Musicians In Action

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High Plains Battle of the Bands is moved to April 4th…

Due to inclement weather, the producers of the 2nd annual High Plains Battle of the Bands have decided to postpone this event to Saturday, April 4th.  Please join us then…

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February 21, 2015 Posted by | Events, High Pains Battle of the Bands | | Leave a comment

M.I.A. goes to Kiowa in support of the Douglas Elbert County Task Force!

Are you ready for some live music down south?  Musicians In Action will be holding a “not-so-silent” auction at the 2nd annual High Plains Battle of the Bands in Kiowa this Saturday, February 21st.  This fun event will be held at the Elbert County Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 5:30PM and bands kick in from 6PM – 8:30PM.  $5 at the door and children under 10 are free.

M.I.A. will be raising funds for the Douglas Elbert County Task Force, offering an assortment of unique auction items including a chance to win a live band playing at your next personal event or private party!  We will also have the new Songwriter’s Compilation CD and M.I.A. t-shirts available for donations.  100% of all proceeds raised this night will be donated to the DETaskForce.

Maybe you’ve heard the news – homelessness exists everywhere in Colorado.  Douglas county has had an exceptionally hard time coming to terms with this reality, with marginal resources and very little in the way of affordable housing.  The DE Task Force is a significant tool for meeting basic human needs.  But on to more upbeat content…

Six local bands will be vying for the title of best young band in Colorado.  The winner will receive a major cash prize, some free recording, and other goodies.  Here is the lineup:

6:00PM  Our Generation

6:30PM  Rize

7:00PM  School of Rock, Aurora

7:30PM  Paradox

8:00PM  The Blush Band

Please come see some of Colorado’s promising new musical talent, and help a worthy cause at the same time.  See you there!

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February 18, 2015 Posted by | Events, High Pains Battle of the Bands | , | Leave a comment

Musicians In Action Winter Clothing Drive for homeless seniors

M.I.A. is currently collecting winter clothing for homeless seniors. The main quarterly event for this is Saturday, 12/13/14 at the D Note in Arvada. Please join us…

Doors open at 7PM and this special event runs through closing. Admission is…bring us winter gear! Please go through your closets or make a purchase: Hats, gloves, wool socks, scarves, coats, thermal underwear, etc. Items are being donated to Senior Support Services, Denver’s only day center for homeless seniors. Music will be provided by an assortment of local musicians all night long.

Thank you to the D Note for supporting Musicians In Action!

Thank you to the D Note for supporting Musicians In Action!

At Senior Support Services mission is to make each day better and safer for Denver’s low-income and homeless seniors by providing the resources and support they need to lead more self-sufficient and fulfilling lives. Clients receive meals, emergency food and clothing, individualized case management, medical care, housing, government benefits, socialization, and activities.

Musicians In Action would like to thank the D Note for hosting this Winter Drive. Please come see this charming venue, located in the heart of Olde Town Arvada. Excellent food, great music and a very worthy cause. Please help us keep homeless seniors a little warmer this winter.

November 11, 2014 Posted by | Events, Senior Support Services, Winter Drive | , | Leave a comment

2nd annual High Plains Battle of the Bands!

Calling all young bands, here’s an opportunity to play for cash and other goodies in the 2nd annual High Plains Battle of the Bands. Last year, the winner took home almost $600 in prize money! This event is being produced by Peak Performance Group, with assistance from Musicians In Action.

Entries are being considered now, with 6 local bands vying for the prize. The event takes place on Saturday, 2/21/15 at Elbert County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30PM with M.I.A.’s “not-so-silent” auction to benefit the Parker Task Force and bands start taking the stage at 6PM. If you’d like your band to be considered for this event, please visit here for more details.

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Good luck, and see you there!

October 18, 2014 Posted by | High Pains Battle of the Bands, Parker Task Force | , , | Leave a comment

Katey Laurel’s feature song, Two Birds, on video!

Singer/songwriter Katey Laurel is one of the ten great artists featured on Musicians In Action’s new Songwriter’s CD Compilation. Her song contribution, Two Birds, was recently videotaped at the Toad Tavern in Englewood for that venue’s Acoustic Circus night. Follow the link below to view Two Birds, as well as other songs Katey is currently submitting for Guitar Center’s Singer/Songwriter contest.

Singer/songwriter and philanthropist, Katey Laurel.

Singer/songwriter and philanthropist, Katey Laurel.

Katey returns to the Toad on 10/8/14. Other shows coming up include:

October 10th – Hard Rock Cafe, Denver
October 18th – Shuler Theater, Raton, NM
November 7th – Hampden Hall, Englewood*

*M.I.A. will be in attendance at Hampden Hall. Please join us for this special show with Katey!

September 23, 2014 Posted by | Compilation CD, Events | , | Leave a comment

M.I.A. board reconvenes!

After a long summer break, the board of Musicians In Action reconvened last week and discussed upcoming shows for the new Songwriter’s Compilation CD and other projects extending into 2015. Please join us for some events this fall, including:

Octoberfest on Larimer (20th to 22nd Avenue) on September 26th and 27th. Dave Tamkin will rock the fest on Friday (9/26) and Ron Drabkin follows up on Saturday (9/27).

Musicians In Action will have a special show this fall at Music Go Round (Aurora) – more details to follow soon!

Join us in November to celebrate songstress Katey Laurel at Hampden Hall in Englewood (11/7/14).

In December, we will have two special engagements:

*12/6/14 – A CD release show for Ryan Chrys at the Walnut Room
*12/13/14 – Marc’s 50th BDay bash and M.I.A. winter drive (venue to be announced)

M.I.A. will also be delivering our annual dental supplies to Urban Peak soon. Thank you to all of the generous dentists and supply companies in Colorado that made this happen, and a special thank you to board members Mike Rust and Sheri O’Leary!

Please join us for a show soon!

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September 8, 2014 Posted by | Board Meetings, Compilation CD, Events | , , | Leave a comment

M.I.A. songwriter’s compilation (volume 1) is coming…

Musicians In Action’s first compilation CD is almost ready for release! This special project is brought to you by Live Nation, Music Go Round (Aurora and Littleton), Eyedea Worx, and Sonic Conscious Studio. And of course, this first songwriter’s CD was made possible by these generous artists:

Ryan McCarthy
Katey Laurel
Rob Drabkin
Megan Burtt
Ryan Chrys
Stacy Price
Dave Tamkin
Chris Webb
Spiv
Andy Palmer

Special shows will be occurring throughout the year to feature the compilation. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the key homelessness agencies we support: The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, The Gathering Place, Urban Peak, and Senior Support Services. Please stay tuned!

Photo courtesy of Rich Miller.

Photo courtesy of Rich Miller.

May 30, 2014 Posted by | Compilation CD | , | Leave a comment

Food drive in progress…

A refuge for women & children experiencing homelessness & poverty.Musicians In Action is currently collecting nonperishable food items for The Gathering Place, Denver’s day shelter for women and children experiencing poverty and homelessness. We’d like to thank the following locations for supporting us with collection boxes now through tax day (4/15/14):

Dazzle Night Club
Herman’s Hideaway
3Kings Tavern
Mutiny Cafe
Castle Rock Music
The Hi-Dive
The Oriental Theatre
The Irish Rover

Thank you for your support!

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March 28, 2014 Posted by | The Gathering Place | , , | Leave a comment

The year ahead for Musicians In Action…

M.I.A. will be dedicating our first quarter to food collections for The Gathering Place – can you help us? Here’s what we’re looking for:

*Nonperishable food items of any kind (but not expired product). So think cans, boxes of pasta, jars of peanut butter and spaghetti sauce.

*Protein. Peanut butter, once again, but also cans of tuna, tins of meat, and soy-based products. The bottom line: people need protein to survive…

*Liquids. Really anything in this category: water, juices, fortified waters. But we’re not crazy about delivering pop or other sugar waters. Same goes for booze, but you probably already knew that. :)

*Cash. Yes, we don’t normally like to ask for this. But it’s easy to deliver and it’s practical for a food bank to purchase whatever they need and fill holes. Gift cards, checks, money – any of these means are tax deductible and highly appreciated!

Calling All Bands (and anyone, really…)
Are you in a band that would like to help? We are always looking for volunteers, whether to collect items, donate your time, or even perform. We get a lot of request for performance. Please know that M.I.A. is not a booking agency. We are also 100% all-volunteer, with everything. We seek people that understand the plight of the homeless and want to help. If that’s you, please send us a line (and THANK YOU!):

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January 17, 2014 Posted by | In-kind Donations, Volunteer Opportunities | , | Leave a comment

M.I.A. drop off site at the Fillmore!

This just in…

The Fillmore 1510 Clarkson Street Denver, CO  80218

The Fillmore
1510 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218

The Fillmore Auditorium will have collection boxes for Musicians In Action through December! Please bring your used (or new) gloves, hats, scarves, hoodies, coats, wool socks, headbands, shawls, parkas, mittens, boots, sweaters, beanies – you get the idea. Any winter gear will help.

M.I.A. will be distributing goods to the homeless downtown in mid December. Do you want to help with that? Just send us your contact info and we’ll be in touch:

Thanks for your support!

November 21, 2013 Posted by | In-kind Donations | , | Leave a comment

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