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Heart and Soul: 2013 Weekend Music Series

Musician Jayme Stone

"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

Elton John Inspired Pianist Nick Busheff

Elton John

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

To Erhu is human, to hear it -- divine

Erhu

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. 

Two ninjas, a dinosaur and a weirdo.

Ninja Tunes logo

The Denver Public Library starts 2013 with a dream team for your speakers, featuring new CDs by Two Fingers, Kid Koala, Diplo, and the Gaslamp Killer...

The DPL catalog is no stranger to the Ninja Tunes label and all its abstract beat creators, such as ColdCut, Roots Manuva, Bonobo, Diplo, Emika and the massive Xen Cuts compilation.

Violinist Plays to commemorate the children of Terezin Concentration Camp

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)

Fresh City Life Weekend Music Series: Jesse Manno Live

World music and diverse instruments inspire this Colorado artist.

Global Sound: Jesse Manno
Saturday, January 19, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Past Noise...Future Sound

Music Score

As we mentally prepare for what will be, it’s always helpful to look back at what was.  Looking forward, 2013 will undoubtedly be an exciting year for new music.  With anticipated releases from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A$AP Rocky, Bad Religion, Kid Cudi, Black Sabbath (maybe...), M.I.A., and bands that will pull a ‘Lumineers‘ on us by coming out of nowhere to take over the radio waves, we have a lot to look forward to...

But as we wait for an exciting 2013, why not listen to the best of 2012? Looking back, it was a wonderful and endlessly fascinating year for music. Veterans Neil Young and Crazy Horse stampeded back onto the scene by releasing two (!) critically acclaimed albums, in addition to Young’s biography Waging Heavy Peace (read Bobby’s book review). Die Antwoord returned and reminded us why they hold such a special place in our hearts.

Free Magic

You're welcome to interpret that as the library giving out some, but it's also the title of the newest creation by Medeski Martin & Wood. Comprised of a collection of recordings from their all-acoustic tour in 2007, it manages to simultaneously surprise and maintain a level of consistency that fans expect.

MMW has been around since 1991 and, like most jazz groups, has a complex history deeply intertwined in collaboration with other musicians. Members John Medeski--piano and keyboard, Billy Martin--drums, and Chris Wood--bass, have each dabbled in many projects over the years individually, and together combine a host of talents and backgrounds. Speaking of jazz, you can think of MMW as that, but such a wide variety of other genres go into it that maybe the most accurate moniker would be experimento-jazz-funk-jam-band.

Holiday Magic

Cee Lo's Magic Moment

Amp up any holiday party with new tunes or remakes of Christmas classics. Whether you prefer R&B, country or jazz music, there is much to choose from in 2012 to complement your favorites.

Hold lists are started for new Christmas albums by these artists. Place your holds online or give us a call. We are happy to help!

 

Pa' todos: The 2012 Latin GRAMMYs

Jesse & Joy: ¿con quién se queda el perro?

I have no patience for TV awards shows, but I love the Latin GRAMMYs! And this year's performances and winners were no exception. Last night's event (November 15) showcased the fantastic variety that is Latin music and the winners reflected that diversity, too. We're fortunate to have the music of many of the winning artists and albums available for checkout in the Library.

Juanes won Album of the Year and Best Long Form Music Video for MTV Unplugged, his collaboration with Spanish composer Joaquín Sabines. Jesse & Joy won in multiple categories--Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video.

Check out these winners:

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