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...will participate in the Second Annual BandSwap, hosted by Fort Collins' own SpokesBUZZ. The concept of BandSwap is fairly simple - take seven bands from Fort Collins and Denver with a good-sized local audience draw and partner them with artists from other cities with similar crowd numbers in their respective markets. Getting members of each community, from venue owners to local government and arts officials, to work on staging events that expose out-of-town artists to a built-in, welcoming fan base is a radical concept. Last year’s inaugural event was well documented in a video short, viewable HERE.
It takes many hands and advocates to build and stage creative community events such as BandSwap and several of them should be noted here. After attending the event last year, Josh Birks, Economic Director of the City of Fort Collins saw the great possibilities in contacting cities directly to invite them to join this exciting opportunity to marry the arts with community and economy. Nashville champions for BandSwap this year include Rose Melillo, owner/general manager of the Belcourt Taps venue and Patrick Clifford, Vice President of A&R for Disney Music Publishing. Madison’s top supporter is Karin Wolf, the director of the City of Madison Arts Commission. Other champion supporters include Lisa Gedgaudas, the Program Administrator of Create Denver - Arts and Venues Denver, Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Shawn Tillman, Senior Planner in the Chico City Clerk's Office, Ben Berthelot, the Executive Director Convention & Visitors Bureau in Lafayette and Chris Corl, General Manager Office of Economic Development for the City of Asheville. These generous and innovative people, along with many venue owners, talent bookers and others, make BandSwap’s good works possible.
The second BandSwap is scheduled to commence in the last two weekends in September 2013. The first weekend in October, the bands will return to Fort Collins and Denver accompanied by the partnering bands from the other cities, for a full weekend extravaganza of music.
BandSwap is simultaneously helping artists to develop, while stimulating the local economy through tourism and arts and culture organizations in the host cities.
BandSwap "Away" Schedule:
Denver, CO: The Epilogues with The Echo Chamber and Viretta @ Hi-Dive
Portland, OR: The Quick and Easy Boys w/ Musketeer Gripweed @ The Alberta Rose Theatre
Chico, CA: Big Mo and the Full Moon Band w/ Lindsey O'Brien Band @ Big Room at Sierra Nevada
Madison, WI: Sexy Ester w/ Common Anomaly and Sky Road Fly @ High Noon Saloon
Nashville, TN: The Cumberland Collective w/ Constitution @ Belcourt Taps
Lafayette, LA: Feufollet w/ The Patti Fiasco @ Downtown Alive
Asheville, NC: The Yawpers w/ The Enlightened Rogues @ The Grey Eagle
Lafayette, LA: Feuollet w/ The Patti Fiasco @ Blue Moon Saloon
BandSwap "Homecoming" Schedule:
Denver, CO: The Patti Fiasco w/ Feufollet and Grant Farm @ Walnut Room
Denver, CO: Musketeer Gripweed w/ The Quick and Easy Boys @ Hi-Dive
Fort Collins, CO: The Yawpers w/ The Enlightened Rogues @ The Lory Student Center Theatre
Fort Collins, CO: Common Anomaly, The Epilogues, The Echo Chamber and Sexy Ester @ Hodi's Half Note
Fort Collins, CO: Constitution w/ The Cumberland Collective @ Old Town Square
Fort Collins, CO: The Lindsey O'Brien Band w/ Big Mo and the Full Moon Band @ Avogadro's Number