Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in Fort Collins brings together tons of local bands and a few touring headliners the third weekend in August every year. Past headliners have included G. Love and Flobots, and the festival has just announced this year's crop, scheduled to play August 15-17: Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo and War.
In addition to the three headliners, the lineup features an impressive set of Colorado bands, including Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Drag the River, Ian Cooke and plenty more on six stages over three days. You can see the full schedule here.
Friday, August 15, features Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The band formed right here in Colorado in 1989, and has been a staple in the area ever since.
The second night will feature the legendary Pat Benatar. She was the first woman to ever perform on MTV, performing "You Better Run." Her guitarist and partner, Neil Giraldo, has been on all her records and will be joining her on the second night of the festival.
The final night of Bohemian Nights features the California funk band War, a staple of '70s feel-good music. War reunited in 2008 for the first time in 37 years, and Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan is the only original member in the current lineup.
And here's a complete list of the 76 Colorado bands performing at this year's festival:
1. Arthur Lee Land 2. Blue Canyon Boys 3. Blue Grama 4. Bonnie & the Clydes 5. Calder's Revolvers 6. Carlton Pride & Mighty Zion 7. Cary Morin 8. Chicano Heat 9. Chimney Choir 10. Chris Daniels & The Kings with Freddi 11. Danielle Ate the Sandwich 12. Danny Shafer 13. David Williams 14. Doctor Noize 15. Drag the River 16. Esmé Patterson 17. Eufórquestra 18. Fierce Bad Rabbit 19. Grant Sabin Band 20. Gypsy Swing Revue 21. Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams 22. HOSS 23. Ian Cooke 24. In the Whale 25. Jason Downing 26. Jennifer Lane 27. Joe Johnson 28. Joe Sampson 29. Julie Hoest 30. Jumpin Jazz Kids 31. Katie Glassman and Snapshot 32. Katie Herzig 33. Ken Walker Sextet 34. Knocean 35. Liz Barnez 36. M.Florea 37. Mama Lenny and the Remedy 38. Mary Sue Thompson 39. Matt Campbell 40. Matt Skinner Band 41. Megan Burtt 42. Mosey West 43. Native Daughters 44. Pandas & People 45. Post Paradise 46. Prime Element 47. Qbala & Dominic Deadbeat 48. Richie Furay 49. Shellist & Hundt 50. Shannon Fitzsimmons 51. Shatterproof 52. Slim Cessna's Auto Club 53. Slow Caves 54. Soul School 55. Sour Boy, Bitter Girl 56. SuperCollider 57. Taylor Scott 58. The Burroughs 59. The Holler! 60. The Jekylls 61. The Patti Fiasco 62. The Reminders 63. The Ryan Fourt Trio featuring Briana Carrasquillo 64. The Subdudes 65. The Swashbuckling Doctors 66. The Widow's Bane 67. The Wild After 68. The Yawpers 69. Von Stomper 70. Wasteland Hop 71. West Water Outlaws 72. Wiredogs 73. You Me & Apollo 74. Little Kids Rock Tavelli 75. Little Kids Rock Riffenburgh 76. Little Kids Rock Polaris
Bohemian Nights is the festival portion of NewWestFest, an annual three day street festival in old town Fort Collins, in its 26th year. The festival is funded by the Bohemian Foundation and is free to the public.
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