If you’re looking to catch a group on the way up to the top make
sure not to blink Friday night at the Aggie Theatre. The lyrically
eloquent hip-hop talent Listen will light up the mic Halloween
night when they let loose with their live performance.
“We just got back from touring so we want to come out and have a
great night in Fort Collins,” said Cory Eberhard, aka Y-Roc, the
drummer for the group. “We haven’t played a show here in two months
so this is going to be funktastical.”
Funktastical, though a cooked-up word, means a blend of
well-rounded instrumentals with a hip-hop flavor inspired by
everything from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Atmosphere and
Radiohead. When mixed into the Fort Collins local scene and
seasoned with a recent tour through Southern California, you’re
left with the group Listen. And to think this band has only been
baking for two years. Having formed in late 2001, it’s exciting to
think just how much they might rise.
Coming from local roots, three of the group’s four members grew
up in Fort Collins. Eberhard feels this might explain some of the
reason behind the bands quickly growing popularity.
“We try to keep the lyrics as real as possible,” Eberhard said.
“They’re about where we were raised. The lyrics are a reflection of
where we are.”
Recently Listen has started to garner some West Coast interest
after hiring a booking agent in December of last year. The group
has just returned from a two-week tour through San Francisco, L.A.,
San Diego and parts of Arizona.
“Fort Collins is definitely our favorite place to play,”
Eberhard said. “But we’ve also been getting good responses in
Another factor boosting Listen’s popularity is the opportunities
they’ve had to play with some diverse popular musical acts such as
Atmosphere, G. Love and Special Sauce, and Maceo Parker.
“Our versatility enables us to open for different groups which
gives us exposure to all different types of crowds,” Eberhard
Casey Kraning, a 22-year-old marketing major, liked how down to
earth the group seemed to be.
“I was surprised, I was rockin’ out next to this kid at a show
and then he jumped on stage and started flowin’. I was really
impressed,” Kraning said.
Listen will be performing Friday night with Sonar at the Aggie
Theatre. They have a new album dropping in late November or early
December and samples of their music along with bios and other
information is available at www.listencrew.com .