Global Sounds in the Square, a one-day concert produced by Bohemian Nights, is coming to Old Town Square on Sunday, Sept. 18. We sat down with Greta Cornett, Music Programs live music marketing manager, to learn more about the event.
What is Global Sounds in the Square?
Greta: Global Sounds in the Square is a concert that celebrates music from around the world. Live music kicks off at 1 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Where did the idea come from?
Greta: The Live Music team has been reimagining what live music offerings our Fort Collins community would enjoy. The group wanted to produce a one-day event that traveled the musical landscape of the globe. The event features a diverse group of artists and aims toward greater inclusion through a variety of performers and genres.
Tell us about the artists playing Global Sounds in the Square.
Greta: This lineup is SO exciting. It starts off with Denver-based Kiltro, who have been blowing up on the national scene. Front man Chris Bowers-Castillo split his time growing up between Colorado and Chile and draws inspiration from the bands he listened to along the way. Their sound has been described as Chilean Folk music meets Indie Pop.
The show then moves to TEKE::TEKE, a Canadian Psych-Rock band who blends Japanese Rock and Surf seamlessly. The 7-piece outfit features a Shinobue (traditional Japanese bamboo flute), a Taisho Koto (electric Japanese harp) and lots of fuzzy guitars to create their unique sound. This group has been touring the world and developed quite the cult following. They were named a favorite act from the official SXSW lineup in 2021.
The day ends with Ibibio Sound Machine, an Electronic-Funk band that formed in London in 2013. Fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, they are a clash of African and electronic elements inspired by West-African Funk and Disco with a Post-Punk British vibe. The group is driven to use their music as a vehicle for humanity and according to Williams, like all good Afrofuturist stories, it begins with an existential crisis. “Our music grows out of the turbulence of society, especially in the last few years,” says Williams. “It inhabits a much edgier and darker sound, just like the world we now live in.”