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Mini Music Festival – Artist Panel Discussion

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Athena Project Festival Mini Music Festival - Panel Discussions

The artist panel will feature local female musicians discussing the challenges that they have faced in navigating a career in music. Particular attention will be given to the ways that stereotypes of gender, race and sexuality play out in these artists’ experiences. Furthermore, the panel will work to articulate specific actions that we can take to create more inclusive environments for female artists. More specifically how do we create environments that hold space for our different experiences and expressions of femininity. Led by Courtney Cauthon, PhD, and participants include Tanya Shylock (The Motet), Molly Zackary, SuCH, Bonnie Sims (Bonnie & the Clydes), and more.

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Tanya Shylock

Tanya Shylock has worked in the music industry for more than 20 years, wearing many different hats over the course of her career: front-woman and background vocalist for nationally touring acts; Tour Manager for many bands including A-List artists; Director of Artists Relations for large-scale music festivals; Back of House Manager for a 10k capacity outdoor amphitheater; and Vocal Instructor, to name a few. She was born and raised in New Orleans, immersed in a culture rich in music and performing arts, and realized her passion for performance at an early age. She has lived in Denver since the fall of 2012 where she continues to establish her roots in a thriving music scene and explore opportunities for her ever-evolving roles in the industry. She focuses less of her time these days on touring, spending much of her time developing her Non-Profit organization, Mindful Music, Inc., providing Therapeutic Music Services to individuals and families with special needs.


Bonnie Sims

Bonnie Sims began singing as soon as she could walk, and has been at home onstage nearly as long. Her father, Mike Cruciger, is a banjo player, songwriter and career musician, and gave Bonnie her first Martin guitar at age twelve. She picked up the mandolin at fourteen and toured for the next five years with her father, playing in and around Texas.Fronted by Bonnie Sims, an onstage powerhouse whose passion reaches out and grabs you every time she sings, and supported by a group of Colorado’s tightest musicians, they dominate stages big and small.

Bonnie says she and The Clydes play Rocky Mountain Country Soul, their own original take on rockin’ roadhouse honky tonk, the blues, and heartfelt wailin’ shaped by the last four decades of country music.

Bonnie grew up in Texas and attended South Plains College in Levelland, 30 miles west of Lubbock, where she pursued a degree in commercial music and was awarded “Best Female Vocalist”  two years running and “Best Female Instrumentalist” (mandolin) her second year.  It was there that she met Taylor Sims, who had been named “Best Male Vocalist”, and they began a love and partnership through music that has now blossomed into a ten year marriage.

Seeing Bonnie & the Clydes’ live show is what sets them apart. The energy and connection that the band facilitates with the audience is irresistible, and first timers become life long fans in a single night. From intimate house concerts to festival stages, Bonnie & the Clydes are building a grassroots movement with their original Rocky Mountain Country Soul.



SuCh is a Boston born, New York raised, California educated, Chicago groomed independent Soul singer. She is riding a wave of excitement surrounding her single “Sugar Maple” which peaked at #1 on the UK Soul Charts, the UK Amazon Soul/R&B MP3 Charts and the Independent UK Soul Charts. In the U.S., it’s in rotation on several radio stations, most notably iHeart Radio, WYBC, Music Choice and Sirius XM’s Heart & Soul.



Molly Zackary

Molly is a classically trained turned jazz-fusion singer who has performed widely in the Denver metro area for the past 10 years. After receiving her B.A. from Colorado State University in voice with an emphasis on opera, she moved to the seedy underbelly of downtown Denver. Since then she has sung with bands ranging in style from punk to jazz to metal to bluegrass. She has sung with varied organizations such as Fort Collins Opera, Impact Dance Company and Titwrench Festival Denver. She once owned a record store, winning a Westword Best of Denver.  She is currently performing both as a solo artist as well as in a jazz fusion project with Dustin Adams.


Megan Burtt

Megan Burtt was born and bred in Denver, CO.  “I’ve always written songs,” she says. “I took piano lessons when I was young, but when I picked up my dad’s old classical guitar, things took off.”  Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. “I didn’t know any girls who played music, but Blue, Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time and the women on the MTV videos I saw, let me know it was possible.”



Hosted by:
Swallow Hill Music
71 E Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210


This panel discussion is Free and open to the public

Warm thanks to our sponsors for this event


Bonfils Stanton - Proud Sponsor of the Athena Project Arts Festival Swallow Hill Music Denver - Proud Sponsor of the Athena Project Arts Festival Colorado Creative Industries - Proud Sponsor of the Athena Project Arts Festival



March 23
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Swallow Hill Music
71 E Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210 United States
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