalmenert/status/1070402848213483520
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrBI-gjFa5h/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=to7jfjimdwss

More about Michal Menert:
As Menert co-produced the chart topping Pretty Lights album “Taking Up Your Precious Time”, it was natural that he was the first artist to join Pretty Lights Music. His debut solo album “Dreaming of a Bigger Life” was released in 2010, followed by 2012’s mega-LP “Even If It Isn’t Right”. In 2015 Menert released Space Jazz, and the debut by his band Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics, “1”.

Menert’s reputation as a live performer continues to grow, as he brings his music to fans nationwide via both his septet, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, and his 22-piece all-star ensemble the Michal Menert Big Band. Menert has shared the stage with musical luminaries including STS9, Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee, and more, and played legendary venues including the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, The Gorge in Washington and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. His collaborations have led to the formation of myriad ongoing side projects including Manic Menert (with Manic Focus), Half Color (with Paul Basic), and work with artists like Eliot Lipp, Mux Mool, Break Science, and more. Additionally, Menert handled sound design for the Dead & Co tours, and co-produced Mickey Hart’s 2017 LP “RAMU”, as well as his 360 Surround Sound performance at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

Committed to a community-driven approach to collaborative creativity, Menert works hand-in-hand with producers he chooses for his own record label, Super Best Records.