The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia is announcing its first-ever Battle of the Air Bands competition scheduled for Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. During the competition, local residents of all ages will perform choreographed routines while lip-syncing to popular music in an effort to win the $200 cash prize for first place.
The Blue Sage will sell tickets to the performances to raise money for arts education programs for K-12 students. The deadline for groups to register for the competition is Friday, Feb. 28. Complete competition rules are available on the Blue Sage website at www.bluesage.org.
Although lip sync battles are nothing new, the concept recently received mainstream media coverage when comedian Jimmy Fallon began challenging other comedians to battle with him on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. "A friend of mine showed me one of the videos of Fallon's battles, and we both thought that this would be a really fun event to bring to the North Fork Valley," said Blue Sage executive director Annette Pretorius. "Using the event to raise money for K-12 arts education programs seemed like a natural fit."
This year the Blue Sage is focusing efforts on developing its K-12 arts education programs, which include not only after-school classes in its facilities but collaborations with schools to supplement the art instruction received by students. "One arts education program I am most excited to implement in the fall are tours of our galleries that will use visual thinking strategies to develop critical thinking skills," said Pretorius.
Previous collaborations with local schools include bringing music professors from Colorado Mesa University to work with Paonia and Hotchkiss High School band students, a performance by Creede Repertory Theatre for Paonia and Hotchkiss elementary students, and in May, a free performance of Romeo and Juliet by Opera Colorado for Paonia and Hotchkiss high schools.blog comments powered by Disqus