Drawing inspiration from his life in Southwest Denver and the vibrancy of Federal Boulevard, David Thomas Bailey creates music that conjures the great American West as heard through an improvisational jazz filter.
Saturday, June 20, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall, Level 1 www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Nokuthula plays contemporary and traditional Afro-pop fusion dance music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and beyond. The band’s roots are in Zimbabwe- style marimba and mbira, but its music is also influenced by jazz, blues, Latin, Afro- Cuban, and other world music. Nokuthula’s sound is joyous, energetic, and upbeat; guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages.
Saturday, June 27, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Dazzling concert audiences all over Denver, Suzanne Morales is a favorite performer at our Saturday Sessions. She has created special collections of her cherished Latin music – and each of her concerts at Denver Public Library have a unique sound and rhythm. Her newest set of songs will feature romantic Portuguese ballads and a tribute to the Bossa Nova era. Suzanne’s singing and guitar playing hold listeners in sway.
Saturday, June 13, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Guitarist and composer Michael DeLalla serves up a delicious brew of solo guitar compositions and arrangements drawn from musical traditions gathered worldwide. Matt Fink of All Music Guide describes Michael DeLalla as "One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world....music of the most exquisite order." And he’s returning to Fresh City Life for another afternoon of evocative compositions, taut arrangements and inspired improvisations. Come join him on a Fingerstyle Guitar Journey that spans a world of traditions.
Saturday, June 6, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall, Level 1
Starring Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard and Chris Sarandon. Directed by James Ivory. Based on author Tama Janowitz’s collection of short stories of the same name, Slaves of New York immortalizes a cultural moment in the New York art world. The film centers on a group of struggling artists and creatives who will go to great lengths to have their fifteen minutes of fame. Bernadette Peters turns in one of her most memorable film portrayals in a movie that reflects both the noble and ignoble potentials of a life in the arts. 124 minutes. Rated R.
Caitlin Doughty writes about the rituals and customs surrounding death. Her recently published book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, has charted on the New York Times bestseller list and has garnered enthusiastic notices from reviewers and readers. Doughty is currently working on her second book and on a mortuary project that is close to her heart. Mixing humor with storytelling and cultural asides, she is an engaging speaker who makes talking and thinking about death more accessible and even joyful. Caitlin Doughty puts the fun in funereal. http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/
Fresh City Life celebrates our GLBT community at this year’s Pridefest. When you need a break from all the pageantry in the park, come by to cool down and have some fun. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the Acoma Plaza. Sample some cooling beverages from our friends at Whole Foods Market and make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating an important figure or quotable quote from GLBT history.
Saturday, June 20, noon-4 p.m., Acoma Plaza near the west entrance of Central Library
Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village, the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”
Guitarist for Soul Sacrifice, A Tribute To Santana , Steve Glotzer brings a renewed melodic style with a fresh approach to songs by The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, Randy Newman, and Joni Mitchell as well as original compositions.
Saturday, May 23, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall, Level 1 https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh