Jon Sousa’s library concert includes pieces performed on tenor banjo and his signature fingerstyle guitar. His repertoire highlights Traditional Irish music, but includes jazz standards and classical pieces as well. Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world from the beautiful countryside of France, studying with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan to Senegal, West Africa, studying Sabar drumming and a lengthy sabbatical in Ireland in 2008 where he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music.
In celebration of Denver’s Taste of Colorado event in Civic Center Park, thrill to the thunderous sounds of the taiko (Japanese drum). Taiko with Toni and Friends brings an exciting “Matsuri” (Japanese festival) to the stage. The festival sound of Japan – from traditional songs to contemporary compositions – the “Matsuri” performance entertains and educates. In traditional costume, using taiko drums, various hand percussion, and bamboo flutes, Taiko with Toni and Friends delights audiences all over Denver and Colorado.
The human body is the original instrument. You always have your body with you, anywhere and anytime you want to make music. There are many body music techniques to play with, and many creative activities. Join Mr. Ryan as he guides you through the basic techniques of how to use your body as a percussion instrument.
You don’t have to have laser vision or the ability to fly to become a superhero in your community. Join award-winning ventriloquist Meghan Casey and her Rocky Mountain Puppets as they stop Henri the cat from gluing the library doors shut!
Mike Fitzmaurice is best known for his work with the Irish Folk Group Colcannon, but is also Associate Principal Bassist with the Greeley Philharmonic. Mike is also a Jazz musician, and performs educational outreach programs with Inside the Orchestra. For this concert Mike, with his trusty sidekick, Juanda the bass, will perform a variety jazz, folk, and classical tunes, and may even sing you a song or two. Mike is a favorite performer at Fresh City Life’s Saturday Sessions.
Saturday, August 29, 2-3 p.m., Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh#music
The regional premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim will be at the Cherry Creek Theatre weekends during October. Come to a fun evening with actors performing songs from the show! Refreshments will be served.
Byers is beginning a Family Fun Series on Saturday mornings at 10:00AM. These programs are to enhance the learning and health of families, particularly those with young children under the age of 3, in a fun and dynamic way. Marcia Bross (http://marciab02.zumba.com/) will be hosting a series of Zumbini (https://www.zumba.com/en-US/party/classes/class-zumbini) programs, which enhance Early Literacy skills through Zumba. Bring your little one(s) and come ready to have a great time!