Music Event

Weekend Music Series

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames
Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Fingerstyle guitarist Brian Birch and mandolinist Randal Ames have been wowing audiences in the Denver area for the past ten years.  Their acoustic compositions and other musical renderings cover a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical and folk, to new age and blues. Along with their original pieces they also play great instrumental music from some of the best pickers on the planet including: Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Steffan Grossman, Alex DeGrassi, Bill Mize, David Qualey and Ed Gerhard. You really need to hear their take on ‘Duelin’ Banjos’ and ‘Malaguena’ to appreciate the energy and virtuosity they put into their performances. Plus, their comedic banter between songs is reminiscent of ‘The Smothers Brothers’ folk act from the 1970’s. It’s always a rare treat for the ears to hear them perform together in concert.

Bones, Bass, and Funk

Bones, Bass, and Funk
Saturday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Matt Skellenger and Adam Bartczak will be performing original compositions on Electric Bass and Trombone. This unusual duo blends jazz, world music, funk and fusion into a unique listening experience.

Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert

Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert
Saturday, July 25, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

An expert instrumentalist, Peter Hebert plays the evocative hammered dulcimer and its cousin, the psaltery, with masterful ease – filling the air with the ancient sounds of Medieval Europe. The Graeco-Roman dulcimer (sweet song) derives its name from the Latin dulcis (sweet) and the Greek melos (song). Find out how perfectly named this haunting instrument can be when Peter Hebert makes his dulcimer sing a sweet song.

Alternate Tunings: Tom Carleno on Guitar

Alternate Tunings: Tom Carleno on Guitar
Saturday, August 1, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

"Blending rock, jazz, folk and pop, Denver based guitarist Tom Carleno creates distinctive compositions using a wide variety of alternate tunings. Using these tunings as a canvas for his songs, he creates musical images for solo guitar that are rejuvenating, inspiring, and introspective. His CD, Perfect Imperfection has received rave reviews, international airplay and won ‘Best Instrumental Acoustic Album' at the 2013 Zone Music Reporter Awards. Tom’s music has been heard on TV shows on TLC, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.”

Castle Rock Little Belles

Castle Rock Little Belles
Saturday, August 8, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

There really is nothing like a bell choir – unless it is a small group bell choir. We have hosted the Castle Rock Community Ringers for four wonderful concerts. Now they are bringing their unique Little Belles to our music series. All the chiming, just in a smaller space! Enjoy their eclectic mix of handbell tunes that make a joyful noise in our great hall.

Steve Mullins

Steve Mullins
Saturday, August 15, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Mullins performs Spanish flamenco, along with original compositions fusing flamenco with jazz, Latin-American, and Balkan influences.  Dr. Mullins is an ethnomusicologist and professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His compositions have been heard in settings as diverse as television commercials, documentaries, National Public Radio, silent movies, multi-media flamenco shows, and dancing horse performances at the National Western Stock Show.

Ivory and Brass: 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

Highlighting a repertoire of time-honored jazz standards, Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn blend a sense of improvisation and their own sensibilities about modern and classic jazz. Their duo versions of jazz standards on trumpet and piano are superlative; this concert will also include original compositions.

Michael Fitzmaurice

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

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.

 

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames
Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

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