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Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:37 pm

The eighth annual FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) will take place April 22 and 23, 2016. Presented by FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) and sponsored by Odell Brewing Co., this unique music festival showcases 250+ Northern Colorado bands and solo musicians at more than 20 Downtown Fort Collins venues.

This uniquely Fort Collins event brings thousands of music lovers closer to their favorite Colorado bands while exposing them to new music, bringing professional development opportunities to the musicians themselves and entertaining thousands of residents and tourists. The festival celebrates its eighth year of successfully showcasing over a dozen music genres and nearly 300 live performances over the course of two days, while supporting local venues who support live music throughout the year, and furthering FoCoMA’s mission to support the success of local musicians and our vibrant regionally recognized music scene.

2016 quick facts:

  • Event Dates: Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23
  • A weekend wristband provides music enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience Northern Colorado’s extensive variety of live bands from every genre, DJs, and other performance art. (New genres and venues to be announced the week of March 1st!)
  • Wristbands:

    • $25 presale, March 1 through April 1, 2016 ($35 after April 1st)
    • For Sale at: FoCoMX.org
  • The FoCoMX 8 website is scheduled to launch March 1, 2016 with schedule lineups released by March 6. (www.focomx.org) The website will feature lineup, schedules, press info and graphics, volunteer opportunities and information on free workshops/panels for local musicians.

Background:

  • FoCoMX started in 2009 as a grassroots experiment in promoting local music.
  • The festival has grown, with an attendance of approximately 5,000 in 2015, garnering national attention and earning FoCoMX the unofficial title of “The Biggest Little Festival in America”.
  • The Fort Collins Musicians Association’s nonprofit mission is to provide education, support and networking opportunities to the Fort Collins (and surrounding) music community.

Press Contacts:

  • Sari Kimbell, Press and Marketing Director, FoCoMX 8 press@focoma.org / 970.988.3259
  • Greta Cornett, President and founding member, Fort Collins Musicians Association

gcornett@focoma.org / 970.481.3734

  • CONNECT WITH US!

Website: www.focomx.org                  Facebook: facebook.com/focomx

Twitter: @FoCoMX                            Instagram: @FoCoMX

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 2:19 pm

The FoCoMX 2016 lineup is public and promises to showcase Colorado’s rich musical talent. Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell Brewing Co., the 8th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts 250+ Colorado bands and solo musicians at 25 Downtown Fort Collins venues.

This year’s lineup is filled with even more live music to explore including bands who have made their mark on the Fort Collins’ and Colorado music and recording scene. Many of the festival’s featured bands have exploded onto the national scene, are often touring or are in the studio.

With a wealth of genres, audience draw and strong commitment to their native music scenes these bands show the diversity, relevance and strength of the Fort Collins’ music movement.

2016 Featured Musical Bands:

Featured FoCoMX talented Colorado artists include Dubskin, Musketeer Gripweed, In the Whale, The Patti Fiasco, Brent Cowles, The Holler!, Pandas and People, Nate Cook (of The Yawpers), Shatterproof, and Endless Monster (featuring Karl Alvarez from the Descendents).

This uniquely Fort Collins event brings thousands of music lovers closer to their favorite Colorado bands while exposing them to new music, bringing professional development opportunities to the musicians themselves and entertaining thousands of residents and tourists. The festival celebrates its eighth year of successfully showcasing over a dozen music genres and nearly 300 live performances over the course of two days, while featuring local venues who support live music throughout the year, and furthering FoCoMA’s mission to support the success of local musicians and our vibrant regionally recognized music scene.

2016 quick facts:

  • Event Dates: Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23

●Wristbands:

  • $25 presale, March 1 through March 31, 2016 ($35 after March 31st)
  • For Sale at: FoCoMX.org
  • A weekend wristband provides music enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience Northern Colorado’s extensive variety of live bands from every genre, DJs, and even some comedy shows!
  • FoCoMX.org The FoCoMX 8 website has the comprehensive schedule with all the music lineups for fans to browse, listen to bands and plan their musical weekend. (www.focomx.org) The website features the music lineup, schedules, press information and graphics, volunteer opportunities and information on free industry workshops/panels for local musicians.
  • Over 250 volunteers help make the festival possible and they earn a free festival wristband for their time donation.

Insider picks: (noteworthy performances, especially for locals)

  • The Endless Monster show (featuring Karl Alvarez of the Descendents), at Surfside 7’s new Linden Street location, will entertain and show the depth of national band talent choosing to reside in Fort Collins.
  • Nate Cook, the Yawpers’ frontman, will play a special solo set at The Downtown Artery.
  • Manabi Salsa Band, Mono Verde, and RETRO 80’s Tribute Band as well as some of the most danceable DJs in town will be inviting people to get down on the spacious dance floor of Downtown Fort Collins’ newest dance club Fusion located on Linden Street.
  • FY5 (Finnders and Youngberg),12 Cents for Marvin and ATOMGA among others will play energetic afternoon sets at Odell Brewing’s popular taproom and outdoor beer garden where you can listen to live music while sitting back with a limited edition FoCoMX beer brewed by Odell Brewing Company.
  • FoCoMA’s Peer Awards Lifetime Achievement award winner, Cary Morin, performs his award winning blues originals at Downtown Artery.
  • The Saturday night at Avogadro’s Number brings Fort Collins music legends and some Colorado’s favorite genres together, the lineup including Dave Beegle, Liz Barnez, Rob Drabkin and Blue Grama.
  • KTCL’s popular weekend jockey, Alf, presents DJ Alf’s 45+1, a vinyl­meets­improv set of local artists playing along to hand­picked vinyl recordings at the Whiskey.
  • Fun for the whole family with children’s programming, Colorado Swing Big Band and Fale West African Drumming Collective on Saturday at Everyday Joe's.

Background:

  • FoCoMX started in 2009 as a grassroots experiment in promoting local music.
  • The festival has grown, with an attendance of approximately 5,000 in 2015, garnering national attention and earning FoCoMX the unofficial title of “The Biggest Little Festival in America”.

The Fort Collins Musicians Association’s nonprofit mission is to provide education, support and networking opportunities to the Fort Collins (and surrounding) music community.

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 4:02 pm

FoCoMX 2016 is incorporating several new features this year including a comedy line­up and FoCoMX pre­events at The Ramskeller and Zwei Brewing. Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell Brewing Co., the 8th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts over 250 Colorado bands and solo musicians at 25 Downtown Fort Collins venues.

Youth programming and student involvement is featured this year with Kids Programming at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, youth performances throughout the lineup and an extensive partnership with Colorado State University. Mr. Marty (http://www.kidsmusic.co/), 15­year­old Maya Bennet and Linneage Music Project (http://www.lineagemusicproject.com/) are some of the favorites in the youth lineup. FoCoMX has teamed up with an honors class at CSU to mentor students in a real­life marketing project to market a CSU Ramskeller pre­event, as well as working with Rocky Mountain Student Media to shoot archival video and execute cross platform coverage of the event to provide real world event experiences. The free live music event will be located in the newly remodeled and ever popular Lory Student Center’s “Ramskeller” on Friday, April 15 and will feature two Colorado State University alumni bands, Write­Minded and Slow Caves from 3­6pm.

“Mentoring students is a key part of growing the next generation of Fort Collins music lovers. We are able to do this by booking youth bands, including programming for younger audiences, as well as working with CSU on events and marketing campaigns.” ­ Peggy Lyle, FoCoMA Board of Directors.

Zwei Brewing will also host a second FoCoMX pre­event on Saturday, April 16 from 3­6pm featuring Fort Collins’ favorites Post Paradise Duo and Tallgrass. This is the only venue not located in the Fort Collins Downtown area.  “We would love to expand to more venues outside of the downtown area as the festival grows; Zwei Brewery reached out to us and we thought it would be a great opportunity to partner with a south venue and promote the FoCoMX weekend,” explained Greta Cornett, President of Fort Collins Musician Association (FoCoMA).

FoCoMX 2016 also features comedy acts from local comedians between sets at several venues. “We are extremely proud to add comedy to our FoCoMX festivities this year! We are happy to showcase another talented genre of performers in our community and feel they will bring a unique element of excitement to the festival,” said Cornett.

2016 quick facts:

  • Event Dates: Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23

●Wristbands:

○    $35

  • For Sale at: FoCoMX.org and Rock N’ Robins on S. College Avenue
  • A weekend wristband provides music enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience Northern Colorado’s extensive variety of live bands from every genre, DJs, and even some comedy shows!
  • FoCoMX.org The FoCoMX 8 website has the comprehensive schedule with all the music lineups for fans to browse, listen to bands and plan their musical weekend. (www.focomx.org) The website features the music lineup, schedules, press information and graphics, volunteer opportunities and information on free industry workshops/panels for local musicians.
  • Over 250 volunteers help make the festival possible and they earn a free festival wristband for their time donation.

Background:

  • FoCoMX started in 2009 as a grassroots experiment in promoting local music.
  • The festival has grown, with an attendance of approximately 5,000 in 2015, garnering national attention and earning FoCoMX the unofficial title of “The Biggest Little Festival in America”.
  • The Fort Collins Musicians Association’s nonprofit mission is to provide education, support and networking opportunities to the Fort Collins (and surrounding) music community.
Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:25 pm

The ninth annual FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) will take place April 28 and 29, 2017. Presented by FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) and sponsored by Odell Brewing Co., this unique music festival showcases 250+ Northern Colorado bands and solo musicians at more than 20 Downtown Fort Collins venues.

This uniquely Fort Collins event brings thousands of music lovers closer to their favorite Colorado bands while exposing them to new music, bringing professional development opportunities to the musicians themselves, and entertaining thousands of residents and tourists. The festival celebrates its ninth year of successfully showcasing over a dozen music genres and more than 250 live performances over the course of two days. FoCoMX also helps promote local venues who support live music throughout the year, and furthering FoCoMA’s mission to support the success of local musicians and our vibrant, regionally recognized music scene.  

2017 quick facts:

Event Dates: Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29

A weekend wristband provides music enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience Northern Colorado’s extensive variety of live bands from every genre, DJs, and other performance art. (Festival lineup, venues, and volunteer opportunities to be announced the week of March 12th!) 

Wristbands:

$25 presale, March 12 through April 1, 2017 ($35 after April 1st)

For Sale at: FoCoMX.org

The FoCoMX 9 website (www.focomx.org) is live now, with the full launch coming March 12. The full launch will feature lineup, schedules, press info and graphics, volunteer opportunities and information on free workshops/panels for local musicians.

Background:

FoCoMX started in 2009 as a grassroots experiment in promoting local music. The festival has grown, with an attendance of approximately 5,000 in 2016, garnering national attention and earning FoCoMX the unofficial title of “The Biggest Little Festival in America”.  

The Fort Collins Musicians Association’s nonprofit mission is to provide education, support, and networking opportunities to the Fort Collins (and surrounding) music community.

CONNECT WITH US!

Website:  www.focomx.org Facebook:  facebook.com/focomx

Twitter: @FoCoMX Instagram: @FoCoMX

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:54 pm

The FoCoMX 2017 lineup is now public and promises to showcase Colorado’s rich musical talent. Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell Brewing Co., the 9th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts 250+ Colorado bands and solo musicians at 28 Downtown Fort Collins venues.

This year’s lineup is filled with even more live music to explore including bands who have made their mark on the Fort Collins’ and Colorado music and recording scene.  Many of the festival’s featured bands have exploded onto the national scene and are often touring or in the studio. With a wealth of genres, audience draw, and strong commitment to their native music scenes these bands show the diversity, relevance, and strength of Fort Collins’ music movement.

2017 Featured Musical Bands:

Featured FoCoMX artists include:

The Patti Fiasco - recently chosen to open for Bon Jovi

Slow Caves - recently signed to management

John Magnie - of the Subdudes

The Grant Farm - opening for SCI at Red Rocks this summer

Cary Morin - IBC winner 

Edison - also recently signed to management

Qbala - final show in Fort Collins

This uniquely Fort Collins event brings thousands of music lovers closer to their favorite Colorado bands while exposing them to new music, bringing professional development opportunities to the musicians themselves, and entertaining thousands of residents and tourists. The festival celebrates its ninth year of successfully showcasing over a dozen music genres and nearly 300 live performances over the course of two days, while featuring local venues who support live music throughout the year, and furthering FoCoMA’s mission to support the success of local musicians and our vibrant regionally recognized music scene.

2017 quick facts:

  • Event Dates: Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29
  • Wristbands:
    • $25 presale, March 1 through March 31, 2017 ($35 after March 31st)
    • For sale at: FoCoMX.org
    • A weekend wristband provides music enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience Northern Colorado’s extensive variety of live bands from every genre, DJs, and even some comedy shows!
  • FoCoMX.org: The FoCoMX 9 website has the comprehensive schedule with all the music lineups for fans to browse, listen to bands and plan their musical weekend. (www.focomx.org). The website features the music lineup, schedules, press information and graphics, volunteer opportunities and information on free industry workshops/panels for local musicians
  • Over 250 volunteers help make the festival possible and they earn a free festival wristband for their time donation.