Today, Colorado jam outfit The Magic Beans have announced the initial lineup for the 2018 edition of their Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival. The host band will perform all three nights of the Rancho Del Rio festival, which will take place from June 28th through 30th in Eagle County, Colorado.Beanstalk Festival joins together the awe-inspiring beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado River with a live music experience of some of the top touring and local acts and musicians. In addition to The Magic Beans’ host sets, this year’s initial lineup includes headlining performances from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Aqueous, in addition to the Beanstalk All-Star Superjam featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Dave Watts of The Motet, Matt Jalbert of TAUK, and more.The down-bill for Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival 2018 is equally impressive, with performances by Octave Cat, a side project featuring Jesse Miller of Lotus, Eli Winderman of Dopapod, and Charlie Patierno; Ghost Light, the highly anticipated new band featuring Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang; Cory Wong of Vulfpeck; and Colorado’s own Eminence Ensemble. The initial lineup rounds out with sets by Mungion, Cycles (x2), Lespecial (an original set and a “Lespecial Does Primus” set), Anoramora, Yak Attack, The Jauntee, and more.After multiple successful years, the intimate festival has become renowned in Colorado as one of the can’t-miss events of the summer. In addition to a consistently stellar lineup and slow-flow, Yin, and Kali Durga yoga offerings, Beanstalk’s prime location along the banks of the Colorado River allows attendees to enjoy the outdoors—including hiking, hot springs, cliff jumping, ATVing, and world-class mountain biking—before the music starts in the mid-afternoon.Tickets are available here. For more information about Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival 2018, visit the event website or follow the event on Facebook.
Area Basketball ScoresWednesday (11-28)Girls BasketballJac-Cen-Del 44 Hauser 33Connersville 44 Union County 25Oldenburg Academy Freshman Basketball Team held onto a 22-21 victory at Rising Sun. Abe Streator led the team with 8 points including the game winning block at the buzzer. Frank Moorman added 5, Joe Suttman 5, and Nathan Schuman 4.OA will be in action on Monday night at South Dearborn. Courtesy of Twisters Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville Bulldogs C-Team defeated The South Dearborn Knights 34-26. Batesville was led in scoring by Eli Pierson (10) and Ian Powers (8). Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.
This city is one that’s supposed to have eternal sunshine and always be 75, without a cloud in the sky.But for some reason, Los Angeles decided to take a vacation last week and Seattle came and raided its house while it was gone.But while it was tough to figure out Los Angeles, it wasn’t tough to figure out the USC baseball team.Even rain, which causes frat houses to cancel parties, couldn’t stop the Trojans.Yes, they went 2-1 in their opening tournament at Dedeaux Field, losing 11-7 in the championship game to perennial top-20 team North Carolina, but after a 6-3 road win at UC Riverside that brings USC’s record to 3-1 on the year, the forecast is beginning to look sunny for the Trojans.These first four games are a sign that USC baseball is on the upswing.The Trojans showcased some great young talent, beginning with freshman Jake Hernandez, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against UNC, freshman pitcher Kyle Richter, who picked up the win by pitching one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief against Riverside, and freshman shortstop James Roberts, who has only two hits in 13 at-bats, but also has three RBIs and has started all four games.The Trojans also have a great new coach.USC made progress before the season even started by firing Chad Kreuter — who was a mediocre coach at best, compiling a 111-117 record in his four years at USC — in the offseason.In stepped Frank Cruz as the interim coach, and he’s done a fantastic job so far.The former manager of the USA baseball team, Cruz has been very proactive, getting a lot of players playing time early on so he can find the right mix while players gain experience all across the board.But I think the biggest positive in these first four games is that in all four games, the Trojans left something to be desired.All weekend they left runners stranded, most of them in scoring position.All told, USC has left 36 players on base, which averages to nine per game.If USC can score just a quarter of those runners, it could be a very good team.Make no mistake, the Trojans still have a long way to go before being a consistently good team.I am aware it is still ridiculously early in the season. But they are rounding first.With a win at Rice tonight, the Trojans have a chance to be three games above .500 for the first time since April 2009.That just shows how bad USC has been recently.Three games above .500 won’t win you any NCAA Championships or even Pac-10 titles anytime soon.It might get you into the tournament.For a team predicted to finish ninth in the Pac-10, however, three games above .500 ain’t too shabby.To complement the young talent, USC has a solid squad of veteran players it hasn’t seen in a while.Junior Ricky Oropesa leads the way as a preseason All-American, and he hasn’t disappointed thus far.The first basemen is batting .267 with four RBIs, including a clutch two-out, bases-clearing double to tie the game at 7 against the Tar Heels in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Joe De Pinto is proving a leader as well, batting a monstrous .643 with six runs and three RBIs.Not to be forgotten, newcomer Austin Wood has proved a steady hand.The community college pitcher who was picked in the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Rays is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA so far.These three players, combined with another handful of juniors, give the Trojans depth but also stability as they look forward to this year.They have a very big challenge with three games at No. 22 Rice this weekend.If the Trojans can take two of three from the Owls, they will off to their best start in recent memory.Baseball at USC is a heritage, and an honored tradition that has been missing for dozens of years.Many current Trojans would probably find it hard to believe USC holds the record for national championships with 12, and has only won one of those since 1979.I don’t see a championship coming in the next year or two, but I do see a program on the rise that has been in the cellar for many years.Expect USC baseball to finish higher than ninth place in the conference this season as it begins to move toward a brighter future.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article e-mail Kenny at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.