New West Fest & Bohemian Nights (Ft. Collins, CO – August 12-14, 2011)

Bohemian Nights 2011 logoDate: August 12-14, 2011

The best news: This event, including the music is FREE

It’s the 23rd year of New West Fest in Fort Collins, Colorado. The event celebrates the founding of Fort Collins, 138 years ago, along the banks of the Cache de Poudre River. New West Fest hosts Bohemian Nights, a music event running in conjunction with the festival. Over 70 bands from Colorado will play this three-day community party that draws a crowd of approximately 120,000 to the streets of Fort Collins.

New West Fest

This festival fills historic downtown Fort Collins with the a little something for everyone. And I do mean everyone! There are arts and craft booths, food vendors, a kids’ area, a children’s carnival, two beer gardens and nine stages, six specifically for music.

The three additional stages are the Dance Stage, featuring everything from belly dancing to clogging, the Kids’ World Stage, featuring a variety of kid-friendly performances from martial arts demos to magic shows, and the Performing Arts Stage, with presentation from various local theater and ballet companies. For a full schedule of the events on these stages click here (please note: as of 5/16/11 the 2011 schedule was not posted).

Bohemian Nights

This event features six music stages located throughout historic downtown Fort Collins. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday night and bands will continue to jam through Sunday afternoon. This year’s headliners include G. Love & Special Sauce, Tedeschi Trucks Band and six time Grammy winner, Asleep at the Wheel.

For more information on New West Fest and Bohemian Nights, including a schedule of all the bands, and even tips on parking, visit www.newwestfest.com.

A Special Tip from the Mayor: Be sure to check out Beet Street’s Creative Garden, an artists retreat within Bohemian Nights at New West Fest. This was my favorite stop during the 2010 Bohemian Nights. This garden will be larger than last year and located at the Remmington Street parking lot behind the Aggie Theater. It will include a performing arts stage, a Bohemian Nights acoustic stage and a Juried Art Show.  For more information on what the Creative Garden will offer visit here.

 

Read about the 2010 New West Fest & Bohemian Nights below.

Event: New West Fest, Fort Collins, Colorado

Date: August 20-22, 2010

The best news: This event, including the music is FREE

It’s the 22nd year of New West Fest in Fort Collins, Colorado. The event celebrates the founding of Fort Collins, 137 years ago, along the banks of the Cache de Poudre River. New West Fest hosts Bohemian Nights, a music event running in conjunction with the festival. Over 70 bands from Colorado will play this three-day community party that draws a crowd of approximately 120,000 to the streets of Fort Collins.

New West Fest

This festival fills historic downtown Fort Collins with the a little something for everyone. And I do mean everyone! There are arts and craft booths, food vendors, a kids’ area, a children’s carnival, two beer gardens and nine stages, six specifically for music.

The three additional stages are the Dance Stage, featuring everything from belly dancing to clogging, the Kids’ World Stage, featuring a variety of kid-friendly performances from martial arts demos to magic shows, and the Performing Arts Stage, with presentation from various local theater and ballet companies. For a full schedule of the events on these stages click here.

Bohemian Nights

This event features six music stages located throughout historic downtown Fort Collins. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday night and bands will continue to jam through Sunday afternoon. This year’s headliners include the Flobots, Earth, Wind & Fire and Earl Scruggs with family and friends.

Formed in Denver in 2000, the Flobots and are perhaps best known for their song “Handlebars” which they performed live on The Tonight Show in 2008. That same year they performed their second hit single “Rise” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Combining funk, pop, rock-n-roll and soul, Earth, Wind & Fire has been touring since 1969. The band has crossed generational and genre lines, playing and performing with such bands as Outkast, Kenney G and Queen Latifah.

Earl Scruggs was born in 1924. When he was just 12 years old he purchased his first banjo from Montgomery-Ward Mail Order Company for $10.95. He is well known for developing the three finger picking style on a five-string banjo. That three finger style is the defining characteristic of bluegrass, and is referred to as “Scruggs style.”

At 86 years old, Scruggs still plays the occasional show and Fort Collins is luck to have this living legend of bluegrass music at Bohemian Nights.

For more information on New West Fest and Bohemian Nights, including a schedule of all the bands, and even tips on parking, visit www.newwestfest.com.

HeidiTown Hint: Be sure to check out Creative Garden, an artists retreat within Bohemian Nights at New West Fest. This area on Chestnut Street will include a performing arts stage, a Bohemian Nights acoustic stage and an Invitational Art Show.  For more information on what the Creative Garden will offer visit here.

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