Posted by: juliesutter | February 18, 2011

SXSW – Here We Come!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and at SpokesBUZZ, this has certainly been the case. So much so that we haven’t been great at pausing to blog. Whoopsie!  Last time we checked in, we were getting ready for our official CD release party for SpokesBUZZ Vol. I: Band Together (if you’re in Fort Collins, stop by Mugs Coffee Lounge and pick up a copy; they have an awesome local music rack at their location at the Oval. Suck it, corporate coffee conglomerate!) The CD release party was amazing and the Fort Collins community came out to have their socks rocked by all six SpokesBUZZ bands. The line was out the door at Hodi’s on a school night, and it felt like magic, ‘cuz it was. Take a break to get goosebumps all over again here.

Fast forward to February 2011, and we’re getting ready for our SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins showcase at SXSW. That happens in exactly four short weeks, on March 18th in Austin. We wish all y’all (we’re practicing our Texan) could be there, but barring that, we thought we might zoom out from the trees and enjoy the forest view with you for just a moment. Here’s what’s going down in Austin in March:

  • SXSW (South by Southwest) is a conference/festival extravaganza featuring technology, film, and music. Approximately 36,000 people participated in SXSW 2010, injecting millions of dollars into the Austin economy and drawing international attendance and attention.
  • The music festival affords bands an opportunity to strut their stuff in front of music industry bigwigs, members of the media, conference and trade show attendees, and fans, fans, fans from all around the world.
  • SpokesBUZZ is hosting a Fort Collins music showcase smack dab in the middle of it all on 6th St. in Austin. Lured by all the elements that make Fort Collins fabulous (including free New Belgium beer and Coyote Gold margaritas), we’ll treat festival-goers to a full day of Fort Collins music at The 512 Bar, with performances by our SpokesBUZZ Class of 2011 bands on the main stage upstairs. Mentoring band Head for the Hills gets the party started at 11:00 a.m.
  • We’ll also host an “experimental stage” downstairs, with additional appearances by various SpokesBUZZ musicians, including supporting bands Musketeer Gripweed and Constitution. Other Colorado favs will drop by to play throughout the day, including The Heyday, Lindsey O’Brien and Danielle Ate the Sandwich.
  • We’re bringing other Fort Collins partners with us, including Darren Mahuron of Summit Studios (he’s staging a rock art exhibit at the venue) and our good green pals from ZeroHero. Fort Collins Bikes and Panda Bicycles will be representin’, too.
  • Board members, volunteers, and friends from FoCo and around the country will be on hand to support the bands and amplify the buzz.
  • As always, we’ll spread the word about Fort Collins, bringing all sorts of information from, and about, the city we call home. Our sponsors make this all possible, and we couldn’t do any of it without them, so high-five them next time you see them out and about.

So there you have it — we’re heading to Texas in one short month to meet up with the world and show them how Fort Collins rocks. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we count down the days and share more information about the incredible musicians that we’re so proud to support. Feel free to chime in and tell us more about the bands you love, or just wish us well as we get ready to hit the road!

(delicious Texas waffle image courtesy of


  1. I was bouncing in my chair all pumped up and ready to start walking to Austin today!!! Great posting.


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