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Lauren Frihauf, a Wiggins native with ties throughout Morgan County, will release a new single on Friday, June 17 – The Fort Morgan Times

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Lauren Frihauf was born in Wiggins, Colorado and grew up on her father’s farm about 20 miles south of town. She grew up participating in youth sports like basketball and volleyball at both Wiggins and the City of Fort Morgan Recreation Department, but she always found that she was more drawn to the arts. The 18-year-old’s ties to Fort Morgan began with lessons at Candy’s Dance Academy and grew to include piano and voice lessons. She also attended the School of Performing Arts (SPA), whose building now houses Colorado Bible University (CBU) and the CBU Academy, and she attended the annual Vision of Trees events during the holidays. “The School of Performing Arts is how I got into music,” said Frihauf, who shared that she always had a music career in mind as an option. “I think eighth grade is when I decided I really wanted to continue. I started going to School of Rock Aurora in 2017, and that’s where I really got a lot of experience playing and working with fans, hanging out and singing at different restaurants around the Denver area, (attending) band rehearsals every week. …” SPA and School of Rock helped increase Frihauf’s skills as an artist, but for traditional education, he opted for homeschooling so he would have more time to focus on his music. The singer-songwriter usually creates her own music on the farm, but since high school, Frihauf has been making regular trips to Denver to rehearse, record and collaborate with other artists. “When I’m writing with different people, I think it’s kind of…brainstorming in the moment, but for a lot of my solo stuff, I’d say a lot of it references mental health, world circumstances and what I’m going through.” at the time. time…personal experiences,” she said. The teen herself cites artists spanning various genres like Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile along with soul and R&B singer Allen Stone as three of her biggest musical inspirations. Her upcoming single “Morrison”, due for release on Friday June 17, is described on her website as “a funk tune with a retro vibe…full of soul and good energy.” Frihauf wrote the song with guitarist and School of Rock alumnus Ben Suyat, a frequent collaborator who has also worked with Frihauf on her songs “June” and “Adaline.” Although “Morrison” has been performed several times for live audiences, including an audience last summer at one of Fort Morgan’s Thursday Night Live concerts, Frihauf and Suyat decided in September 2021 that it was finally time to record the song. The single was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered entirely in Colorado and the artists plan to include it on their upcoming EP titled “The Latona EP”. “Morrison,” a song by Lauren Frihauf (right) and Ben Suyat (left), will be released on Friday, June 17. The song can be pre-saved now on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Courtesy photo) “The Latona EP” by Lauren Frihauf and Ben Suyat will be released in August 2022. (Courtesy photo) year, and it is the last single to be released before our EP, which comes out in August,” Frihauf said. “I’m excited for people to hear the full project. The last two songs are a bit more relaxed, a bit more vibrant. Uno is a bit more of a retro-funk tune, so it’s a bit more upbeat and has a different feel to it. I think it will be fun (for listeners) to hear different aspects of the project.” Frihauf has also been working on his debut solo project, which he says fans will have more information about in 2023. For now, fans can listen to an original song called “Fragments of a Stranger,” which is a nod to the project and was appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk 2022 contest. His name first made headlines two years ago when he was cast on the 19th season of NBC’s “The Voice,” where he teamed with Gwen Stefani and John Legend, making it as far as the Knockouts. . round. “That experience gave me the confidence to continue to pursue music and continue down that path,” she said. Since then, Frihauf has collaborated with her fellow contestant Payge Turner. They recorded their Battle song, “If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, and joined forces again on a song titled “Goodbye,” which is featured on Turner’s July 2021 album “Home.” In addition to her ongoing projects and her upcoming music releases, Frihauf recently signed with a college agency and will be touring different colleges across the country sometime next year. This November she will participate in the Panama City Songwriters Festival in Florida and has a show scheduled at Grinder House in Tennessee. Visit laurenfrihaufmusic.com to follow Lauren Frihauf’s social media accounts and join her mailing list. “Morrison” can be pre-saved now on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music and will be released on Friday, July 17. The official music video will be released on Thursday, July 7.

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PRCA Rodeo concludes qualifying events on Wednesday with First Responders Night

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The PRCA Rodeo concluded its qualifying events on Wednesday night with First Aid Night. Representatives from the Greeley Police and Fire Departments and the Banner Health Ambulance Program were greeted with cheers from audience members in the stands. Representing the Greeley Police Department was Sgt. Matthew Patella and Police Chief Adam Turk, who recently had the “interim” tag removed from his title. Battalion Chief Jason Oster and Fire Chief Brian Kuznik were on hand for the Greeley Fire Department, while EMT Jacob Kennedy and Paramedic Stacey Chase proudly represented Banner Health. The Weld County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the arena in their Search and Rescue MRAP with the leader, Sheriff Steve Reams, in the lead. Returning to her homeland, Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen brought the colors to the arena on horseback as Gerry McFarling sang the national anthem. The rodeo bareback had only three participants because most of the cowboys scratched themselves. The evening resulted in two trips: Shane O’Connell of Rapid City, SD, scoring an 85-point trip at Nutrena’s Rustler and Drake Amundson of Laramie, Wyo., scoring a 70-point trip at Nutrena’s Pebbles. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Garrett Buckley, of Craig, reacts after being challenged by bronc 017 Al Capone while riding saddle bronc on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on June 29, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Team Photographer) It was a tough night at the office for steer wrestlers. Broken barriers, bad jumps, and cunning maneuvers that caused challenges for the hazers were just some of the things that caused the event to see a lack of qualifying times. The fastest time of the night went to Ames, Okla., cowboy Tyrel Cline at 13.9 seconds, including the 10-second penalty for a broken gate. Mead’s Chism Docheff came in second with a time of 15.5 seconds. Docheff also had a 10-second penalty for a broken barrier. In the team ropes competition, Mississippi boys Marcus Theriot and Cole Curry cemented their spot in the final with a time of 6.3. The team of Hayes Smith of Central Point, Oregon, and Cullen Teller of Ault would have advanced to the final had it not been for a 5-second penalty for catching a leg during their run. The duo walked away with a total score of 10 seconds. Bronc jockey Houston Brown of Miles City, Mont., scored the night’s highest score of 83 at Ridge Walker. Jacob Kammerer from Phillip, SD came in second with a score of 81 on Nutrena’s Full Deck. Wade Brown from Norco, California had an amazing ride on Goodness Gracious. Despite the horse’s odd kicking pattern, Brown held on but was disqualified for not adhering to the scoring rule. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Wade Brown, of Norco, Calif., rides a saddle bronc but a penalty gives no score on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley June 29, 2022 (Alex McIntyre/Team Photographer) As the riggers prepared for their competition, the wind in Greeley was whipping and clouds were closing in fast. the grandstands to protect themselves from the pouring rain and stormy wind. While some people worked to get out of the wind and rain, the rough weather proved to be fruitful for barreler JW Winklepleck, who found two $20 bills flying from the stands onto the arena floor. The sudden change in weather proved to be a challenge for the ropers with La Junta’s Ryan Belew winning a time of 12.6 seconds. Wind and rain did not deter the ladies from escaping. Tiffany Schieck of Floresville, Texas was on fire with a time of 3.1 seconds, followed by Morgan Kessler of Callaway, Nebraska with a time of 3.8 seconds. Overturned barrels seemed to be the theme of the night for the ladies barrel racers with five contestants being penalized for overturning the metal drums. Cowgirl Reagan Laney of Granbury, Texas posted the best time of the night at 17.14 seconds. Wednesday’s bull riding event saw the highest scoring of the entire qualifying series from JR Stratford, Byers, Kan., riding Dale Yeah. The Kansas cowboy scored an impressive 88.50, besting Spencer Wright’s Sunday night performance of 85 points on Game Changer. Jace Troxclair from Chauvin, Louisiana scored 86 points on Black Panther. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Magic in Motion stunt rider Madison MacDonald performs in the pouring rain on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on June 29 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer ) The event was paused for a moment when a bull, Mt. Everest, decided to give the collectors and cowboy protection gear their money by refusing to return to the pen area. The bull charged the horses, dodged the ropes and caused the cowboy protection team to throw themselves onto the rails despite the team’s best efforts to corral the great beast. Finally, after successfully tethering the bull, a collector towed the irregular animal to the holding pen behind the chute area. The PRCA Rodeo series is scheduled to conclude Thursday at 7 pm with the top 12 finishers from each event going head-to-head to win the 100th Greeley Stampede and secure bragging rights, prizes and money. The 100th Greeley Stampede will run through Monday, July 4 with live music, a carnival, fairground food, an art exhibit and more. For more information on daily events, tickets, parking and more, visit www.greeleystampede.org. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Darnell Johnson, of Fowler, ties up the steer with a tie-down time of 6.7 seconds on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Regional Park Grove in Greeley on June 29, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

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Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia-Inspired Weed Now Available in Colorado

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Casey Jones may have driven that train high on cocaine, but soon Grateful Dead fans will have a different substance they can buy to celebrate the band. Garcia Hand Picked cannabis makes its Colorado debut this week with three flower strains suitable for pairing with live music. Good timing: The release coincides with the Jerry Garcia Symphony Celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 29, when the Colorado Symphony will perform hits from the iconic jam band in honor of what would be Garcia’s 80th birthday later this year. Starting on that date, fans can also sample Garcia Hand Picked flower, locally grown by Veritas Fine Cannabis. The company is releasing a sativa strain called Morning in Marin, an indica strain called After Midnight, and a hybrid called Love in the Afternoon. They will be available for sale in pre-packaged eighths and as pre-rolls at dispensaries throughout the Front Range. RELATED: 7 Famous Cannabis Brands You Can Find In Colorado Mike Leibowitz, founder and CEO of Veritas Fine Cannabis, said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grow Garcia-inspired cannabis. “When I first found out about the potential opportunity, I nearly fell out of my chair,” Leibowitz said. “To be able to represent something of that legendary status is a hippie’s wet dream.” Veritas worked with Holistic Industries, owner of the brand and collaborator with Garcia’s daughters, Trixie Garcia, Annabelle Garcia and Sunshine Kesey. Colorado is the fifth state where the brand is launched, behind California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon. “Jerry loved Colorado because of the people,” Trixie Garcia said in a statement. “Colorado has long been a mecca for high-minded, freedom-loving nature enthusiasts, and that’s our people.” Morning in Marin is a Cannabis Sativa strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. Love in the Afternoon is a hybrid cannabis strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. After Midnight is an indica cannabis strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. Although Veritas is starting with three strains, it plans to “build a war chest of a dozen or so” strains in the future, Leibowitz said. Garcia Hand Picked gummies will also be available soon in Colorado through a partnership with Veritas’ sister concentrate company, Olio, he added. A release date has not yet been determined. Bertha, an Airstream trailer, will be released at the Red Rocks Amphitheater pedaling Garcia’s handpicked merch and more during Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday Symphony Celebration on June 29. Dead people attending the June 29 concert can drop by the lower north parking lot in Red Rocks, where Garcia Hand Picked’s Airstream trailer named Bertha will be pedaling merch. Marijuana samples may also be available there, Leibowitz said with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Jerry Garcia is just the latest celebrity to immortalize his legacy in Colorado with a brand of marijuana. Last year, rapper Method Man launched the TICAL flower and recently followed up with concentrates and edibles. Country legend Willie Nelson has several products under his Willie’s Remedy brand. Check out other athletes and musicians who have gotten into the local cannabis scene here. UPDATE June 29 at 4:52 pm: Due to a reporting error, this story incorrectly stated that Colorado was the fourth state where Garcia’s Hand Picked is available. is the fifth Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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Meow Wolf’s Vortex Music Festival at a Sun Valley Junkyard This August

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Meow Wolf will hold its Vortex music festival on what is now an industrial lot in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, putting an end to speculation about where the signature public event would take place when it first arrives in town this year. It will be the first event to be held at The Junk Yard, which is a new downtown open-air venue run by music promoter Live Nation. The site, at 2323 Mulberry Place, is about a mile south of Meow Wolf’s permanent immersive installation, Convergence Station, in an industrial neighborhood just east of I-25. The event, from Aug. 5-7, will include three days of music for all ages, food trucks and other entertainment, Live Nation said in a statement last week. The Denver-based mega-developer described the property’s owners as “family friends from Live Nation.” Publicists for Meow Wolf and Live Nation did not immediately respond to questions about the capacity of the venue, or who the “family friends of Live Nation” are. “The new owners of The Junk Yard saw a tremendous opportunity to transform a junkyard into a multi-faceted music festival in the heart of the city,” the statement read. “The new venue will undergo a dramatic metamorphosis into another world for Vortex 2022, a transition that is common for many Meow Wolf events and activations, with two impressive stages (Viscera Stage and Atria Stage), art installations… and comfortable rest areas. .” Since the location is in a tangle of off-grid cul-de-sacs, Meow Wolf has included suggested routes on their experience planning page. That includes the closest bus stop (West 8th Avenue and Wyandot Street); the Light Trail station at 10th and Osage streets; and other RTD and bike share options. (Or, it’s a 45-minute walk to the center of town.) There is extremely limited parking in the area, authorities said. Meow Wolf announced in April that the festival would be coming to Denver for the first time this year, having previously been based in Taos, NM, but had not disclosed the location. Meow Wolf opened its convergence station in Denver in September 2021. Previously announced acts include Toro y Moi, 100 gecs, Bob Moses, Neil Frances, Duke Dumont and Maya Jane Coles. Local musicians scheduled to perform include Neon the Bishop, Mr. Frick, Send/Receive and Peer Review. A one-day general admission ticket for the festival is $69.50 per day, while three-day general admission is $198.75, via ticketmaster.com. Tickets are now on sale. Meow Wolf Denver last year opened its Convergence Station facility to praise and buzz, having first cornered the market on “immersive experiences” years ago from its Santa Fe home base. Meow Wolf said it ticked the customer location number one million on June 15. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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