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  • Jul
    20 Sat

    Ryan Montbleau Band

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $28.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 17, 2024 10:00 AM to July 19, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: July 20, 2024 12:00 AM to July 20, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Ryan Montbleau Band with Fancy Bits

    A relentless road warrior and masterful wordsmith, Ryan Montbleau has spent the better part of thirty years cultivating a devoted audience on the strength of his ecstatic live shows and exhilarating sonic versatility. He’s collaborated with artists as diverse as Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Steel Pulse, Tall Heights, Martin Sexton, Anders Osborne, and George Porter, Jr; shared bills with the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ani DiFranco, Todd Snider, The Wood Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Mavis Staples; and racked up more than 150 million streams on Spotify alone. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor, while Relix celebrated his “poetic Americana,” and The Boston Herald raved that “he’s made a career of confident, danceable positivity.”




    Montbleau’s freewheeling new album, We Did Alright, finds him exploring the full spectrum of his influences like never before, touching on folk, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, and reggae, all with a preternatural ease that belies the intensely focused craftsmanship behind it. The songs are sprawling and unpredictable, grappling with a modern world perpetually teetering on the edge of chaos, but the performances are relentlessly optimistic, insisting on hope and joy in the face of it all. The result is Montbleau’s most vulnerable and cathartic work yet, an album that acknowledges the inevitability of doubt and pain while at the same time celebrating our limitless capacity for growth and love.



  • Aug
    9 Fri

    Mikaela Davis

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $18.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 22, 2024 10:00 AM to August 8, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 9, 2024 12:00 AM to August 9, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Mikaela Davis with Opening Act Jeffrey Silverstein


    Five years since her debut album Delivery, Mikaela Davis has moved away from her hometown of Rochester, shared the stage with the likes of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Christian McBride, Bon Iver, Lake Street Dive and Circles Around the Sun and entered a new decade. But it’s the ever-evolving relationships between her closest friends and bandmates that has propelled the Hudson Valley-based artist onto her new album And Southern Star––a truly collaborative effort that ruminates on the choices we make, and the people we always come back to.


    Davis earned her degree in harp performance at the Crane School of Music, and has molded her classical music training to create an original and genre-bending catalog that weaves together 60s pop-soaked melodies, psychedelia and driving folk rock. She met her bandmates at pivotal moments in her life––drummer Alex Coté in childhood, guitarist Cian McCarthy and bassist Shane McCarthy in college, and steel guitarist Kurt Johnson in her early twenties. It’s the band’s collective step into adulthood that has informed much of And Southern Star’s thematic landscape. 


    Navigating the periphery of past selves, the coexistence of isolation and excitement in a new environment and the tension of growing away from what we thought we wanted is tackled with a luscious, kaleidoscopic grace. And Southern Star picks apart the reflection we used to recognise, while trying to build a new one. “I finally feel like this album is more me than anything else that’s been released,” Davis says, adding that producing the album along with her four bandmates allowed them to carve out their own ideas, rather than someone else’s. Despite playing together for over a decade, it’s the first time the five-piece have appeared on a full length album together. 

    The bones of And Southern Star was recorded at Old Soul Studios with Kenny Siegal, a person who was an integral part of Davis’ move to the area. The rest was recorded by Cian McCarthy at Horehound Mansion, adding to the album’s intimate nature. The album was mixed by Mike Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios, who is lovingly nicknamed as the ‘silent sixth member of the band.’ 


    Davis describes the band’s bond as “meditative and telepathic,” adding that although many of the songs were written individually across the past few years, something instantly clicked once they were together. Opener “Cinderella,” written by Coté and Davis, begins with Davis’ distinctive harp plucks and ethereal vocals. It’s a sonic choice that directly points to Davis’ solo beginnings, before blossoming into the textural patchwork of the band’s contributions.


    The album, however, doesn’t shy away from the very real, lingering fog of solitude and uncertainty that comes with entering new chapters. “Far From You,” written by brothers Cian and Shane McCarthy, introduces a stark spotlight, with ghostly vocals and gentle piano accompanying the weight of loss. “Oh but if I was to meet you in the moonlight,” Davis laments before the song offers a tentative optimism through a stirring, psychedelic instrumental outro, written by Davis, that’s full of bright percussion and driving harp and guitar. This optimism lingers on “Home in the Country,” also written by Cian McCarthy, where rousing harmonies and honky-tonk frills encourage us to seek out the blue skies beyond the heavy clouds. 


  • Aug
    18 Sun

    OKAN (duo)

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 21, 2024 10:00 AM to August 17, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 18, 2024 12:00 AM to August 18, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    OKAN (duo) with Opening Act TBA



    Fusing Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, resistance and love, OKAN takes their name from the word for heart in their Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria. With vocals in Spanish, Yoruba and Spanglish, OKAN is led by the Cuban-born violinist and vocalist Elizabeth Rodriguez and percussionist and vocalist Magdelys Savigne, both Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominees.

     

    Having performed and recorded with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta, The Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Hilario Duran and Dayme Arocena, OKAN’s recent release Okantomi was awarded the 2024 Juno Award (the band’s second Juno recognition) and included in NPR Alt Latino, Le Monde, and CBC Music’s “Best of 2023” lists, garnering critical praise from Songlines UK, Billboard, Pop Matters and JAZZIZ.

     

    Charged with the profound power of their Afro-Cuban ancestry, OKAN alchemizes Lacumi chants and rhythms from their Santeria religious practice with virtuosic jazz and classical performances and indie-pop hooks.

     

    Exploring themes of immigration, justice and love, OKAN takes its name from the word for ‘heart’ in Santeria. With vocals in Spanish, Yoruba and Spanglish, OKAN is led by the Cuban-born violinist and vocalist Elizabeth Rodriguez and percussionist and vocalist Magdelys Savigne, both Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominees.

    Having performed and recorded with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta, Symphony Nova Scotia, Hilario Duran and Dayme Arocena, OKAN’s recent release Okantomi was awarded the 2024 Juno for Best Global Music Album, earning mentions in NPR Alt Latino, Le Monde, and CBC Music’s “Best of 2023” lists and garnering critical praise from Songlines UK, Billboard, Pop Matters and JAZZIZ. (The album also charted on the transglobal music and WMEC charts, reaching number one on !Earshot international and NACC Latin charts as well top rank on at least 8 North American community stations.)

     

    Building on their Juno-winning sophomore Espiral (2020) and the Juno-nominated debut Sombras (2019), Okantomi, passionately advocates for freedom of expression, queer rights and gender equality through what CBC Music calls “joy as a form of resistance.” Magdelys and Elizabeth’s mesmerizing harmonies, virtuosic musicianship and potent lyrics, as well as an unfailing ability to connect with audiences on a deep emotional level, are earning the duo a dedicated audience worldwide.

     

    Part of the next wave of Cuban women composers and multi-instrumentalists who embrace genres that have not historically fostered women artists outside of the role of singer, OKAN co-leaders have faced many challenges. Magdelys talks about the obstacles she faced in pursuing percussion in her native Cuba and how “coming out as a percussionist” to her family. was as significant as revealing her sexual orientation in a culture that was very homophobic.


    Official showcases at SXSW, Folk Alliance International, Mundial Montreal, Contact East, Folk Music Ontario, Pacific Contact, Ontario Contact and Global Toronto have led to invitations to perform across Canada and the U.S. with stops at The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Winter Jazzfest in NYC and Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA, as well a The Calgary, Canmore and Mission Folk Festivals. Recent highlights include opening for Snarky Puppy at the Toronto Jazz Festival, and featured performances at Montreal, Rochester and Atlanta Jazz Festivals.



  • Sep
    15 Sun
    The Armory Presents

    An Evening with Tank and The Bangas

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 5:00 PM, Show at 6:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $38.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $38.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 14, 2024 10:00 AM to September 14, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: September 15, 2024 12:00 AM to September 15, 2024 7:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    This show is hosted at The Gardens on Spring Creek, located at 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO. This is an outdoor venue, please plan accordingly. Visit the concert FAQs here and reach out to boxoffice@washingtonsfoco.com with any additional questions.

    An Evening with Tank and The Bangas


    Tank and The Bangas is a New Orleans-based band that blends various music styles such as funk, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to create a unique sound. The band is led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball who commands every performance with her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence. Formed in 2011, they gained nationwide recognition after winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2017. The band consists of a varying number of musicians but is typically around five, including Tank herself. Their critically acclaimed live performances are energetic and highly emotive, making them a must-see act.

    Charcuterie Add-On

    Skip the food truck lines! While buying your ticket, you can add on a charcuterie box from Get Plattered to complete your concert experience. Individual boxed platters feed one person and feature seasonally-selected ingredients such as delicious cheeses, cured meat, crackers, fresh produce, nuts, honey and jam, sweet delicacies and more.


    Charcuterie boxes are pre-order only; sales close two days prior to the show. You can purchase a charcuterie box at the time of your ticket purchase or you can call The Washington's Box Office at 970.232.9525 to add one later.




  • Sep
    17 Tue

    Julian Lage

    Speak to Me Tour
    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $46.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 29, 2024 10:00 AM to September 17, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    ONLY VIP tickets remain

    Julian Lage with Opening Act TBA


    Hailed as one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation and “highest category of improvising musicians" (New Yorker), Julian Lage has spent more than a decade searching through the myriad strains of American musical history via impeccable technique, free association and a spirit of infinite possibility. The California-born New York-based musician boasts a prolific resume on his own accord in addition to collaborating with Gary Burton and John Zorn, as well as duo projects with Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge and Fred Hersch, among others.

    *$1 of every ticket will benefit World Central Kitchen

    Sold Out
  • Sep
    22 Sun
    The Armory Presents

    An Evening with Grace Potter

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 5:00 PM, Show at 6:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $45.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $50.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 14, 2024 10:00 AM to September 21, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: September 22, 2024 12:00 AM to September 22, 2024 7:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    This show is hosted at The Gardens on Spring Creek, located at 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO. This is an outdoor venue, please plan accordingly. Visit the concert FAQs here and reach out to boxoffice@washingtonsfoco.com with any additional questions.

    An Evening with Grace Potter


    Back in summer 2021, acclaimed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, band leader, and rock and roll performer Grace Potter took off on a solo cross-country road trip that would soon bring a life-saving reconnection with her most unbridled self. The Vermont-born artist spent the coming weeks crashing in roadside motels and taking time each night to transcribe the song ideas she’d dreamed up behind the wheel, often scrawling those notes onto the backs of postcards and motel notepads. After completing two more trips on her own — Potter flew to Nashville for a series of recording sessions that resulted in her most magnificently unfettered collection of songs to date. Equal parts fearlessly raw memoir and carnivalesque fable, Mother Road is a body of work that goes far beyond the typical album experience. 

    Mother Road is a reframing of my understanding of my history,” she says. “It’s an important and powerful perspective I’d never had until this record, and the heart of it is my journey to self-reliance and a sense of worthiness.” The follow-up to 2019’s Daylight — a release that earned GRAMMY nominations for Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Performance — Mother Road (due August 18, 2023, via Fantasy Records) fuses elements of soul, blues, country, and timeless rock-and-roll with masterful abandon. Produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Slash, and Weezer) and recorded at RCA’s famed Studio A, the LP is an essential insight into the endless nuances of life and love and belonging. And after thousands of miles on the road, countless nights at seedy motels, and a heartrending return home, Potter has made her way to the kind of creative freedom that leaves both artist and audience indelibly altered — a freedom that’s undeniably led to her masterpiece.

    Charcuterie Add-On

    Skip the food truck lines! While buying your ticket, you can add on a charcuterie box from Get Plattered to complete your concert experience. Individual boxed platters feed one person and feature seasonally-selected ingredients such as delicious cheeses, cured meat, crackers, fresh produce, nuts, honey and jam, sweet delicacies and more.


    Charcuterie boxes are pre-order only; sales close two days prior to the show. You can purchase a charcuterie box at the time of your ticket purchase or you can call The Washington's Box Office at 970.232.9525 to add one later.



  • Sep
    24 Tue

    Talisk

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $30.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: July 12, 2024 10:00 AM to September 23, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: September 24, 2024 12:00 AM to September 24, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Talisk with Opening Act TBA




    Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending, globetrotting, instantly enthralling… it’s little wonder that Talisk rank highly amongst the most in-demand folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade and more.

     

    Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year), Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris  (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year) fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments – but in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and captivating live show.

     

    Talisk have toured the world, stacking up major awards for their explosively energetic, artfully woven sound – including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation. Appearances at leading festivals across multiple continents have amassed a die-hard following – including closing out Saturday night’s main stage at the 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder Festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysian Borneo, WOMADs UK, Chile and Las Palmas, Edmonton Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, three back-to-back years at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and six appearances at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.

     

    Following their critically acclaimed debut, Abyss, Talisk’s sophomore album, Beyond, quickly amassed five star reviews and rose to No.1 in the iTunes world music charts upon its late 2018 release. With streaming figures into multiple millions, and new music on the horizon in 2022, audiences worldwide are hotly anticipating the latest chapter from a group lauded by leading world music magazine Songlines as: “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished.”




  • Sep
    25 Wed

    Debashish Bhattacharya Trio

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $28.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $33.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: July 12, 2024 10:00 AM to September 24, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: September 25, 2024 12:00 AM to September 25, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Debashish Bhattacharya Trio with Opening Act TBA

     


    Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is arguably the greatest slide guitarist in the world. He is an undisputed master of the demanding technique and discipline of both Hindustani classical music and modern world fusion. A “virtuoso’s virtuoso,” he has revolutionized a number of technical aspects of performance on the instrument. He also has designed and patented four types of guitar for performing raga music, which he has named Chaturangui, Ghandharvi, Anandi, and Pushpa Veena. These guitars are played lap style, with a small steel bar and finger picks.

     

    Debashish has played extensively around the globe, logging in over 3000 live performances and 27 albums. He has performed both live and on recordings with musical icons such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas, Derek Trucks, and many other world renowned musicians. In India, he has performed for Pandit Ravi Shankar and also appeared in countless Indian music festivals.

     

    His large body of work has garnered extensive recognition, including two Grammy nominations, the Billboard top 10, Songlines Magazine top 10, Central Asia and Asia pacific world music top 10, Amazon top 100 albums, 2016 Songlines Music Award, 2007 BBC Planet Award, 2005 Asiatic society Gold medal, the 1984 President of India Gold Medal, 2022 World Music Hall of Fame, and is an Empanelled Artist of the Indian government’s Indian Council of Cultural Relations.  

     

    His latest recording “The Sound of the Soul” marks his 28th album, featuring Debashish in an intimate setting with the great percussion masters, Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri on tabla and Pt. Akhilesh Gundechha on pakhawaj. The record includes virtuosic performances of four Hindustani classical pieces, ranging in character from breathtaking high tempo to subtle meditative to lyrical folk. The collaboration among these great artists provides a deeply emotional and intellectually satisfying experience.


  • Oct
    5 Sat

    Bluebird Music Festival

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 12:00 PM, Show at 1:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $33.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $33.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 23, 2024 10:00 AM to October 4, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: October 5, 2024 12:00 AM to October 5, 2024 2:15 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Bluebird Music Festival
    featuring: Strings and Stories with John Craigie, Jade Bird, Alysia Kraft & Tyree Woods

    After six years in Boulder, Colorado, the Bluebird Music Festival is coming to Fort Collins! The weekend's events include concerts at Washington's, The Armory, and Odell Brewing Company. The festival benefits the Future Arts Foundation. In addition to the concerts, the foundation will provide instruments to local students with festival proceeds and team up with Odell Brewing for a cleanup of the Poudre River. Full lineup and details may be found at www.bluebirdmusicfestival.org

    *$4 of every ticket will be donated to the Future Arts Foundation

     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    Oct 5, 2024
  • Nov
    13 Wed

    Dar Williams

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $37.50
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $42.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 12, 2024 8:00 AM to November 12, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: November 13, 2024 12:00 AM to November 13, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Dar Williams with Opening Act TBA


    Dar Williams’ lyrics contain bouquets of optimism, delivered on melodies alternating between beguiling lightness and understated gravity. Williams strongly believes that all of us possess our own power and ability to achieve, and she rejects the exceptionalism that encourages us to “admire that yonder star,” while making us feel small and insignificant; unworthy of shining on our own but hoping to catch enough distant light to inspire some tiny accomplishment. Williams has always been very interested in how to control our future and this album has to do with the fact that at some point, you just can’t.


    Like everyone else, Williams spent 2020 in that state of non-control. She and longtime producer Stewart Lerman tracked most of the album, her 12th studio recording, in November of 2019. In late February of 2020, she cut the title tune in Woodstock with bassist Gail Ann Dorsey and Larry Campbell, who produced the track and played guitars, pedal steel and twangy baritone guitar. When told they had to postpone a mid-March mixing date, Campbell said he wasn’t feeling well anyway. Turns out he’d contracted a serious case of COVID-19. That was a clear sign that at some point, you have to meet life where it meets you …the common thread throughout that these songs, the willingness to meet life as it arrives.


    Dar Williams was always in the right place at the right time for the success she’s had over a 25+-year career. She rose out of the vibrant mid-90’s Boston scene, inspired by the eclectic influences of alt-rockers, Berklee jazz musicians, slam poets, and folk artists, like Patty Griffith, Melissa Ferrick, the Throwing Muses, Vance Gilbert, and Jonatha Brooke. After a year of touring non-stop with her first album, The Honesty Room, in 1994, she was invited by Joan Baez to tour in Europe and The United States.

    “Good and bad things happen, and it’s not necessarily a reward or indictment. I’ve just got to meet it.” Williams observes. “Like, I’m bringing my whole life to this moment; it will surprise me, challenge me, show me where I was wrong, even make a fool out of me, but my job is to show up and not take adversity personally. Real happiness doesn't have to feel like Snoopy dancing with Woodstock; it can just be knowing you have the resilience to meet whatever comes to you. I will call that a good life.”


     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    Nov 13, 2024

314 East Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
United States