Thank you! To everyone who came out to support the new MUSE Live! by dining at Photo's Hotdogs yesterday. Thank you also to the donors at the concert. I appreciate your support for MUSE Live! A special thank you shout out to Steve who drove alllllll the way from Dekalb, IL for the concert (1.5 hour drive)! Thank you! I am honored and it was nice to see you again. Best wishes on your travels! Thanks also to Tara and Don and Palatine Chiropractor Dr. Pyzik, and Hannah the new production assistant. I will find out from Photo's, hopefully tonight, how much we raised for the show and post it here when I have received the check. We are also planning a few more fundraisers for MUSE Live. I will update you here and on my social media pages. AND... if you would like to make a donation to the new MUSE Live! and sign the wall sheet which will hang in the gala Grand Premiere opening of the show on September 14th, please send a check to Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 126, Palatine, IL 60078, or you can contact me at email@example.com for more details and sponsorship/advertiser package information. I wish for you all a wonderful weekend! Peace, Barb
Wow! it's July! Happy 4th! I had a blast dressing up as a zombie for the 4th of July Parade in Palatine. We handed out leaflets and baggies from teh Chamber of Commerce for the big 3rd annual Hallowen Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! on October 28th. Nothing like mixing up the holidays a bit! LOL! Here is a link to the photos. Now it's back to serious preparations for the MUSE Live! Fundraiser at Photo's Hotdogs this coming Wednesday, July 12th. When you dine at Photo's between 10:30 AM and 9:00 PM and tell the clerk you want 25% of the purchase price to go to MUSE Live! we get it! yay!! And, every donor gets to add their name to the sheet which we will hang at the MUSE Live! gala Grand Premiere Opening on September 14th. AND..."wait there's more!".... at 7:00PM on July 12th I am giving a special Thank You! concert for everyone. So come out and join us. It's NOT a school night! It's Summertime! yay!!!!
I am so happy that the weather has lightened up a little bit from the oppressive heat earlier this month. The flowers I planted are starting to bloom and the concerts and events are coming together nicely. I just dropped off 7 different leaflets at the Chamber of Commerce for the different upcoming concerts and events in the area. So, if you come to the Palatine Parade on Saturday July 1st, at 11 am, you get a free goody bag from the chamber as we march along. The bags are filled with not only my leaflets but swag from all the other local businesses. They do a really nice job. Here is the link to the concerts and events coming up. You can purchase tickets here as well: Click here. Personally I have been riding my bike a lot and loving the weather! There is something that just so thrills the little kid inside of me still about riding through water puddles and seeing the trail it leaves behind, hearing the "sssssss" sound of the wheels running through the water, feeling the wind speed in my hair and keeping me cool, getting tons of exercise especially on windy days with resistance training. And of course.. banking the bike left and right as I turn the corners I feel like Mario Andretti on a bicycle LOL!
Wow! It's June already! I am totally enjoying this weather! Have been riding my bike all over town, busily booking concerts and working on the special events this year.
On September 10th I am also giving a special fundraising concert for Christ in the Wilderness in Stockton, IL. I hope you can make it. Tickets are available here. The concert is an early concert at 2:30 so that folks from the city can make it too.
The Annual Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! is shaping up nicely. For more info on that event and to purchase tickets click here
Christmas in July is also shaping up to be a ton of fun!. Vendors, shopping, live entertainment, and Santa Claus!!! Click here for more info
And.. I am super grateful to the new interns this year who are helping pull everything together! Yay!!! Thank you so much to Hannah, Jobeth, HHH marketing, Lauren and more to come! :)
MUSE LIVE! The popular public access television show I produced between 1996 and 2004 is coming back LIVE! The first show kicks off on September 14th, 7pm at the Grand Cinema in the Grant at Twin Lakes. It's going to be a Grand Re-Opening of the show! A Grand time for all! How many more takes on the word Grand can I think of? LOL!!! I hope you can all make it... be sure to bring the grandparents, grandkids, etc.. LOL. Click here for more info and tickets
The Community Christmas Concert Series in December is already taking bookings. If you have a venue and woudl like to have a Christmas concert there, please contact us. Click here to send us a note
Well that is it for today. I am sitting here with my new intern Hannah showing her how to update things on the website. And we have tons more to do. Talk to you soon I hope you all have a great day! Peace, Barb
Time sure seems to fly when you're having fun! I had been tinkering around on and off on an art installation I wanted to put on the front wall at my office space in my "spare" time to take my mind off of "work". A project for that rainy day weekend hobby. Then out of the blue a local village offered a small stipend to artists for special projects. So I submitted the idea. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes through. That would be a fun thing to do! :)
In the meanwhile, I have also been busily booking concerts and working on business plans for various projects and tours. Tweaking things a bit. Am still hustling to get those contaracts in so I can tell you all when and where I will be playing. Thanks for keeping on and asking me. I would love to tell you but until those are in my hand, I can't say a word. Fear not. I will post the announcements here and on the email blasts. I hope you all have a great day! Peace, Barb
Wow! I had a great time last night! Spent 4 hours at the Palatine Chamber of Comerce YEA shark tank in Palatine. (YEA is the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The student I mentored won first place and received twice as much as he had asked for and now gets to go to Rochester, NY for the national cmpetition and win a scholarship for school! Congratulations Gabe! Thank you to the Chamber for asking me to be a part of this. I had a fun time all year!
Oh, it's tax season... everyone is super busy around here doing their taxes. I am taking the easy way out this year since I am swamped with booking season, preparing for the tour, and also that big special event "Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! 2017" in Palatine.
I am really grateful that I am so organized. I know exactly where all those receipts are that still need to be entered by Autumn. LOL!
I am super busy right now. Have been working on practicing some more for the upcoming tours, updating this darned website, scheduling concertds and travel arrangements. Have also been working with a few new folks like Jackson the new booking agent, and Anthony Deering an awesome new photographer. I enjoyed playing "dress up Barbie Doll" as we went through different outfits for various events and concerts. I am also really enjoying this spring weather. Yay!!! I put all my plants outside to get some sunshine... and it's been grey since then LOL! Say la Vie! :) . Well, I have to run, just wanted to try out this new blog on my website. It might not be the final rendition, but for now I am happy it is working. Yes, the Wordpress blog is still functional, we are working on integrating it into this website. Thanks for your patience with rebuilding it. Peace, Barb
What is the furthest you have toured?: Furthest west is Alaska and Hawaii, furthest east is Berlin Germany, furthest north is Barrow Alaska, furthest south is Dallas Texas
How do you do what you do?: Balancing work, pleasure, play, fun, creativity, practice, networking
How many songs have you written?: I have written a few hundred. Not all have been recorded.
Do you have any pets?: I have two acquariums with snails, and one terrarium I am preparing for neon tetras
Did you have to go to school to be a musicians?: The kind of musician I am, included a college degree in Chemistry. For myself, I learned that it wasn't just about a higher more challenging use of my brain via education, but about learning to travel amidst many types of circles. A musicians meets all kinds of interesting and fascinating characters on the road.
Days Till the Northwest US Totality! Tour (July 26 - September 26, 2017)
Days till the Community Christmas Concert Series (December 1 - 25, 2017)
Days till the Europe Sky, Water, Clay, Fire, Rock, ICE tour (May 1 - July 10, 2017)
Susan Galvez Fan
"If you have not heard Barb singing a lullaby in German or yodeling for a king, give your ears and mind a treat and see Barb in concert" ....... those are some of my favorites songs!"...Susan Galvez. Palatine, Illinois
Barb’s engaging songs draw people in. Her audience often joins her in joy filled sing-alongs. Barb is also an excellent story teller, she tells amazing facts about her songs in a highly entertaining ways. Barb Sorensen has a vast range and sings in German and English She sings early American and German Folk Songs along with modern Pop Rock and Kids Lullaby’s. Barb’s informal friendly approachable joyous style is perfect for family gatherings in a park, Historical Re-enactments, and all sizes [sic] concert settings. Heinz Thiel
Kim Parent of Barb's Music class student
She Looks Up To You. Thank you so much for keeping us informed of your career. Gretchen almost cried when she heard your "Snowflake" song! Honest!! She just looks up to you and always has. Kim, United States - 15 January 2006
Joyce & Tony Fans
"My husband and I have been to several of Barb's concerts. We are very impressed with her songwriting abilities and her enthusiasm for performing. Barb loves singing and playing her guitar, and it shows!" - Joyce and Tony T., Downers Grove, Illinois
Keith Fort / Director Screamfest B96 Chicago Entertainment Producer
"Barb is very creative, extremely hardworking, willing to go far above and beyond the norm. Her transformation as an actress was stunning and a wonder to behold. She was always one of the first to offer her time and talents to help promote the show, and I endorse her heartily. Thanks, Barb! and Keep rockin'!"
Neal Reynolds Fan//Author
It's well past midnight as I write this and I can't stop listening to acoustic pop/rock singer/songwriter Barb Kronau-Sorensen's CD "Walk That Mile"! It has that rare quality where the songs are both immediately pleasing to the ear and catchy, yet don't wear out their welcome upon repeated hearings. In fact, upon each listen the songs become even more aesthetically pleasing, while one develops a deeper appreciation of the melodies, instrumentation, and extra layers and levels of meaning to the lyrics. I can't decide if my favorite song is "The Sound of Your Soul" or "Because I Am" -- I like the overall sensuous, Caribbean feel and emotion of "Soul" the best, yet I can't resist the unexpected melodic variations and vocal stylings of the last two and a half lines of each verse of the rockin' "Because I am". "Because I Am" vividly conveys the singer's delight at her formerly stick-in-tne-mud lover's unexpected romantic revival -- which has happily turned her into his fool as well. "The Sound of Your Soul" combines the musical styles of lite jazz and Jamaican music to set a warm, loving mood... a wash of sound that magically conveys the depth of the love the singer feels for her love, as she basks in the glow and feels ever closer to, almost one with, his soul. The CD opens with the infectiously catchy instrumentation of the pop rock song "Walk That Mile", wherein the singer tells of the lesson she has learned, that she has to follow her own path, not those others would choose for her. A familiar lesson perhaps, but one seldom conveyed with as much feel, strength, and good 'ol fashioned rock 'n roll fun than it is here. In fact, from the moment the song begins it is clear that this entire CD is a fully professional quality work of art, from the highly skilled playing and singing to the crisp high fidelity recording with absolutely no background noise -- an impeccable job all the way around. The fourth song on the CD, the catchy dance club style "Possessive Obsession", breaks somewhat with Sorensen's acoustic tradition by using techno-pop studio tricks and electronics -- to good effect. And it's interesting to hear a story of a woman being possessed by love for a change, as we have a tendency to think of obsessive love as a purely male phenomenon. Also unexpected for an independent label is how fully professional the packaging and graphic design of the CD is, with the inclusion of lyrics and several lovely and festive photographs of the singer, whose beautiful voice is matched only by her visual beauty. Anyone who has had the good fortune to have seen one of this very intelligent singer/songwriter's beautiful, energetic (and downright fun!) concerts knows that she has an incredible wealth of original material -- so my only complaint is that only a few them have been recorded so far. Let us hope she gets another CD released soon. In the meantime, if you're looking for a wonderful musical pickup during the winter doldrums (or any time), something that is both romantic, fun, and insightful, I can't recommend a better CD than Barb Sorensen's "Walk That Mile".
440 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 126, Palatine, US 60078
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