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.
Good luck, and see you there!
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.
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!
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 at Stoney’s Bar & Grill (11th & Lincoln)
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!
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:
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!
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
Castle Rock Music
The Oriental Theatre
The Irish Rover
Thank you for your support!
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!):
This just in…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!
Over the years, at music events and independently we have collected diapers, undergarments, toothpaste, peanut butter, canned food etc. to serve the direct needs of local agencies that receive minimal federal funding and yet make a huge direct impact in the lives of homeless teens, senior citizens, and families.
As the weather starts to turn, we recognize a strong need to help the homeless survive the bitter nights. We are asking for small donations of “frostbite prevention gear” (socks, hats, gloves, scarves) so that we can deliver to those in need.
This donation drive is in conjunction with Senior Support Services, Denver’s only day shelter for homeless seniors, many of whom are veterans…and possibly somebody’s grandparents. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and we are collecting through 12/15/13.
Please contact us immediately if you can help out.
Thank you for your support!
Due to some major cost savings, Musicians In Action has a new web site here, with active blog and a whole lot more. The downside – you’ve probably missed a year’s worth of updates from our crew. :( Please allow us to get you caught up…
M.I.A. participated in the 2nd annual Root 40 MusicFest in April of 2013. We hosted our outdoor stage again and collected nonperishable food items for The Gathering Place (a day shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty). An amazing group of artists performed on our stage: Megan Burtt, Ryan Chrys, Katie Laurel, Sawmill Joe, Dave Tamkin, Stacy Price, Andy Palmer, The Other Black, Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy, Christopher Thomas with Bryan Stacks, Chris Webb, and White Flag Raised. Awesome sound was provided by Groove Automotive’s mobile stage and we want to give a big thank you to CBID (the Colfax Business Improvement District) for allowing us to be a part of this event.
Next, in May M.I.A. aided a fund raiser for Urban Peak (homeless shelter for homeless teens) at the Oriental Theater. Many thanks again to the amazing Megan Burtt and other performers that volunteered.
In July, we took over the Casey Jones Pavilion during the 2nd annual Elizabeth Music & Art Festival on behalf of the Parker Task Force. Sound for this event was provided by Open Stage Denver (Denver’s best open mic and sound service) and performers included: Sawmill Joe, Jonny Barber (the Velvet Elvis), the farewell performance of Cover Me Retro, Emma Arnold, New Darlins, Shanya Martinez, Sibling Rivalry 3, and Sarah Samantha Rose.
In October, Sawmill Joe helped us out a third time, performing at Habitat for Humanity’s Work Project 2013. This event was for hundreds of H4H volunteers with special guests former President Jimmy Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
M.I.A. also donated some merchandise for the silent auction at Senior Support Services‘ annual event called Manny’s Mix’d Keys. Senior Support Services does incredible work as Denver’s only day center for homeless seniors. We’re in the midst of collecting hats, gloves and wool socks for them right now, to help in the cold winter months to come.
More to come – stay tuned, and please join us!
Join us for a show and a worthy cause?
Manny’s Mixed Keys MusicFest will occur this Saturday, 9/15/12 at the Oriental Theater - a benefit for homeless seniors. Doors open at 4PM with silent auction, cash bar and appetizers. The show features Tito del Barrio Malaga, the FTP Band, the Rhythm Gurus, and the Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra. $10 admission.
This show benefits Senior Support Services, Denver’s only day center for homeless and low-income seniors. Their overall goal each year is to meet the full range of needs of 1,750 hungry and homeless seniors. Clients get meals, emergency food and clothing, individualized case management, medical care, housing, government benefits, socialization, and activities.
SSS is one of M.I.A.’s favorite homelessness agencies to support, as they use EVERYTHING they receive and they do so much for those most at risk. Please come on out!
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