Jeremy Shere Live Music at The Pourhouse Cafe

07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
The Pourhouse Cafe, 314 East Kirkwood Avenue

Local singer/songwriter Jeremy Shere is playing a set this Saturday evening at The Pourhouse Cafe. Jeremy’s songs are a mix of folk, pop, and probably a few other things. Check out his stuff at http://jnshere.wix.com/jeremyshere.

Live Music


A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records: A Film & Talk Presentation

08:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Jan 25
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 202 S. Rogers St, Bloomington, Indiana 47404

Cicada Cinema and Landlocked Music are excited to present:

A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records: A Film & Talk Presentation

A mix of film, audio, slides and lecture presented by Mississippi Records founder Eric Isaacson. This presentation attempts to tell the entire history of recorded music in 90 minutes — from the first star being born to the current age of bizarre technology.
Subjects covered will include the cosmic patterns that resemble music generated by stars being born and dying, the untold early history of recording technology, the rise of blues, rock and roll, and other revolutionary American music forms and their subsequent destruction by the powers that be, and some hopeful messages about the future.

Mississippi Records is a store and label based in Portland, Oregon. They’ve released over 240 records spanning nearly every genre of music, ran a store for 15 years, and traveled the world with presentations such as this one. All of this has been done with no online presence, no promotion or advertising of any kind anywhere and no general existence in the digital world!

Entertainment / Films / Live Music

23 Tuesday / April 23, 2019

Being Bloomington: Being Peace Community Meditation

11:30 am to 01:00 pm
MCPL Auditorium

Being Bloomington: Being Peace Community Meditation

Free community meditation at the Monroe County Public Library in downtown Bloomington.

Cultivate inner peace through meditation and live contemplative music.

Tuesday, April 23
MCPL Auditorium

Doors at 11:30am
Meditation from 12-12:50pm

April 23 Musical guest: Adam Riviere, with didgeridoo, Native American-style flutes, and tongue drums.

Meditation Host: Kat Forgacs

Attendees are invited to bring a cushion, blanket, or yoga mat. Stadium seating is provided.

The program is free to attend.

For details on MCPL parking options and accessibility, please visit https://mcpl.info/parking and https://mcpl.info/geninfo/accessibility.

For more information on the Being Peace community meditation series, visit our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/BeingPeaceFB or the Being Bloomington: Being Peace website: www.BeingPeaceBloomington.com, or contact the Being Bloomington: Being Peace Series Organizer, Kat Forgacs, at BeingPeaceBloomington@gmail.com.

Health / Live Music

23 Tuesday / April 23, 2019

USAIHC Presents Harpyday Ensemble

07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

USA International Harp Competition presents: Harpyday Ensemble

April 23, 2019 | 7:00 PM | FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, Bloomington, IN

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/usainternationalharpcompetition/244164

The USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) is honored to present the Harpyday Ensemble at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts on April 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Established in 2002, the Harpyday Ensemble, led by renowned harpist Jung Kwak, is the only professional harp ensemble in Korea. Combining the words “Harp” and “Day”, the name Harpyday embodies the ensemble’s mission to show the wide spectrum of the harp to its audience.

In 2002, Harpyday Ensemble won the prestigious Kumho Young Artist Audition, the only chamber music group to win the audition. Soon after, the ensemble was invited to perform at the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva and at the Hong Kong Harp Festival. Since then, they have performed at all the major performance halls in Korea including: Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, IBK Chamber Hall, Sejong Cultural Center, Samsung Concert Hall, LG Art Center, Lotte Concert Hall, Kumho Art Hall, KBS Hall, Hoam Art Center, and Buchon Cultural Center Concert Hall. Appearing in many TV and Radio concerts, Harpyday Ensemble has performed with many leading artists and orchestras and was included in Seoul Arts Center’s “Classic Star Series” along with Korea’s top classical artists.

In 2013, Harpyday Ensemble registered as an official performance corporation designated by the government – a first in the world for a harp ensemble. The Ensemble made its American performance debut to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in 2016. The following year, they toured across Italy as part of the USA & Alba Music Festival and in 2018, performed as one of the leading classical artists for the PyeongChang Paralympics.

Harpyday Ensemble aims not only to perform actively, but also promote the harp to the general public, hold charity concerts, and provide harp education scholarships for disabled and low-income students. Harpyday Ensemble is an ambassador for Green Umbrella Childrens’ Foundation. Harpyday Ensemble members are comprised of Korea’s top national and international competition and audition winners: Sun Young Bang, Yoon Mi Ji (Executive Director), Yae Song Jee, Se Young Hwang, and Se Hee Hwang.

Harpyday Ensemble’s music director, Jung Kwak, is recognized worldwide as one of classical music’s most captivating and gifted artists. Ms. Kwak has appeared as a soloist with Zubin Mehta’s Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo String Quartet, Israel Piano Trio, Yoel Levi’s Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Myung-Whun Chung’s Seoul Philharmonic, Moscow Radio & Television Symphony (Tchaikovsky Hall), Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Prague Radio & Television Orchestra, Keith Lockhart’s Boston Pops Orchestra, Korean Symphony, and many other world renowned orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. As a recording artist, she has released 6 CDs with Universal Music.

Ms. Kwak is the first harpist in Asia who made her mark with a continuous exploration of all sides of the musical spectrum in concerts, recordings, and teaching. She is one of the top harp teachers in Korea and her young students have won prizes in many international prizes and auditions throughout the world. She is the founder and the Artistic Director for Korea Harp Festival, Harpyday Ensemble, the co-director of Korea International Harp Competition, and the co-founder of Asia Harp Festival. Jung Kwak is a current member of the USA International Harp Competition and World Harp Congress Board of Directors.

The Harpyday Ensemble will perform in support of the USA International Harp Competition, a triennial performance competition held at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. The USAIHC is proud to recognize the accomplishments and foster the careers of gifted young harpists worldwide. The 11th Competition will take place in Bloomington, July 3-13, 2019.

All ages are welcome. For more information about each concert venue and to learn more about the USA International Harp Competition, please visit www.usaihc.org.

All tickets proceeds will benefit the USA International Harp Competition.

Live Music

27 Saturday / April 27, 2019

Big Band Sock Hop

07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Harmony School Gym 909 E. Second St., Bloomington

Havin’ A Sock Hop
“Relive your memories of the 50’s or create new ones.” Join the Stardusters big band as they “jive” and play music from that new 50’s phenomenon Rock ‘n Roll! It’s a real sock hop, where kids used to kick off their shoes to protect the gym floor. Dance to tunes like Rock Around the Clock, At the Hop, Barbara Ann and Tequilla. And no better place to do this than at the gym at Harmony School!

The Stardusters will be playing some big band swing favorites then transition to good old Rock ‘n Roll. Remember the Buunny Hop, one of the early lines dances? Or the Twist? Singing with the Stardusters Big Band will be Rachel Caswell one of Bloomington’s most versatile vocalists.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019; 7:00 PM till 10:00 PM
Where: Harmony School Gym, address 909 E. Second (Free parking)
Cost: $10.00
All ages welcome! Refreshments will be available.

Wear socks or not!, but join us for this fun-filled evening of listening and dancing as we Rock Around the Clock!

Contact Info
Jerry Jerome /Stardusters Music
317 431-7408

Dance / Entertainment / Live Music

27 Saturday / April 27, 2019

Afro- Latin Dance Party

09:00 pm to 02:00 am on Apr 28
Serendipity Martini Bar

Southern Indiana Kizomba & Serendipity Martini Bar team up for a night of Kizomba & Latin dancing! Come dance to many styles of music, enjoy a drink, and have a good time! Everyone is invited❗
🔖 FREE Cover ❗ 18+
💃 FREE Beginner Kizomba Lesson at 9:00 pm
with Kathleen Kolumban
🎼 50/50% Kizomba & Latin music with 2 DJ’s
🎧 DJ Anonym (Soulo Zampa)
➤ Kizomba, Urban Kiz, Tarraxhina, Semba
🎧 DJ – SLatino (Isaac Salazar)
➤ Bachata, Salsa, Cumbia, Raggaeton & other Latin genre
🍹 Drink Specials:
$3 Coronas
$6 Margaritas
Southern Indiana Kizomba is a community dance organization. We promote Kizomba and other dances in and around the region. Join us if you want to have fun learning to dance!

Dance / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Fitness / Health / Live Music

28 Sunday / April 28, 2019

Bloomington Street Fair

12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Kirkwood Ave. between Walnut St. and Indiana Ave.

The City of Bloomington is extending its celebration of community with a Street Fair on Kirkwood Avenue. The Street Fair is an opportunity to use Bloomington’s city streets in new ways: To meet neighbors, find out more about local businesses and organizations, and celebrate our city and its residents. Local businesses and community groups will host displays and interactive activities along Kirkwood Avenue, which will be closed for the Street Fair. Multiple stages will feature music of all kinds, and pop-up performances include poetry readings, dance, and more. Food trucks and Kirkwood Avenue restaurants have plenty of delicious food. Celebrate community and togetherness at the Bloomington Street Fair!

Business / Dance / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

1 Wednesday / May 1, 2019

Writers Guild Spoken Word Series

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Bear's Place

Featuring Jason Ammerman (poetry), David O’Nan (poetry), Hiromi Yoshida (poetry), and music by Kyle Quass Quartet (conduction ensemble)
plus and open mic
$5 suggested donation

DAVID L O’NAN has been writing Poetry & Short Stories for over 16 years. He has read poetry in Evansville at Penny Lane Coffeehouse, Bill Sovern’s Tuesday Night Reading Series, the Bokeh Lounge, the Jungle on Main, among several other establishments & he has read on John Lennon, Charles Bukowski, & Sylvia Plath appreciation nights throughout Southern Indiana. He has 2 Poetry & Short Stories books out now available on Amazon “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” (August 2018) and “All of Our Fears in Tunnels” (March 2019). He is beginning a new Poetry & Art Zine-book project called “the Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Digest” coming late Spring 2019, which is currently taking Submissions for Poetry, Art & Photography. Visit his site at www.Feversofthemind.wordpress.com for more details.

JASON AMMERMAN is a poet from Indianapolis, Indiana. He began writing poetry in high school during the late 80s at the urging of his English teacher after an assignment to write a poem. He began reading publicly in 1991 in downtown Indianapolis. He caught the bug to host and organize poetry readings during those early years of the 90s. He participated in local poetry slams and readings always longing to take his work on the road. He received the opportunity in 2000 when he attended and competed in the Dayton Poetry Slam for the first time. He has performed his work at the Green Mill Lounge at the Uptown Poetry Slam, the Bloomington Poetry Slam in Bloomington, Indiana and coached a slam team for the inaugural Midwest Poetry Slam League. He is the author of three collections of Poetry. All Grown Up (2006), Microphone or Bust! (2008) and Battle Scarred (2012). The most recent, Battle Scarred, is available through Chatterhouse Press. He released his first full length spoken word album, Revival, in 2018 through Perfect Mix Records. At present, Jason is beginning work on two new written collections and a new spoken word album. He lives in Indianapolis and has one son and a dog.

HIROMI YOSHIDA is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize, and a winner of Indiana University Writers’ Conference awards. Having earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Fordham University, and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University Bloomington, she now teaches English as a New Language for the award-winning VITAL program at the Monroe County Public Library. In response to the 2016 presidential election outcome, she organized the Poets 4 Unity monthly reading series at Boxcar Books & Community Center to showcase Bloomington’s diverse voices and to build solidarity. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and journals that include Indiana Voice Journal, The Indianapolis Review, Flying Island, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. An active member of the Beat Generation and Daily Haiku Facebook Groups, her status updates are usually written in haiku form. Hiromi loves to contemplate the oddities of life, such as mismatched buttons, abandoned houses, and birdsong in thunderstorms.

KYLE QUASS QUARTET is Paul Kirk (guitar), Wenjun Wu (bass), Rocky Martin (drums), Kyle Quass (trumpet)

Entertainment / Live Music / Spoken Word

1 Wednesday / May 1, 2019

Mary Flower Live Guitar Performance

702 W. Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47404

Mary Flower attended IU from ‘67-’70 where she got her start in a lifelong music career. Mary played with Caroline Peyton and Randy Handley, and many others at local live music venues. She left Indiana in 1971 to play the Breckenridge Ski Resort for a season. This led to 30 years in Denver, a family, 12 CDs and multiple awards. Mary continues to pursue her touring, teaching and recording. She now lives in Portland, Oregon. Go online to learn more about Mary.

Live Music

3 Friday / May 3, 2019

First Friday Jazz Vespers: “Life”

06:30 pm to 07:15 pm
First Christian Church - Kirkwood and Washington

A Jazz Vespers Service featuring readings, meditation and jazz is held each first Friday. This month’s theme is “Life.”
Music by the Elena Escudero Quartet

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