Old Crow Medicine Show Til' the Cows Come Home - Mishawaka

Old Crow Medicine Show Til’ the Cows Come Home

This past weekend, the Old Crow Medicine Show visited our lovely canyon for two nights in a row. The band has been making tunes and jamming out since 1988 and has played music festivals all around the country. Their song “Wagon Wheel,” is a certified classic and even went platinum. It was of course an honor to see such a well-respected band perform live right in our backyard. 

Old Crow Medicine Show also brought along a support artist JD Clayton, who originated along the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Clayton got into music by playing at his church during Sunday services and learned to master the piano, guitar, and singing during worship. He has been heavily influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Creedence Clearwater Revival and was the perfect artist to open the weekend at the Mishawaka. 

The weather was perfect to kick off the start of the weekend, and the crowds were ready for some good old country tunes. Old Crow Medicine Show even mentioned on stage how perfect the canyon was the first night. They even mentioned how lucky the people of Fort Collins are to call this beautiful canyon home.

Old Crow Medicine Show is formed by the band members Ketch Secor (fiddle and vocals), Morgan Jahnig (upright bass), Cory Younts (mandolin, banjo, and vocals), Mike Harris (guitar and banjo), Dante’ Pope (drums and percussion), and PJ Geroge (banjo and accordion).

The energy of the crowd was electric, and this show really brought out what country music means to people. Good views, good tunes, and good beers! The freedom to be oneself during these shows is what brings people back to the Mishawaka time and time again, and Old Crow Medicine Show really brought the good vibes to the canyon.

With night one wrapping up, the band played some classic country covers, including “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” by John Denver. With the Big Dipper clear overhead, the night had a magical end.

On Sunday, as temperatures climbed to and peaked at 95 degrees in the Poudre Canyon, the Mishawaka Staff prepared to welcome Old Crow Medicine Show’s Night 2 audience. While the water levels and temperature were high, the spirits of staff and audience members were higher. 

After a brief shower in the canyon, temperatures began to lower and audience members poured through the front gate of the venue. With another two hours of daylight, JD Clayton and his crew performed their second-ever set at the Mishawaka. The band’s strong bass lines had people dancing within seconds. JD’s raw lyrics spoke to the audience.

Clayton serenaded the Poudre Canyon with his song Brown Haired Blue Eyed Baby, transitioning halfway through into a western cover of The Joker, by Steve Miller Band. When JD sang of being called “Maurice”, the crowd, already singing loudly, heartily imitated the song’s whistle noise and laughed even louder. JD’s Arkansas to Nashville sound was warmly welcomed by Northern Colorado.

Following a brief break, Old Crow Medicine Show, led by Ketch Secor, took the stage for the second night. The audience greeted them with rowdy applause while miniature monarch butterflies and moths floated above the stage. The set began with a high-energy tune that quickly got audience members boot-stomping, toe-tapping, and swing dancing in all areas of the Amphitheatre.

The evening consisted of western tap dancing, chicken clucking, an accordion, harmonicas, washboards, kazoos, and even a sea shanty sung by all band members surrounding a single microphone. Near the end of Old Crow’s second night, drummer Dante’ Pope joined Ketch at center stage for a heartwarming gospel number.

After two nights of honky tonking, hootin’, and hollerin’, Old Crow Medicine Show bid goodbye to Northern Colorado with mentions of the “Poudre under the blue sky” in a verse of a song. Although the concert has ended and the audience has returned home, Old Crow’s harmonies still echo through the canyon.

  • Written by Madeline Damario and Emily Davis

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