Riot Fest 2014 – From Byers to Mile High Stadium

By Friday, July 18, 2014 2 Permalink 0

Riot Fest just announced a new venue for the festival in 2014: the parking lot of Mile High Stadium. My initial reaction was "Really? From a farm to a parking lot?" Can't say I'm too happy about where @RiotFest moved to: Mile High? Really? http://t.co/yGDTZMkNyo— Monika McMahon (@monikarun) July 18, 2014 Then I re-read the post about how they were going to make the parking lot more 'Byers-like': However, I do like that @RiotFest is turfing the parking lot so it won't be hot as balls! http://t.co/yGDTZMkNyo #milehigh— Monika McMahon (@monikarun) July 18, 2014 The reason I was annoyed they were going to hold it in the parking lot ...

Tips on Creating Successful Kickstarter Campaigns

By Friday, July 11, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Last night, I attended a fun event all about Kickstarter, put on by Arts for Colorado (AFC) and WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) at Deer Pile in Denver. I’ve never personally launched a Kickstarter (considered it for Noiselace, but instead built an online store), have supported many local artists in their campaigns, been a follower of Kickstarter for years and was definitely interested in learning more. Especially after potato salad happened this week. The speakers included 2 local individuals, Brigid and Robert, who each had successful campaigns and Stephanie Pereira, Kickstarter’s International & Civic Partnerships Lead. There was so much great information that I took over 4 ...

Boulder Startup Week – Plan Your Summer Music Adventure With Me!

By Sunday, May 11, 2014 0 Permalink 0

We can all agree on this - Colorado is a great place for music lovers, especially during the summer. Between Red Rocks, the Greeley Stampede, Fiddlers Green and the events that take place in every mountain town and local city each weekend, every single music lover can find something to fulfill their musical desires each weekend this summer. Tomorrow I'm talking on a panel at Boulder Startup Week about planning your summer Colorado adventure and my expertise will be music and more specifically, music festivals happening in Colorado this summer. So, what makes me qualified to talk on such a subject when I'm not a musician, or ...

FoCoMX 6 – April 25th and 26th, 2014

By Thursday, April 24, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Friday, April 25th marks the beginning of FoCoMX 6. I can't believe it has been 6 years already! I've been attending (and writing) about this festival since the beginning. I love the music scene in Colorado (besides Boulder of course) and FoCoMX is one of my favorite festivals as it is held in my hometown of Fort Collins. It helps that my brother's bands have always played, giving me further incentive to attend. Here's my schedule, although I'm sure this will change based on venue capacity and recommendations: (more…)

New Music Tuesday – Hometown for the Holidays 2013 #HTFTH Winner – Claymore Disco!

By Tuesday, December 17, 2013 0 Permalink 0

Well, Hometown for the Holidays #HTFTH, has come to a close. I'm sure you are all excited that my constant #HTFTH tweets have ended, but wow! What a contest! In case you missed it, the top 3 bands as voted by Music Nerds all over the US were: The Photo Atlas Pandas & People Claymore Disco Those three put on a great show at Casselman's on Saturday night. If you've never attended a #HTFTH event, I highly recommend it. This event is pretty much the 'company' holiday party for local musicians. I can't even begin to count the number of bands that were in attendance. On to the music. Today ...

Royal Teeth and American Authors at Larimer Lounge

By Monday, June 24, 2013 1 Permalink 0

I didn't know who Royal Teeth were until Aimee invited me to go see them with her. I absolutely loved their song Wild, so of course I said yes. They were even more impressive in concert! They had this great energy on stage and I loved all of the percussion instruments they used (I'm a drum girl after all). Here's some video Aimee shot last time they played at Larimer Lounge: (more…)

Paleo Cooking with Caveman Cafeteria: Where the Hunters Gather at Natural Grocers

By Sunday, March 31, 2013 0 Permalink 0

Tonight Jon and I cooked a great Paleo meal to celebrate his return from PaleoFX. * We were inspired by the cooking class we went to last week at Natural Grocers: "Paleo Cooking with Caveman Cafeteria: Where the Hunters Gather". Jon has been a friend and supporter of Will from Caveman Cafeteria for awhile now, and if you haven't been to his food truck, I *highly* recommend trying it. The deep fried brussels sprouts are amazing! Anyway, back to the cooking demonstration. I wasn't sure what to expect, if it was going to be more informational, educational or an actual demonstration. When we got to Natural Grocers I was ...

Denver Auto Show and Ford

By Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4 Permalink 0

So I am sure most of you don't know this, but I used to be able to tell the year of an old Mustang car just by looking at the tail lights. Why? In high school I hung out with the guys and they all owned late '60's Mustangs and were very passionate about them. Did you know the first year Mustang is actually a 1964 1/2? #RandomMustangKnowledge Have you ever driven one? Oh wow, what I wouldn't give to take a '60's 'Stang out for a road trip. So much power in that car. (more…)

Nerd Prom … And a Lesson in Facebook Marketing

By Monday, February 18, 2013 0 Permalink 0

Friday is Bop Skizzum's 2nd Annual Nerd Prom! I love the idea for this event because it is just as entertaining for the fans as it is for the bands. Not only do we get to see a great show, but we get to watch our friends compete for Prom King and Queen! Submissions are now closed, but see the entries for Prom King and Queen on Bop Skizzum's Facebook page: Can't wait to see who is crowned King and Queen 2013! The top 3 will compete in between bands on Friday night and it is guaranteed to be entertaining. Now for the Facebook Marketing lesson. I don't mean to ...