It’s so close, you can smell it! Townsquare Media’s Taste of Fort Collins is in the air and things are battering up for the best local music Fort Collins has to serve you. Here’s a sample of each band you’ll hear at Washington Park on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday July 25 

All photos included shared with official permission from the band. 

Saturday, July 24th: 

The show kicks off at noon with none other than School of Rock, an unmatched, hands-on music learning experience showcasing young musicians' talent and encouraging them to rock on for the rest of their lives.  Genre: Rock/Variety  

School of Rock, Courtesy of Backstage Flash

At 1:15 pmTX2 takes the stage and things are about to get wild! Known for fusing genres together, TX2 balances the art of emotionally vulnerable, transparent rap lyrics with passionate, at times completely unhinged, musical breakdowns and brings a fresh twist to both the modern hip-hop and punk scene. Genre: Punk/Rap/Hip-Hop.   

Tx2, Courtesy of Tyler Rowell

Tyler Kimbell and his guitar take the mainstage at 2 pm. Using big sky motifs, open acoustic instrumentals, and story driven lyrics, this performance is sure to take you back to that good-old-fashioned twang of classic ballads that stay with you. Genre: Western/Country 

Hey summer lovers! If you are looking for a set that makes you want to dance with that special someone, you’ll want to join Lady Denim at 2:40 pm. Combining happy bright indie-mentals, lyrics about the various stages and different forms of love, with just a touch of nostalgia of 80’s charm, Lady Denim is a recipe for feeling like you are the star in a coming-of-age independent movie.  Genre: Pop/Indie   

Lady Denim, Courtesy of Jordan Altergott

Get ready for blast off with Launch Point at 3:30 pm! This set is a (solar) powered cosmic rock journey, embraces the power of positivity with high powered (rocket) energy promising a lot of fun (with less space puns). Genre: Rock/Electronic 

Ultimate electronic power couple TARO is ready to seduce you with their sound at 4:15 pm. Using bright catchy hooks with dark beats, iconic outfits, and lyrics that make you want to embrace your best self, this is an intense performance you’ll want to see. Genre: Electronic/Pop 

TARO, Courtesy of Carly Anne Everett Photography

At 5:00 pm, it’s time for some TLC with P&P, that’s Pandas & People! Combining the best of alternative, pop, and folk, Pandas & People create a positive atmosphere of adventure and ambience, making you daydream about traveling the world with that special someone. Genre: Alternative/Pop/Folk 

Pandas & People, Courtesy of Jim Mimna

If you don’t know Tessa Violet - you will after this performance. On stage at 6:00 pm, Tessa Violet is the epitome of glossy pop music that effortlessly pulls from lo-fi, hip-hop, and electronic, sounds and blends them seamlessly into a dynamic experience through the looking glass into human psyche. Genre: Alternative/Pop 

Last, but certainly not least of Saturday’s local performers, Holdfast is onstage at 7:00 pm. This family of (related) local legends are ready to rock your socks off. Using their platform for good, Holdfast often brings social issues to light through music and unites the community through expansive, energetic shows, teaching us that hardships don’t last forever and that there are always people in our lives that love and support us. Genre: Alternative/Rock 

Holdfast, Courtesy of John McCarthy

Sunday, July 25th (SOLD OUT)  

Kicking off Sunday with a pop punk Disney showcase are The Man Cubs at 12:30 pm. This five-piece band takes all the classics from your childhood and gives them a rock and roll twist. You’ll be singing/screaming along with them (and your kids) at the top of your lungs. Genre: Cover/Pop/Punk/Alternative 

The Man Cubs, Courtesy of The Man Cubs

Throwback! The dance party continues at 1:15 pm with Scruggs & Shelby DJ Dance Party. They'll be spinning all the greatest summer jams from the early 2000s. The party don’t stop there, you can also join them for an afterparty (sources needed) the night before at The Coast. Genre: Throwback/Pop/2000s 

Taste of Fort Collins Afterparty with Scruggs from 99.9 & Shelby from 94.3 the X

At 2:00 pm, get ready to get the blues (in the best way) with Incoming Groove Band. A classic tribute to a timeless genre, these groove-masters have mastered the art of energetic fluid free form music, showcasing their prowess as musicians and love for tradition and their own creativity with original touches. Genre: Blues/Jazz/Soul/Rock 

Are you ready to rock? Join Michael Morrow & The Culprits at 2:40 pm for a classic Americana experience. This band promises to bring everything from high energy performances to powerful vocals that touch your soul and bring out hard rocker in you. Genre: Classic Rock/Americana/Blues  

Next stop, Clark Street Station at 3:30 pm. Drawing inspiration from the oldies, this band draws inspiration from the 50’s - 70’s and performs covers of the classics. Clark Street Station’s soft stylings transport you through time and guarantee to have you slow dancing in the park in no time. Genre: Psychedelic/Indie/Cover 

Joe Suburb takes the stage at 4:15 pm, which means it's time to get down with your punk self. These straight-edge rockers were the highest voted band by you in the Taste of Fort Collins entertainment contest in selecting the lineup for this year's show. Joe Suburb emulates the energy of the early DIY music scene in an elevated performance you won’t want to miss. Genre: Punk/Classic Rock 

Don’t panic because at 5:00 pm this Sunday, it’s almost monday, the iconic pop trio that brings us Californian sunshine in a bottle. Bringing fresh squeezed beats, high energy vocals, and an overwhelming urge to drive with the windows down, almost monday is a guaranteed summer sound you’ll want to experience in person. Genre: Alternative/Pop 

At 5:45 pm, songwriter and rapper JD performs on stage and promises to deliver a powerful, unapologetic show. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, lo-fi, and electrotonic sounds, with clever lyrics, JD brings a vibrant new take on self-expression through music and speaks to the importance of being passionate about the creative process. Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop. Please be advised, potential adult content. 

Photo provided by Dominick Sanchez

Closing out the show for local performers is a production by the Studio West Dance Center at 6:10 pm. This showcase shows off the incredible talent of young aspiring dancers and encourages them to gain confidence through performing arts, helping to pave the path for future careers. Genre: Variety

Thank you to our Townsquare Media Taste of Fort Collins presenting sponsor FNBO!

Thank you to all of our other valued partners: Fort Collins Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep & Ram, Lion Home Service, Choice Organics, Poudre Pet & Feed Supply, Pederson Toyota, Denver7, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing, Pepsi, CopperMuse Distillery, Fort Collins Connexion and Budweiser

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