What is Horns for the Holidays? Horns for the Holidays is a grass roots organization founded in 1996 by Ken Kozora that connects used instruments with children who might not otherwise be able to afford an instrument of their own. How do we do this? YOUR HELP! Please donate your used musical instrument, encourage others to donate, and spread the word! Horns for the Holidays has been collecting under-used musical instruments from the community and giving back to the kids who need and want them for over 10 years.
Where? You ask? Well, the Chelsea Alehouse for one! and When? Well… how about this weekend?? The Alehouse will be celebrating a full weekend of music to kick off the Horns for the Holidays used musical instrument drive, with Creole Du Nord on Friday, Dec 2nd and we’ll be there on Saturday, Dec 3rd!
So dig out that trumpet collecting dust in the basement or old ukulele or penny whistle or…. ALL instruments are accepted!
ROAD TRIP!!!! (more…)
Like most other musicians who adore him Rod and I first crossed paths with Tommy Saunders because of the music. He along with his sidekick and best friend “nearly Normal” Warren were co-hosts of the Folk-it! Show that aired on this wonderful independent internet radio station, A3radio. They were like Abbott and Costello, without all the fighting – charming and funny. Folk it! Also hosted a live in studio performance from everyone to us up and coming local artists to Arlo Guthrie!!
All the shows started the same way… with Nearly introducing Tom. (more…)
Its so easy to get caught up in how many people show up, how many CDs you sell, how much money you make, how many Facebook Likes you get, how many photos get posted, how many comments on the photos and the list goes on… yep. I’m guilty. But as we make our way down the last stretch of I94 toward Chelsea, after 3 nights in as many states, I’m choosing to focus on the tremendous generosity of a few kind souls who were willing to host this unknown trio of music makers from Michigan, (more…)
Photo by Jennifer Guerra of Michigan Radio
It was an extreme privilege to once again work with the young ladies at Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights along side Mike Ball and Kitty Donohoe. Thanks to this wonderful organization called Lost Voices founded and run by Mike Ball, we were able to spend a week helping these girls (who have survived a kind of horror most of us could never imagine) express themselves in poetry and songs. They are at Vista Maria getting treatment and care while they await transition to a more permanent home (if not their own). Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra spent a day with us and came back for the big show at the end of the week. Her report is here: http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/music-class-helps-foster-youth-find-their-voice
Earlier in the month, I had the pleasure of talking with Mark Helpsmeet of Northern Spirit Radio about some of our songs and other things. It was such a treat and he is a wonderful interviewer. You can listen to the whole thing here: http://northernspiritradio.org/episode/blue-garden-midwest-urban-folk. Would love it if you felt like adding a comment on the podcast page or at least give it a rating. (Side note: A fan emailed me that she accidentally clicked on the two stars so there we sit until enough of you click on more stars!!)
Join us for the last two Capps concerts of 2015!
The above photo was taken by Michael Hacala when we opened for Jill Jack a bunch of years ago (2008 maybe) at the Kensington Church concert series. Jason had only just started playing with us on a regular basis. “In This Town” was still new as were the few harmony parts we’d worked out. There were no big arrangements and that big ole Gibson guitar now belongs to Allison Downey. We’ve released two full-length CDs since then, “My Blue Garden” and “Searching for Neverland” along with the little interim EP “Take Me To The Fair” which are all three a culmination of the work we put into our songs and the contributions of the mega talented Jason Dennie. There are some new songs waiting in the wings and a few of them will be debuted at these two concerts. I never feel as though my songs are fully baked until Rod has filled in the missing ingredients and while I love a cake without any frosting, when Jason adds the icing, sprinkles and fancy decoration – that’s when they start to look and feel extra special. I hope you’ll join us and consider bringing a friend who is new to our music. We promise to give you our hearts! (DETAILS HERE)