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The Blind Cafe ~ Concert In The Dark Performance Series

We are excited to announce The Blind Cafe ~ Concert In The Dark Performance Series, a collaborative program between The Blind Cafe & established music acts to hold unparalleled live music performances, all held in complete pitch darkness. These unique and intimate performances will bridge the gap between artists and their audience as they're empowered to participate in an active music listening experience, in the complete and total pitch dark! Both the artists and the audience will remember what is was like to perform, listen & experience to live music without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cells phones.

Love & Rainy Days By Rosh - Live in the dark at The Blind Cafe 2010 Featuring Phil Norman, Rosh and Clay Hamilton

Minutes before the musicians, Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra and The Constellation Prize perform in the dark! The audience ( 100 + people ) are all in the pitch dark in the next room.

It dawned on me that I most likely hadn’t listened to music in the dark like this since I was a young teenager. It was so liberating to allow my mind and ears to focus on instrumentation with no visual input.
— Brian Johnson, The Marquee
I actually cried during your song ‘Transcend’ which is not something I would have let myself do, if I knew that people could see me. But knowing that I was invisible, it was much easier to let my emotions flow and that felt SO healthy! It was also nice to end on a higher emotional note with everyone singing and standing together. Our table was all holding hands and swaying too! I walked out of there with such a happy full heart!”
— Katie Maginnis, Seattle

Your favorite bands performing & interviewed live in the pitch dark!

Our host in the dark, Brian Johnson, who publishes Marquee Magazine will be interviewing the bands live in the dark. He will helping to facilatate a unique and intimate discussion about music playing and listening in the dark, between the audience and musicians live on stage!


About The Blind Cafe ~ Concert In The Dark Performance Series

 

The Blind Cafe Concerts In The Dark Performance Series is a collaborative program between The Blind Cafe & established music acts to hold unparalleled live music music performances held in complete pitch darkness.

Our organization The Blind Cafe, a fiscally sponsored organization under the 501(c)3 of the Boulder County Arts Alliance, creates life-changing special events held in the pitch dark that are facilitated by legally blind persons aimed to initiate positive social change to our guests while benefiting the blind through blind awareness discussions in the dark and proceed donations from our events to local blind organizations.

Our signature event, ‘The Blind Cafe’ consist of a dinner, a discussion and live concert held in the pitch dark for about 100+ guests per evening. The guests can not even see their hands in front of their faces. Our current events sell out with wait lists nation wide.

We are now gearing up to establish partnerships, and launch our Concerts In The Dark Performance Series in 2015 / 2016 nationwide  in the cities of Boulder CO, Austin TX, San Francisco CA, Seattle WA and Portland OR.  

We want to offer the audience and the musicians a like, a unique way to perform and experience music by providing music performances that are held in the pitch dark. We literally re-teach people, through active listening experiences, how to listen again.

The audiences will be empowered to practice active listening as a group, encouraging the audience remember what it was like to listen to music without the distraction of their visual conditioning, social etiquette and cells phones.

This will change the way people listen and appreciate music.

This will also change the way the musicians learn and perform music, challenging them to work at an optimal level of musicianship to master, memorize and perform as a unified group without any sight or visual queues.

In addition to the music performance we will have a Q & A forum with the musicians, live on stage in the dark with the audience between songs. For our Boulder event, will be holding three nights performance, the show will be streamed live online as well as recorded live for distribution after the events.

 


I actually cried during your song ‘Transcend’ which is not something I would have let myself do, if I knew that people could see me. But knowing that I was invisible, it was much easier to let my emotions flow and that felt SO healthy! It was also nice to end on a higher emotional note with everyone singing and standing together. Our table was all holding hands and swaying too! I walked out of there with such a happy full heart!”
— Katie Maginnis, Seattle

Song 'Love & Rainy Days' By 'Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra'


Song 'Hurt' By Nine Inch Nails Covered by 'Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra'


'Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra' rehearsing song 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails' for up coming The Blind Cafe performance in the dark.