Chas Smith

Cleveland State University music professor Chas Smith has been teaching and exploring the cultural aspects of American Roots music for ten years. He is the author of From Woodstock to the Moon: The Cultural Evolution of Rock Music and The Soul of Sunrise: Grassroots Music in America; Kendall-Hunt Pub, 2000/2004. Smith has been playing keyboards and singing for over 30 years in just about every genre of music imaginable, spent 17 years creating soundscapes on his weekly SwampRadio ESO radio show at WCSB Cleveland, works with the Cleveland Opera as a music mentor in grade schools, as well as teaching his mega enrolled Roots of Rock classes at CSU.

Space Trance in the Pufferdome

Presented by author and educator Chas Smith, this workshop is a live performed musical guided meditation healing music workshop. Performing the trance will be Chas Smith and Bob Mozik of Einstein's Secret Orchestra using a mixture of electronic and acoustic sonics. Please arrive on time, as once we start, the Pufferdome doors can't be opened. Subtones will be in use.

The Soul of Sunrise

Seminar on the magical/spiritual aspects of American roots music, presented theatrically by Banzai tribesmen Chas Smith and Ken Narouski. Author and educator Chas Smith (From Woodstock to the Moon, and The Soul of Sunrise: Grassroots Music in America) - professor of music at Cleveland State University - hosts this presentation seminar that focuses on the Christo-pagan aspects of grassroots music in America, where such diverse musical ideas from Africa, Native America, the Caribbean, and Celtic heritage tied strongly to the spiritual beliefs of the pagan cultures they came from, came together with Euro-christian ideas as a means of survival, maintaining community and sense of cultural self, and ultimately developing into the strong staples of American music we know today gospel, blues, bluegrass, reggae, and yes, rock and roll.

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