Concert Preview

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Jan 212004
 
Authors: Chris Kampfe

A new year, a new semester, and yes, a new chance. A new chance

for you and your friends to get off the beer pong table and out to

one of the dozens of great concerts coming to Fort Collins this

semester. Yes, there are a number great shows coming to the state

as a whole, but here’s a list of concerts so close you can ride

your Razor Scooter to them.

January –

Up first, RAQ. Not sure how to pronounce this band’s name,

pretty sure they rock. These guys are playing tonight at The

Starlight for $5. If you like your jam-bands to have a little more

of a rock flair, along the lines of Phish or moe., this band is

worth seeing.

On Saturday, long-time Colorado boys, The Samples, are playing

at the Aggie Theatre for a 21 and up crowd. The Samples play

rock-driven folk with additions from keyboards and sax. They are

known to cover Neil Young frequently at their shows and their style

can be comparable to his.

Wendy Woo, a folk guitarist who frequents Colorado will also be

playing Saturday at Avogadro’s Number. Woo is gaining an

established following in the female singer-songwriter category and

played the Colorado stop at Lilith Fair. Sunday is Fishbone. If

you’re out searching for some Sunday night funk, you may have just

found it. Bringing back the old school, Fishbone infuses elements

of funk, reggae and rock to create classic hits like “Bonin’ in the

Bone Yard.” Don’t miss it.

February-

Another month, another great set of concerts. Start things off

right on Feb. 4 and see OM Trio opening for Umphrey’s McGee at the

Starlight. OM Trio is a jazz trio with drums, guitar and bass who

gain more acclaim with each tour. Umphrey’s, who are headlining the

show are definitely crowd pleasers. They are rockers known to cover

Led Zeppelin from time to time and satisfy many flavors.

Soon after at the Starlight is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.

These guys can be summed up simply as a country alt-rock band, but

that just wouldn’t do them justice. These guys are the ’90s rock

band The Refreshments reformed, and frankly you’d be a fool to miss

this. They’re playing on the Feb. 8.

Next up are more Colorado rockers, Big Head Todd and the

Monsters at the Aggie on the Feb. 11. This rock band needs no

explanation, but if you’re planning on going, it’ll set you back

$25.

Finally, if you don’t have a honey on Valentine’s Day roll over

to the Starlight to see local hip-hop group Listen.

March

Starting off the month is Tommy Emmanuel on the March 2 at the

Sunset Events Center. Emmanuel has been called one of the best

finger-picking guitar players in the world and shared stages for

decades with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Joe Walsh to Leo

Kottke.

If one guitar master wasn’t enough for you, on the March 3 is

child prodigy from the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks. Derek Trucks

is renowned as one of the best slide-guitar players of all time and

an act not to be missed. The Derek Trucks Band brings their

southern rock to The Aggie on the March 4.

For all those needing to satisfy their hip-hop cravings, The

Aggie brings you Sage Francis on the March 6. Please write into the

Collegian and complain if you disagree, but if you consider

yourself a hip-hop fan, you probably consider Sage Francis

amazing.

Next up is an up-and-comer on the jam-band scene, New Monsoon.

This six-piece from San Francisco dabbles in many styles of music

but they always make a point to exploit their talented percussion

section. Closing out the month is bluegrass legend and mandolin

master Sam Bush. If you’re looking for good bluegrass and you’re

looking to be on your feet all night, see The Sam Bush Band at The

Aggie on March 11.

As more acts come, we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime see

what you can and enjoy.

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