Meet Bevin Luna: Hey Neighbor!

Every month we like to feature one of our supporting neighbor bands. This month we dig in with Bevin Luna!

Bevin Luna

How long has Bevin Luna been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice?

Bevin started playing solo shows in Denver in 2005, and then in 2008 she started persuading her brother, Gabe Luna, to play with her from time to time as a duo project. At the time, Gabe played drums and Bevin sang vox and played guitar. Since then, there have been a rotating cast of characters in the band at the shows. We decided to seek out shared rehearsal space simply because of the convenience of a backline and Fort Collins noise ordinance regulations were getting us into some neighborly conflicts.

What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth?

The location is excellent, it’s easy to reserve times in the space, and the staff have always been extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful!!

What do you do for work … and play?

We work in a variety of places ranging from being a delivery driver for 2 restaurants, a safety and health consultant, a bartender, and a manufacturing guru. For play? Oh yes, we have all of the fun taking photos, playing music with friends, going to see live music shows, playing at Blues Jam, roller skating, searching yard sales and flea markets for records, listening to records, running, fishing, going to Fort Fun, traveling, bird-watching, camping, riding bikes, building forts, hiking, crafting friendships, cooking things, writing things, laughing at everything, oh and playing on the Poudre river.

What makes your band unique?

A blend of different styles; Rock, Punk, Garage, Blues, Roots music and Country.

 

 

Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)?

Bevin Luna vox and rhythm guitar, Gabe Luna lead guitar, Mitch Clark bass guitar, Steve Hartman drums

How did you meet?

Gabe and Mitch met at Bevin Luna’s house. Then Steve, Gabe and Mitch were introduced at Cohere Bandwidth Rock Solid Rehearsal Space!

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring?

Yep, Serpentfoot, Porlolo, Senorita Sometimes, Mirror Fields, A.M. Pleasure Assassins, Whippoorwill, Dee Tyler, Elway, Sour Boy Bitter Girl, Magic Cyclops, Qbala, Mosey West, The Patti Fiasco, The Swashbuckling Doctors, Matt Skinner Band, Maxwell Mud, Wire Faces, Victim Culture, In the Whale, Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams, The Waylon Willies, Monofog, Matson Jones, and so many more!!!!!

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?

Blotted Science, Pelican, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bonobo, Toadies, A.A. Bondy, QotSA, Guns N’ Roses, Sylvan Esso, White Lung, Beck,The Hives, The Lost Sounds, Drive By-Truckers, AC/DC, Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab, Deadboy and the Elephantmen, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Priest, Hector Lavoe, Scorpions, R.L. Burnside, Nina Simone, Deep Purple, Diplo, Freak Nasty, Metallica, Hendrix (aka Jimi sh*t, Jimi sh*t, Jimi sh*t!)

Any goals you’re working toward as a band?

Releasing quality recordings, playing gigs more often, rehearsing so we sound more professional. It’d be fun to work on more crowd interaction at the shows and add more backing vocals to the tunes. Ultimately, we want to have fun doing what we love and that’s creating and playing music.

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice?

Getting through songs without any mistakes, playing them the same way twice, watching for visual cues for breaks, deciding on a setlist order (only for Bevin to throw it out the window once the show starts), breaking drum sticks, bouncing around ideas for different arrangements of the songs, getting out of the rehearsal space in time for the next band to start 🙂

Where can people find Bevin Luna music?

iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, Bandcamp, Sound Cloud

Free Resources for Bands in Fort Collins

Today we released a pretty comprehensive list of the venue booking contacts in Fort Collins via email. If you’re not on our mailing list, you should probably get on that right away. We send out an email tip or video every week and you’re not going to want to miss the upcoming ones! We’ll send out an updated venue contact list about once/quarter so you can stay as updated as we are on the Fort Collins music scene.

Previous tips have included this video for guitar players, and how to make a booking inquiry. We also have free downloads on marketing your band, a gig checklist and a web presence checklist.


Help us make our monthly sales goal by booking a band practice! 30 minute session start at just $6! In fact, if you didn’t get that venue list, book a rehearsal today and we’ll send it to you!

Having Trouble Booking Your Band in Fort Collins?

How are those other bands getting those sweet gigs at venues in Fort Collins?

Take a moment to think about how you contact booking agents.  An informal approach only makes sense if you already have a relationship with that person.

When making a cold contact to inquire about a show, make sure your email is clear, professional, and contains all the information a booking agent might need.  It is not their job to research bands, and they probably won’t look you up if you don’t include links.

Here, we’ve provided a sample booking inquiry.  We recommend that you don’t use this as “fill in the blank” form, but try to customize it in a way that makes sense for your band.  Keep it on hand to use as a template so you can quickly submit your band for opening slots as soon a show is announced.

Hi (VENUE or BOOKING AGENT or ANOTHER BAND),

I would like to submit my band as support for (SHOW) on (DATE).

(BAND NAME) is a (# OF MEMBERS) piece (GENRE) band, based out of (TOWN).  We have released (#) albums, and played (List venues, festivals, and notable supporting slots), and gathered a loyal following locally.  We actively market every show we play, and will help pack the house!

Feel free to add a more personal note, but remember the object is to convey your value.

Official Website:

LINK

Facebook:

LINK

Youtube:

LINK

Thank you for your consideration!

Best regards,

NAME

BAND

A cool press photo at the bottom can help grab attention.

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.

Facebook Promotion for Bands

Aside from texting your friends an hour before your show, Facebook is the absolute cheapest way to advertise your band. You can easily get more people to shows for as little as $5 if you know what you are doing.

In this ultra-affordable class you’ll learn:

  • the top reasons to use Facebook for promotion
  • the difference between “boosting” and “back-end ads”
  • the right budget for each type of ad and concert
  • how to target (or not) your ads
  • when to promote your show and when and how long to run your ad

We will start at the very beginning, and discuss what types of ads are more effective for shows vs. albums.
BONUS: The first 3 people to sign up will also get custom ads drafted for them.

Just $5, only 12 seats available. Pizza included. Tickets here.

Thursday, May 25th 5:30-7:30 pm

Cohere Offices

418 South Howes

Timo Massa is the Marketing Director of the Mishawaka Amphitheater and formerly the Aggie and Hodi’s Half Note. He has actively Marketed somewhere in the ballpark of 450 concerts, with marketing budgets ranging from $0-$250.

New Membership Program for Musicians

We’ve changed up our musician membership program to be available to ANY musician who wants to be in our community regardless of whether or not you need to rehearse at Cohere Bandwidth. Since we opened, we’ve tried to gather up partner businesses that offer services that make sense for bands.

Our 2017 membership program includes all these amazing discounts, which you can use over and over again to quickly recoup your investment:

Surfside 7 20% off food

Illegal Pete’s free fountain drink with purchase of adult entree

Downtown Artery Cafe 10% off

Ink Works 10% off printing handbills/posters

Leapin’ Lizard Labels 10% off band stickers

Akinz up to $100 off screen printing screen fees

Music-Go-Round buy 2 get 1 free sticks/strings/accessories

Benderublesound 30% off PA rental

Kirsten Cohen Photpgraphy 15% off band photography

Sunday Supply Company 10% off clothing

Membership Cost: $5/year

To join, come to any of our events and find a staff person. We’ll be able to take cash or credit card payments on the spot and get you set up with your card and discount list right away!

Rock Solid Review

In our ongoing quest to give you the nitty gritty details of running a band practice space in Old Town Fort Collins, we present you with this infographic reviewing what kind of 2016 Cohere Bandwidth had. TL;DR we’re not in the black consistently but we consistently improve the number of rehearsals and bands that use us as their preferred practice space.

Having a Show in Fort Collins

What you need to know about having a show in Fort Collins.

Hey Neighbor: Meet I Am The Owl

When it comes to being a band in Fort Collins, look to I Am The Owl. They have set an example as supportive, professional and hard working musicians. We are proud to call them members of our shared practice space, Cohere Bandwidth!

I Am The Owl

Place in the Neighborhood: Cohere Bandwidth Member Band

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I Am The Owl from left Josh R. Kyle K., Corey H., Josh H. -photo by Jess L. Paul

How long have you been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice? What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth? 

I am the Owl started in September of 2014. We had been practicing in Josh H.’s basement, and when he moved to a new place, we were out of a space. We love practicing at Cohere because of the bass/drum/PA backline, and the ability to practice late into the night if need be!

Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)? 

Josh Rivera: Vocals & Guitar

Josh Harrelson: Guitar

Kyle Krueckeberg: Bass & Vocals

Corey Hatch: Drums & Backing Vocals

How did you meet?Josh R and Josh H met in 6th grade (1998!). We met Kyle around 2008 when he was playing in The Metal Band Crow, and he later played with us in Nutricula. When Nutricula broke up, we decided to stick together and start something new. After going through a bunch of drummers that weren’t really a great fit, we found Corey when he responded to a Facebook ad!

What do you do for work … and play?

Corey: I am the sound designer/ board operator at Midtown Arts Center here in Fort Collins. In my free time when I’m not playing music, I like to be doing something outside.

Kyle: Music falls under both. Video games and frisbee golf for fun. Store manager at 7-11 for work.

Josh H: I work as a scientist…when I’m not working I enjoy doing outdoorsy stuff with my family and riding my mountain bike.

Josh R: I work at Madwire Media in their Social Media Management department. For fun I like skateboarding, playing with my dogs, drinking whisky and beer, riding bikes, and playing table tennis

What makes your band unique?

Kyle: No one knows what genre we are… even us

Corey: We are mostly categorized as “punk”, but the guitar parts are much more intricate and heavier, plus having multiple vocalists in the band gives us a more unique sound.

Josh H: We strike a solid balance of an incredibly raw sound while showing technical proficiency on all of the instruments. The energy is hard to contain within a recording and makes for an explosive live performance.

Josh R: I agree with what everyone else has said, but on top of that, we have a lot of fun. I’ve been in a lot of bands where fun eventually falls to the wayside, but we manage to keep that at the forefront, which makes being in the band a blast.

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I Am The Owl -photo by Jess L. Paul

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring? 

Corey: Attack on Venus, Amy and the Peace Pipes, American Blackout, Little Vicious (if that still counts), ARRAS, Slow Caves, Wiredogs.

Kyle: Cheiftain because you can see/feel how much fun they are having when they’re playing together. In The Whale for their success and reach outside of Colorado.

Josh H: I’ve got huge appreciation for the musicianship of Chieftain and American Blackout.  The Bomb Threat dudes seriously bring it live too.

Josh R: I love all the bands my friends are in, like Chieftain, American Blackout, Bomb Threat, Men of Letters, Slow Caves…too many to list really! The Fort Collins scene kicks ass, and there are lots of great Denver bands too, like Allout Helter and The Windermeres. Colorado music in general is in a great place right now!

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?)

Corey: All of the above (local bands), Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Blink 182, Iron Maiden, Every Time I Die, Slash, Nirvana, Rise Against, lots of classic rock, Clutch, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, many others.

Josh H: Gallows, Meat Wave, and Every Time I Die have been in heavy rotation lately.

Kyle: The Dear Hunter, Norma Jean, Lamb of God, The Offspring, Circa Survive, System of a Down, The Receiving End of Sirens

Josh R: Let’s see, looking at my recently played on iTunes…. I listened to Every Time I Die, Propagandhi, Mastodon, Periphery, Revocation, the Stranger Things soundtrack, Kanye, Katy Perry, Third Eye Blind, Hootie (and the Blowfish), Slipknot, The Dear Hunter, Steven Wilson, and Guthrie Govan today.

Any goals you’re working toward as a band? 

Mostly, we are working on writing our second EP right now. Besides that, strengthening the local scene here in Ft. Collins, and expanding our regional following by playing more shows down in Denver.

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice? 

Our most productive practices are when we can fine tune the small details that make for cohesion. Most of our rough drafting happens at home and practice allows us to get a sense of how the song will play live and what we can do to create the best flow. As long as there is some forward progress, and we are having fun, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do

Where can people find you/your music?

Our next show will be on 10/27 at the Artery.

We are on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play, and Tidal, and you can find us online anytime at www.iamtheowl.com. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hey Neighbor: Meet Combatillac

When it comes to practicing at home, being loud is hard. Fort Collins band Combatillac got first hand experience with that and slapped with a $1,000 fine before they found a better place to practice called Cohere Bandwidth. Members Eric and Craig gave us some insight on their band in prep for our Collaboration Brew Concert next month where they will play a set and reveal their Pils ‘Em All double pilsner from Pateros Creek Brewing.

Band Name: Combatillac

Place in the Neighborhood: Cohere Bandwidth Member Band

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How long have you been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice? What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth?

We have been a band for a little over a  year. We sought out Bandwidth because our neighbors are the worst. Our favorite part about band practice at Bandwidth is not paying noise violation fines and knowing the cops won’t come.

What do you do for work … and play?

Craig is Graphic Designer and likes to play music, snowboard and drink. Eric sits at a desk by day and rides his bike or sits at a bar by night.

What makes your band unique?

We open a lot of shows for other bands and our name and band members are unique.

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Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)?

Craig, plays drums in the band, but also a good guitar and bass player. Seth plays bass in the band, and apparently guitar, but I’ve never heard him. I’m Eric and I play guitar in the band, but can kinda play anything like a guitar, and the drums.

How did you meet?

Eric met Craig through his old band, he would always tell me he wanted to play drums for us, because our drummer didn’t hit hard enough. That drummer moved away and Craig got to drum for the Denim. We met Seth at a memorial for a friend.

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring?

Eric: Nick Halm that plays in Electric Shoes, and Bomb Threat is my guitar hero. Craig: Muscle Beach in Denver.

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?)

Craig: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, The Weeknd, Sports Talk radio. Eric: It sounds stupid, but I don’t really listen to music.

Any goals you’re working toward as a band?

We look forward to turning out the sweet tunes, learning new songs and perfecting old ones.

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice?

Getting there on time and not leaving anything behind.

Where can people find you/your music?

We play a lot in Fort Collins. Our next show is 10/27 at the Artery. Check out our Facebook page. We would like to work toward recording an EP soon so people can find our music online.

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