Ft. Collins Colorado
Ahh we are back in Ft. Collins. We have had so many good times taking brewery tours, hosting jams, and playing jams. This is our first real showcase type show in Ft. Collins at a great venue Hodi’s Halfnote. Hodi’s is a great place to hang out as far as just having a good vibe but then on top of that there is a great room with a big stage and excellent sound. We played with another band from Colorado called Able Minds. They are a cool mix of electronic and traditional (guitar, drum, etc.) type music. It made for a great night of upbeat danceable music. We had fun catching up with a friend of ours Liza as well. You may remember her as our merchandise representative for our last west coast tour. It was great to catch up and it was just a great night in Ft. Collins. Hooch over and out!
We had a day to relax between our Ft. Collins shows. So we hung out at Blatt’s family friends’ place. I’ve gotta give a big thanks to Debbie and Adrian for their hospitality. Especially Debbie for cooking for us and letting us raid her kitchen! We also spent quite a bit of time watching music DVDs in Adrian’s man cave. Good times. After our day off, Blatt and I spent the day touring and hanging out at a couple of the local breweries. First we took a tour of the New Belgium brewery. You might know New Belgium for their Fat Tire and Ranger IPA beers. New Belgium is a really cool self sustaining company and if you haven’t tried their brews you should! I recommend the Ranger IPA. So tasty! There are a few pics from New Belgium at the bottom. After New Belgium we headed up the road to Odell brewery. We were there too late for a brew tour so we just tasted a few of their brews and made some new friends. After a day of tasting the local beers we headed to The Vault for the show. The Vault is named appropriately because it’s an old bank and you can actually hang out in the vault. The Vault has a great room with high ceilings and wood floors that makes sound really come to life even without amplification. The only down side is we have to play a much quieter in this type of room. We still made the most of it and had people movin’ and groovin’. We had several familiar faces from our Monday night at Hodi’s. It’s very cool to see fans coming out again and again. Makes it feel like we are starting to achieve our goals of establishing fan bases through out the US. It’s been an awesome 3 days in Ft. Collins and it gets harder and harder to leave every time we come back. Unfortunately (for Ft. Collins) we have 4 more weeks of shows! Hooch over and out.
This wasn’t Achachay’s first trip to Ft. Collins. We’ve been to Ft. Collins a couple of other times and always have a great time. Monday night at Hodi’s Half Note is funk jam night so we took full advantage of the funky evening. We got up and played a few of our songs as a full group and as the night went on we rotated in to the jam individually. Over the course of the evening there were probably 15 different musicians that got up and jammed. Made for a very fun Monday night. The next day we headed out to do some promotional work at the radio stations in town and then made our way to a couple of local breweries. First we hit the New Belgium brewery home of Fat Tire and many other tasty hoppy concoctions. New Belgium had a very friendly atmosphere and everyone working the tasting room really knew their beer. I tried several beers but I think I decided my favorite is the Dunkelweiss… I’m not sure honestly… they were almost all very tasty…. After New Belgium we headed to another local microbrewery Equinox. They had some very tasty stouts! After having the sample tray of beer (well I did…) we decided it was time to grab some dinner and head to bed so we could head out at a decent hour. I’d like to give a big thanks to our tour guide and couchsurfing friend Jackie for not only showing us the breweries but letting us flop at her casa (thanks to Sarah, Jackie’s roomate too)!