Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is no more.
The annual festival, whose roots in Fort Collins go back more than 30 years, has been permanently disrupted, its organizer Bohemian Nights announced early Friday afternoon.
“Like most organizations during the pandemic, Bohemian has reflected on our work and decided that now is the time to reconsider how to best serve society through live music,” said Laura Wilson, Bohemian Foundation’s Live Music Manager, in an e-mail. mail statement where she announced the change.
The festival was started as NewWestFest by the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association in 1989. About 15 years ago, the DBA and Bohemian Foundation joined forces to create Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest – a free three-day music festival that brought Colorado musicians and national names. to the scenes of the same old town.
While Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest brought big names to Fort Collins – the most recent major names included Steve Miller Band, Pat Benatar, Blondie, The Fray, Cake and Bonnie Raitt – it was also recently influenced, like other festivals, by COVID-19.
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In 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Bohemian decided to cancel Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest for that year. Around the same time, the DBA fell victim to the pandemic, announcing layoffs and leave as it folded into the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority to dull the impact of its many canceled events.
Earlier this year, Bohemian Nights unveiled a new, toned-down festival – the Bohemian Light Music Festival – which will provide two free days of live music in the center in mid-August. Also, it was eventually canceled this summer due to growing concerns about the highly contagious delta variant.
Bohemian Night’s annual summer concert series Thursday Night Live, which took place at New Belgium Brewing this year, continues, according to Wilson’s Friday statement.
“We are excited about Thursday Night Live in 2022 and look forward to finding new ways to build the community through live music,” Wilson said in the statement. “(Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest) has a special place in our hearts and we are grateful for 15 years of building community at the festival through live music.”
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