The weekend of July 18th through the 20th saw some of the most top-notch performances at The Mishawaka. Needless to say Saturday’s was nothing short of AWESOME!
The Mishawaka welcomed a clear night, a packed venue and three very talented bands on July 19th. As the enthusiastic concertgoers made their way into the venue, Denver locals James & The Devil took the stage. Described by their own members as “rocky mountain fiddle rock,” J&theD combine the genres of rock, fiddle, modern pop, rap and dance to bring about a unique sound that had everyone in the venue wanting more. J&TheD played inside the SpokesBUZZ Lounge back in May but they stated that playing outside on the main stage was a whole new level of fun and that they couldn’t wait to be back again!
Tea Leaf Green mentioned that they had a tough act to follow but they definitely did not disappoint. The San Francisco based jam band fired up their amps, tuned their guitars, grabbed their sticks and made their way in front of an ecstatic group of fans. Their set started off strong and they never once let up on the energy throughout the entire night. If there was anything to be said about Tea Leaf Green’s set, it was their stage performance. These guys couldn’t get enough of all of the love they were shown from the crowd that in the end, they had to meet back on stage with their longtime friends and co-billed talent, Hot Buttered Rum.
Hot Buttered Rum ALSO mentioned that they had a tough act to follow but they quickly showed the pumped up crowd that they were there to do some damage and keep everyone on their feet for the rest of the night. The five-piece, San Francisco based bluegrass team lit up the stage with fast paced fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin…well, practically every string instrument you can think of! It was easy to notice how quick the guys won the crowd over and even at the conclusion of their set, they still couldn’t get enough of The Mishawaka and invited Tea Leaf Green out for an unforgettable encore.
Probably one of the most notable moments of the night was Tea Leaf Green and Hot Buttered Rum’s reunion for an epic taste of fused jam band and bluegrass. There is always something unique to say about musicians from different bands who take the stage together. Some musicians show a closer relationship than others and by the fun that these two bands had performing their encore, it was clear that Tea Leaf Green and Hot Buttered Rum had done it time and time again and that they loved every moment of it. The Mishawaka was lucky to book these two awesome groups of musicians to headline together and it will only be a matter of time until they grace the legendary Poudre Canyon stage again.
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