Bruce Hornsby Returns To The Magical Mishawaka Amphitheater After 5 Years [Photo]

first_imgPhoto: Jake Sudek Load remaining images Nestled in the north country of Colorado lies yet another hidden gem of The Centennial State’s musical legacy: The Mishawaka Amphitheater. Set amongst towering canyon walls and located on the edge of The Poudre River, patrons are greeted from the road by a non-descript storefront and privacy fencing, neither of which denotes the unexpected magic lying inside.nondescriptng the area, visitors are presented with their first inkling of the location’s long ties to music, with autographed, framed promotional pictures of performers past lining the floor-to-ceiling wood interior in Fillmore fashion. Passing deeper into the heart of the century-old building, the room opens up into a dance hall, equipped with a small stage and high ceilings and able to accommodate about 150—the space is utilized in the winter months for performances when the weather is far too cold to host events outdoors and as an additional stage during festivals hosted at The Mishawaka.The ballroom transitions to the outdoor deck, primarily used for dining, and it is here that one gets their first look at the riverway lying at the foot of the property behind the obscured view from the road. Descending a few steps, the tour continues onto the main grounds, a 360-degree spin revealing the jewels of the establishment: two elevated VIP viewing areas; a central, gravel-paved standing room only dancing area; and The Mishawaka Amphitheater stage, constructed from indigenous timbers and stones, literally hanging over the turning waters—all of which can sustain only 950 souls on any given evening. Although its appearance differs significantly from the God-inspired monolithic majesty of the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre or the urban legendry of the Ogden Theatre or Bluebird, the talent that has crossed the threshold of its doorways rivals these in comparison, while offering the small-town family intimacy akin to many of the locales of the region, setting up those in attendance for many of those cherished “pinch-me” moments.Last Saturday, The Mish, as the Mishawaka is called by many, changed its role from rural honkytonk to gospel church with the first return in five years of Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers. Comprised of the usual suspects, including bassman J.V. Collier and “Master of the Staff” keyboardist John “J.T.” Thomas, both of whom have filled their slots for nearly three decades, as well as some newer faces—namely master shredder Gibb Droll on guitar, mandolinist and fiddler extraordinaire John Mailander, and trap-master Chad Wright—the band took the stage to the applause of a nearly sold-out house.Getting things started, Hornsby opened the show with a pairing of his original “Across the Great Divide”, which built up a huge head of steam before transitioning into Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train”, propelling the crowd into a furious get-down, establishing that the revered band leader was ready to preach from his 88-keyed podium. Throughout the evening, Hornsby and company covered the majority of his 1998 release Spirit Trail, including takes on “King of the Hill”, “Preacher in the Ring”, “Resting Place”, “Funhouse”, and “Sunflower Cat”.With an extensive catalog, tracks of significance were pulled from other albums to fill out the set and involved such early standards as “The Way It Is”, “On the Western Skyline”, and “Jacob’s Ladder”. Surprisingly, for a state with such a large population of Deadheads, the Rocky Mountain venue was barren without any nods to Hornsby’s former bandmates. As the band is always open to and honors any requests, whether audible or written, this was more than likely a fumble on the part of attendees, as early on Hornsby noted that there had only been four requests.Towards the end of the evening’s single set, the band moved to folding chairs at center stage for what Hornsby referred to as “the front porch portion of the show.” Here, Hornsby utilized dulcimers and the trusty accordion, Wright replaced his drum kit for a washboard and spoons, while Mailander continued his use of the mandolin for accompaniment. Droll, Collier, and Thomas continued their contribution on their standard vehicles, albeit a bit softer, as the band journeyed through acoustic versions of “Every Little Kiss”, “Fortunate Son”, “Shadow Hand”, “Swan Song”, and Van Morrison’s “Moondance”. This dynamic shift proved again the talent of the players, as acoustic play, or error, is far more transparent to the listener, finding no shelter in the coverage of effect.The takeaway from this evening was that after 30 years of performance, Hornsby still is having the time of his life. His grin is as wide as his talent, and neither seems to be waning. He continues to have a durable relationship with the members of the band that is emphasized by the unrelenting, well-timed musical exchanges that only come from hours of cohesive practice. The looks of joy and surprise shared on stage come off as genuine, not as a rehearsed schtick or parlor trick, a fact emphasized by the long-standing tradition of playing without a set list. This aspect most likely holds the deepest foundation from which these musicians find their joy on a nightly basis of surprises. Witnessing this group’s proficiency is anything but standard, as both the structure and improvisation leave the audience, and possibly the band, wanting more. As this group swings together through the spectrums of soul, jazz, funk, and gospel on their final three-week stint of the summer tour, it should be stated that, whether veteran or newbie, buying into this experience is no snake-oil charade, but authentic musical bliss, played from the heart, and shared on both sides of the stage.Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers | The Mishawaka Amphitheater | Bellvue, CO | 8/4/2018 | Photo: Jake Sudeklast_img read more

Vermont to host USDA chief and foreign agriculture officials

first_imgThis week, Vermont will host the Foreign Agricultural Attaches and USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a tour of the diverse agriculture operations in Vermont. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a tour that will take foreign agricultural officials representing 23 countries to Vermont September 2 – 4, 2009, as part of an annual orientation tour sponsored by USDA s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).  Each year, these tours help showcase U.S. farm and food products from one area of the country, said FAS Administrator Michael Michener.  Foreign officials will get a first-hand look at the quality and variety of products from New Hampshire and Vermont the best these states have to offer.According to the latest data available, the region’s agricultural exports reached $488 million in 2007, accounting for almost 19 percent of New England s farm economy.  These agricultural exports help boost farm prices and income, while supporting more than 5,000 jobs both on and off the farm in food processing, transportation, and manufacturing.WHEN: September 2, 2009 5:30 p.m.WHERE: The Essex, Vermont s Culinary Resort and Spa70 Essex WayEssex Junction, VTlast_img read more

Police concerned cannabis reform can’t be policed, won’t shut out gangs from black market

first_imgStuff 6 December 2019Family First Comment: Read all the concerns from the police – and then ask yourself, who’s opinion do you trust more? The Police who deal with this every day, OR Chloe, Andrew, Helen and the Drug Foundation.Police concerns…• One of the proposed benefits is to free up police resources but that is not actually the case. And If it was be to more closely monitored, that would put more demand on police.• Tax and pricing could be a problem. If you can’t drive that price down, that is not going to get rid of the black market.• There were some concerns from members about breaching the legal grow limits, which would be hard to police.• There was also some confusion around the purchase limits of 14g a day. Unless you have a database, how are you ever going to police that.• Members were also concerned that a law would support the idea that it was ok to use cannabis and that it was not harmful#saynopetodopePolice are raising concerns about how cannabis would be legalised if there’s a yes vote at next year’s referendum, and if gangs will really be shut out of the market.On Tuesday, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced the details of the cannabis bill to be voted on in next year’s referendum, and a new government website to provide information on both the cannabis and End of Life Choice referendum being held in 2020.Personal possession of 14 grams of cannabis, the sale of cannabis edibles, and growing up to four cannabis plants per household, are all included in the bill, which the public will be asked to vote “yes or no” at the 2020 general election.New Zealanders could buy the equivalent of 42 joints each day under the draft law to legalise cannabis use.The New Zealand Police Association President Chris Cahill said, without a doubt, there would be challenges for cops and he questioned if they would even bother policing it.Cahill has just returned from a trip to Canada, where cannabis has been legal for about one year.The reality was that police in New Zealand, just like in Canada, did not spend a lot of time investigating cannabis supply because there were so many other drugs, Cahill said.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

End of road draws near for Duerst’s quartet of senior captains

first_imgAfter years of practicing and competing together, the end is finally near for Wisconsin seniors Amy Vermeulen, Marisa Brown, Katy Lindenmuth and Jessica Ring.Over the years, all four captains have had an enormous impact on their squad, both on and off the field.”It’s been pretty good being on the team with them because we are always there for each other on and off the field,” junior Allison Preiss said. “They are all pretty good leaders and lead in different ways.”On the field, the seniors have led the team in statistics for the last four years.Vermeulen was the team leader in goals during the 2001 and 2004 seasons. This year, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native currently leads the team with seven goals. Not to be overshadowed, Lindenmuth led the team in points and assists during the 2003 season. She is currently second on the team in goals with six.Brown led the 2003 squad in shots on goals with 23. Brown is currently second on the team in assists with six. Ring, a defender, also put up numbers on the offensive charts, leading the 2004 team with a shot percentage of 33.”They are just amazing,” goalkeeper Lynn Murray said. “I am just glad that I’ve gotten the opportunity to play on the same field as them. Watching them play, you just hope that one day you’ll have the same amount of talent as these guys do and you can love what you do as much as they do.”Not only has each captain led in statistics; each has also helped lead the younger players on the team in their respective positions.Vermeulen has had a huge impact on forward Taylor Walsh. Walsh was quick to point out how Vermeulen has influenced her game.”Amy Vermeulen, in particular, has been a really big influence on me,” the redshirt freshman said. “I know last year as a freshman, Amy was my hero, and everyone made fun of me for that. I just really admire her as a player and as a person. I think she is a great person overall. Everyone loves her. As a forward, she is the player that I would like to be.”Murray has been grateful for the defensive aid encompassed by Ring. Ring’s aggressive defensive skills have helped Murray record 12 shutouts during the last two seasons.”She is amazing to have in front of me,” Murray said. “She is going to make you feel a lot more comfortable knowing that she is going to do her job makes it a lot easier for you to do your job. And I know that having that safety net in front of me gives me a lot more confidence.”Ring has also set a prime example for sophomore Ann Eshun both academically and athletically.”She is a good leader,” Eshun said. “She is constantly bringing people together. She also works very hard. I don’t know how she does it, especially since she started law school this year, so she definitely is a role model for a lot of people on the team, being able to do this day in and day out.”In terms of work ethic, Walsh has been motivated by Brown and Lindenmuth. Both players have influenced Walsh to work harder in practice and to become a more vocal leader.”Marissa (Brown) leads by example,” Walsh explained. “Everyone looks up to her on the team because she is really skilled. We sort of look at her for all [to] work as hard as she does. Katy (Lindenmuth) also works hard and is very consistent every game and always has a good attitude. She always tries to get us pumped up before the games.”Head coach Dean Duerst was quick to point out the qualities that make these four captains extraordinary.”Physically, they have a presence on the field, and each game they play is very consistent,” Duerst said. “They have seen a lot of things happen and have been a part of a lot of great moments. All of them are very humble … and are role models for this team. All of them are playing their best soccer and they are peaking at the best time.”Probably the greatest asset that has endured for the four seniors is the bond they share as teammates and as friends.”It’s been fun. It’s been amazing. I think over the years, all four of us have gotten closer and it’s just been really fun,” Vermeulen said.”It’s been great,” Ring added along with what she will miss next year. “I think one of the things you miss the most is the people you have played with and the times that you have had on and off of the field.”Being a captain and a leader for a young team has been a difficult task for the foursome. The Badgers have also had a fairly rough season, losing seven games by one goal, with three of the losses comingin overtime. Despite the hardships, the captains have used their misfortunes to bring themselves closer together. “It’s been tough. We have a lot of freshmen — 12 newcomers on the team, and our season has been up and down,” Lindenmuth said. “At times it has been rough, but since there are four of us, it’s been easy for us to stick together and use our different strengths and weaknesses together.””I think it has also helped to have an anchor in every place,” Brown said. “We are friends on and off the field.”last_img read more