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Friday, January 2, 2009

Local Bands Remember John Spalding With an Amazing Series of Benefit Shows

Posted by on Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

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."

 

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Thanks so much to you (and Eric) for getting this posted, Megan. Hopefully you guys can drop by tomorrow night or any of the great shows coming up. Happy new year!
Posted by Chris Estey on January 2, 2009 at 1:14 PM · Report this
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I'm going to be at just about every one of these shows, Chris! Yes, probably even the MxPx show. Ha! I'm not ashamed. Opening band Nazca Lines are great, and sometimes it's fun to revisit the anthems of your youth--especially when your ticket money goes to a good cause.
Posted by Megan Seling on January 2, 2009 at 2:29 PM · Report this
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A couple small changes!

Nazca Lines is opening the Jan 8th show at the Sunset.
and 'On the Last Day' is opening the Mxpx show.

ALSO- Nat Damm did a great job on the poster and if you have the cash, try and buy one.
They'll be on sale for 20$ and are 3-color screen printed.

All the money from the posters are going to the medical fund.
Posted by j. parker on January 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM · Report this
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Thanks for the heads up on the line-up changes, J. I updated the post with the correct info.

Can't wait to see Nat's posters!
Posted by Megan Seling on January 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM · Report this

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