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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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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP27

Wolford Mountain – 6:40AM Saturday July 22

I went fishing this weekend.  I was very lucky – not with fishing – but with DEBUTs this week.

A.J. Fullerton and Face Vocal Band both shared new cuts that are not yet available generally.   Face Vocal Band will be appearing at the Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono on August 5 in direct support of Cracker, and will be headlining Red Rocks on August 6 with Dearling.

The new album from the critically praised bluesman A.J. Fullerton will be out August 24.

This week’s MMMM has three new cuts from Dave & the Gin Mill Gypsies, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, and the Garrett Sayers Trio.  Make sure to listen and vote, pls.

I took NO music with me onto the water, nor did I play music at my campsite.  The only time I listened to music was in the car, during all 308 miles of the trip.  One thing that consistently stood out was the new EP from the Still Tide, which is sure to be among my favorites of 2017.

BTW .. the fishing at both Wolford Mountain Reservoir (outside of Kremmling), and Willow Creek Reservoir (outside of Grandy) was “EH.”  But – driving with the top down in the mountains (exceeding the speed limit of course) – listening to music – PRICELESS!

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 EP27

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

HOUR 1

Poco “Pickin’ up the Pieces” from Pickin’ Up The Pieces (1969)
Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
(D) A.J. Fullerton “Kalamath” from Kalamath (2017)
Paper Bird “I Don’t Mind” from Paper Bird (2016)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
(D) Face Vocal Band “Big Time” from Big Time EP (2017)
Petals of Spain “Daydream” from Daydream (2017)
Rossonian “In the Summer” from Late Kids EP (2016)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Tiffany Christopher “Pirates” from Tremendous Heart (2017)
Elephant Revival “Peace Tonight” from Petals (2016)
The String Cheese Incident “Swampy Waters” from One Step Closer (2005)
Brad Goode “St. Louis Blues” from Chicago Red (2013)

HOUR 2

The Astronauts “My Sin Is My Pride” from Quiet Village (1965)
Beast “Don’t You Think It’s Time” from “Beast” (1969)
(D) Dave & the Gin Mill Gypsies “Tell Me Wyoming” from Western Fusion (2017)


Chimney Choir “I dream” from (dream) (2017)
Mollie O’Brien “In My Girlish Days” from Big Red Sun (1998)
My Blue Sky “Good Man Blues” (2017)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Hell Bent for Heaven” from Bad Magic Baby EP (2017)
Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
Five Iron Frenzy “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
(N) Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Missing Link” from Missing Link (2017) 


Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Gasoline Lollipops “Jesus Ain’t Dead” from Resurrection (2017)
(N) Garrett Sayers Trio “Mrs Lee” from Thinkbox (2017) 



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MISHAWAKA AMPHITHEATRE ANNOUNCES 100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EVENTS

Mish Logo JPGBELLVUE, Colo., Jan. 7, 2016 — Two themes have remained constant at Mishawaka Amphitheatre over the years: music and community.

Homesteaded in 1916 by Walter S. Thompson (and originally called “Thompson’s Resort”), Mishawaka Amphitheatre has provided a memorable gathering spot for Colorado residents and visitors to enjoy food and beverage, art, music, and spectacular natural surroundings for 100 years. Today, venue owners announced plans to celebrate the Mishawaka’s 100th anniversary with a series of events, specials, community-minded collaborations and concerts, kicking off in January with festivities extending through September 2016.

Dani Grant, Mishawaka Amphitheatre general manager, describes the plans as individual events connected to historical happenings. “We looked at significant dates in 1916 and planned related celebrations,” Grant said. “It is our intention to honor Mishawaka and her fans with each special event, all of which will maintain the music and community focus. It is such an honor to invite everyone to enjoy this incredible authentic place and its history. We are all very excited about commemorating the upcoming 100th year.”

Grant said the anniversary celebration will include deals and discounts at the restaurant, the release of Mishawaka Ale (a 2016 signature Odell Brewing Company beer), a video premier, building with Habitat for Humanity, a commissioned original art release and gallery show featuring local artist Chris Bates, VIP parties, and more. The pinnacle event will be a special 100th anniversary concert featuring a surprise national touring act to be announced with the 2016 season lineup.

More details will be released over time on all of the events currently being planned, and perhaps more that may come to fruition. The information will be made available via the Mishawaka website (www.themishawaka.com) and through social media channels. A general schedule of events can be found below:

Mishawaka Amphitheatre 100th Anniversary Celebration (current schedule of events)

Steak Your Claim: February through September 2016

February kicks off this season-long special restaurant offer. The original property homestead application fee for The Mishawaka property was a mere $18, and Walter S. Thompson paid it in February of 1916. Mishawaka wants to treat customers and the community to a hearty dinner special including a steak, an appetizer and a draft beer — all for $18. Available February through September 2016.

Sleep-out at The Mish + Chris Bates Original Mishawaka 100 Art Reveal: March 2016

In March of 1916, the Thompson family had their first overnight at the property. In March of 2016, Mishawaka will host a sleepover party with musical entertainment for customers. The sleepover will be preceded by a gallery exhibit revealing the Mishawaka 100th anniversary art piece commissioned from local artist Chris Bates. Details will be announced February 1, 2016.

Season Lineup Video Premier at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery OtterBox Digital Dome: April 2016

Join us to find out what the 2016 season line up has to offer and see the 2016 Mishawaka video filmed by Koi-Fly Productions in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Additionally, see the museum’s exhibit on the High Park Fire and learn more about the survivors and the horrific event that caused so much strife in the canyon. This event will be free and open to the public, but will require RSVP as space will be very limited. RSVP access for the season lineup and video viewing will be released March 1.

Odell Brewing Company Releases Mishawaka Ale: May 2016

Odell Brewing Company will release a signature seasonal beer dubbed Mishawaka Ale. The first opportunity for the public to try it will be at our annual season kickoff concert, Head for the Hills “Pickin’ on the Poudre” on May 14. Tickets will be available when the season opens in April of 2016.

Habitat for Humanity and Mishawaka Partner to Raise Roofs: June 2016

In June of 1916, Walter S. Thompson began to build the famous dance hall. In order to get it done, he relied on the mental and physical support of extended family and friends. Mishawaka values the help of family and community to make dreams come true, so we partnered with Habitat for Humanity to raise funds for their organization and celebrate community spirit. Join us in June 2016 for a Habitat for Humanity building event that includes musical entertainment and refreshments by Mishawaka. Details will be announced in April 2016.

Unveiling the Historical Chronicle and Exhibit at Mishawaka Amphitheatre: August 2016

There are many artifacts and media pieces that have been collected over the years by fans and friends of Mishawaka. We are creating a permanent display of these items for the public to enjoy. The details will be released for this event in July 2016. If you have any Mishawaka artifacts or memorabilia to share with us, please contact us at info@themishawaka.com.

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The Colorado Sound S9 EP26

RDP_1271BWCrushed.  Absolutely crushed.  I’ve never been so busy.  Truth: some days I feel it would be easier to have a “real job” with an expected number of hours, and time off to just do leisurely things.  I enjoy no such luxury as I attempt in my final decades to tell as much of the story as I am able about music and musicians in Colorado.  Well, that and doing sound and/or emceeing and/or producing shows and/or rehearsing with the new lineup of Goatz!, back after a nearly six year hiatus (new recordings and/or videos coming  in August).

Hmmm … seems I slipped into the “Chris abyss” (coined by Morris Beegle from Hapi Skratch Entertainment) on that first paragraph.

I completely and utterly screwed up this month’s edition of Offstage …Beyond the Music with Freddi Gowdy.  I got new equipment last month to solve a long standing production quality issue, and didn’t get it right.  So for July, as we celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast series, I’ve decided to pull out segments from some of my favorites of the past year .. starting off with one from the very first episode with Chris Daniels last July … 

jill-sobuleJill Sobule is one of our native artists who has long gone unnoticed as such among local music fans.  She grew up in Denver, went to St. Mary’s, and to CU before heading off to Spain and other parts on her musical journey. So to lead things off this week I did an artist two-fer with one of her biggest hits, and something from her most recent album “Dottie’s Charms” from 2014 – that was largely influenced by a charm bracelet she found at the bottom of a drawer, “…hung with about 20 pewter charms, including an airplane, the Statue of Liberty and a disc bearing the name Dorothy.”   See playlist below to listen to the song via YouTube.

THE COLORADO SOUND IS SUPPORTED BY

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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.

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PLAYLIST S9 EP26 

HOUR 1

Jill Sobule “Supermodel” from Jill Sobule (1995)
(D) Jill Sobule “I Swear I Saw Christopher Reeve (Mackinac Island Charm)” from Dottie’s Charms (2014)


Mojomama “Tell It Like It Is” from Mojomama (2015)
Fox St. “Somethin About You” from Authentic Western Dress (2015)
Matthew Moon “It’s Alright” from I Thought U Should Know (2002)
Analog Son “What It Is?!” from Stomp and Shout (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Let’s Go Outside” from Song In My Head (2014)
Jeff Finlin “East by West” from The Tao of Motor Oil (2010)
Selina Albright “Brighter” from Brighter (2013)
OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
Pandas & People “Still Young” from Pandas & People (2014)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

Hour 2

The Astronauts “Money” from Everything Is A-ok (1964)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Summer Means Fun” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(D) The Symbols “Alone” from Smile (2015)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Liz Barnez “Laughin’ Yellow” from Liz Barnez Band (1993)
Chris Daniels “Better Days” from Better Days (2012)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Acoustic Junction “Oh Me Oh My” from Strange Days (2000)
Ben Haugland “Birds of A Feather” from A Million Dreams (2015)

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The Colorado Sound S9 EP25 JUNE 2015

Life is crazy right now.  It’s summer.  It’s concert/festival season.  I’m booked out every night of the week it seems.  This week’s show included the final episode of OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC with June’s guest John Magnie of the Subdudes & Young Ancients.  July’s guest is Freddi Gowdy, formerly of the Freddi Henchi Band, currently performing with Chris Daniels & the Kings.

I would normally be pulling spin data yesterday thru tomorrow for the 1st of the month NEWS NOTES & SPINS column … but I have made the decision to suspend that monthly post until further notice.  There are a few reasons.

  • I lost all my data for Jan, Feb, March, and May .. so 1/3 of the year’s data is gone.
  • Fewer stations are playing enough current Colorado titles to make it worth my time to cull spins from their dj playlists.
  • Fewer Colorado titles are being played than at any time in the five years I’ve been doing the monthly charts, again making it less worth the 1 1/2 days it takes for me to build that chart.
  • And finally … I reformed my band, Goatz!, a tremendous time drain getting ready for our first show back on August 9 at the Mishawaka with Hazel Miller Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings w/ Freddi Gowdy, and my son’s band Williams Reserve.      Here’s what our band is up to as we gear up for the event … 

I will be emceeing every Thursday night as part of the Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live series in Fort Collins.  This week is The Jurassicasters, featuring Dave Beegle.

THE COLORADO SOUND IS SUPPORTED BY

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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.

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PLAYLIST S9 EP25

Hour 1

Zephyr “Sun’s a Risin’” from Zephyr Deluxe Edition (2014)
Tommy Bolin “Savannah Woman” from Teaser (1975)
Plum “Behind Your Man” from Behind Your Man (2015)
Born in The Flood “I Am the Walrun” from Mountain Homegrown Vol IV (2005)
The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
Todd Adelman “Right Before You Said Hello” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Sofie Reed “Pilot Car” from Baby Boo Got Gone (2004)
The Informants “Crime Scene Queen” from Crime Scene Queen (2009)
Instant Empire “Dead Air” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
In The Whale “Mail” from Full Nelson (2015)
Richard Dean “Blue Coal Miner” from Accidental Human (2015)
Dana Landry Trio “Frank’s Tune” from Memphis Skyline (2014)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “Phoenix” from Phoenix (1979)
(D) Yonder Mountain String Band “Insult and an Elbow” from Black Sheep (2015)
Jeff Austin “15 Steps” from The Simple Truth (2015)
The Swayback “Double Four Time” from Double Four Time (2012)
Kyle Hollingsworth “Beautiful People” from Speed of Life (2014)
Young Ancients “Yellowbird” from Fishstory (2015)
Raven and the Writing Desk “Running” from some get started (2015)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Dye My Love” from Bonus Features (2014)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Monsoon Blues” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)

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