Award-winning Singer/Songwriter - Activist
Youth Educator- Birth Worker - Performance Artist
On Sunday, I was able to play a couple private events and had a great time. In fact, I have really come to love playing house concerts. This is a show where I show up with my guitar and play for your family and friends at your party or event. In fact, September is filling up fast with these types of shows. If you're interested in booking me for a house concert, you can do so by contacting me here.
And for my next trick, I am exploring opportunities to educate and facilitate through Neurosculpting®, yoga, meditation, and music. Not sure exactly where I will land with all that just yet, but there are a couple things in the works at the moment. I have a really great team working behind the scenes for me and I am so grateful to be busy and back doing what I've always loved.
Thanks to all who came out to Lumonics on Saturday and to the TWO house concerts that I had on Sunday. I most certainly appreciate all your support and the love of this community.
As promised, I want to take a moment today and show some love for the venue that is hosting the Blumonics show tomorrow. If you've never been there, Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery provides an audio/visual treat for the visitor. Not only will you be regaled by some of the best musical storytellers, (myself included ;) ), you're most definitely in for a visually tantalizing experience that makes this event a spectacle all it's own.
Here's a little bit of history about Lumonics
Founded by Mel and Dorothy Tanner, this visually stimulating experience has been an active part of the Denver Art Community since 2008. Unlike traditional galleries, the exhibits at Lumonics stand out with a multi-media aspect. The work of Mel and Dorothy has been described as "magical", "amazing", and "Impossible-to-describe". The gallery itself has been subject of several feature articles to include: Confluence Magazine, Westword Magazine, and The Denver Post.
The founders and primary exhibitors at Lumonics bring more than 50 years of artistic experience to the gallery. This space has hosted numerous exclusive events to include music acts and performing arts activities. Any event held at Lumonics is a unique experience like no other. In this environment, you can skip the tired "bar scene" and actually enjoy a pleasing experience, aesthetic, and ambiance.
So for all these reasons, plus one million others, I do hope that you will set aside time to come out to the Blumonics performance on Saturday. As previously mentioned, I will be sharing the stage alongside some of Denver's finest musicians: Danette Hollowell and Andrew Nicolai. This entire event is presented to you courtesy of Chops Records LLC.
It is with a heart filled with gratitude that I welcome you to the Lumonics experience. If you haven't already gotten your tickets, you can do that here. But hurry! This engagement is selling out fast and by pre-ordering, not only do you secure your seat at the show, but you also save $5.00 over paying at the door.
See you all tomorrow night!
Today on MzIvey.com, I want to dedicate this post to the performers who are sharing the bill with me on Saturday, August 13th, 2016. In case you missed it, I've been talking a lot about this show in the past few weeks. In two days, you can catch yours truly alongside Danette Hollowell and Andrew Nicolai at Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery located on 73rd and Washington, right here in the North 'burb of Denver.
It brings me joy to collaborate with musicians like Danette Hollowell and Andrew Nicolai, both of whom have ties with the Meadowlark Bar where they have both worked.
What struck me the most about Danette's voice was it's sheer power and sass with just a hint of vulnerability to it's tone. If there was ever a vocalist who could sing out, it is Danette. And we have the same affinity for powerhouse vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Amy Winehouse.
Danette Hollowell has incarnated as the lead for groups such as Vintage 3D, Meadowlark Jazz band, and of course, Danette Hollowell Jazz Quartet. The honey that drips from her vocals will draw you in and hypnotize you. To see Danette do her thing and strut her fabulous stuff is a spectacle all of its own.
Here's a look at Danette performing with the Meadowlark Jazz Band to a classic Mr. Magic:
It will definitely be a tantalizing treat for the ears to see Danette in her element, but did I mention that you're also going to see the amazingly talented Andrew Nicolai perform as well?
Andrew Nicolai's star shines so brightly. His style is funky, folky, fresh. Think if Jack Johnson Bradley Nowell were to have a love-child: you would have Andrew Nicolai. His songs are fun and he tells imaginative stories with the use of his acoustic guitar and a voice of velvet with a slight hint of grit.
I am so excited for this show, my friends and tribe. I anticipate being able to embrace you all. I cannot wait to share in your energy and serenade you with the help of Danette and Andrew. We are all looking forward to sharing a meaningful night of music and community together.
Thank you to everyone who is making this show possible. I am grateful beyond measure or words.
Get your presale tickets here.
Thanks to the innovative thinking and enduring spirit of the collaborator aficionado, I'm blessed to be part of the Blumonics show coming up this Saturday night. Yes, this post is a shout out to my very good friend, Nofrendo, the wizard behind the curtain at Chops Records.
I've known Joseph "Nofrendo" Mezey through the music scene and through collaboration on various projects. He has been a magnet in the local music community for creative partnerships. Chops Records is known locally for the diversity of the artists they feature and this show coming August 13th is no exception.
Can I just say how blessed that I am to be part of the Chops family. Joining me at Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery on Saturday are two artists that also just joined the Chops Records lineup of powerhouse performers: Danette Hollowell and Andrew Nicolai. We're going to learn a little more about them tomorrow.
I've been practicing with Chops crew and writing new songs. I am super stoked to share some of this material at the show. Here's an insider's peak at band practice today.
This show is a pretty big deal for all of us. The power of the music community when it gathers around one of its own is so palpable. I've seen it so many times: a local musician needs support and this community wraps them up in this vortex of music and healing. I am so blessed to be back with my community. Being part of this energy is indescribable and I am so excited to share it with Danette and Andy.
Nofrendo and Chops Records are no exception: Thank you so much for your support! I'm looking forward to rocking this show and bathing in the love and music healing of all those friends who have been so supportive during the last few months and all along.
All of this is because, at the end of the day, the spirit of collaboration that will win out over the ego associated to competition.
Please check out Nofrendo's Chops Records here. Check Chops out on Soundcloud also. And Facebook. Go show my friend Nofrendo some love!
And if you haven't gotten your ticket to Saturday's show, you might want to do that. ;)
Inspiration comes in many forms. It can come in a flash, like lightning striking the ground. Some people live their lives immersed in inspiration. Personally, I have been having an influx of both as of late. Lightning is striking these open waters where I'm treading and I am absorbing the magic of it all.
As previously mentioned on social media. I have officially procured the Gypsy Light Wagon for the purpose of booking an upcoming tour to include my musical performances, yoga days with the earth family, and speaking engagements. This is something that is currently unfolding in the Melissa Ivey world but let's take just a step back to what's happening in the next week.
Ever since returning to Colorado, I've experienced so many Divine blessings. My vocal ability has recently returned and I've been back in the studio recording new music. I've been spreading the magical music love by teaching music lessons to students all over the Front Range. Also, I'm part of a really amazing show coming to Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery on August 13th.
This show is really important to me because not only will I join some of the most talented musicians in Denver, but it is a celebration. It is a celebration of possibilities. It is a jubilee of the power of community. This show is my first official musical performance since I've returned to Colorado as well as since having my voice return to me.
The fact that Lumonics has agreed to open their space for this carnival, has me humbled to perform with the likes of Danette Hollowell who is a spitfire vocalist that will scorch you with her tone but leave you soothed with the smooth honey in her finish. Also showing on August 13th, Andy Nicolai, a masterful player with a voice of velvet. This entire line-up is organized by Chops Records headed up by the amazingly talented Joseph "Nofrendo" Mezey, who has always been a dear friend and a strong advocate for the local music community.
Throughout the week, we're going to feature all these amazing collaborators right here on MzIvey.com. We'll learn and grow together. And then, this Saturday, we'll see YOU front row and center for THE show to be at this week.
Hurry! This is a limited engagement and seats are selling out fast! Reserve your spot by visiting the Lumonics website NOW. Come out and see me and hear some of the new music that I've been working on. After all, who can resist a good servin' of that spicy-chocolate-chili-honey bee lovin'?
I can't wait to see you there!
I've heard it said all too often that change is the only constant in life. All too quickly life changes for some and with it comes pain and unmet expectations. During these times of dramatic change, our underlying states of fear or trauma can surface. When a decision is made by someone who is important to us without consulting with us first, this can affect our status or our perception of self.
When our autonomy is disrupted and our sense of certainty and safety are all shaken it causes our limbic system to activate to protect ourselves. It is a natural reaction to any situation in which we feel discarded and left out in the cold.
During these periods of extreme change, we might forget the tribe mentality. We may retreat and feel all alone when the very thing that can heal us from the trauma of the pain endured is to surround ourselves with the love of the tribe.
Maybe you're asking "what exactly is a tribe?"
A tribe is a community of people who were put here for the purpose of uplifting and encouraging one another. Many often refer to this community as the "earth tribe" or the "earth family" that was sent here to co-exist with one another as family. Often times, the tribe is not related by blood but their roots run much deeper than that.
The greatest support that the tribe can offer those who are experiencing deep trauma due to sudden changes is love, compassion, and respect.
Love holds the opportunity to know itself through these times.
Love expands and creates opportunities where there was once broken promises.
Love holds the power for us to do our best and be our best despite any obstacles that get thrown our way.
The love of community and Self allows us to be useful and be great in each moment.
So despite all the changes that life throws at us that we never see coming, one thing that does remain constant is the power of love to heal, restore, and uplift us; even in the most challenging of times.
And for that, I am grateful.
About Melissa Ivey
Melissa Ivey is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter and Youth Educator from Denver, CO. She does public speaking engagements at schools, churches and spiritual centers, and leads guided music meditations.