Jam4Dan is an annual benefit concert held every Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend at The Celtic Fox in Topeka. It has become Topeka’s signature three-day musical event. It honors Dan Falley (a long-time Topeka musician who was taken from us far too soon), raises scholarship funds to give Shawnee County youth an opportunity to further their musical studies, and provides Topeka’s musicians a unique opportunity to come together to share their love of music.
The first Jam4Dan was organized in January, 2008, to help Dan’s family meet its obligations after Dan died in a car accident north of Topeka. The mood of the day was somber, given the passing of a man many had called friend and who had influenced the Topeka music scene since the late 60s. As folks poured in and the musical intensity swelled, it became apparent there was good to be drawn from misfortune.
Why couldn’t the Topeka music community come together annually to create inspirational music and provide for an opportunity for local players to get to enjoy each other’s company?