Summer Music Articles - Bohemian Nights

Bohemian Nights Summer Music Articles


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!

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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. 

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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





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.


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.


{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!


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


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! 



{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.  


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


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


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


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


{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}


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


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


{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!}


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!


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


{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!!}


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


{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!}


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


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


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


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


{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!}


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


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


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


{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)!}


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


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