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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP39

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.

Rocky Mountain Music Relief

HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT

Feat. Richie Furay w/Tori Pater and Friends, Bobby Messano, and Perpetual Motion

7:30-8:30 = Richie Furay
8:45-9:15 = Perpetual Motion
9:30-10PM = Bobby Messano
10:15-11PM = Tori Pater

Friday, October 27, 2017 – 7:30 PM – doors open at 6:30 pm

Swallow Hill – Daniels Hall – 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210

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NEWS, NOTES AND MUSIC

I think I got lost this past week.  Really.  I did get a lot of new music in my inbox – including new releases from Patrick Dune, Tennis, Katie Herzig, Pandas & People, and more … much love to Shilo Gold, whose music I recall playing a few years ago before she moved to Los Angeles, and who recently completed a self-funded tour of Europe.  Her live performance video from the Voice is below.

POLLS – thanks for participating.  I’m trying to get a sense of who we are here — and I can say we’re largely over 45, and like going out to see live music.  Here’s the next on.  I want to know your buying habits.


 IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY 

Many famous (and not so famous) acts have come to Colorado over the decades to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA or NYC.  Among those are acts like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Eagles, which is undoubtedly the most famous of all such acts.

 VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Chris Daniels and the Kings just released their 15th album, Blues with Horns Vol. 1, which once again features Freddi “Love” Gowdy (Freddi Henchi Band).



MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP39

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Zephyr “Sun’s a Risin’” from Zephyr Deluxe Edition (2014/1969)
(D) Shilo Gold “Stay With Me Baby (The Voice Performance)” (2017)


OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Dubskin “That Day Will Come” from Light the Dark (2017)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Happiness Is” from Rocksteady (2010)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(N) Monocle Band “Sad-Eyed Girl” from The Clearing (2017)
Danny Shafer “My Hometown” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
Head for The Hills “Suit and Tie” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Keith Oxman “A Vaunt Guard” from East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Firefall “No Way Out” from Firefall (1976)
(N) Cousin Curtiss “Sunset Throwdown” from Remember Me When (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I’ve Been Failing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Katie Herzig “Hologram” from Apple Tree (2008)
(N) The Still Tide “Signal Fade” from Run Out EP (2017) 


(N) Francis and the Wolf “What Is Left” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) 


Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
(N) Eamon Alger “Good Together” from Small Fish (2017)


Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Get Tight” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)



NOV 25 = GOATZ + the Grant Farm at Avogadro’s Number(Fort Collins)

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP38

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.



A RARE REVIEW

A disclaimer:  One of the many things I do is service Colorado records to Colorado media, and municipal agencies that put on seasonal (summer) concerts and festivals, and I also book a few here and there.

I’ve known Andy Sydow for several years now. He enlisted my help to get his debut EP out a few years ago.  Recently he advanced me his upcoming new album, Reasons for Departure, due out early in 2018 that I’ve spent many hours listening on my car stereo the past couple of weeks.

Andy has been among the region’s most respected up and coming young musicians; a multi-instrumentalist, who excels as much on slide guitar as his boogie-woogie blues piano chops.  He’s played in support of the likes of Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, Chris Duarte, Tinsley Ellis and others …and appeared at esteemed events and venues such as Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

Andy and I have spent many wonderful hours together discussing music – his as well as that of some of his favorite songwriters. Andy’s favorite artists are guys like Jackie Green and Anders Osborne, who he’s opening for on New Year’s Eve at the Caribou Room in Nederland (congrats Andy!)

Some of my favorite singer-songwriters from my generation are guys like Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, and Dan Fogelberg.  Add in elements of what I hear as Cat Stevens, and you begin to catch a bit of what I hear in Andy’s new album.

Reasons for Departure is absolutely beautifully produced by Chris Daniels, whose home studio is where a great deal of Andy’s album was recorded. Chris spent considerable time honing Andy’s vocal performances on this record – which along with the splendid songwriting is what really stands out.

Songs like Reasons for DepartureLonely LoveHearts Go On and Who I Want To Be showcase a songwriter, and singer, ready and able to share airtime with his – and my – favorites from across the generations.

I can’t share it with you yet, but I will say that when people do get it in their ears it will open up tremendous opportunities in Andy’s career and grow his fanbase considerably.

Much love my friend – I can’t wait to share this one with my listeners throughout Colorado.



 VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Sometimes it’s hard to define “Colorado” music .. is a band or artist who once lived here a part of what has defined our sound?  Is a band made up of members from around the country, but where at least one of them is from Colorado a “Colorado band?”  What if a record is made here?  Does that make it Colorado?  Hmmmm…. ponders goat.

Strawberry Fields came about in Denver in 2013, forged out of the pop-punk band Mega Gem.  In 2016, the band appeared at Red Rocks and the Underground Music Showcase in Denver.

Since forming S.R.  principle artist Emi Night has moved to the Eastern Seaboard.  The new EP was recorded in Evergreen, but mixed and mastered elsewhere, as so many Colorado records are.

I’m adding this one to the Colorado Playlist collection ….



I often wonder who’s paying attention – ya know?  I’m curious, how old are you?  How often do you go out to a show NOT at Red Rocks or the Pepsi Center?


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP38

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Super Band “Acid Indigestion” from Psychedelic States: Colorado in the Sixties (2007)
The Trolls “That’s the Way My Love Is”  (1969)
(D) Anitra Carr “She Ain’t Me” from 2017 (2017)


Shaley Scott “Style” from Rescue Me (2015)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Gasoline Lollipops “Soul Mine” from Soul Mine (2017)
Retrofette “Skeletons” (2017)
Sixteen Horsepower “Outlaw Song” from Folklore (2002)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
(D) Monocle Band “Medicine” from The Clearing (2017)


Young Ancients “Going Back to Tulsa (Tulsa)” from Fishstory (2015)
John Weeks Band “Closer to Home” from Dark Angel (2017)
(N) Paa Kow “Pete Pete” from Cookpot (2017)

HOUR 2

The Astronauts “Movin’” from Surf Series: With the Astronauts (1964)
The Chandells “We Are the Ones” from We Are the Ones (1967)
(D) Vincent Colbert “Dark Days” from Dark Days EP (2017) 


Grim & Darling “Congratulations World” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
Selasee and the Fafa Family “Time for Peace” from Time for Peace (2015)
(D) The Sparrow and the Fall “Light In the Darkness” from Close At Hand (2017)
High Fiction “Dynamite (feat Ron Miles)” from To Whom It May Concern (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “All the Love You Need” from All the Love You Need (2008)
Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Respect The Dead (2001)
(N) Richard Dean “Killin’ Boots” from Vignettes (2017)


Rose Quartz “medicine” from Axis of Love (2015)
James Egbert & Nina Storey “Sound System” from Friction (2017)
Space Orphan “Meeting Spot” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)



NOV 25 = GOATZ + the Grant Farm at Avogadro’s Number(Fort Collins)



 

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP37

So much going on.  I took some much needed vacation time last week, and visited Durango/Mesa Verde with my girlfriend.  While there we attended the 3rd annual iammusicfest which also hosted the Colorado Music Summit put on by the Music District and Colorado Creative Industries.

Much love to the incredible musicians who took part, including Foxfeather, Chimney Choir, Euforquestra, Hello Dollface, Paa Kow and others.

“…musicians work several jobs to make ends meet. If we can help them increase their quality of life, that’s a good thing for everybody.”— Margaret Hunt, CCI

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.

That statement from Margaret at Colorado Creative Industries carries considerable meaning for me, and is very much a part of the underlying mission of Rocky Mountain Music Relief.

Since launching, following the hurricane that affected Houston, and from which our mission originated, many legacy Colorado musicians and venues have contributed to the cause, with much more to come.

If you’d like to contribute to helping professional working musicians affected by natural disasters in the US, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico please reach out via the website.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Many of our friends do not know about VuHaus, and the efforts that they and a handful of Colorado radio stations have made to elevate Colorado music to an international audience.
From VuHaus.org:  “VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization comprised of public media’s leading Music Discovery stations… that introduces emerging and established artists to new audiences.

Through a website and mobile app, VuHaus aggregates performance videos and interviews from leading “Music Discovery” public radio stations from markets across the U.S.

Unique video channels will include nationally curated playlists, local market playlists, and custom playlists from artists and others. VuHaus will also live video stream concerts and events through our partner stations.By creating exposure for these acts, VuHaus provides a unique window into the country’s most vibrant music scenes.”

Here’s a link to some videos curated by Colorado radio stations, including 105.5 The Colorado Sound, 88.9 KRFC (Fort Collins), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango), KVNF (Paonia), KSJD (Mancos) and KRCC (Colorado Springs).

Thanks to the Mishawaka Amphitheatre and KindDub for including my band GOATZ! in the offerings this month.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP37

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Dan Fogelberg “Face the Fire” from Phoenix (1980)
(D) Paa Kow “African Lady” from Cookpot (2017)
Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
SHEL “The Latest And Greatest Blueberry Rubberband” from SHEL (2012)
(D) Richard Dean “Wild Night On the Bayou” from Vignettes (2017)


Brent Cowles “9th & Lafayette” from Cold Times (2017)
O’Brien Party Of 7 “King of the Road” from Reincarnation: The Songs of Roger Miller (2012)
Darryl Purpose “Dreams of Life” from Next Time Around (2012)
(N) Tracksuit Wedding “Now or Never” from Now Or Never (2017)
Liz Barnez “Simple Song” from Welcome Back (2015)
Pandas & People “Watch it Burn” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Annie Booth “Tiger Dance” from WANDERLUST (2014)

HOUR 2

The Samples “Nothing Lasts for Long” from No Room (1992)
(D) Sofie Reed & Russell Jackson “Glitter Girl” from Rocky Road (2017)
The Yawpers “American Man” from American Man (2015)
Calder’s Revolvers “See to Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
Francis and the Wolf “Call of the Wild” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017)
The Apples in Stereo “No One in the World” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Children of the Lord” from Cipher (2008)
(N) Ryan Dart “Ain’t Quite Heaven” from Pain, Love and Drought (2017)
Andy Hackbarth “Mountains” from Panorama Motel (2015)
Cary Morin “Laid back” from Cradle to the Grave (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP33

Happy Labor Day.  From Wikipedia:  Labor Day “…honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country…”

CO MUSIC & MEDIA FOR HOUSTON

I’ve had the well being of our brothers and sisters in TX on my mind this past week.  Last Monday we launched CO MUSIC & MEDIA for HOUSTON on Facebook.  To date almost six hundred people have signed up to participate in mobilizing to help professional working musicians in TX affected by the flood.

Over the past week, a number of volunteers have begun to successfully move the mission forward. Our first organizational meeting is Tuesday Sept 5. We’ll build committees and begin the actual work of getting this all done.

Our 1st INFORMATION/ENTERTAINMENT EVENT is on Friday SPT 15 at the Oriental Theater.  I’m honored that my friends John Magnie, Steve Amadee and Tim Cook (the subdudes) will be appearing as the 3 Twins…. along with two of Denver’s true legacy artists – Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore …joined by (to the best of my knowledge) the only blues-folk artist alive using a dulcimer as their primary instrument – Sofie Reed.

The 2nd INFORMATION/ENTERTAINMENT EVENT will be Sunday SPT 17 at Dazzle Jazz in the Baur building Denver from 6-9 featuring Channel 7 News anchor Shannon Ogden and guests tba.


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

Rickie Lee Jones

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

THE GUESTLIST – “Lonely” 


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP33

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Earth, Wind & Fire “Imagination” from Spirit (1976)
(D) Cass Clayton “Woman In the Way” (2017)
The Wood Brothers “Singin’ to Strangers” from Paradise (2015)
Dragondeer “Don’t Feel That Good” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)
Instant Empire “Spotlight” from Last of the Lovers (2017)
Slow Caves “Desert Minded” (2016)
Richie Furay “We Were The Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2015)
Megan Burtt “In a Minute” from The Bargain (2015)
Head for The Hills “Suit and Tie” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Paper Bird “Don’t Want Half” from Paper Bird (2016)
Cary Morin “Tiny Town” from Tiny Town (2014)
Erik Applegate “Standing Room Only” from Two’s Company (2017)

HOUR 2

Joe Walsh “Mother Says” from Barnstorm (1971)
(N) Rusty Young “My Friend” from Waitin’ For the Sun (2017)
SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
Strange Americans “Pollos” from Borrow You, Brother (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Damaged One” from Damaged One (2017)
Bad Weather California “Let It Shine” from Sunkissed (2012)
Beats Noir! “Not for You” from 13 Tracks From the Dark Side of The Beat (2011)
Analog Son “Big Easy (feat. Devon Parker)” from Black Diamond (2017)
The Burroughs “Cut You Down” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Brent Cowles “Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here)” from Cold Times (2017)
Annie Booth “Queen bee” from Wanderlust (2014)



Sept 9 = GOATZ! and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins

Sept 10 = GOATZ! at Oskar Blues Original Grill and Brew in Lyons 

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP32

Monday 2:30PM.  I think like a lot of us, music is the furthest thing from my mind, as I watch the utter devastation taking place in Houston over the weekend.  With that in mind, I launched CO Music & Media for Houston today.  It’s an effort to pull together both our music and music related media to raise funds to help those in need in our industries.  Already, I’ve heard back from several major players in our scene, including venues, radio stations, musicians and promoters.  I hope to hear from you.  Please join us.


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

Led Zepplin

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP32

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Bob Lind “Colorado Line” (1971)
(D) Rusty Young “Honey Bee” from Waitin’ For the Sun (2017)
Plum “Love Is In the Air” from Light Years, Dark Years (2016)
Devotchka “Transliterator” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
(N) Grant Sabin & the Juke Joint Highball “Homesick” from Bourbon & Milk (2017)
Ginny Mules “Corn Liquor” from Ginny Mules (2017)
Chimney Choir “Motion” (2015)
The String Cheese Incident “Let’s Go Outside” from Song In My Head (2015)
(D) Jonny Barber & the Rhythm Razors “Racing to a Red Light”  (2017)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Loyal Customer” from The Human Sacrifice (2016)
Esme Patterson “Find It (feat. Jonny 5, Ian Cooke)” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Firefall “Winds of Change” from Elan (1978)
(N) Carry Me Ohio “Colorado Love” from Stonewall (2017)


The Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “S.O.B” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Retrofette “Skeletons” (2017)
Compass & Cavern “Mama Mia” from Before It Begins (2017)
Philip Bailey “We’re Gonna Make It” from Love Is Real (2010)
Wood Brothers “Postcards from Hell” from Loaded (2008)
(N) King Cardinal “Metronome” from Great Lakes (2017) 


Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Stella Luce “Bleed” from Bleed (2017)
Dana Landry Quartet “Almost Like Being In Love” from Standard Elevation (2015)



Sept 9 = GOATZ! and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Sceneat Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins

Sept 10 = GOATZ! at Oskar Blues Original Grill and Brew in Lyons 

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP31

Rusty Young

Rusty Young is a Colorado music native.  As not only an original member of Poco, but its enduring remaining original member, he is enshrined in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame along with fellow Colorado music native George Grantham, with whom Rusty was a member of the 60’s Front Range based psych-rock band Boenzee Cryque.

Rusty just released his first non-Poco named solo album, Waitin’ for the Sun .. that I spotlighted a track from in this blog  a couple of weeks ago.  I will say I’m far more impressed with this solo effort than I was with the last Poco album that Rusty fronted.  Produced by Rusty with fellow Poco member and songwriter Jack Sundrud, Rusty’s voice stays as strong and true as you’d hope for someone in their 70s now, with well over 50 years of singing experience.

Rusty doesn’t leave the sound of Poco too far behind on this solo effort – songs like “Heaven Tonight” could have easily been a marquee track for Poco circa 1980s.  “Honey Bee” lies a little closer to something I might have expected from say Levon Helm stylistically – a bit more “dirt” than the polished SoCal country-rock that Poco is most well known for.

Waitin’ for the Sun won’t win Rusty any new millennial fans .. but rather, with his tired aching “rusty” voice it’s those of us old enough to remember him as a “kid” who will appreciate what’s left of this unsung country-rock legend, and the life he speaks of in this record.

Gotta send some love to the Coteries and Hey, Lady! (the B-52s Tribute) for an exemplary job at the final Wellington Downtown Summer Concert Series this year.  Folk fans are going to love the Coteries as they develop their fanbase regionally – and Hey, Lady! is already one of the region’s TOP 5 tribute bands … much love and thanks for a great show.

Hey, Lady! Wellington Downtown Concert – Aug 19 2017


Sept 9 = GOATZ! and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Sceneat Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins

Sept 10 = GOATZ! at Oskar Blues Original Grill and Brew in Lyons 


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
Manassas

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP31

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Leftover Salmon “Highway Song” from Euphoria (1997)
(N) The Yawpers “Reunion” from Boy In A Well (2017)


SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Bad Weather California “Keep it Together” from Back Seats (2013)
(N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Fried Food Hard Liquor” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Raven and the Writing Desk “Tiny Terrors” from Bonedale (2011)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) The S.I.R. Band “So Cold” (2017) 


OneRepublic “A.I. (feat. Peter Gabriel)” from Oh My My (2016)
Analog Son “Ain’t Lyin (feat. Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard)” from Black Diamond (2017)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

HOUR 2

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Francis and the Wolf “Feels Like A Memory” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) 


SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” from You (Icytat Vocal Mix) (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) All Chiefs “Fast Friends” (2017) 


Slow Caves “Glares” (2017)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “Train Home” from Love Runner (2014)
FY5 “Driftwood” from FY5 (2015)
(N) A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra (Acoustic Demo)” from Cleopatra (2016)
Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017)
Ben Haugland “Second sight” from A Million Dreams (2015)

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INTRODUCING MISH INITIATIVE: MISHAWAKA AMPHITHEATRE LAUNCHES PHILANTHROPIC ARM

Iconic Northern Colorado venue seeks to encourage employee giving and support local music scene 

BELLVUE, Colo., August 15, 2017

​Owners and staff of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre announced a new philanthropic program today, designed as a charitable arm of the Northern Colorado venue and restaurant.

The Mish Initiative will invest thousands of dollars into the local music scene annually, provide cash and in-kind sponsorship for organizations, and reinforce Mish employees’ individual volunteer and philanthropic efforts.

“We want to cultivate a community of dreamers,” said Dani Grant, Mishawaka Amphitheatre owner and general manager, “and the Mish Initiative makes it easy to foster creative thinking and encourage giving.” Grant, who founded the now-dormant music nonprofit SpokesBUZZ, designed the Mish Initiative program to be simple, straightforward, and flexible — in part as a response to more traditional philanthropic efforts that require “too much paper and too many rules.”

“The application for artist funding – called ‘Mish Granted’ – is literally a blank sheet of paper,” Grant said. “We want to get rid of the constraints and put the emphasis back on creativity. It’s not about how well you fill out forms or achieve arbitrary goals, it’s about what you want to create, make, dream and do.”

Mish Initiative encompasses three main philanthropic arenas:   Mish Granted ​creates a grant pool of $20,000 yearly for directly supporting artists, with a maximum award of $1500 per applicant.

The annual application period opens Oct. 1 and closes Nov. 15. Mish Granted emphasizes giving to musicians/music-related projects. Mish n’ Booster​ will award cash and in-kind donations to organizations and events aligning with Mish values. Applications will be accepted in January and September each year, with a total of $15,000 available annually.

Mish Match​ will pay Mishawaka employees for up to five hours per month spent volunteering, and will match employee giving up to $300 per month. The Mish Match mission is to motivate staff and strengthen community by incentivizing philanthropic action by employees.

Mishawaka merchandise vendor N​icole Marcisofsky is among the employees who helped design the Mish Initiative program, and says she felt “honored and ecstatic” to be invited to assist in its creation.

“On a personal level, it gave me a jolt of passion and incentive to get involved; it helped me see I can have an impact on the world around me,” Marcisofsky said.

For more information on the Mish Initiative or to apply, visit: ​http://www.themishawaka.com/mish-initiative/

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