We decided to stay a little closer to home and check out The Mayor Of Old Town in Fort Collins last night. I used to spend some time in the building back when it was The Mountain Shop. It's a great looking room. As you walk in there is a long meandering bar on the left with 100 taps behind it. The menu is projected above the bar with projectors. There is an upstairs area in the back with more dining tables. The bar features mixed drinks as well as the huge beer selection and the food is provided by the popular Fort Collins Red Table Cafe. The stage is in the front window facing Mason Street and is high enough to be seen from the intire room. I've seen blugrass bands and solo acts on this stage, even though it is poorly lit I still think it is an interesting stage. The room is all hard surfaces, stone, concrete, tile, and cinder block. It looks pleasing but it's hard to hear the music over the crowd. The 'Mayor' has placed Bose audio overhead to offer support to the stage system and it creates a backround feel to the live music in the main room but up front by the stage the Bose system sounds really nice.
The place was packed when I walked in and the music started at 7pm with the featured artist Brian Biebly. https://www.facebook.com/brian.bielby. I was sitting in the center of the room for his performance and couldn't hear very well although I could tell he had a great voice and his songs sounded great from what we could hear. I got a chance to sit and visit with him after the show and I would suggest seeking him out when he plays around town, nice guy! Tyler T and Curt got up and did some tunes. I've seen both of these guys do solo shows but never heard them together before, they sounded great. I like both their songwriting and look forward to hearing the full band they have put together. I got up and did some songs around 9 and enjoyed the other performances I heard.
If you aren't familiar with Fort Collins, on Mason ave the railroad tracks run in the middle of the street and right through the center of town. Freight trains run through town a few times a day at a reasonable speed and it's always a bit concerning when you can hear the train whistle in the distance and wonder if you will be stuck on the wrong side of the tracks with dozens of other vehicles. The train runs right in front of the Mayor Of Fort Collins and Avo's across the street. Little kids love it, big kids not so much.
I'll head to Steamboat Colorado with my buddies Better Than Bacon this weekend for some face melting electric rock. Yeah! Have a fun weekend!