TEACHING ARTIST & PERFORMER
Ukelele for Senior Adults -
Everyone loves to make music, and this fun workshop will have senior adults (or adults of all ages) playing their first song within five minutes! The easy zero and one-finger chords and familiar songs make it a possible for even the most arthritic fingers, or musicially-challenged minds, to get in the swing of things (pun intended) and make music!
Songwriting is Fun - adult
Aspen introduces her "blueprint" for writing any style of song then works with young writers to brainstorm, interject experiences, emotions, and tie it all together into a song that is suitable for self-expression and/or commercial or performance potential. Participants who play an instrument are encouraged to bring it. Otherwise, a notebook and recorder (tape, digital, app) is recommended.
Concerts: Aspen Black & Kerry Grombacher - Songs of the West - adults/all ages:
Two nationally-touring professional singer-songwriters team up for a concert that is top-notch, culturally educational, and fun for all ages. Aspen, (horse trainer and former rodeo cowgirl), and Kerry (M.A. in American Cultural Studies and Ethno-musicology) weave tales that range from Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, and truths of the "Cormack McCarthy Universe", to behind the scenes of the rodeo, a rancher forced off of his generational land, the mythical city of El Dorado, and more! The duo has performed concerts at places like the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, SD, ArtCore WY, The Sagebrush Opry, the main stages of The Traditional Country Music Association Festival in Le Mars, IA, and the Western Music Association Convention in Albuquerque, NM, in addition to numerous libraries, festivals, and other musical venues, as their individual tour schedules allow. If you have flexibility in your booking schedule to wait for the next time these two cross paths, this concert is a cultural experience you, and your patrons, will not want to miss! Duration: 1- 2 hours, or can be customized to fit your schedule.
Cowgirl Concerts - Aspen Black or Aspen & Alice Black - 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, Aspen's concerts often also feature a set of original songs by her daughter, 11 year old singer/songwriter and mandolin/clawhammer banjo player, Alice Black.
Everyday Inspiration - Adult
Discover the inspiration in everyday sights, sounds, objects, people, and places in your world. Learn how important your unique perspective is, and ways to use it to make your work in any genre of fiction or non-fiction shine. This is a perfect activity for a writing group. Don't have one? Let me help your library get one started!