Colleen Crosson singer/songwriter
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December Music and beyond.....
 
December 17, 2015

Colleen's family singing Christmas Carols

Happy Holidays to everyone!

I do so love this time of year, with evergreens and twinkling lights, mistletoe and fluffy snow, and family time on starlit nights.... Hhmmm....the start of a song perhaps?

I AM really excited for these next few weeks - Emma is done with school for the semester, Myles is coming home for Christmas, and we've got lots of music planned - family style! Speaking of family, the photo above is one of my favorites from my childhood, singing Christmas carols around the baby grand. "Nana" (in the mink stole!) was my inspiration for a music career (you can read more about her on my website: www.colleencrosson.com) and singing with her was a delightful and frequent occurrence. It all started with Nana....

Check my schedule below for all the details for this Saturday's gig at Jay's Bistro, next week's schedule with Myles (including a Christmas Eve concert!), New Year's Eve at Jay's, and 3 house concert opportunities in January, February, and March.

"Those who wish to sing always find a song"
~ Swedish proverb

Blessings, Colleen

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Saturday, December 19th, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Vocalists Billy Hundley and I take the stage with Mark Sloniker/piano and Jo Asker/bass. We'll sing some tunes together as well as trading off solo throughout the night.
www.jaysbistro.net
 
Sundays, December 20th and 27th, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker and I/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Myles Sloniker will join us on the 27th!
www.acegilletts.com
 
Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, 7:00 pm
Our annual house concert celebrating the "Paths of Heart" Community
Mark Sloniker and I host an intimate Christmas Eve gathering filled with diverse music and poetry, revelry and reverence! We'll have many musical guests, including Emma and Myles Sloniker, Judi Lucero, and others. We expect to spend about an hour together, as we know folks may have other commitments and family obligations. Your love offerings will help sustain "Paths of Heart" into the New Year.
 
New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31st, 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Our annual party to ring in the New Year features Mark Sloniker/piano, Emma Sloniker and me/vocals and others TBA.
Call Jay's for reservations 970-482-1876.
www.jaysbistro.net
 
Saturday, January 23rd, 7:30 pm
House Concert "with a twist" - location and directions given with RSVP
Author Teresa Funke and I will be joining voices to breathe life into our favorite writings and songs! Teresa will do short readings from her popular inspirational blog "Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life" and I will pair those writings thematically with songs that come to mind. This promises to be a night of inspiration, hope, motivation, love, laughter, and with your help, a little magic.
$20 suggested donation. RSVP required, as space is limited.
 
Saturday, February 13th, 7:30 pm
House Concert - location and directions given with RSVP
I am pleased to be hosting femme folk-rocker and performing songwriter Olivia Awbrey from Portland, OR. I'll be opening the show. More details coming; in the meantime, you can check out Olivia's music page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oliviaawbreymusic
 
A Saturday night in March (specific date TBA)
House Concert (see above)
March brings a long anticipated show with local singer-songwriter and Celtic Harpist, Lara Jai!! We had originally planned to do a concert together this past fall, but scheduling conflicts moved it into the new year. See Lara's website to get a taste of her exquisite music: http://www.larajai.com We'll each do a set and plan on collaborating on several of each other's songs as well.

 
November Music
 
November 11, 2015

Emma, Colleen and Mark

I love our family gigs!

Our daughter Emma and I have been joining Mark on a regular basis at Ace Gillett's on Sunday nights. It's become one of our favorite spots! Bartender Ray makes the classiest cocktails and the food is divine as well (served by outstanding wait staff!). We usually come in around 8:30 pm, while Mark starts at 7. We could probably be persuaded to join him a bit earlier if you're planning on coming down and need to make an early night of it. Just ask! I also have a couple of nights at Jay's Bistro (another fine establishment!) coming up - one is TOMORROW NIGHT.

Check my schedule below for all the details.

"Those who wish to sing always find a song"
~ Swedish proverb

Happy Gratitude Month! Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Sundays, November 15th and 22nd, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker and I/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Mark plays from 7-11 pm.
www.acegilletts.com
 
Thursday, November 12th, 8:30-10 pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Guest vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, Drew Miller/bass and other sit-in jazz cats.
www.jaysbistro.net
 
Saturday, November 21st, 8-11 pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano and other players TBA

 
Come hear the "newest version" of "Our Mothers' Daughters"!
 
October 20, 2015

A Cappella Electric

You're invited to an A Cappella Extravaganza!

This Saturday night, former "Our Mothers' Daughters" members Joanne Taylor, Krisann Meyer-Corcoran, and I will be joined by Emma Sloniker to perform as "Encore!", in concert with "A Cappella Electric", a local Sweet Adeline's Chorus (pictured above). The concert takes place at the Fort Collins Senior Center at 7 pm. The theme for the show is "Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us" and is a musical (and historical) tribute to women who have served our country and one another in a myriad of ways. "Encore!" will do a special guest set of old favorites from the OMD days! Tickets are $20 and are available through me and at the door.

Check my schedule below for all the details for this show and more.

"Those who wish to sing always find a song"
~ Swedish proverb

Colleen
www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Sundays in October, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker and I/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Mark plays from 7-11 pm.
www.acegilletts.com
 
Saturday, October 24th, 7:00 pm
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
"A Legacy of Women - Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us" presented by A Cappella Electric Chorus, with special guests Colleen Crosson and Encore! Come join us for an evening of music and history!
Tickets are $20 and are available through me or by calling 970-689-5860.

 
Jay's this weekend with Myles Sloniker!
 
October 15, 2015

Sonoma wine country

Just returned from another slice of heaven.....

in this beautiful country of ours - the wine country of Sonoma County, CA. The main reason for the trip was to play music as part of a ten piece band for a wedding reception for some dear family friends. The event took place on a high hill of a beautiful winery overlooking acres and acres of beautiful grape vines. Both the beauty of the landscape and the entire wedding celebration were glorious beyond compare! What an unforgettable experience... We took a few extra days to explore the area's wineries and spent some time on the coast, too. I didn't want to come home, but for the fact that we were expecting a very welcome visitor 2 days after we got back - Myles Sloniker! He's here for a recording session and we are happy to have him playing at Jay's Bistro in downtown Fort Collins for the next 3 nights. I will be joining Mark, Myles, and Emma Sloniker TONIGHT, Thursday, at the Bistro for some jazzy family fun. I'll be back on Saturday night to do a guest vocal set.

Also of note is my performance with "Encore!" (former Our Mothers' Daughters members with Emma Sloniker rounding out the group!) coming up on October 24th, which I have advance tickets for.

Check my schedule below for all the details for these shows and more.

See you soon and Happy Autumn to you!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Sundays in October, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker and I/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Mark plays from 7-11 pm.
www.acegilletts.com
 
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30 pm - 10:00pm
Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge
135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Mark and Myles will start out the night on piano and bass, with Emma and I joining in on vocals around 8 pm. Other guests will join in, including Judi Lucero on flute.
www.jaysbistro.net
 
Saturday, October 17th, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge
135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
I'll do a guest vocal set with Mark and Myles Sloniker, starting around 8:30pm or 9:00pm.
www.jaysbistro.net
 
Saturday, October 24th, 7:00 pm
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
"A Legacy of Women - Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us" presented by A Cappella Electric Chorus, with special guests Colleen Crosson and Encore! Come join us for an evening of music and history!
Tickets are $20 and are available through me or by calling 970-689-5860.

 
Hans York Concert this Friday night!
 
September 23, 2015

Colleen Crosson

I'll keep this brief....

Hans York

Just wanted to make sure you knew about my house concert with Hans York (pictured at right) this Friday, September 25th! Maybe there's a lot going on this weekend....these concerts usually sell out, but for some reason, the RSVPs have been a little slow for this one, so I'm sending out one last reminder. You can read all about Hans and listen to his music at www.hansyork.com, but suffice it to say this German born singer/songwriter, who spent time in Rio de Janeiro studying Brazilian music and has mastered a variety of musical genres, will leave you "Spellbound" (the title of his most recent release!). He will be accompanied by his good friend from Frankfurt, Ralf Goeldner, on percussion. I'll do an opening set.

If you haven't RSVPed for this show, please do so soon by email or phone to reserve your spot: colleencrosson@gmail.com or 970-484-9600. Space is limited.

Check my schedule below for all the details on this show and more.

See you soon and Happy Autumn to you!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Most Sundays in September and October, usually 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Mark plays from 7-11.
www.acegilletts.com
 
Friday, September 25th, 7:30 pm
House Concert, Fort Collins, CO (address and directions with RSVP)
I'll do a short opening set and then Hans York (guitar/vocals) and Ralf Goeldner (percussion) will take the stage for a spellbinding performance! There will be a short intermission with snacks and drinks (bring something to share if you can).
Suggested donation at the door $20.
RSVP is required: 970-484-9600 or colleencrosson@gmail.com
 
Tuesday, September 29th, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM!
Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins, CO
Mark Sloniker and I will provide music for The Alliance for Suicide Prevention's 7th Annual Life Saver's Breakfast.
More info at allianceforsuicideprevention.org
 
Saturday, October 10th
Private wedding, Kenwood, CA
We love doing private events, whatever the occasion, and we'll travel!! We'll be part of a Jazz Big Band for this one!
 
Saturday, October 24th, 7:00 pm
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
"A Legacy of Women - Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us" presented by A Cappella Electric Chorus, with special guests Colleen Crosson and Encore! Come join us for an evening of music and history!
Tickets are $20 and are available through me or by calling 970-689-5860.

 
House Concert coming up!
 
September 17, 2015

Colleen Crosson

I just got back....

from a lovely 3 day retreat in the foothills northwest of here ~ time to kick back a bit, visit with friends, hike amidst the turning aspen, and soak in the hot tub at the end of the day. I took my guitar and ukulele, but they never made it out of their cases! I opted for Scrabble, reading, cooking and the aforementioned treats instead.

Hans York

Now that I'm home, I'm practicing and gearing up for my next 2 gigs - the French Nest Market this weekend, and then my highly anticipated house concert with Hans York (pictured at right) on September 25th! You can read all about Hans at www.hansyork.com, but suffice it to say this German born singer/songwriter, who spent time in Rio de Janeiro studying Brazilian music and has mastered a variety of musical genres, will leave you "Spellbound" (the title of his most recent release!). He will be accompanied by his good friend from Frankfurt, Ralf Goeldner, on percussion. I'll do an opening set.

If you haven't RSVPed for this show, please do so soon by email or phone to reserve your spot: colleencrosson@gmail.com or 970-484-9600. Space is limited.

Check my schedule below for all the details for these shows and more.

See you soon and enjoy these last few days of the waning summer!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Most Sundays in September and October, usually 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Mark plays from 7-11.
www.acegilletts.com
 
Saturday, September 19th, 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
The French Nest Open-Air Market
Civic Center Park (LaPorte and Howes), Fort Collins, CO
Solo performance (guitar/vocals) to enhance your shopping experience of vintage, antique, artisan, hand-made and hand-collected goods from more than a myriad of vendors! I'll do three 45 minute sets.
More info at www.frenchnestmarket.com
 
Friday, September 25th, 7:30 pm
House Concert, Fort Collins, CO (address and directions with RSVP)
I'll do a short opening set and then Hans York (guitar/vocals) and Ralf Goeldner (percussion) will take the stage for a spellbinding performance! There will be a short intermission with snacks and drinks (bring something to share if you can).
Suggested donation at the door $20.
RSVP is required: 970-484-9600 or colleencrosson@gmail.com
 
Tuesday, September 29th, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM!
Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins, CO
Mark Sloniker and I will provide music for The Alliance for Suicide Prevention's 7th Annual Life Saver's Breakfast.
More info at allianceforsuicideprevention.org
 
Saturday, October 10th
Private wedding, Kenwood, CA
We love doing private events, whatever the occasion, and we'll travel!! We'll be part of a Jazz Big Band for this one!
 
Saturday, October 24th, 7:00 pm
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
"A Legacy of Women - Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us" presented by A Cappella Electric Chorus, with special guests Colleen Crosson and Encore! Come join us for an evening of music and history!
Tickets are $20 and are available through me or by calling 970-689-5860.

 
Autumn on the Way!
 
September 2, 2015

Colleen Crosson

Another month gone by....

and summer's almost over. I'm enjoying the cooler mornings and evenings and am looking forward to our transition into a colorful Colorado fall! We had some fun August gigs with great crowds (thanks to our fans!) and a whirlwind adventure in NYC, where my husband Mark played with our son Myles at Mezzrow, a jazz club in Greenwich Village. We also got to see my Dad and spent a day on the beach in Manasquan, NJ, my hometown. It was way too short, but we take these opportunities when we can, right? I hope you've all had a great summer as well!

Hans York

I have some exciting events coming up - especially noteworthy is a house concert on Friday, September 25th with the amazingly talented Hans York (pictured at right). You can read all about him at www.hansyork.com, but suffice it to say this German born artist, who spent time in Rio de Janeiro studying Brazilian music and has mastered a variety of musical genres, will leave you "Spellbound" (the title of his most recent release!). He will be accompanied by his good friend from Frankfurt, Ralf Goeldner, on percussion. We'll need RSVPs for this show, so please email or call me to reserve your spot: colleencrosson@gmail.com or 970-484-9600.

Another fun show coming up before that is my solo performance at The French Nest Market on Saturday morning/afternoon, Sept, 19th (11 am-1:45 pm) at Civic Center Park in downtown Fort Collins.

Mark and I are pleased to be gifting our music once again for The Alliance for Suicide Prevention's Annual Life Saver's Breakfast on September 29th. We have done this for many years now and are honored to be a part of this organization's efforts to provide hope and healing through suicide prevention services and grief support.

Yet another special event you might want to add to your calendar is "A Legacy of Women - Honoring the Women who Came Before Us" an a cappella concert I'll be doing with Krisann and Joanne (from Our Mothers' Daughters!) and my daughter Emma on Saturday, October 24th at the Fort Collins Senior Center. This event is hosted by The A Cappella Electric Chorus. We're calling our group Encore! and we'll be doing the second set. I have tickets to this event if you are interested.

In between all these gigs I'll be sitting in with Mark and Emma at Ace Gillett's most Sunday nights in September and October and will have some Jay's appearances as well, one on Sept. 12th for starters.

Check my schedule below for all the details.

See you soon and enjoy these last days of summer!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Most Sundays in September and October, usually 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel)
239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Emma Sloniker/vocals. Other guests often sit in as well. Mark plays from 7-11
www.acegilletts.com
 
Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and others TBA.
www.jaysbistro.net
 
Saturday, September 19th, 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
The French Nest Open-Air Market
Civic Center Park (LaPorte and Howes), Fort Collins, CO
Solo performance (guitar/vocals) to enhance your shopping experience of vintage, antique, artisan, hand-made and hand-collected goods from more than a myriad of vendors! I'll do three 45 minute sets.
More info at www.frenchnestmarket.com
 
Friday, September 25th, 7:30 pm
House Concert, Fort Collins, CO (address and directions with RSVP)
I'll do a short opening set and then Hans York (guitar/vocals) and Ralf Goeldner (percussion) will take the stage for a spellbinding performance! There will be a short intermission with snacks and drinks (bring something to share if you can).
Suggested donation at the door $20.
RSVP is required: 970-484-9600 or colleencrosson@gmail.com
 
Tuesday, September 29th, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM!
Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins, CO
Mark Sloniker and I will provide music for The Alliance for Suicide Prevention's 7th Annual Life Saver's Breakfast.
More info at allianceforsuicideprevention.org
 
Saturday, October 10th
Private wedding, Kenwood, CA
We love doing private events, whatever the occasion, and we'll travel!! We'll be part of a Jazz Big Band for this one!
 
Saturday, October 24th, 7:00 pm
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
"A Legacy of Women - Honoring the Women Who Came Before Us" presented by A Cappella Electric Chorus, with special guests Colleen Crosson and Encore! Come join us for an evening of music and history!
Tickets are $20 and are available through me or by calling 970-689-5860.

 
Servin' up some August!
 
August 1, 2015

Colleen and Ellis Paul

Oh, my....

What an amazing time my daughter, Emma, and I had up in Nederland, CO at "Camp Ned" last week! It's a songwriting retreat led by Darryl Purpose and a host of other musicians/teachers - this year it also included Ellis Paul, Tracy Grammer, Paul Zollo, Julie Beaver, and Kevin Faherty. That's me singing with Ellis in the photo above (thanks, Mike Wittmer, for capturing a few!). What a joy and honor that was! There were many profound and emotional moments with our fellow "campers" and I came home with so much more knowledge and desire to get back into songwriting. Woo hoo!

On the way home, we picked up Myles at the airport, who is back from NYC for a week of gigs in Denver and Fort Collins. I'll be sitting in with Mark and Myles throughout the weekend at Jay's Bistro, and especially on Saturday night. Sunday night, Emma and I will join them at Ace Gillett's Lounge. I've got 2 other gigs coming up - a solo show August 6th at Compass Cider and a band gig with the Mark Sloniker Group on August 8th at Front Range Village.

All the details are on my schedule below.

See you soon and enjoy the sunshine!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Saturday, August 1st, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Myles Sloniker/bass.
 
Sunday, August 2nd, 7:00pm -11:00 pm
Ace Gillett's Lounge (beneath the Armstrong Hotel), 239 S. College Ave., Ft. Collins, CO
Jazz vocals with Emma Sloniker, Mark Sloniker/piano, Myles Sloniker/bass.
 
Thursday, August 6th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Compass Cider, 216 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
This is a new venue for me and I'd love an enthusiastic crowd! I'll play solo (guitar/vocals). Cider flights and gourmet small plates pair well with live music in an upbeat, yet relaxed environment! No cover!
 
Saturday, August 8th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Front Range Village, corner of Harmony and Ziegler, Fort Collins, CO
"Sounds of Summer" Concert with the Mark Sloniker Group. On the lawn, next to Mary's Mountain Cookies
 
Saturday, September 19th, 11:00am - 2:30pm
French Nest Open Air Market, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins, CO
Solo performance (guitar/vocals)

 
July Music Joy!
 
July 14, 2015

Jazz at Jay's Bistro

I'm back!

at Jay's Bistro this Saturday night, and this will be my first "full length" gig since my knee accident two months ago! I can finally stand fairly evenly on both legs and am confident I can do the full night (though you may see me sit some during solos and such... :-) ). Roger Barnhart joins us on bass and Mark Sloniker is of course on the piano bench! I am just tickled to be back at it!

All the details are on my schedule below, where I've also included the rest of my summer dates (so far), including Compass Cider (giving them another try), a concert with Mark and Emma Sloniker at Front Range Village, and a French Nest Market show!

See you soon and enjoy the sunshine!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Saturday, July 18th, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano, and Roger Barnhart/bass.
 
Thursday, August 6th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Compass Cider, 216 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
This is a new venue for me and I'd love an enthusiastic crowd! I'll play solo (guitar/vocals). Cider flights and gourmet small plates pair well with live music in an upbeat, yet relaxed environment! No cover!
 
Saturday, August 8th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Front Range Village, corner of Harmony and Ziegler, Fort Collins, CO
"Sounds of Summer" Concert with the Mark Sloniker Group. On the lawn, next to Mary's Mountain Cookies
 
Saturday, September 19th, 11:00am - 2:30pm
French Nest Open Air Market, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins, CO
Solo performance (guitar/vocals)

 
Compass Cider cancelled
 
July 2, 2015

Hello again...(I know, so soon....)

Sorry to stuff your inbox again, but my excitement about playing Compass Cider tonight has, in the blink of an eye, turned to dismay, as I just learned (by chance) that they are temporarily closed. Seems they neglected to inform me....such is the (fickle) music business at times. Not sure whether my August gig is a go at this point, but I'll keep you posted. Maybe I'll see you at Ace's Sunday night?

Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson


 
July Music Joy!
 
July 1, 2015

Colleen Crosson at Compass Cider

New Venue!

I'm excited to be playing at a new venue (for me) this Thursday evening from 7:30-9:30 at Compass Cider, 216 North College Ave., Fort Collins. I'll be playing guitar and singing contemporary folk songs from some of my favorite singer/songwriters, as well as a few originals. I'd love for you to come down and cheer me on! Their ciders are crisp and refreshing, and their food is unique, fresh and locally sourced. If you've never been, give it a try!

But first.... If jazz is more your style, I'm happy to say I'll be singing with Emma Sloniker at Jay's Bistro TONIGHT, with Mark Sloniker on piano and Braun Kahn on bass. We'll be there from 6-9 pm in the lounge for your listening enjoyment.

All the details are on my schedule below, where I've also included the rest of my summer dates (so far), including a concert with Mark and Emma Sloniker at Front Range Village, and a French Nest Market show!

See you soon, enjoy the sunshine, and Happy Independence Day!
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
www.reverbnation.com/colleencrosson

 
Wednesday, July 1st, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
Jazz and pop vocals with Emma Sloniker/vocals, Mark Sloniker/piano, and Braun Khan/bass.
 
Thursday, July 2nd, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Compass Cider, 216 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
This is a new venue for me and I'd love an enthusiastic crowd! I'll play solo (guitar/vocals). Cider flights and gourmet small plates pair well with live music in an upbeat, yet relaxed environment! No cover!
 
Sunday, July 5th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Ace Gillett's at the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. (downstairs), Fort Collins, CO
Jazz vocals with Emma Sloniker/vocals, and Mark Sloniker/ piano
 
Thursday, August 6th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Compass Cider, 216 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
This is a new venue for me and I'd love an enthusiastic crowd! I'll play solo (guitar/vocals). Cider flights and gourmet small plates pair well with live music in an upbeat, yet relaxed environment! No cover!
 
Saturday, August 8th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Front Range Village, corner of Harmony and Ziegler, Fort Collins, CO
"Sounds of Summer" Concert with the Mark Sloniker Group. On the lawn, next to Mary's Mountain Cookies
 
Saturday, September 19th, 11:00am - 2:30pm
French Nest Open Air Market, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins, CO
Solo performance (guitar/vocals)

 
Change in plans....
 
June 9, 2015

Colleen Crosson - guitar and vocals

Well, I've got some disappointing news....

and, thankfully, some great news to reconcile it with (I love it when that happens)! As many of you know, Kathryn Mostow and I were planning another house concert for June 27th (coming right up!), following our very fun and successful show in March. I got news yesterday that Kathryn will not be able to do this concert after all. As many of you may NOT know, Kathryn is moving to Boston next month, and with all the pre-move activity (including a trip to Costa Rica) the time commitment turned out to be a bit too much. We had REALLY wanted to get one more show in (we will miss her so! ), but it proved to be just a tad overly ambitious with all that's on her plate. After a short sulk :-), I sprang into action and made a call to one of Fort Collins' favorites, LIZ BARNEZ, who has gleefully accepted to do the show with me! Liz and I have done a few tunes together here and there but never an entire night, and I am feeling blessed and excited for this serendipitous opportunity. I hope those of you who already have reservations for the show will stay on board with us and I imagine the remaining seats will fill quickly, so let me know soon if you want to join us! As a bonus, Kathryn is still hoping to come to the show and sit in on a few of my tunes (stress free!).

My Dad will also be here visiting from NJ, which is another reason this concert will be so special for me. All the details are below. I've included the rest of my summer dates (so far) on the schedule, including Compass Cider (a new venue for me), a concert with Mark and Emma Sloniker at Front Range Village, and a French Nest Market show!

For those of you curious about an update on my knee accident in Oregon - I am recovering slowly but steadily with regular physical therapy, and becoming more mobile bit by bit. I am so grateful for all the help I've been receiving from my spectacular community of friends - meals, rides to my appointments, healing sessions, house and gardening assistance, and especially all the positive and healing prayers. A heartfelt thank you to you all!!

See you soon and enjoy the sunshine,
Colleen

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Saturday, June 27th, 7:30pm
House Concert, Fort Collins, CO
Colleen Crosson and Liz Barnez, with special guest appearance by Kathryn Mostow! $20 suggested donation at the door. You're invited to bring a finger food and/or beverage if you'd like, to share at intermission.
Reservations required - RSVP 970-484-9600 or colleencrosson@gmail.com.
Directions to venue will be given to confirmed attendees.
 
Thursday, July 2nd, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Compass Cider, 216 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
This is a new venue for me and I'd love an enthusiastic crowd! I'll play solo (guitar/vocals). Cider flights and gourmet small plates pair well with live music in an upbeat, yet relaxed environment!
 
Thursday, August 6th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Compass Cider, 216 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
This is a new venue for me and I'd love an enthusiastic crowd! I'll play solo (guitar/vocals). Cider flights and gourmet small plates pair well with live music in an upbeat, yet relaxed environment!
 
Saturday, August 8th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Front Range Village, corner of Harmony and Ziegler, Fort Collins, CO
"Sounds of Summer" Concert with the Mark Sloniker Group. On the lawn, next to Mary's Mountain Cookies
 
Saturday, September 19th, 11:00am - 2:30pm
French Nest Open Air Market, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins, CO
Solo performance (guitar/vocals)

 
MAY you see sunshine!
 
May 12, 2015

Aimee Niemann - violinist

Holy moly....

enough with the rain already! After 9 straight days of wet stuff (some snow), we are finally on the upswing for some warm and sunny weather here in Colorado! Just in time for me to take a short jaunt to the northwest, but that's another story.....

As you can see by my pictures, this edition of my newsletter features music events other than my own, but these musicians are near and dear to my heart and I didn't want you to miss out on these special performances. I do have some summer concerts and such that I've included in the schedule below, so be sure to check those out and put them on the calendar.

May 25th, 7 pm - we are pleased to be hosting "May Song", a house concert of contemporary, classical chamber music, featuring Aimee Niemann and Melanie Haskins on violin, with appearances by Myles Sloniker, Tuomo Uusitalo, Mark Sloniker and others. Yes, it's on Memorial Day, so we hope you can enjoy your picnicking and BBQing earlier in the day and then come to this wonderful sharing of music! Donations will be gratefully accepted for the players. RSVP is required because of limited space. We'll send directions with your reservation.

Myles Sloniker arrives from NYC on the 24th with his Finnish piano player, Tuomo, and as you can see above, will be jumping right into the Northern Colorado music scene. He'll play at Ace's on the 24th, Jay's later in the week with Mark (I'll be sitting in here and there, too), and then will be heading up his own trio (with Tuomo and Denverite Paul Romaine on drums) at Dazzle Jazz in Denver on Sunday, May 31st at 7 pm. Here is a link for tickets and a nice write-up about the group:

http://dazzlejazz.ticketfly.com/event/810351-myles-sloniker-trio-denver

We are excited for this very special performance in Dazzle's "listening room" - hope to see you there! Myles will also be joining Mark and me AND his sister Emma (the WHOLE fam damily!) for a Noontime Notes gig on Tuesday, June 2nd, 11:30 am- 1 pm in Oak Street Plaza, downtown Fort Collins.

We hope you can catch some of these fun opportunities while Myles is in town (he's only here for about a week and a half).

In other news, some of you may have heard that the 2015 season of Streetmosphere has been canceled. I was so looking forward to being a performer on the streets of downtown Fort Collins again this summer, and am hoping funding issues will be resolved by next summer, so this unique arts program can resume.

One last thing - Kathryn Mostow and I have chosen June 27th for our next house concert - mark your calendars now and I'll send more details later!

See you soon and enjoy the sunshine,
Colleen

www.colleencrosson.com
www.facebook.com/colleencrossonmusic
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Monday May 25th, 7:00 pm
House Concert, northeast Fort Collins
Contemporary, classical chamber music with Aimee Niemann and a host of others.
RSVP 970-484-9600 or colleencrosson@gmail.com
 
Sunday, May 31st, 7:00 pm
Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St. Denver, CO
Myles Sloniker Trio, with Tuomo Uusitalo/piano and Paul Romaine/drums.
Info/tickets http://dazzlejazz.ticketfly.com/event/810351-myles-sloniker-trio-denver
 
Tuesday, June 2nd, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Oak St. Plaza Fort Collins, CO
Jazz standards and more with Mark Sloniker/piano, Colleen Crosson and Emma Sloniker/vocals and Myles Sloniker/bass
 
June 27th
House Concert
Colleen Crosson and Kathryn Mostow. Details to follow

 
April in Fort Collins
 
April 7, 2015
Tulips and Hyacinths

Spring has truly sprung

and if I can't be in Paris... well, Fort Collins, CO suits me just fine! The daffodils and hyacinths make my heart sing right along with the harmonious chorus of the songbirds, and there are a thousand shades of green out there! What a great excuse to take a break from taxes and play in the dirt.....

Another fine way to avoid those taxing tax forms (if you need some ideas) is to head out to hear some live music, and I have a few choices for you coming right up. :-)

The first is the rescheduled "Music for Mutts" Concert to benefit Animal House Rescue Shelter. It takes place this Sunday from 2-5 at Avogadro's Number and all the details are below.

Next up is the annual "TASTE" event at the Fort Collins Hilton on Thursday, April 16th from 5-9 pm (you'll have your taxes DONE by then right?). I've been singing with Mark Sloniker and a host of other talented musicians at this benefit for the Food Bank for Larimer County for many years now and I am honored to do so again this year. Read all about it at www.tastebenefit.org. It is QUITE the soiree!

I'll of course have my monthly "full night" appearance at Jay's Bistro, which happens this month on Saturday, April 18th, and the summer schedule is starting to gel a bit with Streetmosphere, Noontime Notes, The French Nest Market, and more. Stay tuned, as more events are always being added!

Oh, and I wanted to mention what a DELIGHTFUL night Kathryn Mostow and I had at our house concert a couple of weekends ago. Thank you to the 48 or so concertgoers who totally made it an unforgettable experience for us! We are scheming on an encore performance for late June - I'll keep ya posted....

See you around and much spring joy to you!
Colleen

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Sunday April 12, 2:00-5:00pm
Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, CO
"Music for Mutts" - a special afternoon of music for dog lovers. Featuring "The Fissionaries" and Colleen Crosson. Tickets $5 ; Kids 5 and under FREE. ALL proceeds to benefit Animal House Dog Rescue Shelter. You may purchase tickets online at www.avogadros.com
 
Thursday April 16, 5:00-9:00pm
The Fort Collins Hilton, 425 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO
THE TASTE, the foodie event of Northern Colorado! Details at www.tastebenefit.org
 
Saturday April 18, 8:00-11:00pm
Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
www.jaysbistro.net
Jazz standards and more with Mark Sloniker/piano, Colleen Crosson/vocals and other players TBA.

 
Jay's and House Concert
 
March 10, 2015

Kathryn Mostow

Two sweet gigs to put (a) spring in your step

are coming up in my music world that I wanted to tell you about. The first is my monthly appearance at Jay's which will happen this Saturday night, featuring Emma Sloniker and me on vocals, with Mark Sloniker on piano and Braun Khan on bass (8-11 pm).

The second, which I'm SUPER excited about, is my house concert with Kathryn Mostow! (pictured above) That's on Saturday, March 28th, at 7:30 pm. PLEASE RSVP if you haven't already so we can plan accordingly. I will send directions to anyone that needs them after I hear from you. We're looking forward to this special night of singing together, which has not happened for several years. Hope you can come!

See you around and Happy Spring (soon!!), Colleen

Happy Trails, Colleen
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Saturday March 14, 8:00-11:00pm
Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge, 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
www.jaysbistro.net
Jazz standards and more with Mark Sloniker on piano, Braun Khan on bass, and Emma Sloniker and me on vocals.
 
Saturday March 28th, 7:30 pm
House Concert - RSVP for location/directions
Kathryn Mostow and I are pleased to present a night of original songs and unique covers, in a "listening room" setting. Suggested donation $20. You are invited to bring finger food and/or your favorite beverage to share during intermission.

 
"Music for Mutts" postponed!
 
February 18, 2015
Paths of Heart Altar

I wasn't intending

to show up in your inbox again so soon, but shortly after I sent my newsletter out last week, I learned the "Music for Mutts" fundraiser had been postponed. It will be rescheduled for sometime in March, and I will keep you posted.

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's weekend. We had a magical time at Jay's, with Emma and I adding more tunes where we sing together. It really was memorable for me and I hope you get to catch us soon! Thanks to all who came out!

Reservations are already coming in for the house concert with Kathryn Mostow and myself on Saturday, March 28th. Let me know if I can add your name!

Happy Trails, Colleen
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Postponed till further notice!
Everyday Joe's Coffee House, 144 S. Mason St., Ft. Collins, CO
www.everydayjoes.org
"Music for Mutts" - a special evening of music for dog lovers. Featuring "The Fissionaries" and Colleen Crosson. Tickets $5/students & $7/adults. Kids 5 and under FREE. ALL proceeds to benefit Animal House Dog Rescue Shelter.
 
Saturday March 28th, 7:30 pm
House Concert - RSVP for location/directions
Kathryn Mostow and I are pleased to present a night of original songs and unique covers, in a "listening room" setting. Suggested donation $20. You are invited to bring finger food and/or your favorite beverage to share during intermission.

 
I LOVE singing for you!
 
February 12, 2015
Paths of Heart Altar

"Wherever you are.....
and whatever you do, be in love" ~ Rumi

I strive to live my life this way. Love is not all romance and flowers, and we can be "in love" always - with life, with family, with friends, and ESPECIALLY with ourselves. So, come on down to Jay's to celebrate YOU and all the loves in your life this Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th! Emma Sloniker and I will be singing about life and all kinds of love, with Mark Sloniker on piano and Braun Khan on bass. Details below....

In other news, I have been mentoring a Poudre High School student on her IB "Personal Project" this semester. Olivia put a band together - "The Fissionaries" - and they will be performing at their "Music for Mutts" fundraiser that she organized for Animal House on February 20th. Olivia invited me to do a few songs and we'll do a song or two together as well! All the specifics are below.

And lastly (but certainly not least-ly!), Kathryn Mostow and I have settled on a date for our house concert. Due to scheduling challenges in February, we have moved it to Saturday, March 28th. We did a series of concerts several years ago and are excited to play and harmonize with one another once again. Mark your calendars now! You can learn more about Kathryn and hear her music at www.kathrynmostow.com

Hope to see you soon and Happy Valentine's Day everyone, Colleen
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Saturday, February 14th, 8:00-11:00 pm
Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge, 135 West Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
www.jaysbistro.net
Jazz standards and love songs with Mark Sloniker on piano, Braun Khan on bass, and Emma Sloniker and me on vocals. Happy Valentine's Day!
 
Friday, February 20th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Everyday Joe's Coffee House, 144 S. Mason St., Ft. Collins, CO
www.everydayjoes.org
"Music for Mutts" - a special evening of music for dog lovers. Featuring "The Fissionaries" and Colleen Crosson. Tickets $5/students & $7/adults. Kids 5 and under FREE. ALL proceeds to benefit Animal House Dog Rescue Shelter.
 
Saturday March 28th, 7:30 pm
House Concert - RSVP for location/directions
Kathryn Mostow and I are pleased to present a night of original songs and unique covers, in a "listening room" setting. Suggested donation $20. You are invited to bring finger food and/or your favorite beverage to share during intermission.

 
Intentioning 2015
 
January 17, 2015
New Years Beach

Out with the old, in with the new.....

May you be happy and blessed this whole year through! I am super excited to start this new year - I'm feeling a heightened sense of renewal, with fresh ideas and a deep desire to follow through on some intentions that have been incubating for some time. I love playing music and singing from my soul, yet I have not always found venues in which to play that feed my soul. SO, one of my intentions this year is to attract venues and audiences that truly appreciate the music and the inherent magic that happens when we ALL become a part of the music! I want to do more house concerts and special events, not just bar gigs. If hosting one of these types of events is something you're curious about, please let me know! It's really a wonderful, intimate experience for the audience and the musicians alike, with lots of opportunity for interaction.

To jumpstart this house concert venture, Kathryn Mostow (one of our finest local singer-songwriters!) and I will host our own concert sometime in February. We did a series of concerts several years ago and are excited to play and harmonize with one another once again! We'll let you know as soon as we finalize a date!

Another intention of mine for 2015 is to officiate more weddings! I obtained a ministerial license to perform wedding ceremonies in 2013, and helping couples design their ceremonies and then officiate at their weddings has been such a joyful experience (for all involved!) that it truly feels like another "calling" for me. The coolest thing is when I get to do the music for the wedding as well! I'd appreciate any referrals you might have for me!

Well, that's probably enough dream weaving to share for this newsletter, huh? :-) I do want to mention I have some openings for new students in guitar and/or voice instruction, if you know of anyone who wants to start on (or continue) that path in the new year. And, I still adore performing with my husband, Mark Sloniker, any chance I get, and I have 2 of those opportunities coming up. One's real soon...like tomorrow night! See details below and I'll keep you informed of other fun events that arise.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement as we move into 2015 - I am affirming a very good year for us all!

Best, Colleen
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Sunday, January 16th, ~10pm
Ace Gillet's Lounge at the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Late night guest set (jazz vocals) with Mark Sloniker/piano
 
Saturday, January 31st, 8:00-11:00 pm
Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge, 135 West Oak St., Fort Collins, CO
www.jaysbistro.net
Jazz vocals with Mark Sloniker/piano
 
Coming in February!
House Concert
Kathryn Mostow and I are pleased to present a night of original songs and unique covers, in a "listening room" setting. Details TBA

 
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