BELLVUE, Colo., February 20, 2018 — Mishawaka Amphitheatre will distribute $7700 to 16 award recipients via the venue’s Mish Initiative philanthropic program. Applicants for “Mish’n Booster” funding sought sponsorship support for a variety of organizations and events, with The Mish selection committee prioritizing submissions that aligned well with Mishawaka’s company values: music, community, integrity, sustainability and tolerance.
“Our Mish’n Booster program allows us to provide aid to events and organizations that mirror what we at The Mish hold near and dear,” said Dani Grant, Mishawaka Amphitheatre owner and general manager. “We know that sometimes it just takes an extra nudge to maximize momentum, and we’re happy to be able to offer help to these applicants.”
Sponsorships for talent fees to pay artists for local live music event performances and music video production topped the list of award recipients this year, but Mish’n Booster funding was also allocated for music industry mentorship, instruments, and other community and performing arts organizations. The full list of 2018 Mish’n Booster first-round beneficiaries can be found at: http://www.themishawaka.com/blog/
Grant added that a second round of Mish’n Booster funding would be made available in autumn, with the venue setting aside a total of $15,000 annually for assisting organizations and events. In addition to the direct cash sponsorship awards, the Mish’n Booster program also provides in-kind assistance in the form of nonprofit event space (complete with sound engineer) during the off-season, as well as silent auction donations.
Next, Mishawaka philanthropy will concentrate on its Mish Match program, to encourage employee philanthropy and service to nonprofit organizations. The application period for the next round of Mish’n Booster funding will open in September 2018.
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 Nicole 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.
There’s no doubt that summer is my most favorite time of year — for no other reason than for over a decade now I’ve had the great pleasure of getting on stages around the region and introducing audiences to some of my favorite Colorado bands. This summer is no exception.
Thanks to The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, we’ll be making our 3rd Annual trip up the Poudre River on Aug 6 for the 11th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist with some very good friends in MY BLUE SKY along with KERRY PASTINE & THE CRIME SCENE.
Every Thursday night from June 1 until the week before BOHEMIAN NIGHTS @ NEW WEST FEST I host the BOHEMIAN NIGHTS THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE series that includes: SHEL (JUNE 1), BLUE CANYON BOYS (JUNE 8), THE REMINDERS (JUNE 15), DRESSY BESSY (JUNE 22), CHRIS DANIELS & THE KINGS w/FREDDI GOWDY, HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI*BEAMS, and others … see website for details
Chris Daniels is busy working on a new KINGS record that he hopes to have done by the end of summer and that will feature the band as it was originally – as a horn based blues band. The album, according to Chris, will feature both covers and originals.
Speaking of new albums, I spoke with Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon recently …he informed me that the LoS is heading into the studio this summer to record their next album with newest member on keyboards, Eric Deutsch. No date on when to expect that album to be done… though I’d guess in time for festival season 2018.
Support for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon. 11th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist – Buy Tickets … and from Oskar Blues Brewery – supporting Colorado music for 20 years.
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
My friends in the business and I are always comparing notes on who we think the next POSSIBLE act is to break out nationally from the Centennial State. Brent’s on his way – with a new label deal that pairs him up with the Lumineers and one of the strongest stage personas in the state – this video will go a long way to establishing him as a new force breaking out of the state.
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 SoundCloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.
PLAYLIST S11 EP18
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Wendy Woo “Ghost” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999) (D) Esme Patterson “Find It (feat. Jonny 5, Ian Cooke)” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling at Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015) Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014) (N) The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017) Brent Cowles “Lift me up” from Cold Times EP (2017) John-Alex Mason “Riding On” from Jook Joint Thunderclap (2011) Cassie Taylor “No Ring Blues” from Out of My Mind (2012) (D) Flobots “Carousel” from No Enemies (2017)
The Burroughs “Cut You Down” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015) Ivory Circle “And I Try” from Isoceles (2015) Jeff Jenkins Organization “Braking Bad” from The Arrival (2015)
Subdudes “All the Time In the World” from Primitive Streak (1996) (D) Something Underground “Universe” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017)
Jeff Austin “15 Steps” from The Simple Truth (2015) Justin Roth “Trembling Like A Train” from Now You Know (2011) (N) Analog Son “Ain’t Lyin (feat. Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard)” from Black Diamond (2017)
Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017) Sofie Reed “Box Full of Prayers” from Baby Boo Got Gone (2004) Great American Taxi “New Millennium Blues” from Reckless Habits (2010) (D) Hello Dollface “Crystal Moon” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017)
The Hustle Kings “For What It’s Worth (Again)” from Stand Up (Let Love Be Your Guide) (2017) Keith Oxman “Walkin’ my Baby Back Home” from East of the Village (2017)
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FULL BAND – SATURDAY MAY 20 – 7:30pm with GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS at AVOGADRO’S NUMBER FORT COLLINS
ACOUSTIC BAND – FRIDAY JUNE 9 – 8PM at THE ROOST in LONGMONT
ACOUSTIC BAND – FRIDAY JUNE 16 – 5PM at the TASTY WEASEL in LONGMONT
ACOUSTIC BAND – FRIDAY JULY 14 – 6PM at SKYE BREWING in LONGMONT
FULL BAND – SATURDAY JULY 15 – 5PM with at WELLINGTON TOWN SQUARE
FULL BAND – SUNDAY AUG 6 – 5PM with MY BLUE SKY & KERRY PASTINE & THE CRIME SCENE at THE MISHAWAKA
Okay .. I have to admit, this has been one seriously messed up year as far as new releases are concerned. Not only have there been far fewer that I have normally identified by this time of the year, stations have been playing fewer than in the past couple of years. I’m not sure why this is to be honest. I realize we don’t track everything .. there’s no metal or rap in this list as nearly all of the stations I survey are of the AAA and/or CMJ format with strong focus on Americana, bluegrass, funk, etc.
I lost all my spin data from Jan through March (Q1) and have only been able to capture spin data in April and May (Q2) … so I have suspended my monthly TOP 40 spins chart for the time being. With this being my busy season, perhaps I can get back to it again this fall/winter .. we’ll have to wait and see.
There are 138 titles represented in this list. If you are aware of some titles not on it that should be, please inform me. I’ve been maintaining this list now for over five years and I’d to keep it as up to date as possible.
2015 TITLES – LP/EP/SP
Stomp and Shout
Between The Hangman and The Halo
Audi Y Zentimiento
Heart Shaped Rocks
A Million Dreams
Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet
Bud Bronson & the Good Timers
Chella & The Charm
Chella & The Charm
Chris Daniels & the Kings
Funky To the Bone
Clouds & Mountains
Berkeley To Bakersfield
Dana Landry Quartet
Dana Landry Trio
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
The Drawing Back of Curtains
Dexter Payne Quartet + 1
Eef & the Blues Express
All Rivers Run To The Sea
In the Darkness of My Light
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Finnders & Youngberg
Eat The Moon
Authentic Western Dress
H2 Big Band
It Could Happen
In The Whale
Nate & Eric
J. Miller Band
One More High, One More Low
The St. Louis Sessions
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
The Simple Truth
Pick You Up
Speed of Life
The Natural World
Longest Day Of The Year
Moors and McCumber
More Than Physics
Hey Joe Opus: Red Meat
Remixes Vol 1
Paul Mullikin Quintet
Time Is Now
Hard Row to Hoe
Hand In Hand
Up From The North
Sean Curtis Band
Kind of Like Wyoming
Selasee and the Fafa Family
Time for Peace
The Lab Sessions
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
and as always the infinite cosmos
Steve Kovalcheck Trio
Making Tracks Home
The Echo Chamber
The Longest Day of the Year
The Montgomery, Hermann, & Quinlan Sextet
All About the Ride
The Faster It Goes
The River Arkansas
Deaf In June
Highways & Lowways
Trout Steak Revival
Brighter Every Day
SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together
Wendy Woo Band
Yonder Mountain String Band
Speed Checked By Aircraft
All Chiefs, No Indians
The Danger Mission
We Don’t Walk We Dance
Copia 1 – The Electric Hush
Party or Don’t
Doves & Wolves
Doves & Wolves
Elin and Friends
What Do You Call A Woman
In The Whale
One A Giant EP
Axis of Love
Love Revolution Party
Sour Boy Bitter Girl
Strawberry Runners EP
The Raven and the Writing Desk
Some Get Started EP
The Sound and Color
The Sound and Color
Toad In the Hole
Very Fine Friends
Do You Love Me
8 Cousins / Everything’s Alright (Single)
The River Is Moving
The Fate That Never Favored Us
If I Could Stay
Mile Heist Club
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
I Need Never Get Old
Behind Your Man
Vernor | Forge
Racing On the Sun
Pilot & Crew
You Me and Apollo
THE COLORADO SOUND IS SUPPORTED BY
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.
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.
I realize it isn’t about Colorado music, but as I get my day going today (Sunday) while the show airs on Radio 94.9 Colorado, I’m learning that one of my radio idols has passed away. RIP Casey Kasem. 82 is a long life lived. Thank you for your inspiration. I miss you. Long live American Top 40. Salute. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
My first video editing learning curve mistake bit me, as I worked to edit down the Young Ancients video shots I took Thursday night. #bigfail. I lost everything, including the source video. Too bad too, as I told John Magnie that in all the years I’ve known him, Steve, and Cary this was the best night of music I’d ever heard from them. And I mean it. If you have not experienced Young Ancients, you really deserve the treat. Absolutely remarkable.
COMING IN JULY: The Colorado Sound Expands Statewide. KUNC, the nation’s TOP 20 ranked public radio station, has picked up hour 2 of The Colorado Sound, bringing the show into Denver, Boulder, and many other cities and towns in CO.
We’ve been working on this opportunity for a long time now, and I would like to personally thank program director Kirk Mowers, music director Benji McPhail and my pal Robert Leja for their never ending support of the show, and my efforts to bring Colorado’s best music to a statewide audience.
Here’s a look at the newly expanded coverage coming in July.
Basalt, Redstone 88.5
Buena Vista 89.9
Down Valley 105.5
Eagle Valley 99.7
Estes Park 90.7
Front Range (KUNC) 91.5
Front Range (KRFC) 88.9
Morgan County 96.7
North Park 90.7
Northern CO 94.9
Steamboat Springs 88.5
Wet Mountain Valley 95.9
Looks like the only place left uncovered is Colorado Springs. What this does mean for the show is an increase in the number of hours on the air, from the current 27 (hours x days x frequencies) to 47. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the broadcast portion, as well as the new podcast portion of the show. Day and time details will be announced the week of July 7. Stay tuned.
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
PLAYLIST S8 EP23 JUNE 2014
Hazel Miller & the Caucasians “Gimme Back My Life” from Live at the Fox (1995) Hazel Miller Band “Moon Was Right” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011) Big Head Todd & The Monsters “It’s Alright” from E-Town Live (1996) (D) Calder’s Revolvers “Tell Me True” from Sunday Morning (2014) Ryan D White “Love Story” from Something Brilliant Is About to Happen (2014) (D) Magician In the Machine “Resurrection” [single] (2014) Broken Tongues “Does Hip Hop Remember the Jazz?” from Crooked Skyline (2012) Gipsy Moon “Walk In the Sky” from Eventide (2013) Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014) Ivory Circle “We Will Run” from Equilateral (2014) Joshua Novak “Infomaniac” from Ephemeron (2013) Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND “Blues and a Half” from MIGRATION TO HIGHER GROUND (2014) The Apples in Stereo “Glowworm” from Fun Trick Noisemaker (1995) The Apples in Stereo “Look Away” from Look Away (2000) The Czars “Paint the Moon” from Goodbye (2004) (D) Kramies “Antiquarian (feat. Grant Wilson)” from The Folklore Sessions (2014) Ian Cooke “Fortitude” from Fortitude (2011) Good Gravy “Isn’t It Funny” from Good Gravy (2010) Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Zombies!” from Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk (2013) Megan Burtt “It Ain’t Love” from It Ain’t Love (2010) Katey Laurel “Thanks for Loving Me” from Periscope (2014) Better Than Bacon “Texas Tune” from Spokesbuzz Volume 4 (2013) Jeff Finlin “Is This Love” from Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008) Brad Goode “Reverse the Charges” from Tight Like This (2010)
SUPPORT FOR THE COLORADO SOUND PROVIDED BY
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SpokesBUZZ, a Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES. Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more. www.spokesbuzz.org.
Head for the Hills | Pickin’ on the Poudre – Mishawaka Amphitheatre | May 17th, 2014
Head for the Hills will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, CO on May 17th as part of their annual gathering, “Pickin’ on the Poudre.” This will be the 10th consecutive year the quartet has opened the concert season at the historic mountain venue. Grant Farm with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gispy Moon will support the evening, presented by The Colorado Sound. Tickets are on sale now at www.themishawaka.com and www.headforthehillsmusic.com.
Head for the Hills has confirmed several festival and event appearances this summer in support of their studio album “Blue Ruin,” including:Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL) and Revival Festival at Harmony Park, (Clarks Grove, MN), Botanic Gardens for a co-bill with Steep Canyon Rangers (Denver, CO) and many more.
Saturday May 17th, 2014
Head for the Hills’ Pickin’ on the Poudre
Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO
With: Grant Farm with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gispy Moon