It's the first Friday of February, and it's time to celebrate: Spring is on its way (according to the groundhog), and it's time for another Open Music Session. Denver's Open Media Foundation hosts this monthly party at 700 Kalamath Street, and it's free and open to the public. The event features refreshments and entertainment, including a comedian and a band.
This month's live-music feature is Natalie Tate, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that we have called one of Denver's "most promising" talents. Though she plays guitar in Ark Life, Tate takes to the keys in her solo project. She currently performs with Jeff Porter of Inner Oceans on electronic percussion and Chimney Choir's Kevin Larkin on synth. In a recent review of her performance at the Sofar Sounds secret show, Tom Murphy writes:
Tate's songwriting and imaginative lyrics alone would make her a compelling musician, but she is also able to channel passion into her subtle vocal delivery. Her unsullied connection between heart and performance shone with her quiet, self-deprecating humor, conveying a warmth and authenticity that Porter and Larkin accented and amplified. Tate seems to provide glimpses into intimate corners of her psyche that resonate within the listener. In this hushed space within the limits of a short set, that sense of intimacy was even more acute.
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About Open Music Sessions: Every month, Westword joins Open Media Foundation and Greater Than Collective to bring you Open Music Sessions, a video series aimed at introducing people to bands and providing context for their music. Every First Friday, a band performs at the Open Media Foundation studio on Seventh and Kalamath and record a live performance. In addition to broadcasting the show live on the Denver Open Media TV stations (Comcast channels 56, 57 and 219), OMF edits the clips for certain songs, which you can find at westword.com. You'll also find additional information about the band and the recordings of individual instruments on select songs, which you are welcome to download in order to create remixes or simply to learn more about the way the music is constructed.
Watch for Natalie Tate's Open Music Session, coming soon!