Mishawaka 2012 Summer Season
Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock
As the summer lineups are announced few things get me as excited as seeing who is playing at Mishawaka. The Mish as it is affectionately called is a true gem in the world of Colorado venues. Located in the heart of the Poudre Canyon this historic venue has been a bastion for live music since Walter S. Thompson built a dancehall which hosted early acoustic jams on the property in the 1920’s. Over the years ownership has been passed down until in 2010 Dani Grant and her husband Matt Hoeven took over the property. Dani and Matt have gone above and beyond all expectations by renovating Mishawaka and breathing new life into this amazing amphitheater.
The Mishawaka itself houses an outdoor stage that has room for around 750, as well as The SpokesBUZZ Lounge for more intimate indoor shows. The location also has a full restaurant and bar. Their summer season begins in May and goes through late September before the party moves inside for the winter months. The venue is located close to camping with lots of outdoor amenities like hiking, fishing, and more.
Mishawaka officially opens the weekend of May 12th with the return of Head For The Hills. This year cowpunk superstars Split Lip Rayfield as well as Finders and Youngberg join H4TH for the opening extravaganza. The following night will see The Wood Brothers taking the main stage. This year’s lineup is an eclectic mix of rock, bluegrass, acoustic, electronic, indie, and more. With more to come it already looks like we will be experiencing an incredible summer at Mishawaka. Most notably Bob Weir will be bring his newly formed acoustic show with Jackie Greene and Chris Robinson which is sure to be a mind blowing show on the Cache La Poudre. Make sure you come up this summer and experience one of Colorado’s finest venues.
-May 12th: Head For the Hills with Split Lip Rayfield and Finders and Youngberg
-May 13th: The Wood Brothers with Paper Bird and Constitution
-May 20th: Keb’ Mo’ Solo
-May 26th: Good Gravy with The Holler! and Mosey West
-May 27th: Toad and The Wet Sprocket with Roger Cline and The Peacemakers
-June 3rd: Weir, Robinson, And Greene Acoustic Trio – Sold Out
-June 8th: EOTO
-June 16th: The Motet with DubSkin
-June 22nd: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
-June 29th: Dark Star Orchestra
-July 8th: Jake Shimabukuro with Danielle Ate Sandwhich
-July 13th: Keller Williams
-July 14th: JJ Grey & Mofro
-July 27th: Greensky Bluegrass
-July 28th: David Wilcox
-July 29th: Carbon Leaf
-August 12th: Blind Pilot
-September 22nd: Built To Spill