The inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, such as Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place on September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryOur first two installments of the “Road To Canyon Jam” interview series featured conversations with Cycles’ guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood and drummer Rob Houk of Buffalo-based jammers Aqueous. In the latest installment, we had a conversation with Spafford bassist Jordan Fairless about what the Arizona four piece is looking forward to most on their road to Canyon Jam. Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page._____________________________________________________Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients to make up a solid improvisation?Jordan Fairless: We’ve concocted a secret recipe for our jams over the last several years. Just like grandma’s secret recipes, ours don’t get shared too easily. We can share one key ingredient though: Thyme.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam?JF: None of us have ever been to the venue before and it is hailed as one of the Crown Jewels of the country’s outdoor music venues. It’s an honor to be invited to perform at such a prestigious venue.Spafford Shares New All-Improv Release, “Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience” [Stream]L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident and STS9 performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career?JF: It is definitely a rite of passage and an honor to be playing these iconic venues, you can feel the history in them. That has never really affected the way we play. We are always and will always be, unapologetically, Spafford.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe (or some other word) affect how you go into a performance?JF: The atmosphere a venue provides certainly plays its part for us. Although we are most affected by the crowd engagement from show to show, the real question is how are the fans reacting to the venues “vibe” which in turn reciprocates to our playing differently.L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?JF: It’s hard to say really. Maybe the elevation? Everything is different when you’re that high.Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm – Moves at Midnight9:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Mungion11 pm – 1 am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spafford[cover photo by Keith Griner of Phierce Photo; follow him on IG]
Montana-based bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers made a live appearance earlier this year for Jam In The Van, when they performed at the Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, CA.Presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company, the quartet worked through “Five Candles” and “Gypsy” off of their 2017 studio effort Ghost In The Bottle, as well as the more recent fan-favorite track “Shadows”. Watch Kitchen Dwellers’ Jam In The Van performance below:Kitchen Dwellers – “Five Candles”[Video: Jam In The Van]Kitchen Dwellers – “Gypsy”[Video: Jam In The Van]Kitchen Dwellers – “Shadows”[Video: Jam In The Van]The quartet is gearing up to perform the inaugural East Coast edition of the renowned WinterWonderGrass festival in Stratton, Vermont, before closing out 2018 with a three-night New Year’s run across the Northwest, with stops in Seattle, Portland, and Bend. Following a star-studded two-night run at Cervantes’ in Denver, Kitchen Dwellers will team up with Colorado’s Magic Beans for a 19-date co-headlining tour across the U.S., spanning from January 12th through February 8th. The beloved bluegrass up-and-comers will once again support Twiddle along with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in May at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, their debut performance at the iconic venue.You can see a full list of Kitchen Dwellers’ upcoming tour dates below.Kitchen Dwellers Upcoming Tour Dates:Nov. 29 – Livingston, MT – Pine Creek LodgeNov. 30 – Missoula, MT – Top HatDec. 1 – Butte, MT – Covellite TheaterDec. 6 – Bridgeport, CT – The AcousticDec. 7 – Saranac Lake, NY – The WaterholeDec. 12 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle EastDec. 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting FactoryDec. 14–Dec. 16 – Stratton Mountain, VT – WinterWonderGrass FestivalDec. 28 – Seattle, WA – Nectar LoungeDec. 29 – Portland, OR – Star TheaterDec. 31 – Bend, OR – McMenamin’s Old St. Francis SchoolJan. 3 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town PubJan. 4 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’Jan. 5 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’Jan. 12 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House*Jan. 13 – Durango, CO – Animas Theatre*Jan. 14 – Taos, NM – Mesa Brewing Company*Jan. 17 – Austin, TX – The Parish*Jan. 18 – Dallas, TX – Sundown At Grenada*Jan. 20 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic*Jan. 22 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s*Jan. 23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco*Jan. 24 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl*Jan. 25 – Charlotte, NC – The Rabbit Hole*Jan. 26 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern*Jan. 29 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live*Jan. 30 – Harrisburg, PA – The Abbey Bar*Jan. 31 – Baltimore, MD – The 8X10*Feb. 1 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern*Feb. 2 – Covington, KY – The Octave*Feb. 5 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads Saloon*Feb. 6 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown*Feb. 8 – Frisco, CO – Snowstalk – 10 Mile High Music Hall*May 2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre# venue debut supporting Twiddle* co-headline date with Magic BeansView All Tour Dates
June 2, 2020 Simmons, the team’s 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, helped lead a peaceful protest in Florida on Sunday. He called for unity and non-violence.Simmons implored a crowd to “understand that we are fighting for equality, not superiority. All lives matter when black lives matter. We pledge our allegiance to the flag for freedom and justice for all and we do not have our justice. So let’s understand that. We will get it, (but) not by force.”Fangio also praised Simmons, saying, “I think Justin is one of those guys that will help us find solutions and lead us out of this mess that we’re in.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Associated Press Broncos stop football to talk about race relations, Floyd Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditInstead of X’s and O’s, the Denver Broncos spent Tuesday talking about racial injustice, police brutality and healing a nation rocked by demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on top of the coronavirus outbreak and its economic devastation.Team president Joe Ellis addressed the offense and defense in separate Zoom calls that replaced the team’s regular video conference sessions, which are a substitute for in-person training during the pandemic.Coach Vic Fangio and general manager John Elway also participated in the calls in which Ellis emphasized society’s need to eradicate racism and told the players that the organization shares in the outrage over Floyd’s death at the hands of police. Fangio started off a media call a few hours later by saying, “I was shocked, sad and angry at what I saw a policeman do to a handcuffed George Floyd … He should be punished to fullest extent of the law for the crimes he has been charged with in addition to being charged with treason for failing to uphold the badge.”Fangio said he has the utmost respect for police but added that Chauvin “failed the 99 percent of police that do a great job and we are all paying the price for that.”Denver is among the dozens of cities where peaceful protests during daylight hours have been followed by looting and clashes with police come nightfall.Fangio said society could learn a lot from an NFL locker room, where skin color is no barrier.Fangio said the words of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Broncos safety Justin Simmons especially resonated with him over a weekend of increasing unrest and said that sports brings people together “and I look forward to the Broncos and the NFL leading that charge.” ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Ellis, who told players he wanted to hear from them before issuing a statement, also listened as more than a dozen players spoke up on the calls.“My takeaway from it was that we have to figure out what we can do, not only as a team, but as an organization,” safety Kareem Jackson said. “How can we get out and how can we impact the Denver community? Maybe we can get out and put together a march as a team or something like that.”After the Zoom calls, the Broncos tweeted, “We will stand by our players. We will lift up their voices. We can do more. We will do more.” The team also retweeted several players’ personal posts, including Malik Reed’s: “I have been one of the ones to not be outspoken about the things we go through, but that doesn’t help create change. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone due to the wickedness of this world.”Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck for several minutes. He was fired along with three other officers and faces homicide charges.
COUNCIL BLUFFS – NIACC freshman Eric Swart set the school’s high jump record with a leap of 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches with his third place finish at the Region XI meet on Sunday in Council Bluffs.Swart, who is from Gilbert, broke the old mark of 6-4 3/4 held by Jacob Gapp (2013) and Luke Arrowood (2014).The NIACC men’s 4×100-meter relay team placed third in a time of 42.19 seconds. The Trojans ran Timothi McMaster, Kyle Younker, Kalen Eastman and Brendan Hoy.NIACC placed fifth in the team standings with 37 points. Iowa Central was the team champion with 374 points and Iowa Western was second with 208 points.Also the high jump, NIACC’s Alec Hayes was fourth (6-4).In the 5,000 meters, NIACC’s Gavin Connell was fourth in a time of 16 minutes, 37.11 seconds.In the javelin, NIACC’s Jacob Henjum was fifth with a toss of 35.46 meters. — high school soccer TuesdayMason City High girls 2, Marshalltown 1Marshalltown 2, Mason City boys 0 DES MOINES — Drake softball coach Rich Calvert says even if the Bulldogs don’t win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament they will be headed to an NCAA regional. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with a 40-14 record and are currently 23rd in the latest college softball RPI and much of the reason is a tough early season schedule that included games against 12 ranked foes.Calvert says the tough early slate also is one of the reasons Drake posted a 24-2 Valley regular season record.Calvert says the RPI ranking makes the Bulldogs a lock for the tournament.Calvert says the selection committee usually follows the RPI rankings.As the top seed in the field the Bulldogs have a bye into Friday morning’s semifinals in Peoria. Northern Iowa is the third seed in the field. The Panthers open in the quarterfinal round on Thursday night. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has signed prep basketball star Caleb Grill to a letter of intent. The 6-foot-3 guard out of Maize, Kansas, will be the fourth high school player in this year’s recruiting class for the Cyclones. Maize originally signed with South Dakota State and he considered Kansas State and UNLV. TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos allowed four hits in seven innings, Mitch Garver homered and the Minnesota Twins shut out the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight night, 3-0. Berríos won a career-best fifth consecutive start as the AL Central-leading Twins won for the eighth time in 11 games and moved a season-high 10 games over .500. Trevor Hildenberger and Trevor May worked the eighth, and Taylor Rogers pitched the ninth to complete the six-hitter and earn his fourth save. COUNCIL BLUFFS – The NIACC women’s track and field team placed fourth with 77 points the Region XI championships on Saturday and Sunday in Council Bluffs.Iowa Western was the women’s team champion with 249.66 points and Iowa Central was second with 180 points.NIACC won the 4×800-meter relay in a time of 10 minutes, 2.75 seconds. The Lady Trojans ran Cecelia Hemsworth, Ally Trager, Emma Davison and Ivy Rollene.The Lady Trojans also crowned a regional champion in freshman Kasey Parish with a toss of 37.16 meters. NIACC’s Caitlin Serle was second in the javelin (31.31 meters) and Lexi Jones was fourth (28.31 meters).Also for the NIACC women, Davison was third in the 1,500 in a time of 5:01.90.In the 400 hurdles, Trager was third in a time of 1:10.57 and Jilian Heitland was fourth in 1:21.13.In the discus, NIACC’s Dasiah Tatum was fourth (34.97 meters). CEDAR RAPIDS — The pairings have been set for the Region XI-B softball tournament this weekend in Cedar Rapids. The third-seed NIACC will face sixth-seed Iowa Lakes on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, with second-seed Kirkwood facing seventh-seed Ellsworth. 20th-ranked NIACC won all four regular season games against Iowa Lakes this season, winning 9-5 and 15-9 on March 31st in Estherville, and 13-3 and 9-1 on April 14th in Mason City. The winner of the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament advances to district play and will face the Region XIII winner in a three-game series at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana on May 15-16.