Countdown to Shana Tucker & Annalise Stalls

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Shana Tucker

It's hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since I first posed the idea to Shana Tucker about having her come to Greensboro to perform. I'd started with the assumption that she still lived in Chapel Hill, NC. and therefore would be readily available to jaunt the few miles between our respective cities with reasonable notice in advance. Boy was I wrong. Come to find out, she was living in Las Vegas and was now a member of the cast of KÀ, a Cirque du Soliel show at the Loews MGM Grand Hotel. Needless to say, it was divine intervention that led us to finding her not only in the state of North Carolina, but with a opening in her schedule on September 27th, 2013. So the date was set and the countdown has ticked away until we are now just 2 short days away from that performance.

more about the clinic

In case you missed the latest news, Shana has accepted an invitation by professor Dave Fox - curator of the "Improvising Music Series" at Greensboro College - to do a clinic for some of the music students at 2:30 pm the afternoon before the show. This clinic is also open to the public, so if you have time and like to see behind-the-scenes kind of stuff, this clinic fits the bill. Here's how Shana describes her planned presentation:

"I'll be working with students in a workshop discussing the nuances of subtle-yet-effective vocalist-as-bandleader cues."

And we now know that she will be accompanied by Eric Hirsh on piano; Peter Kimosh on bass and Stephen Coffman on drums. It's certain that Shana will receive a warm and rousing Greensboro welcome.

Annalise Stalls

During her featured artist interview with Kris Ferris, (which we'd love to have online before the show, so fingers crossed,) opening act Annalise Stalls expressed her excitement about the upcoming show, acknowledging Shana's talent while expressing gratitude for the support Shana has shown for her in return. These two ladies and their band mates will create a memorable musical experience for all who attend.

  • More about the show here 
  • Get your ticket/s here
  • See the location of the venue here

Behind the Scenes at The Collabative; Week One After Launch

It's been a while since we've posted anything here. We thought we'd say hello and update you on some of our progress. We are having a blast and learning to juggle better than ever before. And communicate with each other better. And make better lists.

They say "You get out of something what you put into it." Well... we have been happily putting in everything we think it will take to get The Collabative rolling, now that the website and Facebook page have been launched. Turning thoughts into words, words into actions and finally, actions into results is exciting, energizing stuff which is like high octane fuel for the soul. Here are some of the things we have had the satisfaction of checking off of our ever growing "to do" list:

  • In-person conversations with local musicians and venue owners,
  • A conference call with possible collaborators on an event we'd like to do in a few months,
  • And online messages with the hopeful performers in question,
  • Phone conversations and emails with other area folks who want to discuss collaboration opportunities - not just related to music!
  • Editing work on a fun video collaboration with a musician,
  • Editing work on a different video interview (also fun!) with a different local musician,
  • Research and writing for creating the content that will soon help us launch our Creative Resource Project,
  • Press Release writing,
  • Responding to congratulatory emails, (thank you for your awesome, kind words!)
  • Creating, and editing the forms on our site that will best enable us to gather information from you,
  • Creating the appropriate lists that will help us automate the collection and archiving of some of the requests and ideas we've received from you,
  • Endless brainstorming sessions,
  • More research to learn more about things that emerged while brainstorming,
  • Emails with The Godsend who listed our event on some online calendars,
  • Emails to clean up an inexplicable error in an online listing nobody can find the origin of,
  • Selling tickets,
  • Sharing our flyers with those who asked if they can pass some out for us,
  • Emailing copies to those who asked if they could share it with some friends,
  • Researching affiliate opportunities to help pay for some of this work and benefit creatives at the same time,
  • Working on getting a Twitter presence started, (please be patient; we'll get better!)
  • Explaining what The Collabative is,
  • And that it's not a typo,
  • Going out to hear live music by musicians whose work we love, to stay involved,
  • Ongoing communications with those involved in making our June 15 event a reality. Bless you all!
  • Drafting and editing and more behind-the-scenes work on website content that will make this site truly useful - and fun to visit!
  • Listening to more, more, more amazing indie music.
  • And etc...