Uplift: FoCo will Feature
Headlining set from the House Band
Local Songwriters back by House Band
opening set from one songwriter
Youth from The Matthews House Music Program
Live Painting  +  Silent Auction  +  Drawing  +  Merchandise

the Uplift: FoCo House Band

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Eric Thorin is a highly regarded Colorado bassist and can be found on stage with The Matt Flinner Trio and various touring luminaries such as Jim Hurst, Danny Barnes, Darol Anger, Bonnie Paine and more. Eric remains active in the studio as producer and performer, has written hundreds of compositions and orchestrated songs for Elephant Revival with the Colorado Symphony. Teaching is a big part of his presence in 2019 including The Montana Fiddle Camp, Kansas City Bass Workshop, Grand Targhee and Walker Creek Music Camps, as well as faculty in the Folk and Bluegrass program at the University of Northern Colorado.

Joe Lessard is a Fort Collins-based violinist, vocalist and songwriter with over 15 years of touring and recording experience. His passion and skill has developed with Head for the Hills, a five-piece bluegrass/americana outfit, as well as Whiskey Blanket, an unconventional hip-hop trio with decidedly classical influences. Joe currently spends his time between tours as an instructor at Fort Collins’ own Music District, also playing solo and duo gigs in local listening rooms. His songs are caught between genres, weaving stories of modern tragedy and triumph through a haunting and cinematic American soundtrack.

Joe Lessard
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Eric Wiggs, hailing from Northern Alabama, has been performing and teaching as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, & engineer for nearly 20 years. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Alabama and a M.M. Jazz Performance from CU-Boulder. An integral part of Colorado’s music scene for the past decade, he is currently guitarist/vocalist for Masontown, instrumentalist/vocalist for Honeytree Duo, and host of jams at 12Degree and Wibby Brewing. In 2016 he was Rockygrass Flatpicking Champion, and in 2019 he opened Vermillion Road Studio as a home for his varied musical endeavors as well as up and coming local musicians.       

photo credit Kirsten Cohen Photography

Dusty Rider, once a brakeman for the Alaskan Railroad, has been playing banjo for over twenty years. He has studied with Bill Keith, Noam Pikelny, and anyone willing to trade a few ideas. During the day, he masquerades as a pilot who lands with fewer people aboard than he takes off with -- it's okay, they're wearing parachutes. In the moonlight he's found playing banjo and pedal steel, primarily with The Railsplitters, and filling in with various outfits such as Meadow Mountain, Ragged Union, and Austin Wahlert Band.

photo credit Kirsten Cohen Photography

Dusty Rider

Songwriters + Live Artist  To Be Announced Soon

Uplift: FoCo Emcee

Jeff Koepke will lead our musical journey through Uplift: FoCo. He has also been the MC at New West Fest's Library Park stage and is a volunteer broadcaster with KRFC 88.9 FM, hosting the House Rent Party every Wednesday evening 8-10 pm.

Listen to last year's show


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