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Luke Brogden

Special Education Teacher, Reporter, Promoter, Songwriter, Knox County Schools, Blank Newspaper, Southern Cities, From the Living Room in Knoxville

Building Artistic Community... From The Living Room

PRESENTED ON MAY 11, 2017
IN KNOXVILLE @ VOL 23

Luke Brogden spent parts of his first decade of adulthood working for national concert promoter AC Entertainment, playing in local bands like Southern Cities, writing about music for publications like Blank Newspaper and throwing together house party shows. The house party shows proved the most fun and artistically rewarding, and he started his own series called From the Living Room. Finding new artists, locations and other series to collaborate with has given him the opportunity to be a part of Knoxville’s part of a national house concert movement.

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BY JOE REYES
@ VOL 19 ON AUG 25, 2015

Joe Reyes owes his work ethic to his family and the discipline they instilled in him. The promise of work in Mexico’s silver mines attracted his great grandfather’s family, but the Mexican Revolution sent his family fleeing north to Texas. His early exposure to music came in the form of folkloric Mexican music, but it was “Los Beatles” that struck a chord. Joe Reyes’ presentation shares his musical journey that included different acts, international tours and even a Grammy win and a Latin Grammy nomination. 

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Obsessive-Compulsive Musician

BY PETER LANDI
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 16, 2016

Peter Landi describes how he got into making music and how it's became a huge part in life. From his first band to recording with the drummer of his favorite band, he recounts his struggle to make it as a musician and how he got to living his dream.

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A Brief History of KHoRM

BY KIKI SCHUELER
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Kiki Schueler traces the unexpected and unlikely path from her first house concert in 2005 to show number 236 a dozen years later. All of it happening in an intimate "venue" in her basement she likes to call Kiki's House of Righteous Music. She always says she does it for herself, but it's nice (not to mention less awkward) when other people show up.

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What is a Musician?

BY ELIZABETH SIMCOCK
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Elizabeth Simcock wants to explore how we understand the word "musician." Musicians are powerful: picture people fawning over a lead singer on guitar. But musicians are also powerless: imagine the parent saying, "You're doing WHAT for a living?" Being a musician has a certain mystique that is captivating, even though the reality can be challenging in every way possible. But saying, "I am a musician." What does that really mean? Come along on a 20x20-second ride that may change the way you think of yourself.

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BY DALE MIKKELSEN
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 06, 2018

Dale Mikkelsen has dedicated his career to the pursuit of sustainable community planning, focusing on energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building. 

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Fresno's Harmony House

BY GINA LENEE PERKINS
@ VOL 35 ON JAN 09, 2019

Gina Lenee talks about the Harmony House; how she took her love of travel and incorporated it into her home ane community music venue.

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From Writer's Room to Center Stage

BY ROCHELLE REYNOLDS
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Do you know how to bring a story to life? Rochelle Reynolds; Founder and Artistic Director of Quarter Century Theatre does, and she'll be shedding some light on the mysterious world of live theatre. There's no business like show business, and now you'll have the inside scoop on what it takes to make it big!

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Restoration of Bandstand, Pump Room Gardens

BY ARCHIE PITTS
@ VOL 3 ON APR 11, 2019

Archie Pitts talks about the rescue of the 130 year-old bandstand in the Pump Room Gardens.

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Where Did My Passion for Community Building Come From?

BY ALI DIENG
@ VOL 28 ON MAY 22, 2019

Community organizer and activist Ali Dieng shares his passion for community building and how his unique background shaped his ambition to serve.