“We believe the arts are vital to any thriving community, from both an economic and cultural standpoint. Even amid a pandemic, the creative sector has found pathways to joy, for performing artists and audiences, during an uncertain time,” says Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office. “Curbside Culture transcends the traditional artistic experience and takes the show on the road, literally, for anyone craving the arts in El Paso and Teller counties.”
All you need to schedule your own show is an extension cord, a small audience and $50 to $790, depending on the artist. The 15-, 30- or 60-minute private performances for 2021 include live music, modern dance and aerial arts. Styles include classical, jazz, bluegrass, roots, R&B, African percussion and more.
Scheduling a performance also gives participants a chance to support local artists in a meaningful way. After launching amid the pandemic, Curbside Culture saw more than 60 bookings and performances, allowing the 14 participating performers to keep working and connecting with audiences. Now, the program has 20 diverse artists on the roster and welcomes other experienced performers to join.
“Curbside Culture demonstrates the creative sector’s ability to be nimble, adaptable and innovative to continue delivering impactful programming that is responsive to the community’s needs,” Vick says.
Safety remains of the utmost importance for both audiences and performers. Hosts, performers and performance locations are encouraged to follow all local and state safety protocols concerning the COVID-19 virus.
Here’s a list of current artists. Keep checking peakradar.com for new artists and details on scheduling your own small concert or performance.
Dragonfly Aerial Company, aerial arts
Naomi Skee and Styles Grey, ballroom dance
Edie Carey, folk and children’s music
Tejon Street Corner Thieves, outlaw blues and trash-grass music
Wanda and Ron Cousar, R&B, funk, jazz and Western African dance
Ormao Dance Company, modern dance
Chamber Orchestra Ensembles, classical music
Tony Exum Jr., jazz, R&B and funk music
Ryan Flores, Latin Gypsy music
Gregory Gershteyn, classical violin music
Michael and Cathy Hanson, Philharmonic Concertmaster and Principal Viola music
Restless Hearts, pop, rock, blues, jazz, folk music
Cynthia Lynn, classical violin, Celtic/popular violin/fiddle
Mélange, Latin, blues and rock jazz
Jeri Jorgensen, classical violin music
My Name Is Harriett, electronic violin soundscape music
PB&J, swing, country, pop, Rat Pack, Big Band Era, rock, classic jazz and original songs
Judith Piazza, world drum music
Roma Ransom, world folk music
Snake and the Rabbit, psychedelic folk, American blues, outlaw country and lo-fi garage rock music
Schedule Your Own Show With Curbside Culture
Find all the details. Watch for new artists. Schedule your show at Peakradar.com