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Past Events

Allison Downey  

Date City Venue
Category: Music
04/20/15 RELEASE of Single “Can’t Take My Heart (FU, Cancer!)”
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
Category: Storytelling
10/18/14 Denver,, CO Swallow Hill Music
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: $50 / $47 members (Discount for early bird). Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (303) 777-1003. Address: 71 East Yale Avenue. Venue phone: (303) 777-1003. So excited to return to Swallow Hill Music (and Denver) to teach my personal narrative storytelling workshop! If you’re a veteran storyteller or just curious about how to bring your life stories alive, this workshop will be lots of fun! The first Moth Story SLAM in Denver will happen the night before at Swallow Hill Music, so it will be a great weekend of storytelling! More information
Category: Music
08/14/14 Jackson, MIchigan Lamb’s Jackson Songwriter Showcase, Weatherwax Hall, Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 215 W. Michigan Ave.. Thrilled to share the stage with these amazing songwriters: Drew Nelson, Ralston Bowles, Emily Rose and our host, the incredible John D. Lamb! AND what a great venue! (Weatherwax Hall, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI.) Related post. More information
Category: Storytelling
08/01/14 Denver, CO American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. I am thrilled to return to my old stomping grounds at AATE to present my workshop: “Personal narrative storytelling: Perspectives from The Moth to the global stage”! It will be so wonderful to see old friends and colleagues, meet new ones, and share the work I’ve been doing in storytelling the last few years since attending this fantastic conference. And, CO isn’t bad in the summer time!
07/24/14 Phoenix, AZ National Storytelling Festival
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. I will be presenting about storytelling for radio for the Producers and Organizers Pre-Conference of the National Storytelling Conference. More information
07/23/14 Phoenix, AZ National Storytelling Festival
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. I will be presenting about storytelling courses in universities as part of the Storytelling in Higher Education special interest group of the National Storytelling Network. Will be lots to learn.
07/15/14 Kalamazoo, MIchigan Starting Gate Business Accelerator
Time: 4:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. I am thrilled to offer a presentation on business storytelling to entrepreneurs in Starting Gate, the Western Michigan University business accelerator for business startups.
05/02/14 Jackson, MI Jackson Story Fest
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. I had such a fabulous time performing at the Jackson Storyfest last year and am thrilled to be asked back! I will have the great privilege of telling for 2 separate groups of children – 500 total – from Jackson, Michigan!
04/28/14 New York City, NY Lincoln Center Theatre. Storytelling Workshop for Teachers
Time: 4:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Thrilled to be facilitating a professional development storytelling workshop for teachers through Lincoln Center Theatre’s Education program. LCT Education works with over 3500 of NYC’s public high school students and teachers using theatre to enhance their powers of critical thinking and creative expression and to celebrate the human spirit. (See their website for their many cutting edge programs!) For many students this is their first theatre experience. What an honor to work with one of the premier arts education organizations in the country to help teachers use personal narrative storytelling in their classrooms! More information
04/11/14 Kalamazoo, Michigan “Illuminate Love”, Day of Silence, Week of Action
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Bldg, WMU Campus. I will speak (and share radio stories) at WMU’s “Illuminate Love,” the culminating event for the Day of Silence, Week of Action in which we work intentionally to break the silence about LGBT issues and use our stories and experiences to build strength for the community. I am honored to participate in this important event! (Event from 6-9:30). http://www.wmich.edu/diversityandinclusion/lbgt/index.html More information
04/04/14 Kalamazoo, Michigan 2014 WMU Business Pitch Competition
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Haworth College of Business, Schneider Hall, 2150 Dean’s Conference Room. Well, for this one, I’m not pitching or performing… I’m one of the judges. Last week I presented a workshop to MBA students at WMU and fear that this will be a fierce competition, based on the caliber of the ideas I heard last week. Of course, I’m selected as a judge because of the storytelling element in pitching – something I’m coaching business folks to do. Good Luck!
Category: Music
04/02/14 Chelsea, Michigan “On theTracks” Songwriter’s Showcase with Sue Fink
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Couldn’t be more thrilled to perform with the incredibly talented, hysterically funny Sue Fink at the On the Tracks Songwriters Showcase produced by the amazing Annie Capps! More information
Category: Storytelling
03/29/14 Ann Arbor, MIchigan Storytelling Retreat (Private Event)
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Interested in bringing Allison in to lead a storytelling retreat or workshop? Contact her: allison@allisondowney.com
03/24/14 Kalamazoo, MIchigan Business Storytelling Workshop, Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Private workshop for MBA students at Western Michigan University. Using the tools and power of storytelling to create a winning pitch.
Category: Music
03/01/14 Denver, CO Swallow Hill Music, Tuft Theatre
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at door. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (303) 777-1003. Address: 71 East Yale Avenue. Venue phone: (303) 777-1003. I can’t imagine that I have ever had a better co-bill! I have the great honor of performing with my 3 incredibly talented nieces at Denver’s own Swallow Hill music. I have been a fan of Swallow Hill since I started in this music world nearly 20 years ago and I am just tickled to be making my debut on the coat tails of The Downey Sisters (Winners of “the Best of Open Stage”). I will be performing both stories and songs with the help of my partner in life and music, John Austin!
Category: Storytelling
02/01/14 Kalamazoo, MIchigan 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 230 N. Rose St.. Venue phone: 269-373-7990. I’m so excited to be part of the 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival: One World, Many Stories at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I’ll be performing a family-friendly set. Bring the kids! More information
01/28/14 Kalamazoo, MIchigan “Arts & Culture” WMUK Radio (102.1 FM West Michigan)
Time: 4:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. I had the great pleasure of being interviewed recently by Rebecca Thiele, (host of the Arts & Culture program on WMUK radio) in anticipation of my performance at the 2nd Annual Kalamazoo Storytelling Festival at Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Feb. 1st). The interview will air 7:50 a.m, 9:50 a.m, and 4:29 p.m on WMUK. Tune in at 102.1FM W. Michigan, or online at: http://wmuk.org.
12/19/13 Ann Arbor, Michigan Michigan Radio (NPR) – December episode of “The Living Room” – Jackson Prison!
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 91.7 FM Ann Arbor / Detroit; 91.1 Flint; 104.1 West Michigan. “Jacktown! The Alcatraz of the West!” is our last Living Room episode of the year. Earlier in the fall I joined the Jackson Historic Prison tours and stepped inside 7 block, a fully intact, but closed cell block on the Jackson Prison grounds. There I met a series of speakers who were former employees and inmates at Jackson Prison and started to interview them. I was so struck by the power of their stories that I later went to interview them in their homes or offices to get a more in depth picture of life inside Jackson Prison. The 10 minute piece is only the tip of the iceberg, but offers us all much to grateful for in our own lives. If you are interested in the stories, consider buying Lionel Stewart’s book “Quiet Blood” written during his 30 years in prison or Jean Becker Walsh’s book “There’s a Woman in Here!” about her years as the first female psychologist in an all male corrections facility. Both are available on Amazon.
10/29/13 Ann Arbor, Michigan Entre-SLAM Storytelling for Leaders Workshop
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $149.95 or $75 for non-profits. Address: 2723 South State Street, Suite 150. We’re excited to offer the Entre-SLAM Storytelling Masterclass for Leaders – a workshop for Entrepreneurs. Co-founder of Entre-SLAM, Jeanne Ballew, and I developed this valuable workshop for professionals in how to tell the story of their business. Spread the word!
Category: Music
10/27/13 Cambridge, MA MassMouth presents “1st Person Plural”, Club Passim
Time: 4:30pm. Admission: $12 / $6 students. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 47 Palmer Street. What a thrill to be performing for MassMouth at Club Passim! I have heard only amazing things about MassMouth, celebrating the “living art of storytelling in Massachusetts” and am so excited to be part of their inaugural program “1st Person Plural” – an evening of long-form storytelling. Then, there’s Club Passim! A songwriter’s dream – the historic folk club graced by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and some of my favorite folk performers today! If you know anyone in the Boston area – send ’em our way!
Category: Storytelling
10/05/13 Jonesborough, TN National Storytelling Festival
Time: 5:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. So, 3 years ago this weekend I landed in Jonesborough, Tennessee to immerse myself in the world of storytelling. I spent days sitting mesmerized by masterful tellers. This year I entered the National Storytelling Festival’s 2nd Annual StorySLAM competition by submitting a 2 minute overview of what would have to be a 5 minute story. A committee of judges selected 7 storytellers from all the submissions received between January and August. I am so honored to be one of 7 storytellers to perform this Saturday. From what I hear there will be upwards of 1,000 people there to listen. I don’t expect to win -(wish me luck anyway, though). Even if my story is good, I’m telling a sad story, and in my experience, sad stories rarely if ever win slams. But, I AM aiming to do my very best to authentically share a meaningful story with good people. And, I’m just thrilled to be selected. I also can’t wait to listen to the other tellers, the slam storytellers, yes, but also the master tellers I love ( Kim Weitkamp, Syd Lieberman, Milbre Burch, Bil Lepp) and the ones I’ve been eager to hear for the first time (Antonio Rocha, Rev. Robert Jones, Minton Sparks, David Novak….) Related post. More information
09/27/13 Ann Arbor, MIchigan On the Way: Tales of Travel & Transformation (Michigan Theater Screening Room, presented by Journeys International)
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: TBA. Box office: 800-255-8735. Address: Michigan Theater Screening Room. JOURNEYS INTERNATIONAL is the longest standing family-owned global ecotourism company in the US. They offer such cool trips as safaris, treks, eco-tours, and cultural exploration of way cool places on every continent – Yes, including Antarctica. I met Robin, president of Journeys International, at a storytelling workshop I led almost two years ago and was blown away by a story she developed on the spot. A year later, I met her mother, Joan, at another storytelling workshop I led and understood why she and her husband Will started this company 35 years earlier – you’d want to follow her anywhere. So, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the company and passing the leadership to their dynamite, dynamic daughter, Robin, they are producing the Journeys Jamboree. People from all over the world, former clients, partners… will descend on Ann Arbor, MI for the Sept. 27th weekend to celebrate. That’s where I come in. On Friday, September 27th Journeys International will host a fabulous storytelling event featuring storytellers from around the world – some former clients, some partners from the far corners of the world, and some storytellers – like me. I have the privilege of hosting the event, sharing a story of my own and working with the storytellers to develop their stories. The theme for the evening is: On the way: Stories of Travel and Transformation. See, they are so cool, when I pitched including the name “Journeys” in the title, they turned it down – they want this to be a celebration, not a marketing event. I am so thrilled about this collaboration – such good people, doing great things connecting people – what a great idea to celebrate their life’s work through storytelling. Hope you can join us for what will be a very inspiring and entertaining evening. Tickets are $10, available at Bivouac, by calling 800-255-8735, or at the theater’s box office on the day of the show. More information
09/24/13 Ann Arbor, Michigan Entre-SLAM Storytelling for Leaders Workshop
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $149.95 or $75 for non-profits. Address: 2723 South State Street, Suite 150. We’re excited to offer the Entre-SLAM Storytelling Masterclass for Leaders – a workshop for Entrepreneurs. Co-founder of Entre-SLAM, Jeanne Ballew, and I developed this valuable workshop for professionals in how to tell the story of their business. Spread the word!
09/03/13 Ann Arbor, MIchigan Michigan Radio (NPR) – September episode of “The Living Room” – Education
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: FREE!. Age restrictions: All Ages. Airing on the first day of school, this episode is dedicated to education. The piece begins with a collage of voices from interviews I conducted with Kalamazoo pre-school and elementary school students the last week of classes this past June. The rest of the episode features a story by Living Room producer Zak Rosen about The James and Grace Lee Boggs School (named after the nationally known authors and activists) that opens in Detroit this week. More information
08/29/13 Ann Arbor, MIchigan Michigan Radio (NPR) – August episode of “The Living Room” – Up North
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: Free!. Age restrictions: All Ages. This episode features a whimsical end of summer story by my friend, Michigan storyteller and artist, Karen Czarnik. Karen recounts a memorable road trip she took with her kids to Northern Michigan where they invoked the family tradition of swimming in every new body of water. I loved working with Karen on this piece and co-produced it with independent media producer, Zak Rosen. More information
08/27/13 Ann Arbor, Michigan Entre-SLAM Storytelling for Leaders Workshop
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $149.95 or $75 for non-profits. Address: 2723 South State Street, Suite 150. We’re excited to offer the Entre-SLAM Storytelling Masterclass for Leaders – a workshop for Entrepreneurs. Co-founder of Entre-SLAM, Jeanne Ballew, and I developed this valuable workshop for professionals in how to tell the story of their business. Spread the word!
08/08/13 Ann Arbor, MIchigan Journeys International – Private storytelling workshop
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Venue phone: 800-255-8735. Private workshop: Storytelling in your business. Are you interested in how to use the power and tools of storytelling in your business? Reach out…
08/02/13 Richmond, VA National Storytelling Conference
Time: 6:00pm. I am thrilled to present my workshop for the most prestigious storytelling conference in the country! “StorySLAMs: Planting seeds for telling stories at The Moth” I’ll be pulling from research interviewing Moth storytellers, administrators, judges and from my own experience.
07/30/13 Ann Arbor, Michigan Entre-SLAM Storytelling for Leaders Workshop
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $149.95 or $75 for non-profits. Address: 2723 South State Street, Suite 150. We’re excited to offer the Entre-SLAM Storytelling Masterclass for Leaders – a workshop for Entrepreneurs. Co-founder of Entre-SLAM, Jeanne Ballew, and I developed this valuable workshop for professionals in how to tell the story of their business. Spread the word!
07/24/13 Ann Arbor, MIchigan Michigan Radio (NPR) – July edition of “The Living Room” – The Carnival
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: Free!. Age restrictions: All Ages. Our July edition of “The Living Room” has been a blast to put together. I took our 4 year old son to the carnival in Battle Creek, MI July 4th weekend and started talking with some of the “carneys” there. Loved their stories. So… had to come back with my recorder and spent way too many hours hanging out with the carneys and gabbing. I whittled it down and my producer, Zak Rosen added his magic. This 5 minute piece should air on Michigan Radio’s program “Stateside” on Wednesday, July 24th sometime between 3-4 EST (usually the end of the program) and again 10-11pm EST. You can stream it live (www.michiganradio.org) or hear it the next day on their website: http://www.michiganradio.org/programs/stateside-cynthia-canty Hope you enjoy it! More information
07/21/13 Denver, Colorado Denver Children’s Museum
Time: 11:30am. Admission: free!. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. Venue phone: 303-433-7444. I visited the Denver Children’s Museum 8 years ago for the first time when my brother, Tom, became the President of the museum. It has been my favorite children’s museum of all time. I am so happy to bring a 30 minute musical storytelling performance to their theatre space for the children of Denver to enjoy. What an honor – and it will be a blast!
07/18/13 Denver, Colorado The Narrators storytelling series @ The Deer Pile
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Free!. Address: 206 East 13th Ave.. So happy that the cool folks at The Narrators welcomed me into the fold. The Narrators is a monthly storytelling show hosted by Andrew Orvedahl and Robert Rutherford where comedians, actors, musicians, writers, and other creative types share true stories from their lives centered on a monthly theme. The theme for this month is: The Open Road. Excited to tell a story in beautiful Denver, Colorado! More information
06/03/13 Ann Arbor, MI Entre-SLAM Storytelling for Entrepreneurs Workshop: Crazy Wisdom Cafe
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $149.95. Age restrictions: All Ages. I am so excited to launch the Entre-SLAM storytelling workshop series for Entrepreneurs. I’ve been collaborating with Jeanne Ballew of Entre-SLAM to develop this valuable workshop for professionals in how to tell the story of their business. Really looking forward to this! More information
05/30/13 Ann Arbor, Michigan Entre-SLAM
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: LIVE, 102 S. 1st Street. I will be sharing a story and song at Entre-SLAMs monthly story SLAM for entrepreneurs. Looking forward to being part of the Entre-SLAM experience! More information
05/17/13 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Student Center
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: $25. Box office: 734-217-4829. Address: 900 Oakwood Street. Venue phone: (734) 487 1157. ASL & Voice! Storytelling by Deaf and Hearing Storytellers. I am so honored to participate in this great event to raise money for the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation – scholarships for deaf students. There will be two Deaf storytellers and two hearing storytellers with sign interpreters (actor, life coach – Aviva Simonte and me) Cost: $25, Silent Auction, iPad door Prize! RSVP: Terri Fear terrifear@gmail.com
05/16/13 Everywhere Michigan Radio (NPR) – May edition of “The Living Room” – Prom Season
Time: 3:45pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. If you’re free today Thursday, May 16th between 3-4pm EST, by a radio or computer (or smart phone…) consider listening in to our May episode of “The Living Room” during Michigan Radio’s daily talk show, “Stateside” (NPR) (104.1 W. Michigan, 91.7 A2/Detroit, 91.1 Flint) or stream live www.michiganradio.org. Here is the link to the podcast: http://www.michiganradio.org/post/living-room-memories-high-school-dance This episode celebrates Prom season with my story about a first high school dance gone wrong, and my song “All That Matters” about a middle school dance. Enjoy! More information
Category: Music
05/10/13 West Michigan Kalamazoo Lively Arts TV Show – WGVU PBS TV
Time: 11:00pm. Hey Friends, If you’re in the MI area tonight, I will appear on Kalamazoo Lively Arts TV show on WGVU (PBS-TV) as a featured artist. Show airs 11-11:30pm EST. I’ll post it on my website when I get the recording from them- after it airs. Thanks!
Category: Storytelling
05/03/13 Jackson, MI Jackson Story Fest
Time: 6:00pm. So thrilled to be part of this amazing weekend storytelling festival. I attended last year as an audience member to see my friend and incredible storyteller Yvonne Healy perform and am so honored to perform for the Friday line up of storytellers in the schools. I’ll be developing new programs that include music and storytelling for this festival!
04/26/13 Lake Geneva, WI Northlands Storytelling Conference
Time: 6:00pm. I am thrilled to be selected as a storyteller for the Northlands Storytelling Conference story concert. I will be kicking off the event Friday evening at 6:30pm with story and song. I attended this conference last year and was blown away by the performers. I’m even more excited to participate this year!

Allison Downey & John Austin  

Date City Venue
Category: Music
09/14/14 Kalamazoo, MIchigan Indi Rocks! Benefit Concert – Old Dog Tavern
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Suggested Donations: $25 Adult / $5 kids/ Free kids under 5. Age restrictions: All Ages. INDI ROCKS BENEFIT CONCERT! All to benefit my littlest friend, baby Indi Stroven Sunday, September 14th from 1:00-5:00pm Old Dog Tavern, 402 East Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo With… – The Red Sea Pedestrians – The Corn Fed Girls – Red Tail Ring, and – Allison Downey & John Austin. We will have kid friendly activities, a silent auction, light snacks and lots of fun! Tickets: Adult – $25.00 suggested donation Under 18 – $5.00 suggested donation Children under 5 – Free. For those who cannot attend, but want to make a donation, please go to Indi’s Go Fund Me page at: http://www.gofundme.com/indirocks MORE INFO: As a community, we have witnessed Jen and Chris Stroven celebrate great triumphs and endure perilous tribulations during the last couple of years. From Jen being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, and that limiting her ability to carry a child safely, to Chris’ amazing niece stepping forward to be their gestational carrier. And this year, their miracle baby Indi was born. However, this blessing came with significant challenges. Indi was born 10 weeks early at 2 lbs. 5 ounces, and was also diagnosed with VACTERL association, a constellation of birth defects requiring multiple surgeries and ongoing medical interventions. As a result, Indi spent her first five months of life in the NICU, an hour from the Stroven’s home. Through it all, Jen and Chris have been brave and resilient and have taken each challenge head on. They are so deeply loved by us all; our fantastic community has rallied around them with love and support, offering prayers, meals, and care for Indi’s big sister Mia, and more. And yet, there remains a growing financial burden. We would like to help offset the debt they have incurred (from hospital bills, travel expenses, childcare and the like), and help them prepare for future expenses. We hope to see you there and thank you for your support! The Stroven Friend Network Related post. More information
09/03/13 Kalamazoo, MIchigan WMU-AAUP Fall BBQ
Time: 5:00pm. Admission: FREE!. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 269-345-0151. Address: Montague House, Western Michigan University. Venue phone: 269-345-0151. Honored to play some music for the WMU American Association of University Professors annual gathering with my hubby, amazing bass player and former WMU professor, John Austin. This is always a great event and the new leadership has some great ideas about how to throw a party! More information

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