Latin Goddess: Suzanne Morales
Saturday, July 26, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Suzanne Morales is a Denver-based musician and composer whose music has been picked up for TV shows, indie films and shorts. While she loves ballads and blues, her great musical passion is Latin music. Morales brings a sensuality to her singing and guitar playing that transports audiences to moonlit beaches and friendly cantinas.
Castle Rock Little Belles
Saturday, August 2, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
There really is nothing like a bell choir – unless it is a small group bell choir. We have hosted the Castle Rock Community Ringers for three wonderful concerts. Now they are bringing their unique Little Belles to our music series. All the chiming, just in a smaller space! Enjoy their eclectic mix of handbell tunes that make a joyful noise in our great hall.
Paper Moon: Romantic Gems of the 1940s
Saturday, August 9, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
We’ve captured a few strays from the band Stray Dogs; Joe Rigley, Eric Woods and Anne Rigley are teaming up to perform some of the nostalgic tunes of a bygone era. The thing is, these stray dogs are also hep cats – so all of their music, from whatever age it’s culled, happens to sound very ‘of the moment,’ too. Eric's extraordinarily gentle touch on the guitar alongside Joe's mellow bass backs Anne's remarkably sweet, pure and honest voice.
Spirit of the Celts: Jerry Barlow
Saturday, August 16, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village, the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”
Citrus and Sitar
Saturday, August 23, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Back by popular demand. Chris ‘Citrus’ Sauthoff has performed several times at Central Library and his fan base grows with every visit. Experience the sitar and its ability to transport listeners. When George Harrison and The Beatles befriended Ravi Shankar, the sitar made its way from a traditional Indian instrument to a part of contemporary music. It is now heard in a wide range of musical genres including world and techno. ‘Citrus’ brings his signature style to the sitar – the soul of traditional Indian music.
Middle Eastern Chill Room with DJ Silk
Saturday, August 30, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
DJ Silk (aka Jesse Manno) brings a modern vibe to the great hall. As soothing and complex as a traditional rose tea, this music creates an atmospheric charm in our common, everyday world. Come beat the heat and bathe in DJ Silk's lush drones and deep beats blended with live Middle Eastern style vocals, lutes, flutes and more.
Fretless and Microtonal Guitar: Neil Haverstick
Saturday, September 6, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Musician, Neil Haverstick, goes in for the exotic; he often writes his own compositions inspired by diverse music types, from blues and Arabic to futuristic. He then plays these original pieces on fretless and microtonal guitars. A performance by Neil Haverstick is unexpected and memorable.
Modern American Songbook: Drew Frady
Saturday, September 13, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
With a career and life centered around the performing arts and music, Drew Frady is a seasoned entertainer. His concerts include songs that are beloved modern classics from the sixties as well as original compositions. He accompanies himself on guitar for this memorable set of music.
The Cherry Tones
Saturday, September 20, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Much like the groups in the film Pitch Perfect, The Cherry Tones are a mixed voice acappella group that love the thrill of a performance with no safety net – no back up music, no additional instruments - just the organic play of strong voices filling the air. They perform a lively mix of jazz, pop and classic oldies that is sure to get you singing along.
VOXY Vocal Trio
Saturday, September 27, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Juliette Leon Bartsch, Donna Deininger, and Rhonda Wallen are VOXY – a trio of three fabulous women singers who love making music together. VOXY borrows music from a variety of genres – from folk, blues and traditional to global, modern and experimental – and interprets each piece with their unique mellifluous three-part harmony punctuated with dynamic body percussion. This uniquely talented and passionate group of women seeks to coax beauty and vibrant energy from every surface and space where they perform.
Lunchbox Music Series: Thursdays in June and July, noon -1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery (unless otherwise listed)
Get out of your cubicle jungle for an hour and join us for our summer music series. With a gorgeous view of the park, and access to our balcony, you’ll be serenaded while you have lunch. Grab some food on the way and our friends at Whole Foods Market will supply something sweet to send you back to the office in a state of bliss.
World Jazz with Cristine Barbosa
Thursday, July 24, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Playing and singing beautiful Brazilian, Latin Jazz, and American Jazz by such composers as Tom Jobim, Djavan, Joao Donato, Rosa Passos, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Beny More and many others. Ms. Barbosa will be singing in Portuguese, Spanish, and English while playing piano. Listen to the sounds of Brazil and Latin America, while encompassing the traditions of American jazz. A musical afternoon that is sure to be a cultural delight!
Thursday, July 31, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Marc Sabatella is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator based in Denver. His music has been characterized as “happily subverting the mainstream,” combining the “unpredictability of Thelonious Monk and lyricism of Bill Evans.”
The Pocket Klezmer Orchestra
Thursday, August 7, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
If you aren’t familiar with Klezmer, this concert will be a perfect introduction to this soulful music highlighting the story of Eastern European Jews during the mid-20th Century. Klezmer is music that mimics the sounds of laughter and crying – sounds of being human and in the world. Sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting and always engaging and universal.
World Soul: Jesse Manno
Thursday, August 14, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Manno is Music Director of the Dance Division at CU Boulder. He has created over 150 original scores for dance, theatre and film. His work has been presented all across the USA, as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For this concert, Manno offers a rare public glimpse into some "multi-limbral” styles he has created for dance workshops and performances, often playing three or four instruments at once. Expect piano, percussion, lutes, flutes, and many voices.
House of Joy
Thursday, August 21, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
House of Joy is an award winning Mother/Daughter duo featuring Joy Myers on piano, accordion and vocals, and Beth Wilberger on violin, mandolin and vocals. They are performers, teachers and artists. Discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Traditional Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic, Broadway, Standards, and Children's' Music!
Thursday, August 28, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
International vocalist, Faye Nepon, comes to Denver Public Library in a concert of Jewish cultural music accompanied by expert pianist Sheldon Sands. Nepon’s voice, full of magic and warmth, reflects her passion for the diversity of world song. Singing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Italian, Ladino and English, Nepon’s music is at once grounded in history and narrative with the lightness and joy of a fairytale.
Sandra Wong and Victor Mestes
Thursday, September 4, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
From the Fjords to the Andes! Two kindred musical spirits explore the musical worlds of Scandinavia, North America and Latin America (traditional folk music, latin music and original compositions) on violin, nyckelharpa and piano. Join Victor and Sandra for this rich, diverse, virtuosic and fun musical adventure.
Thursday, September 11, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
A delicious blend of front porch instrumentals, intimate vocals, soaring harmonies, inspiring tales of human heartbreak, redemption, and liberation, mixed to sweet and spicy perfection, Rebecca brings both a pure vocal quality reminiscent of old Appalachia and a blues prowess. She is joined by a band of ultra-talented musicians steeped in Southern Delta grooves and fun background vocals.
The Style Book: Luke Rackers
Thursday, September 18, noon-1 p.m. Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Talented composer and pianist, Luke Rackers, exploits his appreciation for and expertise in multiple style disciplines – jazz, classical, folk, gospel – for performances that appeal to a large audience. Rackers, himself, is a key supporter of local musicians and creatives and is the founder of a new performing arts center in central Denver called the Wash Park Center for Music & Arts.
Latin Goddess: Suzanne Morales
Saturday, July 26, 2-3 p.m. Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Fresh City Life is partnering with the Rocky Mountain USO to create knitted items for care packages for our service men and women overseas. It's easy to join the project: just knit a cap or two and deliver them to the Fresh City Life office, in the Central Library (Fresh City Life is located on Level One, west entrance) and we'll bundle them up and deliver them to the Rocky Mountain USO. They'll package the caps with other donated gifts and essentials for our soldiers and send them off.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Knitting for Our Troops project. We will continue to collect hats through the end of October 2010. Hats received after that time will be donated to another worthy cause here in Denver (like Urban Peak center for at-risk and homeless youth).