Macklemore + Ryan Lewis Concert Tonight!

Tonight one of the biggest concerts to hit Fort Collins this year will be happening on the campus intramural fields at Colorado State University. Ram Fest 2013 has attracted one of the biggest names in the musical industry right now, Macklemore + Ryan Lewis. Tickets for their shows have been going for as much as $250 a pop anywhere in the country. Tickets for this show went on sale on July 10th and sold out in a matter of hours. Students had the luxury of paying $10 and community members $35. Tickets are certainly a hot commodity for tonight’s show and are seen for high dollar prices online.

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We are happy to have a media pass again for tonight’s show! We shot Macklemore back in December when he and Ryan Lewis came to the Aggie Theater and sold it out. This time we will be IN FRONT of the barrier and might get stage access during the first 3 songs.

Check back here later tonight for more photos of this great event!

Also, Tour de Fat is going on tomorrow and will be the reason why the downtown area will be shut off to traffic for the 3rd weekend in a row! So many fun events going on this time of the year, stop on back for pictures and stories of it all!

 

Our favorite photos so far of the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2013 Festival!

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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!!

 

 

BoNi @ NewWestFest ’12

Here is a look back through some of our favorite photos from last year’s amazing event…

Pianos Around Old Town Fort Collins

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Ever catch yourself walking around Old Town and stopping to admire one of these lovely, artistic pianos?

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Well, it’s a collaborative project among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins. The idea is intended to be a fun experience that creates an additional element of whimsy and surprise to Old Town Fort Collins.

The concept behind Pianos is two-fold: (1) for residents and visitors to experience seeing art in action as the pianos are painted in public by local artists, and (2) for residents to have the opportunity to both play the pianos and enjoy them as works of art as we rotate the finished pianos about town.

The inspiration for Pianos About Town in Fort Collins came from British artist Luke Jerram who created a 60-piano installation that has toured the world since 2008. The Jerram pianos have been on display as works of art for people to play in several major cities including New York City, London, Sydney and Sao Paulo. Bohemian Foundation approached the Downtown Development Authority to seek their thoughts about creating a similar project here, placing painted pianos in downtown Fort Collins. From these discussions, the Art in Action component of the project was added with the idea of local artists painting the pianos in public.

The project evolved into a collaboration among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Program and the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places Program. The first pianos were placed in Fort Collins’ Old Town Square for the 2010 holiday season and were an instant hit with the public. The program now is in operation throughout the spring, summer and fall months. We are proud that Pianos About Town brings spontaneous art and music discoveries that contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Fort Collins.

For more information on the Bohemian Foundation, click HERE

For more information on the Downtown Development Authority, click HERE

For more information on the City of Fort Collins, click HERE

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Red Rock Amphitheatre. Some call it the 8th wonder of the world. For those fortunate enough to witness a concert here, it would be hard to disagree.

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Before Red Rocks was an amphitheatre, and even had the name “Red Rocks”, the area was believed to be occupied by Ute tribes throughout 1800s, and was nicknamed “Garden of the Angels”. Fast forward to 1906, and Red Rocks produced it’s first concert, on a makeshift stage. John Brisben Walker had the vision for this perfect setting for acoustic sounds nested in the rocks. In 1927 and a few encores later, the city of Denver bought this for a cool $54,133. Not a bad price for the venue it is today, eh?

For Northern Colorado residents, it is roughly a 60 minute drive to this awe-inspiring venue, just West of Denver. Red Rocks is best known for the concerts they put on, however, that isn’t all they do. Festivals, films, fitness/yoga classes, you name it. With a venue of this magnitude, it will be used for as many events as possible.



This weekend, for example, Global Dance Festival will be taking place at Red Rocks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Global Dance Festival is one of the world’s largest Electronic Music Festivals. Originating at Red Rocks, Global Dance Festival has now spread out to Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Athens Greece.

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It sure is great living so close to such an incredible venue for so many things. A couple months ago, I visited Red Rocks on a Sunday morning for a workout. There had to be close to one-hundred others working out there that morning as well. Push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and heck, some were ambitious enough to run the 69 rows of stairs!

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For more information on Red Rocks Amphitheatre events, click HERE

For more information on Global Dance Festival this weekend, click HERE

Anberlin Interview

“Chocolate donuts, hands down.” replies Anberlin’s drummer, Nathan Young. If someone was to throw something while on stage, Nathan would prefer it to be just that, a chocolate donut. I can’t say I would blame him, either.

Besides donuts, Nathan and I brushed on a few other topics this afternoon on a phone interview I conducted with him, here is the rest…

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NoCo Lifestyle: Vital, the latest album you guys released has a different feel to it. Some might say “youthful” or “energetic”, was there a reason to head in a different direction?

Nathan: I think it’s important as an artist to not be “one dimensional” and give the listeners the same sound with different lyrics. If you can combine new lyrics AND a different sound, without losing your musical passion as a group, then well, that’s the diversity we’re after.

NoCo Lifestyle: You guys have been together for 11 years, and created quite a few albums (6 to date), can you say that you’ve had a favorite one that you all have made?

Nathan: I think if I said a certain album it wouldn’t be fair, because all of our albums are so unique individually. Also, when we create an album, we focus so much on pouring everything we have into every song. So, to answer your question, we can honestly say that our latest albums are the ones we are most proud of. That doesn’t have to be the answer for every artist; but it feels good to be able to answer your question that way.

NoCo Lifestyle: There isn’t a shortage of countries you guys have played in, do you have a favorite?

Nathan: Australia. We’ve been there quite a few times; have a great fan base and following there. We’ve always have a lot of fun playing there. We’ll be going back this fall again; we’re excited.

NoCo Lifestyle: Your schedule says Colorado Springs tomorrow night (Wednesday) and Fort Collins on Thursday. Have you guys played in Colorado before? Ever play at Red Rocks?

Nathan: We have been to Colorado before, played in Denver a few times and have loved it. Never played at Red Rocks, though. Maybe someday…

NoCo Lifestyle: Never played at Red Rocks, really?! I thought you guys were like, popular…

Nathan: We are popular, really popular. We just haven’t played at Red Rocks yet… (for the record, this wasn’t an exact quote)

NoCo Lifestyle: Besides pouding on a drum canvas, what else do you like to do? (Personally)

Nathan: I’m into photography…(interrupted abruptly)

NoCo Lifestyle: Oh yeah?! What type of photography?

Nathan: I like a few different types, but primarily like to shoot with a Pentax, and the more old school route, 35mm, black room and all…

NoCo Lifestyle: I like it! I have respect for people who shoot with that still in this day and age, when digital photography can be so easy to alter, delete, or edit images. Ok, sorry to interrupt, any other hobbies?

Nathan: I’m also into coffee, as in, roasting my own. Thoughts of possibly opening a shop someday wouldn’t be unrealistic. I also like to ride bikes.

NoCo Lifestyle: So you like photography, coffee, and bikes. I can only assume you ride a fixed gear bike. 🙂

Nathan: haha! I don’t, but I appreciate fixed gear bikes. I think you are more “in-tune and apart” of the bike when you are dappling on one around the city. I used to do a bit of Alley Cat racing back in the day. That was fun!

NoCo Lifesyle: Dude, you’re going to love Fort Collins…

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I then proceeded to tell Nathan a little about how much bikes are apart of our community, and that Fort Collins was recently named “Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community” by the league of American Bicyclists. I also told him about our Bicycle Library and he, like almost everyone I tell that too, thought that was very unique and cool.

I was conducting this interview from inside one of my favorite coffee shops in Old Town Fort Collins, the Bean Cycle Coffee Shop. Before Nathan and I ended our conversation I told him he should get in touch with me if he gets into town early enough before the show. If he likes bikes and coffee, then he would definitely love a brew from the Bean Cycle. It is also just a short walk down from where Anberlin is playing on Thursday night, The Aggie Theater. Show starts at 8pm as Anberlin will be joined by Stars in Stereo and Campfire Ok. Check back here for photos from the event, as NoCo Lifestyle will have photo credentials.

Thanks for the time, Nathan. Maybe see you before the show on Thursday!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from Colorado Brewers’ Festival 2013

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Fort Collins kicked off summer yesterday with the start of the annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival near Old Town.  Here are some of our favorites photos from the event!