Music to Our Ears 3

Introducing the Bluebird Music Festival. A Festival to Benefit and Build the Bluebird Youth Arts Center.

Future Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization that supplies Colorado public schools with instruments and art supplies, has long held the dream of opening a youth arts house.

“We thought that this year would be the perfect time to host a benefit,” says Travis Albright, executive director and CEO, but when the team earned the backing of a full lineup of popular folk musicians, “we knew we had to go for it.”

“I’ve always had a passion for doing something positive for kids,” Albright reflects. “There are so many challenging factors out there influencing our children: parents working long hours, bullying on social media. If we can give them a place go to forget about that stuff and learn to play an instrument, I think it can make a big difference in their development.

“Now that I just found out I’m about to be a new father, I’m taking this mission even more to heart.

Bluebird Music Festival will provide an entire week of music and merriment with the hopes of raising funds for this vision to come to Boulder County in 2019. The Kickoff Dinner and Concert will take place at Rembrandt Yard Arts Gallery on April 19th, and will feature intimate sets of music from Langhorne Slim and more. The main event is at Macky Auditorium on April 21st. The Colorado Bluebirds, which consist of members from Yonder Mountain String Band, Elephant Revival, and more will headline the early show; while The Tallest Man on Earth will take the spotlight for the late show—his first Boulder show in six years.

“I was a bit selfish when booking this festival,” Albright jokes. “These are personally some of my favorite musicians, so all the music will be great.”

“I’m performing with a bunch of different folks—people who I’ve been playing with for almost 20 years, people I have yet to meet, and a handful of folks in between,” says Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band. “It should be a lot of fun.”

There will also be a silent auction at Macky Auditorium during the main event where attendees can purchase signed memorabilia donated to the foundation from Jack Johnson, Phish, Wilco, The Lumineers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Got Mule, The National, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and more.

In anticipation of the event, Albright adds, “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone get together and raise money to do something special for the kids in this community.”

Purchase your tickets at and stay tuned for announcements on additional events throughout each week.