All in all, it was a good weekend for celebrations. Two and a half years after two of our best-loved local bands had all their gear stolen from their deplorable turkey-coop-turned-practice-space, Cohere Bandwidth opened its doors. For real! On Friday, we took some time to celebrate and had our friends, family and amazingly patient community supporters come take a look. It looked like this:
In addition to all the emoting, we got a chance to spend time with our families (both immediate and extended). Angel’s Mom made Tang and Chex Mix, in keeping with our neighborly Mister Rogers’ gestalt. Julie’s sister Jeanie tapped the Pateros Creek Brewing keg. Shane and Adrian celebrated like drummers do, by frantically hauling in a bunch of gear and setting it up, then gazing upon it adoringly.
Several of the downtown Fort Collins neighborhood vendors who offer discounts to Cohere Bandwidth members stopped in to wish us well. Brandon from Music Go Round was on hand with guitars galore for the bands to try out; the store is also providing something we call the “Oh Sh*t” box — filled with items musicians might find they need should things at practice not go as planned. Also, two of our kick-ass photographer friends, Kirsten Cohen and Craig Okraska came all the way from Boulder and Laramie, respectively, to show their support and then have their photo taken inexpertly by us:
And in an adorable demonstration of cross-pollination, Cohere Community members pitched in to help with the opening party, too. Amanda lent us the perfect Tang pitcher, Janelle helped us get set up for the event, Kevin came by to see the real-life use case behind all the website programming he’s done for us, and Suzi made stoplight-themed Rice Krispies treats (that hopefully someone took a picture of before we scarfed them all down).
In the midst of all this, our neighbors at the Downtown Artery opened their new cafe and venue right next door to us. It is spectacular. You should go see it. Opening night was beyond our ability to describe adequately; just go subscribe to their YouTube channel so you don’t miss out (Stella Luce and Itchy-O pretty much burned the place down. Metaphorically, of course).
The Very Best Part
The bands! They’re the very best part! Several of our musician friends came by on Friday, including Matt Mahern, Yettie, Chieftan, The Lonelyhearts, and an unprecedented number of drummers, from Mama Lenny & The Remedy to (multiple) Wiredogs. We also got a chance to meet our very first member band, Landlocked, in person. Here’s Angel presenting them with their membership cards, moments before they started playing and she started crying:
On Saturday, Itchy-O got a chance to check out our Side A “green room”, mostly because a 31-piece marching band needs a place to stash their burkas, antennae and lighted sombreros. Duh. Stella Luce and Super Bummer stopped in, too. And then on Sunday, our very first hourly band came in to practice. They are an emerging band currently without a name, so we’ll let them reveal themselves to you when they’re ready. But here’s a picture of their feet in the simulated lawn in Side A. Yes, it so clean you can roam around barefoot if you want.
Later, the band was spotted in Old Town getting a post-practice beer … another thing to love in our neighborhood. Life on Linden and Jefferson is pretty awesome right now and we expect it will only get better and better.
We. Are. Open. Best three words I’ve been able to type in this last 900+ days. Please take a peek around the website and schedule some practice time! Feel free to hit us up if you want a code for a free hour to give things a try before you buy, or if you would like to schedule a tour of the space. We would love to see you, local bands, friends and neighbors. We made this with you, for you, and we’re ready for you to come play!
“Often, when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers