The Downtown Artery will host My So-Called Bash on Friday, Oct. 26, with three different stages of music and ’90s karaoke. Downstairs is alt/grunge/rock/pop and upstairs will have a dance party with DJs spinning ’90s hip-hop, rap and R&B. Mike Adams from The Artery and Jessi Reed from the Music District co-organized the first annual event.
“It’s the ‘90s-themed Halloween party for people to get down, hear cool local bands playing nostalgic jams, and just party like it’s 1995,” says co-organizer Reed. “If you like music, the 1990s and Halloween, you will have a blast.”
The lineup features local Fort Collins bands:
“I’ve wanted to do a night like this ever I since I moved to Fort Collins about a year and a half ago … where tons of bands cover artists from a certain era,” Reed says. “When I lived in Seattle, I put on a few ’90s-themed events (a giant Britpop dance party and a 90s Undead Prom). For this event, I partnered up with the amazing Mike Adams from The Artery, and we decided to do this thing and make it a big ol’ Halloween shebang.”
Reed grew up in Fort Collins but spent many years in Seattle, where she played in a band called Tea Cozies and was the programming overlord at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). “It was a rad place to be with tons of cool opportunities to partner with world-class musicians, filmmakers and creative humans,” Reed says. “I got to run large-scale concerts, screenings, festivals and exhibition openings and events for the likes of Star Wars, Jim Henson, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Star Trek, Game of Thrones and many more.”
To set the mood for the Bash, here are Reed’s ’90s likes and dislikes:
“For fashion, I dig overalls.
For song — yikes. Too hard to choose just one so here are a couple:
Fav song for awkward slow dances: ‘I Swear,’ by All4One.
Fav ’90s rocker: ‘Basket Case,’ by Green Day.
Fav ’90s dance party jam: ‘Shoop,’ by Salt n Pepa.
Fav 90s deep cut: ‘Stutter,’ by Elastica.
Fav 90s karaoke jam: ‘Common People,’ by Pulp.
Fav 90s guilty pleasure: All Spice Girls. All the time.
The 90s song I wish was never written: ‘All Star,’ by Smash Mouth. This song sends me into a pit of despair. (I hope you’re reading this, Hayden.)”
Reed’s goal for this event and any that she puts together is “to create as much of an immersive, Turbo-themed vibe as possible, bring people together, and make it an authentic (and radical) occasion.”