3-day music benefit featuring over 30 bands and raising money for youth musical scholarships.

JAM4DAN 12

by: Kerrice Mapes

Topeka’s three-day music festival has showcased, awarded and celebrated hundreds of musicians over the past decade.

Jam4Dan is an annual benefit concert held every January in Topeka. It honors Dan Falley (a Kansas Music Hall of Fame musician who inspired and taught hundreds of Kansas young people), raises scholarship funds to give Kansas youth an opportunity to further their musical studies and provides musicians a unique opportunity to come together to share their love of music.

The first Jam4Dan was organized in January 2008, to help Dan’s family meet its obligations after Dan died in a car accident north of Topeka. The mood of the day was somber, given the passing of a man many had called friend and who had influenced the Topeka music scene since the late 60s. As folks poured in and the musical intensity swelled, it became apparent there was good to be drawn from misfortune.

Why couldn’t the Topeka music community come together annually to create inspirational music and provide for an opportunity for local players to get to enjoy each other’s company?

When planning started for Jam4Dan II, it was decided scholarships would be the best way to memorialize Dan’s immense influence on hundreds of guitar students over four decades. The event gained significant steam when local luthier Joel Edison donated a custom built guitar that was raffled with all proceeds going to the scholarship funds. Since with Jam4Dan II, Joel has contributed eleven guitars and counting.

To date, almost 200 of bands have offered their talents; hundreds and hundreds of fans have enjoyed the scene that only a special event can offer; and over $30,000 has been given away to deserving young musicians in the form of free lessons that stretched from two to six months. By 2010, so many high-quality bands wanted to participate, the event expanded to two days. In 2011, the Jam4Dan Youth Showcase was added, which reinforced the connection to the scholarship program. The youth showcase was expanded in 2012. In 2013 a third night of entertainment was added, and in 2014, a singer/songwriter showcase was introduced as the Sunday kick-off set.

JAM4DAN 2019 – JAN 18, 19 + 20

FRIDAY: 6:30p – 12:30a

6:30 – Blacktop Thunder
7:30 – The Josh Vowell + Whitney Frost Duo
8:30 – Craigslist Killers
9:30 – Rachel Louise Taylor
10 – Nucklehead Jones
11:15 – Cam Da Don
11:30 – Our Lives Yesterday

SATURDAY: 11a – 1a

11 – JAM4DAN Youth Showcase featuring Live Music Institute students
1:45 – Emalith
2 – MAHAN
3 – Mother’s Worry
4 – Marc Houser Band
5p – David Franklin
5:30 – Teacher’z Petz
6:30 – 3X7
7:15 – Ric Barron
8 – Swift Kick
9 – Shawn Ward + Straight Shot
10 – Queen Anne’s Revenge
11 – Evolution
12 – Faces for Radio

SUNDAY: NOON – 11:30p

12 – Charlie Barber
12:30 – Jade + Glory
1:30 – Velvet Blues Review
2:30 – Connie Hawkins and the BluesWreckers
3:30 – Mississippi Owls
4:30 – Mark + the Sharks
5:30 – Nate Dingman
6 – Solohogs
7 – Dust Devil Choir
8 – Santiago Brothers
9 – Knock Kneed Sally
10:10 – Michael Powers Band

[all information provided by Jam4Dan.com]

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