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What is The Boulder Blind Cafe Experience?
The Boulder Blind Cafe Experience is our Boulder based award-winning positive social change experience, held entirely in 100% darkness, no blindfolds! You will break bread with others over a vegan & gluten-free dinner served family-style, engage in a social impact Q&A/discussion with legally Blind Ambassadors, and lose yourself to an intimate live music listening experience...all in 100% pure, certified organic Blind Cafe Darkness!
Featured Blind Cafe Performing Artists:
Experience Live Music In 100% Darkness...
without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette & cell phones!
Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra | Dango Rose of Elephant Revival | Andrew Forbes + musical guests.
What's on the menu?
There are three components to The Blind Cafe Experience:
Dinner in the dark!
What's on the menu? A vegan & gluten-free special mystery dinner. We offer a dark chocolate & kombucha social reception before going into the dark. In the dark, you will break bread with strangers and good friends alike, share inspiring stories and meaningful conversation, and experience live music… all experienced 100% in the dark! We source local ingredients as much as possible from local farmer’s markets.. designing the menu based on the season and the availability of donations from the community.
A social impact discussion in the dark!
In our award winning, positive social change community awareness discussion, you will participate in a group discussion/Q & A between the audience and our legally blind, amazing, heart-felt, blindness ambassadors. They will share their personal stories with you and you will have the chance to learn, ask questions, and discuss their personal experiences of blindness. All this in the dark with the entire room all paying attention.
A Music In The Dark Experience
Music In The Dark Experience curated by Dango Rose of Elephant Revival & Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra
Ever wonder what it like to experience a live music performance in complete pitch darkness? Blind Cafe Music Productions brings an emotionally powerful music listening experience. These unique and intimate performances bridge the gap between the artist and their audience as they're empowered to participate in an active music listening experience, in the complete and total pitch dark! Learn what it was like to experience live music without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cells phones.
Founder of Colorado's beloved Elephant Revival, Dango Rose will be performing in the dark with musical guests.
Bio: From Dango - Throughout the winding trails of tour life, performances large and small, the chance encounters, the audiences celebrated, and all the spaces in between -- underlies the song and the story. In music and rhythm, lyric and rhyme, there is perception; a deep understanding and embodiment of experience that translates through story and song. My intention is to share these experiences with you.
Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra
Since 2010, Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra has specialized in performing in the complete and total pitch dark at Blind Cafe events across the USA. Rosh, an American songwriter, born in Boston, MA, stumbled upon a temporary 'cafe in the dark' while on tour in 2007 in Reykjavik Iceland. It was so dark, he could not even see his hands in front of his face. It was then that he dreamed up the idea of creating positive social change experiences in the dark, intended to help people 'see' their world from a new perspective.
In 2010, the first Blind Cafe event was launched with the formation of The Blind Cafe Orchestra accompanying Rosh's original songwriter music. The Blind Cafe Orchestra is an evolving and rotating group of musicians, consisting of bass, piano, female vocals, and more! If you’re really lucky, you’ll get to catch Rosh & BCO with cello, violin & viola. This rare and unique approach to listening to music in the dark, with an array of various instrumentation, has led them to perform for over 20,000 people in the dark since 2010.
Special Musical Guests
Your 'Music In The Dark Curators' Dango Rose of Elephant Revival & Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra will be bringing you both well-known and soon to be 'discovered in the dark' musical guests, featured performing artists, acts and more worldwide.
Past Special Guests
An American piper trained in Canada and raised on rock, with a career spanning two decades bringing bagpipe music to all manners of person and beast, Andrew Forbes has distinguished himself as a world-class piper with a style and sound as unique as it is powerful. Living in New York City, playing with Scottish Octopus, the Iona Scottish Session, the New York City Tartan Week Festival, and gigging and recording regularly with some of the top talent in celtic music, as well as commercial and ceremonial contracts in a variety of genres. He released three albums from 2011-2015, and is continuing to work on many more releases coming very soon. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Forbes' is returning to his hometown for this very special St. Patrick's day weekend. "Forbes is an adventurer on the pipes with a hunger for dangerous edges. He tears it up!" Elias Alexander, piper for MAC, Seven Nations and Bywater Band.
Dismantling Racism In The Dark Experience with Pedro Silva
About this pilot program.
Last spring, we received a grant from the City of Boulder to 'pilot' our Blind Cafe Dismantling Racism In The Dark Experience during the daytime hours of our E-Town Blind Cafe Experience events March 16-18, 2018. The impact was profound, and we intend to continue this program. Our intention is to explore how we can use the engagement of community, socially in 100% darkness as an agent for expanding awareness of how we relate to others with the involuntary distractions of our visual conditioning, social etiquette and our cell phones. Be on the lookout for more Dismantling Racism in the Dark programs!
Pedro Silva is a Husband, Parent, Minister, Poet, “Pro-activist”, and engaged human being. He works with communities on maximizing the power of communicating across difference with a balance of both candor and care. He has led community conversations on race in the City of Boulder, is a core volunteer organizer with the nationally recognized Living Room Conversations program, member of the Boulder County Caucus of Together Colorado, and serves as Associate Minister at First Congregational Church Boulder, UCC. The Blind Cafe will be piloting several pilot Dismantling Racism In The Dark Workshop Experience will be announced soon! Read more about Pedro's work!
Who supports this pilot Program?
Rocky Mountain Justice & Peace Center, First Congregational Church, YWCA Boulder, Boulder County Arts Alliance, E-Town, Rockdale Innovations and METAS.
Tickets On Sale Now!
February 28 - March 2, 2019 | Boulder, CO
An award winning in-depth Live Music Listening Experience, Social Change Discussion & Dinner held in 100% darkness, no blindfolds!
| Advanced Tickets Only |
Location of this pop-up experience: First Congregational Church