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  • Feb
    29 Thu
    Marcia Ball and CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
    An Evening with

    Marcia Ball and CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $45.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $45.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 15, 2023 10:00 AM to February 28, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: February 29, 2024 12:00 AM to February 29, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    An Evening with Marcia Ball and C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

    Marcia Ball

    “Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth” – Rolling Stone


    “A welcome ray of sunshine…Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie…heartfelt, powerful and righteous” – Billboard


    “Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”

    C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band


    Clayton Joseph Chenier is Creole music royalty. His father, the legendary Clifton Chenier, invented the style of music we know today as Zydeco and was the first Creole musician to be recognized with a Grammy Award.


    Raised in this indigenous American culture with its’ own distinctive language, cuisine and music, C.J. delivers soulful vocals along with jaw-dropping masterful accordion-driven Rock, Zydeco and Blues.


    After spending his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas, C.J. joined his Father’s band on his 21st birthday.  His first gig was playing for the opening of the now world-renown Antone’s, Home of the Blues Nightclub in Austin, Texas.


    On the road his father showed him how to front a world class touring band, teaching C.J., a multi-instrumentalist, how to run the family business and how to develop his lifelong passion for music into a career. When Clifton died in 1987 his son, C.J., adopted the Red Hot Louisiana Band and recorded his debut album for the great American independent label Arhoolie Records.


     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    Feb 29, 2024
  • Mar
    1 Fri
    Andy Falco & Travis Book Play Jerry Garcia

    Andy Falco & Travis Book Play Jerry Garcia

    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: December 15, 2023 10:00 AM to February 29, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: February 22, 2024 12:00 AM to March 1, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Andy Falco and Travis Book (of The Infamous Stringdusters) play Jerry Garcia with Opening Act TBA

    Andy Falco and Travis Book are both members of the Grammy award winning bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. Inspired by their love of the music of Jerry Garcia, the duo branches off on their own for occasional tours to celebrate Garcia’s timeless songs.

    “The project actually originated back stage at ‘Dusters shows where Travis and I would typically warm up with some fun Jerry songs” Falco explains. “At some point we just thought it would be fun to do it in public”

    They draw from Garcia’s solo material, his Grateful Dead catalogue as well as the Traditional songs Jerry loved to play.

    “Performing this music as a duo allows us to explore the songs and jam in a way that’s unique to playing as a Duo” Says Book. “We typically hear these songs in larger ensembles, but the songs done with just bass and guitar somehow make the music very interactive with the audience. It’s really a testament to the quality of the
    songwriting, and we like to put a spotlight on that aspect of Jerry.” 


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  • Mar
    5 Tue
    Donavon Frankenreiter
    A Special Full Band Tour

    Donavon Frankenreiter

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

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: October 27, 2023 10:00 AM to March 4, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    105.5 The Colorado Sound Welcomes

    Donavon Frankenreiter featuring Goodnight, Texas
    (A Special Full Band Tour)


    Donavon Frankenreiter made an instant connection with the band Goodnight, Texas recently while out on the road, comparing them to a modern day version of The Band. He decided not only to bring them out as support for this tour, but also to have Goodnight, Texas play as his backing band alongside his longtime guitarist Matt Grundy. Incorporating their musicianship with a fresh take on Donavon’s extensive catalog, the evening will feature mandolin guitar, banjo, pedal steel, bass, drums, and more!
     
    For nearly four decades Donavon has been traveling the globe, first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. Born in Southern California, Donavon spent most of his youth chasing waves, turning pro at the age of 16. These days instead of surf competitions, it’s concert halls that brings Frankenreiter to town, where he entertains audiences with his unique blend of laid-back grooves, philosophical lyrics and soulful delivery.


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  • Mar
    6 Wed
    Madeline Hawthorne

    Madeline Hawthorne

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 15, 2023 10:00 AM to March 5, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Madeline Hawthorne with Opening Act TBA


    Sporting a wide brimmed black hat atop long curly blonde locks, guitar in hand, fire in her voice, and stories in her heart, Madeline Hawthorne asserts herself as a 21st century troubadour. An intriguing journey gives her songs a novelist’s level of depth and detail, while unbridled attitude and wide-eyed adventurousness turn every show into a celebration. After building buzz independently, packing shows, and honing her craft, the Montana-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist welcomes everyone into her world on a series of 2023 singles and much more to come.


    Writing at a feverish pace, she decamped to Pittsburgh, PA and recorded her debut album ‘Boots’ with producers Brad Parsons and Tyler Thompson. Her signature style started to crystallize with the LP’s artful fusion of roots, country, rock, and soul as evidenced by the fan favorite title track “Boots.” In the record’s wake, she opened up for the likes of Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson, Kip Moore, Josh Turner, and Nathaniel Rateliff, to name a few.


    2023 brought yet another new chapter in her musical career as she tapped producer Ryan Hadlock [Zach Bryan, The Lumineers] to produce a recording session at the iconic Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA. She came out on the other side with a vibrant and vital vision that was brought to life on the single “Neon Wasteland.”

     

  • Mar
    8 Fri
    Cary Morin & Ghost Dog
    Cary Morin's Innocent Allies Release with

    Cary Morin & Ghost Dog

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 26, 2024 10:00 AM to March 7, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 8, 2024 12:00 AM to March 8, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Cary Morin & Ghost Dog with Opening Act John Magnie (of The Subdudes)


    Internationally acclaimed as a mesmerizing live performer, Cary Morin’s soul-stirring voice and jaw-dropping fingerstyle guitar playing have captivated audiences for decades.  


    Dial into Morin’s career catalog and discover a musical chameleon whose sonic landscapes fuse together the best of American roots music. “Cary is a unique and brilliant player, songwriter and singer. I have huge respect for his style and technique,” says legendary multi-instrumentalist and songwriter David Bromberg. “If you haven’t heard him yet, you should.”  


    Morin’s latest project, Innocent Allies, honors his family’s Native American heritage and is inspired by the genius of famous western artist, Charles Marion Russell. “This record is a masterpiece worthy of its place among the great works of art it was created to honor,” says Trina Shoemaker, the Grammy-winning producer who mixed and mastered the album at her Alabama studio. 


    Morin’s music has reached millions as he’s traveled the world with prestigious performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Paris Jazz Festival, and Folk Alliance International in addition to others. Morin has been featured on international television and radio programs hosted by the BBC and NPR. He has had the honor of sharing stages as a collaborator or supporting act for musical luminaries such as Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, David Bromberg, and Arlo Guthrie, to name a few.


    Morin’s musical talents and creative contributions have garnered a multitude of awards and accolades: two-time winner of the Indigenous Music Award for Best Blues CD (2019 and 2017); Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD (2018); Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship (2018); and First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership fellowship (2017). He received an honorable mention in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.


    Morin has also achieved international recognition as a collaborator, dancer and musical theater composer. His song, “Ole Midlife Crisis,” written and performed with the Pura Fé Trio, reached #17 on France’s iTunes blues charts in 2011.  With the Red Willow Dancers, he performed in Japan as a special guest of the world-renowned Kodo Drummers. Back home in Northern Colorado, he co-authored the play, “Turtle Island,” a critically-acclaimed 50-cast-member production that sold out for two consecutive years.  Morin’s musical journey began in the late 1970s and burgeoned in the late 1990s when he founded The Atoll, a rock-reggae-blues band that toured the United States for over 13 years.  


    Born in Billings, Montana, he hails from a rich cultural heritage as a Crow tribal member with Assiniboine Sioux and Black ancestry. He spent the formative years of his youth in Great Falls, Montana picking through guitar standards at neighborhood gatherings.

    Morin currently maintains a busy performance schedule as a solo artist, as a duo with his partner Celeste, and with his band Cary Morin & Ghost Dog, a high-energy roots rock band. He also collaborates with renowned Indigenous artist, Pura Fé. When not captivating audiences across the US and Europe, he finds solace and inspiration in Northern Colorado, which he proudly calls home.


     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    Mar 8, 2024
  • Mar
    9 Sat
    Evan Dando (of the Lemonheads) solo

    Evan Dando (of the Lemonheads) solo

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $27.50

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: November 17, 2023 10:00 AM to March 8, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Evan Dando (of the Lemonheads) solo with Opening Act Willy Mason

    Evan Dando is currently at work in São Paulo, Brazil on the first album of original songs from The Lemonheads since 2006. After playing anniversary tours for It’s A Shame About Ray and Come On Feel The Lemonheads, Evan is embarking on a US solo tour in Spring 2024 to play shows with an eclectic mix of Lemonheads classics, new material, and covers. 

    A new single from The Lemonheads, “Fear Of Living”, which was co-written by the late Dan Lardner (of QTY) and Evan, was just released digitally on November 14th, 2023 via Fire Records, and will be available for sale on 7” vinyl at the upcoming February and March shows.

    “For most writers, it’s extraordinarily difficult to catch and hold feelings of pathos, idleness, hunger, a kind of hazy but manageable melancholy. Dando’s songs are short (many are under or around two minutes), with choruses and hooks so easygoing, so suffused with nonchalance, that it feels as though they must have arrived fully formed and without struggle.” - The New Yorker

  • Mar
    19 Tue
    Skerryvore

    Skerryvore

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $26.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $28.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 26, 2024 10:00 AM to March 18, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 19, 2024 12:00 AM to March 19, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Skerryvore with Opening Act TBA



    What are Skerryvore? They’re like no one else. Epic of melody, intimate of feeling and plugged into the roots of Scotland but blasting out to the world. 

     

    Three time winners of Scotland’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ award, Skerryvore have evolved from their humble beginnings to become one of the country’s leading forces in a thriving live music scene. At the forefront of a movement that has reinvented and reignited a traditional Scottish scene for a modern, multicultural audience, the band have brought their high energy performances to audiences across the globe. From their early days in Scottish West Coast halls and bars, to festival crowds in the USA, Canada, Australia and throughout the UK and Europe, Skerryvore’s wide range of influences and talent produce a musically expansive, immersive yet intimate set that excites and captivates audiences.

     

    With a mix of bagpipes, fiddles, accordions, and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, underpinned by driving bass, drums and keys, Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music. Their now 7 studio albums demonstrate the wide range of influences the individual musicians bring to the mix – a unique fusion of folk, trad, pop and rock.

     

     Three singles from the latest album ‘Tempus’, released in April 2023, all featured on the BBC Radio 2 new music playlist, and the album went to number 1 in both the Official Scottish Album and UK Folk Albums charts, and entered the top 40 in the Official UK Charts. Skerryvore took their Tempus Tour to audiences across the UK, Europe and USA, with their unique fusion appealing to a wider mix of age groups and tastes.

     

    “Skerryvore have crafted a world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to.” – Folk Radio UK 

     

    “A spectacular mix of traditional Scottish folk music and the most diverse rock elements.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung, GERMANY 

     

    “The highest rated show we have ever had on our post-concert surveys… people LOVED the show.” – Anchorage Concert Association, ALASKA 

     

    “Such a fresh, real, new sound… I love it” – Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 UK 

     

    “Skerryvore have evolved to become one of Scotland’s greatest musical exports.” – Wickham Festival, ENGLAND 

     

    “See them now before they rocket up into the same musical orbit as the mighty Mumford & Sons.” – Falkirk Herald, SCOTLAND



     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    Mar 19, 2024
  • Mar
    20 Wed
    An Evening with Sun June and Wild Pink

    An Evening with Sun June and Wild Pink

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 12, 2024 10:00 AM to March 19, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    An Evening with Sun June and Wild Pink


    The five members of Sun June spent their early years spread out across the United States, from the boonies of the Hudson Valley to the sprawling outskirts of LA. Having spent their college years within the gloomy, cold winters of the North East, Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury found themselves in the vibrant melting-pot of inspiration that is Austin, Texas. Meeting each other while working on Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’, the pair were immediately taken by the city’s bustling small clubs and honky-tonk scene, and the fact that there was always an instrument within reach, always someone to play alongside.


    Sun June returns with ‘Somewhere’, a brand new album, out February 2021. It’s a record that feels distinctly more present than its predecessor. In the time since, Colwell and Salisbury have become a couple, and it’s had a profound effect on their work; if Years was about how loss evolves, Somewhere is about how love evolves. “We explore a lot of the same themes across it,” Colwell says, “but I think there’s a lot more love here.”

    Somewhere showcases a gentle but eminently pronounced maturation of Sun June’s sound, a second record full of quiet revelation, eleven songs that bristle with love and longing. It finds a band at the height of their collective potency, a marked stride forward from the band that created that debut record, but also one that once again is able to transport the listener into a fascinating new landscape, one that lies somewhere between the town and the city, between the head and the heart; neither here nor there, but certainly somewhere.

    Wild Pink

    The fourth full-length from Wild Pink, ILYSM unfolds with all the fractured beauty of a dreamscape. Over the course of 12 chameleonic tracks, the New York-bred rock band build another world inhabited by ghosts and angels and aliens, inciting a strange and lovely daze as the backdrop shifts from the mundane (subdivisions, highways, hotel parking lots) to the extraordinary (deserts, battlefields, the moon). But within its vast imagination lies a potent truth-telling on the part of singer/guitarist John Ross, whose lyrics closely examine his recent struggle with cancer. The follow-up to 2021’s A Billion Little Lights—a critically acclaimed effort praised by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Vulture, and Stereogum, who named it “one of the prettiest rock records of the past decade”—ILYSM emerges as a truly revelatory body of work, transforming the most painful reflection into moments of transcendence. 

    For Ross, the process of bringing ILYSM to life provided a certain sense of escape, even at its most daunting moments. (“I was actually back in another cancer surgery within a week of wrapping up the recording,” he recalls. “It was pretty surreal to record this album knowing I had cancer in my lymph nodes—but since I couldn't have the surgery any sooner, I just stuck with my studio time.”) And with the release of ILYSM, Wild Pink hope the album might supply others with their own outlet for solace and
    catharsis. “Writing about all this has helped me process my experience, or even just acknowledge that I still don’t completely understand how I feel about it,” says Ross. “It’s been a very confusing, overwhelming time, and hopefully it’ll offer some kind of comfort to anyone else who’s feeling overwhelmed or confused too.”

  • Mar
    22 Fri
    Nershi Hann Trio

    Nershi Hann Trio

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

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 13, 2023 10:00 AM to March 21, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Nershi Hann Trio with Opening Act TBA

    Guitarist and co-founder of The String Cheese Incident, Bill Nershi, and wife Jilian Nershi, join together as a duo of harmonies and driving acoustic guitar, immediately drawing in the listener. An inspired journey through various styles and influences, a throwback to the roots of American music, the Nershis have a relaxed way of connecting with the audience through the stories in their songs. Constantly finding ways to make the music sound complete as a duo, unique arrangements and a deep catalogue of original songs highlight the couple’s dedication to their craft.

    Joined by Jason Hann (also of The String Cheese Incident and EOTO) to round out this touring trio. 

  • Mar
    29 Fri
    Kiltro

    Kiltro

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 8, 2023 10:00 AM to March 28, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Kiltro with Opening Act Nina de Freitas


    Years ago, Chilean-American singer/songwriter Chris Bowers Castillo moved to the port city of Valparaíso and became a walking tour guide. 

    “I would dress up as Wally and give tours to families and kids,” he remembers with a laugh. “It was great, because I got to know the city incredibly well. I’d walk for hours, then spend the rest of the day partying and drinking, probably way too much. But I also wrote lots of new songs.”

    Back in Denver, Chris looked for a moniker that reflected the evocative and subtly rebellious musical concepts percolating in his head, and settled on
    kiltro - a word used in Chile for stray dogs or mutts. He then teamed up with bassist Will Parkhill and drummer Michael Devincenzi, later inviting Fez García to join
    the band as an additional percussionist on Kiltro’s live gigs.

    Titled Underbelly, Kiltro’s sophomore album crystallizes those dreams and experiences into a post-rock manifesto of dazzling beauty. Its songs combine touches of shoegaze, ambient and neo-psychedelia with the soulful transcendence of South American folk – the purity of stringed instruments, supple syncopated
    percussion and elusive melodies that define the works of Latin American legends such as Violeta Parra, Víctor Jara and Atahualpa Yupanqui.

    From the propulsive, chant-like groove of “Guanaco” to the art-pop panache of “All the Time in the World,” Underbelly is the kind of record that invites you to
    quiet down and listen, savoring every single detail. The album reaches an emotional pinnacle during its second half, when the majestic lament of “Softy” –
    seeped in exquisite cushions of reverb – segues into the hypnotic reverie of “Kerosene.”

    It also signals a new chapter in the fusion of Latin roots with mainstream rock, anchoring its sonic quest on a rare commodity: inspired songwriting.

    “So much of this album is defined by the conditions that made it,” says Chris. “Our debut – 2019’s Creatures of Habit – has a social, almost communal feel to it, because we played it live time after time before recording. In a way, the songs were troubleshooted in the presence of an audience, then honed in the studio. Underbelly
    , on the other hand, was made in quarantine. It was just us obsessing in the studio, and we ended up following whatever thread seemed most interesting at the time, which made for an album that is more experimental and creative.”

    Quarantine isolation allowed Kiltro to obsess over every single loop and melodic turn. Now that the band is ready to tour again, presenting the songs in a live setting poses a beautiful challenge.

    For now, the release of Underbelly marks a bold step forward in Kiltro’s extraordinary musical journey.

    “We tried a lot of new things on this record,” agrees Will. “We were living through unprecedented times and coming to terms with all of it. The album is a reflection of that. At the end of the day, we wanted to create the kind of music that we didn’t hear anywhere else.”


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  • Apr
    5 Fri
    Charlie Parr

    Charlie Parr

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

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 9, 2024 8:00 AM to April 4, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Charlie Parr with Opening Act Anna Tivel

    In the music of Charlie Parr, there is a sincere conviction and earnest drive to create. The Minnesota-born guitarist, songwriter, and interpreter of traditional music has released 19 albums over two decades and has been known to perform up to 275 shows a year. Parr is a folk troubadour in the truest sense: taking to the road between shows, writing and rewriting songs as he plays, fueled by a belief that music is eternal and cannot be claimed or adequately explained. The bluesman poet pulls closely from the sights and sounds around him, his lyrical craftsmanship built by his influences. The sounds from his working-class upbringing—including Folkways legends such as Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie—imbue Parr’s music with stylistic echoes of blues and folk icons of decades past. Parr sees himself merely as a continuer of a folk tradition: “I feel like I stand on a lot of big shoulders,” he said in an interview. “I hope that I’ve brought a little bit of myself to the music.”


    With a discography simultaneously transcendental in nature and grounded in roots music, Charlie Parr is the humble master of the 21st century folk tradition. Parr started recording in Duluth in 2002, where he lives today. Life in the port town on Lake Superior has a way of bleeding into his work the same way his childhood in Austin, Minnesota does. Parr self-released his debut album, Criminals and Sinners, and did the same for his sophomore album 1922 (2002). With growing popularity abroad, Parr signed with Red House Records in 2015, where he recorded break-out albums Stumpjumper (2015) and Dog (2017). Parr’s music has an overwhelming sense of being present and mindful, and his sound is timeless.


    Parr’s mastery of his craft is only more apparent when contextualized within the history of folk tradition of which Parr has dedicated his practice. Parr strives to listen to everything: “I don’t see that I’d ever be capable of creating anything if it weren’t for these inspirations and influences, books and music as well as the weather and random interactions with strangers and animals. So, the well never runs dry as long as my eyes and ears are open,” Parr said in a 2020 interview. Before he was even 10 years old Parr was rummaging through his father’s record collection—sometimes drawing dinosaurs on the vinyl sleeves—and listening to country, folk, and blues legends, many of whom are staples in the Folkways catalog. This is especially true in his playing, when, after a diagnosis of focal dystonia, Parr turned to greats like Davis, Doc Watson, and Booker White for two-finger picking inspiration. Gifted a 1965 Gibson B-45 12-string by his father, Parr has never had a formal lesson and learned by to listening records and watching musicians he admired.


    Parr’s first album with Smithsonian Folkways, Last of Better Days Head (2021), foregrounded his lyrical craftsmanship and sophisticated bluesman confidence, with spare production highlighting Parr’s mastery of guitar and elevating his poetry. Last of Better Days Ahead is a portrait of how Parr saw the world in that moment, reflecting on time and memories that have past while holding an enduring desire to be present. In his 2024 release, Little Sun, Parr weaves together stories celebrating music, community, and communing with nature. Putting forth an ambitious and raw album that exemplifies the best of Parr's sound: a blend of the blues and folk traditions he continues to carry with him and the steadfast originality of a poet.


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  • Apr
    13 Sat
    Jon McLaughlin

    Jon McLaughlin

    Coast To Coast Tour
    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: February 2, 2024 10:00 AM to April 12, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 13, 2024 12:00 AM to April 13, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Jon McLaughlin with Opening Act TBA


    Everything in Jon McLaughlin’s life makes its way into his music, whether he’s conscious of it or not. The artist, raised in Indiana and based in Nashville, brings all of his experiences and beliefs into each song he creates, something that is especially true now that he’s the father of two young girls. 


    Jon released his debut album, Indiana, in 2007 on Island Def Jam, attracting fans with his heartfelt, hook-laden songwriting and impassioned delivery. He’s released six full-lengths in the years since and revealed a true evolution in both his piano playing and singing. He’s played shows with Billy Joel, Kelly Clarkson and Adele, collaborated with longtime friend Sara Bareilles, co-written with Demi Lovato and even performed at the Academy Awards in 2008.  


    Jon’s album, Like Us, dropped in October of 2015 via Razor & Tie, and he spent the past few years touring extensively before heading back into his Nashville studio to work on new music. Jon released a Christmas EP in 2017 titled Red & Green with two originals and his take on a few holiday classics. In November of 2018 Jon released his album Angst & Grace which features “Still My Girl” written for his youngest daughter. 


    Another project started in 2018 is his Dueling Pianos video series. Every episode features a new guest artist and they perform mashups of never-before-heard arrangements. 


    In Fall of 2019 Jon released an instrumental piano album titled MOOD. This record demonstrates Jon's artistry and captivates his talent as a pianist. In May 2020 the second edition of the project was released entitled MOOD II.
     
    Jon wrapped up 2020 with the release of his Christmas EP Christmas Time before putting out his most recent full length album All The Things I Say To Myself with immediate fan favorites “A Breakup Song” & “Outta My Head”.  


    In the fall of 2022 Jon hit the road with his band in celebration of the 15 year anniversary of his Indiana album which will be remastered and re released on vinyl spotlighting a new a capella version of the title track “Indiana” featuring Straight No Chaser as well as never-before-released b-sides.

    Towards the end of 2023, Jon released the third installment in his instrumental piano series: MOOD III.


    As with everything he does, Jon’s goal is to create connections. He wants to translate his experiences and ideas into music that reaches fans everywhere. His passion for music and playing is evident in each note he plays.


  • Apr
    16 Tue
    Slaughter Beach, Dog (solo)

    Slaughter Beach, Dog (solo)

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

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 15, 2023 10:00 AM to April 15, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Slaughter Beach, Dog (solo) with Opening Act Erin Rae



    From the Desk of Craig Finn


    Hey,


    I just got off the phone with Jake Ewald. He says hello.


    I called him to tell him I’ve been digging the new Slaughter Beach Dog album he’d sent me. I’d been playing it around the house a lot, and had a question about it. He picked up on the first ring and told me that it’s called Crying Laughing Waving Smiling and that it’s going to come out on September 22nd on Lame-O Records. That wasn’t really my question, but I guess it’s good to know.


    It’s also true that just a little while later he moved from Philadelphia, where he’d been living for a decade, to a house in the Poconos. Once there, he found he had less distraction and a calmer mind. He started going for walks and listening to music. He found some new appreciation for the “old guys”, as he said on the phone- Neil Young, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, those types. Personally, I’d call them the “classic guys”, but I’m a bit older so I’m probably somewhat defensive about age.


    Anyways, to me it seems like some of this might have led to an old school approach to making a record. Jake would show them a new song, singing and playing an acoustic guitar, and then the band would all play what they were hearing for the song. Classic, human, and not overthought.


    They’d talked before entering the studio about this approach: emphasizing the instinctual, not being afraid, listening to each other. The band caught fire. They captured fifteen songs in the first five days. The priority throughout was serving the song. I’ve been listening for days now. I can tell you these songs got served.
    There’s beautiful space in everything. It’s patient and aware.


    I’ve always admired Jake’s eye for detail, and it’s on full display here. It’s an album filled with gorgeous imagery and vivid worlds are built within each song. I see it all. He careens around the country (New Jersey, Baton Rouge, San Antonio, Florida, Georgia) and engages his tastebuds (spinach, cheddar, caviar, buttercream, margaritas). He’s tender in bars and funny in cars. And vice versa. Most impressively to me, he consistently finds the divine and sacred in the everyday: church pews in a diner, toast bearing the image of Christ.


    A few months back I watched Slaughter Beach Dog play a sold out club in Brooklyn. The band was awesome, and the audience sang every damn one of the words to their songs back to them. It was impressive. But I know it’s not effortless, and Jake Ewald has been persistent. Starting with Modern Baseball, he’s led two different bands over countless tours of this country. He’s gathered fans around the world. He’s dedicated his life to rock and roll. He told me that sounds dramatic. Probably, but it’s also true.


    So as much as it speaks to our own modern age, my favorite part of this record is its timelessness. Before I got off the phone with Jake, I told him that this sounds like a record we’ll listen to in ten years, twenty years, beyond. It should get more and more people into Slaughter Beach Dog and the already deep catalog of music they’ve built. Next time I see the band, there will be even more people singing every word of every song. I’ll be in the back of the room, raising a toast to my pal Jake, congratulating him on the success of this fantastic record.


    I just hope he’ll still take my calls.

    cf


  • Apr
    19 Fri
    Andy Shauf

    Andy Shauf

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

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 19, 2024 10:00 AM to April 18, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Andy Shauf with Lutalo

    Andy Shauf’s latest album, Norm, out now on ANTI-, and presents its lead single/video, “Wasted On You.” In conjunction, Shauf announces a 2023 Norm Tour including some of his biggest shows to-date (tickets are on sale this Friday). Hailed as “a gifted storyteller” (NPR Music) for 2016’s The Party and 2020’s The Neon Skyline, Shauf writes albums that unfold like short fiction, full of colorful characters, fine details and a rich emotional depth. With Norm, however, Shauf has slyly deconstructed and reshaped the style for which he’s been celebrated, elevating his songwriting with intricate layers and perspectives, challenging himself to find a new direction. Under the guise of an intoxicating collection of jazz-inflected romantic ballads, his storytelling has become decidedly more oblique, hinting at ominous situations and dark motivations.
     
    Shauf had planned to be touring around The Neon Skyline but, like many of us in the early days of the pandemic, he spent a lot of time alone instead. He sequestered himself in his garage studio, self-producing and playing every instrument on Norm, a collection of more conventional songs written predominantly on guitar, piano and synths. Shauf’s goals were uncomplicated: create something melody-driven rather than chord-driven, and make it modern. Shauf recruited Neal Pogue (Tyler, the Creator, Janelle Monae, Outkast), a prodigious shaper of genre-and-time-defying tracks, to mix the album, further building on the gently levitating, synth-laden atmospherics.
     
    During this period, he was captivated by David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, which seemed to validate Shauf’s instinct to mix perspectives and tinker with shadowy narratives. "The character of Norm is introduced in a really nice way," Shauf says of the pleasant songs that precede the album's centerpiece. "But the closer you pay attention to the record, the more you're going to realize that it's sinister."
     
    “Wasted On You” doubles as Norm’s lead single and opening track, a lilting pop introduction with r&b cadences and dreamy textures. While at first listen, a love song, Shauf grapples with death and the legacies left behind in its wake. “What happens when they die?” Shauf begins the record by asking. The questions continue, and his final query — “Was all my love wasted on you?” — hangs in the air, with subtle percussion, tender guitar, and synths escorting the song out. The accompanying video, directed by V Haddad and written by Shauf, is a playful depiction of God (played by Lauren Servideo) and Jesus, once again presenting the duality in Shauf’s music.
     
    Watch Andy Shauf’s “Wasted On You” Video
     
    After gaining indie notoriety with The Party and a Polaris Music Prize nomination, performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning: Saturday, and praise from the likes of Pitchfork, ESQUIRE, NPR Music, Stereogum, The Atlantic and beyond for The Neon Skyline, Shauf has left the realm of things he’s known on his third album, pivoting away from the semi-autobiographical, and pushing himself to grow as a songwriter in an entirely different way. With Norm, he recreated his idea of a concept album, and also made it about faith and fatalism. But Shauf has realized he doesn't need to moralize. He's assigned that task to us, the listeners. At once narrators and investigators, we fill in the blanks.

  • Apr
    23 Tue
    Tinsley Ellis

    Tinsley Ellis

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

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 12, 2024 10:00 AM to April 22, 2024 11:59 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Tinsley Ellis with Opening Act TBA


    According to Atlanta-based blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Tinsley Ellis, his new, first-ever solo acoustic album, Naked Truth, is both “a departure and an arrival.” Ellis has been recording and travelling the world for over four decades, delivering his feral, guitar-fueled, original electric blues-rock to ever-growing audiences at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Naked Truth is steeped in the folk blues traditions of Muddy Waters, Skip James, Son House, Robert Johnson and even Leo Kottke. To the casual fan, this might seem to be a new direction, but for Ellis, it’s an extension of his music, as he taps into the raw essence of the blues. “This is a record I’ve always wanted to make, and one that my longtime fans have been asking for,” he says, noting he’s included an acoustic mini-set in his concert performances for years. In the last 12 months, Ellis has already performed over 100 solo shows, many as co-bills with his Alligator label-mate Marcia Ball. “I’m having so much fun playing these shows,” he says.


    On Naked Truth (his 21st album), Ellis swaps his blistering, guitar-fueled full band workouts for equally passionate, soul-searching acoustic folk blues. His famed guitar chops and musical creativity are on full display throughout the album’s 12 songs, including nine newly written originals. Naked Truth was produced by Ellis, with the foot-stomping cover of Son House’s Death Letter Blues produced by Atlanta roots musician Eddie 9V. The album was recorded live in the studio using Ellis’ beloved 1969 Martin D-35 (a gift from his father) and his 1937 National Steel O Series guitars. Whether intricately fingerpicking the Martin or playing hair-raising slide on the National Steel, Ellis delivers each song with unvarnished intimacy.


    Tinsley Ellis has been immersed in music his whole life. Born in Atlanta 1957 and raised in southern Florida, he acquired his first guitar at age seven, inspired by seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. He took to guitar instantly, developing and sharpening his skills as he grew up.


    Now, with Naked Truth, Ellis will bring his music directly to his fans. “Two guitars and a car,” he says of the simplicity of his North American touring situation. “When folks come to see me, I’ll have the guitars I used on the record with me, so what fans hear on the album is what they’ll get live. It’s not easy. Now I’m the whole band and there’s nowhere to hide. It’s scary every single time I go up on stage alone. But nothing could be more honest.”


    Naked Truth is a revelation. Stripped of the electric fervor that defined his previous works, Ellis’ acoustic music carries a rawness that speaks directly from his soul. The songs unveil another side of Tinsley Ellis, but one that is totally recognizable to his fans. His gruff, full-throated vocals intertwine seamlessly with the bare, acoustic arrangements, creating an album that is both timeless and immediate. No Depression says, “Ellis shines. When the tempo slows, the intensity doesn’t waver.” Blues Music Magazine states, “Tinsley Ellis is a powerful and commanding presence. His music is impossible not to enjoy.”


  • May
    2 Thu
    Tenille Townes

    Tenille Townes

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: February 16, 2024 10:00 AM to May 1, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 2, 2024 12:00 AM to May 2, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Tenille Townes with Opening Act TBA

    An astute observer of the human condition, Tenille Townes’ discography is rife with stories that reverberate with heavy truths. Following the release of a duet with world-superstar Bryan Adams, the revered songwriter, and CCMA Entertainer of the Year, released a five-song project called the Train Track Work tapes in 2023. Townes conceptualized, wrote, and recorded the EP on a 15-day, 3,000-mile, train trip where she played 65 shows at stops in communities across Canada.

    Townes is a 15-time Canadian Country Music Association Award winner (CCMA), a two-time JUNO Awards Country Album of the Year Winner, and a two-time ACM Award-winner. She is also the first female artist in Media base Canada history to achieve two No. 1 singles (Music Canada Gold-certified “Jersey on The Wall (I’m Just Asking),” Music Canada Platinum-certified and RIAA Gold-certified “Somebody’s Daughter”).

    Townes has opened for legendary artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain and George Strait. Townes has also toured extensively outside of the US–last year she performed for fans in Australia, Ireland, Germany, and had a sold-outrun of headlining shows in the UK. Her international touring efforts earned her a nomination for the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.

    A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Townes has been featured by NPR, Variety, Refinery 29, Billboard, Rolling Stone, NBC’s “TODAY,” BBC and more. Additionally, she has raised over $2.5 million for Big Hearts For Big Kids, a non-profit she started when she was 15years old to benefit a youth shelter in her hometown, which has grown to support US-based organizations including the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, S.A.F.E. Animal Haven, and the Manna House.

  • May
    5 Sun
    Sean Hayes and Esme Patterson

    Sean Hayes and Esme Patterson

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $24.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $30.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 19, 2024 10:00 AM to May 4, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 5, 2024 12:00 AM to May 5, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

    Sean Hayes is a Bay Area singer-songwriter who makes music to dance to or cry to, or maybe both at the same time. He was born in New York City, raised in North Carolina, and honed his earliest musical chops in a band playing Irish and old-time tunes — but his unique style of deeply felt, R&B-inflected folk really matured during his two decades singing and playing in cafes, bars, and night clubs of San Francisco.


    His voice layers wonder and heartache upon grit and gravel, sex and soul. His lyrics carry an unpretentious wisdom. He’s dueted with Aimee Mann; been covered by the Be Good Tanyas; and toured with Anais Mitchell (performing songs from Hadestown, before it was an award-winning Broadway show). His songs have appeared on NPR, NBC and HBO.


    Esmé Patterson

    Esmé Patterson releases her long-awaited 5th full-length album, Notes from Nowhere, early this October, creating a genre-avoidant musical realm that blooms with honesty and magic. Ever provocative, poignant, polymorphic, and prescient (her apocalypse-themed There Will Come Soft Rains, was released on the first day of Covid19 lockdowns in March 2020), Patterson’s latest release returns to the (super)natural world, evoking the chill of dead winter, parched-forest lightning, midday moons, and the cicada hum of summer swamps. Esmé’s intense performances arrest her audience in ears-open shared contemplation. Her music churns and crackles until you find yourself frozen, staring into the fire.

     

  • May
    11 Sat
    A Tribute to Joni Mitchell featuring Colorado's Premier Musicians!

    A Tribute to Joni Mitchell featuring Colorado's Premier Musicians!

    Featuring: Liz Barnez, Rebecca Folsom and Celeste Krenz. WITH: Eric Moon, Steve Ivey, Eric Thorin and Eric Straumanis
    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: February 23, 2024 10:00 AM to May 10, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 11, 2024 12:00 PM to May 11, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

    A TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL FEATURING COLORADO’S PREMIER MUSICIANS!
    FEATURING: LIZ BARNEZ, REBECCA FOLSOM, AND CELESTE KRENZ
    WITH: ERIC MOON, STEVE IVEY, ERIC THORIN, AND ERIC STRAUMANIS

    Join us for a celebration of the songs and artistry of Joni Mitchell as we bring her songs to life!  Often referred to as the greatest contemporary songwriter, Joni has been a huge influence in our lives and music over the years.  Joni’s career has spanned over half a century, and in that time, she explored and experimented in many genres of music and made them her own.  We have selected some of our favorite Joni songs and aspire to honor the original and explore our individual artistry through her songs. Additionally, we will play some of our own tunes that were directly inspired by Joni Mitchell.  Liz Barnez, Rebecca Folsom, and Celeste Krenz will be singing and providing harmony vocals, guitar, and piano. Accompanying will be a group of Colorado’s finest musicians: Eric Moon on keys, Steve Ivey on drums, Eric Thorin on bass, and Eric Straumanis on guitar.


    FEATURING:
    Liz Barnez: Liz Barnez has been a touring performing songwriter for over 35 years.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Liz’s music is informed by the rhythms and musical traditions of her place of birth.  She moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where she continues to write, record, and perform. Liz is currently in the studio recording and is releasing a single a month in 2024 culminating in the release of the full album toward the end of the year! 

    Rebecca Folsom: Colorado singer-songwriter and international touring artist, Rebecca Folsom is on a mission to change the world one listener at a time! Rebecca has released eleven albums and written and published two books of poetry.  Her latest album, Sanctuary, is a collaboration with activists, social justice organizations, and those impacted in compromised, disempowered situations. 
      
    Celeste Krenz: Former Denverite Celeste Krenz is a singer / songwriter of rare talent, with a pure, sweet voice. Her music is infused with healthy doses of pop tunefulness and folky austerity–a classic example of Nashville songwriting a la Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent, and Emmylou Harris.  


     Public Onsale:
    12:00 PM
    May 11, 2024
  • May
    31 Fri
    Tim Cook

    Tim Cook

    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: February 23, 2024 10:00 AM to May 30, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 31, 2024 12:00 AM to May 31, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Tim Cook with Opening Act TBA



    Tim Cook–of the The Subdudes–will be joined by his Godson for this very special performance!  

    Don’t miss this one night only show and hear some of those Subdudes tunes you always loved mixed with some new tunes as well.


314 East Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
United States