All About Music in Fort Collins: by Argento Studios

Tim and Angel were recently interviewed by Cynthia of Argento Studios for an epic look at the Fort Collins music scene. We think it highlights all the best parts of who we are as a town. The article includes in-depth interviews with local heroes like Greta Cornett, Julie Sutter, Erin Roberts and Tim Massa. If you are new to Fort Collins or just curious to learn more about how we work as a music city, this is a must read for musicians and non-musicians alike.

“The thing I have learned because I haven’t been in the music industry except through Cohere Bandwidth is that the people who are supporting the musicians in Fort Collins are musicians. They form the foundation of the fan base.” -Angel

Read the full article: Fort Collins is the Startup City Built on Rock-and-Roll.

Cohere Bandwidth: A Practice Space’s First Year in Review

We’ve compiled data on how many Fort Collins bands rehearse at Cohere Bandwidth, which bands practice the most and our goals for the next year.

Guide to Linden Street: Old Town Fort Collins Part 1

IMG_3496In today’s edition of Cohere Bandwidth’s Hey Neighbor series we go beyond learning about the people in our new shared rehearsal space ‘hood but also the spaces and places. We decided that the only way to truly experience our future home on Linden Street would be to re-home ourselves there for the night. And so the Slumber Partery at the Downtown Artery was conceived in Old Town Fort Collins.

Arrival:

The Artery has just opened up two incredible “pads” on Airbnb where you can vacation or staycation at a super affordable price. Check out the listings

Queen bed with en suite bathroom & Sleeps up to 6. The rooms are especially perfect for touring or visiting musicians. Did we mention there will be a music venue right next door to Cohere Bandwidth!?

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Upon arrival, William toured Angel all around the Artery and introduced her to the artists and their studios as well as their shared event and gallery space.

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It took her a while to move in. Oh wait, done.

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Eat and Greet:

First things first, we had to eat. Luckily our friends at the Artery invited us to their member potluck. Wanting to be good neighbors who enjoy word-play we made Cohere Bandwiches to share. We enjoyed great music while we ate good food and met lots of our new neighbors: artists, musicians and scarf collectors.IMG_3512

Angel and Shane have a coed sleepover with predictable results:

After the potluck, Shane and Angel dished about Christopher McAllister, the *cue-TEST* boy in school.
IMG_3505Shane’s bathroom went to 11. Shane said, “The bathrooms were so spacious I was able to rehearse several dance routines for an upcoming musical about G. Gordon Liddy.”IMG_3510

Shortly after, Angel had to introduce fellow art lovers to the DEFINITIVE piece on 39 Renaissance Babies Who Can’t Even.  Angel has never seen tears squirt out of Julie’s eyes from giggling. Check.IMG_3519

We forgot to photo- document that we also visited our Linden Street Neighbors Pour Brothers Community Tavern with included photo booth, Blind Pig  who scammed us some chips after the kitchen closed b/c Angel was “starving” from staying up so late, and Sunday Supply Co. where we will now visit regularly to fondle softly shirted fabrics.

The Morning After:

Unlimited in-room coffee is bringing this blog post to you right now. Win.
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We don’t want to overdo the compliments but we LOVE all the cool kids at the Artery. It makes the months and months of waiting for the right place for our rehearsal space worth it. We could have picked any old warehouse in any number of places in Fort Collins but our patience was persistent and we persevered in our epic quest for the BEST. Okay, we admit to overdoing the alliteration.

In conclusion:

If you need a team get-away, a vacation or the perfect place to braid your neighbor’s hair, the Pads at the Artery are THE place to do so on Linden Street in Old Town Fort Collins.FullSizeRender (2)

Rehearsal Space: Good News … and Good News

It’s been a bit since we’ve reported from the world of Cohere Bandwidth, our plucky (but plagued with uncertainty) undertaking to create secure, affordable shared rehearsal space for Fort Collins musicians. Since we last posted about progress, we received some city support to help further develop the project. A New York-based digital magazine for freelancers and independent workers asked us to write about our trials and tribulations. In the midst of all that, Cohere opened a second location, giving us a second big sister for Bandwidth. Spring sprung, and musicians started resurfacing from their winter writing and recording caves to begin practicing in earnest for the upcoming summer touring and festival season. They continued to call us and email us and bump into us on the streets and ask when Cohere Bandwidth will be open for business; we continued to sigh and struggle and work through the painstaking process of finding commercial real estate that’s suitable for rock and roll. For a season that is supposed to bring growth and renewal, springtime started out with some good stuff — mixed with serious suck.

We almost gave up. Not entirely, of course, but truly, things got difficult enough that we asked ourselves whether we were even going about this the right way, whether we picked the wrong path or were pushing too hard for the wrong results. It’s a long story, but it turns out that at a moment of despair and dissonance, it was a drummer who (perhaps unsurprisingly) got us back in sync. And while much still remains to be decided, we are now in a place where things feel solid enough that we can talk about them. This would be a great time for a drum roll … but let’s just get to it, eh?

Good News: Part One
We are super excited to announce that in our search for space, we are currently pursuing a partnership with The Downtown Artery! <<in a hilarious twist, that link may currently take you to a page that tells you The Artery is under construction. It is. Big time. But a great place to keep up with them in the meantime is the Downtown Artery Facebook page. And here’s the nutshell version of what you need to know: the people who run the Artery are pretty much perfect for us to combine forces with in terms of investing in the creative future of Fort Collins. They care about the people who make and support art and music. They are doing some really neat stuff already and they’re in it for the long haul. They know creativity can be messy and noisy and that things might not turn out the way you thought they would. They get it. They like us. We like them. We. Are. Thrilled.

Much more to come on all THAT, but here’s some

Stuff to Know for Now
At the moment, we’re looking at creating at least two rehearsal rooms for rent: a lockout room (designed for a limited number of bands to rent on a longer-term basis, where they store their gear in the room) and a hourly rental room available for musicians to schedule (turnkey, with backline gear all set up for plug and play rehearsals). The rooms will be in Old Town, and will of course be designed with the most important criteria in mind, as requested by our community of local musicians: Safe. Secure. Affordable. Soundproof. And yes, even this: Bathrooms. We’re also looking at including a “lab” of sorts, to incorporate some teaching and learning within our community. That’s all in its infancy as well. Now that we’re unstuck in the search for space, things will move forward but it still may not be as fast as one might hope. Which leads us to …

Good News: Part Two
There’s another rehearsal space under construction in Fort Collins! Higher Ground Rehearsal Studios is destined for Commerce Drive, in the industrial area east of town. We don’t know many specifics about the project yet, but we have contacted the owners to set up a meeting later this week to find out more, and promise to keep you posted. They have a Facebook page, too, so you can keep up with them as things progress. More options when there have been nearly none seems like a terrific turn of events to us, and we are looking forward to hearing all about it.

In the Meantime

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We are working on keeping things steady. We’re listening carefully. We’re learning, and changing. We’re taking feedback (for instance, we got some great input from the committee that reviewed our city grant application in March; the nutshell version there was: grow slow, and involve the community even more). We’re working on being patient, on not becoming discouraged when things seem unclear, on improvising and enjoying the natural rhythm of this project, which is decidedly different than anything we’ve experienced before. But it’s worth it. We’ve got some amazing companions on our journey, and more appear every day. Stay tuned. Hang in there with us! We expect more good news is on the way.

 

 

Space! One Giant Leap for Cohere Bandwidth

Full disclosure: I’m writing this from a hotel room in Austin, having just wrapped up a trip to the South by Southwest music festival, and despite not drinking anything stronger than a latte all week, I can tell my brain isn’t firing on all cylinders yet. SXSW blows my mind, every year. So bear with me.

Remember how I put all y’all (<<hey, I’m writing from Texas) on notice that we are on a mission to shift some paradigms in our community? That in our quest for shared rehearsal space, we want to cement the understanding that music means business? Bands contribute to the economy. Artists are entrepreneurs! You might as well get used to this chorus, because we’ll keep repeating it until it seems silly that anyone ever thought anything different.

Anyway: HUGE NEWS on this front! Cohere Bandwidth submitted a funding proposal to the 2014 Fort Collins Economic Health Cluster Support Fund and the city awarded us $2500 for our shared rehearsal space project. The money is wonderful, of course, but even better is the message that this award sends: our city’s economic health office understands that an investment in music industry infrastructure makes some solid economic sense. (High five, Fort Collins, for being willing and visionary enough to invest).

Approval Needed

Of course, on the heels of the week I’ve experienced here at SXSW, it’s hard not to feel like this should be a no-brainer. Seeing the impact music can make on the local economy is pretty clear to me as I review my hotel bill and ask myself what I did with that other pedicab receipt. But in case you’re wondering — here’s a little window into the economic impact of SXSW. I am personally here in Austin on business, having helped organize the Colorado Music Party, a two-day SXSW showcase that received, for the first time, some substantial public funding from the state. In fact, Colorado is making enough of a splash in this arena that a SXSW panelist gave us a shout-out during the session “Music and Economic Development for Cities”. And not just any panelist — the guy who served for 9 years in Seattle as the Director of the Office of Film and Music. Yes, Seattle has an Office of Film and Music; seems like a pretty legitimate division for a city that reported $1.3 billion in annual music industry revenues in 2004.

Music Love

But: that’s a macro level conversation. Here at the foundational-starting-a-rehearsal-space level, we are very excited to put this money into infrastructure that supports our local artists. Because in addition to economic impact, there is a very real human impact that music has on a community, and I can absolutely report that this is alive and well in Austin, too. I had a nice weepy moment at the Julian Casablancas show when this kid next to me who was so. excited! that he got in without a badge (“my other friend is outside because he didn’t have $20 for a ticket, but he climbed a tree and can still see pretty good”) explained to me that he “works at Chili’s, but I mostly like to play music, and sometimes they let me do that, and they even pay me and that’s THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD”. All said without a trace of sarcasm. Getting paid. To do something other people value, and to do it well. We can get behind that, and we’re glad our city can, too. So thank you, Fort Collins, for the vote of confidence. We’re getting ready to do right by some of our most historically undervalued entrepreneurs and we are glad to have you in our corner.

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