Fort Collins Music Fans Won't Throw Their Trash on the Ground Even if You Ask Nicely

There was in interesting policy on trash over the weekend at Fort Collins' biggest music festival. More on that later.

Bohemian Nights is a three-day Fort Collins music festival featuring around a hundred local performances and several national headliners, all free to the public, funded by the Bohemian Foundation. It runs in conjunction with New West Fest, a city-run street fair featuring hundreds of vendors, carnival rides, and food and drink stands. This year's Bohemian Nights headliners were Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and WAR. This year it celebrated it's tenth anniversary, and I went, just as I have for every year for as long as I can remember.

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I am a Fort Collins Native, born and raised a mile from old town, where the festival takes place. When I was younger, the weekend signified the last freedoms of summer, and we spent too much money on chocolate covered strawberries, perused the vendors for samples and got gaudy henna tattoos. This year, I caught up with friends who are home for the summer, listened to bands I have seen before many times and a few new to me, and experienced the city's busiest bar night of the year. Bohemian Nights can teach you plenty about Fort Collins, particularly its music scene. Here are some key takeaways:

9. Katie Herzig now resides in Nashville and has released eighteen successful records. She took the main stage Saturday evening. There was buzz over social media about the performer "coming home." Based on their ages, she must have attended Rocky Mountain High School around the same time as Derek Vincent Smith, also known as Pretty Lights.

8.The festival has an entire stage dedicated to children's music groups performances. There's also an area where children explore and play different instruments, build their own, and perform together.

7. Most summer nights there is free live music performances in the old town square, where most of the bars, restaurants and ice cream shops border. Sure, it's amazing sit on a pub patio and listen to hip-hop by Qbala and funk by The Burroughs, but it didn't feel new because Fort Collins is so immersed with music throughout the year. This weekend there were just more people out listening.

6. Even if there is a saturation of booze in the town, it is obvious city authorities care about your hydration. Most festivals sell water for $4 and there is limited or no communal watering hole. At this event, there were five community watering centers with eight water fountains at each.
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Mary Willson started contributing to Westword as an intern in the summer of 2014, focusing on the electronic music scene in Colorado.
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