Stay tuned for more news from Umphrey’s McGee about their two additional show announcements for the fall. Cummins also explained that while the group is focused on solidifying their fall tour plans, the band plans to announce their plans for New Year’s Eve in the not-so-distant future. In the same thread, Cummins also noted that the band will not be performing a Halloween run this year, marking the first time Umphrey’s McGee has forgone their Halloween tradition in years. Last year, the band celebrated Halloween at The Pageant in St. Louis, performing a Prince-themed extravaganza that saw the band dressed as The Purple One from six distinct eras. As for 2018, when pressed, Cummins elaborated on why the band was foregoing their Halloween tradition. He explained: For more information and tickets for Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming shows, head here. Following Umphrey’s McGee’s highly anticipated three-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in early July, keyboardist Joel Cummins took to Twitter to talk about the band’s fall plans. Umphrey’s McGee’s extensive tour schedule will continue throughout the summer and into the fall, with stops at music festivals like The Peach, Werk Out, Major Rager St. Louis, LOCKN’, and The Big Weekend, in addition to dozens of headlining shows at theaters across the country. In the thread, Cummins noted that the band will announce two more shows before their two-night run at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Palace Theatre on October 19th and 20th. After a fan speculated, he confirmed that radius clauses were preventing the band from announcing the soon-to-be-announced shows.
There’s a professional road cycling team that lives and trains in my home town. We’ll see them out on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the steep mountain climbs that rise from the valley floor surrounding the city. They’re skinny, clad in blue and fast as hell. Having a pro cycling team in your town seems cool—and it is—it means your town has legitimate rides, worthy of the best in the business. Also, it means you’ll never get a significant KOM on Strava. It means on any given ride, no matter how good you’re feeling, you’re going to get passed by someone who’s probably just out for a casual recovery ride. It means there’s always gonna be someone faster that you living down the street. Always. I was on a lunch ride the other day and spotted one of the pros, looking like a blueberry in his blue kit, pedaling up a long, gradual hill. He was maybe 20 yards ahead of me and meandering at a casual clip. Naturally, I decided to race him, standing and hammering into a higher gear and blowing past him about three quarters of the way up the hill, delivering a light and pithy “on your left” as I pedaled to victory. It was the single most satisfying achievement in my cycling “career.” Now, you could argue that this pro didn’t know he was in a race with a weekend warrior desperately trying to fight off middle age. And you could argue that the pro was actually slowing down as I passed him because of the red light in front of us, a red light that I blew through in my blinded quest for victory. These are valid points to make, but I’d argue that since the dawn of Strava, we’re all racing. All the time. And maybe more to the point, in Trump’s America, winning is winning, right? No matter what the circumstances? I mean, to quote DJ Khaled, “all I do is win, win, win no matter what.” At least, that one time, against an opponent who didn’t know he was in a race, and was slowing down to obey traffic laws, all I did was win, win, win no matter what. Pretty much every other time, those lyrics don’t apply to me. Of course, on my ride today, I was put back in my place. I was in the midst of a brutal climb, suffering and sweating onto my handlebars and generally wondering why I don’t just play golf when another pro from the same team came breezing past me. She wasn’t working too hard. Wasn’t really sweating at all. I think she had a bagel in one hand, but I couldn’t be sure because she blew by me so fast. She may as well have tapped me on the ass and said, “good job, little buddy.” Order was restored. The speedy blueberries are back on top and I’m way, way down towards the bottom.
Franklin County, In. — Through a partnership with Margaret Mary Health and Stayin’ Alive, LCC Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Jason Lovins presented the program “Mentoring Successful Athletes” recently. Athletes gathered in the auditorium during their “Impact” period to hear about the dangers of tobacco and vapes, health-related issues, as well as legal consequences.Law Enforcement, health professionals, and school administrators across the country are seeing a dramatic increase among teenagers when it comes to tobacco and vaping use. “This is an alarming trend and we anticipate increased health related problems as these teens become adults,” stated Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy. “Any chance that we can use to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco, vaping, and nicotine addiction, we are happy to do our part,” Sheriff Murphy continued.“Mentoring Successful Athletes” is a new program being offered this year at the Franklin County High School by the partnership of Margaret Mary Health and Stayin’ Alive LCC. This program has three areas of focus: athletes, coaches, and parents.Anyone needing assistance to quit tobacco and vaping can contact 1-800-Quit-Now, operated by the National Cancer Institute.