Woot! Let’s hear it for Bohemian Nights this year! Yet again I was wowed by all sorts of amazing music, entertaining performances, and that whole community feel thing you get when you keep seeing people you know everywhere you turn. Bohemian Nights is amazing (not just during New West Fest but the Thursday Night Live shows as well). And it’s all entirely free thanks to Pat Stryker and her Bohemian Foundation. I’m not the kind of person that talks about this or that being “a blessing” but I really don’t know any other way to describe what Stryker does for Fort Collins. She blesses us in many ways (music in the schools pops immediately to mind) but the fact that anyone can come to the Bohemian Nights shows, whether they live in Fort Collins or not, without paying a penny, feels like a cup runneth over sort of blessing on our little town.
I saw too many bands to recount in one blog post, but I thought I’d share some of my photos and highlights. If you want to see more you can skim through the Google+ posts I made after each day’s entertainment: Friday,Saturday, Sunday.
As we walked down Oak Street towards the Library Park Stage, we ran in to two Bohemian Nights volunteers who handed us schedules for the music as well as some schwag. I don’t even know how to describe this thing except to say that it’s a tubey sort of thing that you can use a jillion different ways. My friend, Marty, tried it on his head a couple of different ways. First he tied one end into a knot and wore it as a top knot hat. In the photo to the left he folded have of the tube in on itself and pulled that over on his head for a smoother look. I ended up using mine both as a pony tie for my hair and as a head band. (Head band worked better when I was biking with a helmet on. Pony tie worked better when I was sitting in the hot sun watching a band perform.) One of the gals that gave them out to us was using hers as a purse cover.
On Friday I saw: Patti Fiasco, Muskateer Gripweed, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Eurforquestra, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
On Saturday I saw: the Lincoln Jam Band, Steve Eulberg, the Hollyfelds, the Haunted Windchimes, Sarah Louise Pieplow, The Holler!, and a wee bit of Alison Krauss.
On Sunday I saw: Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Widows Bane, and DeVotchka.
I love being barefoot, so it was with great pleasure that I noticed one of the Haunted Windchimes played music sans shoes.
These girls were dancing while the Haunted Windchimes played.
We watched Euforquestra on the big screen.
Danielle threw t-shirts instead of eating sandwiches at the concert.
Widows Bane – Love, love, love these guys!
This guy was a member of DeVotchka. He played several different instruments and was probably the pest part of their performance. (Not that the rest wasn’t good, but he was amazing.)