3 Ways to Enjoy FoCoMX 2016

FoCoMX is near! Here are THREE ways to enjoy it on April 22nd and 23rd: low stress/easy, medium difficulty, and early bird/can’t stay out late.

Low Stress/Easy. Julie is an 8 year veteran of FoCoMX. If she tells you to park your ass somewhere for the best lineup without the hustle, you listen!

Friday: Park yo’self at Hodi’s.

Saturday: Snag a bench at The Aggie. Easy peasy.

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Chieftain

Medium Difficulty/Genre Smorgasbord. Angel doesn’t get out much after dark so naturally, she’ll try to do ALL THE THINGS. Efficiency is queen in her world. Tag along on her schedule**:

Friday
4:30pm
Equinox Brewing | All Ages
Matt Mahern
Singer-Songwriter

5:30pm
Downtown Artery | All Ages
Emma Marie w/ Benji Smith
Singer-Songwriter

5:45pm
Illegal Pete’s | All Ages
The Little Black Bottles
Indie-Alternative

7:00pm
Illegal Pete’s | All Ages
Shaley Scott
Rock-Pop

8:30pm
Hodi’s Half Note | All Ages
Shatterproof
Rock-Pop

10:00pm
Lyric Cinema Cafe (Theatre) | All Ages
ComBATILLAC
Metal-Punk-Hardcore

12:00am
Aggie Theatre | All Ages
The Patti Fiasco
Country-Bluegrass-Americana

Saturday
2:00pm
Illegal Pete’s | All Ages
Paradox
Rock-Pop

5:30pm
Downtown Artery | All Ages
Senorita Sometimes
Rock-Pop

7:00pm
Blue Skies Winery | All Ages
Elyse Miller
Singer-Songwriter

8:00pm
The Whisk(e)y | 21+
Chieftain
Metal-Punk-Hardcore

8:30pm (literally couldn’t decide between these two)
Hodi’s Half Note | All Ages
Eldren
TBA

Surfside 7 | 21+
Serpentfoot
Rock-Pop

10:30pm
Tap N Handle | 21+
Cool Hand Juke
R&B-Soul-Funk

11:00pm
Lyric Cinema Cafe (Theatre) | All Ages
I Am the Owl
Metal-Punk-Hardcore

11:45pm
Downtown Artery | All Ages
Wire Faces
Rock-Pop

**build your own schedule by creating an account at http://focomx.focoma.org/.

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Wire Faces

Early Birds/Can’t Stay Out Late: Go to the Whisk(e)y on Saturday from 4:00-6:00p. You’re guaranteed to see LOTS of surprise musicians joining DJ Alf on stage. You’ll be wrapped up in time to grab an early dinner and head home.

Check-in & Check-It-Out: Open Friday for FoCoMX!

For a while there, it seemed like this moment might never come, but now the week has actually arrived. We are (kinda*) open!

Starting Friday at FoCoMX

*We’re not yet open for band rehearsals … however: beginning at noon on Friday, April 24, we ARE acting as the primary check-in point for the seventh annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX). FoCoMX, presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association, is a two-day festival showcasing bands from Northern Colorado in venues throughout Old Town Fort Collins. It. Is. Awesome. ! Festival sponsors, bands and VIPs will have an opportunity to check out Cohere Bandwidth when they check in to pick up their wristbands for the weekend. Will-call and ticket sales for the festival will also be located just outside Cohere Bandwidth on Linden St.

FoCoMX

Visit www.focomx.org to buy your festival wristband!

What this means: we are welcoming literally hundreds of musicians and music lovers into our brand-new downtown rehearsal space to say hello. We are beside ourselves with excitement and joy. It’s kind of surreal — from idea to opening has been a long journey.

More Good News for Musicians

  • Every FoCoMX band will get a nice little gift from us at check-in. (If your band is playing the festival, you can pick up your wristbands from 12p – 10p on Fri. 4/24 or Sat. 4/25; our address is 317 Jefferson St. in downtown Fort Collins).
FoCoMX - Michael Kirkpatrick

Our gift might not be as nice as a mustache riding a bicycle, but … really, what is? You’ll still like it, we promise. P.S. this is Michael Kirkpatrick — he kicks off FoCoMX on Friday at 3:30P at Equinox.

  • Whether you’re playing FoCoMX or not, Cohere Bandwidth memberships are now available and ripe for the picking. A membership gets your band 8 hours of rehearsal time per month at a discount over our hourly rates, plus a ton of other fabulous perks you can read about here. Securing a membership for your band soon! means you’ll have a better chance of selecting the days/times you want on an ongoing basis. Non-member hourly rehearsal times are based on availability after the members choose their preferred times. Contact us ASAP if you’re interested in a membership — we only have 18 left!
  • In addition to the aforementioned fabulous perks we’ve already lined up with our friends at the Downtown Artery, we are also always on the lookout for other sweet deals for our Cohere Bandwidth musicians. Case (heh) in point: we just put together a partnership with our nearby pals at Pateros Creek Brewing Company that will give Cohere Bandwidth members a) free beer at their first rehearsal and b) after 6 consecutive months of rehearsals at Cohere Bandwidth, an opportunity to create a collaboration brew for their band with Pateros Creek. More on that later! FYI, Pateros Creek recently collaborated with Post Paradise on a Rye Pale Ale and they have developed a reputation for being awesome. And for loving local music. And they’re a block away. So yay.

Our Creative Community

We’ll be posting updates and photos throughout the week (feel free to follow along via Instagram for photos; we’re also posting some of our recommendations for must-see FoCoMX shows on our Facebook page this week). If you’re out exploring the festival — and we hope you are! — make sure to tag your social media shenanigans with #FoCoMX and #FoCoMusic so we can all stay connected.

Side note: the 2015 Creative Industries Summit takes place this week in Fort Collins also, on Thursday 4/23 and Friday 4/24. Creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and nonprofit cultural workers, and community leaders from throughout the state will be in town to attend and explore our city’s creative community. Say hi! (Pro tip: pop into Illegal Pete’s on Thursday night at 7:30P and catch a performance by the always-stellar Ian Cooke. After you’re utterly smitten … and you will be … you can see him again at FoCoMX on Friday night!)

Finally: THANK YOU. We’re here. Huzzah. It’s Opening Week!

Ian Cooke - photo courtesy Harper Point Photography/Articulate City

Ian Cooke – photo courtesy Harper Point Photography and Articulate City

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