The inaugural Frisco Meet the Artists Art Fair continues in Frisco today, featuring an afternoon of music at the Colorado Live Music Showcase.
Festivalgoers can browse jewelry, photography, paintings, textiles, pottery and other mediums from more than 30 Colorado artists while listening to musicians from Summit County and the Front Range. The showcase, which takes place at the gazebo off Main Street near the Frisco Historic Park, includes sets from Amy Mathesius, Scale the Summit, Jaden Carlson, Mark Schlaefer and Beven Frost.
Next generation of musicians
The music starts off with singer-songwriter Amy Mathesius, of Amy & the Rock Sisters, followed by a special presentation from Scale the Summit music camp.
“Scale the Summit is a one-week chamber music camp that the Summit Community Orchestra and the Dercum Center for the Arts produce during the summer,” said the Summit Community Orchestra’s Janet Harriman, who co-founded the camp with the Dercum Center’s Chas Wetherbee. “Scale the Summit is mostly made up of locals, but we also have people come in from out of town to do it.”
The local children who participated in this summer’s music camp will play a music set at the gazebo today.
“They’ll be playing some of the pieces that they learned with Scale the Summit, and we’re adding some other ones that they know,” Harriman said. “And they’re all in the public school system here in Summit, they’re all contributing to their school music program.”
Harriman said Scale the Summit is a team-building camp for ages 9 to 15 that teaches children how to work in a team. She said it’s the only real music camp in Summit County for kids in that age range.
“You’re playing together in a group,” she said. “And chamber music is the best way you can get that experience, in small chamber settings. … The more times we get our kids out there performing, the better. It’s a great experience and exposure for the kids.”
Taking it acoustic
Following the set from Scale the Summit is 12-year-old singer-songwriter Jaden Carlson, of Boulder.
“We’re kind of a funk, rock, jazz, blues band, so it’ll be interesting doing this whole shebang acoustic,” Carlson said of her music.
The first four or five years of her six-year career were all acoustic, Carlson said, though she prefers to play “the harder stuff.” She said she likes everything about the music scene, from touring to playing and everything in between.
“I’m playing at The Barkley the night before,” she said. “I do like playing up there. (The response is) varied; some people love it, and we just played in Durango to a bunch of bikers, and they liked it, too.”
Carlson said to expect some solid jams that people will get up and dance to. She will be backed by her band, which is how she prefers it.
“I really, really like playing with the band,” she said. “I hope people enjoy it — that’s what I’ve got. I can’t wait to do this.”
After a blues set by Frisco musician Mark Schlaefer, local finger-picking guitarist and luthier Bevan Frost will take the gazebo stage. Frost makes high-end, custom guitars in his studio and shop in Frisco, which he says are “sort of a look back, sort of a reproduction of turn of the last century design of an American vintage guitar.”
“I play solo acoustic steel-string guitar, country-blues style,” he said. “I’ve got one foot in country, one foot in blues, kind of ragtime feeling to it. I’ll be using a guitar that I built.”
Though guitar wasn’t the first instrument Frost picked up, he began playing when he was 15 and built his first guitar a year later.
“I have been building guitars since then, and I’m 33,” he said. “Once your work is good and the guitar sounds good and looks good, then it’s really rewarding. It’s hard not to focus on the minute details that you could have done better. But lately, the amount of work that could have been done better has been decreasing as I get better and better, so it’s easy to look at my guitars and play guitars and let go of that critical mind-set.”
Frost said it’s rewarding to know that you can make beautiful music on something you designed and brought into being yourself.
“I’ll be playing a bunch of old songs and breathing new life into them,” he said of his set. “I’m looking forward to playing in the Historic Park, which is always a beautiful setting, and looking forward to it not raining — surely it won’t rain.”