Complete Line Up To Be Announced

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.       

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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.

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Dusty Rider

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

the Uplift: FoCo MC

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.


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