May 2-4: Cinco de Mayo Festival
What could be better than carnival rides, live music, dance and vendors? Three days of it. This year, the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will take place at the Northside Aztlan Community Center from May 2-4. Throughout the weekend, there will be fun-filled events for everyone to enjoy including numerous live bands, arts and crafts, delicious Mexican cuisine and various dance classes. The event is free and open to the public. You don’t want to miss out on this celebration of family, culture and the community. For more information, visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.
May 4: Fort Collins Chamber Music Society presents: Foco 440: Beer, Bikes, and Bach
Curious to see what pole dancing and chamber music have in common? Ever wanted to hear classical, contemporary, tribal fusion, Celtic, AND folk music at the same sitting? The Fort Collins Chamber Music Society presents Foco 440: Beer, Bikes, and Bach: A celebration of musical exploration, local culture, and community. The Chamber Music Society features music of Four on the Floor and is joining forces with Project Tomo, Classical Revolution/Madera Dulce, Synesthesia, and pole art from Limelight Fitness Studio. There will be a craft booth for kids and a drawing for a bike from Recycled Cycles. Donations accepted at the door. Because a life filled with music is always better. Always. Especially with a drink in your hand. Donation accepted at the door. www.fcchambermusic.org/pole-dancing-classical-music/
May 6: Greyweather
With a second EP release, Havoc In the Yard, Greyweather has hit the ground running by touring and performing with national acts such as Toad The Wet Sprocket and Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. Greyweather’s members, singer/songwriter Kurt Humann, who plays regularly at Lucky Joe’s, guitarist Tyler T, bassist Jesse Lee, cellist Jennifer Lockwood and drummer Raul Brown, have come together with synchronistic rhythms that have made this group a hot ticket to experience. Come watch them play at Chipper’s Lanes on North College on May 6 at 10pm.
May 10: Derek St. Holmes’ Classic Rock Super Summit
Derek St. Holmes’ Classic Rock Super Summit is a concert collective featuring iconic rock superstars Derek St. Holmes, the legendary voice behind many of Ted Nugent’s greatest hits, Vinny Appice, drummer for Black Sabbath, Dio, and Kill Devil Hill, who has amassed a cult following, and Peter Keys, the phenomenal keyboardist for the iconic band Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Texas Guitar Army. The group is rounded out with HeXx Henderson, stellar rock lap steel guitar player, Michael Hund, award winning blues rock guitarist, and Dylan Hund, an exceptional bassist. This all-star super group performance, assembled by HeXx Henderson, promises to be an incredible concert which will not be forgotten and may well never be repeated. Derek St. Holmes’ Classic Rock Super Summit, literally a super group, is sure to be an exceptional event taking place at Ricky B’s Sports Bar in Windsor on May 10 starting at 9pm.
May 11: Lunde Station
Comprised of originality, inspiration and deep Americana roots, Lunde Station never fails to get the crowd moving. The lively, five-piece band will return to their hometown stomping grounds of Fort Collins to perform at Avogadro’s Number on May 11. As if the band’s usual performance is not enticing enough, this show will include a special release party for their brand new EP. With tickets only $8, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to party with these guys. The show starts at 6pm.
May 17: Stephen Stills
Not only is Stephen Stills a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and a part of two iconic bands of our time, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Buffalo Springfield, but the only musician to date to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times in one night. With such success and instrumental ease, it was only natural for Stills to branch out on his own. While still performing with the previous mentioned bands, Stills has made a name for himself as a solo artist performing all throughout the nation. This month will be no different, with the renowned artist playing the Boulder Theater on May 17. You can purchase tickets through the theater’s website at www.bouldertheater.com.
May 20: The Swollen Members
Originating in Vancouver, Canada in 1992, trio Madchild, Prevail and Rob the Viking, whose name stuck as a result of a joke, are about to release their 11th album in June of this year. Collaboration with artists such as Everlast, Divine Styler and Dilated Peoples, has given the band a footing in highlighting their rapping resulting with 17 awards! Swollen Members are at the Aggie on May 20 at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Aggie or through their website at: www.battleaxe.com/events.
May 30: Drunken Cuddle
‘Outlaw Country’ has become a favorite term to describe Drunken Cuddle’s fun, melodic and strong rhythms. Opening for musicians such as The Yawpers, Champagne Charlie, Matt Mahern and Lou Shields, Drunken Cuddle has made their name a regular in the local arena. The Denver trio, with Erik Arvoy on guitar, Katie Sternig on drums and Tony Meggitt on harmonica, combine punk, rock, folk and country to give us some twangin’ foot tapping knee slaps! Catch them at the Aggie with The Billy Goats, Two Car Garage and Chad Price on May 30. Tickets are $8 and doors open at 7pm.