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The Echo Chamber – Vikings From the Future

The Echo Chamber – Vikings From the Future

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If I had a black leather jet pack complete with whiskey dispenser, metal studs and an electric guitar, Vikings from the Future would play from its speakers. Vikings is a little bit of everything in the rock vein, with a fair share of nuance – think Led Zeppelin mixed with Tool, then throw in a Beat poet for kicks. The freshman release from this Fort Collins prog rock quartet isn’t forging new territory by blending electronic programming and rock, but they do it expertly. The delay, distortion and programming they choose to use only aid them in creating searing riffs and emotionally varied tonalities. “Ramparts” is the award-winning, fist-pumping song on Vikings, showcasing driving lines of echoed bass and guitar riffs that build into a “Hell, yes!” frenzy, but the other tracks aren’t far behind.

–Molly McCowan

Austin or Bust: SpokesBUZZ Bands Return to SXSW to Represent NoCo Music Scene

Austin or Bust: SpokesBUZZ Bands Return to SXSW to Represent NoCo Music Scene

By Molly McCowan

Nine SpokesBUZZ bands. Two stages. New Belgium beer. Coyote Gold margaritas. A vibrant, two-story venue in Austin, Texas, overflowing with musicians and music lovers. All during the annual South by Southwest festival: A gigantic yearly event that draws more than 50,000 people from around the world and upwards of 17,000 music industry professionals over a ten-day period.

Put it all together and what do you get? The most awesome national promotion of the Northern Colorado music scene ever created. And we have SpokesBUZZ to thank for it.

But What is SpokesBUZZ and What Does it Do?

Based in Fort Collins, SpokesBUZZ is a non-profit organization that works to raise global awareness of Northern Colorado’s music scene. SpokesBUZZ was founded in January of 2010 by Dani Grant: local music lover, entrepreneur and co-owner of Chipper’s Lanes bowling centers (Grant also became the co-owner of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in December of 2010).
SpokesBUZZ aims to promote local musicians and support their careers, while also helping to spread the word about Fort Collins as a music destination.

“SpokesBUZZ’s mission is to amplify the local music scene, develop our artists, promote Fort Collins as a progressive cultural destination and grow the local economy,” says Grant.

How it All Started

In March of 2009, prompted by the Bohemian Foundation, Grant took a trip to the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas to explore what other “city showcases” were accomplishing.

Needless to say, Grant was inspired by what she saw at SXSW, and hoped to transfer that passion to the Fort Collins music community.

“I had a revelation that Fort Collins needed to be highlighted for what it had to offer because it exceeded a lot of what I was seeing represented,” she says.

The Bands

Up-and-coming local music groups apply to be a part of the SpokesBUZZ program each year, and a limited number of bands are accepted.

There are three “levels” of SpokesBUZZ bands: “featured,” “supporting,” and “mentoring.”

“Featured” bands have been with the program for more than one year, and will graduate after they finish their second year in the SpokesBUZZ incubator.

“Supporting” bands are the bands that are formally accepted into the program that are still in their first year. These bands will often be considered first when new slots open up in the incubator program.

“Mentoring” bands are bands that are further along in their career trajectory who lend support to the SpokesBUZZ program; they understand SpokesBUZZ’s mission and culture and may be booked for SpokesBUZZ events.

Currently, the SpokesBUZZ “featured” bands are (in no specific order): Constitution, Peace Officer, Post Paradise, Musketeer Gripweed, The Honey Gitters and Trichome. The Holler!, Common Anomaly and The Lindsey O’Brien Band are “supporting” bands this year, and Euforquestra is the only “mentoring” band at this time.

SpokesBUZZ bands often applaud the organization for educating them on how to promote, market and sustain their musical careers.

“Being a part of SpokesBUZZ is a no-brainer,” says Constitution’s Matt Mahern. “It only helps you with more gigs and promotion for your band while asking nothing in return except to do what you do best: Play music.”

South by Southwest 2012: SpokesBUZZ’s Showcase

So what does all this mean? That the SpokesBUZZ bands are once again heading to Austin for the biggest SpokesBUZZ event of the year, of course – The SXSW showcase!

The showcase will take place on March 16 from 11am-6pm at the 512 Bar, located at 408 E. Sixth Street in Austin.

In addition to the SpokesBUZZ lineup, there will also be some well-known Denver bands playing at the event: Swayback and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake. Greensky Bluegrass, an official performing band at SXSW, will also make an appearance.

Grant believes that the music communities of Northern Colorado should work together to promote each other, especially at a high-exposure event like SXSW.

“We are Coloradical!” she says. “Highlighting our Denver bands and their showcases is smart – a rising tide lifts all boats. We share in promoting and supporting each other in a very noisy festival, bringing all of us more attention.”

Michael Windham, of Trichome, agrees.

“The more bands from the [Northern Colorado] area that can mix and mingle – trade shows, collaborate on runs in different towns, et cetera – the better we can help each other launch into the national spotlight,” he says.

Attendance at the SpokesBUZZ showcase continues to grow each year, as does the credibility of the event as a whole.

Thinking of heading down to SXSW to attend the biggest and baddest showcase there this year? Take Grant’s sage advice.

“Wear good shoes and keep your posse down to two or three people or you will go insane trying to determine the next show you go to,” she says. “Also, don’t drink too many Coyote Gold margaritas or you might have to go to bed early.”

Find out more by visiting spokesbuzz.org or by “Liking” SpokesBUZZ on Facebook.

Mosey West Records New Album at Morningwood Studios

Mosey West Records New Album at Morningwood Studios

Mosey West at Morningwood Studios

By Molly McCowan

Mosey West, the winning band of this year’s Scene Magazine Battle of the Bands, began laying down tracks at the legendary Morningwood Studios this week.

The alt-country/sonic folk band is made up of Adam Brown (vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica), Mike McGraw (bass, vocals, acoustic guitar) and Matt Weitz (drums, piano).

Scene was there for part of the eight-hour session on Sunday, December 4, and the mood was energized. The band expressed excitement in returning to a more roots-oriented, authentic sound.

“We’re not using a click track for this album,” Weitz said.

“That really helps to keep things sounding organic,” added Kevin Brookfield, owner and sound engineer at Morningwood Studios.

For those unfamiliar with the recording process, a “click track” is essentially a metronome that clicks on each beat. Using a click track can insure that members of the band aren’t actually playing off-rhythm from the rest of the song. Since each layer of a song is recorded separately in the traditional recording process, a click track can help a band make sure that they won’t have to record anything over because it’s out of time. For some styles of music, like hip-hop and a capella singing, for example, having a click track is key to creating an on-tempo song.

For other styles of music, especially folk, country and Americana, the goal is to create an organic, less produced sound. Not using a click track can create a more down-home feel, allowing for a little bit of push and pull with the rhythm of the songs. It’s like the band is singing on your back porch instead of on a heavily produced, lighted stage.

The guys record a vocal track

The members of Mosey West were jazzed to work with Morningwood Studios.

“Everything flowed so smoothly and went so quickly here at Morningwood. We’ve been here for three hours, and we’ve already got the basis for three brand-new songs,” said Weitz.

Morningwood Studios is a vehicle for creativity, drenched in warm ambiance and vibe. The walls are covered in handcrafted, geometric pieces of wood and foam, helping to bounce and deflect sound, and also to absorb some of it as well, creating a warm tone. The detail in the decoration is amazing, and Brookfield did it all by himself.

The main area of the studio is complete with a fireplace, couch, old-timey piano and rugs. There is a room for laying down vocals, and another room in which to sequester the drummer while he records his tracks (this room can also be opened up, allowing an entire band to play in one room if they so desire).

There are African and Pacific Island masks adorning the walls; a Felix the Housecat clock cheerfully reminding you of how much time you’ve wasted talking about which vocal track to lay down next; and buckets of top-of-the-line recording equipment.

Brookfield at work during the session (Brown is seen through the window)

Stay tuned for more news about Mosey West – they’re hitting the big time and moving quickly towards reaching their goals. Scene Magazine will be keeping an eye on them!

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Learn more about Morningwood Studios by clicking here.

 

The Honey Gitters – Poor Gitters’ Almanack

The Honey Gitters – Poor Gitters’ Almanack

By Molly McCowan

To classify The Honey Gitters’ music as “just bluegrass” would be to tell a giraffe it’s a jaguar just because it has spots. The Honey Gitters play much more than just bluegrass. These guys fuse jam rock and Americana together, goodheartedly poking fun at both genres while avoiding the cheesiness that plagues so many Americana-fusion bands.

The album is eclectic, drawing from many influences and displaying the talent and range of the band as a whole. One song, “Le Proscrit,” is sung entirely in French, and exudes a gravelly reverb steeped in a Montreal gypsy-jazz sound.

“Wet Cigarette” could be a lost track off of the debut album of ‘90s pop group The Presidents of the United States of America. Its lyrics echo a similar kind of offbeat humor, and it showcases The Honey Gitters’ overall philosophy of combining catchy, fun music with laugh-out-loud lyrics.

One of the most intriguing songs of the album is “Pork Butcher.” This gritty song combines biker bar riffs with a riveting storyline, and further displays the band’s genre-crossing abilities.
With banjo, electric guitar, electric bass, drums and even some accordion and mouth harp thrown in, Poor Gitters’ Almanack is brimming with diverse instrumentation. Even though you shouldn’t take these guys too seriously (there is a song about doing terrible things to groundhogs, for instance), their combined musical prowess is undeniable. Almanack wholly showcases The Honey Gitters’ talents and sense of humor, and it’s an album that you’ll want to put on repeat.

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Hodi’s Half Note to Host Contest Naming Funniest Local Stand-Up Comedian

Hodi’s Half Note to Host Contest Naming Funniest Local Stand-Up Comedian

Jeremy Michael, Bob Gaudet & John Palke hard at work

By Erika Iverson & Molly McCowan

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Sorry, wrong story.”

Bob Gaudet, local comedian, emcee and wind turbine engineer, is explaining how the Hodi’s Half Note open mic comedy night was born.

The truth is, as close as comedy night is to the heroic story of Star Wars, it came about because local comedians and aspiring comics wanted to share their jokes and stories together onstage.

Jeremy “JRock” Michael, of the local production company Rapidfire Productions, was asked by a group of Northern Colorado comedians to help find a venue that would host a comedy night. He talked to John Palke, part-owner of Hodi’s Half Note, about the opportunity and secured Monday evenings as the new home for open mic comedy nights. Bob Gaudet was recruited to host the show, and the rest is history.

Hodi’s Half Note has proven itself an excellent venue, drawing crowds of varying ages and tastes and bringing in comedians ranging from experienced laughmakers to fresh-out-of-drama-class comedy newbies.

The Monday night open mic session is set up so that all comedians can get a chance to go onstage and do their bit. Gaudet is in charge of the sign-up, and any person wishing to participate speaks to him prior to the show. The sign-up period is from 7-7:20pm. There is enough time after the sign-up for 20 comedians to each do a five-minute set.

“Five minutes seemed like a good amount of time for new comics. If they enjoy it they can do more, and if they aren’t quite there yet they can do less. We have people who have never tried stand up before go up there and give it a shot – we even had a homeless guy come in and do a set one night. We’ve made ourselves known as a fun and easy group to work with, and that’s important,” said Gaudet.

Michael, Gaudet and Palke want comedy night to be something good for the community.

“We start from scratch and we make it grow. We want more people to be involved on the comic’s side as well as the audience’s. We hope to graduate from doing the shows on Mondays to a better night; we just need the support and participation of the community,” said Palke.

That is why Rapidfire Productions, Hodi’s Half Note, and Scene Magazine will be hosting a superstar comedy event called UFK, or Ultimate F’n Komedian. The biggest comedy event in Fort Collins this fall, UFK will officially name the best stand-up comedian in Northern Colorado the “Ultimate F’n Komedian!”

32 aspiring Komedians can compete in the contest. They will each pay a $10 entry fee, which will go to the prize money that the winner takes home at the end of the contest. The competition is open to anyone and everyone who can get onstage and deliver a twelve-minute set of all-original stand-up comedy. The contest will employ a panel of judges, and will be judged in four categories, including material, presence, promotion and crowd response.

Since there will be 32 comedians each delivering twelve-minute sets, this contest will be broken up into five nights, with the fifth night naming the winner of the entire series. Eight comedians will sling their jokes each night, and two per night will advance to the next round. The final contest will consist of eight comedians who have advanced through all of the rounds and one experienced comedian (who will not be competing) to close out the event.

UFK will take place at Hodi’s Half Note, located on 167 North College Avenue. The first round of UFK will bring the house down on Sunday, October 23, from 6:30-8:30pm. The second round will be on November 6 from 6:30-8:30pm, and the third round will tear it up on November 9 from 7:30-9:30 pm. Two more dates, including the final round, are to be announced on the Hodi’s Half Note website, hodishalfnote.com.

The comic named Ultimate F’n Komedian will take home a cash prize of $200, along with some serious bragging rights. The second place winner will receive $80, and the third place winner will receive $40. All who attend or participate will receive an “F’n” good time and a lot of gut-wrenching laughs.

So who needs to exercise? Just head over to Hodi’s Half Note on October 23 for the first round of the Ultimate F’n Komedian competition – you’ll leave with tighter abs and lifted spirits.

Speaking of spirits, Hodi’s Half Note offers drink specials on comedy nights, so bring your Hodi’s mug and enjoy a delicious beverage. Just try not to shoot too much of it out of your nose.

To enter the Ultimate F’n Komedians (UFK) contest, send an email to UFKfoco@gmail.com. Visit hodishalfnote.com for more information. Be at Hodi’s Half Note on October 23 from 6:30-8:30pm for the first round of UFK, and check out the free weekly comedy open mic sessions on Mondays from 7-9pm.

Four Corners Folk Festival – From the Eyes of a “Festie”

Four Corners Folk Festival – From the Eyes of a “Festie”


By Molly McCowan

I have attended the Four Corners Folk Festival (FCFF) every year since I was 12 years old. It’s a reunion of sorts for me; a familiar place to catch up with family and old friends. More than that, however, it is an opportunity to camp in a beautiful location, listen to world-class music, and escape from reality for the three days over Labor Day Weekend. I am what some would call a Four Corners “festie” – I attend FCFF every year, and I love every minute of it.

The annual FFCF takes place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The festival is renowned in the state for bringing top-notch bluegrass, folk, blues and world music to the foothills of this small town. The festival itself takes place on a forested hilltop near the city, but just far enough away to give the fest a more personable, secluded feel. The main stage is set up to overlook a beautiful valley and the San Juan Mountains: A jaw-dropping view, with great music to accompany it.

This Year’s Music

FCFF 2011 was yet another great year in music and festival fun. Headliners Keb’ Mo’ and Los Lobos brought sizeable crowds of smiling attendees, ranging from newborns to septuagenarians.

Music highlights throughout the weekend included Natalie MacMaster, a high-spirited, high-energy fiddle player who nearly fell off the stage a few times in moments of musical joy. She got the crowd up and dancing Irish jigs in no time.

The Infamous Stringdusters – this band is always a delight – surprised Friday night audiences with an amazing rendition of The Police’s “Walking on the Moon.” Their set left the audience reeling in amazement of their fast-fingered talents.

Many bands, like the Infamous Stringdusters, love to play at FCFF and return each and every year. The beauty of the location and the easygoing, cheerful nature of the attendees seems to motivate bands to go a little farther beyond the bounds of a good show – they give great shows; personal shows, and many bands can be found out and about in camp as the night goes on, jammin’ with the fans around the campfire.

That’s the experience of FCFF – the feeling that music is social; that it’s meant to be shared and enjoyed in good company. It’s this atmosphere that draws many of the same fans back every year, including my caravan of music-loving family and friends.

The Festie Experience

The first time I came to FCFF, I reveled in the atmosphere. I was a fairly outdoorsy child (thanks to my dad’s wise teachings), and I never wanted to stop camping. I remember saying to my dad after our first day at FCFF, “We have to come to this every year!”

Our camp is one that longtime festival organizers recognize. We meet up with many of our long-lost family friends from New Mexico each year, and our camp never goes without a New Mexico flag hanging from the beams of our vaulted “living room” tent area. Our camp is decked out with oriental rugs; a fully covered and functional kitchen; a “hammock village;” a shrine to anything and everything imaginable; and a dining room area where we sit around a big, rectangular table and eat, drink and play music until the sun comes up.

It’s a home away from home for all of us, and it’s something that we all look forward to throughout the rest of the year. I begin to get excited a couple of months before the fest, and when the time finally arrives to make the seven-hour drive to the festival grounds, I throw my mandolin in the back of the car, grab my snacks for the drive (Gatorade, jellybeans and trail mix), and start to feel like a kid again.

The Future of FCFF

Because I’ve been attending FCFF for so many years, I’m selfish about it in some ways. I don’t want it to get too big and out of control  – the reason I love this festival is that it is laid-back and easygoing. Festivalgoers are friendly and willing to give you a hand with that pesky tent pole. The atmosphere, especially for me, has always been a happy one. I have been attending this festival for 12 years, and in all of those years I haven’t had one negative experience. People are well behaved, but are also having a great time and letting loose. I don’t want to see FCFF lose its personable, homey atmosphere.

My fellow “festies” seemed to agree with me.

“As much as I enjoyed the diverse musical line-up this year, I worry that [FCFF] is going to branch out too much. I love folk, Old-Time, bluegrass, Americana, gypsy swing, et cetera, but I’m probably not that interested in seeing Keb’ Mo’, or even Los Lobos. I really don’t want [FCFF] to feel like they need to draw more people up here – it’s perfect how it is,” said Wiley Elson, who has been attending FCFF for over six years.

Here are some other quotes from this year’s event:

“My favorite thing about [FCFF] is that the people here are determined to have a good time, no matter what,” said Chris M., who has been attending FCFF for over ten years.

Stephanie Benson, who has been attending the fest for the past three years, said, “I like how laid-back this festival is. I can bring my kids and not worry about them.”

Caroline Watt, who has attended for the past eleven years, said, “This festival reminds you of what your priorities are in life.”

And my favorite anonymous quote overheard at this year’s festival?

“Do you know how hard it is to do an Irish jig in these shoes?”

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The Four Corners Folk Festival occurs each year on Labor Day weekend. It takes place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and usually caters to folk music of all types (including bluegrass, gypsy jazz and Americana). Learn more at folkwest.com/fourcornersfolkfest/index.html.

 

New Old Town Fish & Seafood Restaurant Delights the Senses

New Old Town Fish & Seafood Restaurant Delights the Senses

The Ahi Tuna Au Poivre at Jax

By Molly McCowan

Walking into Jax Fish House, one is immediately transported into an urban, hip atmosphere. A saltwater fish tank bathed in blue light; a modern, oval-shaped bar; an inviting patio area overflowing with early evening diners.

Even though it’s a bit upscale, Jax is not a pressed shirt and tie affair – the restaurant has a mellow, unpretentious vibe, and our fellow diners were relaxed and laughing over a background music playlist boasting hits by Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Pixies and Modest Mouse (are my roots as a music writer showing?).

Eager to start the evening off right, I ordered a drink accurately titled the Salted Watermelon Smash. A mix of Old Forester bourbon, Peychaud’s bitters, salt and watermelon puree, this drink first struck me as being…salty. After I began pairing it with the food that was brought out, however, I grew quite a fondness for it – it complements Jax’s menu items well, especially the oysters.

And oysters we had – an assortment of twelve of these tasty mollusks, to be exact, served on a bed of shaved ice with Jax’s traditional cocktail sauce. We were taken aback by the diversity in taste and texture between all of them: West Coast or East Coast, saltier or creamier, everyone can find an oyster that they enjoy here.

Next came the main course: Ahi Tuna Au Poivre for me (pictured here); Hawaiian Blue Marlin for my companion. The Ahi Tuna was served rare (raw in the center, but warm) over shrimp tossed in a bed of locally grown purple potatoes, spinach and red peppers. The crunchiness of the tuna’s peppered edges melded perfectly with the creaminess of its center, and the other flavors in the dish complimented it very well.

The Hawaiian Blue Marlin was a treat in and of itself – it had a honey dijon tang to it that blended perfectly with the ginger rice and shredded cucumber that it was paired with. Every bite of the marlin felt like a complete meal – the consistency of the fish was irresistibly smooth, and the flavors of the dish were effortlessly balanced.

For dessert? I tried the Cracker Jax – a plate with caramel popcorn spilling out of a small paper bag complete with butterscotch pudding, a toasted marshmallow and a temporary tattoo of Jax’s fish logo. Eating this dessert was fun, and the presentation made me feel like a kid again.

Jax also encourages diners to feel like kids again by utilizing paper tablecloths and supplying crayons to draw with, proving that the restaurant is not afraid to pair fun with a classy, modern environment. (My companion and I drew our best rendition of a fish in a bowl, complete with treasure chest and bubbles.)

Overall, eating at Jax was a dining experience that I won’t soon forget. The service was extraordinary, and our server was graciously available to answer our many questions.

Furthermore, I was impressed by the restaurant’s effort to use produce and some types of fish from local sources. They work closely with the Lindenmeier Farm as well as other local farms and fisheries. Because the seafood that Jax serves has to be shipped or flown in, the restaurant is making an effort to offset this rather large carbon footprint by also utilizing food picked right out of Fort Collins’ own backyard.

Here’s hoping (and knowing) that Jax will become a longtime Old Town staple.

Jax is located in Old Town Fort Collins at 123 North College Avenue. The restaurant opens at 4pm every day, and is open for brunch (10am-2pm) Saturday and Sunday and lunch (11am-2pm) on Fridays. Find a full menu and more information online at jaxftcollins.brfstage.com. Also, check them out during their daily happy hour (4-6pm), when East Coast oysters are $1 each and selected drink prices are slashed to between $2.50 and $4.

Pagosa Springs to Host World-Class Folk Music Festival

Pagosa Springs to Host World-Class Folk Music Festival

Four Corners Folk Festival (photo by Scene Magazine)

By Molly McCowan

Located in the southwest corner of the state, Pagosa Springs is a small town (population less than 1,600 according to a census taken in 2000) with a lot of heart. Every year, this town draws people from all over Colorado, New Mexico and beyond for one of the most unique folk music festivals in the country.

The Four Corners Folk Festival is an annual music festival held on one of the mountainous hills that surround Pagosa Springs during Labor Day weekend (September 2-4). The fest provides a fun, energetic atmosphere based around folk music and creating a safe, family-friendly festival environment.

Some of the featured musicians/bands to play this year’s fest include Keb Mo‘, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fort Collins’ own SHEL, The Punch Brothers (featuring mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile – these guys will stop at the Mishawaka on Sept. 2 as well), Los Lobos, Anne & Pete Sibley, Caravan of Thieves and many, many more.

The festival also offers free workshops, ranging from how to sing bluegrass harmonies, beginning to advanced instrument courses (banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc.), how to write a folk song and more.

Attendees can camp on the hill and secure a vehicle pass that allows them to bring their car up with them, but these kinds of passes sell out quickly, so interested parties need to act quickly. There is also day parking at the bottom of the hill, and volunteer-driven (a.k.a. free, but donations appreciated) shuttles run to and from the parking area and the festival center on an hourly basis throughout the weekend.

Pagosa Springs is famous for its Hot Springs, located within five minutes of the festival site. The Pagosa Hot Springs boasts over 20 pools ranging from 94-120 degrees (temperatures change throughout the day), a sauna, swimming pool and full spa. Buying a pass to the hot springs will also provide festivalgoers with a hot shower every day (a camping luxury!). Showers are also available at the community center, which is only a stone’s throw from the festival parking area.

There are food vendors at the festival and free water jug filling locations around the festival area, but bring extra food and snacks for the late night campfire jam sessions that go on rain or shine.

Speaking of rain, be sure to be prepared for changes in temperature – weather in this area can vary widely, dropping to 40 degrees some evenings and shooting up to temperatures in the 90s the next day.

If you’re a fan of folk and bluegrass music and want to take a vacation to beautiful Southern Colorado this Labor Day weekend, head on down to Four Corners Folk Festival. It promises to be a heck of a good time!

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A 3-day camping and festival pass is $117. An on-site vehicle camping pass (which you’ll need if you are car camping) costs extra, and is $45. Day passes are also available, ranging from $40-$50. For more information, visit folkwest.com/fourcornersfolkfest/index.html.

A camp at Four Corners Folk Festival (Photo © Clementine Photography)

Benefit Concert for Former Scene Cartoonist Hit By Car

Benefit Concert for Former Scene Cartoonist Hit By Car

John before & after the accident

By Molly McCowan

On May 5, 2011, John Campbell, former Scene cartoonist, was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

“My front four teeth were broken out. I also cracked a vertebrae in my neck, broke my cheekbone, ocular cavity and nose,” John says.

Because the accident was a hit-and-run, the driver of the vehicle could not be tested for impairment by drugs and/or alcohol, but John suspects that this was the case.

“It was most likely a drunk driver,” he states.

Throughout his time living in Fort Collins, John has been an active participant and supporter of the Fort Collins music community. A benefit concert, art show and silent auction has been created for John to help him raise the $6,528 to cover the cost of permanent teeth implants. The event will take place at Hodi’s Half Note on August 31, from 7-11pm.

Bands to play the event include The Jonestown Potion, Action Bastard and The Green Typewriters. There will also be a silent auction, and New Belgium has donated apparel to be sold as well. 100% of proceeds from the night will go towards John’s new teeth.

John maintains a sense of humor about the situation, informally naming the event “TEETHAPALOOZA.”

If you can only give $5 or stay for five minutes, you’ll be helping a good person get one step closer to regaining normalcy in a life tragically affected by a careless driver. Scene will be there, and we hope that you will attend as well. It’s going to be an evening of music, art and Fort Collins friends (and friendly strangers, too) happy to give back to someone in need.

P.S. Wear your helmets!

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TEETHAPALOOZA will take place at Hodi’s on August 31. 100% of proceeds and donations will go towards John’s teeth implants.