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FoCoMX Is Getting Even More Experimental

Courtesy of Fort Collins Music eXperiment
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The Patti Fiasco, shown here at the 2014 FoCoMX, will return for 2015

Now in its seventh year, the Fort Collins Music eXperiment is stepping up its game to include some unique acts to its 2015 lineup, including classical music, burlesque and more family-friendly showcases, as well as a special guest performance by The Lumineers' StelthUlvang.

Organizers said the move is intended to expand the options for their growing audience.

“Part of our goal is not only educating our musicians, but the public too,” said Greta Cornett, FoCoMX cofounder. “Letting people know that there all these different kinds of music in Fort Collins, and they may not be the ones that are playing the Aggie Theatre and they may not be the (bands) that you hear on the radio but they’re still part of our music scene.”

Created as a way to celebrate local music, the festival has traditionally featured a wide range of genres, but this is the first time the event has brought in performance art or classical acts. Artists jazzing things up this year include burlesque troupe Blue Stocking Burly-Q and the Fort Collins Chamber Music Society.

Ulvang, also a former member of Denver band The Dovekins, will take the stage at the Aggie Theatre on the festival's final night for a special performance featuring songs from his latest solo effort, And, As Always; The Infinite Cosmos.

More than 200 acts – either from Northern Colorado or with ties to the area – will play the April 24 and 25 event, including local favorites such as Musketeer Gripweed, The Patti Fiasco, Post Paradise, The Yawpers and Danielle Ate the Sandwich. In addition, FoCOMX is increasing its daytime programming at locations including the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Cornett said.

“We definitely want to get more families involved,” she said. “It’s really important to have kids exposed to music at early ages.”

Stacy was KUNC's arts and culture reporter from 2015 to 2021.
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