DISCOVER AN EXPANDING COLORADO MUSIC SCENE AT BOHEMIAN NIGHTS AT NEWWESTFEST

NEWWESTFEST. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2019 festival will take place Aug. 9, 10 and 11.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2019 festival will take place Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest

By: Meghan Pipe

Each year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest lineup is a snapshot of what our local music scene looks and sounds like. It’s a weekend of music discovery and a chance to see how many amazing musicians call Colorado home. Now in its 15th year, the event draws festivalgoers to Downtown Fort Collins for three days of live Colorado music, anchored each evening by national headliner performances.

“I’ve been a part of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest since the beginning,” said Greta Cornett, a member of the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest booking committee and a local musician herself. “2005 was the first year of Bohemian Nights music, and I performed then with 12 Cents for Marvin on the old Walnut Street stage. We played with the Motet, who headlined the festival last year (in 2018). They were just a fun local band way back then. There has always been great music coming from the Rocky Mountains, and being able to catch a band before they go to that next level and support them from the beginning of their journey is so important and fun.”

One artist on the rise performing at the festival this year is Fort Collins hip-hop artist Boss Eagle, whose self-made, self-promoted “The Firebird Album” debuted on the Billboard charts in late 2017. He said that performing at the festival for the first time means getting to connect with audiences who might not otherwise attend a show in his genre. “Festivals have a built-in mechanism for displaying diverse musical styles. Plus, I’m still fairly new in the scene, so festivals are nice because the crowd is already there for the music.”

Fort Collins hip-hop artist Boss Eagle plays Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Fort Collins hip-hop artist Boss Eagle plays Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest on Saturday, Aug. 10. Photo courtsey of Bohemian Nights.

Another new name on the festival lineup this year is Lady Gang, a solo project by established Denver-based artist Jen Korte. As Lady Gang, Korte live-loops with her “gang” of instruments – a beat machine, loop station, bass, guitar and vocals. “People love to watch me balance performing and beat-building,” said Korte. “I get a lot of, ‘Man, I don’t know how you manage to do all of that at once!’ which I take as a compliment since it’s taken me about four years to master what I’m doing. I love performing live. It is a proud moment for me to execute these songs in front of an audience after spending so much time putting them together.”

Denver musician Jen Korte and her gang of instruments and looping pedals perform as Lady Gang at this year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
Denver musician Jen Korte and her gang of instruments and looping pedals perform as Lady Gang at this year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Photo courtesy of Lady Gang website.

When asked which Colorado artists she’s excited about these days, Korte said there are so many – great new bands, and bands that have been around for a while – including fellow festival artists Porlolo, The Still Tide, The Milk Blossoms and Los Mocochetes. “The list goes on,” Korte said, “and I can proudly say that many are my friends. I am most excited to see my best friends, Alysia Kraft and Staci Foster of Whippoorwill, open for Bonnie Raitt. It’s been such a journey to watch all of us grow.”

Bonnie Raitt headlines Saturday, 8:00 PM. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

That sense of support for fellow Colorado artists is echoed by Kerry Pastine, whose band Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene returns to the festival this year. “For me, the best aspect of being a part of the Colorado music scene is the community,” said Pastine. “I’ve been performing in Colorado for over 25 years, so my community feels like a dream. I love getting to see what everyone has been up to and how hard they’ve been working.”

Roots band Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene plays Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest on Sunday, Aug. 11 Old Town Square Stage 4:20 - 5:00 PM.Photo by Leslie Van Stelten
Roots band Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene plays Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest on Sunday, Aug. 11 Old Town Square Stage 4:20 – 5:00 PM. Photo by Leslie Van Stelten

The band is eager to share new material from an album released this summer. “We’re excited to be back at the festival this year,” Pastine continued. “There’s nothing quite like Fort Collins’ love. The hospitality is big and beautiful with such an inviting spirit, whether in the crowd or on the stage.”

One festival stage – the Kids’ Music Adventure Stage – is dedicated entirely to the newest generation of Colorado artists. One group slated to perform is Youth Music Collective, a band comprised of talented high school musicians who have graduated from Little Kids Rock programs in Northern Colorado. Rafael Boyle, a member of Youth Music Collective, said that he’s learned a lot from being a part of the Colorado music scene. “I remember a long time ago I thought that the scene here was all just bluegrass,” Boyle said. “But there’s so much different stuff going on. As I’ve grown up in the Colorado music scene, I got exposed to all different types of people and musicians in Colorado.”

Youth Music Collective. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
Youth Music Collective. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

“I feel like because of the Colorado scene I’ve changed my technique and the way I approach music because of the people I play with,” said Boyle’s bandmate Nathaniel Morris. “Colorado is a great place to grow in music because there are so many great artists to help you learn and be more diverse and become a better musician all around. And for me that’s exactly what’s happening.”

Greta Cornett Marketing and Talent Coordinator of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
Greta Cornett Marketing and Talent Coordinator of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Photo from Scene Archives.

When asked how a festival attendee might dive into the lineup, Cornett said that tools like the Bohemian Nights app and the music guide distributed at the festival are useful for navigating the weekend, though every person has their own strategy for enjoying a weekend jam-packed with live music.

“I love hearing how different people plan their festival,” said Cornett. “There’s the weekend warrior who tries to stop by every performance, even if it’s just to catch a song; there’s the wanderer who has no set plans but drifts toward whatever strikes their fancy; there’s the planner who has mapped out every artist, every stage and every minute of their experience; and there’s the local music lover who has seen many of these festival artists already and will make it a point to see only the artists they don’t know or haven’t seen live yet. There’s no wrong way to support live music. Making your own path and discovering new music is part of the fun.”

2016 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights.
2016 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

BOHEMIAN NIGHTS AT NEWWESTFEST

When: Aug. 9, 10, 11 Where: Downtown Fort Collins

For the full lineup of 80+ Colorado artists and more festival information, download the Bohemian Nights mobile app or visit bohemiannights.org.

 

HEADLINERS

Headliner performances take place on the Mountain Ave. Stage. Saturday night’s headliner performance by Bonnie Raitt will be simulcast on large screens located in Library Park and Old Town Square.

 

Tank and The Bangas Friday, 8:45 PM: Tank and the Bangas
Tank and The Bangas Friday, 8:45 PM. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
Friday, 8:45 PM: Tank and the Bangas

 

 

Saturday, 8:00 PM: Bonnie Raitt Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights.
Saturday, 8:00 PM: Bonnie Raitt Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
Saturday, 8:00 PM: Bonnie Raitt
Sunday, 5:30 PM: Andrew Bird. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights.
Sunday, 5:30 PM: Andrew Bird. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

 

Sunday, 5:30 PM: Andrew Bird

 

Download the Bohemian App

 

DOWNLOAD THE BOHEMIAN MUSIC APP Download the official app for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest and Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live. Click the links below or search "Bohemian Music" in the App Store and Google Play.
DOWNLOAD THE BOHEMIAN MUSIC APP
Download the official app for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest and Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live. Click the links below or search “Bohemian Music” in the App Store and Google Play.

Download the Bohemian App

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