John Spalding passed away in November after a long battle with lung cancer, but the beloved local musician left quite an impression on many people—he was the guitarist for 90 Lb. Wuss and Raft of Dead Monkeys, and more recently he recorded a solo record under the name Loveland, which incorporated many of his musician friends (including members of the Blood Brothers, Pretty Girls Make Graves, These Arms Are Snakes, and more). Friends are currently working on officially releasing his record, The Beautiful Truth, and they've also set up some pretty amazing shows throughout the month to help his family pay off the remaining medical bills.
Here's what's booked so far:
Sat, Jan 3 Slender Means Suffering and the Hideous Thieves Sam Squared @ the Comet 9 pm, $8 21+
Thurs, Jan 8 Helms Alee Born Anchors Patrol Nazca Lines @ the Sunset 9 pm, $8 21+
Friday, Jan 9 Minus the Bear Rocky Votolato The Cave Singers Past Lives Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death @ Showbox at the Market 7 pm doors, $20 all ages
Wednesday, Jan 21 Damien Jurado David Bazan See Me River @ Chop Suey 8 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS 21+
Saturday, Jan 31 MXPX Amber Pacific Nazca Lines On the Last Day @ El Corazon 7:30 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS all ages
The proceeds from all the shows will benefit the John D. Spalding Memorial Fund. Donations are also being accepted at any Bank of America location. And local poster-making superstar Nat Damm will be designing a series of limited edition posters which will highlight some of the bands Spalding played in (including Loveland); they'll be for sale at most of the shows as well.
All the line-ups are impressive, but the Suffering and the Hideous Thieves' performance sounds especially intriguing. Here's what Jeff Suffering had to say about the band's upcoming set:
"The band is Jeff Suffering, Seth Warren, Kris Rosentrater, and Jarred McFarlane. We may be doing a 90lb. Wuss tune and "Colony" by Joy Division, which is the last song I ever played with John. I also want to do a version of "Love rescued me" an old hymn that Rose and Liz played at John's funeral. The other songs will all be from the Suffering and the Hideous Thieves catalog."