If you have lived in Fort Collins you know Joe's. My history there goes back a few years. When I played in a band called The Island back in the 90s the place was called the Old Town Ale House. There is a pedestrian mall there now, I'm not sure if it was there back then. I get pretty nostalgic when I think of the 80s and 90s in old town FC. I remember hundreds of bikes parked on the sidewalks, music in all the bars, and warm summer nights. Some nights I would play a bar on Linden street and walk around to the other bars on my break to see what was going on. On Thanksgiving of 1991 the owner of the Ale House asked me to bring a few other guys and play a show. I got Chip and Ron from the Island to do it. The namelss band needed a name for advertising and suggested the Atoll. I didn't care one way or the other, the name lasted 22 years. As the years passed I have had lots of friends who have played or worked in the room, it hasn't changed much over the years. It's still as popular as ever and I love visiting the room, it takes me back everytime I go in there. The current owner Joe and manager Kevin used to coach peewee football back in the day, my son was on one of those teams way back when. Joe called last Thursday asking if I wanted to fill in for a canceled date. I canceled my plans to play in Denver and played the night with my buddy Dave Kimball. I even played a few songs with Joe. Getting that call was much like the first call I got to play the room in '91. Lucky Joe's is part of Fort Collins history. Stop in for a $2 Guiness the next time you are in FC on a Tuesday or the open mic night run by Joe himself on Sundays! If you are interested in learning more about rock music history in Fort Collins, check out Tim Van Schmidt's website http://KingKoncert.com for photos and reviews, tell him I sent you.