Last month, the Open Media Foundation celebrated its twelfth anniversary with an expanded version of its usual first Friday Open Music Sessions. At the free public party, OMF spotlighted local media and arts figures with the Independent Voices Awards, as well as performances by Chimney Choir and musical comedian Chad Neidt.
Alongside the performers was a special tribute to Jamie Laurie of the Flobots, receiving the premier award this year. Presented by Westword's own Patricia Calhoun, recipient in the first year of the award, Laurie offered thanks to the community and all that Open Media has done to give this community a voice.
Today, we're happy to present videos of the performances by Chimney Choir ("Smile and a Handshake," "A Little Escape") and Chad Neidt ("People Only Want to Hear Cover Songs," "John McClane," and a Disney mashup). You can also listen to — and download — the individual recording stems. Since these sessions are truly open source, feel free to remix these stems. Look for those at the bottom of this post.
The next Open Music Session will take place Friday, February 5, and features Natalie Tate, with a comedian TBA. All are welcome. Doors at 7 p.m., taping from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Denver Open Media: 700 Kalamath Street Beer and wine for donation. RSVP.
Listen to and feel free to download every stem from Chimney Choir's Open Music Session. Here's a taste.
Have you been looking for that "acoustic take on a song by Drake"? Chad Neidt's got you, well, covered. Below is a song depicting Neidt's struggle to compete for audience's attention: "People Only Want to Hear Cover Songs." The next video is Neidt's performance of "John McClane," which the singer belts out with theatrical strength of a Die Hard hero.
Neidt also performed an epic mashup of as many Disney songs as he could play in a minute. Neidt compiles a lot of songs you remember from animated Disney films—and maybe some you don't remember—into one fun fairytale-montage medley.
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, we bring a band to the Open Media Foundation studio on 7th 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), we edit the clips for certain songs, which you can find on Westword's website. 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.
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