Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t Noize pollution
by Kirsten Silveira, The Coloradoan
In real life, his name is Cory Cullinan, and he said his show reflects a few things about his life.
“One, I’m a little crazy,” he said. “Two, I’m an ex-music teacher so you can see my music-geekiness.”
Cullinan, who collaborates with the audience as Doctor Noize to make and record music during his show, will perform 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kids’ Music Adventure area of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
“I’m trying to get kids interested in the creative process,” Cullinan said, adding that the Kids’ Music Adventure portion of the festival is a perfect place to carry out his mission.
“I play all over the country and I can’t think of anything like this. I love it. It’s really an amazing festival,” Cullinan said. “I’m always excited about NewWestFest.”
In its fifth year, Kids’ Music Adventure will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center courtyard, 200 Mathews St. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bohemian Nights will also bring in five other kid-friendly acts over the weekend. They will feature interactive work shops from Academy of Guitar, Boys and Girls Club, Discovery Science Center, Floyd’s Barbershop, Little Shop of Physics, Philomusica, Piano Institute and School of Rock, according to Bohemian Nights spokeswoman Leah Johnson.
“(The goal) is to really expose children of all ages to music and the inspiration that comes along with it,” Johnson said.
There will also be a unique type of petting zoo where children can handle real instruments and physically grasp the idea of brasses and strings, Johnson said. There will also be a traditional petting zoo.
Doctor Noize, who Johnson called a crowd favorite, will perform 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Cullinan said when designing his show that it was important the entertainment engaged children and their parents. He does this by bringing parents into the show and allowing them to accompany him on vocals.
“I get paid to do this stuff, that’s the hilarious part,” Cullinan said.
With an arsenal of state-of-the-art music equipment, Doctor Noize keeps himself “grounded in old-school music” by incorporating the alto saxophone he played in elementary school.
Cullinan recently signed a deal with Outblaze, a Hong Kong-based company that will allow him to expand Doctor Noize Inc. products and create new merchandise like applications for the iPhone and iPad.
“I’m probably the only CEO of a multi-media company with topnotch resources that travels the country as a kid’s music rock star,” he said.