Ken Waldman Bringing Intimate Performance to Community Concert Hall

An intimate evening of Americana, “old-time music” and poetry is set for April 8 at 7:30pm, as the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College continues its “Artists You Need to Know” series and welcomes Ken Waldman, with special guest Andrea Earley-Coen.

Limited tickets are available as audience seating will be on stage with the performers.

Waldman, who began playing fiddle in 1981, uses his music as a backdrop as he shares his poetry and stories about the tunes of Alaska — including his survival of a plane crash on a flight from Brevig Mission to Nome in 1996.

He plays what he references as “old-time music,” which predates bluegrass. Historically, bluegrass is a string-band music linked to Appalachia, though Waldman maintains that there are variants most everywhere in North America. Some of the tunes he plays are more than two centuries old, plus he also has recorded more than 100 of his own compositions that are in the style.

Wrote Sing Out! Magazine, “By age-old tradition, itinerant and touring performers have lives in which their music is interwoven with their lives. No one conveys this better and more powerfully [than Waldman].”

A former college professor, Waldman has published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children’s book, and has released nine CDs that mix the old-time Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry.

His most recent book, the memoir, Are You Famous?, chronicles Waldman’s adventures on tour throughout the United States. Among his CDs are two for children, Fiddling Poets on Parade and D is for Dog Team, a companion piece to his children’s book of the same title.
Waldman is also a popular visiting artist in classrooms. Using both his fiddle and a repertoire of writing exercises, he has led workshops in more than 200 schools across 31 states, and has been a guest writer at numerous colleges and universities.

Stage seating for Ken Waldman is limited to 80, and tickets ($15) are available online at or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. All sales final.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2017, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.