A "Songwriting is Fun" workshop participant sharing his newly-written work.
Aspen Black in concert, Watertown Regional Library, Watertown, SD
Songs & Stories of the American West - with Kerry Grombacher & Aspen Black - adults/all ages:
Two nationally-touring professional singer-songwriters team up for a concert that is top-notch, culturally educational, and fun for all. Aspen, (horse trainer and former rodeo cowgirl), and Kerry (M.A. in American Cultural Studies and Ethno-musicology) give you an inside view of the people and places that define the west, both in modern times and throughout history. This duo has performed together all over the country since 2014. Duration: 1- 2 hours, customized to fit your schedule.
Kerry Grombacher & Aspen Black - Singer/Songwriters-
Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher share their original songs that span the folk, country, cowboy, blues, and Indie/Americana genres. Expect interesting stories with depth, imagery, and emotion, backed up by a plethora of sounds from guitars, bass, mandolin, and baritone ukulele.
Themed Singer/Songwriter Concerts:
60's & 70's Folk Favorites - Adults/ all ages
This themed concert rolls out one after another of 60's - 70's folk favorites. Expect your audience to clap and sing along as the music transports them into good memories of yesteryear!
Songwriting is Fun - Adult workshop
Aspen introduces her "blueprint" for writing any style of song then works with adult writers to brainstorm, interject experiences, emotions, and ideas, then tie it all together into a song that is suitable for self-expression and/or commercial or personal performance potential. All genres supported (no explicit lyrics, please). Participants who play an instrument are encouraged to bring it. A notebook and recorder (tape or digital app) is recommended. The workshop will culminate in a sharing session of new and/or previously-written songs by workshop participants. Duration: standard version - 1 hour. Extended version - 2 hours.
Do your adult patrons want to make music of their own?
Ukelele for Adults or
Ukulele for Senior Adults -
Everyone loves to make music, and this fun workshop will have adults playing their first song within five minutes! The easy zero and one-finger chords and familiar songs make it possible for even the most arthritic fingers, or musicially-challenged minds, to get in the swing of things (pun intended) and make music! 30 ukuleles provided for patron use during the program. Patrons and staff with their own ukuleles are welcome to bring them and jam along. While aimed at beginners, intermediate and experienced players are encouraged to attend, as well. The workshop ends with a group concert, as well as an opprtunity to feature any individual participants who want to share a song.
Aspen Black at the Starburst Storytelling Festival, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC
Aspen Black performs solo or in a combination of duos, bringing you original folk and Americana music, poetry (when relevant), and some well-known, crowd-pleasing favorites! According to professional musician and fan, Beth M., Aspen's unique voice "draws you in and transports you to each place her stories are set".
Everyday Inspirations - Adult Writing Workshop
Discover your own story through inspiration found in everyday sights, sounds, objects, people, and places in your world. Learn how important your unique perspective is, and how to use it to make your writing in any genre shine! With lots of opportunities for discussion and writing exercises, this is a perfect activity for all literary-minded adult patrons or library-sponsored writing group. Duration: standard version - 1 hour. Extended version - 2 hours.
TEACHING ARTIST & PERFORMER
The Singing Cowgirl(s) in Concert -adults/all ages:
Aspen Black shares a wide sampling of her original, nationally-award-winning songs and poems. From driving rhythms to gentle finger picking, all ages will laugh, cry, and ride along as they gain first hand insight into rural and western culture. Schedule permitting, many of Aspen's concerts also feature a set of original songs by her daughter,16-year-old nationally award-winning singer/songwriter, Alice Black.
Aspen Black & Kerry Grombacher in concert