Prep for the Festival with these 5 Bands!


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. 

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.