So, I may have ducked out of the studio today to go get a personal tour of the newly-opened community space, The Music District, led by Executive Director, Jesse Elliott.

Shelby Taylor-Thorn/TSM
Shelby Taylor-Thorn/TSM

Something that I love about Fort Collins is that this city embraces music. It's easy to forget that not everywhere shares this appreciation for the arts, but this new project is a great reminder that our community is an exception, and we shouldn't take it for granted.

The 'Sisters,' two former 1920s sorority houses, have been sitting vacant near the corner of College and Laurel since I moved to Fort Collins seven years ago, which has always blown my mind considering Fort Collins' intense growth and high demand for property.

According to Elliott, the buildings used to be a part of a 'garment district,' and sat unused and in disrepair until the Bohemian Foundation purchased them years ago, along with the 'Little Brother' (formerly Narghile Nights Hookah Lounge), the adjacent long building to the north and the carriage house, just east of the Alley Cat Cafe.

Their idea was to transform the entire compound into a space for music creators, collaborators, lovers and fans, and we've been anxiously anticipating what it would turn out like.

Take a peak inside The Music District

I know what you're thinking: 'This looks pretty cool; I'd love to see it for myself!' Well, you can. There will be a grand opening celebration from 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. on Friday, September 30, but spaces are limited. You can RSVP here.

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