Plenty of things come to mind when someone says “Colorado” before a bustling music scene does. Mountains, losing the Super Bowl, legalized weed and South Park are all things people will probably bring up before music. Rightly so; when someone says “bustling music scene” (does anyone use bustling as a modifier anymore? Oh well, I just did twice) New York City, Portland and even Nashville will come to mind before a town in Colorado. Denver, however, has strong music scene bringing in bands from all over the world to play its numerous venues. And Fort Collins, a college town nestled in the foothills between Denver and the Wyoming border, has an unparalleled local music scene. One that is becoming a forced to be reckoned with.
Back in 2009, the Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) started the Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) a two day music festival that spread out through Fort Collins’ popular Old Town. Now, 6 years later, the festival has grown to cover most of the venues, bars and coffee shops in the north part of town. It is the sign that spring is finally here. There is a band for everyone to enjoy, and whereas in the past there were buses to venues that were a bit more of a hike, this year the entire festival can be walked. That’s Colorado for you.
FoCoMX was Greta Cornett, founder of FoCoMA, and the foundation’s itself answer to Fort Collins’ tendency to be overlooked in the music scene. It is a way for Northern Colorado to showcase its talents, and bring the music fans together for two days of pure bliss. For anyone who is in Northern Colorado during FoCoMX, which happens to be April 25th and 26th this year, it is not something you want to miss out on. There really is nothing like it anywhere else.
More information about the festival can be found on their website.
Check out some of the bands you can see this year below.