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Rob Drabkin (Rock Garden Concert Series)
June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm$15 – $18
with Brian David Collins
- Date: Thursday, June 14
- Doors: 5:30pm
- Show: 6:00pm
- Tickets: $15 ADV/ $18 Door
Although his musical talents make it easy to believe he’s always been a full-time musician, Rob Drabkin studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the intention of becoming a doctor. His focus quickly changed after a trip to New York City where he dropped science and dedicated himself to music. His most recent album, “Beautiful Day” teaches us to get up, get out and find something beautiful in every moment. “We too often forget that love is ever-present. We share it with each other through laughter, smiles, and sympathy. We can find it in everything and we can also create it in the smallest, most unassuming moments of our lives. All we can do is keep being kind and have the courage to choose love in every decision we make.” Beautiful Day follows Drabkin’s 2017 single, “Someday,” which accumulated over one million plays in one month on Spotify from listeners around the world. Although the Colorado native has an impressive list of musical achievements, this album serves as an a new plateau with new possibilities for Rob. Read More
Brian David Collins
Brian David Collins was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and raised in the foothills of the Rockies not far away. At the age of four, he learned to put the needle down on the turntable and put on those headphones. As the other neighborhood kids raced on their bicycles, Collins could be found sitting by the record player, studying the music of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Eagles, and Poco, who are still prime influences for his song-writing today.
At age nineteen, Collins attended The University of Northern Colorado as an aspiring music professor. Although he was surrounded by talented musicians, very few of them could improvise or write songs. “I don’t understand how such talented musicians can be so paralyzed without sheet music,” he could be heard saying. As performing classical music became increasingly daunting, Collins’ interest waned.
During the summer proceeding his first year at UNC he met his lifelong friend and musical partner, Sean Waters. After a second year at UNC, Collins decided he’d had quite enough of music school and dropped out to form the band Wasabi. Brian’s father, David Collins, found this to be a very foolish choice. He would say, “you are giving up your career as a college professor to play in sandwich shops.” Today, Brian’s father is one of his greatest supporters.
Collins and Waters began their musical journey with Wasabi in 2001. After seven years, two full-length releases, and many weekend jaunts to the Colorado mountains, Wyoming, Montana, and even Indiana, Wasabi had run its natural course. In 2009, Collins and Waters formed The Seers. The Seers were a trio that played mainly originals through the first half of 2010. In 2011, the Seers decided to drop the idea of having a drummer and became a duo that still entertain most weeks out of the year for crowds of all varieties. Today the duo is forming a new all-original project, Waters and Collins.
At age 36, Collins met the love of his life. Dana Goodwin, soon to be Dana Collins, took Collins back to his roots by familiarizing him with artists like George Jones, Roger Miller and Kris Kristofferson. These sad-slobbin’ tear-jerkers, mixed with Collins’ love for Dana, brought out his softer side. Collins mixed these influences with the lounge piano sounds of early Tom Waits to form a brand new sound. This sound is the sound of his newest project, Brian David Collins!
This summer marks the 4th season of Fort Collins Nursery’s Rock Garden Concert Series. For four epic nights, Fort Collins Nursery will transform from a retail space to a stunning and unique concert venue appropriately dubbed “The Rock Garden.” Audience members can relax under the evening sky, nestled along the banks of Dry Creek and the Cache la Poudre River, surrounded by beautiful plants, trees and wildlife.
For each concert, we partner with a wonderful local non-profit organization. A portion of ticket sales plus all bar proceeds and live auction proceeds will benefit the organization. In addition to great music, each concert will feature a beer and wine tent, food trucks, and dog adoption event. Click here to see photos from past shows
The concert is a fundraising event benefiting Project Self-Sufficiency and funds raised will support their mission to help single parents realize their dreams for financial independence while creating an improved quality of life for parents and their children. A portion of the night’s ticket sales and all donations from wine and beer sales go directly to Project Self-Sufficiency.
- Headliner: Rob Drabkin
- Support: Brian David Collins
- Food: Schmickels Hot Dog Cart & Taquería Los Pepes
- Drinks: Beer provided by Odell Brewing Co. Wine provided by Fabby’s Wine & Spirits
- Activities: Tarot Readings from Rosa Martinez
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Originally published on May 4th, 2018. Updated on June 11th, 2018.