FoCoMX 2023 Music Festival Lineup Announced

Article Contributed by Fort Collins M… | Published on Friday, March 17, 2023

The Fort Collins Musicians Association announces the all-Colorado music lineup for the Fort Collins Music eXperiment 2023 (FoCoMX). The FoCoMX music festival celebrates its 15th year with live performances on stages throughout downtown Fort Collins on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th. This unique two-day event showcases 400+ Colorado bands of nearly 2,000 musicians on 30+ stages. The festival strives to showcase the authenticity, talent and creativity that Colorado musicians have to offer their fans, new or old.

WHAT: FoCoMX 2023
Presented By: FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) and Odell Brewing Co.
WHERE: 30+ Downtown Fort Collins stages including Aggie Theatre, Avogadro's Number,
The Lyric, Magic Rat, Washington’s, and Odell Brewing Co.
DATE: Friday,April 28 & Saturday, April 29

TIMES: Festival kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Friday,Apr 28, 2023

TICKETS: $50-60/two day pass, All Ages, volunteers get free admission with a four-hour shift

INFO, LINEUP, VOLUNTEERS, & TICKETS: The FoCoMX website has a comprehensive schedule with all the music performances for fans to browse, listen to bands and plan their musical weekend. ( The website features the music lineup, schedules, press information and graphics, volunteer opportunities and filters to search by venue, genre, and day.

“For one special weekend FoCoMX reminds us that Colorado music and the people who create it make our community a very special place to live.”, says Peggy Lyle, Fort Collins Musicians Association Board of Directors.

The full FoCoMX band lineup includes 400+ acts representing all genres from Folk to Metal, and Bluegrass to EMD. Special performances from Grieves, Darren Garvey of Elephant Revival, Salome Songbird (Joy Adams of Big Richard and Nathaniel Rateliffe), Heavy Gus (featuring Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers), and Sean Kennedy (of Tickle Me Pink). Other featured Colorado bands include Write Minded, Slow Caves, Alysia Kraft, 2MX2, Sol Pride and Blue Book.

Special Elements at FoCoMX 2023 focus on the music fan experience including multiple stages at single locations including Avogadro's Number, Odell Brewing Company, The Lyric, New Belgium Brewing and The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. FoCoMX will feature a large number of outdoor concert spaces for people to enjoy the concerts in open-air settings. Back by popular demand, the Silent Disco will be spinning with live local deejays spinning dance music throughout the evening at a new location, The Exchange. New this year the lineup features free live music in Old Town Square. Sunday after the festival FoCoMA will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “most musicians performing a song at one time” at The Lyric on Sunday.


March 17 - April 27 - Advance Ticket/Pass $50/each for sale online only, day of pickup
April 28 & 29 - General Admission Ticket/Pass $60/each online and on-site
(*Tickets are good for both days of the festival, see website for venue age restrictions)

“FoCoMX is a great music festival, not only because there are so many amazing local bands that play, but because it’s a really wonderful opportunity that we have to strengthen the bonds of the music community.”, says Stevie Heck, a Fort Collins musician and band member.

FoCoMX 2023 will also focus on the music fan experience including multiple stages at single locations including Avogadro's Number, Equinox Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Company, The Lyric, New Belgium Brewing, and The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Tour the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for free all weekend long and kids and families can discover their own musical talents with the Boredom Fighters’ Instrument Garden in Old Town Square (free activity).

FoCoMX started in 2009 as a grassroots experiment in promoting local music. The festival is musician-focused, nonprofit, and volunteer-powered and supports local musicians and The Fort Collins Musicians Association’s mission to provide education, support, and networking opportunities to the Fort Collins and surrounding music community.

Proceeds from the festival go to pay musicians for their performances and a portion of the profits are reinvested by FoCoMA back into the local music scene through FoCoMA’s InTune Musician Wellness Program that include a quarterly Music Industry Night, as well as, performance and networking opportunities for musicians of all ages.

The goal of FoCoMA is to create a sustainable and deep-rooted infrastructure that supports Northern Colorado music by encouraging businesses to open up their space to local music while growing a sense of community within our musical community. We aim to encourage new artists, support established musicians, and raise all artists' self-worth through raising national awareness of the Northern Colorado music scene.

FoCoMX is presented by: FoCoMA - Fort Collins Musicians Association and Odell Brewing Company. The festival is sponsored by Gold Sponsors: Bohemian Foundation, Organic Alternatives, Xfinity, 105.5 FM The Colorado Sound, Music City Hot Chicken and KRFC 88.9 Radio. And with support from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Elevations Credit Union and the Rocky Mountain Student Media. Silver Sponsors: City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Dellenbach Motors & Subaru, Elevations Credit Union and Rocky Mountain Student Media. Bronze Sponsors: Colorado Creative Industries, Downtown Development Authority, RockFan Productions, School of Rock, Go West T-Shirt Company, Best Western University Inn and Moe’s BBQ. And thanks to our Music Lovers Sponsors: The Mueller Family, the Riff Raff, Little Guys Movers, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, The Art Lab Fort Collins, Backstage Flash and Marc Leverette Photography.

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