The first-ever Canyon Jam is set to take place in Bellevue, CO from September 8th-9th. With nationally-known touring outfits Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman and Colorado-based acts Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’ on the lineup, the inaugural event promises an unforgettable weekend of funk and jams. But while the red-hot artist roster is surely nothing to scoff at, the true star of the show at Canyon Jam will be the venue itself: the storied Mishawaka Amphitheatre.
Founded in 1916, “The Mish” is an iconic outdoor venue that sits along the banks of Colorado’s Cache la Poudre River, offering breathtaking views of its serene surroundings. The river, whose French name translates to English as “hide the powder,” earned its title from an incident in the 1820s when French trappers caught in a snowstorm were forced to bury the gun powder they were carrying with them along the river bank.
True to the heritage of its Cache la Poudre River Valley locale, the Mishawaka Amphitheatre has hosted some truly explosive concerts over the years. The 100-year-old venue has seen performances by The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Buckethead, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, George Clinton, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Leon Russell, Joan Baez, and a long list of other iconic artists.
While it may be a trek to get to the remote venue, seeing your favorite bands in the middle of the mountains with nothing but nature as far as the eye can see is a truly moving and memorable experience that every music lover should get the chance to enjoy.
The natural backdrop of the surrounding mountains and the river–which quite literally flows directly behind the stage–help give shows at The Mish an utterly awe-inspiring vibe. On any given day, you can look across the river and witness big horn sheep, elk and even the occasional bear (a very rare occurrence) meandering through the hills; all while enjoying an incredible musical experience in The Great Outdoors.
As with places like The Gorge in George, WA, or Red Rocks Amphitheatre, this particular venue should be on any true music lover’s concert bucket list. The Mish provides a certain, special kind of atmosphere that is simply impossible to put into words, and we can’t wait to share in that magic at Canyon Jam this fall!
The Mishawaka also provides round-trip shuttle service for patrons from downtown Fort Collins for $20. Reservations are recommended, as on-site parking is extremely limited. Shuttle tickets and can be purchased here.
Canyon Jam Friday Schedule:
6pm – Doors
8pm – 9pm – Moves at Midnight
9:30pm – 10:30pm – Mungion
11pm – 1am – Main Squeeze
Canyon Jam Saturday Schedule:
4pm – Doors
6pm – 6:40pm Jus Sayin’
7pm – 8pm – Cycles
8:30 – 9:30pm – Organ Freeman
10 pm – 11:30pm – Aqueous
12am – 2am – Spafford
– SHOW INFO –
Artist/s: Canyon Jam w/ Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Organ Freeman, Mungion, Cycles, Moves At Midnight, Jus’ Sayin’
Date/s: Friday, September 8th & Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Venue: Mishawaka Amphitheatre (13714 Poudre Canyon Rd, Bellvue, CO 80512)
Doors: 6pm Friday / 4pm Saturday
Music: 8pm Friday / 6pm Saturday
Tickets: $15adv / $20dos / Limited 2-Day passes @ $25 (purchase tickets here)
[photo credit to Sunny Side Production]