Digital Connections

 
Digital Connections

The ASU Gammage mission is Connecting Communities™. In these challenging, ever-changing times we will continue our mission even if the “connecting” is through digital platforms.

We need the arts more than ever. We are offering FREE digital experiences including masterclasses, fun demos and other experiences for you to engage with us. 

8/13 Beams: AJJ (Sean Bonnette solo)

AJJ (Sean Bonnette solo) FOLK-PUNK
Beams: a live online music series
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

Watch on ASU Kerr's YouTube or Facebook Live

Discretion advised: a few instances of strong language may occur.

AJJ frontman Sean Bonnette joins us for an extra-awesome edition of our weekly Beams online music series! We'll hear AJJ tunes, including some from January 2020's full-length "Good Luck Everybody." The record is a change of pace from the idiosyncratic songwriting style Bonnette has honed over more than 15 years fronting AJJ. It still features his wonderfully weird turns of phrase and oddball word pairings, but this time, his thematic lens is more directly focused on the inescapable atrocities of the world around him.

Much like Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs pulled their songs straight from newspaper headlines,
"Good Luck Everybody" feels like a long scroll through social media feeds on a particularly volatile day. For all of its dark leanings and its pessimistic reflections on modern culture, AJJ hopes that fans will ultimately come out of the album in a hopeful place. By its final track, “A Big Day for Grimley,” it feels like AJJ is holding the listener’s hand, staring at the looming apocalypse ahead and whispering a message into their ear: "Good luck, everybody."

Bonnette’s own solo quarantine streams have been getting thousands of viewers each night. This is a show for the fans, the soon-to-be fans and anyone wanting to celebrate Arizona music by getting together for a show. Tune in as Bonnette performs from his home to yours!

Watch on Facebook Live

8/19 gather: a live online storytelling series

gather: a live online storytelling series
Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Watch on YouTube or Facebook Live  

This month’s theme is “Go Back and Get It.” Storytellers and host to be announced soon!

Watch on Facebook Live

8/20 Beams: Raquel Denis

Raquel Denis INDIE FOLK-POP
Beams: a live online music series
Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Watch on ASU Kerr's YouTube or Facebook Live
 

Singer-songwriter and poet Raquel Denis writes about her life as an Afro-Latina in Arizona and the experiences her communities face. Her heart-centered music is expressive, dreamy and soothing at times, with a keen lyrical sensibility. She has performed at some of the Valley’s best venues, and even done a KJZZ Tiny Desert Concert! Experience Denis’ entrancing live presence and send your positive comments and questions during the show.

Watch on Facebook Live

8/24 Masterclass: Create A Time Capsule

Create A Time Capsule

Monday, August 24 at 4 p.m.

Join via Facebook Live

During this adult masterclass, teaching artist Nik Ridley will walk you through practicing self-care, reflection, and connecting with others by drawing and painting. He will be joined by TAP Cohort member Cyndi Standley who will help walk you through this experience.

Watch on Facebook Live

8/27 Beams: Moabi

Moabi AFRICAN, JAZZ, WORLD MUSIC
Beams: a live online music series
Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Watch on ASU Kerr's YouTube or Facebook Live

Moabi Kotu is a dynamic recording artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Born in Mafikeng and raised in Soweto, South Africa his musical passion started from his home, listening to his father's jazz, gospel, R&B and African music records. The music of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Letta Mbuli, Caiphus Semenya, Brenda Fassie, Bayete, Mbongeni Ngema, Sankomota, Stimela, Dr. Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Lucky Dube and Blondie Makhene, among other artists from South Africa, influenced him heavily; these were the artists on the radio at that time in South Africa.

He currently has three albums, a debut entitled "Emakhaya," which means "home." His second album, "B.O.A.T.S" (Based On African True Stories), was just completed. once it's possible, Kotu will tour major cities in the U.S. and do a homecoming tour in South Africa. During lockdown, he took the opportunity to collaborate with musicians from Congo, Nigeria, Swaziland and South Africa to complete "The Collaboration EP," available online.

Join us for all of Moabi's amazing sounds and hear how jazz, African music, reggae and his experiences in South Africa and the U.S. have influenced this wonderful performer!

"As I travel the world, I want to inspire kids and everyone in the deep villages of Africa--every township--that their dreams are valid and they can be anything they want to be if they put their minds into it."
-Moabi 

Watch on Facebook Live

8/31 Masterclass: Intro to Shakespeare

Intro to Shakespeare

Monday, August 31 at 5 p.m.

Join via Facebook Live

Join teaching artist Breona Conrad for a brief overview at the art of Shakespeare in Performance and tips on how to approach Shakespeare with confidence!

Watch on Facebook Live