Everything You Need to Know! (Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2013)

Well, it’s that time of the year again: the weekends are jam-packed with a variety of outdoor activities, the sun still goes down after 8, the temps are cooling off just a tad, and the biggest musical festival in Northern Colorado is just a few days away!

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest started 25 years ago this weekend, as a way to celebrate the birth of this great city we call Fort Collins. Bohemian Nights was also a festival to put Fort Collins on the map, literally. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce wanted Fort Collins to be a bigger dot on the maps Rand McNally was making. Also, all the signs North of Denver just said, Cheyenne __ miles. The original idea for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest was called, “Big Dot Days”. While it had the right idea, it didn’t have the allure that it needed from the committee members of the Chamber. So local designer, Richard Askew, came up with the name, “NewWestFest”, and it stuck a little better with the Chamber of Commerce members.

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NewWestFest was really popular from the get-go, as it brought together all things local. And so, a festival was born…

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Here is a great quote from Downtown Business Association Executive Director (and director of first two NewWestFest Events), Maggie Kuntz, ““The festival has grown as Fort Collins has,” she said. “A true expression of our Fort Collins personality, this event celebrates our artists, businesses, craft beer scene and, most prominently, our Colorado musicians. With the help of Bohemian Nights, NewWestFest has been able to stand the test of time and put Fort Collins on the map, as the originators had hoped. We’re a big dot now.” [Quote from the Coloradoan]

 

In order to stay up to date with all the fantastic musicians playing this weekend, here is a schedule of the 2013 Lineup and 2013 Festival Map.

And for smart phone users, make sure to download the app! (Don’t forget to use the lighter and hold it up high during those special songs, it’ll make for some great photos!) 😉

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NoCo Lifestyle will be your one-stop electronic destination for all photos, videos, and interviews Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest related! See you out there this weekend!!

 

 

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