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  • Apr
    23 Tue
    An Evening with Tinsley Ellis

    An Evening with 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
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: January 12, 2024 10:00 AM to April 22, 2024 11:59 PM
    DAY OF - GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 23, 2024 12:00 AM to April 23, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    An Evening with Tinsley Ellis 


    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.”


     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    Apr 23, 2024
  • 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
    KRFC 88.9 FM Welcomes

    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 Subdudeswill be joined by Jeff Finlin, Timmy Zann, Slats Davis, Liz Barnez, Dave Beegle, John Magnie and more 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.


     Public Onsale:
    12:00 AM
    May 31, 2024
  • Sep
    17 Tue
    Julian Lage

    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
    VIP: $111.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $46.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    VIP Public Onsale: March 29, 2024 10:00 AM to September 6, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 29, 2024 10:00 AM to September 17, 2024 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    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

    $46.00 - $111.00
  • Nov
    13 Wed
    Dar Williams

    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.”


314 East Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
United States