by Bill Forman
“The Mishawaka still stands!” proclaims the home page of the Poudre Canyon venue, which is located dangerously close to the High Park Fire that has been raging up north.
Nevertheless, the Mishawaka Amphitheatre has been forced to cancel upcoming concerts through June 22.
The cancelled shows include this coming Friday’s performance by New Orleans-flavored funk-rock band 7 Walkers, as well as Boulder-based fusion band Motet (June 16), legendary singer-songwriter Richard Thompson (June 17) and eclectic pop hitmaker Bruce Hornsby (June 22).
The venue is expected to be back up and running in time for its June 29 Dark Star Orchestra show.
For those not familiar with it, the Mishawaka rivals Red Rocks as one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the country. There’s something very special about joining a crowd of concert-goers in an intimate setting — capacity is just 750 — where you can watch the river roar by on one side while a bear lumbers through the wooded hills to the left. Hopefully the Mishawaka will stay safe and be back in business soon.
Meanwhile, here’s a video that’ll give you a good taste of what makes the concert venue and its surrounding area so special: