Recent arrivals to the Choice City may think “Music City, Colorado” a better moniker but as recently as 2007 the topic of this post, Local Music Appreciation Month, was unheard of in this community. Fast forward just six years and April is packed with concerts, festivals, parties and fundraisers presented by a virtual federation of local non-profits aiming to serve, elevate and distribute both Fort Collins music and the concept of local music as a community asset worth developing.
As we pass this annual mile marker, it’s worth reviewing the triumphs, challenges, and overall change in the local music landscape. You’re invited to take up that conversation with us all month. For today, let’s turn you on to the 2013 Local Music Appreciation Month events circled on Entertaining Fort Collins’ wall calendar. There are more than 250 separate concerts booked in Fort Collins this April. Clearly, local musicians still own claim to the tradition of Local Music Appreciation Month in Fort Collins but more and more people are getting in on the action by showing their support and raising awareness.
Starting with a poster art contest in February, local community radio station, KRFC has been one group talking up Local Music Appreciation Month. They will display 100 copies of the winning poster on community bulletin boards around Fort Collins for the month of April. After April 6, the station will begin affixing stickers to the backs of select posters containing links to stream and download original local music from some of Fort Collins’ best-loved musicians. Speaking of KRFC…
April 6 marks The 10th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash at the Sunset event – a celebration and fundraiser organized by the same volunteers that have worked for years to deliver great radio that is local, non-commercial and volunteer-powered. Expect a hyper-connected community of local music lovers — Plus, live music, craft brews from Odell and New Belgium, a silent auction and a house-concert raffle.
6:30pm – Michael Kirkpatrick of The Holler!
7:00pm – Mama Lenny & The Remedy
8:00pm – Michael Kirkpatrick of The Holler!
8:30PM – Great American Taxi. 6:30pm at Sunset Event Center.
A non sequitur: With car manufacturers talking about discontinuing FM radios in their dashboards within the next five years, KRFC will be an interesting local music organization to watch. Many agree that nobody plays more Colorado music, but few know how KRFC will fare as others catch on to the Colorado-centric formats they’ve pioneered.
April 17 you will find local music champions at Odell Brewing for SpokesBUZZ’s Annual SXSW Afterparty. Last month I had the pleasure of watching SpokesBUZZ spend what you might imagine a local musician earns in a single year to showcase Fort Collins talent in Austin, Texas at SXSW (the heavyweight music festival champion of the world). While you’re still sticker-shocked, I should point out that this is just a portion of the hard-raised capital and human resources SpokesBUZZ develops and wields year-round to amplify the local music scene, develop our professional artists, promote Fort Collins as a progressive cultural destination and ultimately grow the local economy. This year SpokesBUZZ has extra cause to celebrate with the successful launch of ColoradoMusicParty.com.
April 19 & 20 The Ft. Collins Musicians Association presents FoCoMX 5 — a weekend celebrating the Northern Colorado Music Scene. Brought to life for the first time this year by the major sponsorship of Odell Brewing, the festival includes 240+ bands with one thing in common – at least one member calls Northern Colorado home. No local music event is better known in these parts, so I don’t think I need to rehash all the reasons FoCoMX is awesome right now. Check back in two weeks when Entertaining Fort Collins breaks down the festival line-up and asks you to share the scoop from your FoCoMX experience.
April 21 brings a major scene change from the venues of old town to The Fort Collins Country Club for the 4th Annual Opera Fort Collins “Afternoon Tea with a Diva.” Opera is high art. I can hear you now saying, “Really, Andrew? Opera?” Yes, really. Remind me to tell you about the time I spent four years earning my BFA in theatre and the following five years stage managing Opera. If you would like to say you appreciate high art, you should jump at this afternoon of teas, treats, cultural education, and live opera. Internationally acclaimed soprano Barbara DeMaio Caprilli shares adventures from her 15-year career as an American diva performing in Italy’s major opera houses. Her adventures will be highlighted with favorite arias from Bellini, Puccini, Respighi, Verdi, and more. A full British Afternoon Tea (savories, scones, jams, and sweets) will be served prior to the performance.