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Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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February 2019

Parker Gispert (of the Whigs) with Sarah Slaton

February 22 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Parker Gispert was still in college when he helped form the Whigs in the early 2000s. But after five critically-acclaimed albums, the Athens, Georgia-bred rockers decided to pull back on activity in 2017. Which left Gispert, who had spent the majority of his adult life either in the studio or on the road with the band, at a crossroads. “It occurred to me that if I wanted to record and tour that I was going to need to do it solo,” the…

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Seth Glier with Bethel Steele

February 28 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Seth Glier’s new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.

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March 2019

Crescent City Connection

March 1 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Born out of the deep love for New Orleans and Louisiana music, Crescent City Connection is a horn-driven powerhouse funk collective based in Fort Collins, CO. With roots planted firmly in the Crescent City, CCC specializes in the back beat, second line rhythms that permeate through the soul of Louisiana.

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Quinn DeVeaux

March 6 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Quinn DeVeaux’s music is from another time. Part past, part future. With songs that will have you whistling the next day, Quinn’s lyrics and natural tenor voice will sooth your soul and electrify your feet. Truly music for the people.

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J-CALVIN

March 15 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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J-Calvin is a Neo-Soul-Funk band from Durango, Colorado. On New Year’s Eve 2017, the five members of J-Calvin brought their unique and varied musical backgrounds together for the first time. The result was a soul-abducting fusion of authentic lyrics, jazz-influenced harmonies, and Dilla-Inspired beats.

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TYLER HILTON

March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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A musician and actor, Tyler Hilton has accomplished a lot in his career so far. As a teenager, he released two Top 40 singles. He starred alongside Taylor Swift in her video for “Teardrops on my Guitar.” He played the role of one of his musical idols, Elvis Presley, in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic ‘Walk the Line,’ and co-starred with Robert Downey Jr. in the acclaimed indie film ‘Charlie Bartlett.’ He may be most known for his musical role…

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Songwriters In The Round

March 20 @ 7:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Liz Barnez, Saja Butler, Shana In A Dress, Celeste Krenz

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Robert Cline Jr. w/ David Starr

March 21 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Robert Cline Jr.’s career began as a collaboration with members of The Subdudes, including John Magnie and Steve Amedee, both in the studio and on the stage. He has rambled across the country, from the farmlands to the main streets of middle-America, creating a love for the open road and the experiences of the heartland. His is inspiration is pulled from a diverse array of people and places,.. as he searched for his song… Americana songwriter David Starr released an evocative new…

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Mark Sultan

March 23 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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A cult figure, underrated gem, and sorcerer, Mark Sultan continues to hammer out releases while touring incessantly, showing no urge to quit. “It’s weird… Rock’n’Roll started out as my religion, but has turned into a personal responsibility, to do my part in keeping it all alive.”

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Ben Sparaco and The New Effect

March 27 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Ben Sparaco and The New Effect formed in 2017 when the Florida-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist began playing with drummer Anthony Quirk and bassist Adam Discipio. Sparaco’s songwriting has drifted from his southern rock roots, showing indie rock, new wave, and pop influences.

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Boom Twang

March 29 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Boom Twang is a Northern Colorado favorite, playing a mix of County and Rock hits that will keep you dancing all night. This 6-piece band, with both male and female vocals, plays classic hits from country artists like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard to the modern County sounds Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Throw in some Eagles, Pat Benatar and Blondie and you have a show that keeps the everyone rockin!

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Valley Queen

March 30 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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The full-length debut from Los Angeles-based band Valley Queen, Supergiant takes its title from the most massive and luminous yet fastest-burning stars in the universe. “The song ‘Supergiant’ is about how we’re all made up of the same stuff as stars, and I liked the idea of tying the whole album together with that metaphor,” says Carol. “It takes all the drama you hear on the record—the aggressive, chaotic moments, and the more beautiful or quieter moments—and puts it all…

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April 2019

Wild Ponies

April 4 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

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Walter Salas-Humara

April 5 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara was raised bilingual just across the Florida Straits in Fort Lauderdale. College at University of Florida in Gainesville and a residency with the Vulgar Boatmen left him with a lifelong habit of Mudcrutch/Tom Petty-style crunchy guitar riffs. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, he formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist…

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Buffalo Gospel

April 12 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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At the heart of all great music is a story, and for that matter, a storyteller. The stories behind Milwaukee-based Buffalo Gospel begin with its founder Ryan Necci and his early introduction, through his father’s record collection, to country music, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. Growing up in a small, lower middle class farm town, the songs of love and loss and broken blue-collar dreams seeped into him.

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GOATZ!

April 13 @ 8:00 pm
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Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Chris K and his friends are "old goats," hence the name GOATZ! They've been around a while, kicking dirt, eating cans, that sorta thing. Originally formed in 2003 with his wife Pattie, Chris took a break from performing for several years before reforming the band in 2015.

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Songwriters In The Round

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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featuring Liz Barnez, Matt Skinner, Emily Bassarear & Matthew Wilburn Skinner

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Heavy Diamond Ring

April 19 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Twelve years after starting the indie-folk giants Paper Bird, Sarah Anderson (vocals, trumpet) and Paul DeHaven (guitar, vocals) embark on their latest collaboration, Heavy Diamond Ring. Drawing from ‘70s FM folk rock and their distinct brand of open-hearted songwriting, HDR harnesses their strong and proven partnership toward refreshing new heights.

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May 2019

Crystal Bowersox

May 10 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music.  Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil.  For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “my…

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Sydney Clapp w/ Hanna Doreen Brown

May 18 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Sydney’s songwriting is simultaneously devastating and hopeful. Her voice will bring you back to feelings of long mountain drives, tired conversation and shattered hearts, bruised knees and the adventure that came immediately before. Though singing was her first passion, Sydney has since taught herself guitar and banjo.

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Justin Roth

May 25 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. He has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox.

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June 2019

Logan Vath

June 5 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Singer/songwriter Logan Vath has been reviewed as "not that bad" by as many as TWO close friends. He will not play your wedding. loganvath.bandcamp.com

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Jade Jackson

June 11 @ 8:00 pm
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Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Within seconds after a guitar plays the intro to her song “Aden,” Jade Jackson’s voice, illuminated by experience, sings: “I grew up my father’s daughter. He said don’t take no shit from no one. You’ll never see me cry …”

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Nora Jane Struthers

June 14 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers’ new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs.

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Ratboys with Sea Pilot

June 15 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aim to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner.

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The Brevet with Modern Suspects

June 18 @ 8:00 pm
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Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Passion brought The Brevet together, and it defines their music. Their very name represents a Civil War rank awarded to individuals who went above and beyond the call of duty without the expectation of extra monetary compensation. In other words, The Brevet traditionally act out of their passion for and dedication to music. That spirit courses through their songs, and it’s the reason why they’ve quietly built a palpable national buzz.

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Victor & Penny

June 27 @ 8:00 pm
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Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Swing-infused folk-jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style, delivered with class, joy, and soaring musical improvisation.

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Missy Raines

June 28 @ 8:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. But with her newest release, Royal Traveller, Raines has stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time. The album digs deep into Raines' family life and her upbringing in West Virginia.

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July 2019

Les Poules À Colin

July 13 @ 7:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess.

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SASAMI

July 13 @ 9:00 pm
Magic Rat, 111 Chestnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music in the Los Angeles area, in almost every way you can, for the last decade. From playing French horn in orchestras and studios and playing keys, bass, and guitar in local rock bands, to contributing vocals/string/horn arrangements to studio albums and producing on tracks for other respected artists, she has gained a reputation as an all-around musical badass.

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