Music News

It’s soul, it’s blues, it’s pop, it’s Emma Marie and Branson Camp!

It takes a seasoned artist to transition from Journey to an original blues tune to Norah Jones without missing a beat. In the case of Emma Marie, however, her entire lifetime of singing and performing experience still only adds up to 13 years. Young vocal stuntwoman (and versatile guitarist) Emma Marie was joined by gifted pianist Branson Camp (a whopping two years her senior at 15 years old) for their […]

Music News

Music Videos take over the Lyric Cinema

Last weekend, 10 music videos were produced by creative teams of musicians and filmmakers. This project, called the 53:14 Music Video Experiment, gave filmmakers the task of creating videos with a $500 budget and in 53 hours and 14 minutes. As part of FOCOMX, these videos debuted at the Lyric Cinema last night. The youngest team, spearheaded by Milo Woodward and Cole Scayden, was a group of high school juniors […]


The River Arkansas brings the heat to Odell as a kickoff band for FOCOMX 10

Sunshine, beer and good live music reigned supreme yesterday afternoon at Odell Brewing during one of the first few acts of FOCOMX 10. The Colorado-based band, The River Arkansas, complimented the cold beer with their country/ Americana blend of tunes. Theirs is the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance to, which a few of the more bold members of crowd did. Everything from swing […]

Baby and mom enjoying Sunday Funday Akinz. Photo by Cynthia Wilson

Sunday Funday – Mayday Flowers

Got a bit of Spring fever? Enjoy a day full of florals, spring floral beverages, live painting, live music and ready to plant locally grown veggies on May 20 at 2720 Council Tree Ave, Suite 106 from 12:30-3:30 at Akinz pop up shop Sunday Funday. Suzanne Akin opened her flagship store, Akinz, in Old Town Fort Collins on August 15, 2012. Akinz is a handcrafted lifestyle brand for the adventurer […]


Counting Down to MISSION EARTH: Musicologist Dr. John Pippen

Welcome back to Counting Down to Off the Hook Arts: MISSION EARTH. This week we meet with Colorado State’s own Assistant Professor of Musicology, Dr. John Pippen. Dr. Pippen holds hefty degrees in schools from Tennessee and Ontario, and is now researching the experimental music scene of Chicago. He will present at MISSION EARTH on Sunday July 8th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Gilded Goat Brewery, addressing musical works […]

Jessie Skirball looking around.

Music Review & Chill with 90.5 KCSU FM

Jessie Skirball and I discovered the wondrous Bonny Doon album “Longwave” on our CD review date for 90.5 KCSU FM. Together we discovered the new music of Bonny Doon in a relaxing and intriguing fashion. Music is a insightful way to connect with someone, which makes discovering new music together terrific for a night. In the photos below is Skirball’s and I’s review of “Longwave”. Anyone can do a CD review […]


Fort Collins Phunklord Jason Heller

Jason Heller has been bringing the uplifting soul of Funk music through his unconventional DJing at Funk Club, now taking place every month at the Downtown Artery, 254 Linden St. It begins at 9pm and is only $5, making it easy for all ages to come and experience the wide range of diversity on the dance floor coming together under 70’s and 80’s classic Funk. Heller first fell in love […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

In Case You Missed It: CSU Fashion Show

Colorado State University’s Department Of Design and Merchandising held their annual spring fashion show on April 6. This show is designed and directed completely by students and features showcases from 24 senior class students, handmade stage sets and a student-run marketing and publicity team. This year, they sold out the Lincoln Center a week before the show.  Most student designers have already completed internships with big-name fashion houses and design […]


Blossoms and Butterflies Fundraiser

The Gardens on Spring Creek, located on Centre Avenue have began fundraising to expand their facilities this year to include a butterfly pavilion and larger facilities. Currently the 11 gardens are available to be walked through, ranging from the Children’s Gardens where kids are able to dig around in the soil and learn about gardening, to the Xeric Parkway Strop deisgned by Lauren Springer-Ogden showcasing plants that thrive in inhospitable […]


Get your (pre) Party on with FOCOMX at the Ramskeller

Looking for a way to kick off your weekend with something awesome? Thursday, April 19, the Ramskeller Pub at Colorado State University is hosting a FOCOMX pre-party featuring Slow Caves, Write Minded and Fjord Collins. This afternoon party is not only free, FOCOMX wristbands will be available for a discounted price during the event. CSU students can buy wristbands for $15 and the general public can buy them for $25. […]