May 032010
Authors: Madeline Novey

How much is a ticket to a three-day music festival featuring the handlebar-riding Flobots, Grammy award-winning bluegrass artist Earl Scruggs and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Earth, Wind & Fire?
At this year’s Bohemian Nights at New West Fest: free.

The weekend before CSU’s fall semester kicks off, Aug. 20, 21 and 22, those three bands and a lineup of more than 50 up-and-coming local bands will perform as part of the 6th annual Bohemian Nights music festival and 22nd annual New West Fest celebration. The headliners were announced this weekend.

“I think it’s a tremendous exposure of the great music scene we have here in Fort Collins,” said Leah Johnson, spokesperson for the Bohemian Foundation, which has donated millions to the CSU and Fort Collins communities since its creation in the 1990s.

It’s really all about the community coming together to celebrate the bands and soaking in quality music, Johnson said, it’s about “enriching the Colorado music scene.”

This year, the foundation is doing more to garner student interest.

Today and tomorrow, the Bohemian Foundation will be out on the Lory Student Center Plaza with the student-run radio station KCSU and CTV’s Colorado Music Lounge to give students an opportunity to hang out with the bands. Students can sign up to win a meet and greet with the Flobots and one person could acquire two tickets to the Green Room, where all the performing bands hang out throughout the weekend.

Last year, the Green Room was located in the Armory Building on Mountain Avenue. While the location has yet to be determined, Johnson said, there will be fun, food and a VIP atmosphere.

Winners will be announced on the foundation’s website,, and on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

This year, attendants will see changes to stage locations and an expansion of the Friday night line-up. As per community request, one of the stages will be moved from Walnut Street to Linden Street.

Three bands will perform Friday night starting at 6 p.m. and ending with the Flobots later in the evening.

To fulfill its mission of providing growing bands with professional development opportunities, the Bohemian Foundation will record performances in HD video and audio. Each band will receive copies of these recordings, Johnson said.

Having worked with the Downtown Business Association formerly, the Bohemian Foundation this year will also partner with Beet Street, a community engagement organization, in its “Creative Garden” event, designed to celebrate all that is Fort Collins: food, beer, wine, art and more.

News Managing Editor Madeline Novey can be reached at

Bohemian Nights at New West Fest

Headliner Bands

Friday: Flobots (Friday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.)

Saturday: Earth Wind and Fire (Saturday, Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m.)

Sunday: Earl Scruggs (Sunday, Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m.)

Location: Old Town

Cost: Free to students, community


Check back to the Collegian, CTV’s Colorado Music Lounge and KCSU

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