NEW EVENT: Socially distant but connected in our recovery.
Saturday, March 20th @ 6:30pm
Our monthly entertainment-hour shows are a highlight for many people who continue to stay safe at home for their entertainment. The national, state and local news inform us of positive changes in the world’s quest for health and well-being from the pandemic. In our recovery, we understand that we are better together, even though we continue to connect virtually much of the time.
Join us for our next entertainment hour on Saturday, March 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm (MST).
Hosts, Mary Link and Jerry Deall will explore creativity, art and music with Ahzad and Davy.
These Boulder Alano Club events are designed to help us feel inspired and warmed in our souls by experiencing the art and music from people in our recovery community. These free events are not only for our dues-paying supporters; they are open to all. Everyone in recovery and their loved ones are welcome to join us.
During the show, we will be passing the “tip jar.” Our artist has generously agreed to split the tips with the Alano Club. Tips can be sent through Venmo @BoulderAlano-Club. Please put “Tip for Ahzad and Davy” in the comments section.
This online event is limited to 100 people.
ABOUT AHZAD BOGOSIAN
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Ahzad Bogosian holds both BFA and MFA degrees from Fontbonne University and was enrolled in the MFA program at Washington University.
Currently, he teaches painting and drawing as an adjunct at Webster University. Bogosian also teaches at St. Louis Community College@Forest Park. He’s exhibited his work in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Memphis, Boulder, Austin, and extensively throughout the Midwest, St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee. In addition, his work is in many publications, including New American Paintings and John Driscoll’s 1998 book, The Artist and The American Landscape.
ABOUT DAVY ALLARD
Davy Allard has been performing tunes and playing acoustic and electric guitar and many other instruments since he was a kid! While his first public performance was at age 7, his first professional experience was at age 15 playing drums in a high school rock band.
Now residing in Longmont Colorado, he has since performed around the country with such bands as, The Bakersfield Band, The Brent Moyer Band, Featherbed, Buffalo Creek Junction, Loose Change, Big Dog , Cow Dog and The Jen Cleary Band to name a few.
Davy’s currently projects include the Silverwave band, the atom collective and the Honkabilly Heroes.
Stay tuned for our upcoming event details!
Past B.Y.O. Events
We were delighted to have so many of you join us for our February 20th show. We hope you see you again next month on Saturday, March 20th.
Carol Krueger is an award-winning fiber artist who specializes in computer digitized machine embroidery and mixed-media textiles. Her work was recently juried into Italy’s Miniartextile which opened in Lake Como and toured to Paris, France, and to the island of Sardinia. In May, 2021 her piece, The Mindset will appear in the prestigious Quilt National touring exhibit.
Learn more about Carol Krueger at: www.carolkrueger.com.
Plethora of Bliss
Born and raised in Seattle, now residing in Costa Rica, as a child, Bliss was a “forest elf” who enjoyed playing and exploring in the woods around her home. She has been a poet since she could string words together. One day a flatmate was looking for a singer for his original songs. Early in 2020 producer Miguel Garcia, recorded her humming melodies and put them into digital format, which led to the creation and release of several singles. In April 2020, Plethora of Bliss released her first single, Change It All, where she sings about her spiritual awakening and journey in recovery. She has a mission to spread love and light. Her next release, Rising Like a Phoenix, is coming soon.
Learn more about Plethora of Bliss at: https://www.facebook.com/Plethora-of-Bliss-108527404076220/
We were delighted to have so many of you join us for our January 16th show. We hope you see you again next month on Saturday, February 20th.
Valerie A. Szarek is an award-winning poet, artist, performer and Shamanic Practitioner/Healer. She’s a National Poetry Federation plus a Colorado Author’s League 1st place award winner, and Denver Open Media Poet of the Year 2018-2019. She plays Native American Flute, is the artist and owner of Breezy Mountain Leather, and teaches writing workshops at her home in Louisville, Colorado.
Jay Stott begged his parents for a guitar when he was fourteen. Throughout his life, he brought music with him on his adventures throughout the American West. The first song, which came while he was riding shotgun in a truck on the Alaskan Highway, started a creative streak that continues today. He landed in Colorado in the early nineties, which is where he’s lived on and off (mostly on) ever since.
Learn more about Jay Scott at: https://jgstott.com
December’s Alano Club B.Y.O show was particularly special. We had award winning singer/songwriter Paul Sachs come all the way from NYC to mesmerize us with his with stories both in song and from the moments in his life. His story and song, Hank Williams Guitar, was a mix of deep gritty and sweet falsetto notes. This the stuff of music legend. He was clear that his passion for storytelling in song is fueled by his path of recovery.
Learn more about Paul Sachs at: https://paulsachs.com
We were blessed to have our own Mary Link, a member of the Alano Club, reach into our hearts with a poignant spoken-word performance. We experienced the breadth of her creative talent by seeing a sample of her visual art. We learned about how she nurtures the souls of others through her culinary masterpieces and we were lulled tenderly by her voice singing Amazing Grace.
Learn more about Mary at: https://www.thehealthylinkchef.com/about
October’s BYO variety hour featured local blues singer, Karen Finch and visual artist James McFarland. They graced our screens to perform and discuss their music and art and what inspires their creativity.
Karen Finch–a long-time resident of Boulder, and the recovery scene in Boulder–grew up with a wide range of music being a central presence in her childhood home. Karen performs throughout the Front Range as a solo artist and in two bands. Karen is a natural fit to cover the raucous tunes of Janis Joplin, which she does in Purely Pearl. Her other band, Contagious, a 9-piece cover band, was founded during the pandemic.
Learn more about Karen at: https://www.facebook.com/KarenFinchMusic
J. James McFarland has lived all over this great country. He is a commercial illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer. J. James utilizes sequential storytelling as a form of communication. After a powerful moment of clarity, sobriety and a pursuit of acceptance became the cornerstone of his second life. A goal of his work is a desire to build a saner, healthier, more compassionate world.
Learn more about James at: www.jjamesdesignandillustration.com
September’s featured artists local blues singer, Reverend Freakchild and visual artist Marie Stewart from Wood River Valley, Idaho, shared their art and music and what inspires their creativity.
The irreverent Reverend Freakchild, citizen of the universe, primarily performs solo acoustic shows these days. His latest album “The Bodhisattva Blues,” can be found wherever you download music. Learn more about Reverend Freakchild at: http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/
Marie Stewart is an American by passport; kiwi (New Zealander) by birth. She has called Wood River Valley, Idaho home since 1987. Marie’s currant artful fascination includes healing energy of mandalas and capturing the essence of sea and earth creatures on canvas. Learn more about Marie Stewart at: https://www.facebook.com/LivingArtistStudio
Stewart Erlich, originally from New Jersey, has been a beloved local singer-songwriter in the Boulder/Denver area for many years. In years past, his band, WadiRum, has enriched the lives of its audiences with original tunes where Stewart`s moments of catharsis are revealed in his lyrics and melodies. These days he stays close to home where he writes and records as often as possible. For Stewart, the best reason for making music is to share it. He says, “That when we are willing to share ourselves, people share back, and that’s the best.”
In mid-May, the Alano Club launched our first virtual event with Clay Rose who puts words and music to the feelings we’ve felt and the experiences we, who have suffered from active addiction know. Learn more about Clay Rose and his music at: https://gasolinelollipops.bandcamp.com/music
At the end of May, we laughed heartily with award-winning comedian Courtney LeDuc, from Brooklyn, NY. Host, Erica C., reminded us that humor is the one necessary art. And Courtney re-affirmed that humor is absolutely a part of people’s dark time. Enjoy a bit of Courtney’s humor at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6-rUOGVBuBvAEdZZt1PXTw
In June, new co-hosts, Clay Rose and Matt Bodo, who renamed these supporter events the Alano Club B.Y.O., guided us into the creative hearts and souls of two guest artists–musician Danny Schafer and visual artist Sarah Shedd. We learned that Danny has released 27 albums and at his height had performed 275 live shows a year. Sarah shared that her spiritual process of surrender opens up her creative energy. Learn more about Danny Schafer at: https://dannyshafer.bandzoogle.com/home. Learn more about Sarah Shedd at: artshedd.com.
Just this past weekend, country/bluegrass singer Barbara Jo Kammer, and jewelry designer/artist Karen Boelts, graced our computer and mobile device screens. We learned that Karen’s spiritual vision is to inspire positive change. One of her original pieces, a sterling silver pendent, titled Strength, is etched with the powerful saying, Some women fear the fire; other women become the fire. Barbara Jo Kammer’s powerfully rich voice laced with overtones of recovery helped us feel we were closer to Nashville, than Boulder, Colorado. Learn more about Karen at: https://littlebridgetjewelry.com. Learn more about Barbara Jo at: https://www.barbarajokammer.com.
Boulder Alano Club
4800 Baseline Rd. B102
Boulder, CO 80303
(Located next to Big Daddy Bagels)