FCMX #9

We did FoCoMX again this year. Who did we see?

The Symbols, Matt Skinner Band & Idlewhile

The Happy Dapples, Futuba, plus Halden Walford and the High Beams

Twirling Zucchini Trio, Post Paradise, Grant Farm

Danielle ate the Sandwich and Endron

Another great showing of our local music community, and we were out late for two nights in a row!
This year’s list of entertainers:
12 Cents For Marvin
The Patti Fiasco
The Burroughs
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
The Holler!
Gasoline Lollipops
Musketeer Gripweed
Colony Funk
Slow Caves
Mama Lenny and the Remedy
Maxwell Mud
Qbala
Edison
Stella Luce
Wendy Woo Band
Michael Kirkpatrick
Shaley Scott
Wasteland Hop
Write Minded
Futaba
The Velvet Rope
Post Paradise
Guerrilla Radio
American Blackout
Matt Mahern and Constitution
Whippoorwill
The Commoners
Home Fried Boogaloo
Lindsey O’Brien Band
Choice City Seven
Elise Wunder
iZCALLi
Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene
Maxwell Hughes
Cary Morin
BONER
Ginger Whale
The Honey Gitters
One Flew West
The Swashbuckling Doctors
Gora Gora Orkestar
The Seers
The Aggregates
Colorado Swing Big Band
Switchman Sleepin’
Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams
Guerrilla Fanfare
Charlie Brown Sweater Face
The Grant Farm
The Hollow
Nadalands
The Symbols
The Violet Tides
Sabotage
The Echo Chamber
Sour Boy, Bitter Girl
Cool Hand Juke
The Dead Jam House Band
FunkyTunk Heroes
HYZENBORG one man laser bass show
Kind Dub
Strange Americans
The Velveteers
Waido Experience
ATOMGA
Bevin Luna
Matt Skinner Band
Mike Yob
Mojomama
shark dreams
The Alcapones
BANDITS
Dan Treanor and the Afrosippi Band
Fale: African Drum and Dance
Other Black
Porlolo
Serpentfoot
Stilted
Amy and the Peace Pipes
I Am the Owl
Manabi Salsa Band
Robert Wilson Blues Band
Señorita Sometimes
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Blind Alley Troubadours
Eldren
GOOD GRAVY!
HOSS
Lois and the Lantern
Dave Beegle
G’Jai’s Jook Joint
Grace Kuch Band
Out of Ink
Eli Slocumb & Grace Kuch
The Happy Dapples
Liz Barnez
Spaceagle
10¢ Stranger
Peace Officer
Wolf van Elfmand
The Blues Dogs
Canyon Collected
COMBATILLAC
John Magnie
John Magnie’s Honky Tonk Band
MISCOMUNICADO
Boat Drinks
The Dendrites
Ginny Mules
Johnny & The Mongrels
More Than Physics
My Blue Sky
Open to the Hound
Shannon Fitzsimmons
13 NAILS
Attack on Venus
The Covz
Crispy Watkins and the Crack Willows
Dee Tyler
Emma Marie
The Gremlins
Last Call Romance
Magic Cyclops
Marti & the Dads
Morning Bear
P-Nuckle
The Ugly Architect
Bryan Thomas and the Mercenaries
Earth Like Twins
The Great Aerodrome
Jeremy C. Grant
Mirror Fields
Places Back Home
The Prairie Scholars
String Theory
Dave Dardine and Cowboys Dead
Grim&Darling
Mono Verde
Smooth Beethoven
Square Peg
Twirling Zucchini Trio
Benjamin Bell
Brian Kittrell
Goatz!
King Eddie
The Longest Day of the Year
Loud Mary
Machet powered by Roots Massive
Nice Hat, Mister
Tyler T.
The 14ers
Antonio Lopez
Art Deco
Barstow
Elyse Miller
HoldFast.
Indigenous Peoples
King Cardinal
The Kity Project
Lehne Leverette
Lineage Music Project
Many Mountains
Meadowlark Jivin
Nancy Just
Papa Juke
Pictures of Moss
Poet’s Row
The Seen and Unseen
South To Cedars
Taarka
Thin Air Crew
TwoScoopS
Autumn Burn
The Bardots
Bethel Steele
Bill Smith
Bluegrass Patriots
Grant Sabin and the Juke Joint Highball
the Lollygags
Saphyre Rain
Tom Scharf & Penguin Rodeo
Viretta
Wynona
A Brother’s Fountain
Brian Johanson
Bronze
CROMA Barn Dance
DJ Matt Kays
Justin Roth
Maya Bennett
SYCDVK
ANIMAL / object
Eef and the Blues Express
Equally Challenged
Erik Lunde
Follow The Fox
GOAT HILL MASSACRE
Leaded
Rudie Clash
Saints Of Never After
Shaggz
Taggart & Silas
Wood Belly
Altas
DJ CHANNELL
DJ Full Metal
Foxfeather
Grayson County Burn Ban
Lakeside
Matthew Wilburn Skinner
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New Ben Franklins
The Parlor Pickers
PoorBoy
Rejekted Kauses
Rodney James & the High Gear Daddies
T-Band Bluegrass Show
Devin Doucet And The Derailers
DJ WADADA
Drifting West
Eric Straumanis
The Honky Long Tonkers
J Shogren Shanghai’d
Jaanvi Gurung
The Jamesons Duo
Lineage Music Studio Students
Lorna’s Swingset
Los Guyz
Michelle Petrie
POTCHEEN
The River Arkansas
SF1
The Tight
Wyvern Spire
Cable Ten
Clouds & Mountains
The Colorado Green Band
Endless Monster
Idlewhile
JohnPaulHodge
Josh Vogeler
Last Nerve
Monocle Band
Natalie Tate
The Pickin’ Pear
Rosann Winn
Ryan Fourt & Katie Harris
Alex Knox
Dj Jimeni
Intuit
Nearby Liars
The Tailgate Rockstar Band
TMULE
Adam Lopez and his Rhythm Review
Andrew DeCarlo
Elctrx
Get Along
LER
Love Muscle
Men of Letters
Montropo
Uncle Cuz
Adrienne O
Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart
Black Mesa
Folk with a Vengeance
Highjacked
Mike McGraw
Ragged Union
Sam Burns
Tenative
Vertical Arrays
Blue Canyon Ritual
Boom Twang
Brian Villers
Deejay Gyro
Edie Carey
Plume Varia
Shane Burke
Streamline Cannonball
4H Royalty
DJ DR3W
Jake Edwards
Levi Bronson
Mandi Lix
Mr. Marty
ThreeShots
Reason the Citizen

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Another Left Handed Banjo Player in town!

I brought my bass banjo to the grand opening of the Cloverlick Banjo Shop in Fort Collins!

Hey look! It’s Mark Austin playing the big banjo!

Mark is the owner/operator/builder at the Cloverlick Banjo Shop. The Cloverlick shop has moved from Wisconsin to Fort Collins to make custom banjos because why not? Colorado is banjo country!

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Bloco is back in the park

Maybe some new people added?

Bloco em Foco starts up Monday in the park

The best samba band in Fort Collins is working on getting their normal First Friday outings by rehearsing in City Park every Monday in 2017!

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A Little Br0nze

We’ve been hitting BEER AND BRONZE for some little statues:

Some examples at the brewery

So there’s this guy I know named Johann Perez who gets his guests mingling and playing with clay. After the party is over, Johann takes each little creation and turns them into pieces of bronze! What a great idea!

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Another Beat Farm day!

Bloco made it out to the farm!

This pig greets all visitors!

New this year: A climbing wall in the barn!

A goat sings the blues

It’s always a pleasure to get out to the farm once in a while as long as we’re not put to work. We love the Laughing Buck Farm and all it has to offer.

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TEDxCSU

Lorie Student Center Grand Ball Room:

The CSU Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference

“Ideas Worth Spreading”; People from NoCO came to hear  eleven unique speakers from the Colorado State University and Northern Colorado communities on a range of topics.

The Fort Collins Creator Hub was there

Here’s the secret: We sneak into these conferences for free as persons involved in “Innovation Alley”. We get a nice table to put our junk on (In this case, it was some of the things I brought to the Rice Elementary Science Night the night before) and then we get to schmooze with the conference goers and watch the talks on the big screen. We get to eat free too!

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Physics of Music

Something called “Science Night” at Rice Elementary School

Banjo lessons

Making and playing home-made oboes

I bought some of my homemade instruments for display and had a table for making soda straw oboes. I would have liked to do the air rockets, but the school was using the gym for a dissection lab. I didn’t have to to find out what they wee doing…

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Aliens Like Us

Not sure how we pulled this one off:

M.E. and Dave goofing off with the camera

As part of our advertising effort we made a phony “Behind the scenes” video for our 48Hour movie entry. For this idea, I made a cardboard 50’s era film camera, a clap board,  a comical boom mic and a “director’s chair’.  This ended up as a short B&W silent ad for the Lyric Cinema Cafe’s    “48 Hour Film Fest”. It’s my opinion that our BTS (Behind the scenes) entry was much appreciated by the Lyric’s film judges as they seemed to use it  extensively for the final showing on Feb. 28th.

A typical movie ad

By just Photo-shopping some of our big-head costumes that were used in the final film the above graphic and a few others were posted on social media to let people know about the experimental films that were being shown at the old Lyric theater (that will be torn down soon to make way for some apartment buildings). Our team name was “The 8th Bit Revolution” for reasons I can’t seem to remember.

Director, Producer, Actor #1, Actor #2

Not sure why the Lyric Theater didn’t want their name on the credits, but someone thought the name “Weekend Warriors”  would describe the 17 teams who worked on making a 7 minute movie in 48 hours on a weekend in February. The rules were 1) Make a 7 minute film in 48 hours, 2) Include three props supplied at the start (we had 2 masks and a yellow hat) 3) Include “twins” somewhere in the movie, and 4) Use the phrase “That thing you just did; Don’t do that!” Simple enough! So we did “Aliens Like Us” and turned it in in the nick of time!

Wow, we won in three categories!

We though we would get a prize just for entering or perhaps “Oldest Team in the history of 48 Hour film festivals” and/or best effort advertising on social media, but I guess because we have a basement full of costumes, BEST COSTUME DESIGN does make sense in a way. The BEST ANIMATION no doubt because no other team used animation even though we had only 5 second of it. BEST CREDITS is a bit weird because we screwed up on the final credits but the title credits worked much better and it showed that some effort was made to mock Big Hollywood. Even if we would not have won anything, it was a hell of a lot of fun!

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Lights, Camera, Action!

We entered a film at this year’s 48 Hour Film Fest…

Not a proper movie camera

OK,the picture above is a mock-up of an old ’50’s style camera made from a cardboard box and two smoke detectors. We used it to make a little promotional bit for the NoCo 48 Hour Film Fest. They will be showing our film on February 28!

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Busy Year!

How old is this Blog? We are 9 years old today!

Eclectic Gypsy with the band

We have a special engagement coming up on April 1st this year at the Music District in Fort Collins! Watch for it.

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