Waterfront music festival


Waterfront festival dips its toes in the Poudre\

BY Brian F. Johnson


May 14-16

Mishawaka Amphitheatre

Bellvue, Colo.

Having pulled off a splendid Winterfest on the Mountain (which was nominated for Best of Boulder for “Best Music Festival”), Silverfox Productions is now looking at taking on one of the most incredible outdoor venues in Colorado — the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.

With a lineup that is just screaming “Mish,” Silverfox will offer attendees free camping for the weekend at no extra charge.

As the epitome of laid back bluegrass-based, but not necessarily bluegrass festivals in Colorado, Waterfront is putting together an eclectic lineup for its inaugural year. Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band and some “friends” are Wicked Messenger, which will perform two sets of Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and more. They will be joined by Head for The Hills, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet, The Drew Emmit Band, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Swing Set featuring Dave Johnston of YMSB.

Travel time:

(As calculated by maps.google.com from

Denver, Colo. to  Bellvue, Colo.)

Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Total Est. Distance: 89 miles

YOU NEED TO KNOW: Ninety-nine percent of festivals tell you to leave your animals at home and Waterfront is no different, but for those who must, remember this bitch of a lesson I learned while camping in the Poudre Canyon once with my dog: you don’t need to touch poison ivy. If your dog does it’s a done deal. I didn’t learn this until after I had nuzzled my dog, and the resulting poison ivy rash on my face and neck sucked for two weeks after I left the Mish. Leave the pets at home.


Camping: Yes, and included, but at the base of the canyon

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