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This has been another wonderful Streetmosphere season, with live performances all summer long, both downtown and in South Fort Collins. There are many people and organizations that are behind all of this free, public art, and we want to make sure everyone knows who has contributed their time, money, and talents to make Streetmosphere possible!
First and foremost, we thank this year’s sponsors: Otterbox, OtterCares, the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the Bohemian Foundation, Front Range Village, KUNC, Killer Rabbit and White Balcony, and Go West. These businesses and organizations listed on the Streetmosphere signs each week as well as all of those in the Streetmosphere Guidebook made a major commitment to the program from the start and we could not do it without them.
In addition, we had an incredible show of public support through our Streetmosphere Kickstarter campaign. We can’t thank our 320 Kickstarter supporters enough for pitching in to fill the funding gap we experienced this year.
In addition to funding, we have a dedicated and hardworking team of on-street stage managers and interns. They are the people ones that set-up, organize, and problem-solve each weekend to make the season run smoothly.
Finally, we could not do ANYTHING at all without our amazingly talented Streetmosphere performers. This year there were 90 unique acts, from youth dance groups to rock bands and improv comedy. We thank you all for sharing your art, for engaging with the community in such a personal way, for at times braving harsh sun and hail, and for being professional and graceful through it all.
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.
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.”
Diane Findley’s paintings are vibrant and energetic – you can’t miss them! She has been painting with Streetmosphere since the program began in 2010, and has been mainstay of the artist community in town for much longer.
Diane is especially known for her portraits. This spring she generously donated a custom portrait to Streetmosphere’s Kickstarter campaign, with the proceeds strengthening this year’s season. The painting that resulted is of a Fort Collins business owner that has also been supportive of Streetmosphere from the beginning, Nora Hill, the owner of Kilwin’s.
This painting is a great example of how Streetmosphere brings the community together! Diane further explains, “The Streetmosphere life from my side is rich. I am not the least bit shy about sharing the art experience and often I think little children are my best audience. It is a grand moment when you can introduce someone to the magic of what happens when yellow meets blue. It is always great fun to move the paint around and talk about what is happening on the canvas and how it relates to a physical reality.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
You can also read more about the band at www.richwithfriends.com, and follow them on Facebook.
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.
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.”
You can read more at: www.russhopkins.com