Washington's Announces Grand Opening Feb. 3, 2018

Article Contributed by Bohemian Foundation | Published on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Washington’s, Fort Collins’ newest downtown music venue, today announced that its grand opening show is slated for Feb. 3, 2018.

The show will feature a 7 p.m. performance by Trombone Shorty, a New Orleans jazz artist known for his lively shows and his role on the HBO series, Treme. The show is open to all ages and tickets are $40 in advance or $50 day of show. Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, November 10. For tickets and information, visit the venue’s newly launched website at www.washingtonsfoco.com.

In addition, Washington’s today announced six other performances, with tickets available at www.washingtonsfoco.com. Shows include:

7 p.m., February 14: DeVotchKa – Valentine’s Day show with the Colorado band

8 p.m., March 9: Lucius, a Brooklyn-based indie quartet led by two front women with a synchronous style

7 p.m., March 10: Shovels & Rope, an Americana duo formed from the marital and musical union of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent

7 p.m., March 11: Martin Sexton and Keller Williams, singer/songwriter Sexton joins with Williams, a pioneer of the looping technique known as the “One-Man Jam Band,” for this co-headliner performance

7 p.m., March 17: Colorado Sound’s 2nd Birthday Bash featuring Anderson East: Alabama-based Americana artist 

7 p.m., March 22: Rebirth Brass Band, a Grammy-winning funky brass band

Washington’s, located at 132 Laporte Ave., is a 900 capacity, general admission music venue. The venue focuses on live contemporary music, including local, regional and national acts. Washington’s is an intimate room, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. A tiered balcony level allows excellent sightlines throughout the room, and two full service bars outside the main room ensure little disruption to performances.

The historic sandstone walls of the new music hall originally housed the warehouse portion of the Akin Building, planned by Montezuma Fuller in 1903. The location was home to many businesses throughout the years, and was most recently Washington’s Sports Bar and Grill. Operators of the new Washington’s venue have honored the building’s history by retaining the name Washington’s, by preserving much of the original architecture, and by incorporating some of the nostalgic artifacts that existed in the space prior to its renovation as a music venue.