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Say it ain't so!! Somehow our entire summer has flown by and we're down to the very last TNL concert of this season. It's been a ton of fun hosting our favorite Colorado bands for you each week and we hope you'll enjoy this very special last performance. I won't lie, I absolutely LOVE Pandas & People. They remind a lot of folks of Mumford and Sons with their Americana sound full of banjo picking and vocal harmonies. They call Greeley / Fort Collins home and have won over the entire state of Colorado, playing at KTCL's Big Gig and winning their Hometown for the Holidays. If you haven't checked them out before, this is your chance to support your local music scene before they blow up on the national scene. This band is touted as one of the next front runners to do just that and of course you'll want to see them before that happens! Check out Pandas & People performing their radio hit On My Way below and make sure to join us this Thursday August 4th in Old Town Square from 7 - 9 PM for the final TNL of 2016. 

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Hate crowds, but love music? Want the experience of seeing or hearing your favorite Colorado band live, but can’t make it downtown for the festival? That’s okay! You can enjoy Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest from anywhere by tuning in to any (or all!) of these great channels during the festival…  

Live Radio Broadcast from KRFC 88.9

Tune to KRFC 88.9 anytime during festival hours to listen to Mountain Avenue performers live – even headliners! View the full lineup of Mountain Avenue Stage bands here!

Headliner Simulcasts on Saturday

Do you prefer relaxing on a blanket on the grass instead of standing in front of the stage amongst a large crowd? Head over to Library Park to watch The Fray’s performance simulcasted live on one of the two large screens or venture north to Linden Street to view on a third simulcast screen. See all three simulcast locations on our map.

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Live Cams on the Bohemian Nights Mobile App

The Bohemian Nights mobile app is an amazing festival resource right in the palm of your hand. Access the app during the festival to view live cams at each stage, giving you a virtual front-row experience. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Soundcloud

Get to know the artists performing at the festival on Bohemian Nights’ free Soundcloud playlist. You can access it here from the Bohemian Nights website and on the mobile app.

Bohemian Nights Social Media

Like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest about Bohemian Nights and behind-the-scenes moments and photos all weekend long during the festival.

#FoCoMusic

However, and from wherever you choose to enjoy the festival, be sure to use #FoCoMusic to connect with other music lovers and festival goers! The hashtag is a great way to share your festival experiences and see how others are enjoying the festival.

thereminders

Denver based duo, the Reminders have been delivering their signature brand of hip hop to the masses and making their live show a family affair for almost a decade now. Sharing the stage and a life, husband-wife sensation Aja Black and Big Samir bring together socially conscious lyrics blended with amazing beats that will have everyone standing up and taking notice.  A crowd favorite, their children often jump on stage to join the fun. A high energy show paired with beautiful poetry and rhythmic cadences make the Reminders a must see show at this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. See them live on Sunday August 14th at the Linden St Stage from 3:45 - 4:30 PM. 

 

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“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” -Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”

Here at Bohemian Nights, we like trees of green (and red roses too!) and want to do our part to keep the world wonderful by aiming to provide an environmentally friendly festival. Here are some easy ways you can help us be green at this year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

Transportation

The MAX Rapid Bus Transfort will run all weekend during the festival! Take advantage of this awesome transportation system Friday and Saturday until midnight, and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday. You’ll save emissions and get a safe ride to and from the festival. 

Bikes and music are a classic FoCo combo. Temporary bike racks are available at several locations around the festival. Don’t have a bike? Check out the Fort Collins bike-share program that provides rental bikes across town at affordable prices. Bikes are just $7 per day! 

More of a skateboarder than a biker? Check out the new skateboard parking structure in Old Town Square to lock up your skateboard while you roam the festival.

So you can’t MAX, bike, skateboard, walk or even treadmill scooter to the festival. Try getting some friends together and carpooling. It will save emissions and be a lot easier to find parking.

Reusable water bottles

Drink water? We hope you answered yes, and that means you should own a reusable water bottle. Reusable bottles are cheaper than purchasing disposable bottles, more eco-friendly, and healthier! The City of Fort Collins has some of the cleanest water in the U.S. and will provide free water stations across the festival. Don't have a water bottle? You can find a great selection at many stores in downtown Fort Collins, including The Cupboard (local shopping for the win!). 

Recycling 

With help from Gallegos Sanitation Incorporated (GSI), Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest has recycled 22 tons of paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, food waste and glass from 2011-2015! Diverting this amount of material is equivalent to powering three homes for one year, eliminating 43,739 miles driven by an average car, and saving 2,054 gallons of gasoline! 

These astounding numbers are made possible by you – the festival goer. Recycling bins are located all across the festival and tell you what can be recycled. Recycle every bit of waste you can! 

Food waste

Maybe you shouldn’t get a giant turkey leg if you just ate an entire bag of kettle corn. Food waste is no joke and takes up a lot of space in our landfills. The best way to prevent food waste is to not get more than you need. 

Littering 

We all learned in kindergarten that littering is bad. It also makes for a less enjoyable festival. With around 100 waste receptacles located throughout festival grounds, littering is pretty pointless. Don’t see a trash or recycling can? Turn 180 degrees. Still don’t? Ask a volunteer. Still can’t find one? You may not actually be on festival grounds any longer. Please return to the awesome free music. 

grupo presidio

This week's Thursday Night Live band is Grupo Presidio, a Latin band that is sure to get you dancing! To celebrate Grupo Presidio and the diverse local music scene they are a part of, we present this special blog in both English and Spanish. ¡Disfruta!

One of the best things about our free Thursday Night Live series is that it gives everyone a chance to see how diverse and amazing our local music scene is and how deep it really does run. It showcases the amount of talent that calls Northern Colorado home and it puts a spotlight on hidden gems. One of those diverse and hidden gems is Greeley based Grupo Presidio. The band have blended together an eclectic mix of Latin influence into their own signature sound that keeps audiences dancing the night away and coming back for more. Not only do they bring the fun, but they bring their A game by putting a ton of their personal effort into benefits and community events, continually giving back to their fans and their causes. Make sure to stop by Old Town Square this Thursday July 28th for a night of good music, good people and good times with Grupo Presidio. Watch their video below and make sure to bring your dancing shoes!!

En Español: Grupo Presidio – Música para unir a las comunidades

Una de las cosas mejores de nuestro “Thursday Night Live” serie gratis es que todos pueden disfrutar la oportunidad de ver la diversidad y la calidad de talento de nuestra escena musical local aquí en Colorado Norte. Una de esas joyas ocultas es Grupo Presidio basado en Greeley. La banda ha combinado una mezcla ecléctica de influencia latina en su propio sonido característico que mantiene la audiencia bailando toda la noche y regresando por más. La banda demuestra dedicación admirable para su comunidad, sus fanáticos, y sus causas. No se pierda la oportunidad de ver Grupo Presidio este jueves 28 de julio para una noche de buena música, buena gente y buenos momentos. Mira su vídeo y recuerden de traer tus zapatos de baile! 

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As cliche as it may be, I love finding out how bands come up with their name. It's a tough job to figure something that captures the essence of the group while still being original and not "lame" or "hokey". Denver based rock band My Body Sings Electric chose Walt Whitman's poem I Sing the Body Electric. And like Whitman, these guys embody a transition as well; a fine line between rock and pop as well as being a musicians band and a crowd band. They've found the perfect balance by crossing over to a large audience and steadily building a following on a national level. My Body Sings Electric is lauded as one of the next break out bands from our state. They've licensed music to Showtime, MTV, Bravo, Fox Sports and the Discovery Channel, they've performed as part of the Warped Tour, they've toured across the country numerous times and they've conquered radio by winning Channel 93.3 KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays. This summer they're coming to wow the fans at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. You can see them on Saturday August 13th on the Linden Street Stage from 5:40 - 6:25.  Check out the hit video Doctor from My Body Sings Electric below and mark them as a MUST SEE ACT at the festival this year.

Surprise!! It's The Holler!

This week's Thursday Night Live performance in Old Town Square has been billed as a "surprise show" all summer long and local music fans have speculated about who it might be. Well, the cat is officially out of the bag and we couldn't be more excited to announce it's none other than a Fort Collins' favorite, The Holler! Fronted by Michael Kirkpatrick, who might be the most recognized musician in Colorado with his signature mustache, the band have been playing to packed houses around the region for over a decade. They've cornered the market on "Folkadelic Rock" by blending bluegrass, jamgrass, mando music and more with style. They love what they do and you can feel the passion and energy pulsate through the crowd with each song. You'll want to be right up front to dance the night away this Thursday July 21st from 7 - 9 PM. Join us in Old Town Square to witness The Holler! in action. Check them out (below) from a Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest past and get geared up for this barn burner!

Dressy Bessy - Indie Rock Pioneers Return to BoNi

They're back and better than ever! Denver indie rock pioneers Dressy Bessy will be returning to Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest this year with their brand new album, King Sized (2016). The group broke in the late 90s and helped establish Colorado music in the national scene with songs featured in film and a TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly. Fronted by super hip and fashion forward Tammy Ealom and featuring members of The Apples in Stereo, they toured relentlessly and packed venues across the country for years. Fans have anxiously awaited the release of new music after the band took a short hiatus, so it's super exciting to welcome them back to our stages to share their new sound with Fort Collins. Dressy Bessy will be performing on the Linden St Stage at 2:15 PM on Sunday August 14th. Check out their hit song Electrified that propelled them into the national spotlight and get ready for a fun party!

Explore the History of the Armory Building

With 109 years under its belt and a storied past to match, the Fort Collins Armory has earned its place on the National Registry of Historic Places. These days, Bohemian Nights uses the space for Concerts at the Armory, year-round ticketed performances that pair a national artist with a local act. Before its current use, however, the building served a variety of purposes. So let’s step back in time and explore the rich history of the Armory!

Fort Collins’ First National Guard Armory

The Armory was designed in 1907 by architect Arthur Garbutt and constructed by local company M.G. Conely with local brick. It cost $18,000 to build, which equates to around $460,000 today. Located at 314 E Mountain Avenue, the building served as Fort Collins’ first permanent armory and housed around 60 National Guardsmen in Company F.

Guardsmen would hold drill practice as local citizens watched from the mezzanine. The building was also used as a community center for conventions, events and even Friday night boxing matches! The basement of the Armory featured a shooting range, marble-floored showers and horse stables. The drill hall and officers’ quarters were located on the first floor, while enlisted men’s quarters resided on the second floor.

Roller Skates, Washing Machines and More

In 1922, the National Guard vacated the Armory for a new property on College Avenue. The original building was repurposed as a roller rink, putting its smooth maple floors to good use. For most of the century, however, the Armory housed a laundromat. For 44 years, Paramount Laundry ran a successful laundry and dry cleaning business in the space.

After its long stint as a laundromat, Paramount Laundry closed its storefront and the Armory sat vacant for six years. The building became increasingly dilapidated, filled with pigeons and seemingly beyond repair, until a local business bought and renovated it in 2000. Over the next decade, it housed various businesses and retail shops.

Bohemian Nights Presents Concerts at the Armory

In 2011, Bohemian purchased the Armory and transformed it into a concert space. The first concert featured artists Ruthie Foster and Cary Morin on June 27, 2014.

Even today, the Armory’s fort-like architecture echoes its origins. A crenulated roofline fits the standard for armory architecture, emulating a sturdy castle or fortress. Inside, four-story ceilings rise over the original maple floors that speak of time spent underneath the boots of National Guardsmen, wheels of roller skates and metal edges of washers and dryers. The building is old and new at once. Its décor and renovations meld antique character with a modern feel.

Throughout the year, concert-goers fill the space. They come for both the national acts and local performers to enjoy the intimate listening experience that the Armory provides. Concerts at the Armory breathe new life into a building that has stood the test of time for more than a century.

Find out more about Concerts at the Armory and purchase tickets to an upcoming concert.

Mama Lenny & The Remedy - Bringing the Soul to TNL!

If you're looking for a soul punch that's sure to get you moving on the dance floor, then look no further than Fort Collins' own Mama Lenny & the Remedy. Blending together an R&B smoothness with ripping blues rock riffs, the group have kept Colorado grooving with their tight vocal harmonies and energetic stage presence for over 5 years. They have become a staple across the region and even represented the hometown on a tour to Alaska last summer. I should probably disclose at this point in the story that I'm the trumpet player, but you might already know that. Even so, this is one show that I would highly recommend as it offers something for everyone. Check out a clip of Mama Lenny & the Remedy in action below and get yourself ready to see them this Thursday Night, July 14th as part of our FREE TNL summer series in Old Town Square from 7 PM - 9 PM.

Kids LOVE Music Too!

The live music experience is such an important part of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Seeing bands, meeting artists, learning about the local scene... BUT did you know that you can also explore the instruments too? Our Kids' Music Adventure features an instrument petting zoo where children of all ages can touch and play strings, brass, woodwinds, drums and more. Volunteers help our youngest audience embrace live music from the ground up because let's face it, kids want to be part of fun too and help create the sounds they love!

From personal experience, I can honestly say that our family is so thankful to have opportunities where we can not only enjoy live music performances but also make sure Mattie Lou (our now 3 year old) is having a good time too. Living in a community like Fort Collins allows us the lifestyle where live music is not viewed as a privilege for special occasions but that every occasion should be celebrated with live music and that live music should always be celebrated.

Kids LOVE Music Too!

Mary Flower

Here's something awesome to cure your Monday Blues!! We've got a couple of amazing shows coming to The Armory that you will definitely want to know about. On August 26th, we can't wait to welcome Mary Flower to our stage. Known internationally as an award winning finger picking guitarist, she has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion, the Calgary Folk Festival and more. A respected musician in our scene since her days in Denver, she has not only perfected fingerstyle acoustic - blues picking, but she's carried the torch for the art form. Mary Flower will be opening for The Taj Mahal Trio on August 26th at this must see show!!

Gabrielle Louise

Gabrielle Louise has a hauntingly beautiful approach to songwriting. Her style captivates an audience with a lush prose that draws you in to hear each story that she has tell. She is able to connect in a very personal way with every individual in a room and the sincerity of the performance leaves you enchanted. Gabrielle Louise will bring her original folk sounds to our stage on September 24th with Tom Paxton in yet another must see show. Make sure to get your tickets early for these special nights of music!

Why Paying Musicians Matters

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is such a wonderful gift to our community. This weekend celebrates local musicians in a festival setting where anyone can attend and enjoy the talent for FREE. There is no cost to the general public to check out a new band or watch an old favorite. But what a lot of people may not realize is that all of those musicians are being paid for performing which is a HUGE DEAL!

Supporting your local music scene not only by attending shows but also making sure that the artist is paid is part of the big picture. Exposure is great but let's face it; playing for a huge crowd or for a prestigious event will not pay your bills. The ugly reality of a musician's world is that you're not always compensated. There are times when you show up for a gig and you don't know if you'll get paid when you get off stage. You are asked multiple times a week to play a benefit or to play for a business because they can give you an audience or can maybe spring for pizza. I can't think of another career where someone is expected to work for free, buy their own tools, have no benefits, no retirement plan and work another job to support this career.

That is why it's important that musicians are compensated with actual money. And let's be honest, this subject makes people uncomfortable but it is a conversation we have to have if we're serious about growing our scene and really making Fort Collins a music city. By placing real value on music and the arts, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is investing in a vibrant community. Musicians and artists are one of the things that makes Fort Collins such a great place to live.

So when you are out at the festival; enjoying the weekend and finding new favorite bands, I want you to think about our musicians on stage with those huge smiles on their faces. And I want to let you in on a secret. Those big smiles are genuine because not only do those musicians get to play for a huge crowd at a prestigious festival, they know when they get off stage that they are going to be paid (and there's probably some delicious food in the green room... and it's not pizza).

Kutandara Marimba Experience - Full Stage of World Sounds

It's not everyday that you see a 10 piece band on the Old Town Square Stage! This Thursday you can not only see one but you can dance the night away to their African beats. Colorado's own Kutandara Marimba Experience will be bringing their high energy polyrhythmic performance to Fort Collins as part of our Thursday Night Live concert series. The group perform across the region as an audience favorite that features their 7 piece marimba section! You'll want to be front row and center for this performance. Check out the video below and get excited for Kutandara Marimba Experience this Thursday July 7th from 7 PM - 9 PM.

Blue Grama

Is this really the last Thursday in June?!? Have we already had a full month of amazing FREE music as part of our Thursday Night Live concert series in Old Town Square?!? Well, if we're going to end the month this week, we should definitely go out with a bang - or some good old fashioned bluegrass!! Blue Grama are all of those things and more. Hailing from right here in Fort Collins, this group captures the essence of summer: carefree, spontaneous, sunny and fun. The group seamlessly blends the sounds of the Appalachians with the Rocky Mountains to break new ground while maintaining elements of the traditional. You'll want to join in the fun this Thursday June 30th from 7 PM - 9 PM with Blue Grama when they ride their party train into Old Town Square. Check out their contagious spirit in the video below and get ready to get down!

Volunteer Scott

Community involvement is fundamental to Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Without volunteers, the festival simply could not take place! In fact, many dedicated festival volunteers enjoy helping out so much that they come back year after year. Although we have nearly 400 volunteers each year, we would like to shine the spotlight on two of our dedicated volunteers — Gertie Robertson and Scott Slusher.

Scott Slusher

One of our awesome volunteers is Scott Slusher (pictured above). Scott works for Otter Products and is the lead singer of local band The Swashbuckling Doctors. He has volunteered for the festival the past three years, helping out with setup and artist hospitality. Scott says his passion for local music is what motivates him to volunteer.

“As a singer of a local band myself, I am deeply thankful for the opportunity Bohemian Nights has given us. We have an incredibly talented and creative local music scene that deserves to be heard and showcased,” explains Scott. “Volunteering is a way to express my appreciation and admiration for the festival.”

Gertie Robertson

Gertie Robertson is another one of our stand-out volunteers — she has been volunteering for the festival for the past six years! Although she started out just looking for something to do, she ended up returning to the festival year after year. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a great fit for her, as she says she “likes working with people and trying new things.”

Gertie helps out with pre-festival activities and Kids’ Music Adventure. She has several great memories from her time at Kids’ Music Adventure in particular. She says her favorite memory is when she “watched a child realize that he could make a sound out of an instrument, like the French horn or the euphonium.”

All Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest volunteers definitely have one thing in common — they make the festival possible and help provide a unique gift to their community.

For more information about volunteering or to sign up, click here. There are several different positions and shifts available, so you can choose something that suits your skills, interests and schedule. We hope to see you at the festival this year!

Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene - Ready to Rock Old Town!

If you're ready for the party to get started, well let's just say you're in luck. There's not a lot of bands that can throw down quite like Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene! Featuring a high energy stage show of some of the most seasoned musicians in Colorado, this band gets every crowd moving. Mixing rockabilly, soul and good ole rock and roll into a sound and experience that can only be called serious entertainment. Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene are coming for you this Thursday June 23rd on Old Town Square from 7PM - 9PM as part of our TNL lineup. Here's a teaser, just to get you warmed up!

All Colorado Lineup Announcement

{For more info & set times, please click HERE}

That, my friends, is what you call one glorious lineup. This year Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is proud to announce our 1st ever ALL COLORADO LINEUP. You may not realize it, but this is a huge feat for not only the festival itself but for the Colorado music scene and also for our community. How amazing is it that we have so much talent in this state, that we are able to deliver a weekend showcasing how diverse and wonderful our local music scene is?!? We have national acts, established local favorites and a variety of up and coming talent for everyone to enjoy.  It hits every goal of the Bohemian Nights mission to Showcase, Reveal and Share our love of local music with all of you. So we hope you will take a minute to think about how lucky we are to live in a place that encourages and supports musicians, that our community is home to a hot spot of homegrown talent and that we are looked at as a musical destination on a national scale. Enjoy being part of this momentous occasion as you scour through each act on the website to plan your weekend of stage hopping! I will end by saying how proud I am of all us (yes that includes you!) for making something that seemed like a pipe dream come to life - AN ALL COLORADO LINEUP!!

{Saturday Headliner THE FRAY with their hit song "How to Save a Life", certified 3X platinum by the RIAA}

Blues DoGS

The Blues DoGS have been entertaining crowds in Colorado for over 10 years. They mix blues, rock and soul into their own sound that creates an explosive stage show to keep audiences dancing. One thing the band is particularly good at is highlighting the musicianship of each individual; be it one of their vocalists, their horn section, the rhythm section or a soloist - everyone gets their moment to shine on this stage.  We're excited to welcome the Blues DoGS to our Thursday Night Live concert series this week in Old Town Square from 7 PM - 9 PM. Watch their high energy set from the CSU Lagoon Series below and get excited to see them this Thursday June 16th!

Whippoorwill

Nothing goes better with cowboys boots than love songs and sassy ladies, which is what makes Whippoorwill one of the best country duos around. Partners in life and on stage, Alysia Kraft (of the Patti Fiasco) and Staci Foster are the perfect blend of wild country and rock roll. Their stage shows are beautiful with tender moments and sly smiles that draw the audience into an intimate setting. They leave you walking away from a performance with a warm feeling and a laugh. That's why we think you'll love seeing Whippoorwill with Colin Hay on July 6th at our Concerts at the Armory. See these ladies in action below and make sure to get your tickets for this sell out show!

 

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.