Electronic show tonight to benefit Steamboat Amnesty chapter
February 22, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Tonight you can find local resident Jasmine Marchman front and center at Ghost Ranch Saloon, dancing to the beats of Northwest-based electronic music producer Doug Appling, known behind the tables as Emancipator.
But she's there for more than a good time.
Five years ago, Marchman launched the Colorado Mountain College chapter of Amnesty International, and the electronic music show featuring Emancipator and New York hip-hop producer Blockhead (Tony Simon) is one of several fundraisers scheduled to support the club.
Tonight's fundraiser is $15 at the door, and after the band fees, all of the proceeds will go toward sending about six members of the human rights group to a national convention in San Francisco.
The show starts at about 9 p.m. at Ghost Ranch Saloon, which donated space for the rare Tuesday night show. The venue's normal Tuesday evening activity, Steamboat Stomp country dancing, will resume next week.
Marchman said the CMC chapter comprises students who participate in letter-writing campaigns to political leaders all across the world regarding human rights violations. The club also was involved in bringing former death row inmate Juan Melendez to Routt County to speak about being proved innocent and exonerated from his sentence.
At the upcoming national convention, Marchman said attendees will hear from speakers who have been helped by other Amnesty efforts, as well as participate in a variety of educational activities.
"You go to workshops, specifically about actions you can take within your community and where you can help people," Marchman said.
She said she plans to organize a bowling event and a free trade fair in spring to further help support the club.
For tonight's fundraiser, Marchman and her boyfriend Corey Bach looked into what bands were touring across Colorado, and settled on the electronic duo because it matched their own tastes and a current popular trend in dance music.
"We know that people will like the band," she said.
Emancipator, who has appeared at numerous summer festivals and headlined late night parties for bands like Sound Tribe Sector Nine, is a classically trained string instrument player who often mixes his own guitar and violin samples into emotional soundscapes and ethereal downtempo beats.
He is on tour with Blockhead, who uses a more forceful sound and limitless knowledge of the hip-hop realm in his electronic music. He's known for producing several tracks for hip-hop legend Aesop Rock.
Marchman said she plans to have a table at the event but anticipates the evening to remain mostly about the music.
"It's just primarily to have a good time," said Marchman, who hopes to be involved with her passion for global human rights for the rest of her life. "But it could be a good introduction into what Amnesty does. I feel like it's one of those things if we can get the name out there, that's the first step."
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@SteamboatToday.com