Last weekend, Colorado State University graduates flocked to Old Town to celebrate their accomplishments with their families, and they encountered a surprise around every corner. Streetmosphere performers lined the streets of Old Town for the first weekend of a 16-week series.
The weekend was filled with music, painting, balloons and hot tea. Performers and artists braved the cold, rainy weather to kick off Streetmosphere’s opening weekend and to showcase their talents for the public.
Musicians and visual artists dominated the scene Friday night. The Fort Collins Youth Jazz Project played at Oak Street Plaza, gathering crowds of spectators to hear numbers by both the FCYJP Big Band and some smaller jazz combos. All musicians playing with the FCYJP are high school aged and have a passion for both written and improvised jazz music.
Other musical performances from Friday night included Elyse Miller at Old Town Square and Robert Cline, Jr. at Moe’s BBQ. Both parties had the “show must go on” attitude as the rain began pouring down later in the evening.
Saturday’s talented artists arrived with the same attitude and high spirits. The weather looked hopeful, but the forecast predicted another rainstorm. Both the early afternoon and evening rounds of performers included a variety of musicians and visual artists, and everyone kept themselves warm with cups of hot tea.
Colleen Crosson, a guitarist and singer, played at Old Town Square during the afternoon for a dedicated group of onlookers. She obliged her audience members by taking song requests, many of which were originally sung by Joni Mitchell. Colleen’s soft melodies intertwined with upbeat jazz numbers played by Matt Smiley Jazz and folksy tunes played by Sawmill.
The scene changed later Saturday night as a balloon artist entered the realm of performers. Jasbo the Balloon Artiste entertained people of all ages by teaching them how to make their own balloon animals. His craft intrigued young children and surprised families out wandering for the afternoon.
The Streetmosphere Team couldn’t have asked for a better line-up to start the summer season, though the weather could have been improved! They, along with past and upcoming performers, look forward to the weekends ahead!