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The first salsa band in town, Manabí really got the Front Range Village crowd moving with their Latin beats.
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Saturday night featured a strong performance from the nationally acclaimed, Fort Collins favorite, Danielle Ate The Sandwich. Entertaining a crowd of more than 400, Danielle and her band mates Chris Jusell and Dennis Bigelow played through some of Danielle’s most recognizable hits. Her signature brand of light folk music set the tone on another gorgeous Fort Collins evening. Reminiscent of a traditional folk sound with a modern pop twist, Danielle has drawn comparisons to artists such as Colbie Caillat and Sarah Bareilles. To explore more about Danielle Ate The Sandwich, follow the link to visit Danielle’s artist page to learn more about her unique talent: http://danielleatethesandwich.com
Be sure to join Streetmosphere at Front Range Village next weekend with Brian Hull and the Escape Goats on Friday night from 6:00 – 9:00 pm . Then, return on Saturday ready to dance as the Manabí Salsa Band takes the stage on the lawn beginning at 6:30 pm.
Downtown can’t have all the fun. Get ready for Streetmosphere South, which is starting July 5 and runs for 5 weekends through August 3.
Streetmosphere expanded last year to Front Range Village, which is the shopping area near Harmony Rd. and Corbett Dr. This year brings an exciting new addition to spice things up a little more – a Saturday Concert Series! And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the lineup:
- July 6 – The Holler! A quartet with a bluegrassy sound, rock n’ roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation.
- July 13 – Liz Barnez and Streetmosphere Friends A wonderfully eclectic singer/songwriter joined by several Streetmosphere favorites.
- July 20 – Danielle Ate the Sandwich Nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter from Fort Collins
- July 27 – Manabí Salsa Band The first salsa band in town, playing pure Latin salsa that is perfect for both families and dancing crowds.
- August 3 – Kenny Cordova & the Olde Rock Band Presenting the greatest rock and roll, motown, and country music hits.
The concerts will be Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. On Fridays during those 5 weeks there will be a more traditional Streetmosphere experience in Front Range Village, with multiple performances at once from 6-9pm including Opera Fort Collins, The Honey Gitters and the Escape Goats.
We are excited to see you down there!
July 5-August 3, 2013
Fridays 6-9pm and Saturday Concert Series 6:30-8:30pm
Downtown will still be running as well! Saturdays 12:30-8:30pm and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm
The Canyon Concert Ballet was a part of Streetmosphere’s first year when their traditional venue, the Lincoln Center was under renovation. After two years off, the ballet decided to audition again this year because they so enjoyed reaching the community in this unique way. As Executive Director Kim Lang states, “Streetmosphere is a great program to expose all kinds of arts to all kinds of people. It doesn’t take long for someone passing by to be drawn in to the beauty of art.”
The Canyon Concert Ballet has grown over the past 33 years to a company of nearly 20 dancers and instructors. It is also the leading dance school in Northern Colorado, with over 400 students in two locations. On Saturday afternoon, the ballet will present three performing groups: The Canyon Concert Youth Ensemble with students 6-15, the competition troupe of teenage, advanced students, and the Canyon Concert Ballet Company itself. We look forward to their return.
Our recently launched website, Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR), has been growing rapidly—now incorporating almost 600 members. The website includes a variety of great resources designed for all artists and art-based organizations, not only for inspiration and motivation, but also for connecting and succeeding. This regional arts incubator is a wonderful opportunity for artists to utilize many tools in one convenient website.
Recently, we have added a helpful and comprehensive website tour to the homepage. This tour, guided by our own Executive Director, Beth Flowers, walks viewers through the website features and functionality. If you have never visited the website before, have casually browsed it, or have recently become a member, this tour is the perfect chance to learn the power of the website and how to use it.
We are still in the midst of our membership drive and are recruiting as many people as possible. There is no force to commit. Though paid members have access to more features and benefits, free memberships still include a great base of available resources. So please, visit the website, and take the tour to help get you immersed in AIR.
The holiday season is upon us once again. The cold weather has finally come out of hiding, helping the transition into the winter months. Old Town is glimmering with a mass of glowing lights, familiar holiday drinks have returned to menus across town, and often, this cold time of the year brings warmth through traditions and the spirit of the season.
As many people are building our local economy by shopping at local stores, may we not forget about our wonderful arts scene, which can be a wonderful option to indulge in the spirit of the holidays. Many arts organizations feature holiday shows, including the CSU University Center for the Arts’ production A Christmas Story, Canyon Concert Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Bas Bleu Theatre’s Almost Maine, and Opera Fort Collins’ Gift of the Magi. The opportunity to enjoy and support the arts during this holiday season is invaluable.
Sharing time with friends and family is a large part of many people’s traditions and what better occasion to create memories than attending the multitude of fantastic, spirit boosting, arts events in Fort Collins.
The feeling of dancing with a partner whose identity is sealed behind a mask could be described as mysterious and exhilarating. The chance to partake in such an experience is this coming Saturday, October 27th, at The Wild Goose Masquerade Ball! Inhibitions are lowered when we are in disguise, so what a perfect opportunity to waltz, swing, tango, and polka your way to a delightfully elegant and wonderful evening. Live music will be provided by the 50-piece Mostly Strauss Orchestra, which will not only help set the mood for the ball, but offer for a most memorable experience.
The ball will be filled with costumed participants from the most exotic to the tastefully sophisticated; it is up to you what “look” you may focus on. Attire is formal, semi-formal, or ethnic. Friends of Traditional Dance is hosting this elegant event in the CSU Lory Student Center Main Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the website.
Salsa dancing at the Rio has been a local tradition for folks looking to spice up their Tuesday night, and for those who haven’t attended one of these sessions, you’re missing out! Each session of Salsa dancing, hosted by The Rhythm Company, begins with a mini lesson, starting at 7:30 p.m., with some of the basics to help get participants dancing in no time.
The comfortable and fun atmosphere makes for an exciting night of dancing. You can bring a someone with you but there are usually plenty of willing partners to dance with if you come on your own.
After attending the mini lesson or if you are already an expert in Salsa, a DJ plays a variety of zesty melodies to dance to, from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., so you can show off your new moves.
The Rhythm Company also hosts Swing dancing at Old Town Yoga every Saturday evening! For more information, please visit their website.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month. The arts are a significant entity in our families, community, and hearts. Not only do the arts entertain us, they inspire us and make the world a brighter, more vibrant place. Art is a vast presence in our daily lives, and deserves the appreciation of its many supporters. Many of us are hobbyists, enthusiasts, or even artists, and we can agree that the arts play a unique role in shaping our community.
This month-long event gives us an excuse to add some extra events to our list of those to attend this month. However, celebrating doesn’t have to mean going to events. It can be as easy being a regular advocate by spreading general love of the arts to others, or even enjoying art related activities with your family, like listening to music, reading, dancing, or drawing. The degree and nature of our celebration is up to each individual, but regardless, let us take the time to commemorate and explore our arts culture in October.
Despite construction closures and tremendous traffic jams, people came out to the streets Friday night to hear a variety of Streetmosphere musicians. This was the first weekend of the summer where the majority of performers have been musical, with Susan K. Dailey being the only visual artist on the lineup.
People loved the unique sounds of the four musical groups: MDT 3, the Steve Johnson Group, the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet, and the String Quartet Con Brio.
I’ve already written about the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet and the Steve Johnson Group, but MDT 3 and the String Quartet Con Brio deserve some attention.