On the unique occasions that I listen to contemporary pop radio (usually caused by CPR pledge drives), I'm always struck by the superficiality of the songwriting. The songs aren't always of bad quality, but their priorities lie more with fun, sugary sounds. That's okay, but much like a nutritional diet, balance is key. In case your portion of substantial songwriting is meager, here are ten underappreciated artists just waiting to be discovered at the library.
I go through phases of saturating myself in the canon of older songwriters; Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Gillian Welch, and Patty Griffin are among my favorites. But I've been fortunate enough to come across great young songwriters of different genres whose words stick with me long after I've turned off the stereo.
APQ (Austin Piazzolla Quintet) was recently dubbed the Number-One-Not-To-Be-Missed group at the 2012 Houston International Festival. APQ has been stunning audiences in Austin and beyond since 2009. Featuring some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, APQ specializes in the intense and passionate compositions of the late Astor Piazzolla.
Fresh City Life and The Denver Public Library are proud to host this concert -- a part of our continuing partnership with The Denver Gay Men's Chorus.
Hope you can join us for this special (and free) event: The DGMC has put together a set of music that is both secular and spiritual. The choir will be led by their guest Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
Music Down In Our Souls: The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, March 2, 1-2 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." -- Victor Hugo
Fresh City Life has been bringing Denver musicians together with their fans and supporters for two seasons. This third annual FCL Weekend Music Series is poised to be the biggest and most diverse schedule of free concerts in the city.
We're adding new concerts to our line-up each week and, just between you and I, our full list of concerts for the year is nearly complete and we'll be releasing the full season's schedule in a matter of weeks. Follow the schedule and attend a concert or two for general good vibrations.
"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue." -- Plato
Writer, composer and performer Nick Busheff knows a thing or two about showmanship; he's learned from the legends of pop and rock.
Part of the group Kinky Mink, that entertains packed houses with their rock anthems turned into lounge music, Nick Busheff has carved out his own niche in local music. And Kinky Mink is poised to take their act to the next level. Before we'll have to say, "we knew him when" -- Nick performs for Fresh City Life's Weekend Music Series.
Legends of Piano with Nick Busheff
Saturday, February 2, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
The erhu, a two-stringed instrument which is evocative of China, is being used in contemporary recordings of pop and underground dance music.
For a one-thousand-year-old instrument, the erhu is holding up pretty well in modern times. It has been featured in contemporary film scores (House of Flying Daggers) and utilized by rock and pop musicians for it's unmistakable sound.
Compassionate musician Sandra Wong brings a sense of history and humanity to Holocaust Remembrance Day -- this Sunday, January 27
“So I was hiding out in the heap of dead bodies because in the last week when the crematoria didn’t function at all, the bodies were just building up higher and higher. So there I was at nighttime, in the daytime I was roaming around in the camp, and this is where I actually survived, January 27, I was one of the very first, Birkenau was one of the very first camps being liberated. This was my, my survival chance." -- Bart Stern (Holocaust survivor)