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Performer Spotlight: Ryan Fourt Trio

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Jazz guitarist Ryan Fourt played with a number of Streetmosphere groups in 2012 and enjoyed his experience so much he decided to audition with his own group this year. Fourt says, “I love playing with my trio and the kinds of things we can do in terms of interaction and interplay are what really inspire me. Ryan says, “To me, Streetmosphere is like the icing on the cake to what is already an amazing music and cultural scene… the fact that you can walk between all the various street corners and hear something completely different at each one is a testament to the great talent that we have right here in Northern Colorado.

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August 27th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Performer Spotlight: Britton Deuel

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You may have also seen Britton Deuel serenading the public during Streetmosphere, but you can also catch him on the Bohemian Nights’ Singer-Songwriters stage this Saturday at 11:00 am. Deuel’s raw yet simple musical style reveals his true passion for music and writing, and as he says, “Performing allows me to open up to people and tell stories.” Deuel grew up in the hometown of Johnny Carson (Norfolk, Nebraska), but since moving to Fort Collins has been especially impressed with the camaraderie between artists that is found here. Britton adds, “It’s great to see the support that is given to one another.  It’s huge confidence builder when people are actually paying attention.”

 

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August 15th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Danielle Ate the Sandwich Rocked Streetmosphere

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This post is brought to you by Street Team member Ryan Tay:

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.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

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July 24th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Double Streetmosphere for another 4 weeks

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Streetmosphere South continues this weekend in Front Range Village, the shopping area at Harmony Rd and Corbett Dr. There are multiple performances on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00pm and the Free Concert Series continues on Saturday with Liz Barnez and Streetmosphere Friends playing from 6:30 – 8:30pm. There is a great lawn space at Front Range Village where audiences will be able to enjoy Liz’s original songs and the Streetmosphere regulars that will join her on stage.

The Holler! performing at the Streetmosphere Concert Series July 5th

Concert-goers on Front Range Village lawn

Of course, there will also be Streetmosphere performances downtown this weekend, Saturday from 12:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm. One of the downtown acts this weekend is West Coast Swing – dance partners Laura Koch and Jim Baker. The pair encourages people to take up dancing as a fun way to get physical exercise and increase mental agility. As Jim says, “It’s dance, not romance.” Laura and Jim are excited to be performing downtown, noting, “Streetmosphere turns Old Town Fort Collins into a family attraction all summer long.”

We can’t wait to see you!

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July 11th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Streetmosphere South is Starting Soon!

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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!

This is a previous concert held in Front Range Village. There is a nice big lawn, bring your blankets!

To review:

Streetmosphere South

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

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June 25th, 2013 at 8:25 am

Performer Profile: The Black Dogs – Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson

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Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson performed at Streetmosphere last Sunday. The two musicians, who have been friends for over 25 years, will be performing songs from diverse traditions and styles including folk, blues, rock, singer-songwriter and Americana.

Russ notes, “We are both singers, song-writers and multi-instrumentalists, and we both share a taste for good tunes, no matter what the source.” The two musicians have worked together for years, Russ producing Pamela’s solo records when he worked at Kiva records and Pamela making appearances on his solo records as well. Russ notes, “We share a love of indigenous culture and music. We have a musical connection that makes performing together a lot of fun.”

Russ notes, “We enjoy making music in public spaces… Streetmosphere is an amazing way to showcase the artistic talent in our midst, and in a interactive, community building way.” He adds that, “When a community values and honors it’s artists I believe the community broadens and deepens in its cultural experience.”

Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson

You can read more at: www.russhopkins.com

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June 6th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Returning Favorites and Newcomers!

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To highlight the range of performers we have this year, we chose one returning favorite and one newcomer from last weekend to feature:

New to Streetmosphere: Br’er Fox’s One Man Band had crowds of 50-100 people clapping and dancing and singing. Steve Jones is the talented musician behind the name and he works his foot drum, harmonica, megaphone and more, all at the same time. Steve also had a basket of instruments that he left out with an open invitation for the public to pick them up and play. His one-man operation quickly turned into an ensemble, with kids and adults alike experimenting with sounds they had never made before.

Br'er Fox entertaining at Streetmosphere

Returning: The Fort Collins Marimba Student Ensemble is a group of all ages, which embodies a sense of community in the performance itself. African-style marimba music is excellent for developing musical ability and a spirit of cooperation in kids and the group generated roaring applause in Old Town Square from crowds of over 100.

Fort Collins Marimba Ensemble

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May 17th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Streetmosphere is Just Around the Corner

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Even though there is still snow on the ground, here at Beet Street, we’ve got Streetmosphere on our minds. This year’s season begins on Mother’s Day weekend, and May 10 will be here before we know it. We will be back in Old Town every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. We will also be back at Front Range Village in South Fort Collins July 5 – August 3, with Friday night performances and a NEW Saturday evening concert series!

We are very pleased to announce that we will bring over 90 acts to the streets of Fort Collins this season! That is a 48% increase from last year, allowing us to support more performers and provide a greater variety of entertainment. It was wonderful to see over 120 talented acts apply this year – thanks to all of you.

These increases say a lot about the program. First, that the word about Streetmosphere is spreading, not only in Fort Collins, but throughout Colorado. We are proud to see how far Streetmosphere has come in just three years, helping to put Fort Collins on the map as an arts and culture destination. There are also several cities that are  interested in starting a similar program, and we are working with them to discover how they might bring Streetmosphere to their own communities.

You can keep up to date with with Streetmosphere by liking Beet Street and Streetmosphere on Facebook, and following Beet Street on Twitter. We’ll keep you posted!

Holidays of the Arts

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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 CollinsGift 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.

What is a Virtuoso?

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Virtuoso is an Italian based word meaning versed, or skilled. We use it today to describe someone who is particularly skilled in a given field, like music!

The Virtuoso Series Concerts, hosted by the University Center for the Arts, has consistently presented talented musical artists who demonstrate beautiful melodies that allure and entertain audiences. These concerts occur on a regular basis and make for a great opportunity to enjoy a night out as well as appreciate the many various musicians featured.

If a sitter for the children is unavailable, consider taking them as well! With ticket prices for youth (2-17) at $1 a-piece, it would be less expensive to bring them along, not to mention the benefits of exposing young children to the arts. Overall, Virtuoso Series Concerts are great events for families!

The next concert is Thursday, November 5th, featuring Duo Francois (a piano and violin duo).  Make sure to check the UCA website regularly for these amazing concerts.

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November 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 am