For FoCo Musician, Metheny Means More

From learning to play trumpet at Lincoln Middle School, to his jazz band debuting at The Lincoln Center, to co-headlining with Pat Metheny at the Toronto Jazz Festival; seeing Pat Metheny perform at the LC is a little bit like life coming full circle for local musician and entrepreneur Ed Goodman.

Before the Lincoln Center became the place to experience music and culture in Fort Collins, it was Lincoln Middle School. It was also where Goodman began playing the trumpet. His love for playing the instrument continued into high school as he took professional gigs in Denver playing backup for the likes of Tony Bennett and Doc Severinsen, Johnny Carson’s famed bandleader.

It was meeting Doc Severinsen that changed the direction of Goodman’s life. “[Doc] helped me understand that if I was ever going to be what I wanted to be, I needed to imagine that was me when I listened to great players, and to experience it in my mind as if it’s already true. If I couldn’t imagine it for myself, I’d never be any good.”

That conversation with Doc would always be on Goodman’s mind, from the creation of his own jazz ensemble to building his small business, Spiral Experiences, later in life.

After attending Colorado State University on a performing arts scholarship — where he studied both Engineering and Music— he ended up in Las Vegas playing at places such as the MGM Grand where he performed with greats like Diana Ross.

When he decided to form a jazz band of his own, Doc Severinsin’s words were still on his mind. He was determined to make a great jazz band, and he did.

In only six short weeks, he and his younger brother, Dave Goodman, formed the jazz band, Kinesis, in Fort Collins. They found investors and hired a total of eight musicians and a sound engineer (who he affectionately called their ninth performer). Then, they went to The Lincoln Center and sold out the Performance Hall.

Kinesis at the Lincoln Center in the 80s.


After that, Kinesis went straight to Caribou Ranch to record their first album after being signed by Head First Records. Music fans may recognize this iconic studio in Nederland, Colorado where other famous musicians like Elton John, Chicago, John Denver, and Steely Dan recorded. However, if you want this Kinesis album, they sell at auction for as much as $1, 000 unwrapped.

Kinesis then went on tour for four and a half years playing all over North America, including the Toronto Jazz Festival, where they co-headlined with Pat Metheny. Rumor had it that afterward Metheny wore a Kinesis shirt in some of his shows.

Naturally, Goodman is excited to see Pat Metheny come to the stage that launched Kinesis all those years ago.

“[ Metheny and his musicians] would sit down and talk about where the world was, and who they were as people and musicians. […] The music would flow out of the way they viewed the world and their life at the time, ” Goodman said. “Nobody else does it quite like that.”

For him, listening to Metheny is an experience like no other. “On the surface, you could say, it’s just really amazing and beautiful. But when you listen in a deeper way, you hear nuance and expression and interplay between the voices in the group that is unprecedented. […] Their ability to read each other on stage is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. They’re at another level.”

“If you know [Metheny’s] music, ” Goodman continued, “when you go live, they are not necessarily sticking to the script. With a look, they take off on alternative chord structures on the fly. You can see them smiling as they follow each other.”

For tickets to see An Evening with Pat Metheny at the Lincoln Center, click here.

Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition and Symposium Opens this Weekend

The gallery is knee-deep in ceramics this week as the installation for “Contemporary Ceramics” is underway. Stop by Sept 6-8, 1-5 p.m., to see artist Walter McConnell in action as he creates his “moist clay” installation — a sculptural tableau that will be not fired, but encased in plastic for the duration of the exhibit. Over the weekend there are several opportunities to engage with five additional visiting artists with a Panel Discussion on Friday, September 9, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Columbine Room and with Pottery Demonstrations on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at CSU’s Pottery Studio in the Visual Arts Building on campus. Admission to the Panel Discussion is free. Tickets for the Demonstrations are $20 for the general public and free for PSD, FRCC and CSU students – available at Everyone must register to reserve a space for the demonstrations.

The Artstream Nomadic Gallery is a unique pottery gallery inside a renovated 1967 Airstream trailer and offers and additional option for purchasing hand-made functional pottery on Friday and Saturday of the opening weekend of the exhibit. Students at CSU designed and created the shelving and display units for the Artstream gallery in CSU’s “FabLab” or digital fabrication laboratory. The trailer will be on site at the Lincoln Center on Friday, September 9, 4-9 p.m. and at CSU’s Visual Arts Building on Saturday, September 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This project is the culmination of a two-year partnership between the Lincoln Center and Colorado State University’s Department of Art and Art History. CSU Art professors Sanam Emami and Del Harrow selected the artists for the exhibition as a small collection of artists working in a broad array of ceramics from functional pottery to figurative and abstract sculpture. CSU pottery students made 1, 500 lbs of clay for McConnell’s sculpture and a few advanced students will assist him in the installation.

Maria Bamford Follows the Love

Comedian Maria Bamford’s specialty is getting on stage and telling stories about some of life’s most awkward moments, which she’ll do in her signature style at the Lincoln Center this month.

Awarded the 2016 ‘Breakout Comedy Star of the Year’ at the esteemed Just for Laughs Festival, Bamford is the first female comedian to star in two Comedy Central specials. She also voices numerous characters on popular animated shows like Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” and Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time.”

Bamford’s latest role as “Lady Dynamite, ” a semi-autobiographical comedy about her journey back into entertainment and her struggles with Bipolar disorder, has received critical acclaim for bringing light to the stigma of mental illness.

From a young age Bamford has been inclined towards humor, initially experimenting with her voices as a child. “I did it as a result of wanting to impersonate my mom as well as get attention, ” she said; but she’s continued to use them to enhance her storytelling rather than her repertoire.

“I really liked and still love comedians and it felt natural to go to open mics, I looked forward to it, ” Bamford says. She was drawn to pursue comedy professionally because of the sense of community and comradery: “It just seemed to be where the love was, where I belonged.”

Her best tip for aspiring comedians? “I guess the same thing I’ve experienced — go where the love is — where you feel inspired.” She went on to say that if such a place can’t be found, create it. If someone creates something original, people are bound to take notice.

It also doesn’t help to be overly competitive — “be kind to yourself and others. It’s frightening to put your work out there and everybody is in the same boat, ” she says.

“The beauty, the clean air and performing with my best friend [and opener] Jackie Kashian!” are what excites her most about performing in Fort Collins. Recently married, Bamford said the audience should expect “Love/hope soundscapes” in the upcoming show.

See Bamford live Sunday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Center. Tickets are available here for $32.50.

What’s The Big Deal?

The Lincoln Center believes that music, art, and culture are an essential to the lifeblood of the community. We want every community member, regardless of financial status, to have the opportunity to see Broadway-level productions of Pippin, or experience the world-famous Russian National Ballet Theatre perform Swan Lake for the first time. That is why we are introducing The Big Deal, a set of deeply discounted tickets available in the final rows of the theater, so anyone can come see the uplifting music of Rent, be transformed by the heart-stopping dance of MOMIX, or laugh along with the irrepressible Whose Live Anyway? improv troupe.

Now that is a big deal!

These tickets are available for many Lincoln Center presented shows at up to 50% off of regular priced tickets—going as low as $15 per seat.

We have a great season, and we want everyone to share in it! But Big Deal tickets are limited, so get them before they are gone.

You can get Big Deal Tickets on the following 2016-2017 shows:

An Evening with Pat Metheny (SEP 22)
Whose Live Anyway? (SEP 29)
MOMIX: Opus Cactus (OCT 1)
The Capitol Steps (OCT 9)
THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 (NOV 10)
RENT 20th Anniversary – National Tour (DEC 1-3)
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old (DEC 13)
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (DEC 20)
Once  – National Tour (JAN 12-14)
The Hillbenders present TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry (JAN 22)
One Man Star Wars (FEB 9)
Russian National Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake (FEB 15)
Art Garfunkel (MAR 8)
Complexions (MAR 22)
Sir James Galway (MAR 26)
Che Malambo (APR 13)
Pippin – National Tour (APR 27-29)