INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS OF UPLIFT: FOCO
Two full sets from the Uplift: FoCo House Band
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.
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
Jordan Ramsey is one of the premier mandolinists in the country. A native of Tennessee, he attended the Bluegrass and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University and performed with the school's top bluegrass ensemble. During his 15 year career, he has played all over the world and won some of the most prestigious contests, including 2016 National Mandolin Championship. Jordan has shared the stage with stars like Porter Wagoner, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, and Tater Tate, and has been on staff at Swallow Hill, Regis University, University of Northern Colorado, Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, and Brian Oberlin's River of the West Camp.
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
A Very Special Opening Set From:
Lady Moon (Eva Holbrook) is a Fort Collins-grown songwriter well known as lead singer and mandolinist for the hometown favorite sister band, SHEL. Eva is recognized for her sweeping, virtuoso mandolin arrangements and soulful folk melodies, as well as unique hand-crafted top hats. Combining thoughtful lyrics with an effortless and flowing vocal style, her songs speak volumes to any listener. As her band began a new album, Eva created an additional outlet for individual study to help keep her imagination sharp. Lady Moon is her vehicle to explore folk music from around the world.
Alysia Kraft was born in Encampment, WY, a town 20 times smaller than Cody, but of a beauty “that most people don’t understand”. Alysia grew up riding around in her father’s truck on their cattle ranch, listening to ‘90s country on the radio, and believes this early experience infiltrates her music. She is well known as the fierce and soulful vocalist for the rock n’ roll band, The Patti Fiasco, and co-writer in the alternative folk-rock trio, Whippoorwill. Dripped of Western life, its impenetrable vastness and its surprising beauty, Alysia brings us songs from this landscape rich with intricate harmonies and deep intimacy.
Plus Featured Appearances By:
Courtney Hartman is a native of Loveland, CO and was raised on acoustic music from an early age. Agile on the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, she studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she earned a reputation for artistry as a member of Della Mae and a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Now based back in Loveland, Courtney has self-released her first full-length solo album, Ready Reckoner, in summer of 2019. Alternative leaning and delicately textured, it was co-produced by Shahzad Ismaily and features guests including Bill Frisell and Anaïs Mitchell. www.courtneyhartman.com
Bethel Steele is a Fort Collins based americana-inspired singer songwriter who’s career began in Boston, MA in 2008. Bethel has toured from Portland to Austin slinging songs and sharing stories, and has released four recording projects. Kelly Walker, host of the Sundilla Radio Hour, says this of the latest release, an EP called “Shadows and Light”: "Bethel draws the listener in with songs that are clearly intensely personal, but reveal themselves to be true for us all. You cannot help but be moved and perhaps changed a little for the better in listening to them."
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL GUESTS
Chris Bates will be doing a live painting, which is included in our silent auction! Local to Fort Collins, he specializes in murals, commissioned art, and live painting. You can see more of his work at: www.mightyfineart.org or @mightyfineartist
Jeff Koepke will lead our musical journey as Uplift: FoCo MC. He has also been 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.
CSU Zero Waste Team will host a table on ways we can all reduce waste.
Signed Posters + T-shirts
available while supplies last
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT
The Matthews House mission is to empower youth and families by building trusting relationships and providing resources to disrupt the cycles of poverty and abuse.