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]
PORTLAND, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Five Vermont schools are among the recipients of donations made by a regional auto dealership. Berlin City Auto Group, a family of dealerships founded in 1980 in New England, and its Drive for Education foundation, a forward-thinking program created by the employees of Berlin City Auto Group, announce the award recipients in its Drive for Education program. Donating $60,000 to 18 K-12 schools spanning across New England, Berlin City Auto Group has met its annual goal of awarding more than $100,000 to local schools. Beginning today, recipient schools will be honored with a check presentation at a Berlin City Auto Group dealership in Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire, Dec. 19-21.‘We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education.’To be considered for the program, a school official had to submit a short essay to Berlin City Auto Group by Nov. 30, 2011 explaining how their school would use a donation of up to $3,500. Berlin City’s Brand Ambassadors, a group of employees that lead the dealerships’ community involvement campaigns, evaluated the needs of each school and selected the winners accordingly.‘We’re thrilled to have met our goal of $100,000 in donations to New England schools this year,’ said Yegor Malinovskii, vice president at Berlin City Auto Group. ‘We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education.’Berlin City Auto Group will hold check ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 19 in Maine; Tuesday, Dec. 20 in New Hampshire; and Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Vermont, honoring the winning schools. Awarded schools include:Mackworth Island’Windham/Raymond, MaineLongfellow Elementary School’Portland, MaineCostal Ridge Elementary School’York, MaineMassabesic Middle School’Waterboro, MaineOxford-Cumberland Canal’Westbrook, MaineGreat Falls Elementary’Gorham, MaineCharles A. Snow School’Fryeburg, MaineDurham Community School’Durham, MaineLancaster Elementary’Lancaster, N.H.Milan Village School’Milan, N.H.White Mountains Regional High School’Whitefield, N.H.Gorham Middle/High School’Gorham, N.H.Kennett High School’North Conway, N.H.Colchester Middle School’Colchester, Vt.Mt. St. Joseph Academy’Rutland, Vt.Malletts Bay School’Colchester, Vt.Folsom School’North Hero, Vt.Thetford Academy’Thetford, Vt.From each vehicle sold at its six dealerships throughout New England, Berlin City gives a portion of sales to the Drive for Education program. This year alone, the Drive for Education Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to New England schools with the first donation of $40,000 made in June of 2011 to twelve recipient schools.For more information about Berlin City Auto Group’s Drive for Education Foundation, visit: http://www.berlincity.com/driveforeducation.htm(link is external)About Berlin City Auto GroupBerlin City Auto Group consists of six dealerships in New England, located in Gorham, N.H., Burlington, Vt. and Portland and S. Portland, Maine. The company sells Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, GMC, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Kia. Berlin City offers a 4-day/200 mile no questions asked return policy and the lowest, most competitive 4-day/200 mile price guarantee, door-to-door delivery service throughout New England and pre-owned protection on Berlin City certified pre-owned vehicles within 60 days or the first 2,000 miles. If it breaks, we’ll fix it. For more information or a list of locations, please visit www.berlincity.com(link is external). You can also find Berlin City on Facebook and Twitter.
Debate over right to change gender on birth certificates – ‘Borders on ridiculous’TVNZ One News 19 August 2018Family First Comment: “Replacing it instead with a process that makes it easier for the individual to basically say he identifies as a woman without any proof or giving any guarantees that he will stay that way, borders on ridiculous.”A proposed law change will make it too easy to change gender on birth certificates, a transwoman says.A select committee recommended last week that the law be changed to allow people to apply directly to the births registry rather than go through court. “Replacing it instead with a process that makes it easier for the individual to basically say he identifies as a woman without any proof or giving any guarantees that he will stay that way, borders on ridiculous.”READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/debate-over-right-change-gender-birth-certificates-borders-ridiculous But transwoman Diane Sparkes, 77, does not want there to be a removal of medical evidence, which is required when going through the court process. “Discarding the right to apply to the Family Court for a declaration of sex – where it took into account the integrity of the applicant, their specific circumstances and medical opinion as a means of protecting the rights of women and their safety – is not acceptable.
Versailles, IN — The Ripley County Health Department will be hosting a Car Seat Clinic at the Versailles Old Firehouse located at 1869 S. Industrial Park Road in Versailles on Tuesday, September 29. The event will run from noon to 4 pm. Registration is required. Contact Lexi Bushhorn at 812-689-5751 Ripley County Health Department to register today.
(REUTERS)-When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors many felt a championship was a mere formality, but a humbling season-opening loss has sent a sudden wakeup call to one of the NBA’s most talented teams of all time.Durant had a team-high 27 points in his much anticipated Warriors debut on Tuesday but Golden State stumbled to a 129-100 blowout loss to the visiting San Antonio Spurs that prompted many in the sellout crowd to head for the exits early.“It’s a slap in the face. It woke us up a bit, and we’re looking forward to getting better,” four-time scoring champion Durant told reporters.Durant was one of the most sought-after free agents in years and his decision to join the Warriors in July formed one of the most impressive collections of talent the NBA has seen.But it was not the start anyone could have imagined, especially for a Warriors team that opened last season with a stellar 24-0 run en route to a record-setting 73-9 campaign. That run also saw them win their first 36 home games.“It’s a nice little slap in the face,” two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry said.“First game you want to come out and protect your home court and have the energy of the home opener live throughout the game. We didn’t do anything to let that happen.”While the season-opening loss will not define the Warriors’ campaign, it was enough to showcase some areas they will need to address if they are to live up to the lofty expectations heaped upon them.But while the Spurs, no slouch of a team having finished with the league’s second-best record last season, took advantage of the Warriors’ weak defense, rebounding, turnovers and bench production, even they were somewhat stunned by the result.“If there was an outcome I wasn’t expecting, it was this one,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “A 29-point lead against a team like them? I truly didn’t expect it.”The Warriors, whose bid to repeat as NBA champions fell one game short after they squandered a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in June, will try to regroup in time for Friday’s game at the New Orleans Pelicans.“What we can’t do is let these games pile up,” said Durant. “We can’t panic. It’s Game 1 of 82.”