Posted by: juliesutter | July 18, 2012

BandSwap!

 

BandSwapSpokesBUZZ is pleased to announce what may be its most radical collaboration yet, with the introduction of BandSwap — an initiative that will bring five of the finest Fort Collins bands to like-minded music cities across the U.S.: Boise, Lafayette, Memphis, Milwaukee and Portland.

The Fort Collins bands will:

  • partner and perform with bands that attract a similar fan base
  • share resources, industry contacts and community connections
  • ultimately return home to Colorado, alongside their partner bands, to celebrate success with a weekend of Fort Collins shows

Of course, success-oriented touring bands have been forging relationships with local acts and venues for years; it’s a necessary step in building a fan base when you’re far from home. So what’s the BandSwap difference?

  • The cities selected embody the same cooperative, creative spirit inherent in the Fort Collins music scene
  • The promotional effort behind BandSwap is coordinated, deliberate, high-level and nationally targeted
  • The communities involved are invited to participate in the economic impact, by amplifying the message in addition to attending the shows
  • The message sent is unmistakable, with Fort Collins as the final destination: for imaginative ideas, progressive culture and top-notch talent

In other words, Fort Collins is poised to become a bad-ass global music hub, and BandSwap is the next step in making that vision a reality. This is more than a mini tour, it’s a unique opportunity to make a splash nationally and draw attention to the idea that a rising tide lifts all boats — coast to coast.

To make it happen, we need your help. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, SpokesBUZZ is raising both private and public funds for the BandSwap budget, with the City of Fort Collins matching donations totaling up to $15,000. A Community Funded project with a minimum $5000 funding goal is live, eagerly awaiting your involvement (and happily, offering some awesome giftback items in exchange for your donation). You can always donate directly to SpokesBUZZ, of course, but the combined visibility and camaraderie of the Community Funded site make it our preferred method, at least through July 31, 2012.

We hope you’ll help us make an impact by adding to our enthusiasm and supporting BandSwap — it’s a story we can’t wait to share, and a wonderful new way to tell the world that Fort Collins rocks!

Posted by: juliesutter | April 12, 2012

SpokesBUZZ Bands at FoCoMX 2012

It’s time for FoCoMX, perhaps our very favorite weekend in the Fort Collins music scene! More than 300 bands in 30+ venues over two wonderful days in Fort Collins, brought to you by the Fort Collins Musicians Association = nonstop music mania.

SpokesBUZZ bands past and present will take the stage at various locales throughout the weekend and we put together a handy little guide so you know where to catch our favorites. From this year’s supporting bands to past years’ alumni bands (including our most recent “graduates”, Peace Officer and The Honey Gitters), SpokesBUZZ bands will be sharing their talent with the town. A variety of genres, a vast amount of talent. Do. Not. Miss. This.

*Pro Tip #1: don’t be fooled by the trickeries of time — remember that shows listed at 12:00 A.M. on Saturday are really at the tail end of your Friday night.

*Pro Tip #2: speaking of midnight, if you want to get a FREE wristband to FoCoMX, sign up to volunteer. But do it before midnight tonight (12:00 A.M. Friday). See how good you’re getting at this? Seriously – a great way to get involved, give back, and get your groove on for zero dinero.

Posted by: annyrandel | March 11, 2012

SpokesBUZZ at SXSW 2012

Three Years of Free Beers and Music From Fort Collins

RSVP for 2012 day party by grassroots, nonprofit, collaborative Fort Collins music incubator. Tap into FoCo lifestyle with 12 bands, New Belgium beer.

The music-loving, free-thinking, green-living indie culture of Fort Collins returns to SXSW on Friday March 16 with the SpokesBUZZ day party. The showcase features a multi-genre mix of eleven Colorado bands on two stages from 11am – 6pm at The 512 Bar in the heart of the action on 408 E. Sixth Street.

Once again SpokesBUZZ presents a new lineup of Fort Collins’ best live music and some very special guests including Greensky Bluegrass. Seven hours of continuous music, art and complimentary drinks from two Fort Collins companies: New Belgium beer and Coyote Gold All-Natural Margaritas. See, taste, listen and feel the BUZZ at this multi-genre music bash featuring FoCo’s finest.

SpokesBUZZ was born 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 Fort Collins sound and culture by bringing worldwide attention to local bands.

SpokesBUZZ founder Dani Grant said, “Our SXSW day party showcases garner quantifiable results for our bands and our city. The local effect is tangible before we even arrive, from pre-event parties, CD compilations and the biodiesel ‘SpokesBUSS’ bus delivering musicians and staff from here to Austin. SpokesBUZZ 2010 showcase band Candy Claws was listed as an NPR band to watch later that year, and has been selected for an official 2012 SXSW showcase. Shortly after their 2011 showcase performance, Musketeer Gripweed signed with a Crescendo Artists, joining the likes of Yonder Mountain String Band; they now open shows for bands like Trampled by Turtles and Los Lobos. Our SpokesBUZZ: Band Together, Volume II compilation is available at the show, online and at the register of Austin’s iconic Waterloo Records.”

In addition to homegrown music, SpokesBUZZ brings the full Fort Collins experience to Sixth Street by composting and recycling waste, giving away a handmade-in-FoCo fixie from Big Shot Bikes and displaying local art. “Fort Collins is a progressive cultural destination — we come to SXSW to let the secret out,” Grant said.

SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins SXSW 2012 is Friday March 16, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The 512 Bar at 418 E. Sixth Street in Austin, TX 78701 (at Sixth and Trinity). RSVP is required for free beverage. SXSW badgeholders drink free. The event is free and open to the public (all ages).

RSVP: http://spokesbuzz.org/7/RSVP/

Host: www.SpokesBUZZ.org

Venue: www.512baraustin.com  & (512) 614-4299

Sponsor: www.newbelgium.com

Sponsor: www.coyotegold.com

Lineup:

Downstairs Stage
11:45 a.m. Swayback
12:45 p.m. The Patti Fiasco
1:45 p.m. The Lindsey O’Brien Band
2:45 p.m. The Holler!
3:45 p.m. Common Anomaly
4:45 p.m. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Main Stage
12:00 p.m. Trichome
1:00 p.m. Post Paradise
2:00 p.m. Peace Officer
3:00 p.m. Constitution
4:00 p.m. Musketeer Gripweed
5:00 p.m. Greensky Bluegrass

Posted by: asoundeducation | December 11, 2011

Rewind: Looking Back on the 2nd Annual SpokesBUZZ CD Release Show

Let’s take a moment to reflect on this past Wednesday night’s events. It was the 2nd annual SpokesBUZZ CD Release Show at

Post Paradise performs at the 2nd annual SpokesBUZZ CD release show on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. PHOTO: Tim Van Schmidt

Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, Colo. Hodi’s quickly filled to capacity and stayed that way through all nine SpokesBUZZ bands’ sets,

Peace Officer performing at the 2nd annual SpokesBUZZ CD release show on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. PHOTO: Tim Van Schmidt

but I was in the back of the venue for most of it  helping the bands load-in their gear. And, as I’m sure is required by some hair-brain law of physics, I helped them load-out all their gear, too. Loading-in, loading-out – it pulled me away from the festivities for a lot of the night. So even though my backstage task let me ogle at some amazing music equipment and socialize with the bands, I’ve been wondering what I missed out on. Thanks to the Media and the Internet I was able to listen to Dani Grant give an interview on TRI 102.5, read a preview to the show from the Coloradoan, and check out photos from the show at Fort Collins Life-Times. So click on any of those links if you couldn’t make it to the CD release show or just want to re-live it like I did.

Posted by: asoundeducation | October 23, 2011

Do The Dead Dance With Some SpokesBUZZ Bands

I’m thinking of being Pregnant Beyoncé for Halloween. I’ve got the right hair, and my stomach isn’t too far from looking like the real deal. The only problem that I can see is that I haven’t got the right dance moves.

While I’m still trying to figure out a costume, a couple SpokesBUZZ bands have had their Halloween plans locked down for a while. The Holler! just held their 9th Holler!ween out at Grant Family Farms, and based off the Facebook record it was a great time.

Is that Matt Mahern from Constitution? In a wig? Doing something regarding Holler!ween? I wish I knew more about this intriguing nugget.

Trichome are holding their 1st annual halloween show at SKY Nightclub in Greeley on Saturday, Oct. 29th. Their pals Gypsy Fit are opening the evening around 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for 21+ and $8 if you’re 18-20. You can find more info for it here.

Hopefully you’ve seen the fliers for Musketeer Gripweed’s Halloween and Gasoline show at the Aggie if you’ve been hanging around Fort Collins recently. This one’s also on Saturday, Oct. 29th, and The Seers and SpokesBUZZ alumni The Nu Classics are opening the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Both of these should be good times, so don’t miss out. I’m hoping to have nailed down my “Single Ladies” dance by the 29th, but with my track record, it’ll still be looking like a baby’s first time crawling.

 

 

Hey everyone. We’ve been away from our blog for a while, but things at SpokesBUZZ have been chugging along at an almost dizzying speed. Our groups are just starting to slow down from their busy summer schedules and we’ve had a booth at what seems like every Fort Collins event over the last couple months.

Our last post dealt with our bands playing FoCoMX III, and since then a lot has happened. For starters, we’ve got a whole new class of SpokesBUZZ bands for the 2011-2012 year. They’re a great group of musicians and we’re excited to be working with every single one of them. If you aren’t familiar with this year’s class, go ahead and get acquainted with them here.

Colorado’s had some uncharacteristically sun-shiney weather through September and our groups are set to send it off in style with two big shows on the same night.

The Good 'ol Boys of Constitution

Constitution is getting ready for their album release party at Road 34 on Friday, September 30, 2011. The show starts at 9 p.m. with the very talented Maxwell Hughes opening. With the price of admission (5$) comes a copy of the new album. Remember, this show is 21+ and is going to be damn good.

On the same night is alt-rockers Post Paradise‘s release show for their new album, “The New Normal,” at Hodi’s Half Note. This show’s got something unique going on. With admission comes a download code for Post Paradise’s performance set. Our good friend Dan Butcher – being the sound genius that he is – will be multi-tracking the show and uploading it to Bandcamp.com by 6 p.m. the next day. All you’ve got to do is go to the URL provided with the download code, enter in the information once prompted and click download. Take To The Oars, Vices I Admire and SpokesBUZZ’s own Common Anomaly will be opening the night up. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is 5$ at the door/8$ under 21.

We’re going to have fun bouncing between the shows and supporting all the groups involved while the weather is still nice enough to move around outside. Come out and join us, support these great local acts and have a beer or two while you’re at it (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Posted by: dustinhoover | April 5, 2011

SpokesBUZZ Bands at FoCoMX III

This year is the third installment of the annual Fort Collins Music Experiment. The event will take place this Friday and Saturday (April 8th & 9th) with more than 200 artists playing at 20+ different venues around Fort Collins. You can attend the two-day event for only $15 and all SpokesBUZZ Class of 2011 featured bands and supporting bands will be performing throughout the weekend. You can even catch SpokesBUZZ Class of 2010 band Candy Claws on Friday!

Fort Collins Musicians Association is looking for volunteers for this year’s event – a great way to support live music, see live music and score a weekend wristband for FoCoMX. Contact volunteer@focoma.org to help out. For more information on tickets and venues, visit  http://www.focomx.org/.

SpokesBUZZ Featured and Supporting Bands at FoCoMX

*Candy Claws
Fri. 4/8 6:00PM Hodi’s Halfnote

Musketeer Gripweed
Fri. 4/8 9:15PM Road 34

The Honey Gitters
Fri. 4/8 10:30PM Avogadro’s Number

The Nu Classics
Fri. 4/8 10:30PM Road 34

Constitution
Sat. 4/9 12:00AM East Coast

Stella Luce
Sat. 4/9 12:00AM Ramskeller

Patti Fiasco
Sat. 4/9 10:30PM Avogadro’s Number

Wire Faces
Sat. 4/9 11:00PM Hodi’s Halfnote

Fierce Bad Rabbit
Sun. 4/10 12:00AM Hodi’s Halfnote

Peace Officer
Sun. 4/10 12:00AM Aggie Theatre

*SpokesBUZZ Class of 2010






Posted by: dustinhoover | March 30, 2011

The Heyday & Danielle Ate the Sandwich

SpokesBUZZ has always been committed to sponsoring and promoting up-and-coming bands.  Along the way, we have been showered with support from many established Colorado bands.  Two of these bands are The Heyday and Danielle Ate the Sandwich, who we were privileged to have grace the stage at this year’s SXSW Showcase.

The Heyday

Genre: Rock/Pop

Background

The Heyday formed in the spring of 2006, when singer-songwriter Randy Ramirez and pianist Jeff Appareti parted ways with their former Americana-roots project aptly-named “Like Chasing Wind.” Shortly after, guitarist Brian Martin and drummer Sean Bennett began sneaking away from their other bands to develop the Heyday’s sound in Appareti’s parents’ basement. The band calls them fit for “the drive home with your friends on the last night of summer,” but these radio-ready tunes are destined for bigger things.

Look and Listen
The Heyday-“Come In or Stay Out”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8OULNvCy54

Links
http://theheydaymusic.com/

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Genre: Indie Folk/Acoustic

Danielle “Ate the Sandwich” Anderson is a solid young songwriter, gifted with an ethereal voice and the talent for writing honest observations of an ordinary world. Her melancholy and often times vulnerable songs are nicely contrasted by her humorous and engaging stage presence. Dubbed “Joni Mitchell meets Sarah Silverman,” Danielle tours nationally, has licensed songs to various tv shows and significantly understands and works new media on a generational level. Denver’s Westword described Danielle as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.”

Look and Listen
Danielle Ate the Sandwich-“Stand By Me” cover  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuFIRAex-DE

Links
http://www.danielleatethesandwich.net/

Posted by: dustinhoover | March 24, 2011

2010 SpokesBUZZ Band: Candy Claws

The 2011 SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins Showcase at SXSW was an absolute success. Our SpokesBUZZ bands rocked the house and we were blessed to have other great Colorado bands like Danielle Ate the Sandwich and The Heyday performing as well. Elsewhere in Austin, Fort Collins band Candy Claws performed as part of an official SXSW showcase. As one of our inaugural SpokesBUZZ bands, they will always have a special place in our hearts. Take a closer look at these talented SpokesBUZZ alumni:


Candy Claws

Genre: Dream Pop/Psychedelic/Experimental

Background Candy Claws is a band from Fort Collins that was selected to participate as part of the SpokesBUZZ “Class of 2010”. Later that year, their album “Hidden Lands” landed on NPR’s All Songs Considered Top 10 Albums of 2010 list. Kay and Ryan write and record the music in their home studio called Flashy Storm, and are joined by five friends for live shows – Wesley, Riley, Meghan, Mckenzie, and Karen.

Candy Claws is a way to explore the miracle of a living planet, through the look and feel of nature books from the mid-century. Their debut album, In the Dream of the Sea Life, is a musical companion to Rachel Carson’s 1951 book, “The Sea Around Us,” and their latest release, Hidden Lands, is paired with “The Secret Life of the Forest” by Richard M. Ketchum. Other notable releases include Glacier Prey, a collection of rarities, cover songs, singles, Christmas songs, and side projects, and Two Airships / Exploder Falls, their original DJ set comprised of 30 minutes of electronic instrumentals. Kay and Ryan have always experimented with video, and now they will do it weekly with “Candy Claws in Dreamland.” Each week’s episode will feature brand new footage and music, an exciting creative challenge. Come along to the land of dreams!

Look and Listen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYM4AleN1kw

Links http://www.candyclaws.com/

Posted by: juliesutter | March 21, 2011

Sharing Fort Collins with … Everybody!

It’s Monday morning in Austin, Texas. SXSW 2011 ended yesterday, but I booked a late flight out, knowing that I’d want some time to let things really sink in. My last duty before I leave is to try and express what this experience was like for SpokesBUZZ and the amazing Fort Collins musicians we had the pleasure to showcase here last week. I hope I can do it justice. Luckily, the talented Darren Mahuron of Summit Studios was on site with us and supplied all the photos for this post. So when my words fail, the pictures will prevail! (Thanks, Darren).

While I arrived early to attend SXSW Interactive, many of the board members flew in the week of the music portion of the festival, and the bands arrived via the road — some touring in and playing shows before or after SXSW, some hopping on the biodiesel bus that our friends at ZeroHero arranged and piloted from Fort Collins. (This was immediately dubbed the “SpokesBUSS”).

Moonshine - home of the FoCo reunion partyThursday night we had a gathering of the Fort Collins folks at Moonshine, one of Austin’s fine patio establishments near the convention center. Many of Austin’s bars and restaurants are built with patios and/or rooftops so you can better enjoy the ambience. Weather during the week was gorgeous, in the ’70s and ’80s, springtime in the hill country at its best. Reuniting in Austin with the FoCo folks was inspiring, to say the least. This was the moment we’d all worked so hard for! It was fun for me, after a week in Austin, to see all the new arrivals and through them, experience the awe all over again. The biggest thing about Austin: there is SO. MUCH. MUSIC. It’s staggering.

SpokesBUZZ Band - The Nu Classics

The Nu Classic strut their stuff above The 512.

Friday was the day of our SpokesBUZZ SXSW showcase at a bar called The 512 (that’s Austin’s area code). We had bands playing on two stages all day long – the main stage upstairs featured our SpokesBUZZ “Class of 2011” bands, while the downstairs improvisational stage was reserved for our supporting bands, impromptu jams, and performances from partnering bands like Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Denver’s The Heyday. The sound from the rooftop stage filtered down below to Sixth Street, Austin’s main drag and a thoroughfare for literally thousands of music fans. Those that weren’t pulled in via the sublime sounds from the rooftop fell prey to the siren song of FREE New Belgium beer and Coyote Gold margaritas. We also provided some food for those attendees that RSVP’d online to the showcase (more than 4000 people submitted an RSVP in the weeks leading up to SXSW). The festival attracts people from the music industry, the media and of course, plenty of music fans from all over the world. I shared the registration table with a trio of Brits for several hours, who loved the atmosphere so much they hung out for several sets (no small win at SXSW, where the norm is to pop in and move on, over and over, all day long).

All in all, it was one terrific party, for sure. But here’s what it really was: it was one terrific Fort Collins party. The bands said it best, explaining from the stage, “we came a thousand miles to play for you guys – and we’re bringing Fort Collins to you!” And it was absolutely true. Somehow, an Austin bar was transformed into a full-on Fort Collins experience Friday. Summit Studios prints hung above the merchandise table – it was like a mini Gallery Underground. John Long brought in a ZeroHero tent, allowing attendees to compost and recycle waste from the event — just like at home. Shaped Music provided the sound at The 512, both for our showcase AND for official SXSW showcases throughout the festival. And this merely scratches the surface of the support we received and is only a small snapshot of the Fort Collins presence here in Austin.

SpokesBUZZ Band - The Honey Gitters

The Honey Gitters share a little happy-go-lucky.

And then, of course, there was the music: the bands represented life in Fort Collins like nothing else could: creative, energetic, good-natured, fun in the sun. Singing, dancing and smiles all around. And, oddly enough, a sense of community – even in a city filled to the gills with strangers, it was easy to feel like you were among friends.

SpokesBUZZ Band - Wire Faces

Ian from Wire Faces takes a tumble over the drums. Rock 'n' roll is dangerous. Don't try this at home.

And we certainly were among friends, literally. One of my favorite parts of the day was watching the bands enjoy each others’ performances and show mutual support – they don’t get to do that terribly often, as when they’re at home, they are frequently playing gigs on the same night in different venues. And, as is our way, the Fort Collins folks traveled the streets of Austin in a big rowdy pack, with people from home pulling in friends who were visiting and making new pals along the way. And when the SpokesBUZZ bands played additional shows at SXSW over the weekend, there was always a contingent of FoCo fans front-and-center, singing along or even offering assistance with equipment before, during and after the performance. Overhead at the Wire Faces show on Saturday (they also played as part of the Denver-sponsored Reverb showcase) “We’re Wire Faces and we’re from Denver …” [half-hearted crowd golf clap] “… AND Fort Collins, Colorado!” [enthusiastic cheer from the dozen or so FoCo friends on the rooftop]. Gotta love that.

SpokesBUZZ Band - Fierce Bad Rabbit

Fierce Bad Rabbit bringing some FoCo to SXSW.

In addition to love and camaraderie, I think most prevalent emotion I felt over the past few days, and the feeling I’m leaving Austin with is pride. The city where I live turns out talent, values hard work, and fosters creativity; all that is true. But in Fort Collins we also enjoy – and happily share – a sunny disposition and an outlook on life that I haven’t found anywhere else. Not that I need to look any further than my own backyard.

SpokesBUZZ Band - Peace Officer

Peace Officer - all energy, all the time.

I’m glad I rediscovered Fort Collins at SXSW. I’m proud of SpokesBUZZ and all the people who support it. And I’m ready to come home now.
Julie Sutter, satisfied citizen, Fort Collins, Colorado

Darren Mahuron and Tomas Herrera, two of Fort Collins' finest creative minds.

This post is a little over 1000 words. Thank heavens for people who take pictures.

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