After a two-week break, we came back to the Music District campus with a fresh craving for new musical experiences. January brought a diverse set of sonic programs to our Northern Colorado community. We couldn’t wait to get back into the rehearsal studios, work on new beats and plan a whole bunch of inspiring events for you to enjoy. It has been busy! So here is a little look back at what we’ve done so far and what awaits us just around the corner.
In the month of January alone, we served over 400 individuals – musicians, music lovers, students young and old, and everyone in between. We started out with a few incredible musical highlights: the Music District hosted a guitar intensive with the distinguished acoustic guitarist, Courtney Hartman, formerly of the GRAMMY-nominated band Della Mae. Hailing from Loveland originally, she brought her international touring experience and knowledge to our local music community with great success.
Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics completed a residency with us. Menert was the featured artist at January’s Groove Theory: Producer Meetup and hosted a two-day Academy in collaboration with Abelton. 30 hungry musicians took advantage of the intensive workshops dedicated to bringing their music “from the bedroom to the stage.” As part of the Academy, Ken Abdo, one of Billboard’s 2018 top music lawyers, gave a presentation of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which was passed in October 2018. The MMA has huge positive implications for ow artists, particularly songwriters, get paid. A timely and highly significant change that directly impacts many of the musicians in our region and beyond.
January was a short month for us, so we charged into February with great enthusiasm. The Youth Music Collective took on its second year of programming creating a space for high-school aged musicians from across the region to work together forming bands and writing new songs. Later this spring, these emerging musicians will have the opportunity to perform at FoCoMX and Washington’s. This year, Phuong Nguyen, (saxophonist for bands such as 12 Cents for Marvin, Choice City Seven, etc. and band director at Boltz Middle School) will guide the young musicians to musical victory. Check out Mary Claxton’s blog post from last year’s youth music experiment.
With love in the air this month, we will host the Saja Spectacular Jam: “Love ‘em or Leave ‘em” for all levels. Saja “Spectacular” Butler will facilitate the jam with banjo in hand and sweep you off your feet with a love song or two. Join us on February 21st to jam out.
Swapping instruments and genres, we also welcome Sound Constructions on February 23rd. The Sound Constructions Ensemble is an avant-garde sound artist featuring Nina C. Young, Senem Pirler, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and, for this performance only, Adam Morford of Morfbeats.
We have also been gearing up for Techstars Startup & ARTup Week 2019 in Fort Collins. The Music District will be hosting five related events and sessions highlighting artists and musicians as entrepreneurs in our community. Check out the full event listings on our calendar. Make sure to check back on our blog posts chock full of details about Startup & ARTup week at the Music District and the culminating event Sonic Social: a celebration of all things music + geekery.