Check out these upcoming physically-distanced musical events
Fort Collins boasts a deep-rooted music scene, with plenty of live music venues as well as some unexpected ways to satiate your love of music — even during COVID. Read on for a handful of ways to not only scratch your music itch in FoCo but to also support the venues and causes you care about.
1. Roundabout: Progressive music series Roundabout brings family and friends together, at a safe distance, to support three local and iconic venues when they need it most: The Mishawaka, Lyric Cinema and Holiday Twin Drive-in. The events merge homegrown musical acts, performance artists, film and education from non-profit organizations that aid in social justice, sustainability and the fight against homelessness in Northern Colorado.
• July 11: The series kicks off July 11 at The Mishawaka when hip hop duo The Reminders perform. Opener Kind Dub kicks off the outdoor celebration.
• July 25: The series takes place at The Lyric July 25. Experience dance performances by Impact Dance Company, film from the Mishawaka experience and listen to a team of DJs who will keep the social distance dance party going.
• Aug. 9: The final show in the series takes place Aug. 9 at the Holiday Twin Drive-In where you can enjoy two bands, a movie and free popcorn. Get tickets for the shows, which go from 7 to 11 p.m., at www.fortifiedcollaborations.com/roundabout.
2. Sunday Summer Concert Series: The Mishawaka, the iconic riverside theater in Poudre Canyon, is hosting a Sunday Summer Concert Series Sundays through Aug. 16. Enjoy free live music while dining from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Reserve a spot with OpenTable (reservations last 1.5 hours). The lineup includes Johnny Johnston on July 12; Amy & The Peace Pipes on July 19; Ugly Architech on Aug. 2; Titonic on Aug. 9 and Ravin Wolf on Aug. 16. Visit themishawaka.com to learn more.
3. FoCoMX Drive & Jive: The Holiday Twin hosts this Tuesday evening concert series this summer. Live music performances from the stage will be projected on the Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater big screen and broadcast via FM radio transmitter for fans to enjoy from the safety of their vehicles. The lineup includes Gasoline Lolipops and Bevin Luna on July 14; The Velveteersand The Hollow on July 21; and Thin Air Crew and SF1 on July 28. Concert attendees will be allowed to bring lawn chairs for seating next to their cars and onsite snacks/beverages can be purchased online through the drive-in website. Click here for the lineup, pricing and other details. Additionally, the Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX 12) is slated to now take place Sept. 4 and 5.
4. Sagebrush Sessions: Hosted by nonprofit Sustain Music & Nature, Sagebrush Sessions are a series of free hikes and concerts on public lands in Colorado. The roving concert series comes to the Fort Collins area in September. Tierro Band with Bridget Law, Annie Oakley and Stevey Ertl will perform at Lory State Park on Sept. 20. The sound of Tierro Band is an oasis for lovers of live exotic dance and world improvisation. The ethnic flavors of tabla and sitar spice up the danceable backbeat as guitars and violins intertwine layers of alluring international melodies. Sagebrush Sessions will adhere to all Colorado state-mandated health measures and recommendations. As such, households attending the concert must sit at least six feet away from other households; concert attendance will be very limited (max gathering of 25 people). RSVP by visiting www.sustainmusicandnature.org/2020.
5. Drive-In Concerts: These days, the Holiday Twin Drive-In is much more than a movie venue — it’s also a music venue. Country singer Blake Shelton, along with guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins, will kick off a new drive-in movie theater virtual concert series on July 25. And a for King & Country concert will be broadcast at the Drive-In on July 31. Attendees can sit in their truck beds or in chairs next to their cars. Visit holidaytwin.com for details on ticket prices and COVID-19 guidelines.