Harry Tuft

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:30 PM
Doors Open at 6:00 PM

Four Mile Historic Park

715 South Forest St, Denver, CO 80246  

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Harry Tuft

Harry Tuft grew up singing and playing a series of instruments – from the piano to the clarinet, ukulele, baritone uke, and, in college, a six-string guitar.

Philadelphia's lively folk scene provided the setting for Harry's first ventures into public singing. From there, friendships with Dick Weissman and Roger Abrahams fostered a growing interest in Anglo-American folk music.

In 1960, needing a break from his studies (preparing for an architectural career), Harry traveled out to the Rocky Mountains for some skiing. He found a job at "The Holy Cat" in Georgetown, as a dishwasher, busboy, waiter, bartender, janitor, and – if there was a lull in the work at night – he could sing in the bar.

There he met Hal Neustaedter – owner of "The Exodus," a folk club in Denver – who suggested that he look into starting a folklore center in Denver. With further encouragement from Izzy Young, owner of the first and (then) only Folklore Center, in New York's Greenwich Village, Harry opened the Denver Folklore Center in March 1962.

Putting his energies into the store over the years, Harry has found time for teaching and occasional singing, as time allows. In his first album, "Across the Blue Mountains," Harry was ably joined by old friends Dick Weissman, Jay Ungar, Ed Trickett, Artie Traum and Laraine Grady Traum.

In 1972, Harry and friends Steve Abbott and Jack Stanesco formed Grubstake – originally named "This Band Is Starving." Their five albums include "What You Do With What You Got" and "Warts and All."

If and when you find yourself in Denver, we hope you'll stop by the Folklore Center. If Harry's not there, he's probably not far away. We think you'll enjoy the mixture of people, music and merchandise you'll find there.


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Shady Grove Picnic Series

Join us this summer as we enjoy great live music in the fresh Colorado air at the Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park. Bring a picnic and your family and take part in this summer tradition that's been happening for almost two decades. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Shows begin at 6:30.

Em's Ice Cream Truck will also be at each of the concerts. Em's Ice Cream is Colorado's only all certified organic ice cream company is based in Denver.

What time do the concerts start?
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Music starts at 6:30.

Can I buy tickets in advance?
YES! Tickets are now available in advance. Click here to purchase.

Can I bring own alcohol?
Yes.

Can I bring my own food?
Yes.

Can I bring my dog?
No.

Can I bring a chair?
Yes. Bring a chair or blanket!

Is Four Mile Historic Park handicap accessible?
Yes.

Are there restrooms available?
Yes, the restrooms are located in a building behind the stage area.

Is there a discount for members?
Yes, both Swallow Hill Music and Four Mile Historic Park members receive a $4 discount.

What if it rains?
It is a rain or shine venue, and the show goes on until we determine there is a threat to anyone's safety. Feel free to bring an umbrella just in case!

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