Thank You Rock the Parkway!

Thank you to Rock the Parkway for having Ironband back again this year!

Congratulations to all the runners on your impressive efforts – you all looked great!

An extra special thanks to all the volunteers with Runner’s Edge and Girls on the Run who hosted the two aid stations adjacent to our stage – we hope that we weren’t too loud. An extra shout out from the band goes out to the handful of the Girls on the Run runners who were our most enthusiastic dance troupe of the day!

Once again we managed to capture most of the 8000+ runners on video – it’s a blitzkrieg of 8000 runners and 30 songs in less than six minutes, but can you find yourself in the video recap below?

All the music in the video was recorded live during the race – thanks to everyone for the thumbs up, smiles, and cheers – and congratulations to all the runners on your impressive efforts!

Cheers, and see you next time!

-Ironband

Video: Ironband live @ Rock the Parkway

Ironband Live @ 2014 Rock the Parkway

 

 

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Rock the Parkway – Ironband Cheer Zone

Do you have friends or family racing the 2014 Burns & McDonnell Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and 5K?

Why not join us at the best spot along the course to cheer them on?

Ironband is returning to the hottest (and loudest) half marathon and 5K in the city on Saturday, April 12th. In addition to us there will be live music at the start/finish line as well as the halfway point of the half marathon (near Loose Park).

Ironband will once again be stationed at the 5K turnaround on Ward Parkway at 83rd. Street and everyone is welcome to join us (including all current and alumni members of the fabled Iron Maidens).

Bring the dogs, bring the baby joggers, bring the cowbells and – most importantly – bring mimosas for the band!

Wanna do more than cheer? While the half marathon is officially sold out there are still some spots left in the 5K so why not visit rocktheparkway.com and register? What’s the worst that could happen – you only make it halfway through the 5K and have to spend the rest of the morning playing tambourine for us?

We’ll see you in two weeks – good luck runners!

Ironband Cheer Zone

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New Song: You Can Take Your Cutoff

A few years ago Ironband performed at Ironman 70.3 Kansas when four-time Ironman World Champion, Chrissie Wellington, won the race. That race led to a new song called “Chrissie Came to Kansas”.

In 2013 another Chrissy came to Kansas that has once again resulted in a new song. No stranger to witnessing life’s challenges, Chrissy Vasquez works as the executive director of the Indianapolis chapter of Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness. Unlike Chrissy Wellington, this Chrissy came to Kansas not in search of an Ironman 70.3 Champion title or even a top age-group finish; she simply wanted to do something that she was told she couldn’t do.

While she made the swim and the bike cutoffs at the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Kansas, Chrissy was unfortunately still on the course when the overall cutoff approached and an official took her chip and advised her to leave the course. Most people would have done just that; packed up and headed home. Chrissy, however, wasn’t about to give up on that finish line. Despite the lack of a chip, an official finish time or many volunteers or spectators left to speak of, she pushed through all the way to that (by that time, disassembled) finish line to the hearty cheers of few friends and remaining spectators and the always-gracious and inspiring race staff at Ironman 70.3 Kansas.

You Can Take Your Cutoff

Watch the video

A few months later she stepped to the starting line of her biggest challenge yet; Ironman Arizona – a full 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running. Late into the night deja vu set in and once again Chrissy found herself face to face with a race official who took her chip and advised her to leave the course. You can guess what happened next – she kept going, and going, and going until she crossed that finish line – more than 18 hours after starting the race. Some of the same friends, fans, and Ironman staff were there to greet her at that finish line.

We know the feeling of such an unrequited effort; our guitarist wound up in the ER after his first attempt at a full Ironman. Like Chrissy, he’s never one to leave things unfinished, having returned to that same race a year later to officially cross that finish line and earn his first official Ironman finish. We’ve learned that Chrissy is once again registered for Ironman 70.3 Kansas and Ironman Arizona and we’re looking forward to seeing her cross that Kansas finish line in official fashion this year!

Not one to mince words or censor her language, her write-ups are both heartwarming and comical – check em’ out at sausageinawetsuit.blogspot.com.

Like the video and want the song for your iPod? Download the mp3, but we warn you – while the lyrics in the video were mildly scrubbed the mp3 stays true to how we imagine Chrissy would have been singing this on that run course in Kansas and Arizona!

Chrissy – this song is for you!

-IRONBAND

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2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon- Win a FREE Race Entry!

Ironband is thrilled to once again be a part of the live music lineup at the 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon Finish Line Festival!

The full music schedule is still in development but rest assured that all your training and race-day efforts will be rewarded with a great lineup of music, BBQ and cold refreshments at the finish line!

Have you registered? The Kansas City Marathon and Ironband have teamed up to give away a few complimentary entries over the next few months.

Whether you want to run the full marathon, the half or the 5K – follow the steps below and we’ll draw our first winner from the comments on Friday, March 14th!

Win a Race Entry:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, “Like” the Kansas City MarathonIronband Facebook Pages
  2. “Like” the post on the @ironbandmusic page featuring the photo below, comment, and tell us why you want to race & what songs you’d like to hear at the finish line festival!

Lace up those shoes, stay tuned on Facebook and we’ll see you on October 18th!

Win an entry to the KC Marathon

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Happy New Year, 2014 Calendar, IMB in the KC Star

KC StarWe hope that everyone is getting their new year (and their new year’s resolutions) of to a good start!

We had a blast in 2014 and look forward to seeing everyone again this year on the race course, in a bar, or on the beach.

Now we bet that you didn’t know that vast community of triathlete-musicians were paparazzi-worthy, did you? OK, so perhaps it’s just a tiny handful of triathletes who happen to play in a single band in Kansas City that helped to fill in a column or two on a slow news day.

It was so news-worthy, in fact, that they had to break the article up into multiple pieces; check out this article in today’s Kansas City Star featuring Ironband’s guitarist, Dave. Stay tuned as it is rumored that other members of band will be featured in coming weeks!

Sorry Jackson County folks; we were only news-worth enough to make the 913 section (page 26) which is only distributed in Johnson County.

To answer the obvious question, yes, Justin will, in fact, be holding an autograph session and auctioning off a dinner date with him at the Western Sizzler at a date and location to be determined.

2014 Tentative Race/Event/Performance Dates

The calendar is starting to come together and we’re looking forward to entertaining at several repeat events and a few new ones! Atheletes – check out the list of fantastic events below, get yourselves registered and join us as we help push you through the race with our eclectic blend of original and cover tunes!

There are still a few tentative race dates in discussion and probably a night or two in our favorite local live music watering holes so stay tuned!

Saturday, April 12th
Rock the Parkway Half Marathon/5K  | more info

Rock the Parkway is celebrating five fantastic years of a race that has become one of the largest and most popular half marathons in the Midwest! Both the half marathon and the 5K have sold out every year.

We’re honored to be a long-standing tradition of this event and look forward to entertaining the runners again in 2014.

Saturday, May 18th
Kansas City Triathlon | more info

The Kansas City Triathlon offers a flat, fast course that travels through the scenic terrain of Jackson County, Missouri. In only six years, the Kansas City Triathlon has become one of the fastest growing and most popular events in the Midwest!

Both Olympic and Sprint Distances are being offered in 2014 – come out for a great race and catch Ironband entertaining along the way!

Sunday, June 8th
Ironman 70.3 Kansas | more info

Staged in the quintessential American college town of Lawrence, Kansas, this popular IRONMAN 70.3 regularly lures top pros from around the world. Competitors at all levels find this course as beautiful as it is challenging, while spectators feel welcomed by the events easily traversed open layout and scenic small-town setting.

Always a highlight on our calendar – camping, biking, hanging out with the carnies – we’ll be back in Lawrence again this year for our fifth annual appearance at the Ironman 70.3 Kansas race!

Saturday,  June 28th
Fresh Ideas / Ultramax HalfMax/Quartermax/Octomax Triathlon | more info

Are you ready for the challenge of Innsbrook?  America’s premiere half iron championship is back and set against St. Louis’ most picturesque backdrop!

Ironband is looking forward to hitting the road and introducing the athletes from St. Louis and the surrounding areas to the tunes of Ironband!

Sunday, August 17th
Jackson County Triathlon | more info

A Kansas City tradition, the Jackson County Triathlon offers a fast bike course consisting of rolling hills, and a flat run. Excellent for the beginner and expert, and a great training tool for long distance athletes.

Ironband will be on hand to entertain our friends and local athletes as Elite Cycling presents this long-standing event again in 2014.

Saturday, October 11th
Ironman World Championship – Kona | more info

There is a rumor that Ironband will be making a return appearance in Kona in 2014. While we can neither confirm nor deny such rumors we did want to pencil it in on the calendar for planning purposes. Of course, if we do head to Kona we expect all of our friends who are “on the bubble” to put that extra bit of effort into their training this year so they can score a Kona qualifier spot and join us!

Should that happen and the band find themselves in Kona again this year you can expect a few performances at bars, house parties, beaches, and events both official and unofficial. Aloha!

See you on a course or on a stage soon!

-IRONBAND

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♫ Thank you Fuel, Perpetual Change, 2014 Planning

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to spend your Saturday evening with us for a night of music, drinks, conversation & fun!

Big thanks to Perpetual Change for having us kick off a the night and for their killer set (which did indeed include some Killers).

Below is a pictorial/audio summary of the night; if you couldn’t make it on Saturday check out the video and you can bypass the drive to Fuel and experience our show “virtually” from the comfort of your couch in just five minutes. All photographs taken by Brian Rice and all songs performed/recorded live by Ironband. Thanks to Brian for the great photographs - see the full gallery here.

Ironband Live @ Fuel

Songs: Nearly Lost You (Screaming Trees), Suburban Soccer Moms (Ironband), I Don’t Mind Bein’ Passed by a Chick (Ironband), Racin’ in Phuket (Ironband), Gin and Juice (Snoop Dogg), Everybody Talks (Neon Trees), Come On (Von Bondies), Sheena is a Punk Rocker (Ramones), Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones), Where is My Mind (Pixies), Aid Station Hooker (Ironband), Darling Nikki (Prince / Foo Fighters), She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)

By the end of the night we had people asking where they could get a copy of our cover of Gin & Juice as well as our new song, Suburban Soccer Moms, written during a weekend-long soccer tournament just a few days prior to Saturday’s show. Fortunately for you we like a challenge and therefore we managed to get those two tracks down on tape for your listening, um, pleasure?

Links to the mp3s are below so feel free to add them to your playlist…when they go multi-platinum on iTunes you can say you had them back when. One word of caution – both tracks contain some explicit language so we’d suggest adding it to the “No Kids in the Car” playlist.

Ironband – Suburban Soccer Moms (Explicit)

Ironband – Gin & Juice Cover (Explicit)

Event Directors – it’s never too early to start planning for 2014!

Race directors, event promoters and committee chairs, bar owners, cruise directors and soccer moms – if you think you might need a band of our particular “talents” for your events in 2014 let us know soon before our weekends are booked with gigs, pee wee soccer tournaments, or, heaven forbid, our own triathlon, running, or cycling pursuits.

See you in 2014!

-IRONBAND

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