The Ugly Architect Live from the Merchant Room

Everything Can Be Art, Fort Collins Music, photography

The Ugly Architect is debuting a new sound in Fort Collins. If you read this blog on a regular basis, this is part two of the Ugly Architect interview.  As they get to know each other better, they are developing a sound unparalleled to any other. They are connecting and collaborating as they establish strong music relationships.

The concept of the Ugly Architect is not a new one:

“I started this project in 2015. It has kind of had a rotating cast of people.” ~William Knudsen

Yet the arrangement of the members is what is newsworthy.

To get a glimpse of the music they are creating, they performed in the Merchant Room for a live recording of this podcast.

Fort Collins is home to a thriving music ecosystem. Music is quickly becoming an anchor in the community. There is no one Fort Collins sound, however. The city has a diverse artist base that is fluid. It seems to have an evolutionary spirit.

The Architects are perfecting their new sound. They are building the frameworks within the Fort Collins Creative Community.

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Wolf van Elfmand is Pioneering the Fort Collins Indie Folk Scene

Everything Can Be Art, Fort Collins Music

Wolf van Elfmand is pioneering the Fort Collins Indie Folk scene. It all started when Wolf arrived in Fort Collins to attend graduate school at Colorado State University in Music Therapy. He stepped into the Wild Boar coffee shop to a poetry reading with his guitar and a desire to perform. He stepped out with a showcase that has been a platform for songwriters in Fort Collins for over 6 years.

With a host of friends, that platform was born, and it was the Black Mountain Ramble.  It found a home in the basement of the Wild Boar Coffee Shop. Many of Fort Collins bands performed for their very first time at this event like Free Range Pickens and Rich with Friends. Wolf even met his future bandmate Luke one night at the ramble. They went on to perform under the name Von Stomper. Von Stomper constructed a unique sound and attracted a huge following.


The Black Mountain Ramble grew larger with every new gig that was booked. Eventually, a regular crowd and performers were itching to get their chance to play. The Ramble outgrew the Boar. In its transition, it was renamed the Olde Town Folkways and relocated to Wolverine Farm and Publick House.

Wolf has matured in his career. He is releasing his fourth solo EP which he recorded with Dango Rose of Elephant Revival and a host of other respected musicians in Colorado. He is performing under his original moniker, Wolf Van Elfmand, handed down from his grandfather.


He has a private Music Therapy practice Cottonwood Music Therapy.  He continues to grow the Old Towne Folkways in Fort Collins. His heart for Folk Music has opened up doors for other performers and allowed for a true Folk Scene to emerge in Fort Collins.  He has set the stage for Folk to flourish in Fort Collins and up and down the Front Range.

Follow him on Sound Cloud and Facebook to be alerted when his 4th solo project drops.


Wolf’s Fourth Solo project; Real Wolf. To Be Released.