playing it for the fourth year in a row. “I look forward to it every year. It’s beautiful chaos — where you hop from venue to venue seeing your favorite bands while discovering new ones.” She added, “It’s like a less crowded, more intimate SXSW.” According to many, the only downside to the festival is that it happens over the course of just two days. Many bands play overlapping sets at the plethora of venues across town, which forces fans and musicians to pick and choose who they are going to see. “Sometimes I miss my own favorites because I’m playing,” Scott said, adding, “but that’s the name of the game.”
With new music venues popping up all across town as well as more people moving here, the festival can only be expected to grow as time goes on. This year boasts 215 artists performing in every genre at 25 different venues. Although the venues have increased, there are actually less bands this year than the year before. Cornett described this change as part of the continual effort to achieve the right balance between venues and the amount of performers.
Fusion Nightclub, R Bar and Lounge, and Poudre Keg are just a few of the new venues participating in this year’s festival. Last year the Whiskey and Illegal Pete’s were both new, and are now in their second year. Since it’s inception, the overall mission of FoCoMX is straightforward: pay the artists. So where does the money for the tickets go? First they take all the expenses off the top, then 20% goes to FoCoMA, and then the rest is split up equally among the musicians who play the festival. This year is the first time in eight years that they’ve upped the ticket price, namely to stay true to this vision.
According to their Project Manager/Volunteer Coordinator Soraya Rozkuszka, of the over 250 volunteers who run FoCoMX, “Some are die hard local music fans, some want to find out about new music, some just want to save the $35. A few are flat-out volunteerism junkies who love helping out with any and all causes.” When asked what inspired FoCoMX, Cornett described it as a “love letter to the local music scene,” that read, “We love you and we support you.”
“As a musician I love it. I love the spirit of it.”