Molina Speaks is a writer, poet, professor, artist, filmmaker, living word architect and human bridge. He works with young people at all age levels to develop their imaginations, creativity, and sense of wonder about their existence. Along with his own music and poetry, Molina plays with Chicano Afrobeat orchestra Pink Hawks (nominated for best Denver's best Latin band 2017), and punk and hip-hop act Roots Rice and Beans (named Best of Denver Best New Band 2018). Molina leads the Youth On Record Fellowship Program, a music education and professional development initiative for emerging artists between the ages of 18-23. This program recently earned recognition as the Best Place to Find the Future of the Music Business (Westword Best of Denver 2018). Molina Speaks is the recipient of Westword’s 2017 Mastermind Award for innovation in art and culture. His new film ROOT recently premiered for a crowd of 200 people at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, CO.
Bree Davies is a writer, reporter and television host and producer born and raised in the Queen City of the Plains. An active member of the music community, she is the co-founder of Titwrench experimental music festival, produces an annual all ages music festival for MCA Denver and has consulted Youth On Record’s feminist-centric programming. Davies is host of Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is the creator and host of the monthly live podcast, “Hello? Denver? Are You Still There?” at Mutiny Information Cafe. She was a longtime critic and columnist for Westword and has written for The A.V. Club, LA Weekly, Village Voice, xoJane, Alternative Press and more about music, art, feminism, DIY culture, addiction, and social justice issues. Davies is an advocate for all ages, accessible, inclusive, and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver and has worked on legislation regarding artist housing and citywide housing affordability.
Follow Bree on Twitter. (Twitter.com/cocodavies)
Jenee Elise is an artivist, a poet, the Founder of the Rocky Mountain Bus Riders Union, front woman for a punk band called Poor Bodhi, and represents half of The Maybe So’s which is also nominated for Best Experimental Band in the Westword Music Showcase. Activism has been the foundation of her art since day one and it has continued to leave its mark in her music as well as her union work. She is currently working to get an Income Based Bus Pass from RTD and decriminalizing fare evasion.
Check out The Maybe So’s at the Feminist Fare May 12th at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Find the Rocky Mountain Bus Riders Union on Facebook and take action for Affordable Fares and the Income Based Bus Pass.
Diego Florez is a Poet, Artist, and musician. Born and Raised in North Denver. He was a part of Minor Disturbance, a youth poetry group. Minor Disturbance has won championships at Brave New Voices 3 times. He was also a recipient of the Real Rock Star Award 2015.
For the last 3 years Diego has been the community director/Master of Ceremonies, for a grassroots community organization called Free Music For Free people. Free music for free people has hosted 300+ free shows with and for young musicians that know positive vibrations and action can make a global impact. Diego has been featured in Westword Magazine, heyreverb.com, NPR, and has had poetry published in New Zealand. Florez, now 21 years of age, plays in 2 local groups: Los Mocochetes (ChicanoFunk) and PictureTheWaves (ProgJazzRock). He will also be releasing arrangments of his own under the alias "LeonDeLasFLOREZ" and “Dj Jajarcote” by the end of 2018. Overall Diego works to bring people together thru the written, spoken, and sung word.
Diego says “ You know i just wanna play music, figure some new ways to do things and give them to our next generation, like my elders did for me.”
Join us for Installment XXVI of the Colorado Music Collective on Tuesday, April 10th from 6-8pm at Syntax Physic Opera. April's session features Ira Sweetwine.
Ira Sweetwine has built a sustainable career as an agency owner and booking agent for national touring artists. From humble musical beginnings which began over 20+ years ago, Ira spent upwards of 10 years on the road as a professional touring musician. It was there he began learning about the business side of the industry, handling the booking, management and day to day of the bands he was touring in. In 2007 he founded Sweetwine Entertainment Group, a full-service booking & management agency, representing a wide variety of artists, from Grammy winners to rising young bands. SEG grew to be the second largest national booking agency based in Colorado. At the start of 2018, after an 11-year run with his own company, Sweetwine negotiated a deal to merge SEG into L.A. based agency, The Empire Agency, where he is now a partner and head of the Denver Office.
Join us for Installment XXIV of the Colorado Music Collective on Tuesday, February 13th from 6-8pm at Levitt Pavilion Denver's Greenroom. (Indoor)
February's session features Ben Desoto, Bryce Merrill, Bevin Luna, Erin Roberts, and Josh Rivera with host Andy Thomas.
We'll be discussing grants to nonprofits to present live music and to advance music as a way to build community. Booking opportunities in small, medium and large venues and festivals like FOCOMX and Bohemian Nights.Music collaborations and show exchanges with folk, punk, metal, rock, hip hop, electronic and other musicians. Professional development for musicians and music businesses and creative residencies at the Music District. Understanding the Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, and Estes Park scenes. (aka Northern Colorado)
More about our guests:
Ben Desoto started booking bands because no one would book his own band. He booked bands at house parties and non-traditional venues and eventually started booking for proper clubs in Colorado like the hi-dive, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake, the Gothic Theatre and the Lion's Lair. Now Ben is in Fort Collins booking bands for the Bohemian Foundation. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest drew an audience of 100,000 people this year to catch artists like Brandi Carlile, the Flobots, Esmé Patterson and over 75 others. Pretty soon Washington's and the venue at Elizabeth's hotel will open and he will book those too. Does your band want to play Fort Collins?
Dr. Bryce Merrill is Music Programs Manager at Bohemian Foundation in Northern Colorado and co-founder of Range Music Ecosystems. Bryce is an expert on public sector support of music and has helped public and private entities build sustainable and equitable music ecosystems. He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder and is an affiliate faculty at Colorado State University. Bryce is a co-author Understanding Society through Popular Music (Routledge) and Interactionists Take on Popular Music (Emerald), and he’s a musician in the Northern Colorado band Model Floors and co-owner of Misra Records.
Bevin Luna's music is as rugged, raw, and rare as Bevin Luna herself. The hybrid child of a strong redheaded West Tennessean and a dashing Dominican guitar player, Luna has been blending lifestyles since 1977. She graduated from a performing arts school in Memphis, TN and now blends musical styles, rocking what has been described as “bluesy power-punk guitar” with poignant vocals that drip with southern heat.
Erin Roberts is a musician, mom, swimmer and arts administrator with over 15 years experience in the music industry. She has worked in college and community radio, music management, ran a recording studio and live sound production company, and developed a music website called Audiovore, documenting the Colorado music scene through the production of high quality audio and video content. Erin received a Master’s in Arts Administration from University of Oregon in 2010, and currently serves as Community Manager at the Music District. Since 2002, Erin Roberts has fronted the band Porlolo. She has also played with touring acts Phosphorescent and Castanets, and with Denver-based bands D. Biddle and Ending People.
Josh Rivera is the Communications Manager at the Music District in Fort Collins. Josh has nearly 10 years of digital marketing experience working with small businesses, local musicians, music festivals, non-profits, and much more. As a local musician, Josh sings and plays guitar for Fort Collins-based progressive punk band I Am The Owl, and plays guitar for the hard rock group Autumn Burn
Join us for Installment XXI of the Colorado Music Collective on Tuesday, November 7th from 6-8pm at Levitt Pavilion Denver. This months session features Dave Ratner. Following a career in the music businesses as a tour manager, publicist, band manager, and founder of his own management agency, Dave is now the lead lawyer at Creative Law Network, a boutique entertainment law firm in Denver. Dave counsels clients throughout the music industry on everything from contracts and licensing, to intellectual property registration and protection, to dispute resolution. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Denver College of Law. Dave is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, Co-Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Advisory Committee Chair of Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, and speaks frequently on entertainment law issues throughout the country.
ABOUT DAVE RATNER:
Following a career in the music businesses as a tour manager, publicist, band manager, and founder of his own management agency, Dave Ratner is now the lead lawyer at Creative Law Network, a boutique entertainment law firm in Denver. Dave counsels clients throughout the music industry on everything from contracts and licensing, to intellectual property registration and protection, to dispute resolution. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Denver College of Law. Dave is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, Co-Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Advisory Committee Chair of Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, and speaks frequently on entertainment law issues throughout the country.
Join us for Installment XXI of the Colorado Music Collective on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6-8pm at Syntax Physic Opera. This months session features a lively panel of three music industry marketing professionals discussing the ins and outs of live music marketing. Effectively marketing a show can be tricky, but when done correctly it can increase audience size and awareness for your band.
Katie has the feeling of entrepreneurship deep in her bones. After working for 4 different start up companies, she transitioned into business for herself and the rest they say is history. Her company Blooming Footprint manages the digital media and marketing technology needs of their live music clients…touring bands, music festivals and venues. Katie is a music loving, media junkie who has created a niche in the live music space, strategizing and implementing new technologies for each client’s success.
Aaron is a marketing manager for the national independent concert promoter, Emporium Presents. He is directly responsible for developing and executing marketing initiatives for hundreds of live events annually.
Zoe, marketing director at Soda Jerk Presents, has been entrenched in the Colorado music scene since the beginning of her concert going days. Starting from the bottom as a street teamer, Zoe has touched a little bit of every piece in the music industry, from radio, ticketing, and more. She has finally found her passion in marketing live music working for Colorado’s largest independent promoter marketing 650+ shows a year.
Join us on Tuesday, June 6th when we welcome designer, musician, Office Hours host, and squirrel wrangler Scott McCormick to the hotseat.
If you are a musician in Denver you have heard of him. If you are a consumer of music you have seen his work on t-shirts and album cover. If you are a photographer you aspire to equal his genius. Scott McCormick transcends normalcy, he is the definition of what it means to be an artist.
Join us for this in-depth look into his creative and imaginative mind. See Scott's world through his camera lens and listen as he walks your through his creative process while showcasing his art.
Join us for Installment X of the Colorado Music Collective on Tuesday November 1st from 6-8pm at Syntax Physic Opera.
This months session features everybody's favorite, CPR OpenAir program director, Jessi Whitten! Jessi will slide into the hot seat to talk about OpenAir and to take your questions.
Following this months session is an artist open mic session. This is gonna be a fun one that you don't want to miss!