In an effort to strengthen music education and experiences throughout Colorado, the Detour program will be heading to several correctional facilities, Colorado towns, and even a Native American reservation this month. The Detour program, headlined by the fierce and persistent Kalyn Heffernan, is part of the Colorado Music Strategy.
The Colorado Music Strategy is a groundbreaking and grassroots strategy to ensure the sustained vibrancy of music in Colorado. Music in Colorado is a creative industry that drives economic vitality, builds community, and improves quality of life for all Coloradans.
Detour, a program created to remove the shroud of celebrity surrounding music through performance and hands-on workshops all around Colorado, will be led by the Colorado Music Ambassador and Berklee-graduate Kyle James Hauser.
Detour’s summer tour begins July 18 at the Colorado Correctional Facility, and ends July 23 at the La Vista Correctional Facility. A second tour will begin sometime this fall in partnership with Take Note schools all over Colorado.
According to Hauser, Detour aims to empower and educate artists and the community, while strengthening ties to the Department of Corrections and Colorado Creative Industries with the Colorado Music Strategy.
“We’re really emphasizing participation over attendance,” said Hauser. “If even just three people come and they’re involved in the workshop, then I would consider that a success.”
While trying to gain permissions to perform at any Colorado correctional facility, Detour found its way in through the Faith and Citizens program, which helped navigate inventories, background checks, and warden approval for filming and recording to let Detour fulfill their goals this year. As for the reservation, Detour worked extensively with the Commission on Indian Affairs and Ernest House to set up their event.
Detour is more than just performing in various locations, however. It also includes musical education workshops, and works in partnerships with Youth on Record, Pueblo Arts Alliance, iAm Music, and Spark Dance.
Heffernan, a member of Youth on Record and producer for the hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp, has been an advocate and educator for the disabled for years (even getting into a Twitter fight with Goodwill over disabled workers’ pay). Heffernan will be joined by other musicians including Michelle Rocqet, Gregg Zlemba, and Wesley Watkins.
Detour is a statewide music touring program that combines music performance with community engagement and highlights Colorado’s rich and diverse communities and musical assets. The first Detour was led by the Flobots and covered communities, from the southeast to northwest Colorado, culminating at Pedal the Plains. The second Detour covered Buena Vista, Carbondale, and Colorado Springs and culminated and focused on “tiny” homes and sustainability. The third, a partnership between Colorado and Wyoming, will cover northern Colorado and southern Wyoming and the theme will be determined by the bands and selected communities.