UPLIFT: FoCo is an evening of local music featuring

All-star House Band

Local Songwriters

Youth Musicians

Live Painter

Silent Auction


Community Vibes

and more, with everything based in Northern Colorado

Check out the LINE UP and SILENT AUCTION pages for more details


The Matthews House Youth Music Program

The Matthews House is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers young adults and families in transition to navigate difficulties on the road to self-sufficiency. Many of the individuals in our program are or have been part of the human services, foster care, and/or justice system. Many have also lived in generational poverty. They frequently do not have a significant support system nor the skills necessary for living independently, including retaining a job, solving problems, managing money, and building solid relationships.

The Matthews House music program provides underserved and at-risk youth access to music lessons, music production classes, instruments, rehearsal space, and recording opportunities, plus has been approved for high school credit. The focus is to give students a creative outlet, healthy coping mechanisms, and an opportunity to have their voice be heard. Youth who are interested in pursuing this career can also develop job readiness and make industry connections.

Youth from the music program will perform and work with technical staff at Uplift: FoCo, creating an exciting goal for students to work towards and opportunity to showcase their achievements to the community. All proceeds from Uplift: FoCo will go directly to this program to continue inspiring youth to get involved and pursue their passions.




Born and raised in Craig CO, I've always called Northern Colorado home. Fresh out of high school in '08, I moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU but was quickly drawn into the bustling Front Range music scene. I started touring with local bands selling t-shirts, which led to discovering a passion and career as an audio engineer. Uplift: FoCo is my dream project to turn a decade of industry experience into something positive that gives back in a meaningful and lasting way.

The original seed was planted in 2010 when I put together a small benefit in similar format ---- a group of my friends made the band and raised funds for a youth-related nonprofit. It was a mild success for two years, but life pulled me elsewhere and the concept lost steam. Jump to February of 2019; a fellow volunteer at The Matthews House asked if I knew anything about charity concerts and it unsuspectingly reignited my spark! Driven by the excitement of new possibilities, I consumed myself that year with countless phone calls and emails to bring all the connections together for Uplift: FoCo's inaugural year.

Having been a volunteer with The Matthews House, they were an obvious choice as partner and beneficiary. Their programs provide resources to hundreds of families and individuals from all ages and is an effective vehicle to directly impact our community. In 2020, I left the road to begin working within their Experiential Education program. At the start of 2021, I launched the youth music program and this concert will now be part of that program, featuring and benefiting youth in music!


Camping trip to Roosevelt NF with

The Matthews House - Summer 2020

Field trip to Rocky Mountain NP with

The Matthews House - Spring 2019

Backpacking trip to Rawah Wilderness with

The Matthews House - Summer 2021


I couldn't do it with them!

Savannah Russell

Savannah Russell - donations coordinator/supportive partner - It's admittedly bias, but Savannah is one of the most kind and caring individuals I know. As an inevitable consultant on all things, she has provided invaluable support professionally and personally. She is one of the most well connected acupuncturist in town and has leveraged countless connections on behalf of the event. Schedule an appointment with her at:  ftcollinsfamilyacupuncture.com

Mike Tallman - graphic design - Mike is as close to family as friends come; he gave me my first opportunity in the music scene and a couch to crash on way back when. He is one of my favorite guitarist and founding member of Euforquestra, creative director for Color Red, plus one of the industry's leading and most sought after graphic designers. We are lucky to have him creating our art!  Check out his work at:  addnoisestudios.com

Mike Tallman

Tobin VoggesserJon Eisenberg are both friends from even before my t-shirt slingin' days. Tobin has gifted many great photos to my websites and Jon has promoted many of the bands I've toured with. They both provided crucial mental power towards the event's initial brainstorming. Tobin will also be shooting photos and video at the event, and Jon continues to assist with our digital marketing. Check out their other amazing work at: 

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Blackspy Marketing

Dan Butcher - FOH engineer - Long time friend and colleague, Dan will ensure our audience experiences the highest quality of sound.

Sean Flynn - monitor engineer - Was once "my legs" while working a festival on crutches, Sean will provide musicians with exceptional sound.

Arnie Weil & Will Reutemann - stage manager - Close industry friends, these guys are the grease that will keep our show running smooth.

Matt Banno - VIP & door manager - With a talent for laid-back seriousness, Matt will facilitate a pleasant arrival for each and every guest.

Judi Holland - artist hospitality - My dear own mom will bring her motherly care for our artists, making sure they happy and ready to perform.

Jenna Franck - merchandise - The fateful co-volunteer who sparked it all, Jenna's positive spirit will come included with our finest threads.

Nick Stock - videographer - Yet another friend from my first year in the industry, Nick's sharp eye will capture the essence of the evening.

Through this process so many amazing partnerships have formed and I am incredibly thankful to have a passionate group of talented people involved ---- from our small staff to the musicians, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. I can't thank them enough, as it is truly the collective effort of all these individuals making Uplift: FoCo happen, and for which I am eternally grateful. I am excited to be working on year two, and I look forward to sharing this special event with our beautiful home town again! I hope to see you there!


Andy Whilden

Uplift: FoCo - creator

the youth music program at

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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.


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