Friday, September 11, 2009

FoCoMA Turns 2!!

The Fort Collins Musicians Association will be celebrating their 2nd birthday this Saturday, September 12th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO.


The organization made the executive decision to make it a Kyle King Memorial Show, in honor of our fallen friend. All proceeds for the evening and a percentage of the bar sale will go to the memorial fund that his parents set up. Also, about 35 local bands have donated CDs that we will be selling for a $5 donation to go to his fund. It's free and the lineup includes: Arliss Nancy, Paean, 10-4 Eleanor, and Scary Ghosts. Doors are at 8 PM and the show starts at 9 PM.

FoCoMA received their 501(c)3 this past April and are proud of the whole music community for pulling off some pretty cool things even without it.

Some highlights include:
-Hosting 2 FoCoMA Peer Awards
-Holding once a month free workshops
-Sponsoring new talent showcases for new/young bands to have a chance to play (instead of being reduced to working with Big Time Entertainment)
-Producing the children's workshops at the Fort Collins Jazz Festival for 2 years
-Producing the JazzFest Kickoff Party/ Crawfish Boil for 2 years
-Raising $1500 for the Windsor Tornado Relief efforts
-Sponsoring the CSU Back to School show
-Producing the Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX)
-Working with the CMB to provide a NoCo section
-Working with the Colorado Music Lounge to help promote bands on campus
-Holding "Bake for the Cure" (local musician bakesales) to raise money for our Musicians for Mammograms program
-Producing the Old West Fest party (new west fest after party)
-Co-Sponsoring Battle of the Bands with the Aggie (where each band was paid)

This fall, FoCoMA are bringing the Dirty Dozen Brass Band out on September 19th to march with the CSU Marching Band at halftime and then come play the Aggie Theatre that evening. They've been accepting donations to help raise $15,000.00 to rebuild one house for the Saint Bernard Project on behalf of the Fort Collins Music Community.

They're producing a Bowling for Boobies event at Chippers Lanes in October for the Musicians for Mammograms program.

They're also working with Star Excel Radio to produce a show that will be rebroadcast from KRFC to their terrestrial station in LA and podcast to music communities around the world that they work with. It will be a NoCo band and a CO band for each segment, in our efforts to bridge the gap between the different scenes.

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