One thing about our thriving music scene is that it extends north to our friends up in Ft. Collins. In fact I used to live in Ft. Collins for five years and remember catching many shows while living there as well as experiencing many Thursday nights at Wash Bars and happy hour shenanigans at The Rio on Fridays. Our good friends at Spokezbuzz always have something cool going on and this is just one of the things they are doing to promote music in our great state. Pleas make sure to check them out and many of the bands they represent at events like these.
SpokesBUZZ, a Fort Collins-based music nonprofit, and the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins’ premiere performing arts venue, announced today the full series schedule and lineup for The Local Link, a series showcasing local bands at The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. The live music concerts -- featuring Colorado bands throughout the 2015-2016 season -- are a collaborative effort by the City of Fort Collins and SpokesBUZZ to connect emerging bands with music fans in The Lincoln Center’s unique performance facilities.
The Local Link series will feature themed events in a club environment, with local bands performing around various holidays throughout the 2015-16 season. The schedule includes:
- Aspen Hourglass: Thursday, October 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
- The Shaley Scott Band: Thursday, December 17, 7 - 9 p.m.
- Shatterproof: Sunday, February 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
- Grim&Darling: Thursday, March 17, 7 - 9 p.m.
- iZCALLi: Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Local Link is intended to satisfy the need for “an earlier set time in a sophisticated environment, with the best regional alternative bands,” said Dani Grant, SpokesBUZZ executive director. “The Local Link is a tailored music set geared toward a cocktail party environment: a bit softer, more acoustic in nature -- a performance that allows for dancing, listening, and a conversation in the room,” Grant said. “I’m 45 years old, have three kids and a full-time job. Both my husband and I enjoy live music; we have always been concertgoers and keep up as best we can with new music and local music. It is a rare occasion that we get to see live music before our bedtime, 10 - 11 p.m. More often, we attend a city festival in the heat of summer on a steaming asphalt parking lot, or force ourselves to attend a show in a sticky dark room at midnight. We will still do that on occasion, but having this event is exciting.”
With a full service bar, tapas/light appetizers, and an affordable ticket price -- $12 per show or the opportunity to purchase a $50 5-show season pass -- Grant said The Local Link provides a comfortable and approachable introduction to emerging local bands.
“Patrons can bring friends who aren’t sure about local and unfamiliar music to join them and fall in love with these bands,” Grant said. “Small businesses may choose to bring the office team and spouses to the December show to host a holiday gathering there, rather than reserving restaurant meeting space or planning a party.”
The Local Link launched on Saturday, August 1, with an acoustic show featuring members of Wiredogs. Season sponsors for the series include KUNC and Shaped Music. Season tickets for the series and tickets for individual upcoming shows will be made available at www.lctix.com.
About SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins
Created from a love for music, amplified by radical collaboration with like-minded organizations, and funded by people and partners who recognize the extraordinary economic and cultural community impact, SpokesBUZZ raises global awareness of Colorado sound and culture by bringing worldwide attention to local bands. Find out more at www.spokesbuzz.org.
About The Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center is one of Colorado's largest and most diverse presenters of professional theatre, dance, music, visual arts and children's programs. It features two performing art spaces (a 1,180-seat performance hall and a 220-seat theatre), three galleries, and an outdoor sculpture/terrace/performance garden. It also has two conference/special events rooms available for rentals. The mission of The Lincoln Center is to be a leader in cultural experience and make it an essential value to the community. Find out more at www.lctix.com.