New event gives musicians opportunity to share music with community
August 23, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs musician Tyree Woods experiences a mixture of excitement and sheer terror when sharing something new with an audience.
"Most of the music people write comes from deep-seeded emotions within us," said Woods, front man for the band Buffalo Commons. "You want that validation from the audience, but the reality of it is you can't please everyone, so it's paramount to do what makes you feel good."
Woods compares bringing new music to the stage to standing naked in front of a room full of strangers and then asking them what they thought about it.
If you go
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Out Here Yoga, 685 Marketplace Plaza
"It can be daunting, especially for people who may be new to performing at a bar where people are talking, playing fuss ball or shouting," said JR Adams, another local musician with Yer State Birds. "It can be tough to get started and bring your songs — that may mean a lot to you or are really personal — to an atmosphere like that."
Hoping to create a supportive, open-minded space for aspiring musicians, Adams and Shannon Crow, co-founder of Out Here Yoga studio, created Voice, an event aimed at exploring Steamboat's musical talent. Singer-songwriters are invited to attend the inaugural event, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the yoga studio.
The idea was to create something similar to an open-mic event but where the listeners interact with the musicians in a more informal setting without a stage or without a spotlight.
"Most of us spend our time in a state of consumption — buying, watching — so for those of us who have the rare gift to create in any capacity, it's important that they are heard," Crow said.
"I see that with the way we try to cultivate listening here,” Crow added. “If someone is really listening to you, you're more willing to share something that you maybe wouldn't have otherwise. It's cool to get to do that with music and see what musicians are able to bring forth from within themselves if someone's really listening to them."
Adams hopes Voice allows musicians to be fully heard.
"There's a line of communication between audience and musician that often is lost in a bar atmosphere,” Adams explained. “Hopefully, we'll hear some stories about where the songs come from as well as inspiration. If a song is coming from an honest place or an experience personally, I feel the truer the song is — the more emotion you might emit when you're playing it."
So far, the list of musicians who’ll be playing during Voice include Adams, Woods, Rachel Melby, Brooke Leanna, Kirk Martensen and Big John Miller.
"It's really cool that JR had this idea to create a comfortable and ambient platform for people to share their craft, one in which the music and the musician becomes the priority," Woods said.
The event is free, but cash donations are welcomed to support participating musicians. To attend the event, RSVP at https://bit.ly/2Pt54Mr. Those interested in performing can contact Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.