Reviews and Blog Posts: music

Sunrise Concert Brings the Smiles

On weekday mornings a crowd typically gathers in front of the library doors. Rain or shine, a few dozen people stand around waiting for staff to open the library so they can get on the computers, pick up their holds or work on their projects in the relative peace and quiet we provide. Some rub the sleep out of their eyes while slowly adjusting to the waking world, others stand up straight, clutch steaming coffee cups, backpacks on their backs or briefcases in hand. Others have blankets draped over their shoulders to ward off the morning chill.

Mike Fitzmaurice: It's all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble

One of Denver's most sought after solo acts, Mike Fitzmaurice performs at Denver Public Library this Saturday. Come down to Central, pick out some new books or DVDs, and then settle in for one of the best upright bass concerts ever. It's all about that bass.

Michael Fitzmaurice on Upright Bass
Saturday, August 29, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Instruments in the Show

The Okee Dokee Brothers

We’re super excited that The Okee Dokee Brothers are coming to the Central Library to play a kids’ concert on Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m.

Saturday Sessions: Live Music Performances at Central

Jason Klobnak performing on trumpet

The library's live music performances -- Saturday Sessions -- featuring great local and traveling musicians, has become a downtown destination event. The 2015 season continues next weekend with a concert showcasing Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Plaza Voices: The Universal Language

Yasmine Hamdan's "Ya Nass," available from DPL

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music the "universal language of mankind," an old idea with some new scientific backing.

Music, like all languages, is constantly evolving, mixing ideas, identities, and cultures. Globalization and the internet have enabled more and more of us to listen to and create music that crosses the borders between languages, ethnicities, and nations. 

Denver and Beyond!: Adventures with the Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Did you know that The Okee Dokee Brothers are going to be playing a kids’ concert at the Central Library onSaturday, August 22 at 2pm? Did you know the Okee Dokee Brothers are Denver natives? It’s true! Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up in Denver, but their music has taken them far.

Stevie Wonder...The Legend

Since I was a little girl, I have been a fan of Stevie Wonder and his music. I grew up on Stevie Wonder and have always wanted to experience the live version of his musical genius.

Saturday Sessions: Go Island with Toco Bay

If any music can be said to have charms to soothe the savage breast -- it just might be the ebullient sounds of Caribbean steel drums. Originally coming to the fore during WWII in Trinidad, steel drums were developed by African slaves who were brought to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to work on French and Spanish plantations. The music of these instruments became a direct link to the music of their homeland. 

This Saturday, Denver Public Library hosts Toco Bay, the Colorado duo that uses steel pans to create a beautiful and joyous concert.

Under pressure

by composer Logic (Rapper)

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I constantly find myself in search of true hip hop, so I was intrigued when a coworker suggested I listen to the album Under Pressure by Logic.  I was pleasantly surprised by Logic’s ability to actually tell a story his storytelling reminds me of Kendrick Lamar and his flow pattern...

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