SpokesBUZZ, a Fort Collins-based music nonprofit, announces the 2nd annual BandSwap, an initiative designed to create and grow relationships between Fort Collins’ thriving independent musicians with like-minded artists in cities around the US. This year’s BandSwap cities include Portland, OR; Chico, CA; Madison, WI; Nashville, TN; Denver, CO; Lafayette, LA; and Asheville, NC. The event is scheduled for the last two weekends in September and pairs a Fort Collins band with a band from each host city. All the bands (from Fort Collins and the host cities) will return to Colorado at the beginning of October for a full weekend music extravaganza. This year’s BandSwap schedule includes the following Fort Collins artists and their city-paired partners:
9/20 DENVER, CO: The Echo Chamber (w/ The Epilogues) @ The Hi-Dive
9/20 PORTLAND, OR: Musketeer Gripweed (w/ The Quick and Easy Boys) @ Alberta Rose
9/21 CHICO, CA: The Lindsey O’Brien Band (w/ Big Mo and the Full Moon Band) @ Big Room at Sierra Nevada
9/22 MADISON, WI: Common Anomaly (w/Sexy Ester) @ High Noon
9/24 NASHVILLE, TN: Constitution (w/ Mike Willis and The Cumberland Collective) @ Belcourt Taps
9/28 LAFAYETTE, LA: The Patti Fiasco (w/ Feufollet)@ Blue Moon Saloon
9/28 ASHEVILLE, NC: The Yawpers (w/TBA) @ Grey Eagle
10/4 through 10/6 FORT COLLINS and DENVER: GRAND FINALE HOMECOMING
The concept behind BandSwap is to take budding, popular bands from Fort Collins and pair them with bands of the same caliber in other cities, promoting concerts at like-minded, supportive venues in those host cities and reciprocating with shows in Fort Collins. Support comes from all levels of the community including venues, local government, arts organizations and non-profits; all supporting independent music and musicians and all looking at new and innovative ways to promote their cities and the music which helps make them culturally unique.
With bands looking to take advantage of new touring opportunities and cities seeking new and creative ways to promote their unique cultural offerings to visitors, SpokesBUZZ sees BandSwap as a revolutionary way to give a leg up to bands who are ready to tour nationally while promoting the singular musical and cultural aspects of Fort Collins each city invested on the same scale.
“Traditional touring is linear and very slow to grow,” notes SpokesBUZZ/BandSwap founder Dani Grant. “The theory behind BandSwap is to build reciprocity and strong relationships with bands, venues, civic partners, music industry professionals and local artist support organizations. That reciprocity helps create a network that can grow fan bases for artists and spread some civic pride at the same time.”
BandSwap simultaneously sends some of the finest Colorado bands to like-minded music cities across the U.S., where they will partner and perform with native bands that possess a similar sound and attract a similar fan base. The following weekend, the Colorado bands return home, their partnering bands in tow, to celebrate success and introduce the visiting musicians to the enthusiastic audiences and extraordinary culture that Colorado exemplifies.
In addition to sharing a stage and marquee in their respective cities, all the bands will also share resources, industry contacts and community connections while attracting attention to this unique program and the progressive cities that embody BandSwap’s cooperative, creative spirit.
SpokesBUZZ, founded by music fan, visionary and Mishawaka Amphitheater owner, Dani Grant, is a grassroots nonprofit focused on making an international presence for Colorado bands. Created from a love for music, amplified by radical collaboration with like-minded organizations, and funded by people and partners who recognize the extraordinary economic and cultural community impact, SpokesBUZZ raises global awareness of Colorado sound and culture..
A video on last year’s BandSwap can be viewed at http://bit.ly/11VATgh