It’s not that frequently a person speaks of wrestling and country music in the same sentence, but that’s the case this Saturday. The University of Jamestown’s wrestling team is sponsoring a popular country group, Latigo, for this Saturday, from 7 p.m to 11 p.m. at the Civic Center. The community is invited to attend, Tickets are available online by logging onto the Jamestown Civic Center’s site and you can reserve and pay using credit card. Tickets ($25 each) will also be available at the door or from any UJ coach or wrestling student..
The Jimmie men’s wrestling fundraiser features one of the university’s former wrestlers. UJ alumnus and 2011 wrestling NAIA All American Sean Blumbhardt, who is the front-man for the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based band Latigo. Blumbhardt was voted Colorado Country Music Association’s Best Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.
The band in 2018 was voted Best Modern Country Band and Best Traditional Country Band of the year by CCMA.
The band and Blumhardt were not the only Latigo members receiving awards. Tyler Donaldson was voted “Instrumentalist (drummer) of the Year,” and Shawn Gillespie and Joe Donaldson each were voted Instrumentalists of the year for bass guitar and guitar, respectively.
Latigo has shared the stage with Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Blackhawk, Phil Vasaar and many other well-known names in the country music scene.
Darryl Worely said, “Latigo opened for me and my band in Colorado Springs last year, and we had to give the crowd an hour to cool down before following them, ” he said. “That’s one HOT band!”
Formed in 2007, the band took a break following the death in 2014 of fiddle player Tony Ludiker to cancer. In 2017 “Latigo” re-emerged.
Since its restructuring, the band has played throughout the Upper Midwest and Western United States, and has received accolades for its sound and selections throughout Colorado.
Sean Johnson, director of athletics for the University of Jamestown said he expects a fantastic evening, when he spoke about Blumbhardt’s enthusiasm.
“Sean (Blumbhardt) brings to the stage the same intensity he had ot on the mat when he competed for UJ,” Johnson said. “so expect an electric show, full of excitement and energy.”
Founder Joe Donaldson said it pretty well too:
“Our mission is clear,” he said. ”We are here to bring a top-notch country concert to our community..”
And bring it they will on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Dan Lovell is UJ’s men’s wrestling coach. He can be reached at 252-3467, ext. 5021, or call the Civic Center at 252-4835 .
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