TELLURIDE - The realization of a cancer diagnosis in 2011 had to be the most trying experience that bassist David Murphy ever faced. A gruesome tour schedules, impeccable work ethic, and flagshipping an entire resurgence in live electronic music most likely paled in comparison. The cancerous tumor in his sinus cavity would take surgeries, treatments, and recovery that meant the band would have to cancel months of touring. The loyal Sound Tribe Sector 9 fan base was appropriately shocked by the news, and the band’s absence from their usual mega-festival and extensive touring appearances was felt in the livetronica scene.
Murphy made an inspiring and speedy recovery, and the band took the blessing as a reason to return with limited dates that seemed tailored towards big stages and even bigger crowds. The bright spark that was beginning to fade after over a decade of playing prior to the band’s hiatus had returned, and it has not stopped since.
Now two years later STS9 is making good on their promise to return to 9,600 feet to make up for the canceled date in 2011. Sweetening the deal is that the band is booked for two sold out shows at the Conference Center for what is sure to be the biggest dance party on the mountain all year.
RATS’ NEST – A rack of demo bikes at last year’s Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) Festival in Hartwell Park. This year’s 3rd annual will again feature trail building and skills clinics, along with a new Friday beer-and-shorts film night at the Sherbino Theater. (Courtesy photo)
BACK HOME IN TELLURIDE – members of Telluride’s Volunteer Fire Department helped move the Galloping Goose No. 4 back to its home next to the San Miguel County Courthouse on May 16. The railbus spent the last four years in Ridgway while it was refurbished. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)