On Monday, January 22nd Take Note Colorado made a splash in two Aurora schools to announce it’s partnership with five school districts. Isaac Slade made a stop to Aurora’s Frontier P-8 School, and the Governor joined Isaac at Aurora’s Clyde Miller School later in the day to make the announcement and perform a song with students. In addition to Aurora Public Schools, Take Note has established partnerships with East Otero School District (La Junta), Mesa County Valley School District 51 (Grand Junction), Morgan County School District RE-3 (Fort Morgan) and Roaring Fork School District.
“Nothing brings the holiday spirit like a 6-foot-2, Jesus-lookin’ Santa rippin’ a funk lead guitar and stomping about the stage.”
Musician Kyle Wilson’s Facebook post is a fun — and right on the money — description of a Santa Claus suit-wearing Ryan Chrys, who, with steel guitarist Bradley Weaver and acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi, opened Sing It To Me Santa, a wild and super-fun holiday concert that Libby Anschutz, in cooperation with KBCO and Take Note Colorado, started three years ago to fund music education in the Denver Public Schools.
This year, sponsorships alone generated $200,000.
A project of the Colorado Music Strategy, Detour joins musicians with communities across Colorado to program performances, workshops, field recordings, creative education, community celebrations, and more. Visiting one of Take Note’s pilot districts, Roaring Fork School District, Detour hit the road again on October 4, 2017 with DJ Full Metal Rebekah Durham and The Ginny Mules. Collaborating with Carbondale Arts and the Rosybelle Maker Bus Detour gave over 250 youth in Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood Springs an interactive experience with music.
Big Head Todd & The Monsters selected Take Note Colorado as the charity beneficiary for their October 7, 2017 album release show, a KBCO On Tap series at Breckenridge Brewery. Anderson East and North Mississippi Allstars also performed at the day-long show.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) partnered with Take Note Colorado to raise funds and awareness to support music programming in schools in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Experience is a three-day music festival held over Labor Day weekend. From the festival stage, JAS President & CEO, James Horowitz, spoke about the partnership between Take Note and JAS in-schools, raising awareness and funds to support our efforts. JAS in-schools education initiatives complement existing public school music programs and replace programs where schools suffer losses in music education, ensuring that local schools maintain and grow band and music programs in their curriculum.
Take Note Colorado’s next fundraising concert will be headlined by rock band The Record Company. Los Angeles-based The Record Company will play along with Tracksuit Wedding at the Sing It To Me Santa concert on Dec. 9. Sing It To Me Santa is a Colorado tradition since 2014, and will now become one of Take Note Colorado’s signature events.
Twelve blocks in Denver’s RiNo Art District became a three-day street party in August celebrating biking culture in Colorado as part of the Colorado Classic bike race and Velorama Festival. A Take Note Colorado stage promoted our statewide vision along with performances by Old 97s, The Jayhawks, and Rob Drapkin.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play a benefit for Take Note Colorado in Denver on July 10, 2017.
String Cheese Incident (SCI) organized a drawing of a signed framed artwork, “Colorado Blue Sky” by Josh Harrier Art, at their three Red Rocks shows in July. Funds raised were split between Take Note Colorado and the Conscious Alliance. Bill Nershi, of String Cheese Incident, stopped by the Conscious Alliance office to pick the winner–the video is live on SCI’s Facebook & YouTube!
Over 4,500 people attended the inaugural Take Note. The Concert in May, raising over $530,000
Performances by: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, OneRepublic, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, Todd Park Mohr & Jeremy Lawton of Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Tracksuit Wedding