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August 10 - August 12
Bohemian Nights today announced national headliners The Motet, Blondie and The Decemberists and a lineup of more than 80 Colorado bands scheduled to perform at this year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins and is co-produced by Bohemian Nights and the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association.
“Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest celebrates the thriving Colorado music scene, and we’re excited to showcase a variety of genres and styles in this year’s lineup,” said Bohemian Foundation Chief Music Officer Tom Scharf. “We hope the community discovers new Colorado favorites in addition to connecting with well-loved bands throughout the weekend.”
National headliner on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8:30 p.m. is Denver-based The Motet, who fuse funk, soul, and improvisational inventiveness and whose diehard and devoted following sells out venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, San Francisco’s The Fillmore and Brooklyn Bowl. Headlining the festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 8:30 p.m. is punk-spirited Blondie, whose boundary-pushing pop has shaped the look and sound of many chart-topping female artists during the last three decades. Closing out the mainstage on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 5:30 p.m. is Grammy-nominated indie rock band The Decemberists, who released their eighth full-length album, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” earlier this year. Headliner performances all take place on the Mountain Avenue Stage.
The full lineup will feature a diverse offering of bands performing across six outdoor music stages. Artists in this year’s lineup with local ties include fingerstyle guitarist Cary Morin, whose latest album “Cradle To The Grave” won both an Independent Music Award and an Indigenous Music Award; Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir, who opened for Keith Urban at SXSW and toured with Justin Townes Earle earlier this year; Ivory Circle, an indie-alternative band that counts Chris Beeble of The Blasting Room among its members; and Katie Herzig, who has toured extensively both as a headliner and as support for artists including Brandi Carlile and Ingrid Michaelson.
Music performances will run from 5–10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit BohemianNights.org or download the Bohemian Nights app from the App Store or Google Play for the music schedule and for more information about all Bohemian Nights music events.
In addition to Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Bohemian Nights produces Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live, a free summer concert series in downtown Fort Collins each Thursday.
The complete lineup featured at this year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest follows. For the full schedule of performances, visit BohemianNights.org or download the Bohemian Nights app.
1. A.J. Fullerton
2. Analog Son
4. Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir
Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir – Sunday Aug. 13 at 3:55 p.m. on Mountain Avenue Stage
Blake Brown is an American singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado. After participating in many collaborative projects, he started Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir in 2013. The idea was to have the flexibility of playing solo, but to also include a revolving cast of musician friends when they were able to join him. Part of the cast includes close friends and musicians of groups The Fray, The Films and Tennis.
5. Blondie (Headliner)
Blondie – Saturday Aug. 11 at 8:30 p.m. on Mountain Avenue Stage
For the last four decades,Blondie has become and still remains a true national treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. Comprised of singer-songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist and co-writer Chris Stein, powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, and long-time band members bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, Blondie’s chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, a NME Godlike Genius Awardin 2014, a Q Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musicin 2016, the 2017 Silver Clef Outstanding Achievement Award and more than 45 million albums sold worldwide to date. Debbie Harry’s persona and the band’s boundary-pushing pop have shaped the look and sound of many chart-topping female artists who followed in the last three decades.
6. Blue Canyon Boys
7. Brent Cowles
8. The Burroughs
9. Cary Morin
10. Chris Daniels & The Kings with Freddi Gowdy
11. The Decemberists (Headliner)
The Decemberists – Sunday Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m. on Mountain Avenue Stage
With their eighth full-length studio album, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” the Decemberists—lead vocalist and guitarist Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen—along with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Ray) explore new approaches to making music and broaden their sonic range. It’s the Portland, Oregon-based group’s first album since 2015’s “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”(which charted in the Top Ten and included the #1 AAA single “Make You Better”), though in the time since, they released the EP “Florasongs;” a tenth-anniversary limited edition vinyl box set of their 2006 Capitol Records debut “TheCrane Wife;” their own crowd-funded board game Illimat; “The Queen of Hearts,” a GRAMMY-nominated collaboration with Olivia Chaney under the name Offa Rex; and “Ben Franklin’s Song,” the first of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s monthly “Hamildrops” of bonus material from “Hamilton;” as well as launching Travelers’ Rest, a two-day musical festival of their own curation in Missoula, Montana.
12. Dirty Few
13. Downey Sisters
14. Dream Feed
15. The Drunken Hearts
16. Earth Like Twins
17. Eli Slocumb
19. Face Vocal Band
21. Franny & the Jets
23. Grace Kuch Band
24. Great American Taxi
25. Guerrilla Fanfare
27. The Hollow
28. Hot Buttered Rum
29. Ivory Circle
Ivory Circle – Saturday Aug. 12 at 7:50 p.m. on Linden Street Stage
Ivory Circle is an indie-alternative band from Denver, Colorado, started by singer-songwriter Connie Hong and producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Beeble. They are joined by Rob Spradling on drums/percussion.
30. Jaanvi Gurung
31. Jalan Crossland
32. Jared & The Mill
34. Julia Kirkwood
35. Justin Roth
36. Katie Herzig
Katie Herzig – Sunday Aug. 13 at 6:00 p.m. on Library Park Stage
To put Katie Herzig in any sort of box is for it to be broken, as she continues to outdo herself with each new release. Her music is as intimate as it is epic. Herzig grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado but found her way to Nashville upon starting her solo career. Having released her last album “Walk Though Walls” in Spring 2014, this year in 2018 Herzig has come back with her 6th studio album titled “Moment of Bliss.” She’s performed at Bonnaroo, on VH1, toured extensively both as a headliner and as support for artists such as Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, The Fray, and as a member of 10 out of Tenn. She has had her music licensed for many film, TV and commercial uses including over 10 songs on Grey’s Anatomy. Herzig collaborated with RAC on their song “We Belong,” and has co-produced songs on Ingrid Michaelson’s 2014 album “Lights Out,” including her platinum selling single “Girls Chase Boys,” and went on to produce and write with Ingrid for her last album, “It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense,” including her single, “Hell No.” ASCAP awarded Katie the Sammy Cahn Award for her song “Closest I Get.” Earlier this year Katie was nominated for an Emmy for her song “Morse Code” written for Netflix’s The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show.
37. Kenzie Culver
38. King Cardinal
39. Kyle Emerson
40. La Pompe Jazz
41. Little Kids Rock – Polaris Showcase
42. Little Kids Rock – Tavelli Tiger Stripes
43. Lois and the Lantern
44. Lost Walks
45. Mama Magnolia
47. Maya Bennett
48. Mike Yob
49. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
50. The Motet (Headliner)
The Motet – Friday Aug. 10 at 8:30 p.m. on Mountain Avenue Stage
Music and escapism go hand-in-hand, and a concert or an album can unlock another world, if you let it. The Motet respect and revere this time-honored phenomenon. Fusing fiery funk, simmering soul and improvisational inventiveness, the Denver, CO seven-piece—Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keyboards], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Parris Fleming [trumpet] and Drew Sayers [saxophone]—have continually provided an escape for listeners over the course of seven full-length albums since 1998, including their latest release, “Totem.” That extends to countless sold-out shows and festivals everywhere from Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, and Summer Campto All Good Music Festivaland High Sierra Music Festivalas well as 16 consecutive years of themed Halloween concerts.
51. Needle and Thread