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Spokane’s Boat Race Weekend to play final show at the Big Dipper

Spokane’s Boat Race Weekend released “Near and Dear” in June. The band will play its final show Saturday at the Big Dipper. (Alicia Hauff)
Spokane’s Boat Race Weekend released “Near and Dear” in June. The band will play its final show Saturday at the Big Dipper. (Alicia Hauff)

Just over two months after celebrating the release of its latest album “Near and Dear” with a show at the Bartlett and a month after releasing a video for “Youth,” Spokane’s Boat Race Weekend is calling it a day.

The alt-rock trio will perform two farewell shows, one at the Uptown Theater in Richland, Washington on Friday and the other at the Big Dipper on Saturday.

According to the band, the breakup has been on the horizon for some time, but it’s not the result of any bad blood.

“The reason for the split is not one of negativity or ill-will, but simply the inevitable tides of life that shift and change priorities, sweeping us onward to new and great adventures,” the band, guitarist/vocalist Evan Kruschke, drummer Jay Orth and bassist Collin Price, wrote on Facebook.

In the post, the band goes on to thank its fans, the promoters and venue owners who gave the band a chance when they were “a group of young bloods playing acoustic covers,” and the bands they’ve shared the stage with.

Kruschke, Orth and Price have been friends since childhood and started Boat Race Weekend in 2013 while students at Gonzaga University.

In their Facebook post, the trio assures fans the breakup won’t have any effect on their friendship.

“Boat Race Weekend began as 3 best friends who shared a passion for making and playing music, and shall end as such,” the band wrote. “In fact, all of us have grown in love and appreciation for each other, music and our community as a direct result of this band.”

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