The Stone Foxes, Dave Arcari, Heather Maloney, NeW bEAt FUNd join 5-day event in Austin

FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 10, 2015 — Organizers for the Colorado Music Party released the final lineup for next week’s events in Austin, adding more national and international acts with a Colorado connection to the lineup.

The Colorado Music Party will present 142 performances on two stages at The 512 on Sixth Street, the party’s home base in Austin for five consecutive days and nights of live music. National acts from both coasts, including The Stone Foxes, Heather Maloney, NeW bEAt FUNd and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will perform alongside up-and-coming Colorado bands such as In The Whale, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Rubedo, Inner Oceans and The Yawpers.

From Tuesday, March 17Saturday, March 21, the Colorado Music Party has scheduled 142 performances, including hundreds of musicians from Colorado, presented by Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Tourism Office and SpokesBUZZ, along with media and music industry partners from throughout the state.

The week’s festivities will kick off on Tuesday, March 17 with a celebration of Colorado’s commitment to creativity and innovation, presented by Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).

“From Scotland’s Dave Arcari to Austin’s Residual Kid, Colorado music industry connections extend well beyond the borders of our state,” said Dani Grant, executive director of SpokesBUZZ. “Colorado’s reputation for attracting talent, and for being a great place to experience live music — both from the perspective of bands and fans — is evidenced by the diverse lineup we’re presenting at the Colorado Music Party. The interest and enthusiasm being generated by this year’s events is unprecedented in our five years of putting Colorado culture and creativity in the spotlight in Austin. We are so proud of the story Colorado has to tell, and we’re grateful to the people from around the country that are joining us next week to share in the experience.”

Grant points out that national attention is already being attracted by the Colorado bands performing this year, such as Strawberry Runners, selected by National Public Radio for NPR’s “Austin 100” — a list of 100 bands worth discovering in Austin during South by Southwest 2015. Strawberry Runners, from Denver, will make two appearances at the Colorado Music Party: on Wednesday, March 18 and again on Saturday, March 21.

For those Colorado music fans from around the world who won’t be in attendance in Austin, this year’s Colorado Music Party will incorporate interactive screens to display real-time social media content created by attendees throughout the event. The interactive displays will be powered by Wayin, a fast-growing Denver-based company that aggregates social media content in real-time and displays it on any screen or device.

The displays will not only show a genuine account of each day throughout the event, but will also encourage others to participate and act, ultimately creating a bigger conversation around the best of music and tech in Colorado. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #COmusic when sharing via social platforms.

Bands currently confirmed to play the Colorado Music Party 2015 include:

3Two, Altas, AMZY, Andy Sydow, Aspen Hourglass, Babah Fly, Ben Marshal, Better Than Bacon, Birch Street, Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir, Bonnie and the Beard, Branded Bandits, Brett Jarnagin, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, Calder’s Revolvers, Candy Claws – Sound of Ceres, Caramel Carmela, Carson Block, Chris Dismuke, Cobary Jam, Cold River City, Cōvergeist, CRL CRRLL, Dave Arcari, David Michael Boyd, Dirty Few, Disguise the Silence, DOUBLEWIDE, Dragondeer, Edison, Eldren, Elise Wunder, Facing West, From Thin Air, Grim&Darling, Heather Maloney, High Five Hip Hop, In The Whale, Indigenous Robot, Inner Oceans, iZCALLi, Jack+Jill,, JiM ChieF, Jordan Igoe, Kind Dub, Kitty Crimes, Lisa Bell Band, Lissa Hanner, Matt Mahern and Constitution, Matt Skinner Band, Maxwell Hughes, Montoneros, NeW bEAt FUNd, No Fair Fights, OKO TYGRA, Open Space, Palace Brands, Poor Me, Post Paradise, Professor Fox’s One Man Band, Publicist UK, Qbala, Red Fox Run, Residual Kid, RipRats, Rob Drabkin, Robby Wicks Band (Acoustic Duo), Robert Cline Jr., Rocktin Grove, Rootbeer & Mermentau, Rubedo, Rumours Follow, Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts, Sarah & The Meanies, Sarah Summers, SarCa$t*, Sexy Ester, Shaley Scott Band, Shatterproof, Shelby Britton, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Slow Caves, SPELLS, Steele & Colfax, Stella Luce, Strawberry Runners, The 14ers, The B.A.B.E.S., The Covz, The Echo Chamber, The FAMM, The Left Ready, The Lindsey Saunders Band, The LoLos, The Patti Fiasco, The Railsplitters, The Rayo Brothers, The Royal, The Seers, The Stone Foxes, The Sweet Lillies, The Yawpers, Thunderthief, Tight Thump, Travellers Music, Von Stomper, Wandering Monks, Wasteland Hop, We Are Not a Glum Lot, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Wild Wombat, Write Minded.

To RSVP to the Colorado Music Party, please visit, Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Tourism Office are the presenting sponsors for the 2015 Colorado Music Party. Media partners include Westword,KUNC, KRFC, and Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir.



120+ bands to represent Colorado at five-day/five-night music party in Austin March 17 – 21 

 FORT COLLINS, Colo., February 17, 2015 — Event organizers announced today that The Colorado Music Party will return to Austin in March, this time with five consecutive days and nights of back-to-back performances highlighting the dynamic Colorado music industry. Featuring more than 120 bands on two stages from Tuesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 21, the Colorado Music Party will once again take place at The 512 on Sixth St. and be presented by Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Tourism Office and SpokesBUZZ, along with media and music industry partners from throughout the state.

The week’s festivities will kick off on Tuesday, March 17 with a celebration of Colorado’s commitment to creativity and innovation presented by Colorado Innovation Network (COIN). Featuring a small-scale trade show highlighting some of the state’s most inspired initiatives, the afternoon event will invite bands, brands and fans to join in the opening ceremonies of the Colorado Music Party — complete with a flag-raising set to a live soundtrack of some of the finest singer-songwriter talent the state has to offer. Colorado music of all varieties will continue into the evening, with the downstairs and rooftop stages in full swing after 6:00 p.m.

“This year’s Colorado presence in Austin — during one of largest music festivals in the world — is unprecedented, thanks to the continuing collaborative spirit of our partners in the Colorado music industry, and the commitment by the state of Colorado to our collective cultural and creative momentum,” said Dani Grant, executive director of SpokesBUZZ. “We’re not only giving Colorado bands a chance to share their talent with the world; they are also afforded an opportunity to further develop their business skills, forging connections within the industry that are only made possible at this event. Similarly, Grant said, Colorado companies can “connect with one another, attract the attention of the creative community that descends on Austin for the week, and demonstrate Colorado’s unique appeal as a place to visit, work and play.”

To further this kind of connectivity, Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Tourism Office will also be hosting shared meeting and work space for media and music industry at a nearby loft in downtown Austin. The Colorado Headquarters will provide an opportunity for media, sponsors, and invited guests to relax, recharge and rendezvous with their business contacts in a quiet space set apart from the industry convention and live concert commotion.

While the full lineup for the Colorado Music Party has yet to be officially announced, musicians from across the state, as well as bands connected through Colorado music industry contacts such as 7s Management and AEG-Live will perform throughout the week. Demonstrating the diversity of musical talent and the wide range of genres that Colorado is becoming well known for is an important element to the Colorado Music Party, Grant said.

“For a long time there was a perception that Colorado music was all bluegrass and banjos,” Grant said. “This year’s Colorado Music Party will give people hundreds of opportunities to learn otherwise and to expand their understanding of Colorado music. Though we certainly will have some bluegrass and banjo scattered throughout the five days.”

Colorado Music Party highlights currently scheduled for the week include:

  • Tuesday, March 17: opening ceremonies and COIN kickoff event
  • Wednesday, March 18: a full day of Colorado hip-hop on the rooftop
  • Thursday, March 19: the sixth annual SpokesBUZZ showcase
  • Friday, March, 20: Play Fort Collins – featuring the music of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Saturday, March 21: bands presented by the City of Boulder Office of Arts & Culture

For the most up-to-date details on events, bands and lineup, and to RSVP to the Colorado Music Party, visit SpokesBUZZ, Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Tourism Office are the presenting sponsors for the 2015 Colorado Music Party. Media partners include Westword, KUNC, KRFC, and Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir.

A Crash Course in Austin

You never know what kind of health your music market is in until you visit another place.  I can scratch off one more legendary music market from my list of never been to… Austin, TX.  I’ve been asked for many many years to visit, or it’s been suggested to me that I should.

The problem is I never wanted to let go of my fantazmagorical romanticism… I never wanted to see the truth behind the myth I conjured in my mind.  And, frankly, I just don’t like TX – the humidity, the heat or the politics.  So when I accepted an invitation from the owners of Nomad Sound to come down to visit them, it was as much a shock to me as those who know me.

There’s already an established connection between Nomad and Colorado.  They work with New Belgium Brewing on the Tour de Fat.  That and a few other things they’ve done in Colorado the past few years has tickled the owners’ interest in Colorado, and the possibility …high probability… they’ll set up shop in Denver this coming year.

My romanticism of Austin was not affected in any way by my visit.  I made the obligatory trip to the Continental Club, catching Dale Watson on a Monday night in what seemed a sold out show (I’m thinking about 250).  I was able to visit the as yet unknown new location for an unnamed legendary Austin music room, and listened as a new p.a. was being considered for install.

And I gorged myself on Austin fish, bbq, and Mexican food, to the point where Thanksgiving turkey seems not only anti-climatic, but almost something I want to avoid as I race back into the gym to shed 10 lbs I’ve gained since August.

What I learned is that legacy matters, because legacy builds names that people want to experience.  And that legacy has to be names that have mattered over time, and have developed as recognizable brands.  That could be the legacy established by a venue, as is the case with rooms like the Continental which has been open since 1957, or like Antone’s, which is set to reopen in a new location in 2015, after moving out of their old location a year ago now.

Names matter.  Dale Watson, a legendary Austin character, sells out on Monday nights at the Continental, and bands like Colorado’s Cowboy Dave Band headline the room at MIDNIGHT on a Thursday, not because the band can draw, but because the room draws because of its legacy in the market, and internationally among those who follow country music.

There is also a distinct difference in the way music is supported politically and financially in Austin.  It is a city that reaps many tens of millions of economic value from its industry and the city not only knows it but seeks to find ways to embellish upon it, to advance it.  As a result there’s an atmosphere of polished professionalism and historical sophistication in the look and feel of Austin, that I find lacking in our own scene.

We have an incredibly vast and differentiated music environment in Colorado.  We never graduated the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Willie Nelson, but we have graduated the likes of John Denver, Dianne Reeves, Philip Bailey, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and others.  That sense of history doesn’t permeate the atmosphere in Denver like it does in places like Austin.  As I was just reminded of by one of my hosts, we’ve sold more records by our artists than Austin has, by far, but by bands that are far more contemporary than those whose legacies drape over Austin like a well worn comforter.

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