Three days, six stages and more than 80 bands, including Cake, Leftover Salmon and Brandi Carlile. All for free.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is Friday through Sunday in Fort Collins.
"Music is a language that connects all of us," said Tom Scharf, music programs director for the Bohemian Foundation, a private family foundation that supports local, national and global efforts to build strong communities. "Every year as I watch the community come together for the festival, I'm reminded of how important and powerful that connection is."
The annual festival has been around since 1989, when it started as a birthday party for the city. More than 100,000 people attended last year's event.
Scharf calls the free festival Bohemian Nights' gift to the community, and he said he hopes attendees discover and connect with new Colorado favorites in addition to the big nationally known names.
"The music in Fort Collins is worth a trip at any time of the year," he said. "The city is a hub for talented musicians at all stages, and we feel lucky to share this festival in a place so steeped in music. You'll come away with 10 new favorite bands."
Every year, the event's talent buyer and local music expert Greta Cornett recommends bands not to miss:
- The Infamous Stringdusters: Grammy-nominated bluegrass band from Colorado that played Red Rocks in June. The band is known for its live performances, which The Austin Chronicle describes as "blazing" and "epic."
- Skydyed: Fort Collins-based band on the rise that blends electronic production with live instrumentation, bridging the gap between electronic dance music and live music. Skydyed has performed at national music festivals across the country including Backwoods, Euphoria, Pass the Good and Arise.
- Gasoline Lollipops: Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk. In 2016, Denver's Westword named it the state's best country artist, calling it "a group that combines elegance with grit and a rambunctious intensity."