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Songwriters in the Round (Rock Garden Concert Series)

July 28, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$22 – $27

Songwriters in the Round

with Liz Barnez, Mike Finders, John Magnie, & Angie Stevens


Online Ticket Sales are now closed. Tickets are still available for purchase at the door.



  • Date: Friday, July 28
  • Doors: 5:30pm
  • Show: 6:30pm
  • Tickets: $22 ADV/ $27 Door/ Kids 12 & Under Free
  • Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for additional seating
  • Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome!



Concert Description:

For one night only, Liz Barnez, Mike Finders, John Magnie, & Angie Stevens will share the stage for an epic evening of powerful music! Each highly accomplished artist and songwriter has achieved tremendous success at a regional and national level.  This “in the round” format spotlights the distinctive talents and songwriting skills of each artist as they take turns featuring their own songs. Additional harmonies, percussion, and spontaneous leads from the rest of the group will give each song an improvisational dynamic and make for a truly one-of-a-kind performance! The intimacy of this concert experience is heightened by down-home storytelling and the serenity of a beautiful outdoor setting surrounded by plants, trees, and nature.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see your favorites take the stage together!

Artist Details:

Liz Barnez

Liz Barnez was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up inspired by jazz, blues, folk, gospel, R&B, Dixieland, funk, and parade music. She embraced the diversity of her musical and creative upbringing and transformed those into her own eclectic style of music.  
Liz Barnez started her musical career in the clubs and festivals in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.  She moved to Colorado in the late 1980’s and has been a mainstay in that music community since then.
Liz was voted by her peers as the “Best Singer-Songwriter Female” in the FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) Peer Awards 2020.

Inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Mother Folkers (the most carefully pronounced name in show business) in 2019.  The Mother Folkers is a group of women musicians who began in the 1970’s  with original members Mary Flower, Mary Stribling, Kathi DeFrancis, and Eileen Niehouse.  Over the years the members have included Mollie O’Brien, Carla Skiaky, and Vicki Taylor to name a few.  Liz joined the group in the early 1990’s. Read More


Mike Finders

Mike Finders (rhymes with “cinders”) has had a guitar in his hand since he was a toddler. A natural storyteller and educator, Mike performs both with the bluegrass/new acoustic quintet from Colorado, FY5, as well as his electric blues quartet, Spidercat.  FY5 is a nationally touring band with more than ten years on the road and five self-released CD’s of original music, and Spidercat is a newer project, playing only in Colorado.

Mike has had a music career spanning decades, including jam bands, blues bands, folk and roots duos, mostly in Iowa, where he grew up. He has written hundreds of songs, and is a registered BMI songwriter and performer, as well as past and present member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, the Colorado Bluegrass Music Association, and the Colorado Blues Association. He is a two-time winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC, and enjoys co-writing with a few of his favorite writers.  Read More


John Magnie

John Magnie pursued his interest in music and developed his skills in singing and songwriting at an early age. He started playing the accordion at the age of six and eventually learned other musical instruments, such as the keyboards, guitar, and harmonica.

His music career spans over several decades, and he has established himself as one of the most skilled and versatile musicians in the industry. He started his musical journey as a member of the band, The Subdudes. The band gained immense popularity and became known for their unique blend of American roots music that reflects blues, funk, and traditional rock ‘n’ roll. Magnie played an essential role in the band’s success, bringing his exceptional talent in playing accordion, keyboards, and other instruments.

In addition to his work with The Subdudes, Magnie has also collaborated with other artists and is a member of the Young Ancients. He has also produced and performed on several albums throughout his career. 


Angie Stevens

“Go on: Just try to find a single soul who’s seen Angie Stevens live and not been completely entranced. Backed by a stellar cast of musicians, Stevens engages audiences in a way that makes every performance feel intimate, like she’s playing her songs just for you. The amiable chanteuse has shared the bill with a wide array of performers and had every audience riveted by the end of each set. Hell, she’s so compelling, we’re pretty sure that her earnest acoustic-based rock could win over a Cephalic Carnage crowd. Bolstered by songs that are often chillingly poignant (‘Judy,’ for example, a song about her mother), Stevens makes the icicles form on your spine the minute she takes the stage.”

Angie Stevens has made a name for herself over her 20-year long career. She has been named Denver’s Best Singer/Songwriter by both the editors and fans of Westword (Denver) as well as Emerging Artist of the Year and Best Independent Artist of the Year (Hapiskratch Records). Her newest album, “learn to let the light in” is a raw expose of her journey through grief, her recent battle with breast cancer and the community that got her through it. Read More


Benefit Details:

The concert is a fundraising event benefiting The Vegetable Connection and funds raised will support their mission to improve Northern Colorado’s food resilience by assisting families in need with access to locally grown food, supporting their partner farms and providing food education. 100% of the event profit from ticket sales and all donations from the auction and wine and beer sales go directly to The Vegetable Connection.

Venue Details:

This summer marks the 8th season of Fort Collins Nursery’s Rock Garden Concert Series. For one epic night, 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. In addition to great music, this concert will feature a beer and wine tent and food truck. 

Concert Details:

  • Headliner: Liz Barnez, Mike Finders, John Magnie, & Angie Stevens
  • Food: Schmickels Hot Dog Cart
  • Drinks: Wine & Beer provided by Odell Brewing Co. 
  • Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for additional seating
  • Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome!

Live Auction Items: (All Proceeds benefit The Vegetable Connection)

  • Decorative Garden Artwork (Dimensions are 35″ x 5″ x 63″): Valued at $500
  • Vintage Fat Tire Bicycle: Valued at $250
  • Select Wines Basket: Valued at $210
  • Odell Brewing Co. Stand-up Paddle Board: Estimated Value $400
  • Private Concert from Windsor Based Reminiscing: Starting Bid $200
  • Golf Cart: Estimated Value $1,000. Starting Bid $400


Select Wines Basket Description:

This auction item is a vertical collection (2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages) of L’Ecole No 41’s pre-eminent Estate grown Red Bordeaux blend – Ferguson.  Founded in 1983 in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington State, L’Ecole No 41 has been making award winning wines using biologically diverse, sustainable practices.  These 3 wines feature bold, dark fruit, and complex mineral notes and are all rated in the mid 90s by James Suckling. Valued at $210


Private Concert from Windsor Based Reminiscing Description:

Reminiscing is one of Northern Colorado’s best know bands.  They were recently featured at the Colorado State University Lagoon Concerts, and play at the Colorado State University alumni center prior to all Ram home football games. Reminiscing plays a wide range of music from the 70’s and 80’s.  Think the Doobies, Eagles, Toto, America, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Chicago, Seger and so much more. Their expert musicianship and precision vocals will take you back to the music of your youth, the music you love to remember. You are bidding on a 90 minute private show from Reminiscing. Minimum starting bid is $200.


Golf Card Description:

The golf cart it is an electric 2-seater. The exact age is unknown but the batteries are from 2012. Valued at $1,000. Minimum starting bid is $400? 



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Originally published on May 1st, 2023. Updated on July 28th, 2023.


July 28, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$22 – $27
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