drag the river

It's rare that a band can stay together as long as one of Fort Collins favorites, Drag the River. They are celebrating over 20 years together and we couldn't be more excited for their show this Thursday July 20th from 7 PM - 9 PM as part of our Thursday Night Live Series. Fronted by international punk treasures, Jon Snodgrass (Armchair Martian) and Chad Price (ALL) the country and mid-western group have seen their fair share of ups and downs. But through it all, music has kept them going with each song portraying both the triumphs and the heartache that the band has endured. In anticipation of this week's show in Old Town Square, we did a Q & A with Drag the River that we wanted to share with you.

What kind of show should audiences look forward to on Thursday? 

JON SNODGRASS: Spacey Casey is going to play with us, so that means more steel and more smiles. We never have set lists, but this is our only show this year so we should start thinking about songs to do. It will probably look and sound like band practice, which is normally pretty fun. 


Favorite spots in Fort Collins?

JS: Lucky Joe's is where we started and where I still go most anytime I step out. (It’s true—Lucky Joe’s is always my first and/or last stop in town.)


What’s the best thing about the Colorado music scene?

JS: ALL, the best band in Fort Collins and the world, in my opinion. They run the Blasting Room here in town.


What other projects are you and your bandmates working on, individually or collectively?

JS: Chad has a new rock band he's focusing on called A VULTURE WAKE; Casey and Dave play music together all the time; Kyle, our bass player, just moved to Nebraska; my birthday buddies’ band called SCORPIOS (me, Joey Cape of Lagwagon, Brian Wahlstrom, Chris Cresswell of The Flatliners and the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name) just released our second record. It's online at ONE WEEK RECORDS and you can get an LP at FAT WRECK CHORDS.




We just announced our third headliner for this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest and let me just say it's a doozy! One of Colorado's most beloved and enduring bands, Leftover Salmon will be closing down Mountain Ave Stage on Friday August 11th at 8:30 PM. Performing for over 25 years, this act of many genres will be making their very first BoNi appearance and we couldn't be more excited. Known for their jamgrass chops, Leftover Salmon incorporates a little bit of everything into their set; hear the sounds of New Orleans, Appalachia, Chicago and more. They make a show an experience with high energy antics combined with a one of kind musical adventure. 

stella luce

Thursday Night Live is about to get a little bit crazy in Old Town Square. We're beyond excited to showcase our first double header. Tonight only, we will feature two of Colorado's best bands- Stella Luce from Fort Collins and the Boulder based Gora Gora Orkestar. Expect the unexpected with some of the most eclectic music in the state ranging from a marching brass band, indie, experimental, the sounds of the Balkan, pop and more. Don't miss out on this very special night. Gora Gora Orkestar kicks the party off at 7 PM with Stella Luce closing out the night at 8:15 PM. 


The Armory has just gotten a new website and social media pages! We’d like to invite you to VISIT OUR SITE, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and be involved in our music community. We also have a brand new newsletter; which we will use to announce our upcoming shows, offer you exclusive pre-sale tickets and more. Make sure to sign up via the WEBSITE. We hope you enjoy our new look and thank you for supporting live music in Fort Collins!


Just in case you didn't think this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest lineup could get any better, have we got some great news for you! Another Colorado bluegrass favorite, Trout Steak Revival has been added to Library Park Stage on Sunday August 13th from 3:40 - 4:25 PM. The band made some big waves by winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition in 2014 and have continued their rise in the scene ever since. Touring cross country, gaining national radio play and winning over critics and fans alike, they are touted as one of our next big breakout bands from the state.  Get excited to see Trout Steak Revival at this year's festival!!


There are certainly not a lot of bands that can master the true art of Honky Tonk but Colorado's own Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams have cornered the market as one of the best in the country. They have found a way to capture the perfect vocals combined with just enough steel guitar and twang. Eclectic and electrifying in their stage shows, audiences pack out each performance as it's impossible to get enough of their infectious fun.

Halden Wofford joined us ahead of Thursday’s performance to chat about the band’s sound, their new album and summer touring.

What kind of show should audiences look forward to?

Wofford: For big outdoor shows, we’ve been more focused on classic country—it’s what I’m into now, Hank Williams, Bob Wilson—mixed with originals. The band’s versatility is one of my favorite things about performing live; each band member brings so much to the show, and I love playing our original music together.

Tell us about the projects you and your bandmates are working on.

Wofford: We’re excited about our new album, “Missing Link,” newly released on July 4. Our guitar player is working on a solo CD, and I’m doing a few songs with him on that. I also put out an album of my “home recordings”—an homage to my art school days, when I was recording David Bowie songs—that’s free at concerts.

What’s next for this summer?

Wofford: We love playing in FoCo, so we’ll be back to play the Harmony Library at the end of July. In August, we head to California for a Grateful Dead festival—they keep inviting us back! Then, we’ll go down to Taos, New Mexico for Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance. It’s mostly Southwestern songwriters, lots of super interesting people, and we feel honored to be a part of it.

You'll want to be front row and center (and you'll probably want to bring your cowboy boots) for Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams must see show this Thursday July 6th as part of our Thursday Night Live series in Old Town Square from 7 PM - 9 PM. 


Meet David Atwood—he’s an engineer, lifelong Fort Collins resident, and longtime Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest volunteer. David took the time to chat with us about volunteering for the festival, his can’t-miss performances, and how, when he met SHEL backstage in 2008, he knew he’d just met the next big band out of Colorado.

What’s your volunteer role at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest?

So, I have done everything from trash collecting to security/crowd control. I’ve been a green room attendant, a press trailer coordinator and an artist liaison. This year, I’ll be volunteering as an artist liaison again and working with Artist Relations.

Why did you initially volunteer at the festival, and why do you keep coming back?

I grew up in Fort Collins, and I always remember going to the concerts at NewWestFest as a kid. With athletics at Rocky Mountain High School we used to volunteer as a team, and I thought it was fun to watch the next round of kids and families enjoy our downtown scene. I keep coming back because it’s cool to be connected to the Fort Collins art and music community in this way.

How many festivals have you done?

I have missed a few in the middle, but my first volunteer gig was in 2001. Then I was there for 2002-2005, 2008-2012, and 2014-2016. So all told, I’ve been a part of the festival for 13 years.

Best performance you’ve seen at the festival?

There's always about 10 bands on my can't-miss list. Personal favorites over the years have been Slow Caves, Earl Scruggs, Tickle Me Pink, SHEL, Wiredogs, Post Paradise, Ozomatli, Elise Wunder Band, The Hot IQs, and Megan Burtt, just to name a few.

Most memorable moment from volunteering?

I remember meeting the young ladies of SHEL while working Library Park Stage back in like 2008 and thinking to myself how they are going to be legitimately famous.

Any advice for a volunteer newbie/people considering volunteering?

There are music festivals across the country that cost $100/day that aren't as good as this one, and it's really rewarding to consider how you are helping to bring this experience to the community for free.

We welcome all to help fill the 600+ volunteer hours needed for the festival. If interested, please sign up for volunteer shifts by registering an account or logging into your profile at Shiftboard.com/bohemiannights, or by contacting the Volunteer Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-227-1933.


Chris Daniels and the Kings are not messing around. They are already armed with a full on assault of sound from the amazing band, but then they have to go and one up us by bringing the incredible Freddi Gowdy for their Thursday Night Live performance this week! That's right, the party is about to get rowdier (if that's even possible?!?!) Known for their horn driven Funk n' Roll blues sound, their goal is to have everyone dancing at every show. In case you didn't know, Chris Daniels is kind of a big deal. He's been performing internationally since the early 80s with music featured in video, TV and radio around the world.  In 2013, he was nominated for a Grammy and inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. We are so excited to welcome Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy to TNL on Thursday June 29th from 7 PM - 9 PM in Old Town Square. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for this must see performance!! 


Colorado's own indie darlings, Dressy Bessy are ready to take you on a trip down memory lane this Thursday June 22nd as part of our Thursday Night Live concert series. And when I say memory lane, I really mean the 90s / 2000s when this Denver band took the nation by storm. They were hailed as THE breakout band from our fine state with appearances on late night talk shows, sell out tours across the country and national radio play. Their music was featured in TV (Side 2 is a favorite on Grey's Anatomy) and film (If You Should Try to Kiss Her from But I'm a Cheerleader) and it was hard not to be a fan girl around front woman Tammy Ealom and her impeccable fashion sense. Armed with catchy pop hits that have just enough indie edge, Dressy Bessy have been a fan favorite since they first hit the stage. You'll want to be up close and person for their performance on Old Town Square from 7 PM - 9 PM this Thursday. 

brandi carlile

Holy Wow!! Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest has announced our second headliner for 2017 and let's just say that this year is going to be one for the books. The world famous and equally world class Brandi Carlile will be anchoring our festival on Sunday August 13th and we couldn't be more excited to welcome her to Fort Collins. Known for her wide range of styles and her incredible vocal power, she puts on one high energy show that keeps fans and audiences begging for more. You'll want to see Brandi Carlile close down the Mountain Ave stage this year on Sunday August 13th from 5:30 - 7 PM. As a weekend treat, we're also announcing the addition of a Fort Collins favorite to our amazing Colorado lineup. Head for the Hills, one of our top Bluegrass bands, will be performing on the Mountain Ave stage on Saturday August 12th from 4:40 - 5:25 PM. Happy Friday everyone!!


Colorado based Hip Hop duo The Reminders will be bringing the party to Old Town Square this Thursday June 15th and they are making it a family affair. The Husband / Wife powerhouse poets use their thoughtful lyrics to evoke positive messages to the masses with their three beautiful children, who add a high energy punch to their live show.  If you've never had a chance to see them in action, this is your lucky week. Known internationally as one of the hardest working and most aspiring musical forces out there, we are incredibly excited to welcome The Reminders back to Fort Collins for our Thursday Night Live series from 7 PM - 9 PM. Insider Tip: Bring your dancing shoes to this one, as you are sure to be on your feet getting down to their infectious grooves all night long!

shaley scott

Shaley Scott is what embodies the spirit of Fort Collins music. Born and raised in the Choice City, she's been around the world creating and spreading her talents. But no matter how far she goes or how bright her light shines, she continues to support and give back to our local scene. She has collaborated with a slew of artists and is able to gracefully spread her love of performing to a number of sounds and genres. Her most recent effort has a pop polished finish with her song, You Will Always Find Me In Your Heart featured in "Smurfs: The Lost Village". We're incredibly excited to have Shaley Scott perform this Thursday June 15th at the Armory with Australian songstress Kasey Chambers. Make sure to grab your tickets HERE as there are only a handful left for this must see show.


Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest has just announced this year's lineup and let's just say it's going to be the party of the year. Make sure you check out the full schedule HERE and get ready to run between the stages on August 11th - 13th in hopes of catching as many of these awesome Colorado artists as possible. We'll just leave you with this fun video of our Saturday headliner, CAKE to cure your case of the Monday morning blues. 


One of Colorado's most celebrated Bluegrass bands, The Blue Canyon Boys are ready to wow Fort Collins this week for our Thursday Night Live series. The act is able to achieve their signature sound by combining a traditional background with energetic rifts and perfectly crafted vocal harmonies. Winning the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition, they tour internationally and spread the music of Colorado around the globe. The Blue Canyon Boys are one band you have to see live and you'll definitely want to see them in Old Town Square this Thursday June 8th from 7 PM - 9 PM. 



I can't think of a better way to kick off summer and Thursday Night Live than with one of Fort Collins' biggest breakout bands, SHEL! Sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza not only form their namesake but their eclectic background make them a dynamic group that has garnered an industry buzz.  Classically trained with a wide range of influences, they've found a perfect blend of indie-folk with sweet harmonies, intricate arrangements and even a little beatbox. SHEL's newest album release, Just Crazy Enough, has impressed both critics and fans alike. The music speaks for itself with radio play across the country and placement in TV, film and commercials. Fresh off a national tour and a feature story on NPR, they continue to captivate audiences. We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome SHEL home for our first TNL concert of the year this Thursday June 1st from 7 PM - 9 PM in Old Town Square. 


Nothing screams summers in Fort Collins quite like enjoying live music in our great outdoors. Bohemian Nights have been producing the Thursday Night Live series for the past few years and features some of the best talent that Colorado has to offer. 2017 is shaping up to blow our mind with a diverse offering of some hometown favorites. So without further ado, please take a minute to enjoy this amazing group of artists that will be performing in Old Town Square each Thursday this summer from 7 PM - 9 PM. 

June 1st - SHEL (Pop/Folk)

June 8th - Blue Canyon Boys (Traditional Bluegrass)

June 15th - The Reminders (Conscious Hip-Hop)

June 22nd - Dressy Bessy (Indie)

June 29th - Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddi Gowdy (Blues)

July 6th - Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams (Honky-Tonk)

July 13th - Stella Luce and Gora Gora Orkestar (World / Indie / Brass Band)

July 20th - Drag the River (Country)

July 27th - The Burroughs (R&B / Soul)

August 3rd - Chicano Heat (Tejano)


Known as the Australian country star, Kasey Chambers uses her heartbreaking vocals to connect with fans and critics alike with a soulful punch that keeps them coming back for more. She was able to break into the US Market after her 1998 release of The Captain, which garnered her top honors as "Best Country Album" and "Best Female Artist". The subsequent success also sent her on tour with both Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. There's been no looking back as she continues to create music that she wears proudly on her sleeve. She's out on the road in support of her newest and eleventh effort The Dragonfly, which is currently blazing up the country and Americana charts. You'll want to see Kasey Chambers in action when she stops by for our Concerts at the Armory Series on Thursday June 15th, so get your tickets HERE before you miss your chance. 

langhorn slim and the law

Langhorne Sim & the Law are one band that can't be contained. Their music defies all genres, their lyrics take you on a journey through time and their free spirit dares you to join them on this wild ride. Named one of the top new bands to emerge on the national scene by Rolling Stone, NPR and critics from across the country, this is one show you don't want to miss! They've been on the road for most of the year in support of their recent release The Spirit Moves.  They've have been taking their own lyrics to heart as they "follow the sun" and we couldn't be more excited that it's leading them to Fort Collins. We are proud to welcome Langhorne Slim & the Law to our Concerts at the Armory series on Wednesday June 7th. Tickets are moving fast, so make sure to get yours today HERE.


King Cardinal have been singing their heart wrenching songs for only a few years, but audiences and critics alike have embraced their unique style. What primarily began as a solo venture by frontman Brennan Mackey quickly turned into a favorite Colorado band.  Purposely adding members to not only fit the sound but the personality of the music as well, King Cardinal have found their stride.  Often called Americana or even Alt Folk, the band connects with a crowd through their honest songwriting and ability to tell their story through song. The Denver based outfit have been perfecting their craft and are poised to take the national scene by storm. You'll want to make sure you see King Cardinal live as part of our Concerts at the Armory on Thursday May 4th. They are sharing the bill with another artist on the rise, Brent Cobb for a truly amazing night of music. Make sure to get your tickets in advance HERE


Liz Barnez is not only one of the most recognized names in the Fort Collins scene, she's also one of our most talented musicians. Performing as a national artist for a few decades, her experiences since she began at age 17 have brought a graceful serenity to her soulful songwriting. Using her New Orleans roots as the foundation, she's not afraid to tackle any genre and often mixes in gospel, blues, jazz and more to create a one of a kind sound. Coming off the success of her most recent album Welcome Back, we are proud to announce that Liz Barnez will be making a long awaited return to the Armory on Wednesday March 15th to support the ever popular Rodney Crowell. This is an absolute sell out event, so make sure to get your tickets HERE




Greta Cornett

Meet Our Writer

Greta Cornett is a local musician, as well as a local music lover and supporter.

She is most recognized as the trumpet player for 12 Cents for Marvin, the 3 Twins, and Mama Lenny and the Remedy. She is a graduate of the CSU music department and her behind the scenes work includes co-founding the Fort Collins Musicians Association, co-creating FoCoMX, working as the marketing director for the Boulder Theater and the Fox Theatre and volunteering at KRFC 88.9 FM.

This is her 7th year blogging for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in addition to being on the Bohemian Nights Talent Advisory Committee. She recently joined the Bohemian Foundation staff on the Music Programs Team as Marketing and Talent Coordinator.