Music played a very significant role during my formative years. I come from a musical family; we have singers, guitarists, pianist, songwriters and composers. One of my fondest memories is falling asleep night after night to the sound of my dad softly playing his guitar in the living room.
I still play a little piano on occasion, but I can no longer read sheet music. I never have the opportunity to sing, unless it’s an intoxicated evening of karaoke with friends.
Whenever I do happen to hear an amazing musician live, I realize that the one thing my life lacks is music. Not music from an Ipod or radio, or Pandora, but real, live music. Live music is an opportunity to watch someone living their passion and sharing it, and for me this is always a powerful thing to experience.
The Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) will provide me the chance to see, hear and discover musicians from my own area.
This event is in its third year and is produced by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA), a non-profit providing education, support and networking opportunities for the Northern Colorado music community.
This two-day event will provide me, and others, the opportunity to see 200 bands at 30 different venues for just $15.
FoCoMX runs Friday and Saturday nights, April 8 and 9, 2011. Free buses will be running between venues every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Some of the venues are 21+ only, but others are all-ages friendly. Some of my favorite Fort Collins hotspots are on the list including Avogadro’s Number and Road 34.
To be honest, I don’t recognize the names of many of the bands in the lineup, and also in the honesty vein, I can be a little picky. Musicians are everywhere, but good musicians are really hard to find.
I’m hoping to discover some great, local musicians during this event. If your favorite band is playing FoCoMX, let me know when and where!
Find the Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMx) online at www.focomx.org. See the entire line up of bands, venues and purchase tickets.