Second Annual Uplift: FoCo
An Evening of Local Music, Art, & Community to benefit The Matthews House Youth Music Program

Tue, Dec 7 at 5:00pm

Aggie Theatre

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Returning for its second year on December 7th (Colorado Gives Day), Uplift: FoCo will inspire community growth through exceptional local music, with all proceeds benefiting The Matthews House Youth Music Program. The house band is a handpicked group of Northern Colorado’s best musicians who will be accompanied by three unique Fort Collins songwriters and youth musicians from The Matthews House and School of Rock Fort Collins.

The Uplift: FoCo house band includes:
Eric Thorin on bass (Bonnie Paine, Darol Anger, Matt Flinner, more)
Joe Lessard on fiddle (Head For The Hills, Whiskey Blanket)
Eric Wiggs on guitar (Masontown, Honeytree Duo)
Dusty Rider on banjo & pedal steel (The Railsplitters)
Russick Smith on mandolin & cello (Shovelin’ Stone)

With a very special opening set by:
Julia Kirkwood

And special performances from:
Liz Barnez
Mary Claxton (The Burroughs, Trash Cat)
Youth Musicians

The evening will include a Silent Auction featuring items based in Northern Colorado and will be heavily focused on local art. Plus there will be a live painter, limited edition merchandise, and prize giveaways.

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 from the music program will work alongside technical staff and perform in collaboration with the Fort Collins School of Rock House Band. This creates an exciting goal for students to work towards and an opportunity to showcase their achievements to the community.

Covid-19 Policy — currently The Aggie requires proof of vaccination for all persons in the building and strongly encourages the use of masks. These are uncertain and challenging times for everyone, and especially for the music industry. In support of musicians, crews, & venues, we will follow best known practices and venue policies.

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We want to share a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors:
Kind Care of Colorado
Bohemian Foundation
Stout Studios
Arktos Direct Care
Add Noise Studios
Horse & Dragon Brewing
Sage Benefit Advisors
Old Town Wealth Advisors
Fort Collins Family Acupuncture
Kinnetic Electric
Bank of Colorado
School of Rock Fort Collins
And THANK YOU to the Aggie Theatre for hosting us!