2015 BANDS

We’ll be rocking out on the Pedersen Toyota Stage at Civic Center Park and the Pedersen Scion Stage at Washington Park again this year! Check out the talent playing this year’s Taste of Fort Collins including Andy Grammer, The Mowgli’s, Atlas Genius and Smash Mouth.

 Preview the TFC bands on our Spotify playlist.

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Andy Grammer

Pop
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In 2012, Andy Grammer emerged as one of the biggest success stories in the music business. He performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (twice), and Good Morning America. He shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat, and he is the first male pop star, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first 2 singles, "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine By Me". "Keep Your Head Up" is certified Gold (quickly approaching Platinum) and received the BMI award as one of 2012's Top 50 most performed songs across all formats. "Fine By Me" is also certified Gold. Known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix and free-flowing vocal delivery, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician -- who began as a street performer in Santa Monica, CA -- is now poised to make 2013 another big year. Radio has enthusiastically embraced his third single "Miss Me," (rapidly approaching Top 10), he just finished a national tour with Train, and he is gearing up for a major headline tour in 2013.It's widely known that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at anything. Andy Grammer logged his 10,000 hours of practice on the streets of Los Angeles. With his car battery-powered amplifier and acoustic guitar in tow, Grammer managed to sing his way from the streets to the center of the music industry.One listen to Grammer's self-titled S-Curve Records debut and it is clear that this young man has become an expert. From the buoyant "Keep Your Head Up" to the breezy "Fine By Me," to the jubilant horn-laced "The Pocket," and emotionally-charged "Miss Me," his irresistible pop songs blend heartfelt, compelling lyrics with instantly unforgettable melodies.Even though he knew music would be his path, Grammer never assumed it would be an easy road or that he could take any success for granted. He played any corner that would have him -- using every experience to hone not only his songwriting craft but to learn how to understand his audience. His desire to be heard led him to the streets: "I didn't know what else to do. So I just went out there and started playing."
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The Mowgli's

Rock n Roll/folk/Pop/Country
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Love is all you need. It's been said many times and many ways of course, but it's truer now than ever.When The Mowgli's first landed on the scene, their message of positivity and love resonated with audiences everywhere. The group's 2013 major label debut, Waiting for the Dawn [Photo Finish], debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and yielded the hit "San Francisco". Following its release, the seven-piece—Colin Louis Dieden [vocals, guitar], Katie Jayne Earl [vocals, percussion], Dave Appelbaum [keyboards], Josh Hogan [guitar, vocals], Matthew Di Panni [bass], Spencer Trent [guitar, vocals], and Andy Warren [drums]—performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CONAN, Watch What Happens Live, and more. Between headline tours and runs supporting everybody from Walk The Moon to Manchester Orchestra, they even cut a song for the Relativity Media hit film Earth To Echo. Along the way, their interpretation of love became even clearer, and it defines their sophomore outing, Kids In Love."Our first album essentially said, 'What's up everyone? We're The Mowgli's, and we believe love can change the world," explains Katie. "Over the past couple of years, we really came to terms with who we are as a band. With Kids In Love we're exploring the intricacies of love. It's such a broad concept. This time around, we get into intimate love, personal love, as well as universal love. We've found art is the best vehicle to ponder what this really means."
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Atlas Genius

Indie, Alternative
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The members of Adelaide, Australia's Atlas Genius do things a little differently... They set about building a studio where they could write and record music for their newly formed band 3 years before they even played their first live show as Atlas Genius. For two years, they devoted their days to constructing their dream studio and spent their nights performing songs by The Police, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at local pubs to pay the bills. "We really got down and dirty with dry walling and literally laying the floorboards, and at the same time we were taking a couple of days a week to focus on writing songs," recalls Keith Jeffery, Atlas Genius's vocalist/guitarist. "We had a lot of song ideas and it was important to us to have our own studio where we could experiment and hone in on our sound," adds brother and drummer, Michael Jeffery. The studio was designed and outfitted by the brothers with the help of their father (who comes from a music and engineering background). Once the studio was complete, the first song that Atlas Genius finished was a song called "Trojans," which they wrote, recorded and produced in collaboration with their friend, keyboardist Darren Sell. After many weeks tweaking the song, Michael insisted that the song was ready to be heard outside of the studio walls. Within an hour, "Trojans" was on the Triple J Unearthed Website, SoundCloud, and for sale via TuneCore on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify worldwide.
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Smash Mouth

Pop Rock
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"We've got so many hits on this new record it's ridiculous" says Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell. Harwell oughta know a thing or two about hit songs. His band has charted more hits than a World War || battleship. Smash Mouth, the band that's given you such memorable songs as "All-Star," "Walkin' on the Sun," "Then the Morning Comes," and "I'm a Believer," is back for more season-of-the-sun fun with their vibrant new CD "MAGIC"."MAGIC" is a no-holds-barred party from start to finish. First-listen gems such as "Flippin' Out" and "Magic" jump out at you like a barrel full of monkeys. Both these songs also feature young super talent J. Dash. The dynamic 25-year old wunderkind was a long-time Smash Mouth fan when he was tapped to sprinkle a little "magic" on these tracks.Newcomers Mike Krompass and Randy Cooke both shine on tracks such as "The Game" where we find Cooke simultaneously bone-breaking and greasy-groovy. Krompass plays with the confident ease and finesse of a seasoned pro. Which he is. Hardcore Smash Mouth fans will be glad to hear the band hasn't forgotten it's roots on tracks such as "Perfect Planet" and "Future Ex-Wife". Smash Mouth is also gearing up for their beloved, annual summertime sojourn across America...coming to a venue near you!A look back to Smash Mouth's formative years shows us a band determined to make an impact from the get go. Formed in late 1994, the band immediately begins recording demos and showcasing in both San Jose and Hollywood CA. In June 1997, Smash Mouth is signed to Interscope Records when label brass catch wind of an unknown (and unsigned) band being ADDED to highly-influential L.A. radio station KROQ's playlist after only one (!) spin of their song "Walkin' on the Sun". Smash Mouth's major-label debut "Fush Yu Mang" goes more than DOUBLE PLATINUM and sets the table for what most consider their masterpiece, the brilliant follow-up album "Astrolounge". No sophomore slump for these guys. Boasting three top-ten hits ("All-Star," "Then the Morning Comes," and "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby,") sales for "Astrolounge" are nearly double those for their debut, approaching QUADRUPLE PLATINUM status. Smash Mouth's third eponymous Interscope release features the ecstatic first single "Pacific Coast Party" and the smash hit "I'm a Believer". Around this time, Smash Mouth crosses over to the film world by providing the musical heart of the soundtrack for "Shrek" and even making a cameo appearance in the movie "Rat Race". In recent years, Smash Mouth has focused on touring and entertaining troops in Japan, Guam, Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq.So get ready for a "MAGIC"-al year! We all know Smash Mouth is the ultimate summertime party band...And with jumpin' songs like “Magic,” "Flippin' Out," and "The Game," Smash Mouth's new CD "MAGIC" is the perfect soundtrack for your year 'round fun in the sun baby.

LOCAL FAVORITES

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Over The Counter

Rock | Reggae | Blues
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Over the Counter is a three piece band coming from Fort Collins, Colorado. They play music from different genres like rock, reggae, and blues. Though they originally formed as a cover band, they have started building a collection of their own music as well and deliver just as well with their own music as they do their covers. Noel Thomas (17) is the lead singer and guitarist. Evan Thomas (15), his brother, takes his place on the drum throne, and last but not least, Matt McHugh (21) from CSU lays down an incredible bass groove. Together they are an energetic group that is sure to cater to all audiences.
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Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scenes

Rock
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The sound is at once familiar, but modern; vintage, but cutting edge. The new songs started straying away from the original demos almost immediately and took on a new life of their own. Some of the best songs from Kerry's past bands have been brought back to fill out the live set and have been given a new lease on life through the original spirit of the Crime Scene. But this ride ain't a vintage Cadillac. This is a souped-up hot rod with bulletproof glass, a modern chassis and a shiny new engine. The perfect vehicle for a life of crime and musical performances born of sin.
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Grayson Erhard

Acoustic
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Grayson Erhard is a singer/songwriter from Del Norte, Colorado known for his unique style of rock vocals with accompanying tap/slap guitar playing. His style is often compared to Andy Mckee, Michael Hedges, Jon Gomm and other renowned guitarists. Compositions and arrangements are rich with dynamics, emotion, and consistently stray from the average song structure yet keep the listener hooked with engaging melodies
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Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

Country
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Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts stand as a beacon of hope for Country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by songs an personalities of Country legends like Waylon Jennings, Wille Nelson, and Johnny Cash, the band is driven with a deep love for driving beats, blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and lightning fiddle. They describe their music as "Modern Outlaw Country".
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AMZY

Rock | Alternative | Pop
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AMZY is a fresh alternative rock/synth pop band from Denver, Colorado bringing unique sounds to life. While AMZY might seem newer to the music scene. AMZY front-man, Brennan Johnson, and guitarist, Sean Grant, have been collaborating and experimenting with music scene for years. Their passion for music and creativity fueled their early music experimentation into different music genres and eventually lead to the creation of AMZY in 2013. Foxfield drummer, Wes Barton and bassist, Nick Billings joined the band in 2014
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Cody Jeffryes

Folk | Blues | Acoustic
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Cody Jeffryes is an original singer/songwriter from Carbondale, CO. He has been writing original music since the age of 16 and have been performing at a variety of venues and with other musical projects throughout Colorado for the last 10 years. Some of his musical influences include Neil Young, Sublime, Nirvana, Tom York, Van Morrison, and other artists throughout his life's experiences. I enjoy playing a variety of styles, from reggae/ska to blues to folk to country. To mention, I have played such venues as, Larimer Lounge, Dickens Opera House, Hodis Half Note, the Aggie Theater and 3 Kings. CurrentlyCody is trying to produce music that invokes raw feelings, good or bad and promote this through collaborative efforts with other artists of similar perspective and venues helping to facilitate his idea. Thank you for support and listening to the acoustic music of Cody Jeffryes.
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Winchester Holiday

Rock
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Winchester Holiday is an independent rock band from Northern Colorado with members based in Fort Collins and Boulder. The group consists of two pairs of brothers and one adopted wild child. Raised on the same street, the Cecils and Workmans influenced each others’ musical tastes and style. Between birthday parties and movie marathons they would share songs as diverse as Led Zeppelin’s “Ten Years Gone” and Judee Sill’s “Crayon Angels”. Adam Federer entered their world fully-formed, a ball of rhythmic charisma. A mutual and immediate interest in making music together arose. Now, prioritizing vocal harmony, refined lyrics, and driving rhythm, the group fills a niche somewhere between the folk music of the ‘60s and new wave rock. With a repertoire ranging from Guthrie-esque ballads to telecaster and organ infused anthems, they draw in listeners from all age groups and reward them with rich imagery and infectious melodies.
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Ivory Circle

Indie | Alternative
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Ivory Circle is an indie-alternative band from Denver, Colorado, started by singer- songwriter Connie Hong and producer/bassist Chris Beeble. They are joined by Rob Spradling(drums), Sean Palmer (guitar) and Jesse Spencer (percussion, guitar, keyboard).A former middle school choir teacher in a suburb of Aurora, Colorado, Hong used to write songs during her lunch breaks and play them for her students. She would eventually realize her passion was in creating and performing and left the public teaching field behind. Beeble, a longtime friend, joined the project after several song-writing and recording sessions and a mutually found musical vision.With formal musical training in multiple genres under both of their belts, Hong and Beeble released the acoustic EP, “Entropy” in 2013 to positive reviews, leading to a featured song (Pretend) on VH1’s Couples Therapy, a spot in The Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase, as well as opening slots for acclaimed national acts such as San Fermin, Son Lux, and Caroline Smith. “Entropy” would preface their next recording project, a series of three EPs, based on the songs introduced in their debut.The first of the three EPs, “Equilateral”, expands upon Hong’s tendency toward ethereal and dynamic melodic vocal lines. Hong’s ability to translate personal experiences (like heartache, death or exploration of faith) into relatable musical stories is even further accomplished with the help of Beeble in their full band arrangements. “Equilateral” is complete with lush strings, harmonic layers, and pulsing drumbeats, interwoven between the piano and vocal lines that give Ivory Circle their trademark sound.Ivory Circle creates a sound as unique as it is precise, electrifying and passionate. The combination of their intricate compositions juxtaposed with Hong’s vocal prowess make them comparable to notable musicians such as Florence+the Machine, Regina Spektor, and Kimbra.
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Filthy Children

Jazz | Funk | Rock
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Based out of Denver, Colorado, Filthy Children first hit the stage together in Nov, 2003. Since then, they have been laying it down all over town, landing regular gigs at nearly all of Colorado’s most respected venues and festivals including. This funk/jazz/rock septet serves up a funkinetic frenzy of fresh, original, mind moving music; reminiscent of such groove giants as Soulive, Greyboy Allstars, John Scofield, and Deep Banana Blackout. Filthy Children deliver action packed funk that’s sure to be “a big fat kick in the groove” (Colorado Daily).
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Good Time Travelers

Bluegrass | Soul | Folk
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A high voice, smoky and soulful; a low voice, rich with bravado. Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick come together as The Good Time Travelers. United by a passion for performing, this songwriting and pickin’ duo presents original songs about ‘the journey.’ It’s a simple endeavor: a guitar, a mandolin and two microphones-traveling light, this band fills up your heart, but barely fills a Subaru. Both gentlemen have been leading bands around the west for some time and found each other at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. At their first campground session, it became clear to all who witnessed the magic of these two troubadours that this was more than just another Town Park jam. Pete and Michael began co-writing in the summer of 2014, focusing on the alchemy of their unique voices and instrumental styles. Expect good things from The Good Time Travelers first album release, due in the fall of 2015.
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Aspen Hourglass

Alternative | Rock
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Aspen Hourglass is a classical fusion rock band. This slightly self-labeled genre came about by necessity, as the band struggled to find a genre in which to compare itself. Combining classical piano, slap/tap guitar techniques, bass synth, trapset, and lush vocals, Grayson Erhard, Elvin Holderfield, and Sean Hanson have created a unique tapestry of sound – melding their fondness for composition and expression with their desire to meaningfully connect with audience members. Largely against clichés, Aspen Hourglass unintentionally formed inside of a garage in 2012. After various instrumental experimentation, a three-piece sound was chosen. The imagery and concept behind the name “Aspen Hourglass” illustrates change in time, color, transition, impermanence and the geography of their home – Colorado.
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Hog MaGundy

Bluegrass
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Hog MaGundy formed in early 2013 in the vibrant city of Fort Collins, Colorado.Through a shared passion to create high-energy string music with plenty of​ ​improvisation, the group brings a new kind of foot-stomping sound to the Front​ ​Range and beyond. Hog MaGundy shows feature a unique mix of originals and​ ​covers from a wide, and often surprising, variety of artists that will be sure to get​ ​you moving.​ ​The Hogs have made their way throughout the Rocky Mountains, across westbound​ ​highways, and over miles of farmlands to bring their high-energy sound to venues​ ​across the country.
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Von Stomper

Folk
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Inspired by the lonely, the downtrodden, and the insane-- the voices of Von Stomper, a Colorado based five piece, reach into the expansive lexicon of American roots music and make it howl. Their high energy live show, a whiskey driven frenzy- has left boots tattered and dance floors torn time and time again.
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Mama Lenny and The Remedy

Rock | Blues | Soul
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Through several occasions of happenstance Mama Lenny and the Remedy was formed in October 2011 deep in the heart of Colorado’s Front Range music capital, Fort Collins, CO. Influenced by many types of music including Stax, Motown and Chess Records, Mama Lenny and the Remedy create original rock, soul, rhythm and blues tunes that are sure to please your ears. Their first double disc, “Punches and Hugs” was released in the spring of 2012. Through a solid rhythm section, gritty vocals, finely layered harmonies, soaring guitar riffs, blaring trumpet lines and melodic keys, Mama Lenny and the Remedy is SURE to cure what ails you.
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Filthy T

Rock | Rap
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The city of Denver is a successful mix of polar opposites – tech startups flourish in a cowboy culture, East Coast and West Coast natives live together in harmony, and hippies and republicans co-celebrate 4/20. Growing up together in the Mile High City, rapper-producer Russell Ben Hedman and guitarist Joe Barnholt envisioned that the same effortless integration could be achieved in mixing the clever rhythms of hip-hop with edgy rock sounds. The original duo has been joined by singer Sami Davis, bassist Kirby Beegles, and axe man Joe Shull.Filthy T has garnered continual accolades, including selection for 93.3 KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays Top 10 and Big Gig Competition Top 10. As a live band, Filthy T has headlined and sold out numerous venues (including the Bluebird Theatre), won a spot as a finalist for Westword Magazine's Best of the West, and landed stage time to represent the Denver music scene at the first ever Denver County Fair. The group has opened for touring artists including The Flobots, Vanilla Ice, Rehab, and Sidewalk Chalk.The band is also committed to doing great things for the Denver community. Filthy T has organized and played fundraising concerts for organizations like Children’s Hospital, the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, Claire Davis (Arapahoe High School shooting victim), and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.
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Rumours Follow

Rock | Alternative
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Addition by subtraction. Less is more. However you want to phrase it, Rumours Follow have experienced it first-hand. Since taking their lineup from six to four members, the Denver, Colorado alternative rock band have both massively matured and expanded their sound. Rumours Follow is a rock quartet. And like a classically trained string quartet, each member of Rumours Follow has a very specific role and a huge impact on the sound.
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Modern Suspects

Pop | Alternative
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Colorado’s Modern Suspects rose out of the afterlife of the band Claymore Disco (most notably winners of Denver’s 93.3 KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2013 radio competition). After Claymore had run its course, Modern Suspects was birthed in the aftermath of expectation. The lineup comprised Michigan raised Bart Williams, west coast bred Garret Myers, and Colorado native Tyler Frees. With a passion for pop sensibility and post-millennium alternative bands, the trio set out to portray a unique yet relatable sound. Their music is affectionately referred to as “popternative” – combining the best elements of modern technology without sacrificing timeless catchiness. The band seeks to be a uniting and positive force for their generation and anyone who is able to hear their music.
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The 14ers

Folk | Rock
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Life is short, do the things you love. Ryan Kirkpatrick brews lively lyrics with catchy acoustic based rock songs to share with you, spends lots of time outdoors, and smiles often. The 14ers (named after the highest mountain peaks in Colorado) is a musical adventure led by Kirkpatrick himself. "I don't care who you are. It doesn't matter where you come from. I've got the altitude ... come and get some!" sings Kirkpatrick in 'Get Some', a song in which the mountains sing to the outdoor enthusiasts that recreate on them.And if creating music that feels this good is a crime -- Barry Bates (drums), Stu Cruden (bass), Andrew Berlin (co-producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist), and Jacob Anderson (keys) are guilty by association. "One of the highlights of my life is making music with like-minded, talented, and good-hearted musicians... I'm very lucky to have the collaborators I do", says Kirkpatrick.The 14ers played almost 60 shows in 2014 in 7 different US states and are currently gearing up for new music releases in 2015, along with plenty more live performances, and a documentary called "I'm Awake" featuring the music and other adventures of Ryan Kirkpatrick.