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Dead & Company Debuts “Dancin’ In The Streets” To Kick Off Boulder Run [Full Audio/Photos]

first_imgConsidering that the first set was composed of eight distinct songs, with the band focusing on the internal jams of each number rather than the flow amongst them, “Hell in a Bucket” signaled that Dead & Company had fully settled into the groove of the show, dialing in energetically with the audience and one another and loosening up for the remaining songs in set one. Both Mayer and Weir commanded “Hell in a Bucket,” with the bluesy interplay between Weir’s vocal and Mayer’s guitar (as well as his pristine solo that closed the song) a highlight of the first set.From there, after a laid-back and twangy rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” the group moved into perennial favorite “Althea,” which featured patient and methodical guitar work from Mayer and the first of many standout moments for Jeff Chimenti last night on the baby grand. Picking things up following the soaring climax of “Althea,” the group moved through a slinky rendition of “New Speedway Boogie” and a soulful “The Music Never Stopped” propelled by the galloping intertwining rhythms provided by Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Both Weir and Mayer switched over to acoustic guitars for “Ripple” for the final number of the first set.Following set break, Dead & Company returned with “St. Stephen” to open up the second set. In true Dead fashion, some forgotten lyrics led to some confusion during “St. Stephen,” with Bobby stifling laughter as they moved through the bridge. Despite this initial mix-up, spirits were high, and the song eventually tightened up, with a gorgeous and tight jam closing out the song. From there, “Estimated Prophet” followed, which featured some exceptional interplay between Oteil Burbridge and Mayer, with their parts riffing off one another and exploring an almost dub-influenced sound as they tangentially explored the more traditional parts of the number. Billy and Mickey led out of “Estimated Prophet” with a syncopated and abrupt drop into “Eyes of the World” — a song the crowd basked in, which featured Chimenti again hitting the baby grand hard and a melodic Oteil solo building up to the climax of the song.St. Stephen Load remaining images Dead & Company hit Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, last night, welcoming in the first of two nights at the University of Colorado – Boulder. For Friday night’s show, the Grateful Dead act came out of the gates swinging, adding a new song to their repertoire with the debut of “Dancin’ in the Streets.” After the disco-tinged “Dancin’ in the Streets” led by Bob Weir, the group moved into “Cold Rain and Snow,” featuring John Mayer on vocals, which offered a welcome change of pace and promises of a cooler day after a ninety-plus degree day in Boulder.Dancin’ In The Streetscenter_img Another highlight of the night came during “Deal,” which saw Mayer and Weir having a blast during their collaborative vocal jam toward the end of the song. After this unexpected moment, a shimmering transition led into “Let It Grow,” before the jazzy and grinding number moved into the “Drums” portion of the show. With Mickey and Billy mediating in and out of more abstract rhythmic patterns before settling into a shared groove and then back out again, last night’s drums was pulsing, airy, and exploratory. Eventually, Mickey was left alone, making for a heavy and ambient introduction as Bob, Oteil, Jeff, and John came back to the stage for the tail end of “Space” while Mickey went to join Billy off stage.“Space” eventually crawled its way into “The Other One,” before the dramatic tune finally dropped into a sublime rendition of “Morning Dew” to close out the second set. The show came to an end with an encore of “Touch of Grey” that got off to a cowbell-heavy start. During the feel-good encore, security guards began passing out water bottles on the field, only reiterating the communal vibe found at such shows and letting attendees leave happy and hydrated.You can listen to the show below, courtesy of taper Bennett Schwartz as well as check out photos from the first night of Dead & Company’s Colorado run, courtesy of Andrew Rios.Setlist: Dead & Company | Folsom Field | Boulder, CO | 6/10/2017Set One: Dancin’ in the Streets, Cold Rain and Snow, Hell in a Bucket, Big River, Althea, New Speedway Boogie, The Music Never Stopped, RippleSet Two: St. Stephen, Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World, Deal > Let It Grow > Drums > Space > The Other One > Morning DewEncore: Touch of Greylast_img read more

Family donates $25 million for new music building

first_imgA $25 million gift was made to the University as part of the Campus Crossroads project making O’Neill Hall the newest member of the Crossroads collection, according to a press release from the University. The new building will join Corbett Family Hall and the Duncan Student Center as the three structures surrounding Notre Dame Stadium. The donation was made by Helen and Charles Schwab in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph O’Neill III; the building will be called O’Neill Hall in his honor, the release said. According to the press release, O’Neill Hall will be a six-story, 100,000-square-foot building for the Department of Music, the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and hospitality space; the completion for O’Neill Hall is scheduled for August. “We are deeply grateful to Helen and Charles for their many years of support and, in particular, for this remarkable gift and what it represents for the future of music and the arts at Notre Dame,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement.The new structure will include two 2,200-square-foot halls for rehearsals and concert performances, a library for both of the music departments, a music lab for studio production, a lecture hall, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, four organ practice rooms and faculty offices, the press release said.The O’Neill family has also provided gifts to underwrite a men’s residence hall — O’Neill Family Hall — and a longitudinal sundial on the south side of Jordan Hall of Science, according to the press release.Tags: Campus Crossroads, O’Neill Halllast_img read more

Trail Mix | Thomas Cassell

first_imgJust the other morning, I was cranking out some bike trainer time while watching a couple episodes of The Office.One of the episodes was the season four premier. Fans of the show might remember this as the episode where former temp Ryan Howard is hired for a big corporate gig and, while sitting in his Manhattan office, muses on those describing him as a wunderkind.Wunderkind. Someone who achieves an extraordinary level of success at a relatively young age.That term was fresh on my mind as I was considering Thomas Cassell, a phenom of a mandolin player who lives about five minutes from me in Norton, the smallest city in the state of Virginia.I have been keeping up with Cassell’s musical career during recent months, noting where he has been playing and watching videos here on the web that prove what a prodigious player he has become. To say the least, he struck me as quite impressive.That talent was validated on a national level late last month, when Cassell traveled from our Southwest Virginia mountains to Colorado and snagged top honors in the mandolin contest at Rockygrass.So. Thomas Cassell. The wunderkind. Absolutely. But not for long. This recent high school graduate is poised to make a big mark on the bluegrass world.I recently caught up with Thomas to chat about winning the Rockygrass competition, the new mandolin that came as the prize, and what the future holds.BRO – Describe that moment just before you heard your name announced as the winner at Rockygrass.TC – I was already at peace with any possible outcome, mainly because I had already had such a great time at Rockygrass, which is an amazing festival. Hearing my name called was pretty cool, though, as was playing on the main stage – the same stage where I had just watched some of my heroes play – in the finals.BRO – You graduated from high school in the spring. Where do you go from here?TC – I graduated with 65 college credits under my belt, thanks to my high school, so I am lucky to be starting college in the fall as a junior. I’m going to East Tennessee State University for a degree in bluegrass, old time, and country music. They have an amazing program there, and I feel like putting myself in the middle of it all will be very beneficial to my progress as a musician.BRO – When you want to push yourself as a player, what mandolin players to you listen to?TC – Pushing myself is something that I constantly have trouble with, so I’m always trying to figure out new ways to do it. Of course, listening to some of my mandolin heroes – Sam Bush, David Grisman, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall – always puts me in the right place, but I try not to narrow it down to just that. Listening to other musicians playing other instruments, both in and out of the bluegrass genre, can be really inspiring. A few insiders that come to mind are Bryan Sutton, John Hartford, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and David Grier. Some folks that don’t play this type of music, but still inspire me, are Randy Newman, Julian Lage, Duke Ellington, and Tom Waits. I could go on and on.BRO – We are featuring “Chief Benge’s Saddle,” a stunning instrumental, on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?TC – This has always been one of my favorite original tunes. For those that don’t know, Chief Benge’s Saddle is a place on High Knob, above Norton, Virginia, that has a lot of history and tales behind it. The saddle is on the side of a rock that hangs over a one hundred foot or more drop off, but the story goes that the height never stopped Chief Benge from crossing it. I sure have no desire to try! This tune didn’t have a name for a while, but this place came to mind one day and I saw that it was a perfect story to compliment the melody, and vice versa.BRO – That’s a mighty pretty mandolin you brought home from Colorado. What will you take for it?TC – Hah! I do really like this mandolin. Sam Bush has always been my favorite artist, since I was little even. It meant a lot to get one of his signature mandolins and to have him sign the back of it and show me what makes it his. It’s a really great axe, and it was extremely nice of Gibson to provide it to the festival for the contest prize. I’m very grateful to have come home with it.Being involved in a couple different projects keeps Thomas Cassell pretty busy during these dog days of summer. Between now and the middle of September, his two bands – Fox Run and The Thomas Cassell Project – have gigs lined up across Southwest Virginia. You can catch them in Wise, Norton, Abingdon, and Bristol, among other places.Be sure to listen to “Chief Benge’s Saddle” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jason Wamsley.last_img read more

U.S. Donates Equipment to Dominican Republic Anti-Drug Trafficking Agency

first_imgThe United States government has donated computer equipment to the Dominican Republic National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) to help it fight transnational organized criminal groups that use the island as a transit point for drug trafficking. The DNCD will use the equipment to fight organized crime groups and seize illegal drugs. “We should welcome any initiative that contributes to make the work of fighting drug trafficking more efficient, and this donation can strengthen that effectiveness,” said Wilfredo Lozano, director of the Center for Research and Social Studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic. Other U.S. donations to the DR to help combat drug trafficking By Dialogo June 22, 2015 “The interdictions are the result of greater efficiency. The security forces of both countries are fighting the increase of drug trafficking in the region,” said Lozano. “This new step will allow the interconnection of all offices across the country,” the General said. DNCD cooperates with the U.S. to confiscate drugs Dominican Republic law enforcement authorities have confiscated 7,000 kilos of cocaine since January 1, this year often in cooperation with U.S. and other partner nations. For instance, in early June, the DNCD, captured seven suspected members of an international drug trafficking organization. Authorities had tracked the network’s shipments for weeks, and arrested the suspects as they were transporting small amounts of cocaine in a Santo Domingo restaurant parking lot. The alleged drug trafficking group included Dominicans, Belgians, Colombians and Serbs; it used the Dominican Republic to send large drug shipments from South America into the United States and Canada. For example, in September 2014, the U.S. donated to the Dominican Republic a 37-foot Boston Whaler Interceptor Patrol Boat during a ceremony held at the Dominican Navy base 27 de Febrero. The vessel is the tenth of a planned 12 to be donated by the U.S., and will be used by the Dominican Navy to support joint and interagency efforts to combat drug trafficking. The nine other boats are deployed in diverse locations across the nation, including Cabo Rojo, Barahona, Las Calderas and Punta Cana. The event was attended by Navy Chief Edmundo Félix Pimentel, who thanked the United States for the donation. The computer equipment isn’t the first donation the United States government has made to the Dominican Republic in the fight against transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking. “The training of security personnel and the donation of equipment are part of the cooperation between the two nations,” Lozano said. In addition to fighting drug trafficking “right now it is important for the Dominican Republic to be monitoring the land and marine Dominican-Haitian border that is used by criminal organizations for human trafficking as well.” The donation, was made through the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and the International Affairs Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in the framework of cooperation agreements between the governments of both nations. U.S. authorities delivered it to DNCD president Major General Julio Cesar Souffront Velasquez in a ceremony at Directorate’s headquarters on May 28. The equipment is part of an aid package worth about $1.5 million overall; law enforcement authorities have already recorded the donated equipment in the DNCD Fixed Assets System and will distribute it to different departments. last_img read more

Sport gives us a lot more than we invest in it

first_imgMinister of Finance Zdravko Marić stated that about 2 percent of the state budget goes to sports. “We will all agree that this is not enough and that it can never be enough for all that sport as a country has given us. We should strive to increase financial resources, but I would always keep this position, if we were at the bottom in terms of money, and at the very top in terms of sports results. We have managed to increase our allocations for sports almost twice in the last few years, and we are currently working on directing the funds from games of chance to sports as much as possible, because it is the Olympic year and we must support all our athletes. Allocations for sports infrastructure are significantly increasing because the first steps towards success are being made here, so we currently have about 520 such infrastructure projects.”, Said Marić, noting that we must bring sport closer to all citizens.  “Sport is one of the world’s largest businesses. The global sports industry is worth about $ 500 billion, and is estimated to grow to over $ 2022 billion by 600. It is a huge financial cake in which Croatia has a disproportionately small share, compared to sports results. “, said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović at the conference All Faces of Sport – the complex role of sport in the economy, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. They talked about sports as a tool for branding and promoting Croatia Vladimir Miholjevic, director of the CRO race, Miho Glavic, President of the Croatian Ski Association, Jerko Trogrlić, director of White and Kristjan Staničić, director of the CNTB.  Zlatko Mateša, the president of the Croatian Olympic Committee emphasized that this is the first time that we think about sport as an economic category. “It is an industry, like it or not, that weighs 280 billion euros in Europe alone. During the football World Cup in Russia, about 12 billion in tax revenues were realized, and otherwise in that period consumption is around 8 billion. Thus, the footballers contributed to spending with HRK 4 billion, or HRK 600 billion, which flowed directly into the budget. A fifth of our tourism is related to sports activities, about XNUMX million euros a year, which is what we want to show today”, Said Mateša, adding that sport also contributes to building a positive perception of the state. EURO 2020: MORE THAN HALF OF FANS PLAN TO TRAVEL TO WATCH THE TEAMS OF THEIR TEAM Mirjana Čagalj concluded the conference by saying that sport generates over 2 percent of GDP at the European level and that Croatia is below that average. “Our goal must be growth, and investments in sports and sports infrastructure will be crucial along the way. Everything we invest in sports will pay off many times over, through better health of citizens, their better productivity at work and higher salaries. All this will have a beneficial effect on the health care and pension system, but also on the labor market”, Said Cagalj.  Photo: Booking.comcenter_img He also emphasized that sport still brings us much more than we invest in it, and that the promotion of the country that we got through it is invaluable. “Thanks to last year’s World Cup for our country today they know in every corner of the world. We currently invest only 0,11 percent of GDP in sports, making us the last in the European Union. Therefore, with this conference we want to raise awareness of the importance of investing in sports infrastructure and professionals”, Said Burilović. RELATED NEWS: Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Olivera Majić countered Opara, saying that with an investment of 2 billion kuna a year, Zagreb is still the most sporty city in Croatia. “It is important to see how to strategically integrate sport into all complementary activities. It is high time that the promotion of sport is integrated into economic flows. The most significant economic effects sport generates in relation to tourism, trade and construction. It directly creates a business activity that has a high job growth factor, a significant element of an experiential economy and is successful in attracting talent. It strengthens local economies and provides excellent opportunities for marketing promotion ” State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina he spoke of the fusion of tourism and sport. “We try to address precisely segmented markets through our top athletes and we are very successful in that. About 7 to 8 percent of the total CNTB budget goes to sports and this is a big step forward from the current practice”, Glavina pointed out.  Split mayor Andro Krstulović Opara said that Split proudly holds the title of “the most sporty city in the world”. “Our Olympians, a total of 73 of them, won 96 medals. But I have to mention some scary numbers. In terms of allocations for sports, in 2016 Split allocated 69 million kuna, in 2017 about 72 million, in 2018 almost 98 million, and this year we will have about 93 million kuna. That’s 9 percent of our budget. For comparison, Zagreb invests about 7 percent of its budget in sports, but we are talking about a billion kuna. But despite that, our sport works, thanks to wizards from the profession who work miracles with little money”, Said Opara, adding that special attention and investments are directed towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in sports activities. last_img read more

Pig trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows promise with two shots

first_imgMore than 100 potential vaccines are being developed around the world to try to control the pandemic, which has already killed hundreds of thousands of people.Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at Leeds University who was not directly involved in this work, said it was “an encouraging advance” and showed that “a so-called ‘prime-boost’ strategy gives rise to far better responses” than a single dose.”Whilst these studies will need to be repeated within human subjects…this is a heartening study,” he said.  The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, also known as AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University scientists, who are now working with AstraZeneca on development and production.”These results look encouraging that administering two injections … boosts antibody responses that can neutralize the virus, but it is the response in humans that’s important,” said Bryan Charleston, Pirbright’s director.AZD1222 is already in human trials, and AstraZeneca says it hopes to have data on efficacy later this year.Preliminary data from a trial in six monkeys found that some of the monkeys given a single shot developed antibodies against the virus within 14 days, and all developed protective antibodies within 28 days. A trial in pigs of AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine has found that two doses of the shot produced a greater antibody response than a single dose.Research released by Britain’s Pirbright Institute on Tuesday found that giving an initial prime dose followed by a booster dose of the vaccine elicited a stronger immune response than a single dose. This suggests a two-dose approach may be more effective in getting protection against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.”The researchers saw a marked increase in neutralizing antibodies, which bind to the virus in a way that blocks infection,” the Pirbright team said in a statement. They added, however, that it is not yet known what level of immune response will be required to protect humans.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting Commission

first_img Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Fair Districts PA rally to support a nonpartisan independent commission to create legislative and congressional district boundaries.“It is wonderful to see people from across Pennsylvania in our state Capitol today to demand an end to gerrymandering, which creates gridlock and stifles reform. Voters should select their politicians, politicians shouldn’t select their voters.“I stand with Fair Districts PA in their call for the legislature to pass truly nonpartisan redistricting reform and get it to my desk so an independent commission – not partisan politicians – is in charge of drawing legislative and congressional district boundaries.” April 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting Commissionlast_img read more

Meeting Scheduled for Missouri River Sandbar Habitat Scheme

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting tomorrow at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel in Bismarck, ND, to gather input on site selection for an Emergent Sandbar Habitat (ESH) Project within the Missouri River between Garrison and Oahe dams. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a brief opening presentation followed by an open house session.“During the open house, the Corps project team will be available at information stations to answer questions and gather public input. Concerns, comments and suggestions provided at this meeting will help the Corps determine which of three potential sites may be chosen for the project,” USACE said in its announcement.The proposed project includes mechanical construction of sandbar habitat, up to 40 acres in size, at one of three existing sandbar habitat sites between river miles 1349 and 1367 (near Washburn, ND).According to USACE, material would be borrowed from the river bed and placed on top of the existing shallow submerged sandbar. This minimizes the amount of material that needs to be moved and increases longevity of the constructed sandbar.[mappress mapid=”24750″]last_img read more

Ohio reports first West Nile death of 2017

first_imgDefiance County, Oh. — The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed the first death of the year related to West Nile virus. The 74-year-old man was from Defiance County on Indiana’s border.Ohio has reported 10 human cases of the disease this year. Counties with at least one case include Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Logan and Summit.In 2016 Ohio reported 4 West Nile deaths, Indiana reported two.last_img

NRA applauds Hoosier lawmakers

first_imgFairfax, Va.— Lawmakers in both the Indiana House and Senate have passed bills that would make it more affordable for law-abiding gun owners in the state to protect and defend themselves.Yesterday, the Indiana state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1424 71-20 and the state Senate previously passed Senate Bill 237 49-0.  HB 1424, sponsored by Representative Timothy Wesco (R-21), would extend the duration of a 4-year License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years and remove fees for lifetime licenses.  SB 237, sponsored by Senator Rodric Bray (R-37), would also extend the duration of a four-year LTCH to five years.“This bill recognizes that law-abiding citizens have a fundamental right to protect and defend themselves and their families in public.  We must eliminate excessive fees that make it hard for the most vulnerable among us to exercise that right.” – Catherine Mortensen, NRA SpokespersonEach bill will now cross over to the opposite chamber for further consideration.Both of these bills will bring the Indiana LTCH into compliance with federal law to make it eligible for what is called “NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) exemption.” NICS exemption simply means that law-abiding permit holders who have been fully vetted and have undergone a federal background check may purchase or receive a firearm from a firearm dealer without the delays sometimes associated with an additional NICS check.  The permit itself acts as verification that the holder has undergone a background check and is neither prohibited under state or federal law from possessing a firearm.last_img read more