While sitting on a deck overlooking the banks of the Poudre
River and sipping an Easy Street, it is easy to let your mind
wander and your worries slip downstream. Watching hummingbirds feed
and trout jump when nestled in Colorado mountains, you can hear
water washing over rocks, wind blowing through trees and a sick
guitar riff splitting through the crisp air.
Located almost 14 miles up the Poudre Canyon, just off Highway
14, Mishawaka Amphitheatre has been providing live outdoor music
since being homesteaded in 1916 by a music teacher out of Fort
Collins. And having hosted great acts such as Joan Baez, Ziggy
Marley, Yonder Mountain String Band and Big Head Todd and the
Monsters, there’s no doubt that it’s an excellent venue to catch
popular acts; it’s both a treat to the ears as well as the
“Concerts at Mishawaka are great because of the atmosphere and
setting in the mountains,” said owner Robin Jones.
And helping kick off the summer concert season this Sunday at
“the Mish,” as it is fondly called, is Fort Collins’ longtime
rockstars, Twelve Cents for Marvin.
“Mishawaka is a great place to play because you’re outside,”
said Greta Cornett, trumpet player for Twelve Cents.
The Mish was named after Mishawaka, Ind., a city that has many
similarities to the amphitheatre. The city is also set on a river,
the St. Charles, as well as located near an area called LaPorte,
according to Jones.
Although it is Twelve Cents first time playing at the Mish,
Cornett said the group is definitely excited.
“It offers a great mix of the outdoors and good music,” she
Twelve Cents for Marvin, a funk-reggae-ska band, has been
rocking venues throughout Fort Collins and the western United
States since 1996, proving themselves a mainstay on the music
scene. Local artists have come and gone, but Cornett says the
band’s longevity is the result of lead singer Tom Werge and bassist
“Tom and Hillary have continued to bring in new people that add
new dimension to the band,” Cornett said.
Twelve Cents has released three studio albums to date including
“Yellow Raincoat,” “King of the Ring” and the bands most recent
“The EP.” “Social Suicide,” the first track off the newest album,
is also featured on “Still Standing,” a compilation album
featureing artists such as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the
This summer both the amphitheatre and the band have quite a bit
on their plates.
“We’ve got a lot of great shows this summer, and we’re still
adding more,” Jones said.
Summer concerts on tap for the Mish include Yonder Mountain
String Band and Sound Tribe Sector 9 in June, Keller Williams and
O.A.R. with Howie Day in July, and Leftover Salmon and .moe in
Twelve Cents has a full schedule as well. They perform this
Friday at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver and will also perform at
Conor O’Neills on May 15 and Brewfest on June 27.
Updated concert schedules and information can be found at
ww.mishawakaconcerts.com and www.twelvecents.com.