Charles Leslie wants more Durango locals to appreciate the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College as much as he does, and he's willing to bend a few rules to make it happen.
"I just think we need some more traffic up on the FLC campus in general, and the Concert Hall is a great way to show it off," the Concert Hall director said.
To that end, Leslie has scheduled "Fridays at the Fort," a once-monthly free concert series showcasing local talent. The first band is local bluegrass favorite The Badly Bent, which will take the stage this afternoon with special guests Wild Mountain.
"Fridays at the Fort" is basically a happy hour - all shows will go from 5 to 8 p.m. - with the food and beverage (adult and otherwise) counters ready to cater to the crowds. Unlike most Concert Hall events, patrons will be allowed to bring those concessions inside the seating area to enjoy while the music plays.
"That's something that we've always heard from guests - that they want to bring their drinks back in with them. So we're going to try it out with these shows and see how it goes," Leslie said.
Next up in the "Fridays at the Fort" series will be Formula 151 on July 17 with a yet-to-be-announced special guest. Singer-songwriters Beth Wood and Cindy Woolf will play Aug. 7.