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by Malini Bartels
The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, known as the musical playground of the Poudre River, once again announces Head for the Hills to headline the Pickin’ on the Poudre signature-opening event of the season. The Grant Farm, with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gipsy Moon, join the acclaimed Colorado bluegrass quartet for the festivities in our state’s natural treasure. It’s a celebration that’s a one-of-a-kind musical experience and a glorious way to jumpstart the summer concert season.
“I’m very excited that Head for the Hills is once again joining us for Pickin’ on the Poudre,” says Mishawaka General Manager, Dani Grant. “The event is presented by The Colorado Sound radio show produced by Chris K. They continue to be a wonderful support for local music and radio.”
Pickin’ on the Poudre is the kick-off to an exciting summer lineup that was recently announced, with new acts being added as they are confirmed. Checking their website at www.themishawaka.com is the best way to stay current so you don’t miss your favorite acts in the naturally beautiful setting.
“We are thrilled to have moe. coming back to play the Mish,” says Grant. “They haven’t been here in ten years.”
Trombone Shorty is back to the outdoor stage for the third time. He loves performing to the amphitheatre’s growing crowds. Dani Grant even promises to have some oxygen on hand for him since he’s coming from the below-sea-level topography of New Orleans!
“When Joan Baez visits for her show, she plans on spending a week enjoying the Poudre,” mentions Grant. “I’m anxious to share stories with her!”
The musical lineup is by far the main attraction for visitors of the outdoor venue, but people making the windy drive should not forget the revamped restaurant. It’s an all-encompassing joyous experience, with a breathtaking landscape, friendly crowds and fabulous amenities. The shuttle service that takes patrons to and from the Mishawaka is extremely convenient and affordable. With the expanding crowds at the shows, parking can be quite a challenge. The busses are a great way to enjoy yourself at the concert and not have to worry about how you are making it back down to Fort Collins. There are many facets to the exceptionally strong comeback the Mishawaka Amphitheatre has recently made. Mishawaka has renamed its indoor dancehall stage, The SpokesBUZZ Lounge, where they will host smaller indoor concerts all throughout the year. You’ll want to venture out this year for a chance to witness all that this “diamond in the rough” has to offer. A stellar musical lineup playing against an unbeatably breathtaking setting makes this concert venue a place where Colorado memories are made.