Saturday, October 5
The Current Presents Gaelynn Lea with Wheelchair Sports Camp, Billy McLaughlin, and DJ FunSize
Join Gaelynn Lea and her full band for an evening of music that defies genres and labels. Gaelynn will be hosting her first-ever showcase at The Ordway, and has invited a radical group of talented artists to join her onstage. From hip-hop to acoustic guitar and everything in between, the audience will be taken on a musical joyride that is sure to include artist collaboration, heartfelt lyrics, political insight, and lots of laughs.
A limited number of discounted tickets are available for low-income patrons who are unable to afford the full ticket price. Please enter promo code GAELYNN at checkout if you wish to purchase these discounted tickets.
6:30pm Talk-back and Q&A
Reception to follow
An all-ages event.
Recommended Concert Hall seating locations for ASL interpretation are on the main floor between rows C, D, E, and F, seats 301–306.
For additional wheelchair accessible seating locations, please contact the Ticket Office at 651.224.4222.
Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and she’s been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. “Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie.” In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts.
Wheelchair Sports Camp
Combining humor, radical political perspectives, compassion, and undeniable musical chops, Wheelchair Sports Camp is Denver’s biggest smallest band. Fronted by the wheelchair-using, rapping, beat-making activist Kalyn, the band uses live and electronic instruments to create their own noisy, jazzy, experimental take on hip-hop.
Emmy-award winner Billy McLaughlin plays guitar that defies gravity, medical experts, and other guitar players who say it can’t be done. He is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques, and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. Come see and hear for yourself.
Introduced to the joys of record playing & collecting at a (very) early age, DJ FunSize represents a New Skool millennial diggin’ the Old Skool. DJ FunSize is a vinyl-only DJ who’s been spinning records since well before he could walk! He plays a variety of events in Minnespolis, including The Electric Fetus Record Store Day for the past three years. “I try to select music for each gig that will guarantee a unique and memorable music experience for all.” His primary genres are disco, house, and funk.