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Ferguson, Carbone and Peck cancels Denver show— The Know

Newly formed jam-band supergroup Ferguson, Carbone & Peck on Monday became the first act to publicly cancel a concert at So Many Roads Brewery following sexual assault allegations and protests against Jay Bianchi, a Denver businessman affiliated with the venue.

Bianchi, a longtime jam-band booster and former owner of Sancho’s Broken Arrow, has been accused of sexually assaulting two women, Bonnie Utter and Kylie Heringer, on the evening of Oct. 31 and morning of Nov. 1, 2020. Denver Police  previously confirmed an active sexual assault investigation at Sancho’s address, 741 E. Colfax Ave., earlier this year following Denver Post requests, while the Colorado Musicians Union shared the women’s statements on its website. (Warning: sexually explicit content.)

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Bianchi denied the allegations in an interview with The Denver Post last week, comparing them to the Salem witch trials.

While Bianchi does not own So Many Roads, his “museum” of Grateful Dead and jam-band memorabilia is a selling point at the brewery and venue. So Many Roads owner Tyler Bishop also purchased Sancho’s from Bianchi last year.

Ferguson, Carbone & Peck — composed of jam-band royalty Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Elliott Peck (Midnight North, Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Family Band) and LoHi Records’ Pat Ferguson — was set to play five concerts in Colorado this month to kick off its first-ever tour, including its inaugural shows at So Many Roads, June 25 and 26.

“With the severity of the allegations brought to light against Jay Bianchi, and events surrounding (it), this past weekend we opted to cancel our upcoming performances at So Many Roads,” according to a statement the band issued Monday.

So Many Roads was the site of a June 3 protest and picket against Bianchi organized by the Colorado Musicians Union, which has pushed a boycott of Bianchi amid the months-long allegations.

Refunds for the shows are now being issued, the band’s publicist said in the press statement.

“We fully support those involved, the cause of the Colorado Musicians Union, and bringing these issues to light,” the band added.

In lieu of the So Many Roads shows, Ferguson, Carbone & Peck has lined up two new performances at The Lodge at Woods Boss Brewing Company (June 25) and Longmont’s Metacarbon Organic Farm (June 26). The band also will play previously scheduled concerts in Fort Collins (June 23), Golden (June 24) and Littleton (June 27).

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