Songwriter Showcase: Patrick Dethlefs

Last Thursday, OpenAir hosted its first Singer Songwriter Showcase at Artwork Network on Santa Fe as part of our two year anniversary celebration. The enlightening and unique event gathered four of Colorado’s finest songwriters for an inside look at the creative process behind their individual music, as well as to celebrate the spirit of collaboration. Each musician was given 24 hours to write a song based on the phrase “Never say help” as part of our listener lyric contest, which was then performed live for the first time on Thursday evening. If you weren’t in the audience that night, you’re still in luck: OpenAir recorded each original song from all four musicians, and we will be showcasing a new performance each day this week!

Our second “Never Say Help” song comes from Patrick Dethlefs. Patrick began playing music at the age of 12 and has released two acclaimed solo albums while only recently entering his 20s. We were lucky to host the award-winning songwriter at our Santa Fe event to witness one of the most talented young musical minds in Colorado. His original composition for the Singer Songwriter Showcase is a self-described "bite-size" tune, but manages to resonate emotionally in its brevity. Check out the video above!

Be sure to check out the OpenAir website each day this week for another video from the excellent musicians at our Showcase celebration!