Aspen Black in concert, Watertown Regional Library, Watertown, SD

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.

The Singing Cowgirl 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, 14 year old award-winning singer/songwriter, Alice Black.

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14-year-old Alice Black

Summer Reading Theme for 2020:

Imagine Your Story!

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Aspen Black at the Starburst Storytelling Festival, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

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 ages.  Aspen, (horse trainer and former rodeo cowgirl), and Kerry (M.A. in American Cultural Studies and Ethno-musicology) weave tales that range from conjecture about Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, and the "Cormack McCarthy Universe", to authentic glimpes into going behind the scenes of a rodeo, a story of rancher forced off of his generational land, the mythical city of El Dorado, and more!  The duo has performed concerts at libraries across the country, in addition to theaters, such as the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, SD, The Burford Theater in Arkansas City, KS, The High Plains Heritage Center Theater in Spearfish, SD, The Chisolm Trail Center in Duncan, OK, for performing arts series such as ArtCore WY and at venues such as The Sagebrush Opry, multiple appearances on the main stage of The Traditional Country Music Association Festival in Le Mars, IA, and the International Western Music Association Convention in Albuquerque, NM.  If you have flexibility in your schedule and can wait for the next time these two cross paths on the road, this concert is a cultural experience you, and your patrons, will not want to miss! Duration: 1- 2 hours, customized to fit your schedule. 

Themed Singer/Songwriter Concerts:

Aspen Black & Kerry Grombacher in concert

Everyday Inspirations - Adult Writing Workshop

"Imagine Your Story" - 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. 

Songwriting is Fun -  Adult workshop
"Imagine Your Story" - 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. 

Folk & Americana "On the Loose"! - Adults/ all ages 

This themed concert creatively combines influences of 60's - 70's folk, country, rock, Americana, and old-time music into an eclectic blend of original songs and well-known favorites. Expect lots of sonic combinations as Aspen is joined by her daughter Alice Black, sideman Randy Walker, (or both!), as all three are capable multi-instrumentalists with a wide array of "toys" and playing styles in their musical arsenals!  From clapping to toe-tapping to serious and interspective, and back again, this themed concert is brimming with history, tradition, artistry, and expression.

TEACHING ARTIST & PERFORMER 

Aspen Black & Randy Walker

​​Do your adult patrons want to make music of their own?

Aspen Black

A "Songwriting is Fun" workshop participant sharing his newly-written work.

Aspen Black performs solo or in a combination of duos, bringing you original folk and Americana music, poetry (when permissible) and some 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".  Additionally, due to the original nature of the bulk of her work, all of Aspen's concerts fit the Summer Reading 2020 theme of "Imagine Your Story".