Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene
Roots band Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene plays Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest on Sunday, Aug. 11.
Learn more about frontwoman Kerry Pastine and her work in the Colorado music community in this Q&A, and check out the band’s performance at the festival!
What do you enjoy most about playing festivals like this one? What can festivalgoers look forward to at your performance?
We’re so excited to be playing here again! Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is at the top of my festival list for so many reasons. First off, there’s nothing quite like Fort Collins’ love. Your hospitality is big and beautiful with such an inviting spirit, whether in the crowd or on the stage. We’re releasing a new album this summer so we are excited to play our new material at the show.
What’s the best aspect of being part of the Colorado music scene? Who are some favorite local artists of yours at the moment – anyone you’re especially excited to see or connect with at the festival?
For me, the best aspect of being a part of the Colorado music scene is the community. I’ve been performing in Colorado for over 25 years so my community feels like a dream. Just to be able to see all my friends at a festival is a high point, but I also love getting to see what everyone has been up to and how hard they’ve been working. I’m particularly excited to see Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Sugar Britches and Señorita Sometimes.
How do you see the Colorado music scene evolving, especially in terms of gender equality in the industry? How do you see yourself as part of that evolution?
The Colorado music scene is certainly evolving in terms of gender equality. I think a lot of that has to do with parenting, music academies like Mojo’s Music Academy and School of Rock, and youth programs affiliated with local genres, like the Colorado Blues Society and Girls Rock. I think my longevity has inspired other girls and women to go for their dreams, but there’s still work to be done to achieve full equality, which brings up your next question …
You’re a founder of the Facebook group SHE.E.O., which advocates for gender equality in the music community. Can you tell us more about how the group came to be, its role in the Northern Colorado music landscape, and what hopes & goals you have for the future?
SHE.E.O. stands for She Entertainment Organization. The concept came to me earlier this year after hearing so many disheartening stories from female musicians. I have heard stories like these throughout my life, but women are speaking out about it more now and it felt like the perfect time for action. Throughout history, women have been taught to put up with inequality or ignore it, as a result we must work hard and fight for our rightful place. Today, we are certainly working hard and fighting for our rightful place, but with a healthier mindset and much needed solidarity. The goal for SHE.E.O. is to build a dialogue, work toward positive change and provide a support system for female musicians.
I picked a core group of women to represent different areas of interest and locations and it looks like it’s working! Jessica Rogalski from Mojomama and Shawna Stratton from South to Cedars represent Northern Colorado. Because we’re all busy, we agreed to let this community grow on its own through online support, offering our own unique talents and qualifications. When we meet, we cover topics like social media, pay rates and how to deal with issues of inequality. One of our future goals is to plan a SHE.E.O. concert with all female-fronted bands with sponsorship from female-run companies. Because we all have so much love and respect for one another and there are so many talented women in this group, I see it growing into something powerful for us and future generations.
Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest
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