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Streetmosphere at the Avery House

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Streetmosphere will also be making a special Fourth of July Streetmosphere appearance this Thursday at the Avery House. From 10:00am-3:00pm audiences will enjoy several unique performances.

10:00am-11:30am Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association

12:00pm-1:30pm American Tapestry

2:00pm-3:00pm d’ACCORDion

Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association is a group of musicians committed to preserving, promoting, and presenting old-time music in the Central Rocky Mountain region.

American Tapestry is a singing group that specializes in “History Through Entertainment”. American Tapestry brings their program to life by dressing in period costumes, playing the roles of historical figures, and by singing and choreographing songs of America’s past – a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!

American Tapestry in action!

 

And d’ACCORDion is exactly what it sounds like – musical stylings from accordian player Martin Limbird.

This weekend is also the launch of Streetmosphere South with multiple performances Friday from 6:00-9:00pm and The Holler! as the first Saturday Concert.

There will of course also be Streetmosphere performances downtown, which will run Saturday from 12:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm.

So much going on! We look forward to seeing you!

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July 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 am

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

Rich With Friends Brings Their Music to Streetmosphere

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The band members of Rich With Friends hail from all over the United States, coming together to create a unique sound with great energy. Acoustic guitarist and lead singer Rich Center describes their music as “A blend of Bluegrass/Americana/Folk,” and notes, “We have a stellar time… Playing in front of a live audience only feeds the fire and sometimes we even dance ourselves off stage.”

Rich is joined by his friends Kenny (bassist), Brian (electric guitartist), and Emily (mandolinist) who are excited to perform at Streetmosphere this summer. “Streetmosphere provides the stage for people to interact through the medium of music,” says Rich, adding, “the bottom line is that music and arts bring community together… to be a part of that is amazing.” See Rich with Friends perform at Streetmosphere this Saturday evening in Old Town Square. You might even hear Brian playing the electric guitar and kazoo at the same time, or the catch the infamous song “String Break”, written in honor of Rich’s tendency to break guitar strings during his wild performances.

Rich With Friends

You can also read more about the band at www.richwithfriends.com, and follow them on Facebook.

 

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June 21st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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Canyon Concert Ballet Returns to Streetmosphere

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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.

Canyon Concert Ballet Performing at Streetmosphere

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June 13th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

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

Improvisation: From Comedy Brewers to Northern Colorado Writers

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As the Bas Bleu theatre website notes, “an evening of Comedy Brewers combines the fast pace of hilarious short-form improv games along with long-form style that collaboratively tells a story. From comedy to drama, short scenes to full-length epics, The Comedy Brewers will engage and entertain audiences with rich characters and relationships.”

The Comedy Brewers are taking their improv act to the corner of Mountain and College this Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Their performance will change depending on the audience and whatever mood may strike! Whatever they come up with, it is sure to be hilarious.

We will also see a form of improv in the written word this weekend from Northern Colorado Writers. This collective of writers will be in Oak Street plaza on Saturday from 12:30-3:30pm doing readings of their work, but also getting the public involved in writing a progressive community story.

View the Northern Colorado Writers’ facebook event to see the full list of members who will be doing readings, and visit them in person this Saturday afternoon to contribute a line of writing to the story written by the Streetmosphere audience!

Comedy Brewers

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June 6th, 2013 at 1:20 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 Stats

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Because we’re so thrilled about starting the 2013 season just one week from tomorrow, we would like to take a moment to look back and see how the program has grown since its inaugural season in 2010.

  • Over 1,100 performances have taken place!
  • This year, there will be 17% youth acts, with a special Poudre School District Elementary School Showcase and a Little Kids Rock Showcase.
  • Public attendance of street performances grew from 60,000 in 2010 to nearly 150,000 in 2012.
  • Approximately 55% of visitors to Old Town come specifically to see Streetmosphere artists and performers (based on in-person surveys)
  • More than 50 local businesses and organizations have provided financial support of the program.
  • The number of qualified applications received grew from 90 the first year to 125 this year.

We look forward to seeing you as a part of this year’s crowd!

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May 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 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!

Opportunities for Artists!

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There are so many opportunities coming up to share your art in Fort Collins, that we decided to list all the calls for entry, open auditions, contests and classes that we could find. Please let us know if there is anything else you know of that should be on this list! You can post opportunities for yourself at the AIR Opportunity Center if you are a free or paid member, and you can always get in touch with us through the Beet Street Facebook page!

The Center of Fine Art Photography Exhibition Entries due January 23, 11:59pm:

Explore stories, memories and histories through personal, familial, cultural and/or universal imagery.

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The Center of Fine Art Photography Classes:

The Business of Photography – February 16

Lighting with Flash – February 17.

Learn More 

Streetmosphere 

Audition deadline January 28, 5pm:

Get paid to share your art on the streets of Fort Collins!  Beet Street is seeking a wide-variety of talent to perform as part of this year’s Streetmosphere program scheduled for May 10 – September 1, 2013.

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Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest

Entries accepted February 1 – 15:

This contest for both teens and adults is sponsored by the Poudre River Public Library District.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in both categories.

More information

2013 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project,  Proposals Due February 12, 5pm:

The City of Fort Collins, Art in Public Places Program is seeking local artists, teams, or non-profit organizations to develop and paint murals on electrical transformer cabinets around Fort Collins. The murals are intended to help mitigate graffiti, as well as add art to the community.

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Rigden Farm Call for Entries by February 15:

An inter-generational art show that will be presented on February 20th.

Artists young and old are encouraged to display their work.

Contact Rigden Farm

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January 17th, 2013 at 2:53 pm