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Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College

Located at Fort Lewis College with a Ticket Office downtown, the Concert Hall serves Durango and the Four Corners with a wide variety of world-class performing arts and music.

Community Concert Hall
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Ticket Office
802 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
970.247.7657
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Community Concert Hall
at Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
970.247.7657
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Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Events

Mar 30

Troker

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
Category: Concert / Live Music
Troker is a world-class jazz band; six musicians from different parts of Mexico with different influences but the same goal of creating mesmerizing rhythms and presenting unrepeatable live act experiences.“Noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, and altogether wonderful” -All About Jazz. A fusion of jazz, funk, DJ scratching and the tradition of mariachi horns; this band is a contemporary expression of the Mexican music scene with a sound that travels between the sublime and dangerous.

“Somehow Troker is able to create a sound from a variety of influences that until now, have not been very well acquainted with each other”
-NYC Jazz Record.

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Apr 01

James Hill

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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How does a kid from Canada become what the Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls a “rare peer” of Hawaii’s premier ukulele players? James Hill grew up nearly three thousand miles east of Honolulu in the town of Langley, British Columbia, where ukulele instruction has been mandatory in many schools since the late 1970s. To his fourth grade classmates, the ukulele was a means to an end, a way for them to dip their toes into the vast ocean of music. For James, the uke was a sea of possibilities unto itself and inside its tiny wooden shell he saw his life in music. He was hooked. During his teenage years James honed his skills as a key member of the renowned Langley Ukulele Ensemble and as a student at the Langley Community Music School. He continued his study of music at the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2003. In a full-circle plot twist, James – also a passionate teacher – went on to co-author the Ukulele in the Classroom method book series with J. Chalmers Doane, the trail-blazing teacher who pioneered the use of ukuleles in Canadian schools. In 2010, James and his father Barry, a retired school teacher, launched the JHUI Teacher Certification Program, the first of its kind in the world. His most ambitious educational offering to date is The Ukulele Way, a ground-breaking learning method that combines print, video, audio and its own social media platform.

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Apr 08

Ken Waldman with special guest, Andrea Earley-Coen

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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Join us for an intimate evening of Americana, “old-time music” and poetry as the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College continues its “Artists You Need to Know” series and welcomes Ken Waldman with special guest Andrea Earley-Coen.

In contrast to contemporary bluegrass, old-time music may be considered more soulful, which doesn't preclude the high level of musicianship Waldman offers. He draws on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes for a performance that is uniquely his own.

Also unique to this show, the audience will be seated on the Concert Hall stage with the performers for a truly personal experience.

Seating is limited so please purchase your tickets early!

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Apr 13

The HillBenders presents: The Who's TOMMY - A Bluegrass Opry with special guest, La La Bones

The HillBenders presents
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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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"Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball.”

Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy. 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators. Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend, this rock opera tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value". In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Tommy number 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Meyers had been looking for the right band to pull off this high wire bluegrass approach for several decades and The HillBenders are the right band. With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, The HillBenders bring Pete Townshend’s original vision to life in a new and exciting way. It’s amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same energy and vision to Tommy as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra. The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas.

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Apr 25

MOMIX - Opus Cactus

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
Category: Theatre / Dance
MOMIX brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with their signature illusionistic style in Opus Cactus; a dynamic journey into the hidden landscape of the American Southwest with a sense of danger, sensuality and humor. The desert world of soaring cactuses, slithering lizards, snakes and frolicking insects all come to life once uncovered through the magic of MOMIX.

The perfect show for the entire family!

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May 02

Richter Uzur Duo

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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Brad Richter, guitar & Viktor Uzur, cello.

The Richter Uzur Duo approaches the concert stage with effortless virtuosity, soulful musicality and self-effacing wit. Trained at the Royal College of Music and the Moscow Conservatory, respectively, guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur are consummate performers and composers, each having played around the globe to critical acclaim and international awards. Together, they pair exquisite originals with blazing improvisations and iconic works by composers such as Bartok, Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Saint-Saens. Their unique programs combine elements of classical music, rock, Eastern European folk and North American indigenous music —all played with a native sense of vernacular, integrity and charm—to produce a sound that is all their own.

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May 10

Chatham County Line, with special guest The Badly Bent

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County Line bring a deep reverence for traditional American roots music and timeless bluegrass instrumentation to insightful, poetic original songs that are powerfully contemporary yet rich with the complex resonance of their southern heritage. Over the course of six studio albums and performances around the world, they have pursued a singular style that is entirely their own, yet connects with audiences from all walks. Dynamic and captivating, Chatham County Line are equally capable of classically hard-driving bluegrass and sparse, haunting ballads. The key to their sound lays in the close collaboration of the band’s four members: Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass). This partnership enriches their latest album Tightrope (Yep Roc), which was forged over a year’s worth of intensive rehearsals where they put every element under the microscope. “At the end of the day,” explains Wilson, “you want to write songs that have a reason for existing. For Tightrope, there was a lot of scrutinizing. We wanted every song to make the future Greatest Hits.” In person, the band is a marvel of rugged soulfulness, veering from winningly loose to thrillingly tight. It’s readily apparent that these four men share a profound friendship, and love what they do. “With this band,” Wilson says, “you can’t just rotate a guy out and replace him. It’s something larger than that. It’s a big train we’re riding on, and everybody’s enjoying the ride.”

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May 18

Levi Platero Band with Special Guest Blues Guitar featuring Kirk James and Larry Carver

Levi Platero Band
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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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The Levi Platero Band is a family blues-rock power trio from Tohajilee, N.M., within the Navajo Nation. Lead Levi Platero was only 12 years old when the band took the stage during a concert at “The Gathering of Nations,” and met with a tremendous response. Now in his twenties, Platero, on guitar/vocals, continues to lead the band that includes Douglas Platero, drums and Bronson Begay, bass guitar/vocals. The style is a mix of Texas blues and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll. The press has noted, “If Santana or the Los Lonely Boys had little brothers it would be the Plateros.”

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Aug 10

Dweezil Zappa "50 Years of Frank" Tour

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Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
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On his birth certificate, musician is listed under religion. His father was a gifted guitar virtuoso with an outlandish sense of humor. His teacher was Steve Vai. Oh yeah, he is also a fretboard whiz. It can only be Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil’s odd name has not been a barrier. If anything, it has helped him establish a unique identity. Perhaps that is what Frank had in mind for his progeny.

So, what do you do when your father is a famous singer-songwriter, electric six-string maestro, and all around legendary rock star? Dweezil Zappa’s answer was to go out and became a great guitar player in his own right. DZ’s first album, 1986’s Having a Bad Day, sounds like just what it is, a throwback to the '80s. In order to get a good dose of Dweezil, try his 1988 release, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mother.

Most impressive is Dweezil’s ongoing “Zappa Plays Zappa” project, referred to as just ZPZ, performing the music of Frank Zappa. Dweez has it covered, right down to the sound that his dad used. He cannot help it; jamming is in his blood.

Dweezil is a chip right off the old Zappa block! Don't miss this one!

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