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

1 Saturday / February 1, 2020


08:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his breakout album, City of Black & White, Mat Kearney decided to revisit some of his favorite songs off of the record and re-record them with a new perspective. Similarly, the City of Black & White Revisited Tour will feature Kearney’s extensive, award-winning catalog in a rare intimate acoustic performance.

Years before he toured the world as a platinum selling, boundary-breaking artist, Mat Kearney grew up in Eugene, Oregon. It was during those teenage years that he developed his love for classic songwriting — the kind that transcends generations and genres. He’d strum chords on a friend’s acoustic guitar, paving the way for a career that would eventually take him far away from Eugene.

Much has changed since those days in the Pacific Northwest. Even so, Kearney hasn’t forgotten his musical roots. On his fifth album, CRAZYTALK, he mixes his most timeless songwriting to date with a wide, genre-bending set of interests. There are organic instruments, electronic samples, chill house grooves, tropical sounds, and collaborations with DJs like AFSHeeN, filous, and RAC all glued together by an emphasis on ageless hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. The result is one of the most adventurous, nuanced albums of his acclaimed career, filled with EDM drops one minute and acoustic guitars the next.

Kearney will bring songs from CRAZYTALK, City of Black & White, and all the albums in between to the Buskirk-Chumley stage.

Entertainment / Live Music

3 Monday / February 3, 2020

Being Bloomington: Being Peace Community Meditation

11:30 am to 12:50 pm
MCPL Auditorium

Being Bloomington: Being Peace Community Meditation

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

Cultivate inner peace through guided meditation and soothing live music.

Monday, February 3
(Snowdate: Thursday, February 6)
MCPL Auditorium
Doors at 11:30am
Meditation program from 12-12:50pm

Meditation Host: Kat Forgacs

Musical Guest: Jerry Miller, Guitar

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.

Civic Affairs / Health / Live Music

5 Wednesday / February 5, 2020

Writer Guild Spoken Word Series

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

Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
featuring Jennifer Sue Payne (poetry), Antonia Matthew (prose), Bonnie Maurer (poetry)
music by Sitar Outreach Ministry (psychedelic sitar)
+ an open mic
$5 suggested donation

JENNIFER PAYNE is a multi-disciplinary artist from Bloomington Indiana. She studied Creative Writing at Indiana University and represented IU in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2017. She has participated in her local slam community for 4 years. Jennifer also makes wire wrapped jewelry and operates a small, local, handmade style shop.

ANTONIA MATTHEW, originally from England, has lived in Bloomington since 1968. She is a member of Five Women Poets and with them has published three chapbooks and put out a CD. She grew up during WWII and this informs much of her work. Her play “Home Front,” which is built around the letters that she received from her father, who was fighting in Burma in WWII, has been performed live in Bloomington and is currently being produced in London as a full-cast audio dramatization.

BONNIE MAURER, MFA in poetry, IU, is the author of Reconfigured (Finishing Line Press, 2009) and The Reconfigured Goddess: Poems of a Breast Cancer Survivor (Blurb, 2013). Her poems have appeared in the New York Times; So It Goes, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library Journal; Nimrod International Journal, and others, as well as on IndyGo buses and on the 6th floor ceiling of St. Vincent Hospital cancer wing in Indianapolis. She works in Indy for Arts for Learning as a poet-in-the-schools and community, as a copy editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal, and as an Ai Chi (aquatic flowing energy) instructor. Maurer was a finalist for the 2020 Indiana Poet Laureate and currently nominated for a Pushcart prize. She is an avid welder using recycled objects from local junkyards and bike shops. Contact bmaurer@ibj.com.

In the hazy basements of local analog havens, an audio experience has been blooming at a remarkably organic rate. SITAR OUTREACH MINISTRY, comprised of a sitar, electric guitar, and numerous unique instruments, has been planting the seeds of meditative grooves for many years in the Bloomington scene and impact listeners new and old.

Comedy / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / LGBT / Live Music / Speakers / Spoken Word

6 Thursday / February 6, 2020

Sam Bush

08:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Sam Bush is a true American music legend and is considered an originator of progressive bluegrass music. With three Grammy wins, 16 Grammy nominations, numerous awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award under his belt, he continues to lead the charge in improvised string music.

The Father of Newgrass has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few present-day bluegrass vanguards among so many musicians he’s influenced. His performances are annual highlights of the festival circuit, with Bush’s joyous perennial appearances at the town’s famed bluegrass fest earning him the title of “King of Telluride.”

“With this band I have now I am free to try anything. Looking back at the last 50 years of playing newgrass, with the elements of jazz improvisation and rock-&-roll, jamming, playing with New Grass Revival, Leon, and Emmylou; it’s a culmination of all of that,” says Bush. “I can unapologetically stand onstage and feel I’m representing those songs well.”

Entertainment / Live Music

8 Saturday / February 8, 2020

BSO 50th Season Presents – Conexiones: Diverse Voices from Spain and the Americas

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Join the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra for a showcase of talent with a distinctly Latin flair! We explore music by composers from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. as former BSO conductor Stephen Pratt returns to the podium.

On the program:
Manuel De Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2
Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances
Alberto Ginastera: Estancia Suite
Dawn Norfleet: Seed
and works by Clarice Assad and Nathan Stang

Live Music

8 Saturday / February 8, 2020

Kizomba Underground

09:00 pm to 02:00 am on Feb 9
Serendipity Martini Bar

☣️ Kizomba Underground is SoInKiz’ bi-monthly Social Dance❗
💃 1-hour Beginner Kizomba Lesson
📅 Every other month
✔️ 100% Kizomba related music
📍 Venue: Serendipity Martini Bar downstairs
🚼 9 pm Kizomba dance lesson with Daniel Salgado & Adriana Herrera from Chicago
Dancing from 10 – 2 am
☢️ Special Guest DJ Danny “Dj Eclipse” Salgado from Chicago
☢️ Resident DJ Jeff Slone
∎Kizomba ∎Semba ∎Urban Kiz ∎Zouk ∎Tarraxinha ∎Tarrax ∎Afro-house ∎Sensual Bachata?
🔖 Door cover = $5
🍸 Full bar
Southern Indiana Kizomba is a social dancing community organization! We promote Kizomba and other dances in and around the region. Join us if you want to have some fun!

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

14 Friday / February 14, 2020

WinterBliss Wellness Retreat 2020

05:30 pm to 05:30 pm on Feb 16
Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN 47448

WinterBliss is an extraordinary 2.5-day retreat dedicated to renewal, restoration and winter’s dreaming. Partake of any or ALL the dozen offerings including Yoga, The Art of Self Compassion, Field of Play, Ignite Your Light Meditation, Writing from the Voice of Our Ancestors, and Sound Healing, to name a few. Registration fee covers entire workshop curriculum. Food and optional lodging are extra. Besides workshops, there are cozy spots by the fire, woodland walks, a healing room, and a heated indoor pool on site. There’s also a restaurant at the lodge with healthy soups, salads, and other menu items. And the magical town of Nashville is just a 10-minute drive away. Welcome to an unforgettable weekend of warmth, community, self-discovery, and celebration! Hope you can join us!

For room reservations, call (877)563-4371 and mention discount code:0214WB.

Dance / Education / Fitness / Health / Live Music / Speakers

29 Saturday / February 29, 2020

2 Hot to Tango

07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

In their 70-minute show, “2 Hot 2 Tango”, the acclaimed bandoneon-piano duo Ben Bogart and Winnie Cheung take you on an emotional journey through musical treasures — both known and undiscovered — of Argentina’s great tango composers.

With wit and charisma, the performers draw audiences into a musical conversation between the piano and the plaintive, provocative bandoneon. Tango aficionados and newcomers alike will fall under the spell of the drama, yearning and romantic sparks of these musical gems as the artists conjure them to life.

Dance / Eat and Drink / Education / Entertainment / Live Music

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