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02Mar/21

Spafford Crushes Two-Night Colorado Run With The Kitchen Dwellers [Photos/Video]

first_imgThis past Thursday and Friday night, Prescott, AZ’s electro-funk masters Spafford came into town for a strong two-night stand to kick off their tour on the right note. Thursday saw support from Bozeman, MT-based jamgrass outfit the Kitchen Dwellers at The Fox Theatre in Boulder. Both acts, that come from different ends of the jam spectrum were put to the test, and passed with flying colors.The Dwellers played a solid set, debuting new material off their forthcoming album that is produced by Leftover Salmon‘s Andy Thorn, who also joined the band on stage during the latter part of their set. Kitchen Dwellers are playing NYC’s American Beauty on Friday, November 11th (get info here).Spafford highlights from the first night included an uber-funky “Electric Taco Stand” and cover of swamp-rock master JJ Grey & Mofro‘s “On Fire” into “Galisteo”. It was a solid opening night, that saw the four-piece locked in, cohesive, and fully prepped to bring serious jams to the table.Kitchen Dwellers w/ Andy Thorn:Spafford “On Fire” (JJ Grey & Mofro cover):By the second night, the band was pumped up and firing on all cylinders, bringing a packed crowd to Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver. With two lengthy sets, the band was able to exercise their full potential, jamming to perfection for nearly four hours. Set one was highlighted by a trancey dance jam on “Ain’t That Wrong”, followed by a double time version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ “Soul To Squeeze”. By the second set, Spafford had longtime and new fans hooked, building strong, patient jams on “People” and later on set closer and fan favorite “Backdoor Funk”.Spafford Cervantes Other Side Set 1:Spafford Cervantes Other Side Set 2:Kitchen Dwellers Setlist – The Fox – 9/22/16Farmers Son, Colder Nights, Auggie Visions, Broken Cage (New Song), Five Candles, Reuben’s train*, Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie*^, This Time> No Diggity+* with Andy Thorn in fiddle^John Hartford Cover+Blackstreet CoverSpafford Setlist – The Fox – 9/22/16All In, Electric Taco Stand, Slip, On Fire > Galisteo, America, The RepriseSpafford Setlist – Cervante’s Other Side – 9/23/16Set One – All My Friends > Bee Jam > Windmill, Into The Mystic, Ain’t That Wrong, Soul To Squeeze, The PostmanSet Two – Red’s Jam > People, Plans > Down Under, Todd’s Tots, The Remedy > Down Under, Backdoor FunkEncore – Hollywood > In The Eyes of Thieves[The Fox photos courtesy of Peter Wallace @ Wallyography – Instagram: Wallyographypw][Cervantes photos by Randhir Bayers] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

17Sep/20

USC holds Armenian genocide awareness event

first_imgIn commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, USC’s Armenian Students’ Association and the Shoah Foundation hosted the Armenian Genocide Awareness Talk at Tommy Trojan on Thursday.Remembrance · Stephen Smith, the executive director of the Shoah Foundation, served as one of the guest speakers at the Armenian Genocide Awareness Talk, which was held Thursday at Tommy Trojan. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanAccording to the Armenian National Institute, the genocide officially began on April 24, 1915, when over 200 Armenian community leaders were apprehended and later executed in Turkey during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Over the next eight years, approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed. The political party in power in Turkey during this time, commonly referred to as the Young Turks, carried out the killings.The event included two guest speakers — Executive Director of the Shoah Foundation Stephen Smith and criminal defense attorney RJ Manuelian — and music including the bands VIZA, Armenian Public Radio and R-Mean, as well as art installations and food displays. The gathering served as a moment to remember those who were killed in the genocide and reflect on the genocide as a whole.Smith spoke about the world’s reluctance to acknowledge the Armenian genocide.“The world has been in denial,” Smith said. “We owe those who have fallen recognition, not only by the    U.S. but by the world.”He continued to speak directly to the students in the audience about how they must carry on the torch.“The obligation is now passed on to the diaspora of Armenians to remember the genocide,” he said. “The obligation is now passed on to all of you.”Haig Aintablian, president of the Armenian Students’ Association, spoke about his personal experience with the genocide, in which some of his family were victims.“My [great-grandmother] was personally in the Armenian Genocide,” Aintablian said. “I heard stories of it from my grandma, very very horrific stories. I didn’t realize it was something that would affect me until I joined the board of the USC ASA.”Aintablian continued to speak about how awareness of the genocide is highly limited.“Historically it’s so sad not to see it widespread and people don’t know about it,” Aintablian said. “The main thing is for USC students to know about what happened. We’re all going to be the next generation of politicians, the next generation to impact the United States. It’s important that we ourselves are knowledgeable on these important events, especially things like genocide.”Those in attendance found the event to be an important medium for increasing awareness.“This is the largest turnout I’ve ever seen,” said Silva Sevlian, a USC alumna and now full-time employee of the Shoah Foundation. “There is actually a substantial Armenian population here at USC. It’s really an important event for them and the community as a whole.”Mariam Mosinyan, a junior majoring in communication, stressed the need to be privy to the past and present.“It’s part of my heritage and my history — it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the community and contribute in any way,” Mosinyan said. “If me being here and bringing a couple of my friends who aren’t Armenian to learn about the issue helps in any way, then that’s what I am going to do.”Manuelian, the final speaker, discussed USC’s involvement in the remembrance of the genocide as an important responsibility.“This is a place of learning, where denial cannot take place,” Manuelian said. “Today we are here to remember … Remembrance is the first act of knowledge and knowledge is the first act of ensuring that the denial does not continue.”last_img read more