JAS, Jazz in schools, JAS Band Battle, The No Joes, May 10, 2014

JAS, Jazz in schools, JAS Band Battle, The No Joes, May 10, 2014

Steve Mundinger

Right now is a good time to be a creative young person in Basalt. Buoyed by the ascendance of The Art Base downtown and the birth of The Temporary last year in Willits, midvalley youth have seen their opportunities to display and perform their work multiply. This weekend in particular shows how far things have come.

Leading the way is The Temporary, which has made youth-oriented performances and features a cornerstone of its programming. 

Saturday, May 19, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and The Temporary’s parent organization, The Arts Campus at Willits, welcome Sonic Showdown 2018 (2 p.m. showtime), a showcase for young musicians of all stripes from Aspen to Rifle. Scheduled acts include jazz and rock bands, DJs, rappers and more.

Following in the footsteps of the JAS Band Battle, a popular spring event for many years, the Sonic Showdown has been expanded to include all sorts of musicians in order to better reflect the state of music today. It’s also free and open to the public.

“We wanted to create an event like Band Battle that really opened up the range of music being offered,” said Andrea Beard, senior vice president of Jazz Aspen Snowmass. “Instead of focusing on just bands, we are now opening up the experience to musicians of all types: instrumental, vocal and digital.” 

Sunday, May 20, The Temporary hosts the Rock & Roll Academy Concert, the culmination of an after-school program dedicated to creating and protecting space for young people to explore music in a modern rock-band setting while learning important social and emotional life skills, including courage, communication, collaboration and creativity. The free concert kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

In downtown Basalt, The Art Base continues in its mission to bring art to local young people through classes, camps and showings. The current exhibition adorning the walls of the Charles J. Wyly Gallery features works from local teens involved in the Claudette Carter ARTmentors program. The program, open to high school juniors considering a career in the arts, matched participants with local artists Nancy Lovendahl, Summers Moore and Nicole Nagel-Gogolak for one-on-one instruction over the course of five months. The impressive results debuted May 11 and will be on display through May 31.

Not to be outdone, Basalt’s scientific kids will have their day on Sunday, too, when the Aspen Science Center brings Science Sunday to Basalt Middle School from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will feature lots of hands-on demonstrations and experiments for kids and adults, such as slime, silly putty, bubbles floating on carbon dioxide, electricity and magnetism, light-changing beads, writing with light, a vortex cannon, experiments with graphene and ice and more. The $10 admission fee even covers a light lunch of sandwiches and salads.

Lunch will be served. Youth will be served. And youth will be served lunch.

 

Not a kid anymore?

Looking for something for a more middle-aged audience? Check out The Temporary’s late show (8 p.m.) on Saturday: “Mental Pause.” An uproarious comedy aimed at women of a certain age, this all-female production is sure to give you hot flashes of laughter.