From the Publisher: August 2018

Dear the New SCENE readers, Here we are in the full bloom of summer with its vibrant greens, its stunning display of wild flowers, its family-friendly outdoor grilling events, and among others, the ARISE music festival on August 3 to 5 on the Sunrise Ranch in Loveland and the NewWestFest on August 10, 11, and 12 in Fort Collins. Many of us will plan “staycations” and with good reason. With the beauty [...]

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest: A three-day celebration of a year-round music scene

By: Meghan Pipe There are a lot of numbers that represent the inner workings of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. There’s 365: the number of individual paid festival artists – which is to say, every festival artist. 45: the number of golf carts zipping around, delivering ice (15,000 pounds of it!), water, supplies, and people. And 1,200: the number of hours volunteered to make this free community event happen. Why does [...]


SHEL at the Magic Rat in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Cynthia Wilson

SHEL: Roots, Songwriting, and Success

Sweet memories linger in the hearts of the sisters SHEL when they talk about Bohemian Nights at New West Fest. SHEL is a band of sisters: Eva, Hannah, Sarah and Liza Holbrook, who was born in a five-year span, now all in their 20s, raised in a beatnik-and art-centered family in Fort Collins. They hit the Mountain Avenue Stage at noon Saturday New West Fest. “Sarah says, “You know, growing [...]

Dance4SWAY presents Shimmy

Memorizing Choreography, Electrifying Presence, Serpentine Grace, Mystifying Layering, Exquisite Technique, Rhythmic Precision, Artful Creativity translates into Belly Dance Sensation – Mesmera who will be joining belly dance, Bollywood, samba, jazz dancers and drummers at Dance4SWAY Presents SHIMMY in the Magnolia Theater in the Lincoln Center on Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26, 2018. Tickets are available at   Due to public demand they have expanded to host an [...]

The CSU Suite in the Elizabeth Hotel.

5 ways you can enjoy the Elizabeth Hotel During Bohemian Nights at New West Fest

Have you experienced a hotel that is music-centric? The newly opened Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Fort Collins with two bars operated by Sage Restaurant Group has musically inspired details woven into every experience. The hotel is a gathering place that welcomes the community to build and grow within the walls and spaces that are elegant in design and thoughtful in approach. Here are the top 5 ways you can enjoy the [...]

Foothills Announces September Equinox Festival

Heading toward the completion of it’s 3rd Annual Summer Sunday’s concert series, Foothills has scheduled a grand finale live music event, the Equinox Festival, on Saturday, September 22 at 3p.m. on the East Lawn. The free Equinox Festival will feature three headliner bands, free family entertainment, including face painters, balloon artists and more, plus food samples from the great mix of restaurants at Foothills. “The Fort Collins community has made [...]

Diverted Eyes album by Fat Stallion releases in August

Fort Collins-based band Fat Stallion releases their debut album Diverted Eyes on August 11, 2018. Diverted Eyes was recorded independently at Diverted Studios with band member Jack Elliott as producer/sound engineer. Consisting of pop songs and rock ballads within their Experience Rock genre, Diverted Eyes is a ten-song album declaring that no matter who you are, what your past may be, or what path you may have taken before, it is [...]

The Lyric has a great lineup coming up

When you step into the Lyric on North College, you will see what Fort Collins Movie watching is really all about. Ditch the “chain” movie theaters and try something with some local flavor for a change. Sip a beer, eat some food and watch some really cool indie movies. Production quality and values on indie movies these day are far improved. A night at the Lyric is a true Northern [...]

Kids Eat Free (And Almost Free) in Fort Collins

If you’ve got a lot of little ones at home, not a clue what you’re going to make for dinner, and your budget is tight, don’t look any further. Here’s a list of places kids can eat free (or for cheap) on any day of the week in Fort Collins. Seven days a week kids can eat free at IHOP with an adult purchase from 4-9pm and at Serious Texas [...]


Charlie Parr. Photo by Nate Ryan

Charlie Parr Minnesota Folk Comes to Fort Collins

A shy man from Duluth, Minn., with 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, and 200,000 well-lived miles, comes to Fort Collins for two days, Aug. 17-18 at the Swing Station, presented by Go West T-Shirt Company, Billy Goat Moving, and New Belgium Brewing. “I started playing in Fort Collins a long, long time ago at Surfside 7. It was at least 12 or 14 years ago. It’s been [...]

Top 5 Food Trucks in Northern Colorado

1. The Waffle Lab (serving the Fort Collins surrounding area) Founded in April 2012 in Old Towne Fort Collins, The Waffle Lab specializes in gourmet Belgian-style Liege waffles. Using their signature “classic” waffle as the base, they then create amazing sweet and savory waffle combinations. Made from yeast-leavened dough (not a batter) and specially imported Belgian pearl sugar, the waffles are baked at the perfect temperature and are caramelized on [...]

Ayla Nereo‎ will perform at Sister Winds Festival among other women musicians.

10th Annual Sister Winds Festival at Mishawaka Amphitheatre

Sister Winds started on a farm 10 years ago from a dream and a vision of a women-centric festival. Sister Winds is at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on Aug. 26. The festival is a one-day event with musicians, speakers, delicious vegan food, unique vendors, shamans and more. The event is sponsored by the Mishawaka, with proceeds going to Water, Trees, and People. The festival is Shaela Noella’s labor of love. Shaela [...]

Little Kids Rock Presents the Modern Band Summit at CSU

At a time when music education programs continue to be eliminated across the United States public school system, over 500 public school music teachers, higher education leaders, and public-school district art supervisors from across America gathered at Colorado State University for the sixth annual four-day intensive Modern Band Summit. The Modern Band Summit is a music conference presented by Little Kids Rock – a national nonprofit organization that helps train [...]

Darren Garvey at Loveland Art Space.Photo by Cynthia Wilson.

Darren Garvey: Songwriting, Transitions and Growth

Darren Garvey, the drummer of Elephant Revival, just released his sophomore solo album, Heart Attack Sleeves. He has been writing more songs than he can record in a timely fashion, so he decided to challenge himself to share a new song each week for the entire year in what he’s calling his 2018 Song Share. Both the new EP and online Song Share come at a time when his touring [...]

CSU kicks off 2nd season of ‘Stadium Sessions’ with live music before home football games

This fall Colorado State University will host another exciting season of “Stadium Sessions,” a series of free, live outdoor performances by top Colorado bands before every home football game. CSU elevated the home-game experience last year with the addition of live music, to celebrate the inaugural season of its on-campus football stadium. On Friday nights before Saturday home games, between 4 and 6 p.m., a Colorado band will perform at [...]

CPW urges anglers to be kind to heat-stressed trout; fish early, high-altitude waters

Bill Vogrin CPW SE Region PIO DENVER, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging anglers statewide to consider trout fishing early in the day and in higher altitude lakes and streams as hot, dry conditions and reduced flows are stressing trout. Heat and drought have pushed water temperatures to dangerous levels across much of Colorado, depleting oxygen levels and leaving trout vulnerable. Trout thrive around 50 degrees, get more lethargic [...]

Fall Harvest Brewfest brings beer with pedigree

By Cari Frank A brewfest for brewers?  You bet. “Over the past decade, brewers have said this is one of their favorite events. We’ve been lucky enough to have many of the actual brewers pouring because they love the vibe, the community and the opportunity to support Animal House {Rescue}”, says Cari Frank, a producer of the event. “When we started out in 2009, it was on a whim after being [...]

Colorado Heritage Journey 2018, Cache La Poudre, South Park, and Sangre De Christo

Revisit the State’s Heritage by journeying along the Colorado Trail July 23, 2018 – This summer, visitor and locals can once again visit all three National Heritage Areas by checking out the Colorado Heritage Journey landing page. Along the way, visitors will learn about the history and heritage that ties us all together from a new perspective: Jordan Williams, Assistant Program Manager for the Poudre Heritage Alliance, will be hiking [...]

DJ Tarkus brings love for video games into a radio show

DJ Tarkus, an Ethnics Studies major at CSU and host of “Video game Vertigo,” brings their love for video games into their radio show at KCSU every week. DJ Tarkus, aka Syd, was 8-years-old when they first started playing video games. Syd’s parents bought their family’s first playstation and their parents “[apparently] didn’t know what a memory card was.” Syd ended up playing to finish the game every time and [...]

Bohemian Foundation Seeks Grant Applicants

Mary Timby What: Bohemian Foundation today announced that Pharos Fund is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Pharos Fund is a responsive grantmaking initiative of Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs. Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Who: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or a governmental unit serving a charitable purpose. Private foundations, type III non-functionally-integrated supporting organizations, and programs and projects under fiscal sponsorship [...]

Acupuncture to the Rescue! Relieving the Physical Effects of Touring

Featuring Greensky Bluegrass’ Dave Bruzza As touring musicians can attest, life on the road can be a rewarding yet challenging lifestyle. Loving what they do, musicians travel city to city, playing show after show, which is very physically demanding. Let’s take the role of the guitarist for example: commonly the fret bar is held in the left hand, strumming is done with the right, and the guitar itself is strapped [...]

FROM SAUR TO SOAR: The synergy of art and science

By Gary Raham North Forty News Full disclosure: This article will surely be biased since it is about my own art exhibit. That noted, I still hope to entice you to visit the Loveland Museum/Gallery between August 4 and December 2 this year. The museum, an amazing treasure in the community of Loveland—known to describe itself as “a work of art”—sits at the corner of 5th Street and Lincoln. I [...]

Schraders Ticket to Savings

Imagine being a VIP at the biggest and best events in Northern Colorado.  Kyle Schrader, Director of Marketing at Schraders, did just that. As an avid attendee of concerts and live events he often wondered just how people got to sit in the front row, meet the artists and attend the VIP parties.  Those questions launched what became Schraders Ticket to Savings. A monthly register to win promotion featuring exclusive [...]

Mama Lenny & the Remedy to headline August Wellington concert series

TABBY ROAD ANIMAL HOSPITAL’S WELLINGTON CO MAIN STREETS PROGRAM’S WOMEN OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES By Annie Lindgren Wellington Main Streets Program The crowd will be dancing at the final concert in this year’s Wellington Summer Concert Series!  Energy filled jazz, soul, funk, and disco will flow from Centennial Park in downtown Wellington. The concert series is hosted by the Wellington Colorado Main Streets Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the [...]

Surround Sound Bash coming to The Music District in Fort Collins

Save the Date! Find your place in music at the Music District’s 2nd anniversary party! Check out live performances, multimedia interactives, photo ops, themed activities, food trucks and cash bars, and explore the entire Music District campus with an immersive scavenger hunt game. Saturday, September 20 / Surround Sound Bash 4-9pm / The Music District: 639 S College Ave

FY5 playing at Swing Station.

FY5: New American Roots

Fort Collins based FY5 is an American music band touring the United States and internationally.  The bluegrass and country influenced band formed nine years ago. They have been playing the Front Range ever since. The energetic and dance-inducing performances have been gracing Avogadro’s Number for years and most recently at the Swing Station in Laporte. The five member band’s climb to success was gradual at the beginning, but the band’s focused ability to [...]

Compound Sound a vibrant music festival in the plains of Wyoming

A crew of Denver’s finest has united to bring a new, independent music festival to the Front Range this August: COMPOUND SOUND. Located on a private ranch near Carpenter, Wyoming (1 hour drive from Fort Collins), Compound Sound will bring the best talent in the Colorado music scene up to the prairie for two days of music, camping and vibes. The festival will feature over 30 acts playing more than [...]

Album Review: Timothy John’s album “Hand of Help”

By Jasco Recordium Studios Timothy John approached me a year ago with an amazing batch of acoustic singer songwriter material, all which spoke profound truths from his heart. The result of those recording sessions are Timothy John’s album “Hand of Help” Hand of Help is primarily vocal and solo acoustic guitar, with one piano tune. The songs range from ballads to infectious slapped grooves. His ability to play more than just [...]