$1 of each June show ticket sold goes to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity “House That Beer Built II” project

BELLVUE, Colo., April 4, 2016 — In June 1916, Mishawaka Amphitheatre’s original owner Walter S. Thompson began constructing the venue’s dance hall by hand, with the help of friends and extended family. Building on that historic event 100 years later, and continuing the celebration of community and collaboration, Mishawaka Amphitheatre will partner with Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity and several craft breweries to contribute to a home for a local family via “The House That Beer Built II” (HTBBII). One dollar of every Mishawaka show ticket sold in June 2016 will be pledged to the construction of a home for the Beavers, a family of four in Fort Collins.

“As we continue to celebrate the Mish100 anniversary throughout our show season, we are discovering a lot of joy in tying in the venue’s history with events that positively impact our present-day community,” said Dani Grant, Mishawaka’s general manager. “Helping a local family build a home feels like a continuation of all the love and care that Walter S. Thompson put into the Mish when he built the dance hall 100 years ago.”

Grant said that funds collected from June ticket sales will be presented by the Mishawaka on July 6 to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity at the Lagoon Summer Concert Series at Colorado State University. Highly danceable funk-roots-soul band Eufórquestra will perform at the free event from 6 – 8 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have the support of generous community partners like Mishawaka Amphitheatre, who help make it possible for Habitat to continue to create affordable homeownership opportunities in the Fort Collins area. The original owner of ‘The Mish’ left a barn-raising legacy by building this community space that has served the community for 100 years. It is an honor to help them celebrate this hands-on accomplishment with something so fitting as neighbors building the House That Beer Built II home together,” said Kristin Candella, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity.

Twelve local craft breweries and five community partners are participating in the HTBBII project, contributing funds and volunteer labor. Every Habitat homebuyer family contributes 250 – 500 hours of sweat equity building their home before purchasing it, and then pays back a zero-interest mortgage. In 2013, the original Fort Collins “House That Beer Built” project helped rebuild a home for a family whose house was destroyed by the devastating High Park fire in Rist Canyon.

Four June shows have already been scheduled at The Mish, with more to be revealed at the April 16 lineup announcement event at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.themishawka.com. To learn more about HTBBII and other Habitat for Humanity initiatives, visit www.fortcollinshabitat.org.


Some how or another June has gotten the better of me, and stolen the time I normally devote to posting here.  Sorry for that.  Truly.  There was no new show this past week.  I was in New Jersey attending to family business.  I did, however, get to go to the Greeley  Blues Jam.  Gotta say, the Burroughs and the Frails stole the show on the Colorado music stage.


The Colorado Sound Presents:  the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Brothers Keeper, the Burroughs, Dr Izzy Band, Our Generation at the 8th Annual  Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival – Sat Aug 1, 12PM-10PM .. ALL AGES & FREE with fireworks and more.  This is the only spirits tasting and competition event I know of regionally.  Sure would be great to see you .. hit the site.

Mish Logo JPGThe Colorado Sound Presents:  Hazel Miller Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddie Gowdy, William’s Reserve, and Goatz! at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Sunday August 9 – 4PM-9PM – $20 – ALL AGES.

This is my band’s first show back since 2009 .. my son’s band William’s Reserve is making their debut — AND so are Chris Daniels & the Kings and the Hazel Miller Band … WHAT!!?? you say?  Seriously?  Hazel and Chris & the Kings have never played the Mish???  Really?  Yep.  fo’reals … be there .. my band kicks it off at 4PM .. doors at 3:30PM.  Hope to see you.

Proud to Announce New Sponsors

Making this official.  I am very proud to announce that beginning March 1, SpokesBUZZ and the Mishawaka Amphitheater are official underwriting sponsors of The Colorado Sound radio program, and all related productions.  Dates to be confirmed but watch and listen for news about The Colorado Sound Presents @ the Mishawaka.  It’s going to be one hellova summer folks. 🙂

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP06 Feb 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012(Sunday, Feb 16, 2014)  “You have to be great.”  That line has been on loop in my mind since the middle of the week, when I met with Dani Grant from SpokesBuzz and the Mishawaka Amphitheater for lunch, and to discuss her organizations’ support of The Colorado Sound, and The Colorado Sound’s support of some upcoming events at the Mish.

“You have to be great.”  Typically, in a normal week, I listen to 3 or 4 new album/ep releases or roughly 30 t0 40 cuts.  Of course, those are not all full cut listens – most are 8-second rides – needle drops – looking for that OMG moment when I have to listen more intently to a single track – in the hopes I break a future hit (we djs are always looking to break a hit).

On top of producing the show, I am also on a few event committees.  This week I had two sessions where as a member of a committee we evaluated submissions for a couple of upcoming summer festivals.  In all, almost 200 acts will be scheduled for five event-days, from over 500 submissions (either a committee recommendation or actual online submission).

“You have to be great.”  What does that mean exactly?  Buyers look for it.  DJs look for it.  Fans look for it.  “Man, I gotta great deal!”  “Man, I saw a great show!”  “Man, I booked a great band!”  “Man, you gotta hear this great song I found!”

Today’s “radio” is truly anything video related.  YouTube is the single most dominant source of new music discovery in the world.  Today, more and more, buyers rely on video instead of strictly audio as a way of auditioning acts for an event.   Video doesn’t lie.  The presentation put forth speaks for itself – especially when the video is from a live performance (and especially from a “smart phone” video).  Video quality + audio quality + visual quality + performance quality all now matter in “you have to be great.”


Katie Herzig is a Fort Collins native, a graduate of both Rocky Mountain High, and Colorado State University.  While she was in college she fronted the very popular folk-rock act Newcomer’s Home.  Katie went solo, moved to Nashville, and along with Pretty Lights stands as one of the two most successful artists to emerge from Fort Collins.  She’s got a brand new album set to drop in April – and in the meantime, she just released this new video from her last album.


Earth, Wind & Fire “Reasons” from That’s the Way of the World (1975)
Lannie Garrett “Pickin’ Up After You” from Comes Love (1995)
Jesse Furay Lynch “I Wish It Would Rain” [single] (2014)
Mosey West “Hurricane Eyes” from Bermuda (2014)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014)
(N) Bad Brad & the Fat Cats “Other Side” from Take A Walk With Me (2014)Churchill “The War Within” from War Within EP (2013)
(D) Mountain Standard Time “Canyon Road” from Sunny (2013)
(D) Swim Through Frequencies “Other Languages” from Rhythm of Complacency (2013)(D) Glitta Kings “Carving In the Stone” from Girls in High Heels Shouldn’t Dance On Glass Tables (2014)
The Motet “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed” from The Motet (2014)
Selasee Atiase “One Day” from African Gate (2010)
Al Hood & Dave Hanson “Just A Little Taste” from Just A Litte Taste: Al Hood Plays The Writing Of Dave Hanson (2008)
Newcomers Home “Hold On” from In the Hour (2004)
Katie Herzig “Wish You Well” from Apple Tree (2008)
The Fray “Love Don’t Die” [single] (2013)
OneRepublic “Feel Again” from Native (2013)
(D) The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)(D) Dianne Reeves “Dreams” from Beautiful Life (2014)
The ReMinders “Africa On My Mind” from Born Champions (2012)
(D) Kinetix “One Life to Live” from One Life (2014)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” [single] (2012)
Matt Skinner Band “I’ll Keep Loving” from Native Stranger Pt I – Fandango (2013)
Patti Fiasco “Nobody’s Girl” from The Patti Fiasco (2011)
Danny Shafer “I Am” from Wherever You Are (2013)
GogoLab “Honey Trap” from Border Patrol (2013)