Photo story: New West Fest showcases best of Colorado music and more

Sara Graydon

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  • Otis Taylor, of the Otis Taylor band, sang and played his electric guitar at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Beth Rosbach played the cello with the Otis Taylor band at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Larry Thompson, drummer for the Otis Taylor band, drummed at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Chris Daniels, of Chris Daniels and The Kings, sang and played the electric guitar at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.—(Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Freddi Gowdy sang for Chris Daniels and The Kings at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

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  • People gathered at the library park stage to watch the A.J. Fullerton band perform at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.—(Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • A.J. Fullterton, of the A.J. Fullerton band, sang and played the electric guitar at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Lyle Divinsky, of The Motet, sang at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Ryan Jalbert, of The Motet, played the electric guitar at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Lyle Divinsky, of The Motet, sang at New West Fest on Aug. 10, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Eva Holbrook, the lead singer and mandolin player of SHEL, sang and played the mandolin at New West Fest on Aug. 11, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Barry Green caught Eva’s hat after she tossed it into the crowd at New West Fest on Aug. 11, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Hannah Holbrook, pianist of SHEL, played the concertina and sang at New West Fest on Aug. 11, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo.— (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Sarah Holbrook, violinist of SHEL, played the violin while stimoltaniously singing at New West Fest on Aug. 11, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo. Sarah Holbrook is the videographer for the group creating all of SHEL’s music videos. — (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

  • Liza Holbrook, drummer and beatboxer of SHEL, played the drums at New West Fest on Aug. 11, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo. Liza Holbrook is a skilled beat boxer and occasional spitz during some of the band’s songs. — (Sara Graydon | Collegian)

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80 musical acts were packed into one weekend at the much awaited New West Fest in downtown Fort Collins. In addition to many Colorado-based bands, there were headline appearances by Blondie, the Decemberists and the Motet. 

New West Fest is put on each August by the Bohemian Foundation, a local entity that provides local, global, musical and community programs.

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More information is available at bohemiannights.org.

Collegian photographer Sara Graydon can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com and on Twitter @sara_graydon.