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.
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
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.
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
Finally, if you don’t have a honey on Valentine’s Day roll over
to the Starlight to see local hip-hop group Listen.
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
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
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.