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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

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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

 

 

 

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One of our most beloved Fort Collins bands, The Subdudes are set to perform on Saturday March 4th at the Armory, for a truly intimate concert experience. Known for their beautiful vocal harmonies and infectious songwriting, the band has the uncanny ability to draw audiences into the live show with their fun loving personalities taking center stage. Known internationally for their signature sound of New Orleans soul, the importance of the group has been recognized by filmmakers, media, industry and other prominent musicians throughout the years. Joining The Subdudes for this very special performance is another Colorado treasure, Tom Scharf showcasing his musicianship and fluency as a multi-instrumentalist. Tickets for this one are going to go fast, so make sure to get yours HERE

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Guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy has achieved many accolades throughout his career.  Perhaps one of the most interesting titles he's earned is the "acoustic ninja", referring to his ability to perform intricate pieces of works with only two hands and 10 fingers. This Colorado based artist is truly a gem in our scene and not only is his music fun to listen to, his live show is a must see experience. Wowing audiences with his humor and technique, Trace leads the crowd through a journey of his limitless imagination and unique approach to performing. You'll want to be front row and center when Trace Bundy visits the Armory on Wednesday February 15th with another guitar showman, Steve Poltz. A limited number of tickets are still available, so make sure to get yours HERE.

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It's rare to find passion as raw as the music coming from Denver's own RL Cole. His sound will haunt you long after you leave the concert as will the integrity of his lyrics. Drawing from Americana sounds that incorporate parts of early Delta blues, Appalachian folk as well as an eerie Goth vibe, the final product is a powerful yet cutting depiction of a musician who is compelled to put his art into the world and have his stories be heard. You can listen to this rising singer-songwriter right here in Fort Collins on Thursday December 8th, when RL Cole opens for Judy Collins as part of our Concerts at the Armory Series. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours for this sell out show HERE. Take a minute out of your busy day to enjoy the intricacy of one of my favorite RL Cole songs, Salvation which is posted below and let his music wash over your soul.

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{The Haunted Windchimes will be performing with Darlingside on November 17th}

We have another double header coming at you today! We're so excited to announce not 1, but 2 November datess for our Concerts at the Armory series. Both shows feature some of our favorite Colorado musicians and though they need no introduction, we want to tell you all about them anyway! 

On November 4th, make sure to join us in welcoming the dynamic Father-Son duo of Mark and Myles Sloniker. Both mainstays in our Fort Collins jazz scene, Mark has been performing at Jay's Bistro for years and is such a gem in our community. His son Myles is amazing at every instrument I've seen him pick up but he has a knack for upright bass and has been honing his skills in New York City for the past few years wowing the jazz fans on the East Coast. Mark and Myles Sloniker will be opening for Bettye LaVette on Friday November 4th. You won't want to miss this extremely special performance, so make sure to get your tickets HERE!

The Haunted Windchimes are returning to Fort Collins for a must see evening with Darlingside on Thursday November 17th. Touted as one of the next breakout bands from our state, the Pueblo based group have spent the last few years recording and getting out on the road to gain new fans. Who saw them in action at this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest?!? Their incredible vocal harmonies and interesting songwriting endear them to both fans and critics as their star is rising among our Colorado musicians. Make sure to grab your tickets HERE for this sell out show and see The Haunted Windchimes locally while you still can!

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Poet's Row, the Denver based folk duo consisting of the incredibly talented Mickey Bakas and Emily Hobbs released their latest pair of EPs this summer to an overwhelming hallelujah from both industry and fans alike. The collection showcased not only their stunning musicianship but also their versatility as a group. One EP captured the stripped down simplicity of their duets while the other embraced the complex orchestration of a full band. Not only did the ambitious project endear them to the music scene even more, but it propelled them to a larger audience who have taken notice of these artists on the rise. Strong vocal harmonies and great storytelling are the backbone of the project and allow the duo to charm even the toughest audiences with the warmth their music exudes. We are thrilled to welcome Poet's Row to Fort Collins and to our Concerts at the Armory on Friday October 28th with Sarah Jarosz. Make sure to check out their charming performance below and make sure to get your tickets to this sell out show HERE

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A three-day street festival like Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is no small production. It takes the hard work and effort of staff, volunteers and artists who all love what they do. To put the festival in perspective, here are some fun facts and stats from the weekend! 

1.  Weight of Mountain Avenue stage: 42,000 pounds (equivalent to the weight of about 6,000 guitars)

2.  One of our staff member’s steps over the weekend (recorded by Fitbit): 62,000 (the distance from Fort Collins to Longmont)

3.  Volunteers: 638

4.  Bags of ice: 650

5.  Total number of musicians: 368 (all paid!)

6.  Number of instruments used by artists: An estimated 552

7.  Number of instruments made at Kids’ Music Adventure: 452

8.  Number of bands new to the festival: 36

9.  Total number of minutes on weather delay (with no show cancellations): 49 minutes

10.  Total crew meals: 2,000

Some not so serious stats:

One giant bottle of Cholula hot sauce eaten by Bohemian Nights staff over the weekend. 

Approximately 5 million cans of La Croix drank by staff.

Favorite staff meal: Fajitas with copious amounts of previously mentioned Cholula.

And a million smiles and good times had by all! 

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{The mic drop of the weekend definitely goes to the Burroughs, taking it all the way down on Sunday}

Happy Birthday Fort Collins! If anyone knows how to throw a party for the books, it's you. This year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest celebrated not only our city but the entire Colorado Music Scene, featuring an exclusive lineup of ALL Colorado bands and artists. We had multiple stages hit capacity for Colorado Music, people drove from out of state to see Colorado Music and our community came together to support our local music scene. It's no small feat and it's something we should all be proud of.  We're building something special here and we're investing in a music community together. It takes all of us to make something that big happen but this weekend showed that we're doing it. Take pride in the fact that your music scene has so much talent and so much potential and remember that it needs your love all year round to keep it growing. Find out the name of that awesome band you saw this weekend and make sure to see them live when they play again, buy your favorite local band's album (or download it on iTunes) and make it point to celebrate Colorado Music every day.  

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{Wire Faces kicked off Linden St with a bang! Nothing goes better with coffee than a side of ROCK}

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{Qbala pulled out all the stops, showcasing why she's one of the top rappers in the state}

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{Fort Collins own Maxwell Mud wowed the crowd on Mountain Ave}

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{Everyone left the Reminders set feeling a little better about the world. Such a positive experience for all}

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{The stars aligned to bring Los Dreamers to the festival this weekend. The group features an All Star lineup including members of The Fray, DeVotchKa, The Flobots & Ozomatli}

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{Trout Steak Revival heat up the Mountain Ave Stage with their hot licks and harmonies}

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{Surprise! Getting ready backstage at Library Park for the Liz Barnez set, which featured an amazing solo from Grace Kuch}

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{The Epilogues played their last Fort Collins set on Linden St}

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{Blues phenomenon Grace Kuch inspires the next generation on the KMA Stage}

What an amazing day and night of Colorado music. How lucky are we to live in a state that is home to so much incredible talent and a city that is proud to showcase it?!? And we still have all day Sunday to celebrate our local music scene. If you missed any of the hot action, we have a recap just for you. Happy Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest!!

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{Last Call Romance kept the crowd captivated on Linden St}

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{Ryan Fourt gets ready to add some Jazz to the Library Park lineup}

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{Everyone was cheering to see our very own Chris K perform on Old Town Square with his band GOATZ!}

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{G'Jai's Jook Joint wowed the Library Park crowd with their upbeat R&B show}

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{Everyone showed up to hear Slow Caves represent Fort Collins on the Mountain Ave Stage}

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{Latin Hip-Hop Duo 2MX2 had the Linden St crowd on their feet}

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{Coop & the Chicken Pluckers (and their rotating chicken) were a favorite at Library Park}

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{iZCALLi brought some surprise guests, including Wesley Watkins (of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats) & Josh Lee (of Eldren)}

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{This was as close as I could get to Shatterproof as they packed the house on Linden St}

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{Soren from 12 Cents for Marvin signs merch after the ska show!}

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{I snuck in an ice cream break with Mattie Lou after our 12 Cents for Marvin set}

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{In the Whale were melting faces and breaking heart on Linden St}

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{In the Whale also did some crowd surfing}

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{Another Fort Collins favorite, SHEL, received a standing ovation from the Library Park crowd}

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{The Post Paradise Duo played a stripped down and intimate set at the Singer Songwriter Stage}

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{Old Town Square was alive with the sound of Head for the Hills}

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{The Fray brought the crowds, with both Mountain Ave Stage and the Library Park simulcast reaching capacity}

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{Cell phones light up the sky. Oh my, how times have changed!}

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Wow Fort Collins! Has it really been 20 years ago?!? They say time flies when you're having fun and I can't think of a better way to have fun than to play music with your very best friends. 12 Cents for Marvin started in the dorms at CSU and grew into a band that toured nationally with some huge names including the English Beat and Reel Big Fish just to name a few. The kids like to say "Ska is Dead" but we all know it goes through waves. 12 Cents for Marvin caught on in the 3rd Wave and were touted as one of the best ska bands in the country back in the early 2000s, bringing the party to each stage they performed on. The group grew up and with our Colorado Music Scene, supporting and cheering it on. They were a part of NewWestFest in the beginning and also when Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest took it to the next level. They have not performed for our festival since 2008 (the year of the monsoon - you remember skanking in the rain?!) so we couldn't be more excited to welcome another Fort Collins favorite back to our stage this year. Happy 20th Birthday 12 Cents for Marvin! Check out their newest video for Lie Lie Lie below and see them play today Saturday August 13th at 5:15 on the Mountain Ave Stage. And if you are feeling super nostalgic, we included a small album of photos through the years for you to enjoy below the video!

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{DeVotchKa performs to a capacity crowd on Mountain Ave Stage as our Friday Night Headliner}

The Friday Night of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is always such a great way to ease into the festival spirit. There are only a couple of stages to bounce between, so you have a minute to get in shape and catch your breath before you begin the marathon of stage hopping on Saturday and Sunday. We hope you will enjoy these photos from our Friday Night Kickoff and get ready to hit the ground running today as an amazing lineup of Colorado Bands kick off at 11 AM this morning!

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{Fort Collins funk explosion PunchDrunkMunkyFunk warm up the Mountain Ave Stage for the hometown}

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{How cool is it that Fort Collins has a chapter of Music Cares and staffs a Safe Harbor Room at our local festivals?!? Always makes me proud to see this beacon each year - Thank you Marty!!}

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{Longtime Emcee Jeff Koepke introduces the Railsplitters on Library Park}

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{And Jeff somehow managed a wardrobe change to serve the lovely Anne Harris (who performed with Otis Taylor) a delicious backstage dinner - Only the best for our musicians!}

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{Anne pays it forward to our staff member Caitlin with dusting of glitter glow!}

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{It was the homecoming of the weekend - Tickle Me Pink take a moment together before hitting the Mountain Ave Stage!}

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{Fans welcomed a longtime favorite, Tickle Me Pink back to the spotlight!}

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{Make sure to find the video of Sean Kennedy and daughter Willow in the best duet of the night!}

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{Rowdy rockers the Yawpers lived up to their intro from Mountain Ave Emcee Chris K as top musicians in the state - wowing the audience and pushing the boundaries!}

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{The Otis Taylor Band mesmerizes the crowd with his signature Transcendental Blues style}

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{Otis Taylor with special guest Anne Harris put on a show for Library Park!}

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{Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell talks about the importance of supporting your local music scene before introducing our Friday Night headliner from Denver, DeVotchKa!!}

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{DeVotchKa mesmerized a capacity crowd on Mountain Ave and included a surprise horn section (look closely and you might recognize them as CO favorites from long ago, Cabaret Diosa)!}

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{Tim Cook and Tommy Malone from the Subdudes pose with fellow musician Barb Solow from KRFC before their set}

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{A Fort Collins favorite by way of New Orleans, The Subdudes, wowed Library Park to close down the stage}

 

 

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One of my favorite Fort Collins musicians is Brent Cowles. He began a solo career under the moniker of You Me and Apollo when he was just 17 years old. I heard his demo before I met him and was blown away by the powerful vocals, the intricate songwriting and the connection I felt to the music. When we did finally meet, I was definitely shocked that someone so young could be so soulful and have so much passion to sing about. He took those early songs into a studio which became the backbone of not only an album but a full band that would be known as You Me and Apollo. They shot straight to the top of the Colorado Scene, toured across country, played Red Rocks and experienced national success before calling it quits. "I had a grieving period after the band broke up. I didn't know if music was what I should be doing. I gave it a shot but maybe I should do something else. Then I had this revelation that music is the only thing I'm passionate about and it's the only thing that makes sense to me," Brent explains. It didn't take long for him to reconnect to his songwriting roots and come back out swinging with a new arsenal of songs. He states, "Reconnecting with music after my break was a little intimidating because I had never taken time off. The more I did it, the more I remembered why I love it. It's the most important thing in my life. I had lost sight of how music can make you feel and my new songs rekindled my love affair with performing." He began booking shows as Brent Coles (just to help you properly pronounce his last name) but went back to Cowles. His new solo work is some of the strongest music coming out of Colorado which is exactly why he will be in the spotlight at this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Watch Brent Cowles perform with his backing band directly before the Fray on Mountain Ave Stage this Saturday August 13th at 6:45 PM. I guarantee you won't be disappointed by his soulful and powerful voice, his incredibly strong songwriting and his humble stage presence which you can't help but be drawn to. It's passion like this that inspires us all.

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**The blog below was originally published in 2014, hence our #TBT to the #TBT. We are beyond thrilled to welcome back one of Fort Collins favorite bands, Tickle Me Pink to Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest for a very special performance this year.  It's their first time on stage together since they quietly called it quits a few years ago. They are one of our must see artists performing on Friday August 12th at 5:55 PM on the Mountain Ave Stage.**

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For my first ThrowBack Thursday post, I picked Tickle Me Pink's set from 2008. I chose this because it was one of the most touching and powerful performances I have ever witnessed at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. This show was a little over a month after the death of bassist Johnny Schou (pictured below on the far left). As most of us remember, he passed away on the day that the band released their album Madeline through a national label. The release party that night at the Aggie Theater tragically turned into a private memorial for Johnny. 

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The group decided to move forward with their national tour, so they added guitarist Joey Barba from the Brotherhood of Dae Han and moved lead singer Sean Kennedy into the bassist role. A few days after the funeral, they set out on a cross country tour. They returned home to play for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, which was their first show back in Fort Collins after the loss. The crowd packed out Mountain Ave Stage to show their support. Although a storm had rolled through the festival grounds earlier that morning, the skies cleared for Tickle Me Pink's set. When the band got to their single Madeline (which is about the death of a friend), you could hear Sean's voice crack with emotion and just at the climax of the chorus, a huge gust of wind ripped the back drop cloth from the stage. It literally took the crowd's breath away and as cheesy as it may sound, it was incredibly powerful to see our friends and fellow musicians push through the pain as they stood their ground and let the music take over. That show was beyond special to me and that's why it's one of my very favorite Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest performances. 

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The harsh reality we all experienced with Tickle Me Pink showed me that life sucks and life can be wonderful at the same time. And through it all, we ultimately learn that life goes on. Tickle Me Pink may not be a band anymore, but the members of the group are still making music in Colorado and beyond. Sean writes non stop and after a string of projects around town, he recently formed powerhouse band Magician in the Machine. Steven Beck has enjoyed his own success performing with a number of local and national artists. Both Sean and Steven are proud papas to 2 of the cutest kiddos I have ever seen! Joey is a well respected studio producer and tours internationally with Tyler Ward. Stefan Runstrom is most definitely an animal on his drumset and although he plays in so many bands that I can hardly remember them all, you can see him at this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest with Wiredogs on Sunday August 17th at 2:15 PM. And because it's #TBT (can you hashtag a blog?!?), check out Tickle Me Pink's video for Madeline below. Cheers to Life!

 

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Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is such a great way to check out your local music scene, but sometimes it can be hard to navigate through names you're not familiar with. That's where we come in. We want you to go into the weekend prepared and ready to see some exciting new music that is homegrown right here in Colorado. And lucky for us, most of our artists have some pretty fun videos to get you excited for more. We put together a short list of 5 acts below that we hope you'll enjoy!

Otis Taylor is a world renowned blues musician whose music has appeared in television and film, including the Johnny Depp movie Public Enemies. See his band in action on Friday August 12th at 7:40 in Library Park.

Slow Caves are a Fort Collins favorite who are quickly turning into a national favorite with catchy rock songs and an energetic stage show that wows even the hardest crowds. You can see this band on the rise Saturday August 13th on Mountain Ave Stage at 2:20 PM.  

The sisters of SHEL have grown up in the Fort Collins scene and really spread their wings on an international level in the last few years. Their newest album was produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. With press from NPR and beyond, you'll want to see them on Saturday August 13th at 7:00 PM in Library Park.

Bluegrass sensation Trout Steak Revival are touted as one of the next big players to enter the scene. The group have built a name for themselves with incredible harmonies and intricate musical stylings. They were featured on the Today Show and received rave reviews from the toughest critics. Make sure to see them this Sunday August 14th at 3:50 on the Mountain Ave Stage.

If you're looking for roots reggae in this scene, look no further than Dubskin. The band have performed across the country at major festivals and at home in premiere venues like Red Rocks. Calling Fort Collins home, they are definitely a fan favorite and performing in a perfect location for this year's festival. Get down with them in Old Town Square on Sunday August 14th at 5:00 PM. 

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Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is almost upon us! Prepare for an awesome and fashionable festival weekend with our fashion tips and “bring this, not that” list. 

What to bring:

Fanny pack or small backpack

Fanny packs are back in style, especially in festival fashion! They are convenient and come in a variety of styles. Small backpacks are also great for festivals, as they are easier to carry than a purse and have more space. Just remember that your backpack, purse, fanny pack, or murse (man purse, as modeled by Zack Galifianakis above) will be searched at the entrance to Mountain Avenue venue, so make sure you aren’t carrying something from the “do not bring” list!

Sunscreen 

Looking like a lobster has never been in style. Prevent a sunburn with a travel sized sunscreen and remember to reapply! 

Water bottle

Staying hydrated will keep you going all festival weekend. There are several water stations from the City of Fort Collins placed around festival grounds where you can fill up. The Cupboard has a wide selection of fun and colorful water bottles to choose from. 

Sunglasses and a hat

Colorado is known for its sunny days, which calls for sunglasses and/or a hat. You’ll protect yourself from UV rays and better see the bands without the sun in your eyes. TOPO Designs has a great selection of sunglasses and hats.

Breathable clothing

Sweat can ruin any outfit. Keep the air flowing with lightweight clothing like a cotton tank top from Akinz

Rain jacket (just in case!)

We are afraid that even mentioning It-That-Must-Not-Be-Named (rain) will bring about its presence at the festival. While we hope for sunny, storm-free days, you can never be too prepared! JAX Mercantile has lightweight rain jackets that can be folded up and be stuffed in a purse or bag. 

What not to bring:

Drugs

You are welcome to wear marijuana themed clothing (if that’s your style), but don’t bring the actual thing. Living in a state with legalized marijuana comes with its highs and lows (pun intended!) – yes its legal, but you can’t use it and bring it everywhere. Legal and illegal drugs are not allowed at the festival.

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Alcohol

Please don’t fill your cool fanny pack with alcohol from outside the festival. There are plenty of alcohol options inside festival grounds, but outside alcohol will be confiscated. We are not liable for tears you may shed while you watch your alcohol be thrown away.  

Selfie sticks

Selfies are a great way to document your festival outfit, but selfie sticks aren’t the way to do it and aren’t allowed at the festival. This year, however, there is a selfie station where you can take a selfie the old fashioned way or have someone else take a photo for you. The selfie station has a beautiful backdrop and can be used during CD signings to take a photo with a band (use #FoCoMusic in your post!). Sounds like profile picture material to us!

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One of the most bittersweet moments of our festival weekend for me, will probably be The Epilogues set. It will be their last Fort Collins show for the foreseeable future as frontman Chris Heckman moves to Spain.  The band burst onto the scene over a decade ago with a true passion for performing that helped propel them to the top of the Colorado scene. Friends from high school, they had integrity that you don't see a lot of anymore. Loyalty and fun meant just as much to them as the music they were performing. They spent countless hours (probably years) touring across country and gaining fans. They perfected their craft and they respected their fellow musicians; often the first to show up for a gig and the last to leave, cheering on each act that took the stage. They always took the time to talk to their fans or the drunk dude at the bar, giving everybody a moment to feel special. No wonder they were able to achieve success both in and out of the spotlight.  The group performed at premiere festivals on a national level; SXSW, CMJ, The Sunset Strip Music Festival in addition to be statewide headliners at Westword Music Showcase & UMS. They won KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays and rode the high of having their music on radio stations across the country. Those are just a few reasons that watching them perform one of their last shows this weekend will perhaps bring a tear to my eye. They mean so much to our scene on so many levels. So I hope you will join me in sending off The Epilogues this Sunday August 14th on the Linden St Stage at 5:20 PM. Their hit single Hunting Season is below, where sometimes art mimics life in that "Everything I Ever Wanted Inside of Me is Proving Real Tonight..." You did good boys and the music scene will miss you.

 

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SOOOO... the wait is finally over and we couldn't be more thrilled to announce our surprise Sunday headliner for this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Elephant Revival!! Hailing from Nederland, this national folk group will round out our ALL COLORADO festival.  The band are one of the hardest working acts in the scene, really putting the DIY spirit to the test and putting themselves out there since 2006. They have spent the last decade performing tirelessly across country and gaining fans one city at a time with their charming stage presence and eclectic musical spirit. Each member is a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocals are split between the group, creating an exiting dynamic that must be experienced to fully appreciate the complexity of. Elephant Revival really found their stride in 2015 with some huge opportunities that they were fully prepared to jump on. One included the Southwest Airlines campaign Live at 35 which featured live performances by artists while in flight. If you missed that gem, check it out HERE. They continued that success by selling out venues throughout the country and landed just this summer at the "dream" of all Colorado musicians, a headlining slot at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band did not disappoint as they performed an absolute mesmerizing set accompanied by many musicians and artists to a near capacity crowd. We couldn't be more honored to include them back in our lineup as not only a must see band, but a headlining band this year!! Make sure you see Elephant Revival this Sunday August 14th on the Mountain Ave Stage at 5:30 PM in what we expect to be a magical show. Check out this video of them live below and get ready to be wowed!

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Planning ahead is one of the best ways to help ensure a good time at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Here are some tips and tricks as you plan for an awesome weekend filled with free music, funnel cakes and fun times.

Construction and street closures

Construction is like going to the dentist – nobody likes it, but it’s necessary. During the festival, some construction will be taking place in various areas downtown. This up-to-date trip planner and map from the City of Fort Collins shows construction areas, road closures and more. Several streets will also be closed leading up to and during the festival weekend. See detailed festival street closures here.  

Transportation 

The MAX Rapid Bus Transfort will run all weekend during the festival in 10 minute intervals from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Riding your bike is great option as well. Bike racks are available at several locations around the festival. If you don’t have a bike, check out the Fort Collins bike-sharing program.

Skateboard parking is now available in Old Town Square at the intersection of Trimble Court Alley and Whitton Alley. Make sure to bring a lock and utilize this great feature, especially since skateboards are not allowed in Mountain Avenue venue. 

With several street closures and so many cars downtown during the festival, driving may not be the most convenient way to get to there. But if you need to drive, there are a few parking options available. The Old Town Parking Structure is located on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue, and the Civic Center Parking Structure is located on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue. On Friday normal rates apply, on Saturday parking is $5, and on Sunday parking is free. Additional parking can be found on public streets around the festival.

“Where is the…?”

The Bohemian Nights website and app are great resources for most things you would need to locate at the festival, including water tables, and restrooms. If you need to find out where specific vendors are, head over to the information booth tent to talk to a DBA volunteer. They can point you in the right direction. 

What’s new this year

There are a lot of exciting changes this year. 

The newly renovated Old Town Square Stage has returned and will feature music performances on Saturday and Sunday. 

The three headliner simulcast locations are now Library Park Stage, Linden Street Stage, and the northwest corner of Library Park next to the Carnegie building. 

Festival bucks are no longer required for the purchase of items at the festival! Food, beer and beverages can be purchased using card or cash. Carnival bucks are required for carnival purchases and may be purchased at the entrance to the carnival. 

There is a selfie station at the Central Music Merchandise where you can snap a photo with a band during their CD signing. Use #focomusic to share your photos!

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If there's one thing the Fort Collins music scene does not lack, it's diversity. We've got a little bit of everything in our community which is why we want to keep you informed on what to see next weekend. Another talented group on the rise that you should definitely know about for this year's festival is our very own Write Minded. Fronted by Sam Mouton (yes, he was on the Voice - check it HERE), the band has used their influences and passions to create their own signature sound that blends hip hop with an island reggae vibe seamlessly.  The act has a laid back groove with 2 energetic MCs in front of the epic Rhythmic Rap vs Soulful Reggae battle. Who wins? We all do as they keep audiences moving and happy.  Make sure to see Write Minded next Saturday August 13th on the Linden St Stage at 12:45 PM. Check out their hit video, Perfect Day below. 

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.