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Jake Jones


9 Blog Entries
2 Trips
155 Photos

Trips:

We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Summer 2010
We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010

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http://blogabond.com/jakewah


I was born in Austin, TX and spent my teenage up to my current years (early twenties) in Eastern New Mexico. I recently joined a band called We As Human. They're a rock band out of Northern Idaho/Washington area.
As the band travels and tours, so shall I blog! It's a great way for me to unwind at the end of the day, and a great way for fans, friends, and family to know what I/we are up to. So please keep up, and enjoy the ride!

-Jake

Also, don't forget to check out the map up at the top of the screen! Just click on a location to see the corresponding pics and posts!



Cornerstone 2010, Bushnell, IL - 06/28/10 - 07/02/10

Bushnell, United States




One of the most amazing and brutal weeks of my entire musical career! We saw THOUSANDS of faces throughout the week! We teamed up with a RAD organization called Live Offensively (http://www.liveoffensively.com/lo/) who sponsored a tent for We As Human this year. The guys with Live Offensively were a BLAST! We were blessed to have an indoor, air conditioned place to sleep. I can't say so much for everyone else! Adam had a great idea to make a bed out of some of the conference chairs in our room.

The drive up was absolutely beautiful as we made the 30 hour treck across half of the US. Carrying 9,000+lbs of equipment in our trailor, we managed to pull into the Cornerstone 2010 grounds on Saturday evening. We took some time to scout out the camp and then headed out for some Hardy's burgers! Sunday it was all work as we set up our stage (one of 13 in the entire festival) called the Ammunition Room.

Cornerstone was packed with over 300 Christian artists ranging from folk to rock to hip-hop and everything inbetween! There were something like 13 generator stages (stages that ran off of small generators) and one main stage. We played every day on our stage and one day on the Texas Stage (check out video here -->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBfYohd40U0). We drew some impressive crowds and even attracted the attention of Brian "Head" Welch (Whosoevers/formerly of Korn), Sonny Sandoval (Whosoevers/P.O.D.), and the guys from Skillet!

We hosted some FANTASTIC bands on our stage including Upon This Rock and Don't Wake Aislin!

I heard more Metal in one week than I've heard in my entire life! There were bands from all over the country and even groups from Mexico and Canada! So many fantastic networking opportunities and connections are made every year at Cornerstone.

By the end of the week, we were EXHAUSTED! Our equipment was covered in dirt and spit, our ears were throbbing, and we were all sore as we loaded up in the rig to head south. The week was truly an experience I will NEVER forget! We made new friends and ran into some old ones. It was a first for myself and for We As Human, but if I were to place a bet right now, it definitely will not be our last.



permalink written by  Jake Jones on July 2, 2010 from Bushnell, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Summer 2010
tagged Blog, 2010, WeAsHuman and Cornerstone

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Hope Fest 2010, Spokane, WA - 06/23/10

Spokane, United States


So the first show of the summer happened to be close to home (at least for everyone else in the band). It was Hope Fest 2010 and it was a great cause! A group of 100 kids came up from Oregon to the Union Gospel Mission to minister to the local hurting and homeless population in Spakane. We heard some great testimonies, and were honored to share our message and rock-n-roll!

Here are some pics just from practice and our down time before we hit the road to Marietta, IL for Cornerstone! Check 'em out!



permalink written by  Jake Jones on June 25, 2010 from Spokane, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Summer 2010
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Covenant, Spokane, WA - 05/09/10

Spokane, United States


Here's the last stop on the Spring Tour 2010. Had a blast getting to know the dudes and meeting my new family! It was an amazing trip and I look forward to hitting the road this Summer!

As we were pulling up to the church, we had to squeeze between a school bus and a car.... didn't quite make it.

Otherwise the show went great! It was even streamed live on their website! Adam had to play in a "fish bowl" which was a room in the middle of the stage with glass so that the drums weren't too loud.




permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 9, 2010 from Spokane, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
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Nuart, Moscow, ID - 05/08/10

Moscow, United States


So It's been a while, but there were two more shows to conclude the Spring tour of our 2010 Tour blog. I will keep the posts short and let the pictures do the talking. This was at the Nuart Theater in Moscow, ID. It was us and The Nameless. Fun show. We roamed Main Street before the show and found some hilarious suff!!



permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 8, 2010 from Moscow, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged We, Moscow, Band, Idaho, WeAsHuman, As and Human

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The Rock, Bonners Ferry, ID - 5/7/10

Bonners Ferry, United States



After a nice relaxing day, it was back on the road for We As Human! We didn't have to travel too far though. Bonners Ferry is only about 30 minutes from Sandpoint. Upon our arrival, we were surprised to find that our original venue (The Rock) was going to be too small, so we were going to have to play in a big grain storage facility!

At first thought, we were a little bummed. We thought, "who's going to come out to a grain silo in Bonners Ferry to watch a rock concert???" While the fork lifts proceeded to clear out a place for us to set up, we decided we would head out to grab a bite to eat!

Lo and behold, we found the Badger's Den. Complete with wifi, and a TANNING SALON!!! The food was actually pretty good, and we were blessed to enjoy complements of the bands good friend and former bassist, Joey!

After a quick bite, we headed back to the rock where we hung out with the local youth group!

Once the "venue" was cleared of all the grain, we started setting up. Once we started to work, I began to recognize some familiar faces from the show at the Panida in Sandpoint. One of which was Adam. This dude was such a blessing to have help. He even still bore some battle scars from the Panida show. I won't give out many details, but if you pick a fight with a lighting rack, you had better be ready to defend yourself!

It wasn't long before things were ready to go, and the kids started coming... and coming.... and coming some more!

Before we could even realize what was happening, the place was packed with kids who were ready to rock and hear the good news!

The intro rolled, we flipped our amps off standby, and proceeded to rock Bonners Ferry. Tina Marks (the "band mom") showed up and took some GREAT shots of the crew. She's such a blessing.













permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 7, 2010 from Bonners Ferry, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged Ferry, We, Idaho, As, Human and Bonners

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Relaxing in Sandpoint, ID - 5/6/10

Sandpoint, United States



So, after a semi-long drive and the show in Spokane, it was nice to just take a day to hang out! Of course we took the time to sleep in, but after getting around we enjoyed a nice lunch at Joel's (AWESOME MEXICAN FOOD!!!) followed by a bike ride through the park and downtown Sandpoint!

Kelly was nice enough to let us use her families vintage bike collection!

Kelly, Dave, Justin F., Josie, and myself quickly hit the beach and discovered some great photo-ops!

The scenery was beautiful, and it was all the better to share with the ones you love!

We hopped back on our bikes and soon found something that was a shock to me! All this time I thought the statue of Liberty was in New York, but BOY was I WRONG! There it was! Right off the beach in Sandpoint Idaho! For some reason, I always thought it was so much bigger!

Our ride took us to a nearby Starbucks (had to re-fule!) and a drive through convenience store. Has ANYONE ever heard of a drive through convenience store?!?! It was a nice relaxing day topped off by my wife's (Josie) wonderful green chili enchiladas and S'mores by the fire! Yes, it was S'morefest 2010, and I was there to enjoy it!

Everyone was nudging closer to the fire as it got later and colder.

Couldn't have asked for a better day off!




permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 6, 2010 from Sandpoint, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged We, Sandpoint, Idaho, As, Human and SMores

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Calvary Chapel Youth Room, Spokane, WA - 5/5/10

Spokane, United States


Back to back with Port Angeles, this show OFF THE HOOK! We had some AMAZING pizza which was cooked FRESH in the brick oven just for the youth and bands! We had a blast, and the fans were GREAT!!! There was a great team of people helping out and sponsoring the event.

The group ahead of us were just a great group of dudes called The Avenue. They came PACKING some sweet equipment and instruments.

We were thrilled to play inside again after the previous show in Port Angeles in the cold. I'm sure the van was happy to get a nice little break from the 7 hour drive we endured to get to Spokane!

They had a SWEET green room that allowed us ample space to relax, pray, and enjoy some great snacks. Steve even munched on some peanut m&m's (my favorite) which totally could have gotten him in trouble (he's on weight watchers!). So I took a pic as photographic evidence!

Overall, it was a great show and we were honored to rock some faces and they seemed to be happy to have us!




permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 5, 2010 from Spokane, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged Music, We, Spokane, WA, Band, Chapel, Washington, As, Human, Calvary and Show

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The Gateway Corridor, Port Angeles, WA - 5/4/10

Port Angeles, United States




Show number two on the books for the "new and improved" We As Human and MAN was it a COLD one! Unfortunately, we didn't have all of the help that we had at the Panida (GREAT group of helpers by the way! Such a blessing!), so we spent the entire afternoon setting up in the FREEZING cold and rain. We did however meet a few interesting characters throughout the day. The pavilion that we played at was right next to the bus station, so all day long we had people walking past our set to catch their bus. Justin C. (Vocals) and Dave (Bass) had a couple encounters with some dudes who were anything but shy. Just a word to the wise, DON'T ask Dave if you can play his bass! We were, however, able to glean a good amount of knowledge from one particular gentleman who informed us that the sun is a large hydrogen bomb that is continually self refueling. This same gentleman plays every type of music everyday on his 4, 5, and 6 string basses, and a good guitar tone is attainable through a tree, a building, a light post, and a good 4x12 cab (all at once of course). =0)

Port Angeles is neighbors with Sequim, WA (like "Squid" with an "m" instead of a "d") which is the hometown of our very own lead guitarist Justin Forshaw. He really stole the show too I might add! The guys fingers (yes even when freezing cold) are BLAZING FAST!!! He has quite a fanbase in his hometown.

At the end of the day, it was a GREAT show with some GREAT kids! And of course we brought it!

The show was put on by a local church (thanks Ed!) and there were games followed by the concert. Our new friend Bo was a great help and even hung out with us afterwords at the Kokopelli Grill!

Those guys were great for sponsoring us with a free meal after the show! I hope to make it back to P.A. soon! It was SOOOOOO stinkin' pretty!

Also, a HUGE thanks goes out to Justin F.'s friend George for giving us a place to stay for a couple nights. Such a huge blessing!




permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 4, 2010 from Port Angeles, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged We, Port, Angeles, Washington, As, Human and Gateway

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Panida, Sandpoint, ID - 5/2/10

Sandpoint, United States


So, this was the first show We As Human has played in quite a few months. Our trip starts in Sandpoint, Idaho. Hometown to Justin Cordle (Vocals) and Adam Osbourne (Drums). The Panida (rhymes with "Canada") Theater is an old theater downtown. The show was opened up by a group from Oregon called Crown Point, then followed by 18 Shades (formerly Illusion 33) and then closed by We As Human. Truly an AWESOME experience as a first show for myself and the other new guitarist (and true shred master!) Justin Forshaw. We had a BLAST and totally brought justification to the tremendous amount of practice and work we had put in the week before!

It is the start of something new and good for everyone in the band, and the band as an entity. I truly hope the fans enjoy this lineup as much as I do and the rest of the guys.

Next stop, Port Angeles, WA!


All photos in this post are courtesy of Tina Marks. Thank you Tina!

permalink written by  Jake Jones on May 2, 2010 from Sandpoint, United States
from the travel blog: We As Human Tour/Show Blog, Spring 2010
tagged Tour, Concert, Sandpoint, Band, Panida, Idaho, WeAsHuman and Jake

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