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Richard Morrison: Why we need to support local musicians after the pandemic


By announcing that he will move the BBC Concert Orchestra out of London in a few years, but not yet revealing the new location, the BBC has placed the cat among the pigeons. The move makes perfect sense in terms of the BBC. It is part of the company’s policy to increase its production in the region. He pulls an ensemble out of the crowded London market, where six full-time symphony orchestras (including the BBC Symphony, of course), along with numerous chamber and period instrument groups, compete for the audience.

And if the BBC Orchestra is rooted in a town or city with a nice venue but no current resident group, everyone is a winner. I’m old enough to remember when the BBC had a training orchestra based in Bristol (it was disbanded in 1977). With a new concert hall, the Bristol Beacon, emerging from the now almost shameful Colston Hall carcass, it might be a good time to give Bristol back its own orchestra.

On the other hand, there is a part of the east of England that does not have a full time orchestra. Northampton, Peterborough, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Hull, York: all are large urban areas with thousands of school children who need to get excited about orchestral music. And let’s face it, doing this kind of outreach and education work is, or should be, just as much a part of the agenda for a 21st century orchestra as it is giving concerts.

We recently named the 10 best orchestras in the world.

This observation, however, raises questions about how British orchestras will operate in a post-pandemic but forever changed cultural world. The most basic problem is this: Over the past year, UK music lovers have attended extraordinarily well filmed and performed orchestral concerts broadcast in their homes. I am thinking in particular of the concerts that I watched by the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – ensembles that imaginatively transformed the places where they perform, or searched for others, so that the visual experience of watching them is almost as powerful as the musical experience.

I can’t believe that after investing in this level of cinematic expertise, and consequently wooing thousands of music lovers around the world (the London Philharmonic Orchestra was surprised to find that half of its online audience lived in America), these enterprising orchestras will suddenly give up streaming and resume playing live concerts only for the audience in the hall. A hybrid mix of live and streaming is surely the future.

But it brings challenges as well as opportunities. If, for a few books, music lovers can have the London Philharmonic Orchestra or even the Berlin Philharmonic shown regularly in their living rooms, with better quality visuals and perhaps even better sound than what they could get in their local venue, will they have any incentive to take a trip, maybe several miles, to hear an orchestra play live?

The answer to that question is “yes, I hope” – but only if other factors persuade them to take this trip. These factors could always include an interesting repertoire and inspiring conductors and soloists, but audiences will also be able to achieve all of this through streaming concerts.

No, the only factor that will keep orchestral concerts live in the future will be something that is common in the United States but underestimated in Britain: civic pride. Cities that take pride in their musical life, that cherish their professional musicians, who support both their resident orchestra and the local football team, will become beacons of culture. Those who are indifferent will have the musical life they deserve, which is to say very little.

How do the orchestras themselves nurture this kind of civic pride? The answer must be by integrating – lock, stick and bassoons – in the community. I have been encouraged to cover stories over the past year about orchestras moving their offices and rehearsals to comprehensive schools, or even getting involved in founding music-centric academies in very disadvantaged areas; and individual professional musicians, forced into inactivity in the concert hall, diverting their time from playing outside nursing homes and hospitals.

All of these things could and should continue when the pandemic recedes. The more orchestras can make themselves useful to their community and bond with people through all kinds of contacts, the more loyal they will become. And the more chance they have of keeping orchestral music alive and vibrant for the next generation to enjoy.

you can read everything The Chronicles of Richard Morrison for BBC Music Magazine here.

The Department of Music welcomes three new singing faculties


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Counterclockwise from top right: Lauren Clare, Lenora Green and Jonathan Stinson.

the Department of Music from Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is proud to welcome three new voice teachers to the University of Arkansas. These individuals bring a range of experience and research to the Department of Music in the fields of opera, jazz studies, musical theater, as well as various special projects.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lauren Claire, Lenora Green and Jonathan Stinson,” said Ronda Mains, chair of the music department.

Jeffrey Murdock, Vocal and Choral Studies Coordinator, added, “These new faculty additions will be a game-changer for our vocal and choral field, and for the department as a whole. Our students are fortunate to be able to work with these researchers. – educators. “

Hands said that the professional accomplishments of these new faculty members are inspiring and that everyone’s passion for education and student success will help prepare U of A music students well for their future.

Portrait of Lauren ClareLauren Clare joins the faculty of the department as a music teacher after serving one year as an assistant professor in the department. A native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, Clare began her professional career as a singer in 2001 when she gave a solo recital for the Carol Brice series at the age of 17. Oral Roberts University, Lauren returned home to sing as a member of the summer production choir of the Cimarron Opera Company of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. That fall, Clare began coloratura soprano studies at the prestigious Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, where she graduated with High Honors in the Master of Music program for vocal interpretation.

In 2009, Clare moved to the Fayetteville area and began working as a local singer / songwriter under the pseudonym Ren. In 2011, she formed what is now known as The Allie Lauren Project. The Allie Lauren Project is an avant-garde collective of classical, alternative and jazz musicians and has performed for the Oklahoma Film & Music Office’s SXSW Film Panel Event, Tourism Roadshows, Norman Music Festival, 35 Denton , Backwoods Music Festival, Sunday Twilight Concert Series, Wheeler Summer Music Series, Oklahoma City New Year’s opening night celebrations and other numerous performances for the Oklahoma City Arts Council.

Clare has also performed works from this project in Chicago, St. Louis, New York and London. In 2018, The Allie Lauren Project was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award by the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their work with Outsiders Productions and Play It Loud Season II at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. In addition to her work for The Allie Lauren Project, Clare has spent time giving private voice and piano lessons, writing and producing work for hip-hop artist Jabee, and performing jazz standards for them. Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra events. She also collaborated with her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, in the production of her composition which was billed as the theme song for the nation’s annual reunion in 2019.

Portrait of Lenora Green-TurnerLenora Green-Turner joins the faculty of the department as an assistant professor of music education. An American soprano, Green-Turner, from Macon, Georgia was greeted by Opera news like an awesome singer and the New York Times like a most expressive singer.

She sang roles such as Mimi (La Bohème); Mary (Highway 1, United States); Countess Susanna (Il Segreto di Susanna); First Lady (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), title role Suor Angelica, Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), High Priestess (Aida), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann). Green-Turner also holds numerous awards, namely the Jane Willson Emerging Artist Award, Leo Rogers Scholarship / Sarasota Opera Guild; MONC Incentive Award, Regional NATS, William Knight Competition, MTNA Young Artist Program, Former Artist in Residence for Stax Music Academy, LeMoyne-Owen College and Opera Memphis (2013-2017). Green-Turner received his DMA and MM from the University of Michigan and his performance degree from Indiana University.

Green-Turner is a member of Requirement under the direction of Eugene Rogers, in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit organization that builds diversity in classical music. She is also the founder and CEO of Green Room Studios LLC; a private vocal studio that helps singers find their authentic creativity. She is excited to join the prestigious University of Arkansas Faculty of Music and give students a new perspective on finding their place in the music industry. She and her husband, Anthony J. Turner, Jr. are excited to embark on this new adventure.

Portrait of Jonathan StinsonJonathan Stinson joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. Baritone, Stinson has appeared in leading and supporting roles with opera companies across North America and Europe, including Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kentucky Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, Dayton Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Opera New Jersey, as well as abroad in Italy, England and Bulgaria. He made his international debut in Cortona, Italy, in 2010, in the title role of Don Giovanni.

During the 2019-2020 season, he sang Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at the Cleveland Opera House and performed as a soloist with Connecticut Choral Artists in Handel’s Le Messie. Stinson has performed as a soloist with the Kentucky Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival, Orchestra of Northern New York, Lafayette Symphony, Liberty Symphony and Battle Creek Symphony. His recent solo works include the Requiem by Fauré, Duruflé and Brahms, the complete Weinachts-Oratorium by Bach, Von Himmel hoch by Mendelssohn, Le Messie de Handel, Israel en Egypt and Alexander’s Feast, Cantata Misericordium by Britten, Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan-Williams and John The Adams Bandage.

Also a prolific composer, Stinson has written seven song cycles, two one-act operas for young audiences, two opera vignettes and several choral works. His song cycles have been performed in the United States and Germany, and his children’s operas have been produced by Atlanta Opera, Opera Memphis, and Seagle Music Colony, among others. In 2015, her hymn “Beloved” won the Grand Prize at the ninth annual international hymn competition sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.

From 2013 to 2018, Stinson was Assistant Professor of Vocals at the Crane School of Music in SUNY Potsdam. In 2018 he moved to the UK to accept the post of Senior Lecturer in Musical Theater, where his research focused on vocal health and the effectiveness of all styles of singing, particularly the musical theater belt. Stinson was a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and received the “Bel Canto Award” at the Orpheus National Voice Competition. He holds degrees in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Indiana University (MM), and the University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music (DMA). It is part of the faculty of song and musical theater of the International Academy of Music in Varna in Bulgaria every June.

American Jazz riverboat stranded after stranding in Kentucky


The American Jazz was traveling the Cumberland River when it got stuck near Cadiz. The 120 passengers were rescued.

CADIZ, Ky. – The US Coast Guard is still trying to free a riverboat that got stuck in Kentucky last week.

The American Jazz, which was en route from Memphis to Nashville, ran aground on the Cumberland River near Canton, Kentucky on Wednesday. The coast guard was called on Thursday to help local authorities.

A total of 169 people – 120 passengers and 49 crew – were on board the American Jazz cruise ship when it got stuck. According to the U.S. Coast Guard District 8, all passengers and eight crew members were able to leave the ship safely on Friday. The rest of the crew were able to leave the ship on Sunday.

In an update released on Saturday, Lake Barkley Grounding Unified Command said crews are still looking for the best way to refloat the ship with the least possible impact on the environment.

A three-mile section of the Cumberland River was blocked off to ensure the safety of response teams and the public.

“Currently, our operations and planning in response to the Lake Barkley grounding involving the American Jazz have been successful so far through the partnership with our local County Emergency Management Center and partner agencies in the ‘State of Kentucky to ensure we are all able to safely respond to this. incident, ”said Commander Jennifer Andrew, on-site response team coordinator.

The public relations director of American Cruise Lines, owner of the ship American Jazz, said no one was injured. It is still not clear how the ship got stuck.

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Engineer turned musician Arushi Jain reinvents Indian classical music using a modular synthesizer | Global


Artist Arushi Jain’s upcoming album offers something music fans may not have heard before. The Indian-American engineer turned musician / singer mixes modular synths and electronic music with traditional Indian classical music in her upcoming album, “Under The Lilac Sky”.

The six-song album was released on July 9.

Jain trained vocally in Hindustani classical music at the Prayag Hindustani Music School and the Ravi Shankar Institute in New Delhi. She produces electronic music firmly rooted in Indian ragas, with the hope of making people aware of this endangered art.

“My (not so) secret desire is to make the world fall in love with the beauty of Hindustani ragas,” she writes on her website.

She explains that she was introduced to computer-generated sounds and synthesis via audio programming at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University where she studied computer science.

“When I write music, I think in Hindi. My music is rooted in Indian classical music and other vocal styles from India because it is the language I learned as a child. But if ragas are my main inspiration, the role of synthesizers and analog machines in my music is not insignificant, ”Jain explained on Instagram. “I am fascinated by DIY electronic culture, the history and identity of synthesizers and the central role that the Bay Area (where I was first exposed to modular) must have played in the growth of ambient genres. and experimental. These explorations also defined me.

She added that the “sound world” she creates could not exist without the co-presence of these two subcultures from different parts of the world where she lived and grew up.

“Both ultimately changed me on the deepest levels,” she wrote. “I hope that by listening to this album, you will find the existence of these two worlds, although so different, in harmony with each other.”

In April 2019, Jain performed in San Francisco as the opening act for 5-time Grammy nominee Suzanne Ciani. She has performed with the Mozart Choir of India at Golden Hall in Vienna, the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi and also performed with the Stanford Laptop Orchestra at the Stanford Bing Auditorium.

She also hosts a show on boxout.fm which encourages artists to practice sound narration.

Criers Open 2021 Newport Music Festival


The mansion and lawn of Newport’s Breakers, the setting for the opening of the Newport Music Festival on Thursday evening July 8e with the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, could well have been the setting of a Gothic novel, shrouded as it was in a fog so dense that guests had to be escorted individually to the tent completely closed performance. Inside, however, warm personal greetings from the festival hosts helped set everyone up for an hour of extravagant beauty and unabashed romance from a vibrant and shiny ensemble. They performed without a conductor, while effectively negotiating the nuances of the ebb and flow of varied musical selections, performing some of the more difficult passages with precision and technical flair, while feeling the expressive components with intimacy and l interconnectivity that we associate with a much smaller room. music Group. The whole sounded bold and aggressive, lush, resonant, rich in color, sensitive and expressive without being too sentimental. The festival reinforcement gear and shell enhanced natural sound, a rare occurrence for events held outdoors.

Presentations from the Governor of Rhode Island and the Mayor of Newport preceded the welcoming of the new festival director, Gillian Friedman Fox. [see BMInt interview HERE]. Rhode Island has reopened fully and apparently safely for live events, having been one of the few states to meet the national vaccination target on time. And the orchestra noted this as their first performance to a live audience since February a year ago. Thus, the important ceremony given here received warm applause and rightly so from the performers and the audience.

In the famous Edvard Grieg Holberg After, the orchestra exhibited tremendous virtuosity, transmitting the most difficult passages seamlessly and effortlessly, while evocatively capturing the folkloric character of the Nordic landscape and its peoples with poetry; the violin air elements and appropriately styled country dances appeared with rhythm and grace. One would expect the bow strokes of an elite group to be uniform, but beyond that, the ensemble choreographed their movements in a natural and even manner. In other numbers, little or no alien movement seemed evident, again as appropriate for selection.

(Photo by the Newport County Preservation Society)

The setups for each roster have also changed, with players not only changing chairs, but also switching between 1st and 2sd sections on violins, and between solo and concert parts. This more democratic approach to staging has fostered a human bond with the public, now united for the delicious rendering of the Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major by Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Op 3 no 1. This delicious produced by the son of a Senegalese slave from the island of Guadeloupe presented two solo violins as concertante or solo group, sometimes playing together in parallel movement, sometimes against each other as in a dialogue. At the start of this dialogue, a songbird from outside the tent joined in this delicious song, creating a most precious moment of joy in the collusion of humanity and nature.

Sturm, the first published score by composer Jessie Montgomery of Lower-East-Side New York, featured soaring lyrical lines against a plucked backdrop, representative of a banjo or perhaps a mandolin or balalaika orchestra. Beginning with solo strumming, a solo cello makes its first appearance, followed by a second line on the violin, lines gradually adding, the solo lines transforming into a fully orchestrated tone that seemed to take off as if It was a migration of avian creatures. The scratching also turns into short, curved patterns reminiscent of the flapping of wings. The whole herd seems to be content with a moment of lyrical respite and fun play, before taking off again. While the bird analogy belongs to this writer, the composer wrote of the work: “Drawing inspiration from American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement, the piece has a sort of story that begins with fleeting nostalgia and turns into an ecstatic celebration. “

Out of silence, and without any physical movement or gesture of any kind, Arvo Pärt’s Silouan’s song began in a hushed solemnity, and unfolded as a prayer to build an intensity reflecting the style of tintinnabuli, intended to evoke the ringing of bells by relying on the harmonic tones of a bell sound to create the series of notes that surround it, ultimately creating a wall of sounds. Pärt himself described it as “a musical universe orbiting a single note”. Pärt achieves this contemplation by balancing his effective soundscape technique with intermittent periods of silence. Silouan’s song ends with the calm calm in which it began, conducive to the silent prayer he evokes and to the Russian Orthodox monk Saint-Silouan whom he honors.

Teresa Carreño, of Venezuelan origin, perhaps America’s most important solo pianist of her time, performed for Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson and was greeted by Liszt. She has also composed a major production, most of which is rarely, if ever, performed. His Serenade for Strings in E flat major, written in 1895 in Austria, recalls Dvořák’s Serenade in its lyricism, but its decidedly American character gives it a certain distinction. The musicians delicately nuance his most introspective moments, while his most difficult passages dazzle with virtuosity and aplomb.

This fitting end to a wonderful evening of musical creation indicated a new direction for a festival once known for valuing superstar performers. Its current balanced selection of established programs, artists and performing groups promises to reach a much larger and more diverse audience. Bravo and brava.

Stephen Martorella is Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in America, Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches at Rhode Island College.

Who is Travis Barker Dating? The personal life of the iconic musician


This article is to answer the question – Who is Travis Barker Dating? Over the past few years, our world has witnessed a massive revolution in the power of the Internet. This movement has significantly bridged the gaps in communication between people, making the globe a much smaller place. The internet has brought celebrities closer to their fans. It has consequently increased the influence of popular culture on our daily life. Today our day begins with scrolling through the news feed which is mostly filled with information about our favorite stars. More often than not, it is the news about their personal lives that our generation engages the most with.

Before knowing more about Who Is Travis Barker Dating, it is important to understand the man’s background. It is also crucial for this article that we establish the relationship between Barker and Blink-182. After all, it’s not like the two can be separated from each other. Continue reading to learn more.

Blink-182 is one of the greatest American rock groups of all time, currently with three members. In the past, two members left the group. They have been active since 1992. In 2021, Blink-182 won 18 awards out of all of their 29 nominations. The last album the trio released together was New in 2019. Let’s find out everything there is to know about Travis Barker’s life – both business and personal, below.

Who is Travis Barker?

Travis Landon Barker is an American musician. He also happens to be the drummer for the legendary rock band Blink-182. Travis Barker was born in Fontana, California on November 14, 1975. Barker’s beginnings in life were very humble. Her father was a mechanic, while her mother was a babysitter. When Travis Barker was four years old, his parents gave him his first drum kit. In fact, Travis has been using this kit for 11 years, until he was fifteen.

Travis Barker with Blink-182

Travis Barker has been a drummer his entire life. He started drumming lessons when he was only five years old. He played with several other instruments to find what he liked the most. This listing includes a trumpet and a piano. Interestingly, Barker also took vocal training classes. It’s clear that Travis was sure he wanted to be in the music business his whole life. However, he was always thinking about which particular category to choose, whether it was instruments or vocals. And, if he chose instruments, which one did he prefer. Barker said that no matter what he experiences, he will always come back to the drums.

Travis Barker began his musical journey straight out of high school in 1993. He began joining local punk rock bands to strengthen his love for music. Barker joined Flashing-182 in 1997 as a substitute drummer who only acted as a temporary substitute. It was Blink-182 State enema in 1999 which gave the group a resounding success. They were unstoppable now because Blink-182 completely defined the pop-punk rock genre. In 2008, Barker was the victim of a terrible accident which killed 4 people. Finally, in March 2011, Barker released his first solo song – Give the drummer some. Travis Barker’s latest release is in collaboration with Willow Smith for ‘Transparent Soul’.

Who is Travis Barker Dating?

Contrary to the clear trajectory of his career, the graph of Travis Barker’s personal life was not so smooth. Barker was married to his first wife, Melissa Kennedy, for only nine months. After divorcing in 2002, two years later, Barker remarried. This time it was Miss USA 1995, Shanna Moakler. The couple had a very chic Gothic style wedding. The couple also have two children together – Landon (2003) and Alabama (2005). However, this marriage also ended in two years in 2006.

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Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian

Towards the end of 2015, Travis Barker was briefly linked with singer Rita Ora. However, it was nothing concrete. Since July 2021, Travis Barker dating Kourtney Kardashian. Their relationship first came into the limelight in January earlier this year. Travis Barker continues to amicably co-parent his two children with Shanna Moakler, regardless of his tumultuous love life. In fact, he is also the stepfather of Moakler’s eldest daughter, Atiana La Hoya. Stay tuned to this page for more updates on Who is Travis Barker Dating!

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Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra announces 2021 summer music festival lineup


(Photo credits: JÅ«ratÄ— Å vedaitÄ— / Devon Cass; Levi Hernadez / Opera Theater St. Louis)

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has announced the lineup for its 2021 Summer Music Festival, which includes several vocal performances and an opera.

Here’s a look at what audiences should expect at this year’s Festival. Unless otherwise specified, all performances will be held at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Farmington, CT.

The Festival kicks off with Puccini’s beloved “Bohemian” in a Connecticut Lyric Opera production and directed by Jan Mason. The show stars Daniel Juarez as Rodolfo; JÅ«ratÄ— Å vedaitÄ— like Mimì; Levi Hernadez as Marcello; Maria Margiolakou in the role of Musetta; and Samuel Bowen as Schaunard. The performance will take place at the Alfred E. Burr Memorial (AKA Burr Mall): 570 Main Street, Hartford.

Date of performance: July 11, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Next comes a recital by soprano JÅ«ratÄ— Å vedaitÄ—. At the time of this writing, the program and details are to be determined.

Date of performance: July 16, 2021

The Connecticut Lyric Opera will present the music of JS Bach, featuring the company’s summer opera soloists who will be accompanied by the Virtuosi Summer Music Institute Ensemble.

Date of performance: July 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Opera students will have the chance to shine in the student showcase of the Virtuosi Summer Music and Opera Institute.

Date of performance: July 28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca de Almeida and pianist Alex Nakhimovsky will honor South American jazz and rhythms.

Date of performance: July 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Several instrumental works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven are also on the program. For more information on these performances, please visit the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra website.

This special edition Ringo Starr turntable celebrates the musician’s birthday


Ringo-Starr vinyl turntable – Credit: Pro-Ject Audio

Fans of Ringo starr & his All-Starr Band, rejoice! Spin your favorite vinyl and commemorate the birthday of the legendary Beatles drummer with this Ringo Starr Peace + Love vinyl turntable, made by audio masters Pro-Ject and available online now.

First released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Starr’s own band, Pro-Ject has made the limited edition set available again to coincide with the musician’s 81st birthday.

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The turntable model itself, an upgraded Essential III with an acrylic top, was chosen with audiophiles in mind, but the artwork and table design was created by Starr himself. Fans looking to complete their vinyl setup will appreciate the richer, more natural sound, while the multi-colored base works perfectly as the centerpiece of any room.

Credit: Pro-Ject Audio

Credit: Pro-Ject Audio

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Pro-Ject Essential Ringo Starr turntable
$ 500

The Pro-Ject turntable is ideal for spinning Ringo, What is my name or another LP from our definitive guide to Ringo’s solo career here. Not only does this limited edition turntable play at 33 and 45 RPM, it also includes an Ortofon OM10 cartridge, precision diamond-cut aluminum pulley and integrated motor drive for speed stability.

Gold-plated RCA cables allow you to connect the turntable to your speakers of choice (just make sure you have a preamp before you start spinning). If you are worried about preserving the table when not in use, the turntable also comes with a protective cover to keep the artwork bright and your vinyl to continue playing smoothly.

Credit: Pro-Ject Audio

Credit: Pro-Ject Audio

Pro-Ject Audio

Pro-Ject Essential Ringo Starr turntable
$ 500

Detailed design features (that acrylic top we mentioned? It won’t block the view of the artwork on the table) and audiophile touches (you won’t have to worry about unwanted resonance from this plateau), Pro-Ject says “Ringo Étoile [has collaborated] with artists and friends handpicked for a show like no other. Likewise, this special turntable was also selected by Ringo.

This limited edition turntable isn’t just for Ringo fans, the company recently restocked a special edition George harrison platinum with illustrations by street artist Shepard Fairey. For the Beatlemaniacs, Pro-Ject also has a SGT of the Beatles. Essential Pepper III record player, in addition to a turntable designed with copies of Beatles tickets legendary world tour in 1964.

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‘Woodstock’ 99 ‘trailer revisits CNY’s chaotic music festival:’ Something is wrong ‘


New documentary revisits Central New York’s most infamous music festival.

“Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love and Rage” is a new HBO film about Woodstock ’99, which took place over four days at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY Directed by Garret Price (“Love, Antosha”) and produced by Bill Simmons (“Andre the Giant”), this is the first release of Simmons’ new “Music Box” series for the platform.

A trailer released Wednesday shows footage from Woodstock ’99, including discarded bottles, people dancing in the mud (as well as other brown stuff that isn’t mud), fires and destroyed property. Interviews show original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang and 1999 artists like Moby and The Offspring reflecting on the chaos.

“There’s a sixth sense that you develop when you spend your life going to places,” Moby says. “I can tell you a hundred yards away what the energy will be like in this place… We got off the bus and I was like, ‘Something’s wrong. “”

Woodstock ’99, which aimed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival in upstate New York, was held July 22-25, 1999, with a lineup of modern artists like Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Ice Cube, KoRn, Jewel, Elvis Costello, DMX and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus celebrities like “Mini-Me” Verne Troyer and shock jock Howard Stern. Between 250,000 and 400,000 people attended at a site that should not have held more than 50,000 people – who had to walk over a mile to get from the east stage to the west stage to see various acts.

Many problems at Woodstock ’99 were blamed on the heat: temperatures were approaching 100 degrees (and were as hot as 118 on the tarmac) and bottled water sold for $ 4 (although some claimed that prices were higher), leaving little relief to fans who paid $ 150 (or more) for tickets to a highly commercial event covered by MTV with live pay-per-view.

Kid Rock sparked public excitement on Saturday, encouraging them to throw plastic bottles in the air. Fred Durst told people not to “relax” like Alanis Morissette and go wild during the song “Break Stuff”. A truck drove through the crowd during Fatboy Slim’s DJ set. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers closed the weekend by covering “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix as real fires and riots began to erupt.

At the end of the event, three people died; 700 people were treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration; several women reported sexual assault and rape; 44 people were arrested; hundreds of false passes were confiscated; and several cars, tents, cabins and ATMs were destroyed.

“There are a lot of stupid humans around here,” one festival-goer said in the HBO trailer.

According to its description, the film will also highlight the cultural moment of Woodstock ’99, between the shooting of Columbine and the hysteria of the year 2000, when the angst of a generation turned into a seismic shift that in part reflects the issues America faces in 2021.

“Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love and Rage” premieres July 23 on HBO Max.

Another Woodstock ’99 docusery is also reportedly in the works at Raw TV’s Netflix, whose credits include the Netflix documentary “Don’t F – k with Cats” and BBH Entertainment, which released the recent Depeche Mode concert film. “Spirits in the forest.”

A 20-year hangover from Woodstock ’99 may also have helped fuel resistance at Woodstock 50, a golden anniversary festival originally planned at Watkins Glen in 2019. The event collapsed when a major investor withdrew amid backstage unrest, and efforts to move it to Vernon Downs – less than 20 miles from Rome – have been blocked by local authorities.

Greaterkind leads a new wave of Portland jazz


Recommended by: Nicholas Salas-Harris, artistic director of PDX Jazz

“Portland is having a refreshing time like we haven’t seen in maybe 40 years. Instead of an endless parade of rock, indie rock and jambands, the energy of the stage seems to be focused around a group of very talented young musicians playing jazz, funk and “groove music”. , with Charlie Cory and Peter from Greaterkind as the lead.

Comprised of keyboardist Charlie Brown III, drummer Cory Limuaco and guitarist Peter Knudsen, Greaterkind has supported more than its fair share of musicians, from local Portland artists to national artists like Judith Hill and Brian Jackson. Before COVID-19 canceled the shows, it looked like Greaterkind was playing for all other dive shows and pub jams.

But after the COVID-19 hit, their music became hard to find. While Greaterkind is arguably the most low-key and exciting jazz fusion group in Portland, the trio only released two songs, which means their entire material is just under five minutes long.

Now, in the final stages of the pandemic, the band are finally ready to take center stage with their own music. Later this month, Greaterkind will finally release their second EP, El Corazon.

“We’re sitting to music,” Knudsen says. “We are like chickens, we have eggs under us. And this egg is hot.

The group began in 2015 during Dante’s late monthly Dookie Jam session. Knudsen, who had just entered the Portland music scene at the time, remembers seeing a 17-year-old Brown lying on stage, sound asleep. As a minor, the stage was the only part of the club Brown was allowed to be.

“I was like, ‘Who is this kid? “, Remembers Knudsen. “Then he woke up and started playing, and I was like, ‘Oh, fuck. “”

Brown and Limuaco met at Portland State University, where they formed their own group, Yo Daddy’s Funk. Eventually, thanks to the fortuitous and collaborative nature of the local music scenes, Brown, Limuaco, and Knudsen began performing together.

Over the years, the trio have developed an almost telepathic connection on stage, much like how longtime friends begin to embrace each other’s vernacular. This deep understanding is in large part what made their first and only PE possible during the pandemic.

The two-way Humphrey EP is straightforward jazz with mellow grooves and a modern twist. Appreciation of the genre’s tradition is evident, but it looks to the future. As Brown says, it’s less about complicated compositions and more about creating an environment that surrounds the listener.

As with everything the band does, Humphrey is clearly the work of a tight-knit group. Surprisingly, however, the EP was not recorded in a studio or even in the same location and at the same time. It started with a Limuaco solo drum form sent to Brown and Knudsen, who then added the rest.

“Me and [Brown] were in our boxers in the morning and wrote these chords, a and it’s done, eating cereal, ”Knudsen says.

According to Limuaco, the end product was exactly what he imagined when he recorded the initial drum sequence.

“This is our COVID baby,” adds Brown.

If Greaterkind’s work has one guideline, it’s the focus on community. The group also founded the People Music label, a collective of musicians from Portland. Through People Music, the group helps artists produce tracks, run promotions and design packages, all funded by grants and personal investors.

For Brown, it’s about leveling the playing field – he doesn’t want an artist’s vision to be compromised by a lack of funding or access.

“If an artist has a vision or an idea, we fully support it with whatever resources we have,” says Brown. “It’s just like, ‘You know what? Fuck the industry. ‘”

The label has released nine projects to date, including the Humphrey EP, with band members playing on any track they and the artist felt could benefit. But lately, streaming more Greaterkind music has become a priority.

“With things opening up again,” Limuaco said, “and being in the same space on a regular basis is really going to get things done for us. “

baseball legends play the 1948 Farmington Blues game | New


He is one of six players to win the American League’s Most Valuable Player award three times and is widely regarded as one of the greatest receivers in baseball history. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. The Yankees retired his number 8 uniform in 1972.

• Joseph Henry Garagiola Sr., born February 12, 1926 to March 23, 2016, played nine seasons in MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. Born in Saint-Louis, opposite Berra, Garagiola was signed at the age of 16 by the organization of the Cardinals of Saint-Louis.

At 17, he remains the youngest player to play in Columbus Red Birds history. Garagiola made his major league debut in 1946. In his only World Series appearance as a rookie in 1946, Garagiola beat 6 for 19 in five games, including in Game 4, when he went 4 in 5 with three RBIs.

• Charles Edward Allen Diering, born February 5, 1923 through November 23, 2012, was a St. Louis MLB outfielder. He played all or part of nine major league seasons – between the years 1947 and 1956 – for the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Giants and the Baltimore Orioles. He was the first Baltimore Orioles MVP in 1954.

• Harold Patrick Reiser, born March 17, 1919 and died October 25, 1981, nicknamed “Pistol Pete”, was an outfielder and trainer also originally from St. Louis. He played in the MLB in the 1940s and early 1950s. Although best known for his time with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Reiser went on to play for the Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.

The Rotary Club Music Festival fundraiser was a success!


The band Kern River is recorded by Chuck Barbee. | Kathleen Creighton-Fuchs

2020 has been a difficult year for Rotary Club KRV. With COVID canceling events, they needed a way to raise money to support youth-related projects. After throwing up different ideas, they decided to put together a virtual concert featuring local bands and artists.

As the groups were unable to do any concerts due to the pandemic, they were quick to participate. The club had engagements with Out Of The Blue and Kern River Band, two well-known local bands and big favorites of the valley. They also managed to get a Bakersfield group called Banshee In The Kitchen. They had learned that Dave Redmond, former leader of a band called Riverwind (also former mayor of Whiskey Flat known as Dead-Eye Dave) had just formed a new band called Lost Desperados. He was delighted to join the effort. Helen Smoot, a talented classical pianist and organist at Kern River United Methodist Church, and her friend and jazz pianist Mark McGuire also volunteered. Several of the students who received Rotary Club scholarships and youth leadership programs gave recorded testimonials. Katie Davenport, Pardae Tuttle and Brooke Jeans attended.

Organizers weren’t sure how they were going to be able to afford to hire the professionals they deemed necessary to produce a video worth watching. Fortunately, Chuck and Tammie Barbee volunteered to take over the project for free. They handled the recording of all groups except for Helen and Mark, which were recorded at the Methodist Church by the pastor’s husband, Art Sidner. They also did all of the editing and the hours and hours of work involved in making the final video.

“We just couldn’t have done it without their skills, talent and many hours of volunteer work,” Kathleen Creighton-Fuchs told the Sun of the Kern Valley.

In late fall, they started recording in the backyard of the Kern Valley Museum.

“For this outdoor venue, we have to thank Historical Society President Erie Johnson, Museum Curator Dianna Anderson, Assistant Curators Ron Anderson, John Newman and Roy Fluhart,” Creighton-Fuchs said.

But the recording was then suspended due to a medical emergency. They were finally able to continue recording in the spring.

Charlie Bush, owner of the local radio stations, was called in to be the emcee. Dawn and Elise, former owners of the Starlite Lounge and authors of the Lounge’s popular radio commercials, did a fundraising spot. Bob Woods donated the use of some of his gorgeous photos, which Chuck and Tammie brilliantly incorporated as the background for Helen’s classic performances.

The video was scheduled to launch on May 1 with an outdoor “premiere” on the big screen at the rodeo grounds, with admission fees to be shared between the Kernville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, followed by the setting. line of the video the following day. Unfortunately, the wind prevented the event from being able to use the large inflatable screen provided by Orion Sanders, so they had to cancel at the last minute. Not the type to give up easily, Orion and Chuck managed to flip a side table in the back of a truck, and a handful of intrepid people, many of whom had worked hard on the project, stayed to watch. the video on the makeshift screen.

Every member of the Kern River Valley Rotary Club contributed to the making of this video.

“But most of the credit goes to Deanne Schulman, to whom I would give the title of executive producer. She, more than anyone, made this project a reality,” said Creighton-Fuchs.

The video can be viewed on www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFm3zcnvZew.

The Newport Jazz Festival 2021 – Back live!


George Wein and Christian McBride © Kevin R. Mason

From July 30 to August 1, 2021, the Newport Jazz Festival (NJF) returns live, having been closed in 2020 due to the pandemic. One of the oldest in the world, the “Grandfather of Jazz Festivals” will once again be held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.

Andra’s Day © Kevin R. Mason

As always, the NJF presents a star lineup that includes: Kamasi Washington, Andra Day, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Mavis Staples, Christian McBride, Makaya McCraven, Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science, Ledisi, Robert Glasper, Charles Lloyd, Catherine Russell, The Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Cory Wong, The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet and The Jazz Gallery All-Stars with Jaleel Shaw, Morgan Guerin, Joel Ross, Charles Altura, Gerald Clayton, Ben Williams, Marcus Gilmore, & Renée Neufville, and more to be announced.


George Wein © Kevin R. Mason

The NJF was first organized by impresario George Wein and funded by Elaine and Louis Lorillard in 1954. By 1958, the NJF had grown in popularity to the point that it was the subject of a documentary film, Jazz on a summer day. Over the years, many jazz icons and rising stars have appeared there including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Mann, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Dianne Reeves, Art Blakey, Bill Evans , Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Chick Corea, Anita O’Day, George Benson, Ray Charles, Sun Ra, Freddie Hubbard, Oscar Peterson, Lee Konitz, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé , Tito Puente, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Roy Hargrove, McCoy Tyner, Norah Jones, Dexter Gordon, Diana Krall, Joey Alexander, James Carter, Harry Connick, Jr., Dr John, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Wayne Shorter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bill Charlap, Jon Batiste, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Anat Cohen, Jazzmeia Horn, Gregory Porter, Helen Sung, Horace Silver, Emmet Cohen, Ravi Coltrane, Christian Sands, Joshua Redman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Hiromi, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jane Bunnett & Ma queq ue, Ingrid Jensen, and many more!

Numerous classical jazz albums have been recorded at the NJF, including Earl Basie in Newport, Ellington to Newport, Nina Simone in Newport, and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in Newport.

Two of the most famous performances in Newport history are Miles Davis’ 1955 solo on “Round Midnight” and the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s long and renowned rendition of “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue”, which included a saxophone solo extended by Paul Gonsalves.

Festival efforts

In addition to the upcoming NJF, the Newport Festivals Foundations have many other initiatives, including being a recipient of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Leadership Grant. On the site, it is written:

“Over its six and a half decades, the Newport Jazz Festival® has been committed to providing artists with a platform to showcase their mastery and innovation to audiences, students and educators.

Kamasi Washington © Kevin R. Mason

The Jazz Festival preserves and extends the legacy and impact of jazz by arousing the interest of new generations of jazz enthusiasts through their Jazz Assembly programs and educational initiatives. From now on, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Festivals Foundation will be able to continue their work as recipients of a leadership grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “As a foundation that believes in and invests in the vitality of jazz, the Newport Jazz Festival is an important partner for us,” said Ed Henry, President of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). “For more than 65 years, the festival has showcased jazz legends, provided platforms for promising emerging artists and created an artistic space that presented to the global audience the deep roots and evolution of this music. The DDCF is pleased to provide this grant to recognize the leadership role that the festival has played in the field and to help it continue to support artists and music in the future. “

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue © Kevin R. Mason

Since its inception, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s arts program has recognized that substantial support for exemplary arts organizations plays a critical role in supporting the creative lives and livelihoods of artists. The Leadership Fellowships have been designed to enhance the capabilities of organizations to adapt to a complex and changing environment that often hampers their ability to plan and achieve institutional goals and long-term business plans. The grant will expand Newport’s jazz-specific music education programming through content capture and program development, and provide artists with additional revenue streams.

“Doris Duke, who had a home in Newport, was a frequent guest at the Newport Jazz Festival,” says founder George Wein. “I’m sure Miss Duke would be happy to see the DDCF provide such meaningful support to the Newport Festivals Foundation and what it means for the cultural life of Rhode Island, America and the world.”

In recent years, the Newport Festivals Foundation has been involved in several community outreach efforts, including Instruments for Puerto Rico, Guitars for Vets, Commitment to Newport Schools, and Instruments for Portland.

Terri Lynne Carrington © Kevin R. Mason

The NJF brings in artist ambassadors to connect, share and inspire students. This includes the traveling Newport Jazz Assembly Bands which present jazz history assembly programs for schools in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Michigan. The organization also identifies and funds after-school programs across the country. The Newport Festivals Foundation established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund, to provide financial assistance to musicians in folk and jazz communities who are experiencing loss of income due to COVID-19.


Sponsors for the Newport Jazz Festival 2021 include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Cox Business and Conn-Elmer Division of Education.


This year, for the safety of all participants, individuals will be required to present either proof of vaccination, showing that you were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before the event, OR a negative Covid-19 test administered within 72 hours prior to the event. your participation . The Newport Jazz Festival website has instructions on how to complete the short application for the screening process, and ticket buyers will receive an email with instructions. You will need to do this in advance, and this will result in a Crowdpass, which will allow you to enter the NJF.

For more information on ticket sales and discounts, Covid protocols, where to stay and what is allowed to be brought into the NJF, visit www.newportjazz.org.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra Hosts Youth Summer Camp – Invites Valley Musicians to Audition for Fall | Phoenix of the North


North Valley Symphony Orchestra Youth Strings, Spring 2021

The North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will be hosting open auditions for the 2021-2022 concert season, and musicians young and old alike with a passion for exceptional orchestral music are invited to submit an audition video.

NVSO Youth Sets provide an opportunity for all levels of young string players. Beginner (North Valley Symphonettes), intermediate (North Valley Youth Strings) and advanced (North Valley Youth Orchestra) ensembles are offered. NVSO Youth Ensemble auditions have been simplified and can be recorded from the comfort of home. After submitting an audition video, students will be placed in the appropriate ensemble to ensure a positive educational experience. The audition videos for young people are expected by Friday August 6.

Those who wish to experience NVSO Youth Ensembles before committing to a full year can join them at their Summer Strings Camp, offered July 13-17. No audition is required for the Summer Strings Camp. Participants will meet and work with the three directors of the NVSO Youth Ensemble, while having fun playing music with other students.

the NVSO Adult Orchestra is made up of volunteer musicians from all walks of life who share a passion for rehearsing and performing exceptional orchestral music. Although not a professional orchestra, they strive to achieve a high level of performance and foster a spirit of community and camaraderie among their musicians.

The NVSO gives four major concerts a year, and musicians have additional opportunities to participate in community outreach programs. The main sections and positions are available in the Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion sections.

For a complete list of available positions, visit the NVSO website at northvalleysymphony.org/adult-orchestra. Videos of the Orchestra’s auditions for adults are expected by Sunday August 1.

Audition instructions and snippets for each NVSO group can be found under the appropriate “Join Us” tab on the organization’s website: Northvalleysymphony.org.

Blues music returns to Briggs Farm


The Briggs Farm Blues Festival takes place July 8, 9 and 10, 2021.

NESCOPECK, Pa. – It might be hard to imagine, but in just a few days thousands of people will be on these grounds for the 24th Briggs Farm Blues Festival near Nescopeck.

“It’s great. We’re ready to go. We’re ready to see old faces and do what we’re doing,” said Dena Briggs, one of the festival’s organizers.

Last year was the first time in the history of the festival that the event had to be canceled due to the coronavirus.

But this year, there was no doubt in the minds of the organizers that it would take place.

“We didn’t talk about ‘Well, what if that doesn’t happen?’ Every decision wasn’t based on it not happening. Every decision was based on whether it was a good show, which it turned out to be, “said Dylan Briggs, one festival organizers.

This year’s three-day music festival provides a larger main stage for performing artists.

The lineup includes over 20 national and international blues artists, with Shemekia Copeland and Ana Popovic headlining this year.

Almost 100 food and art vendors are set to sell unique items.

Almost 1,000 campsites and 4,500 tickets have already been sold this year alone. Organizers told Newswatch 16 that they had increased the audience area and camping space by an additional six acres.

Ayrin Shortlidge from Nescopeck has participated in the festival for four years. After a year without live music, she is happy the Briggs family has finally brought her back.

“It’s a blast. It’s really locally, one of the things I’ve ever done, and it’s actually my first year of camping all weekend long, so I’m really excited for that.” , Shortlidge said.

“This year is going to be very important for people,” said Richard Briggs, the founder of the festival. “I think the show is probably the best we have ever done”,

Campsites and tickets are still available for the festival.

Anik Rayhan Apon – A young musician who believes in creating a space for himself in the industry


Anik Rayhan Apon is a well-known Bangladeshi musical artist, gamer, entrepreneur, businessman, educator and social activist. He has good fans on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

On July 4, 1995, he was born into the family of Md. Muzammel Haq Masud & Keya Akter, an illustrious Muslim family who lived in the Tangail district of Dhaka, where he grew up and received his first education. After completing his primary education, Anik moved to Dhaka, the capital, to continue his education.

He is the current CEO and founder of Pick The Story. Anik Rayhan Apon is an entrepreneur in Bangladesh who promotes music. Its world-class achievements and milestones speak for themselves. They thus crossed borders to become international news. The tip of the iceberg is also recognized for its best entrepreneur with a background in cricket, who has been hailed by the press as one of the most inspiring public figures in the country due to his strong influence on social media, talents and fatherhood.

However, upon examination, some of the facts of this extremely talented man will appear in this article, serving as an exciting and effective story! His growing popularity as a public figure has helped him showcase this elite new group by showcasing his exceptional lifestyle as a social media influencer!

Anik Rayhan Apon’s multi-professional lifestyle combined with his elite skills inspired his audiences around the world, and he was constantly bombarded with posts from his fans, which he sometimes shared, that matched the description.

“Aim for the moon, and if you miss it, you’ll land among the stars!” they say. Musician, entrepreneur, Anik Rayhan Apon believes that there is no path to success. People succeed because of their honesty, focus, hard work and hard work.

Jazz will make “every attempt” to re-sign Mike Conley


The Jazz project will slightly exceed the luxury tax line next season.

And that’s without re-signing Mike Conley.

Tony Jones from The Athletic:

Sources tell Athleticism that Utah wants Conley back and will do everything possible to keep the All-Star in a jazz uniform once free agency opens.

Conley’s maximum contract projects are worth around $ 228 million over five years.

Utah doesn’t necessarily need to offer this to open a free agency. But the Jazz at least has that available if Conley has other attractive offerings. It’s hard to imagine Conley refusing so much money to leave.

Of course, Conley isn’t as good in a vacuum. Although he is still a good player, he is 33 years old, a small goalkeeper and has had some health problems in the past.

But the Utah window is open around Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. If Conley leaves, the Jazz would only have the intermediate exception to replace him. This is not the landing of a comparable player.

Sometimes it’s not about getting the most value per dollar. Especially for a competitor like Utah, the priority should be to get the best players.

It can get expensive. If Jazz owner Ryan Smith is willing to pay the luxury tax deeply, more power for him. He would give his team a better chance of winning.

But he still has to prove it with more than just media leaks.

Shared honors in Battle of the Blues


The honors were split when the Varsity Matches first arrived at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Sunday.

After a century at Twickenham, the home of the Leicester Tigers hosted the battle of the Blues, Cambridge recording a fourth straight win for the women while Oxford turned the tide on the men.

Former Tigers and England captain Peter Wheeler, former RFU chairman, presented the trophies after two fierce matches played mostly in the sun, unlike the last meeting in 2019 at soggy Twickenham.

Cambridge retained the women’s crown with a 10-5 win in the afternoon’s opener, while the Oxford men responded with four tries in a 34-7 victory in their face face.

It was Oxford who drew the first blood in the women’s game with Italian international center Bianca Coltellini scoring on the right of the posts, but Cambridge dominated the next quarter, although they had to wait for a score after Fiona Shuttleworth was selected. line.

The try came when center Maggie Simpson brushed aside tacklers on the left to score in the corner and Anna Park added a well-judged kick from the sideline to put Cambridge ahead 7-5.

No8 Park then saw a try denied but the Light Blues were 7-5 ahead at halftime.

Both teams faced yellow cards in the second half, but it remained a close game, with Park – winner of the Peggers / Bunting medal as player of the match – ultimately adding to the score with a penalty with a little over 10 minutes to go. he 10-5 and they closed out the win, their 13th in 34 games.

The men’s game was less than a minute old when Cambridge opened the scoring through full-back Joe Gatus, and the conversion was added by Etienne Dussartre for a seven-point lead at the start.

A Tom Humberstone penalty put Oxford on the board and they then created a scoreline in the left corner for replacement winger Henry Hackett in the 20th minute to take the lead for the first time at 8-7 and did never been directed by this point.

Open half Humberstone gave a half hour penalty and the Dark Blues added to that advantage with a quick change of passes ahead of a roster for prop John Aaron Henry to score in the right corner for a 16-7 lead at halftime.

After another penalty early in the second half, scrum-half Calum Grant provided a third down at close range and Humberstone’s conversion made it 26-7.

Cambridge believed they had forcefully returned to the game with a score from hooker Luke Parry, but before Dussartre could take the conversion kick, referee Andrew Jackson stepped in, scoring the score and showing a yellow card to Cambridge striker Matt West then red to Oxford’s Herbert Watson.

The game came back for a penalty but the Light Blues were shut out, then a penalty from Andrew Humberstone on the other end made it 29-7.

A second try for Hackett brought the score to 34-7 with less than five minutes on the clock to ensure Oxford would cancel out the loss in the last meeting in 2019.

Flanker Andrew Durutalo, a US Eagles cap, received the Alastair Hignell player of the match medal, chosen by guests Tony Underwood and Tyrone Howe.

Musician from Orillia releases new single, music video with the band


Orillia keyboardist and songwriter Ayden Miller will release a new song next Friday with her pop group, New Friends.

Come back for you is a song about nostalgia for summer and someone’s passing, according to the 21-year-old Twin Lakes high school graduate.

“I think we tried to replicate the sound of some of our favorite bands when we were younger, pop-rock bands that we used to hear on the radio like Down with Webster and Neon Trees,” he said. Miller said.

“Once we finished recording the song, we figured it might be perfect for radio, so we finished shooting a music video a few months ago and it’s finally ready to roll out. “

New Friends consists of Stefan Boulineau, Conrad Galecki, Cole Wilson and Miller, all of whom were classmates in the Music Industry Arts Program at Fanshawe College London.

“Everyone has their own thing that they do really well, and while he was sitting in our house in London, our guitarist, Cole, started playing that guitar riff and we thought, ‘Wow, this is really good, ”and instantly I kind of came up with the chorus and started singing out loud and we kind of built up from that,” Miller explained.

“A lot of lyrical ideas came from Conrad and me; our singer, Stefan, created some really amazing melodies. He’s really what makes our songs sound like us. He’s a really talented guy. So it was a team effort. “

The clip of Come back for you was directed by Christy Kim.

“When we decided to make a music video, a friend of mine recommended this amazing director from Toronto and she loved the lyrics of the song and thought it was kind of reminiscent of the romantic comedies of the late 90s and the early 2000s, so the whole music video is inspired by that, ”Miller said.

New friends are full of hope Come back for you will be the band’s hit.

“The last few months have been the first time I feel like all of our hard work is finally paying off. I think we’re on our way to that next level, ”Miller said.

“It’s a song that is really catchy, really fun, and a song that people will really enjoy this summer.”

He hopes the new track will help establish the band’s fan base, whether with the help of a record label deal or not.

“Growing up, the dream was to be signed by a major label, but for me, that’s not really about that,” he said.

“If that happens, so much the better. If not, we still want to keep growing and have people join us with our vision. “

Coming Back for You will be available on all music streaming platforms, and the clip will be on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @newfriendsmusic.

Decentraland to host Ethereum’s first music festival by CoinQuora


© Reuters Decentraland to host Ethereum’s first music festival

  • Decentraland will host a virtual live music festival called “To The Moon”.
  • The festival will kick off at exactly 6:00 p.m. UTC on July 11, 2021.
  • The event is a collaboration between the NFT KnownOrigin Marketplace, BEAR NFT and

Next Sunday, the Ethereum-based computer game Decentraland will host a virtual live music festival called “To The Moon”. The festival will kick off at exactly 6:00 p.m. UTC on July 11, 2021.

It should be noted that Decentraland is a decentralized virtual reality platform powered by blockchain. This is a browser-based, crypto-based online game with Minecraft style and

This article first appeared on coinquora.com

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4 Upcoming Summer Festivals In Colorado: Winter Park Jazz, Frontier Days & More | Culture & Leisure


A summer for festivals and here are four to discover.

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, July 9-18

Colorado’s wildflower capital has had a spectacular 2021 and is celebrated this month.

The popular festival has a program guide with 200 entries but don’t be surprised if many have sold out. Regardless, fields of wildflowers are everywhere and perfect for photography and art.

For info: crestedbuttewildflower festival.org.

Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 17-18

A beautiful outdoor mountain setting with a long list of musical headliners. Some concerts may be sold out as fans can’t wait to come out again.

Check the official website for ticket availability for Bell Biv Devoe, Damien Escobar, Peter White, Elan Trotman’s Tribute to Marvin Gaye, En Vogue, Dotsero and more.


125th Cheyenne Frontier Days, July 24, August 24. 1

Ride straight up the highway from northern Colorado to Wyoming for this “Daddy of ‘Em All” celebration of rodeo and the West, a tradition since 1897.

The list of the country’s star artists: Garth Brooks with Ned LeDoux, son of the late Chris LeDoux to whom the event is dedicated; Cody Johnson with Aaron Watson; Maren Morris; Kane Brown with Restless Road. Blake Shelton with John King; Eric Church with Ashley McBryde; and Thomas Rhett with Rhett Akins.

Rodeo PRCA and PBR. A transparent stadium. Schedule and tickets: cfdrodeo.com

Sculpture in the park, August 6-8, Land of love

Considered one of the finest sculpture shows and the top of all outdoor exhibitions of three-dimensional works, the 37th annual Sculpture in the Park show in Loveland will take place August 6-8.

The works of a 160-artist jury in Sculpture in the Park cover the grounds of Benson Sculpture Garden, 2908 Aspen Drive, where the 10 acres also contain 172 permanent works. Among the artists from the Pikes Peak region chosen for this exhibition is Richard Pankratz of Monument, whose works have been selected for 23 years.

As parking space is limited on the park site, the shuttle locations are listed online.

sculptureinthepark.org/show- information and facebook.com//sculptureinthepark

Linda Navarro, the gazette

Townsend Blues Festival is back in Columbus


COLUMBUS, Mississippi (WCBI) – A barbecue, funnel cakes and live music are what festival goers saw when they showed up at Townsend Park on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

“It’s just something for people to kick back and relax and have fun someday, come in peace, you know, have a unit, it’s pretty much unity, it’s for everything the world, ”said festival president Wendy Blunt.

Blunt and co-founder Jeff Smith decided to cancel last year’s event due to the covid-19 pandemic. Now citizens are ready to go back to what they love.

“We sat down and weighed the options on whether to do it or not, all of the things we looked at said it was time for us to get back to a sense of normalcy and that gets us started on this process,” he said. Smith said.

Columbus’ DJ Lovebone invited blue performers like Lacee and Wendell B to perform crowd favorites.

“We have become a partnership now, he not only provides us with our music, but some of our publicity, as he is here on view that day as a support group that brings people to the area,” Smith said.

There was one special honoree the committee remembered, the late co-founder Gene Taylor. The coordinators organized a scholarship fund in his memory.

“We’re doing this in his honor, it’s something he and his supervisor Smith have done over the years. It’s our first year without him being here, so this year we’re going to do a memorial service for him, “Blunt said. .

The citizens celebrated the unity of the community.

“People are coming home for July 4th, it’s like a big reunion, a big vacation for a lot of people, it’s all going to live together and bond together,” said blues artist Falisa Janaye.

The Blues Fest started at 11 a.m. and continued until 10 p.m.

Ted Nugent thinks no other musician has promoted black artists as much as he does


Veteran rocker Ted nugent wanted to talk about the recent controversy that he was racist during a recent appearance on the “A Bone To Pick” podcast.

As you may recall, Ted Nugent announced that he lost a major sponsorship for his TV show, ‘Spirit of nature, ‘just because of the allegations that he is a racist person.

In the conversation, Ted refused all claims that he was racist and said it was in fact the opposite. According to Ted, no other musician has promoted black musicians as much as he has.

Additionally, Ted mentioned the bassist he worked with Johnny gunnell and Marco mendoza and say that he is color blind who doesn’t even care about anyone’s race

Ted pointed out that race or skin color doesn’t matter if someone wants to play with him. In fact, you have to be the best player in the world to join his squad and that’s why he refused to be called a racist.

Ted Nugent mentionned:

“I’m going to tell you something scandalous: not all of the people together have promoted black artists as much as Ted Nugent has all my life. My bassist was Johnny Gunnell. He’s a black guy. My bassist after Johnny was Marco Mendoza. He was born in Mexico.

I am recorded thousands of times – the color does not matter. Punctuality, work ethic, talent, dedication. If you want to be a bassist in Ted Nugent’s band, you just have to be the best bassist in the world. I am color blind.

You can watch the interview below.

A pilot music festival will take place in Dublin


A pilot music festival will take place today in Dublin as part of efforts to test the safe return of major events, where antigen testing will be used to enter.

More than 3,500 people will be allowed into the grounds of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in groups of no more than six for the event, which is being hosted by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

It will feature Irish artists Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon, Lyra and Wyvern Lingo, playing full sets for eight hours.

The festival is the fourth in a series of pilot events supported by the Department of Tourism, Arts and Culture to bring live music back to Irish audiences, and is the first trial in which antigen testing will be required for entry.

A negative test result will be mandatory for all participants, even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

These tests will be performed by health specialists at a dedicated Collins Barracks site prior to the event, which people were scheduled to attend between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. yesterday or 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. Doors open at 3 p.m.

Information on how to book antigen testing was passed on to all ticket holders after purchasing their tickets.

If a client receives a positive antigen test result, they will be offered a free PCR test and advised to go home and self-isolate while awaiting the results of that test.

If a ticket holder receives a positive antigen test result, they will not be able to attend and will be entitled to a full refund of the ticket from the place of purchase.

The over-18 event will also see customers required to maintain a social distancing of at least two meters and wear a face covering when moving outside of their paid pods.

A one-way system will operate and all participants will need to have their smartphones turned on and the Covid tracking app installed to facilitate contact tracing.

Bars will also be open to serve alcohol from 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

People have been urged to allow an extra hour when planning their trip, due to the additional measures of Covid-19.

It comes as vaccine rollout needs to be accelerated for younger people, with pharmacies starting to administer the Janssen vaccine from Monday for 18-34 year olds who have opted out.

Jazz in the Garden is coming back next week


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – In less than a week, jazz music will fill the air in the Toledo Botanical Garden for the first time in two years.

Matt Killam is the Outreach Manager for Metroparks Toledo. He told 13abc: “We are delighted to have anything in return. We did Jazz in the Garden last year, virtually. People liked it but it was not the same.

Ramona Collins is a singer and has been a mainstay of Jazz in the Garden for almost 20 years.

She said, “It’s a wonderful event, it’s a different event, people love it. They supported him for many, many years.

Collins was born in Toledo. She says of the concert series: “It means a lot to me, I’ve been a singer in Toledo for 53 years, I’m known as one of the Jazz Singers, but I also sing other stuff.”

She says it’s important to have events like this for the jazz community here. “Even though we don’t have any jazz clubs anymore, we still have a very large jazz fan base,” she explains. “And that’s the beauty of Jazz in the Garden, you see different styles of jazz.”

Collins says she grew up with jazz. Her mother was a musician in the industry, so her love of music runs deep.

“Jazz is very expressive and very creative,” she says. “It’s totally different from a lot of other styles. I could sing the same song three times and never sing it the same way. That’s what I like about Jazz.

New this year, Jazz in the Garden will offer ten concerts instead of the traditional eight. And nothing but jazz.

Killam says, “The audience told us they only wanted jazz strictly, so we went back to that format. People are excited and we are mostly excited to have them.

“There are already so many events this summer,” adds Collins. “This summer is going to be great. It will be a great summer. “

The Jazz in the Garden concert series will begin on Thursday July 8 and will take place every Thursday evening from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Botanical Garden of Toledo. Tickets cost $ 10 per person, children 12 and under enter free. If you are a Metroparks member, tickets cost $ 5. You can find ticket and schedule information here.

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The Waterfront Blues Festival swims “upstream”


The 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver” kicked off Thursday night with a charity concert for Meals on Wheels People and the Jeremy Wilson Foundation featuring local blues favorite Curtis Salgado at the Lot at Zidell Yards in southeast Portland.

With the festival canceled last year due to the pandemic and Oregon just reopening earlier this week, it was unclear how this year’s festivities would compare to those of the past. While the activities, vendors, and crowd sizes allowed at the event have been reduced, the moving and cheerful atmosphere grows in a sea of ​​fenced mini lawns, many of which have been turned into mini dance floors.

Salgado, who released their new album “Damage Control” earlier this year, reveled in the band’s energy on stage, saying they missed performing live during the pandemic. “I am so grateful for all of you for coming out tonight and for everyone who organized the festival,” said Salgado. “It’s so, so good to be here again, I can’t even tell you that.”

The Waterfront Blues Festival will run until Monday July 5 and will offer two shows each day with the same programming in the afternoon from noon to 4 p.m., then again in the evening from 6 to 10 p.m. to allow more people to come. To learn more, visit Uppriver 2021 – Waterfront Blues Festival

Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute to legendary musician Dr Steve Kekana


Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa paid tribute to legendary musician Dr Steve Kekana for his contribution to the creative sector.

The singer and songwriter died Thursday at the age of 63.

“His spirit will continue to live on in perpetuity thanks to his wonderful music and his contributions to the industry and the community at large,” said the Minister.

Kekana is best known for his first song, Mamsy, and the many hits that followed this release. One of her popular songs is South Africa’s all-time love breakup song “Take Your Love And Keep It”.

Kekana won the SABC Black Music Award for Best Male Vocalist in 1979 and 1980.

Kekana’s “Raising My Family” was a big hit in Europe in 1980. In 1982 and 1983 her songs “The Bushman” and “Feel So Strong” (with the musical group Hotline) were hits on the Springbok Radio Chart ( an official South African semi-chart at the time), reaching numbers 13 and 6 respectively.

Ray Phiri, Nana Coyote, Joe Nina and Hotline with PJ Thandeka Powers are among his collaborators. It has been reported that during his lifetime he recorded over 40 albums.

Born August 4, 1958 in Zebediela, Limpopo Province, Kekana attended a school for the blind in Polokwane after losing his sight at the age of five.

He developed his passion for singing throughout his school years and became a member of amateur ensembles during his teenage years.

“AB Juris and holder of an LLB, the University of South Africa awarded him an honorary degree in philosophy. He was a legendary musician and lawyer by training, lecturer in labor law at the University of South Africa and lawyer, ”said the Minister. .

The minister appointed Kekana as a member of the Council of the National Arts Council. He also served as an arbiter when providing relief funds related to COVID-19.

“He will be remembered for his availability and support in the arts and creation sector.

Mthethwa expressed his deepest condolences to Kekana’s family, friends and admirers during this difficult time.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha described Kekana as a music icon.

“Our province is under a dark cloud as we mourn the death of our beloved musician of the caliber of Steve Kekana. He remains an inspiration for us and for people with disabilities. His dedication and love for music is living proof that nothing is impossible in life.

“Our sincere condolences to family, fellow musicians, friends and fans, I wish the Almighty will give us strength during this difficult time. Your pain is our pain,” said Mathabatha.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

Colorado Music Festival honors Boulder shooting victims, COVID deceased – CBS Denver


BOULDER, Colorado (CBS4)– The Colorado Music Festival is back at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. For many customers, this is the first time they have seen live music since the start of the pandemic.

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“It’s incredibly exciting to be back,” said Elizabeth Ferguson. “There is an energy when people are together and there is live music that is unparalleled.”

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The program began with a world premiere piece by composer Aaron Kernis, honoring victims of the Boulder shooting and commemorating those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

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“I suffered briefly with COVID. I was very lucky, but after that, and of course witnessing what we’ve all been through with the pandemic, I wanted to write something to remember so many people who have been lost, ”Kernis said.

After a devastating year for the Boulder community, residents say there’s no better way to come together than through music.

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“I think it’s appropriate that we take the time to remember what we’ve lost and the life we ​​have to live,” Ferguson said.

Centerville Jazz Band Supports Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Appearance


CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – As July 4th approaches, the Centerville Jazz Band is aiming for another holiday; they prepare for their appearance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade by starting to rally support.

“The fact that I can be a part of it this year is just amazing,” says Molly Holloway, who plays the flute.

“It’s something we’ve built since our first year, and we’ve always been lucky because two classes ahead of us were never going to go,” admits Grecia Garcia-Rodriguez, who plays the trombone.

The Centerville Jazz Band will be attending Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2021. The band was supposed to leave in 2020, but COVID ruined everything.

“There’s just a lot of gratitude that we’re still lucky, and we can still represent the people who thought they were going to go,” says Amara Jain who is also a senior drum major and plays the clarinet.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone to go, and I feel like we’ve just been put in the right place,” says Nevaeh Haskins, who is another senior drum major and plays the clarinet. .

It will cost around $ 350,000 to send the group to New York for a week. So far, they have raised around $ 35,000.

“Initially, we were hoping to raise around $ 100,000 from this. I think at this point I think if we could hit $ 50,000 we’d be thrilled, ”smiles Angie Boerger, Co-Chair of Centerville Band Boosters.

After losing some funding last year, they had to improvise. This year they are using a big local parade as a prelude to get to the biggest national one.

“The Americana parade here in Centerville is on July 5, and then after the parade the town has the street fair,” Boerger describes. “The Americana Festival has been very gracious, and they don’t normally allow fundraising at this event, but they will allow the Centerville Jazz Band to have a booth at the festival to raise money for Macy’s.”

Much of the cost is covered by parents, and it’s not just for buses, hotel rooms, and food.

“About $ 20 to $ 25,000 of that amount is outside of tuition, like copyright for music, design staff for writing, those kinds of things that are outside the bedrooms. hotel, food and buses etc. . “We would like to get more money just to come and help the students and their families, as many of our families have been affected by COVID and the loss of jobs.”

They hope to offset some of the expenses of the approximately 185 band members who will travel to the Big Apple to represent Centerville nationally.

“It’s really exciting to wear the Centerville name, to wear the school colors, to show the pride of our community in New York, to hear our little town name on the news. And I think that’s something everyone can be proud of. It’s not just us going there. It’s our community, ”says Garcia-Rodriguez.

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Nine things to do in Greater Cincinnati this week, including the Blues Bell


Sam Morrill

This stand-up comedy is based in New York City. His credits include “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Conan”, season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” and an appearance for the film “Joker”. July 2-3, Liberty Township A-120, 7518 Bales St. Meet him at Funny Bone at Liberty Center in. Performance hours are Friday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 25. For more information, please call 513-779-5233 or visit the following website: www.liberty.funnybone.com ..

Tap dance, taste and air festival

This third annual event has three components: food, drink and music. Taste craft beers such as Fifty West, Leienkugel and Vizzyseltzers. The local restaurant serves lobster rolls, tacos, chicken, shrimp, steaks, burgers, pretzels and desserts. There is a full range of live music. The three night headliners are Everyday People Band, Hi Fi Honey, and Party Town, respectively. The fireworks will be launched on July 4. Check out the fireworks at the National Audio American Broadcasting Museum on Tylersville Road 8070 in West Chester July 2-4. The festival is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission fee. For more information, please visit the Tap, Taste and Tunes Festival Facebook page.

“All American Cabaret”

This patriotic cabaret show is filled with songs that uplifted our army during the war and entertained Broadway audiences at home. July 2-17, 1530 Central Ave in Middletown. Check it out at Middletown Lyric Theater in. The performance times are Friday 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 3:00 p.m. (additional show on Saturday July 10 at 8:00 p.m.). The ticket is $ 20. For more information, please call (513) 425-7140 or visit the following website: www.middletownlyric.org ..

Oxford Freedom Festival

In the years since this pandemic, Oxford is aiming for an “old-fashioned” approach to celebrate the birth of our country. The day is full of carriage rides, vintage baseball, archery, free games, hot air balloon rides, food and drink. Discover the Oxford Community Park at 6801 Fairfield Road in Oxford from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 3. There is no admission fee. For more information, please visit the Oxford City Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page.

Lebanon Grand Oply House Internship and Dinner Show

One way to celebrate the end of the pandemic is to experience dinner and country concerts this Saturday night. Jessie Lyn Fisher and TNT Band play Nashville sounds such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. July 3, 620 N. Broadway St in Lebanon. Meet her in Lebanon Grand Opley House in Lebanon. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $ 12. Free entry for children under 12. For more information, please contact 513-850-1170.

Red, white, kaboom: fireworks on the fairground

At the end of COVID-19, we will have an Independence Day on July 4th in Fairfield. Harbin Park will normally close at dusk on July 3, but the soccer field will only be walkable after 8 p.m. The city is expanding its exhibition area with larger shells and wider firing areas. The Rozzi fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. and the soundtrack will be broadcast simultaneously on 92.9 Jack FM.

This arena rock show

His big hair, flashy clothes and national anthem are rock’n’roll by this Cincinnati-based tribute band. They perfectly and elegantly recreate classic songs from Aerosmith, Guns N’Roses, AC / DC, Poison and other iconic groups from the 1970s and 80s. If you want to spend the day, enjoy the parade ahead and then the fire. ‘artifice. Check it out at the River’s Edge Amphitheater at 116 Dayton Street in Hamilton at 7 p.m. on July 4. There is no admission fee, but you can purchase VIP tickets. For more information, please call 513-785-7015 or visit the following website: www.riversedgelive.com ..

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Geneva Music Festival The 2021 season ends with a grand finale concert


The 2021 season of the Geneva Music Festival recently ended with an eclectic grand finale concert that featured soulful and rhythmic “Strum” by Jessie Montgomery, heartwarming “Dunka” by Rebecca Clark and the fascinating piano quintet by Brahms. .. Following last season’s all-virtual format, GMF hosted eight face-to-face concerts from May 20 to June 13 this year, most of which had live streaming options. This year, Hannah Collins, Elliott Heaton, Jinju Cho, Clive Greensmith, Eric Wong, Etore Kosa, Dashon Burton, Michelle Kang, Ani Cavafian, Kirsten and others have taken part in festivals over the past decade. The favorites of many spectators who participated are back. Docter, Esther Park, ATLYS quartet, JP Jofre, La Vozde Tres.

“All of the artists, including myself, were delighted to be able to perform together in person again,” said GMF director Geoffrey Herd. “I was particularly happy to find the public who have always supported me with enthusiasm. We loved being able to offer them live music. Many people have been doing this since the start of the pandemic. He said it was his first time attending an event like this. “

More than 1,000 tickets will be sold in 2021, comparable to ticket sales of past seasons with more concerts. The Smith Opera House hosted most of this year’s performances. Most of the events were broadcast live for those who couldn’t attend or who felt more comfortable watching from home. Almost 100 of total ticket sales were for live streaming.

The season started with one of two open-air concerts, “When Flowers Bloom: ATLYS at Sonnenberg Gardens”. It was the world premiere of “The Sonnenberg Suite” composed by Ali Fisher and performed by ATLYS, a classically trained crossover string quartet. It was commissioned by Thomas Mees from Canandaigua and was born in 2019 when ATLYS first visited Finger Lakes. This work was dedicated to the magnificent, diverse and eclectic gardens of Sonenberg. The festival also hosted a bluegrass rockabilly concert, with Aaron Lipp and Slack Tones attending the festival for the first time. In front of an enthusiastic outdoor crowd in Geneva on the Lake, the group presented bluegrass with the roots of their old music.

With the aim of stimulating and maintaining an ongoing appreciation of classical music, GMF artists participated in awareness activities in the region. ATLYS presented a concert in Ferris Hills in front of a crowd of about 30 people. The next night we played the YMCA Geneva after-school program outside for the kids and had a free pop-up concert at the Geneva Breakfront. In addition, baritone Dashon Burton and pianist Michelle Can announced a special program for students at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy and the Boys and Girls Club at the Community Center. In collaboration with the Geneva Recreation Commission, Argentinian bandoneon player JP Jofre and GMF Artist in Residence also offered a “tango teaser” to the Gazebo at Geneva Breakfront Park.

For more information on the Geneva Music Festival, the artists who participated in this season and how to contribute, please visit our website at www.genevamusicfestival.com.

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West Wales musician Wyn’Flach ‘Jones has died aged 61


Wyn Jones, the founder and flagship cardigan musician of Welsh rock and pop legend Ail Symudiad, has died aged 61.

Jones, who formed a band with his brother Richard during the height of new wave pop in 1978, has struggled with pancreatic cancer for some time.

Last night’s post on the group’s Twitter feed read:

“Thanks for all the kind messages. It’s very comfortable to know what it means to everyone.

“Nosda Wyn. ”

The early influences of Ail Symudiad, a sharp power pop group who continued to develop their own unique style, included Clash and Buzzcocks.

The early members included bassist Robin Davis and drummer Gareth Lewis, and as the lineup constantly changed over the years, Win and Richard Jones have remained at the heart of the group.

The couple also founded influential Flach Stiwdios to help nurture the next generation of Welsh musical talent.

In the decades that followed, successes such as Rifieira Cymraeg, Garej Paradwys and Twristiaid yn y Dre helped Ail Symudiad gain loyal and enthusiastic support across Wales.

In 2014, Win and Richard celebrated 35 years of music production and exploitation of Flach, seeing the group grow as a national institution.

In 2019, they unveiled a memorable ensemble in their wild dresses in their hometown.

Away from the scene, Jones has played an enthusiastic and active role in local affairs and was a member of Cardigan City Council for many years.

“This is very sad news,” said Councilor Clive Davis. “Another icon of the Welsh pop scene has passed away.

“A very kind and sympathetic person, a real character and a great company. I would often tell him about the cardigan activities over a cup of coffee in Crwst.

“The cardigan was very important to her paradise, Win. He called it the Welsh Riviera, making a significant contribution to the city, supporting its activities and serving as a member of the city council.

“My idea is in Richard and his family.”

Ypsi musician to host free summer jazz concert series at Frog Island Park


Residents of the Ypsilanti region will be treated to a series of free weekly jazz concerts this summer thanks to the Ypsilanti-based musician John E. Lawrence.

the Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Series will feature a different smooth jazz performer from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday from July 2 to September 2. 3 at Frog Island Park, 699 Rice St. in Ypsilanti. Lawrence will open each show and present the main act. Main artists will be Rayse Biggs, Straight Ahead, Kimmie Horne, Charles and Gwen Scales, Dave McMurray, Yancyy, Gerard Gibbs, LaShawn Gary and Randy Scott. Lawrence and his group will headlining the July 23 show.

Lawrence says he wanted to sponsor the series as a way to give back to the community and provide an opportunity to come together and celebrate after social isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawrence has gathered a few sponsors but is looking for others to defray the cost of the series, which could reach up to $ 30,000. He says, however, that he will pay for the concerts out of his own pocket if necessary.

Lawrence plans to deliver top notch sound and will pay to feature notable smooth jazz musicians, including national recording artists like Randy Scott, who topped the Billboard charts in the smooth jazz category last fall. Many artists, including Lawrence, are also preparing to release new albums this summer.

“We will have musicians of this caliber every week,” says Lawrence.

Lawrence says he was able to integrate all of these acts and kick off the series just weeks after he conceived it, as the musicians had known each other for many years from attending a jazz festival in Canton.

Frog Island Park was chosen because it has a good layout for performances and a room for a large audience, but also because the park has been the site of WEMU radio’s Frog Island Jazz and Blues Festival for many years. .

“People who remember this festival associate Frog Island with this tradition,” says Lawrence. “Mine is going to be different, though. It’ll be smooth jazz for the most part, and I think it’s going to be really good.”

Lawrence hopes to make the jazz series a permanent event.

“I want this to happen every year, and every year to be bigger and better, filling this whole football field,” Lawrence said.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs and arrive early for performances, as Lawrence predicts the series could attract 2,000 or more people each week depending on the popularity of past local jazz events.

More information on the series and the profiles of the performers are available here.

Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in Ypsilanti township and project manager for On the Ypsilanti field. She joined Focus as a journalist in early 2017 and occasionally contributes to other Press group publications. You can reach her at [email protected].

Electric Avenue Music Festival in Christchurch: 10,000 tickets sold in two days


Tickets go on sale today for Christchurch’s Electric Avenue Music Festival – the first stop on Lorde’s upcoming New Zealand tour. Photo / Getty Images

Tickets are on sale for the Electric Avenue Music Festival in Christchurch – the first stop on Lorde’s upcoming New Zealand tour.

The festival kicks off at North Hagley Park on February 26 next year.

Tickets went on sale Monday at noon and are expected to sell out quickly. if the previous years are something to happen.

Callam Mitchell, director of Team Event, told the Herald that ticket sales to date have been very strong.

He said 10,000 have so far been sold.

A general admission ticket will set you back $ 139.90 – tickets for a VIP experience are already sold out.

Lorde was announced as the headliner last week following the release of her hit single, Solar Power.

She will be joined by Drax Project, Harper Finn, Lee Mvtthews, Summer Thieves and funk rock band Supergroove.

A full program for the festival is planned for September.

Lorde will embark on a tour of the country in February and March next year, which includes dates in Auckland, Christchurch, Lower Hutt, Upper Moutere, Havelock North and New Plymouth. She performs in outdoor venues that match the summer theme of her new song.

The tour begins in Christchurch, before a show at Upper Moutere’s Neudorf Vineyards and returns through the Cook Strait for a show at Days Bay of Lower Hutt on March 1.

The singer continues the tour with dates at Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North and TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth before concluding with an epic finale at Auckland’s Outer Fields, Western Springs on March 5.

Electric Avenue drew about 30,000 people earlier this year, with tickets sold out a month in advance.

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What if the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Utah Jazz selected Giannis Antetokounmpo over Shabazz Muhammad in 2013?


Every saga has a beginning. But, at first glance, the story of how the Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA Draft is really not that interesting.

Antetokounmpo placed 15th overall in a weak draft class, and he easily became the top player among those selected. However, what if he makes a pick sooner and one of the two teams takes a chance on an intriguing prospect of Greece?

The Timberwolves chose Shabazz Muhammad over Antetokounmpo in 2013

The history of basketball would be much different if Giannis Antetokounmpo had finished 14th overall in the 2013 NBA instead of Shabazz Muhammad | Michael Zarrili / Getty Images; Di Yin / Getty Images

Let’s go back to June 2013, when the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the world by selecting UNLV big man Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick.

Several picks later, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz pulled off a draft night trade. The Jazz traded to No.9 and selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke, who they hoped would fill the void created after the team traded Deron Williams to the Nets two years earlier.

The Timberwolves moved up to No.14 and selected UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad. An all-American in high school, Muhammad had a reputation as a dangerous shooter, which the Timberwolves desperately needed. However, it was clear after his one year in college that he probably needed more seasoning, especially in defense.

The Bucks, as we now know, picked Antetokounmpo a later pick. Burke is now a replacement for the Dallas Mavericks, while Muhammad last played professional basketball in China in November 2019.

What would have happened if the Jazz had chosen Antetokounmpo instead?

Imagine the Jazz never traded to pick Burke and instead drafted Antetokounmpo against Muhammad with the 14th pick overall for the sake of conversation. Andy Larsen, a jazz beat writer for The Salt Lake Tribune, once suggested the idea on Twitter.

Remember, the Jazz also drafted Rudy Gobert in 2013. And despite his insane behavior at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there is no question that Gobert is one of the greatest advocates of his generation.

The idea of ​​Antetokounmpo and Gobert teaming up in Utah sounds like the makings of a dynasty, doesn’t it? Well, don’t expect the Jazz to start defeating Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors just yet.

After Antetokounmpo played his rookie season under Larry Drew, the Bucks hired Jason Kidd as the franchise’s next coach. According to the official NBA website, Antetokounmpo made it clear in 2018 how much Kidd had helped him grow as a player.

“[Kidd] trusted me. He put the ball in my hands. He pushed me to be awesome.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kidd is one of the greatest pointers in modern NBA history. Quin Snyder, who took over after the 2013-14 season, is he doing the same? As for Snyder, to what extent does his lack of NBA playing experience impact Antetokounmpo’s development?

This is the tricky part of a simulation scenario, especially with a young player. As fun as a duo of Antetokounmpo and Gobert seems, the lack of Kidd – assuming Jazz are still hiring Snyder – means the talented striker is unlikely to ever become the Greek Freak as we know him.

Timberwolves fans shouldn’t be too excited about the idea

Unfortunately for jazz fans, we don’t see Antetokounmpo becoming a star in Utah like he did in Milwaukee. But at least they’ll fare better than Timberwolves fans in this scenario.

Training and lack of Kidd is still a problem in Minnesota, but so is the overall organizational structure of the Timberwolves. It’s easy to see the team losing patience with Antetokounmpo’s development and possibly including it as a side piece in a trade.

For example, remember the Timberwolves’ decision to trade playmaker Mo Williams and second-year goaltender Troy Daniels to the Charlotte Hornets in February 2015? It may be Antetokounmpo, and not Daniels, who starts playing for Michael Jordan.

If the Timberwolves have selected Antetokounmpo, it is not unrealistic to think that he would eventually become a very good player, if not a star. But don’t sound so confident that he accomplished this feat with an organization that constantly traded young players.

The Bucks won the NBA Draft in 2013 and they are on the verge of winning a championship with Antetokounmpo in the lead. Jazz fans at least have the duo Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Timberwolves fans… well, enjoy Alex Rodriguez, we’re guessing.

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6 up-and-coming young Thai musicians you need to know


It doesn’t really matter if you don’t understand Thai or not; these Thai musicians are to be watched.

It is much easier to get into the music industry with streaming services like Spotify. Not only can you easily stream the available music and create playlists. You can also stream your own music with ease. Spotify has changed the music industry. Artists no longer need to rely on big records. This is why there is an increase in independent musicians.

The increase in accessibility in this industry accommodates an increasing number of artists who play music. Talented people are found everywhere, even on TikTok. Here are some of our favorite new Thai voices and musicians who have entered the scene.

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Recent release of his new single ‘CIGARETTES’ Chaleeda is one to watch. She worked with Netflix before releasing her music and starred in The Stranded. The twenty-year-old is a talented musician and seems to have a bright future ahead of her.

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If you want to listen to music while you relax in the house, then Tender pine is for you. This group consists of four members and produces relaxing lo-fi music. Their latest version is called “Trippy world”. It shows their experimental angle and how they explored a sound that really suits them. We recommend that you play their music from your speakers aloud.

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Pam Anshisa is not a new name in this industry. She has already been featured with other artists like Wafia. Her latest song, “Toxic”, was released earlier this year and combines a mix of Thai and English lyrics. Bringing together a good rhythm and strong emotions, it’s easy to get hooked. Stream his music online or watch his recently released video clip on Youtube.

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Independent Thai artist noodles recently released a popular new hit titled “Pineapple On Pizza”. It has been included in many playlists. The catchy beats and relevant lyrics will keep this song in your head all day.

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The first rise of this artist was made thanks to her TikTok page. Kessari has since released music, including his hit single, “Lucid dreaming”. She is currently releasing more music with ‘Best in me’ now available for pre-recording. Like Cupnoodle, his music has also been added to many Spotify playlists both locally and internationally. She is a name to remember.

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DOGWHINE is another promising group that should be heard. They will remind you of Beatles music. Their music is about social justice and raising awareness of the country’s issues. Their ability to create music through different sound is what makes them so unique. They create atmospheric music, but they also generate frustrations that are common in society.

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A Return To The Cedar Basin Music Festival Felt Grand To Me


For almost everyone I spoke to, Cedar Basin Music Festival 2021 felt like a fresh start in some way. Musicians and audience members talked about how much they “needed” live music and how they didn’t realize how much they missed it. A friend I spoke to described the weekend as “the start of the return to normal.”

Of course, it also rained a lot.

In a normal year, the Cedar Basin Music Festival takes place the last full weekend of June in Cedar Falls. It is also the same weekend as the Sturgis Falls Celebration, which commemorates the founding of the city. Originally called the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, it has expanded in recent years to include other styles of music.

The last live music event I attended was on March 5, 2020, at xBk in Des Moines. IPR hosted the Ducharme-Jones Band on Studio One Underground, along with my friend and colleague Cece Mitchell. The next day, the annual South By Southwest conference and festival were canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus. The World Health Organization had not yet declared a pandemic. We all remember what happened next.

“Personally, I felt relieved by the whole experience. I wasn’t sure what it would be like to be back at a show or what the emotions would be like. ‘was overwhelmed with joy was at everything, but the truth is it was just normal and good, and I think it’s actually even better. “

Tony Dehner

After seeing this year’s Cedar Basin lineup, I was pretty excited to check it out. I was fully vaccinated and, as a fully outdoor event, it was the perfect “back to school” show for me.

I’m pretty comfortable going to shows on my own, especially in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area where I live, because I know I’m going to meet a lot of people I know. That’s what makes our favorite concert halls such great places, isn’t it? Either way, it turned out to be true once again. I saw people I hadn’t seen in over a year, including musicians and audience members. Already, the weekend was a smash success, and the music had barely started!

Friday night I arrived in time to attend sets from singer-songwriter Ben Rendall and local favorites Brad & Kate. Rendall is no stranger to big outdoor musical events, having performed as a member of the Twins and Stackhouse bands. Her performance at Cedar Basin was also the launch party for her excellent debut album, “The Self-Help Songbook”.

Brad & Kate have developed a strong clientele in the region. Their set consisted of a few cleverly chosen covers, as well as a solid set of songs from their own upcoming debut album, which is tentatively scheduled for release this year. In addition to being the band’s lead singer, Kate is also the band’s unofficial stage announcer, and she has repeatedly expressed appreciation for the opportunity to perform the band’s original songs.

On Saturday I caught Jordan Sellergren for the first time. The Iowa City-based singer-songwriter released an album last spring, but she only now plays it live. She played a solid set that included new songs written in her 40s, and she also got very real between songs on her personal experience with COVID-19. In a very relevant moment, she also updated us on texts she was receiving from her teenage son, who forgot she was playing a show.

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The rain stopped during Sellergren’s set, but Anthony Worden and The Illiterati weren’t so lucky. As they were almost ready to start, the rain started, delaying the start of their set by about half an hour. Once on the way, however, it was worth the wait. Not only are they all highly skilled musicians, but they are natural performers. If they felt rusty after 16 months of being out, it didn’t look like it.

I closed my weekend with a band that I had the pleasure of hearing on several occasions: The Host Country, from Des Moines. They made their debut in Cedar Falls and were surrounded by many friends and family, including singer / keyboardist Diana Weishaar’s mother, who was celebrating her birthday. Like Sellergren, the host country released an album last spring that they were playing for the first time, and they even knew exactly how long it was since they had played a full concert: 470 days.

For almost all of the artists, it was their first show in over a year or one of their first. It was also the first live music outing for many in the crowd, and I spoke to several friends who told me it would likely be their only event of the summer. The 80/35 isn’t happening this year, and not everyone is mentally prepared for an event the size of the Hinterland. The pandemic, after all, is not yet over.

Personally, I felt relieved by the whole experience. I wasn’t sure what it would be like to be back at a show or what the emotions would be like. But once I was sitting in my lounge chair, with a beer in my hand and a food truck sandwich in my lap, listening to Ben Rendall and Your Favorite Band, it all felt very familiar. It was almost as if the last year and a half hadn’t even happened. I wish I could tell you how overwhelmed with joy I was over everything, but the truth is it was just normal and good, and I think it’s actually even better.

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“Utah Jazz or Lakers”: when Damian Lillard chose his favorite team other than the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017


Damian Lillard revealed in 2017 that he would have wanted to play for the Lakers or the Jazz if he hadn’t been with the Blazers.

At this point, most NBA fans agree that, on some level, the Portland Trail Blazers are wasting Damian Lillard’s bounty. And honestly, it’s easy to see why.

The list around Dame is loaded offensively from an isolation standpoint. However, there is no elite playmaker, which is part of why this team falters in the playoffs. Worse still is their defense.

Lillard and CJ McCollum are both undersized guards, so defense isn’t their bread and butter. And that being the case, the front office has to look and that and say ‘we’re going to bring in a lockdown defender who can anchor this team’. Instead, efforts have been half-hearted at best.

After the Blazers lost in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the player was almost instantly surrounded by rumors. And with several different insiders thinking the star might actually be leaving Portland, perhaps a glance at some of her older tweets could give us her next potential destination.

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“Utah Jazz or Lakers”: Damian Lillard confessed which team he would sign with if it weren’t for the Blazers

To be clear here, Damian Lillard won’t enter free agency until 2025. However, if this situation is as messy as it looks from the outside, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that. the player makes a trade request. .

If that were to happen, there would no doubt be a huge market for it. But, if it depended on the player, where would he sign?

Well, it looks like a tweet from 2017 might end up being the perfect answer to that question. Looked.

In 2017, maybe the Lakers and Jazz would have been awkward choices. However, today these two teams are title contenders and both would suit the player.

If we were to really pick the best candidate, we would say it’s the Lakers. Their stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James are elite defenders. There is also an elite game on this list. And above all, what they need most is to score.

It might not be the most likely thing in the world right now. But, if the Lakeshow can do it, it’s unclear what will happen next.

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Birmingham City transfer news: Blues dealt a blow in pursuit of 27-year-old ace


Birmingham City stepped up preparations for the next league campaign last week by stepping up their attacking options.

After securing a deal for Jordan Graham, the Blues were able to convince Chuks Aneke to join the club on a two-year contract.

Aneke, who had negotiated a contract with his former team Charlton Athletic, hopes to lead the line for Birmingham next season.

However, the forward may need to be patient as it could take him a while to get past Lukas Jutkiewicz in the pecking order at St Andrew’s as the veteran Blues was a regular starter in the previous campaign.

While Bowyer will be delighted to have been able to sign three permanent signings already this summer, he has suffered a potential setback when it comes to his search for a player who knows exactly what it takes to thrive at this level.

A report from the Sheffield Star earlier this month revealed Birmingham was keeping an eye on Sheffield on Wednesday attacking midfielder Josh Windass ahead of a possible swoop.

The 27-year-old, who is also garnering a lot of interest from Millwall, managed to provide 15 direct second-tier goals for the Owls in the previous campaign.

However, despite his promising performances, Windass could not prevent Wednesday from suffering a relegation to the third tier of English football and his future is therefore unclear at the moment.

In a new update regarding the attacking midfielder, it was revealed that the Owls would only be willing to part ways with him if they received significant fees from elsewhere.

According to Sun reporter Alan Nixon, Windass is valued at £ 5million on Wednesday, a figure Birmingham and Millwall are reportedly unwilling to pay.

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While Windass managed to produce a slew of impressive displays for the Owls last season, £ 5million is a lot for a player whose current contract is set to expire next year.

With Birmingham not looking to spend a hefty amount of money this summer due to the current financial climate, it would be a bit of a shock if they continued to seek a deal for the attacking midfielder.

Having already secured the services of two players who have excelled in the lower divisions in recent years, Blues manager Lee Bowyer may continue to look to the free agent market for inspiration in the weeks to come.

Provided Birmingham are able to sign quality players by August, there is no reason they cannot get a good start to the next league campaign.

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Check out photos from the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival in Silverado – Press Telegram


Nearly 4,000 fans gathered at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday to Brew Ha Ha Productions’ first craft beer and music festival since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orange County Company organized its Summer Roots fest with performances by Fortunate Youth, The Expendables, Pacific Dub, Arise Roots, Eli-Mac, Bikini Trill and Roots of Mine.

Browse the slideshow to see photos from the event:

  • A couple enjoy resting on a hammock during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ben Davies of Good Times Ice Cream poses for a photo during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Karim Israel of Arise Roots performs at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Eli Mac performs at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacific Dub performs during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left to right, Cameron Collins, co-founder of Brew Ha Ha Productions and Dan Kelly of Fortunate Youth share a beer and cheers during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. ( Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Karim Israel of Arise Roots performs at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021 (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Lauren LJ Johnson of Bikini Trill performs at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacific Dub performs during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Eddie Ortiz serves Chihuahua Cerveza’s Guava Lime lager during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tony Stern of Bikini Trill performs at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • One-year-old Cody Johnson dances at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brewheim co-founder Eric Ferguson serves Joos’d Up: Blueberry Cheesecake sour during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021 (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Eli Mac performs at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jeanneane Pappalardo serves Dog Pawrk Brewery’s Crush: Apricot during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021 (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacific Dub performs during the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Donna Willis performs cornhole at the Summer Roots Craft Beer and Music Festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

The full-day festival also featured four hours of unlimited craft beer tastings for over-21s of breweries like AleSmith Brewing Company, The Dog Pawrk, Game Craft Brewing Co., Los Angeles Ale Works, Julian Hard Cider, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Rad Beer Company, Stereo Brewing, Stone Brewing and more.

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Long queues formed early on for tastes of beers such as Joos’d Up blueberry cheesecake flavored smoothie from Anaheim’s Brewheim Beer Makers and Guava-Lime from Chihuahua Cerveza from Newport Beach. was a hit on the hot sunny summer day in the park.

Brew Ha Ha Productions’ first event since 2020 was its Inaugural Silverado Showdown at Oak Canyon Park, although state mandates were not fully lifted to allow beer tasting at this time. Upcoming corporate events will be the annual Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa from Friday July 23 through Saturday July 24 and the Punk in the Park Music and Craft Beer Festival, featuring Pennywise, NOFX, the Vandals, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and more, on Saturday November 6 and Sunday November 7 at Oak Canyon Park.

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Trbojevic saves some tries

Hello, Tom Trbojevic. The Manly superstar just saved a certain try by hitting Xavier Coates’ right arm as he stretched to score what should have been Queensland’s first try.

Tom Trbojevic scored one try and saved another.Credit:Getty

The Maroons are always aimless.

NSW 20-0 QLD after 53 minutes

Poll: Should Cherry-Evans have been put in the trash?

Cleary takes two

Nathan Cleary was penalized for his team when Daly Cherry-Evans was forced to obstruct Tariq Sims in a run for a loose ball deep in the Queensland half.

NSW half-back Nathan Cleary.

NSW half-back Nathan Cleary.Credit:Getty

He turned that penalty into two points and gave his team a 20-0 lead.

Murray costs NSW four more

It wasn’t Cameron Murray’s night.

It wasn't Cameron Murray's night.

It wasn’t Cameron Murray’s night.Credit:Getty

He was in front of the game before he got involved in the game – which is illegal – and it saw referee Gerard Sutton award Queensland a penalty when the Blues should have got their fourth try – another runaway for Tom Trbojevic .

Is this the turning point Queensland desperately needs?

NSW 18-0 QLD after 46 minutes

Play again

The second half is underway at Suncorp Stadium.

The Maroons just need to score next if they are to have any hope in this game.

You have a feeling that another early NSW try will be a dagger right at the heart of the Maroons. From there it could get ugly.

Coach under pressure: is Paul Green in the crosshairs?

Who gets fired and who flopped?

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Half time

NSW looks to score every time they touch the ball, Queensland doesn’t look close.

Latrell Mitchell and NSW are on fire.

Latrell Mitchell and NSW are on fire.Credit:Getty

That’s all the analysis you need after 40 minutes of Origin football at Suncorp Stadium.

If the match continues in the second half, the Shield returns to NSW.

NSW 18-0 QLD at halftime

Mitchell Pearce gives his opinion

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longtime musician remembers a life rich in stories | Reportage


Rudolph Winstead, 86, known to his friends as “J. Thaddeus Toad”, or “Toad” for short, sits down on a stool with his guitar, introducing his first song. Her voice resonates, soft and strong. “I am walking on the ground on you.”

He earned his nickname, he said, because he had trouble remembering people’s names, so he just called them “Toad.” And the people turned on him.

“I added the J. Thaddeus to improve the game… I thought it seemed important,” he said.

“I’m old, so I play old songs,” he says. He follows his first number with “Blues Stay Away From Me” and “Melt Your Cold, Cold Heart”.

Toad’s playgrounds are in Nash County, but anyone who was in Greenville in the 1950s might remember him and his sister from “The Jewel Box Jamboree” with Sammy Bland on WNCT-TV. The folks of Rocky Mount can recognize him from WCEC radio station or, in recent years before COVID, play country and gospel tunes every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Les Hardees across from Lowe’s. Due to the location, his daughter, Celeste, said some people called them the “Highway 301 Opry Band”.

And he’s not just a musician, but a storyteller. The stories are of a life well lived.

“I was born in Nash County at 9 pm on September 12,” Toad said with surprising precision. But musically, the story started when he was in seventh grade.

“I have always been little. In school, when they were getting ready to pick teams to play ball, another boy and I were always picked last because they thought we couldn’t kick the ball past the pitcher’s mound, ” did he declare. “I didn’t want to play ball, not how. I told dad that Eddie Pridgen had a guitar and showed me some chords. I asked him to buy me a guitar.

His daddy told him he would buy him a cheap one, and if he learned anything, he would buy him a better one. He bought her a brand new Harmony guitar in 1947 for $ 16.50.

“I learned a few chords, but back then in country music most songs only had about three chords… every once in a while you had a song that went to the fourth chord,” Toad mentioned. . “Nowadays you sometimes have to change agreement every three words, or so. “

In eighth grade he would take his guitar to school and he and his friend Eddie would play a song during oral sex time. His teacher auditioned him with Ray Wilkerson, the program director for WCEC radio station in Rocky Mount.

“We had my sister (who played the piano), Eddie’s brother Bob, who played the double bass, and we went over there and sang three or four songs. He put us on the radio every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“There was nothing else to do before the television came out. Every Saturday the radio station was almost full of people coming to listen, ”Toad recalls. “Most of them were girls. “

Listeners also mailed cards with requests for hand-written songs in cursive, such as “Ask Rudolph to sing“ A House Without Love ”… don’t disappoint. Or “Ask Rudolph to sing ‘A Heart Full of Love’ for Betty, Marie, Rebecca, Margaret and Shirley.” The cards would be creatively signed, like “Cute Chick” or “Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes and Shorty”.

The group sang around a microphone. Although his sister was part of the group, they became known as “Eddie Pridgen and the Riverland Playboys”.

“The reason the ‘Riverland’ came in there is because I stayed on the north side of the river and Eddie stayed south, about a mile apart.”

It might be better not to ask how the “Playboys” part of the name came about, but Toad admits to having an affinity for blondes.

Back when the band was on the radio, Toad was too young to have a driver’s license, so his father had to drive them to the station every Saturday. On Friday and Saturday nights, Toad and Eddie also performed in the Buddy Baker’s Dance Band, at square dances in Middlesex and Spring Hope.

“We started at 9:00 pm and played until noon. Between the square dances we would play what they called a round dance, a boogie or a waltz. “

After the square dances ended, they performed at the Pack House Jamboree in Wilson on Saturday night.

Around 1949, Toad’s father must have decided that he had learned something, because he bought him a better guitar: a Gibson for $ 66.50. He still has it.

He remembers the first time he got paid to play guitar. It was with Pete Winstead (no relationship) on electric guitar, Toad on rhythm guitar and his daddy on violin. The country store owner liked them because the farmers lingered and bought more RC Colas and Moon Pies. So when they were done he paid the band in Nutty Buddies.

“I said every time you get paid you’re a pro, aren’t you? “

Sammy Bland, then a DJ at WCEC and later known as a race broadcaster and for his TV shows with Witney the Hobo, would open a few doors, musically, for Toad.

“When we were singing on the radio, Sammy would come up where sometimes when the show was over, he would come up there and want to sing a song, and we would play for him. The next thing I knew was he wanted to make a record. So me and Eddie, my sister and Sammy went to Philadelphia to Gotham Record Label and made a record. It was an old 78. We recorded four songs that day, but you only put two on the record.

“Carolina Tears” was on side A and “My Kind of Girl” was on side B.

“Then seven years ago I found out that someone went back to the storage room and picked out another of the songs we recorded,” I Just Heard the News “and put it on a CD. with several other artists, ”Toad said. .

Wilson’s comedy radio duo “Mustard and Gravy” was one of the other artists featured on this compilation. “Mustard” was Frank Rice and “Gravy” was Ernest Stokes.

“Frank ran a men’s clothing store in Wilson. They were on the radio about every week, “Toad said,” They ended up in the movies. “

Then in the 1950s, Sammy Bland had a show on WNCT-TV in Greenville sponsored by The Jewel Box called The Jewel Box Jamboree, featuring Toad, his sister and the band, then known as “The Folk Caravan” .

He recalls making more money playing concerts in high school than after graduation when he got his first real job.

But the stories Toad enjoys telling the most are about his 63-year-old wife, Betty Rose, who died in April this year. When he first saw her he said, “This blonde is a beautiful thing.”

He went to a gospel song with Wally Fowler and the Oak Ridge Boys and spotted it there.

“I tried to convince her to let me take her home and she said, ‘My mom is coming after me.’ Sure enough, I followed her out and her mom was setting right there in that blue 48-inch Plymouth right outside the door. I walked her back to the car and opened the door for her. She messed me up the first time I saw her. This is the reason why I am not right now.

Toad’s story involving the king of rock and roll might be the best example of how infatuated he was.

“It must have been in 1955, because I had just bought a 1955 Ford Victoria… in black and white. Black at the bottom, white at the top and in the middle. Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas were going to be in Wilson at the baseball stadium. They were two of the best stars in country music at the time. And I wanted to go, ”Toad said.

“So I asked Betty Rose to come with me. She had to ask her mom because it was country music and her mom was a Sunday school teacher and she didn’t want her to do things… maybe I would. But she let her go. We went about an hour and a half early, got a good seat in the front.

“When the show started, the announcer came out and said, ‘Before our stars come out, we’re going to get a young man to come and do some songs for you. I want you to welcome him. He called out his name right away, and no one had heard of him. He got a little helping hand, you know. He came out and started singing and twisting a bit.

It was at this point, about three-quarters of the way through the song, that Betty said, “I think we have to go.”

“I said, ‘What for?’ She said, ‘Because he’s vulgar,’ ”Toad recalls as clearly as if it had happened last week.

“I said, ‘Naw, we can’t go; we haven’t seen the stars! ‘”

He remembers that with the second song it was a little worse.

“She said, ‘I just can’t sit here. If mom knew I was watching this, she would never let me go anywhere else with you. I said, ‘OK, then we’ll go.’

“So we got up and drove off, walked back to my car, and the two front hubcaps of my new car had been stolen. I lost the ticket prices, wasted time seeing the country music stars, and went out on Elvis Presley, all in the same night.

“I’ve told people over the years not to pay attention to Betty Rose… she’s not a good talent judge.”

Brilliant black and white photos of Toad looking very much like a pulsating musician, with his shiny hair and elegant outfit, are carefully preserved. The boxes contain postcards and other keepsakes that commemorate a life spent playing music.

Still, Toad looks at them and says thoughtfully, “I sang in the Calvary Baptist Church choir, I think 20 or 25 years ago. From 1968 to 1976, for seven years, my wife and I led the youth choir… and we had 72. I think we had 17 at the first rehearsal. One of the highlights of all my music was this choir. I liked everything else, but it seems to take the top spot.

And Toad’s story as a musician suddenly turns into a testimony that isn’t playing on the radio, making records, or being on TV. It’s a story of prioritizing and investing in others. And thankfully, it’s a story that’s still being written.

The Sims to host an in-game music festival – EDM.com


EA Games’ The sims 4 will host an upcoming in-game music festival like no other.

Virtual music festivals featuring many of the world’s greatest artists have landed on Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox in recent memory, captivating millions of people in the process. For its part, The sims the franchise as a whole has sold over 200 million copies worldwide, with the game’s latest installment turning out to be EA’s best-selling asset in the series yet. Naturally, it presents fertile ground for hosting highly visible events of a similar caliber.

Prolific singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha is slated to headline the festival, dubbed Sims Sessions, which will also include performances by Glass Animals and Joy Oladokun. According to The edge, the artists will perform some of their tracks in Simlish, the native language of the game. This even includes Rexha, who will perform her single “Sabotage” in the fictional language.

While the idea of ​​listening to a performance in Simlish might sound crazy, it’s a gimmick EA has been following for some time. Artists such as Jason Derulo and Katy Perry have previously recorded Simlish covers of their hit songs. A recent Roomie video compilation highlights some of the many artists who have stepped into the act, such as Jon Bellion, who performed his successful Zedd collaboration “Beautiful Now” into the language.

Fans will have time to witness all the action and purchase collectible game items from performing artists from June 29 through July 7.

Jazz Jennings shares her weighty journey with viewers: “I love being me”


Jazz Jennings has spent most of her life on camera, sharing her story as a transgender teenager on the show i’m jazz. From her sanity to medical appointments, Jennings has remained open about her struggles along the way, and in the upcoming seventh season, the LGBTQ activist is candid about her weight.

“I think it’s just something that has become apparent. As people saw images of me heavier and I didn’t really discuss how I gained all that weight, why I gained weight, ”Jennings told Yahoo Life.

On June 19, Jennings shared a photo on Instagram that showed nearly 100 pounds weight gain in two years. She cites binge eating disorder as the cause and lets fans know they can follow her weight loss journey on the show. “I have the power to lose weight and I plan to share my progress with all of you,” Jennings wrote.

Last summer, Jennings posted a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit on the beach, after doctors suggested she lose weight before undergoing medical intervention. “That moment last year was really important because I was showing my scars from the surgery – gender confirming surgery. Because I had to have special surgery, they had to use additional skin grafts, so most people don’t have scars like this, but because of my special surgery i have these scars and i’m proud of it.

Although Jennings has gained weight since taking this photo, she assures fans that her focus on weight loss has little to do with vanity. She remains determined to live and eat better for her health, not her height. “I love myself and my body in all shapes and sizes that I am. You know, even being a taller girl now, I still love my body and I love being me,” Jennings says.

Sharing her personal journey in front of the cameras is second nature to Jennings, who started her reality show when she was just 14 years old. Since then, Jennings has become a national trans rights figure and has been featured as the youngest person to ever appear on Outside‘s “Out 100” and Lawyer‘s “40 less than 40”. Today, she continues to be inspired by the reach and impact of i’m jazz.

“We really wanted to create an atmosphere where trans people could be accepted for who they are, and to be able to see that our show was able to create that change is amazing,” Jennings said. “To be able to continue working on a project that creates this difference. It means a lot to me, it means a lot to my family and it means a lot to everyone involved in the project.

At a time when more than 144 bills across the country threaten transgender rights, Jennings has taken her activism even further, speaking publicly against the anti-trans sports bill passed by Governor DeSantis. in Florida. She also continues to raise awareness of proposed legislation that threatens access to medical care, including access to drugs like estrogen and testosterone, for the trans community.

“The medical bills are really, really concerning because you know it’s kind of a life and death for a lot of transgender people. These surgeries and medical procedures and the drugs we use to help us make the transition are so Otherwise we have to go through puberty of the opposite sex and that just creates more dysphoria and more feelings of depression and discomfort, ”says Jennings.

“No one should have to go through puberty of the opposite sex and feel trapped in the wrong body,” she adds. “So it’s really, really hard to know that these life-saving drugs, procedures and surgeries are banned in some states.”

Jazz Jennings, pictured in 2019 (Photo: Getty Images)

Now 20 and after taking a break from high school, Jennings is ready for her next challenge – dating someone. Identifying herself as pansexual, Jennings says the only thing she looks for in a potential mate is authenticity. “I look at the soul and energy of a person rather than their outer shell. I think the body is just a vessel and a person’s core is inside, and I’m just more drawn to a person who has a beautiful soul. So whether they’re transgender, non-binary cisgender, whatever their religion, their sexual orientation, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just love a person for being her, ”says Jennings.

In fact, it all comes down to love for Jennings. When she feels weighed down by the world, she finds the autonomy of her family and remains anchored in her community. “It may seem like the whole world is falling on us with all these medical and sports bills and bans, but we have to keep moving forward and stand united in love because that’s the object of our movement.

“It’s all about love, and love always wins, no matter what,” says Jennings. “So we’re on the right side of history and we just have to keep moving forward.”

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Slow City Blues Catch Up: The Comedy Source Podcast


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Jace reunites with the creative team of Slow City Blues, Samuel Haine, Shawn Moll and John Livesay. With only about 10 days until the campaign ends on July 6, the guys are discussing the success of crowdfunding so far. There’s also a bunch of conversations about Shawn Moll joining the project and how the collaborative process has been between all of the creators. The guys also discuss the main character, John Loris hair… in detail.

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From start to stage – musicians share their journey to perform in the virtual showcase of the Borneo Jazz Festival


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Held every summer in the town of Miri, in eastern Malaysia, Sarawak, the Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) takes place each year in a new format around the time of the coronavirus – an online showcase.

The festival took place earlier at Miri’s Parkcity Everly Hotel, then moved to Coco Cabana at Marina Bay. I have covered three editions of the festival, on both sites, as some of the images in this four part photo essay show (see part I here).

This year, Borneo Jazz Festival 2021 Virtual Travel highlights some of the outstanding performers since its first edition in 2006. The showcase will be streamed online for free from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Malaysian Standard Time) daily, weekends from June 25-27.

“After more than a year of watching the international entertainment industry, among other things, innovate on how to reach their target groups, we look forward to seeing fans and new audiences embrace the BJF 2021 Virtual Travel,” said declared Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor, CEO, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

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BJF 2021: Memories of Borneo

Local bands featured this year will include O-Ha Soul Band, Clinton Jerome Chua, Nisa Addina, Pete Kallang and Ta’Dan Performance.

“At the moment, my group is me and pianist Foo Jeng”, explains Nisa Addina, a violinist, composer and producer, in conversation with Your story. She grew up in Sarawak and is now based in Kuala Lumpur.

She first met Foo in the Berklee College of Music. “We were both among the few Malaysians there. His compositions are wonderful and experimental, fascinating! I thought of him to play for Borneo Jazz because I thought it would be fun to work with him, ”recalls Nisa.

Nisa Addina (photo courtesy of the artist)

The musical duo Ta’Dan was formed by Prostasindra and Daniel. “We met playing in a cover band, for weddings and occasions. We played in a jazz cover band and found that we both share the same interest in music, ”the musicians explain.

“We wanted to go deeper into the music we were playing. This is how we form our group as a duo. We wanted to play our own originals and our own cover versions, ”they recall.

The virtual stage

Flashback video segments at BJF will feature Habana Sax, Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra, Chandra Rule, Jazz Association Singapore and Borneo Jazz Band with Zainal Abidin. Some of the earliest Indian artists included Dhruv Ghanekar, Gino Banks and Sheldon D’Silva.

Ta’Dan musicians say they are delighted and lucky to be able to perform at Borneo Jazz. “The festival was one of driving reasons why we would want to create our own music, ”they explain.

“We are discovering a lot of performers and music from past festivals. And now being in one ourselves is like, Wow! The virtual experience also takes it to another level, ”they say. “Being able to play and be watched by streaming audiences is something new,” they enthusiastically.

Ta’Dan (image courtesy of the artist)

Pete Kallang, a singer and recording artist of Miri, says he is deeply honored to also be invited to perform at BJF this year. “It is an honor to be part of a music festival that celebrates music both locally and internationally. This gives a platform to educate and raise awareness about the importance of music, ”he explains.

“I feel humbled to be able to represent Sarawak as a musician and to make my hometown proud. I want to be able to inspire freedom in the arts, ”concludes Nisa Addina.

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The lineup announced for this summer’s 814 Day Music Festival


Live music festivals are making a comeback in Erie. Erie city officials are announcing their plans for 814 Day this summer.

Line-up was announced for the 814 Day Music Festival across town on Friday, followed by a concert in Perry Square. Mayor Joe Schember promises that August 14 will be a big day for the community of Erie.

“What we’re doing is five different parks east and west and here in Perry Square will be one. There will be performances, said Mayor Schember.

Locations include Bayview Park, Griswold Park, Perry Square, Rodger Young Park, and Washington Park. The announcement was followed by a live acoustic concert by a local artist.

The return to live performances is not only important for the community, but also for local musicians.

“Just by going out and playing, like I said, in the summer, a lot of us musicians can play 3-4 times a week and we’re just happy to do it again.” said Jesse James Weston, a local musician.

Weston says it’s gratifying to be able to play again.

“Erie is a hotspot for live music in the summer and it’s just nice to be here on a beautiful day, a breeze and the sun is shining.” Weston said.

Aaron Loncki, the festival’s events coordinator, says that after a rough summer last year, 814 Day 2021 will give local artists the opportunity to do what they love.

“There’s a lot of work in there, but it’s all worth it because the live performances and the pay of the artists and production teams are really important to us. Loncki said.

Before day 814, there is a list challenge of activities that families can do in Erie. You can Click here to find out more and see this year’s festival lineup.

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Detroit Jazz Fest to relaunch in-person performances in 2021


The Detroit Jazz Festival will return to live performances this year.

The free Labor Day weekend event, which has gone completely virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place in downtown Detroit on three stages at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park in the Friday September 3 to Monday September 6. went on sale on Friday.

President and Artistic Director Chris Collins celebrated the news during a phone call with Free Press.

“I am so excited by the positive energy of the event,” he said Thursday. “Anyone who’s been there knows what I’m talking about. There is a palpable and positive energy throughout the city center during these four days, and it is a beautiful feeling.

“By keeping the festival free and removing barriers to participation between artists and audiences, there is a real openness that is then amplified by the outside environment and being right in the middle of the real city. You feel this urban center; you feel the tradition; and it all comes together in a very special and unique way. “

Related: Will Detroit Jazz Fest 2021 be broadcast live or go virtual again? Expect a decision “in the next few days”.

The in-person plan calls for limited COVID-19 safety precautions and a revised festival footprint allowing for more open space and social distancing. The weekend will also feature more video screens to help divide the crowds, cashless payments at vendor kiosks and hand sanitizing stations.

“The warrants are gone and there is a significant decrease in COVID cases,” Collins said. “But at the same time, we also realize that there is a potential for threat. We don’t want to turn our backs on the health needs of the Detroit community, so we’ve put some things in place to encourage greater safety. “

The 42nd edition of the festival will feature artist-in-residence Dee Dee Bridgewater headlining several performances, including an opening set with her protégé, the Woodshed Network Ladies, and a closing night with her big band entirely female. Other highlights include performances by Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter, Keyon Harrold, Omar Sosa and the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project, a joint performance by Manhattan Transfer and Take Six, and Kurt Elling’s Big Blind.

This year will also see the return of Detroit Jazz Fest Live! app, which will allow festival-goers and outsiders to live stream the performances of each stage as they occur. An annual subscription is $ 20 and also offers live broadcasts of Jazz Fest sponsored performances throughout the year. The application is accessible via a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer; registration is done at live.detroitjazzfest.org.

“There is an overlap in the show times so it won’t be possible to see everything,” Collins said, “But you will be able to open the app and see what is happening on the other stages to help you take it. your decisions The application will have all kinds of tools to help understand exactly who the artists are, like what kind of jazz they play, who plays with them, what their background is, what their successes are… Whether you are new to jazz or whether you are an aficionado, we work to make sure the music is accessible for you.

Related: Detroit Jazz Fest 2021: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock’s top line-up; live hearing decision awaits

Rochelle Riley, director of arts and culture, thanked festival officials for working with the city to ensure a safe environment for live music.

“This is the best news for music, for Detroit and for a national and global audience that came to a virtual million-person festival last year,” she said. “But it’s time to add some live music, so for the fans who have called, asking if they can go home or come visit or come stay for a while, the answer is a sure yes! And we at the city, let’s hope residents and visitors get vaccinated so we can keep moving forward and bring back more live music. The pandemic isn’t over, but it could be. Let’s keep pushing! “

The Detroit Jazz Festival is free to the public. VIP tickets, starting at $ 125, are on sale today and can be purchased from the website www.detroitjazzfest.org.

How a CNY suburban “massage” parlor openly sold sex; more Blues Fest is back (Good Morning CNY for June 25)


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How a CNY suburban “massage” parlor openly sold sex: The Lilac Spa in Cicéron presented itself as a massage parlor. But it wasn’t exactly a secret that the company offered much more than innocent massages. Neighbors close to Lilac Spa suspected – and in some cases knew – salon workers were prostitutes, police said. This week, after a two-month police investigation by two agencies, two spa workers were arrested.

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15-year-old boy killed in shooting in Syracuse: One person shot dead Wednesday night near the Onondaga Creekwalk in Syracuse was a 15-year-old boy. It was the 12th homicide of the year in the city. Four of the victims were children.

The concerts resume: the Blues Fest arrives at the funfair: The New York State Blues Festival reintroduces Syracuse into “normal” concert experiences. Thursday’s opening night of the three-day festival was the first major musical event in central New York City since the state lifted most of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions last week. The event continues tonight and Saturday.

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Look ahead

Another Popeyes could be on the way: Popeyes, the Louisiana-style fried chicken chain, is growing in the region. A restaurant is slated to open this fall at Township 5 shopping center in Camille. Now the New Jersey-based Liberty Restaurant Group has offered another in the town of Cicero.

Brindisi will no longer challenge Tenney: Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi has decided he will not run for Congress next year, just months after narrowly losing one of the country’s closest parliamentary elections.


Meet Boeheim’s New Army Head Coach: How did a West Coast guy like Jeremy Pope, who has Californian roots, become the head coach of Boeheim’s Army, a squad filled with former Syracuse University players? Short answer: he has influential connections in Syracuse.

Tribute to CNY’s Top High School Athletes: Top Section III Athletes Honored Thursday at Fourth Annual All-CNY High School Sports Awards, an ESPY-Inspired Virtual Event Presented by Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists and syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. Miss the show? Watch the video and find out about all of this year’s individual and team winners.


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Marcel Gagnon, musician, lawyer and senior in residence at UNBC, receives honorary law degree


Marcel Gagnon, an accomplished artist and advocate for the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Thursday at the 2021 convocation at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Gagnon, who belongs to the Bear Clan, is an Elder in Residence at the Prince George Post-Secondary Institute and has been recognized for his many accomplishments.

And that’s a long list.

Gagnon is a longtime advocate for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, has spent nearly two decades sharing his Indigenous teachings with men in provincial and federal corrections, has worked as a counselor in addiction and released four studio albums for which he received two Juno Award nominations.

WATCH | Gagnon performs live from the UNBC campus radio studio:

According to a statement from the university, since he began serving as an Elder-in-Residence in 2018, Gagnon has been committed to sharing his knowledge and understanding of his cultural teachings and has been instrumental in introducing the Aboriginal justice system in Prince George.

“The connection to my spiritual and cultural past has been huge for me and has helped me unleash the gifts I’m meant to share with the world,” Gagnon told CBC Radio producer Michael Juk ahead of the graduation ceremony. .

Gagnon dedicated his first album, Crazy creator, to residential school survivors. His musical style weaves elements of blues and rock and, according to Gagnon, is still influenced by his Indigenous history and spirituality.

During the pandemic, the accomplished elder lived off the grid in a cabin on a lake north of Prince George and is currently working on his memoir.

In a statement, he said it was a great honor to receive the honorary doctorate: “I accept and share this honor on behalf of my dear mother Margaret Gagnon.

LISTEN | Gagnon speaks with CBC producer Michael Juk about connecting with himself and with the land during the pandemic:

10:25Off stage: Marcel Gagnon

Marcel Gagnon is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. He powerfully and urgently writes poignant songs about some of the darkest themes of institutional racism. Marcel receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UNBC in Prince George on June 25, 2021. 10:25

The musical program announced for the Jazz Fest 2021


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced Thursday the list of more than 50 artists who will participate in this year’s festival.

Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Lizzo and Demi Lovato are some of the musical performances scheduled for the festival which runs October 8-17.

See the full music program below:

8 – 10 October

Dead & Company, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, The Black Crowes, Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile, Wu-Tang Clan with The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists, Ludacris, Ziggy Marley: Songs of Bob Marley, Randy Newman, Tank and The Bangas, Galactic , David Sanborn, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Chris Isaak, Cyril Neville, Hourra for the Riff Raff, Charlie Musselwhite, Arturo Sandoval, Martha Redbone Roots Project, Ricky Skaggs, Doug Kershaw, Boyfriend, El Gran Combo , Lil ‘Ed & the Blues Imperials, Tab Benoit, Leo Nocentelli, Anders Osborne, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Little Freddie King, Kathy Taylor and Favor, Hommage à Bessie Smith, Nicholas Payton, Deacon John, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, We are One and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, plus hundreds more.

October 15 – 17

Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, HER, Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Brittany Howard, Irma Thomas, Melissa Etheridge, The Isley Brothers, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Boz Scaggs, Rickie Lee Jones, Ledisi, Tower of Power, Big Freedia, Keb ‘Mo’ Band, PJ Morton, Playing for Change Band, Samantha Fish, Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective, Rebirth Brass Band, Shovels & Rope, Asleep at the Wheel, Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Radiators, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. & Runnin ‘Pardners, Davell Crawford, Puss N Boots, The Campbell Brothers, Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Tribute to Dr. John, The Count Basie Orchestra, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Ronnie Lamarque, and hundreds others.

Tickets for the festival are available online at nojazzfest.com.

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SB Nation responds: Ben Simmons’ dilemma


welcome to SB Nation reacts, a survey of NBA fans. Every week, we send questions to the most connected Memphis Grizzly fans and fans across the country. register here to join Reacts.

One thing was made very clear in the last SB Nation Reacts poll, now that the Memphis Grizzlies are out of the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns have become the USA team. Less sarcastically and more clearly than that, Devin Booker made his star spin.

44% of NBA fans across the country said Devin Booker is the most exciting player of the playoffs, the highest percentage of votes of any player. Atlanta Hawk star Trae Young won the second-largest part of the vote with 26%. While these results came before Trae’s incredible Game 1 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks, Devin Booker’s swagger and Kobe-esque play certainly deserves praise.

With Booker in the lead, more than three-quarters of the fans chose the Suns to win the Western Conference final. The vote took place before Phoenix won Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers. While the Clippers have made comebacks in the past, a grueling loss like LA suffered in Game 2 may be too much to overcome.

Confidence in Phoenix doesn’t end after WCF. A majority of domestic fans, 53 percent, believe the Suns will win it all. Of course, the Atlanta-Milwaukee series result will weigh on that, but the Suns are the highest-rated seed remaining. So their place as a favorite makes sense.

The Milwaukee Bucks got the second highest percentage of the vote, with 33 percent. Before reaching the final, Milwaukee will have to beat the Hawks, which a large majority of fans expect (remember these results came before last night’s game).

While Booker, Young and Giannis Antetokounmpo have made their entrance onto the bigger stage, the same can’t be said for Philadelphia 76ers goaltender Ben Simmons. In the aftermath of the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to the Hawks, Simmons suffered criticism. But a majority of fans believe Simmons was a scapegoat.

This feeling may, in part, be due to the change in feelings around Simmons. Almost three-quarters of fans don’t believe Simmons is a current NBA “star”. It might be difficult to see the talented but flawed Simmons from this perspective, given how he has strayed from offense and how powerfully he fights as a shooter outside of the paint. But he’s paid like a star… so this offseason will be huge for Simmons.

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JESSICA KIMBLE | Artist, musician, organizer and founder of New Gen Juneteenth – VC Reporter


Pictured: Jessica Kimble, aka J. Lynn. Photo submitted.

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Juneteenth is officially June 19 and commemorates the date in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas learned they had been freed, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The Committee Oxnard-based Juneteenth has been hosting a vibrant celebration for 30 years. Last year, due to the pandemic, the traditional event held at Plaza Park was canceled. But one aspect, the Harmony Art Walk, has been adapted to make it relevant for the present moment.

Jessica Kimble, alias. J. Lynn. Photo by Christian J Harris.

“I organized a celebration of New Gen Juneteenth in the form of an event,” said Jessica Kimble, Oxnard resident and local artist and musician. “Due to the social climate last year following the death of George Floyd, although permits were restricted, I thought it was fair to have Juneteenth.”

So, without a license, Kimble hosted an in-person celebration at Lions Park in Oxnard. “Masks and social distancing were mandatory. We had sanitation stations and distributed free okra and Filipino spaghetti, as well as raffle prizes to the community.

She said the Juneteenth committee chose to make this year’s 30th anniversary event virtual and invited her to organize an art walk. “I thought it would be cool to have artists showcasing their art in different companies. Since businesses struggled last year during COVID, we could try to help drive traffic to their business. ”

It has become a city-wide arts event at local galleries and restaurants, which runs until June 30. It offers art exhibitions, meet the artists which include a meal and a celebration of black-owned businesses.

“The New Gen Juneteenth City Wide Art Event wouldn’t be what it is now without Juneteenth Oxnard,” Kimble said. “Juneteenth Oxnard gave me a platform to grow. She sees the art event as a result of the original Juneteenth Harmony Art Walk she hosted several years ago, and believes it will always be part of a historic Juneteenth Oxnard event.

“It’s just that times are changing and an expansion is happening. In order to make Juneteenth known, we have to grow and that’s what New Gen Juneteenth is doing.

Kimble was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico and spent her youth traveling the world with her father in the US Air Force.

“Traveling has had a major impact on my life because I learned about the different values ​​and customs of cultures. She said sometimes it was difficult, “but what kept me optimistic was the artistic and musical culture of every place I visited.”

While living in the Azores, Portugal, she had the opportunity to travel to Oberwesel, Germany to study with Kurt Wenner, the world famous 3D artist who rose to prominence for his sidewalk paintings more larger than life that seem to open the way. you step on it. While in Germany she met “other artists, dancers and poets. I will never forget the moving and artistic atmosphere of this memory. I feel that same feeling is what I carry with me everywhere I go.

Later, she was a student at Oxnard College, where she organized a multicultural day and artistic walks on campus. Eventually, she was linked to STAC (Save the Art Culture) and the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) and more recently to the Juneteenth Committee of Oxnard.

Kimble, also a hip-hop artist performing and recording under the name J. Lynn, was invited by BAPAC in 2013 to perform at the local event Juneteenth. She had learned to play the guitar herself in 2007 and would write her own songs, many of which were from poems she had written. “I never thought I would perform them until I moved to Ventura County.” Today, she said her music “was changing from being involved so deeply in the hip-hop community to my acoustic music, as my state of mind turned to healing.”

After performing at the Juneteenth 2013 event, she was painting in the park for an assignment, with the event taking place around her. Others began to paint with it. People took notice.

“Passers-by were intrigued, it drew a lot of attention. From there, the Harmony Art Walk was born during the events of Juneteenth, ”she explained.

“Art is such an important tool of expression,” Kimble said. “Art in the community is a great way to bring value to the community, whatever the expression. Art can be used to add value to a business by making it look great. Art could also add value to the community depending on the social climate, it could tell a story of hardships and struggles that some people might not understand because they have never seen or had to struggle and it can create new perspectives and understanding. “

Art, in all its forms, is a common thread within a community and Kimble’s work links these pieces together around the Juneteenth theme. Things look a little different from before, but as she points out, it’s a natural progression.

“Our community is constantly evolving and we need to be flexible and willing to allow change,” said Kimble, who hopes the connections she has made with organizations like Open Door Studios, Femdustry and others, “can make an impact in the community. I’m hopeful because we’re getting such a good response at the City Wide Art Event as well as other events like Pride. “

She said that increasing community engagement “makes me happy. I think what is needed since last year is a chance to put the baton in the hands of the new generation and allow them to be themselves in their own expression.

Juneteenth Oxnard: www.juneteenthoxnard.org

New generation Juneteenth: www.instagram.com/newgenjuneteenth/

  1. J. Lynn (aka Jessica Kimble): www.instagram.com/805jlynn/

The Tumbleweed Music Festival returns for its 25th year


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RICHLAND, Washing. After being forced to go virtual last year, the 25th Tumbleweed Music Festival will return to Howard Amon Park with a night of virtual performances and another night of live musical performances.

According to a press release issued by the event’s organizers, this year’s festival was to be completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, steady progress in the fight against the pandemic has made it possible to safely host an in-person event this year.

In-person festivities will be held at Howard Amon Park in Richland on Saturday, August 21 at 7:30 pm In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Tumbleweed Festival, this year’s live performances will be available for free instead of being a fundraiser. Like in the past.

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Following the themes of the Tumbleweed Music Festival, artists will perform blues, jazz, folk, Americana and country music. The list of headliners, as provided by the event organizers, is below:

  • Bourbon & Soufflet, a group based in Prosser and Ephrata, which offers us a lively jazz and blues in the style of Django Reinhardt.
  • Cecilia eng, a Portland, Oregon-based singer who specializes in “Filk”, folk music inspired by imaginative works of film and literature (Cecilia was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2013); and
  • Hank Cramer and his friends, featuring longtime folk singer and Tumbleweed regular Hank Cramer, and a variety of his friends (also all Tumbleweed regulars) for a diverse ensemble that is sure to include nautical, cowboy, traditional and rock songs. sing!

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The virtual portion of the festival will take place on Friday, September 3 and feature nearly 100 pre-recorded performances from five separate counties. Other virtual offerings include 15 live workshops, a live Zoom Shanty Sing and a live Zoom Contra Dance.

The Three Rivers Folklife Society and the Town of Richland co-sponsor the annual Tumbleweed Music Festival. For more information on festival details, Click here.


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Jazz at Five moves from State Street to Fitchburg; move could be permanent | Music


Stanbery said it would be too difficult to reverse the course, even though restrictions on major events and masks have since been lifted.

He said Jazz at Five, which is entering its 27th season after missing last year’s season due to the pandemic, will not follow the lead of the Dane County Farmers’ Market, which returned to the plaza on Saturday. from the Capitol.

Stanbery said he spent four or five months planning and applied for the necessary permits. In addition, he also announced that the event will take place in Fitchburg.

“It might be too much to have this whole announcement that we’re going to be at McKee Farms Park and then come back to State Street,” he said.

Longtime Ald. Mike Verveer, who represents downtown, said he was disheartened by the loss of downtown events this year, including Jazz at Five; but also Taste of Madison and Concerts on the Square, both held at Breese Stevens Field; and Paddle and Portage, which took place on Saturday at Tenney Park.

“It’s disappointing and frustrating for downtown stakeholders to see these beloved events leave the heart of downtown,” he said.

The paddling event began at James Madison Park with participants transporting their personal watercraft across the Isthmus past the Capitol.

But, Verveer said he didn’t want to be too critical of the event’s organizers. “I can’t imagine what they all went through trying to figure out whether their events were canceled or not, juggling all the logistics and trying to decide when and where to have their events.”

Franklin to drive out pandemic blues with 4th of July music festival


FRANKLIN – After more than a year of social restrictions, Franklin has something up his sleeve that is sure to chase the pandemic blues out of everyone.

What better way to do it than a big Franklin-style 4th of July party, complete with carnival rides and games, festival food, and live music? Oh, and a brand new blues festival featuring hard-to-find world-famous musicians?

Franklin Fourth of July Coalition presidents Paul Kortick, left, and Joe Carmignani are excited about the new addition to the city's July 4th celebration this year: a blues festival on July 3 with renowned musicians world hard to find.  Festivities will take place in the town of the town.

All of this is at hand as Franklin becomes the first city in the region to move forward and celebrate in a big way following the state’s lifting of its pandemic restrictions and people starting to resume. more “normal” activities – As of Monday, state officials reported, 69.5% of Massachusetts residents are at least partially vaccinated, placing the rate above the national average of 53.3 %.

Franklin’s five-day July 4th celebration will begin on Wednesday, June 30, and run through Sunday, July 4.

Joe Carmignani and Paul Kortick, co-chairs of the Franklin July 4 Coalition, expect there to be an added level of exuberance as Franklin’s July 4 celebration makes a comeback, so soon after the Governor Charlie Baker announced that the state would lift all COVID restrictions on May 30.

“I think everyone just craves something like that… I’m just going back to kind of normal,” Kortick said.

Carmignani agrees.

“The good part of what we do, and when we do, is that people have been locked up for so long,” he said.

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  Pictured: A clown entertains at a final July 4th festival.

And it’s not just about those who will come to celebrate next week. These are also those who are involved in the carnival, as well as musicians and other artists, who have not been able to do what they have been doing since before the pandemic brought things to a halt.

The Co-Chairs said that while two old standards – the fireworks and the parade – are not part of this year’s celebrations, they are particularly excited about a new addition: the first annual Franklin Blues Festival.

“It’s something different,” Carmignani said. “There’s a local band, The Padula Trio Plus One, coming in. And we have artists from out of state.”

They are very happy to have landed the Slam Allen Band, as well as the Mike Crandall Band with Bruce Bears and Neal & The Vipers – acts which under other circumstances would have been virtually impossible to book.

“Like Slam Allen… he’s touring all over the world,” Carmignani said. “Normally we would never have had it, but we got it this year because it’s not on tour (due to the pandemic). Normally we couldn’t get any. We’re very lucky. that the timing worked. “

Kortick noted that the coalition reached out to groups in May just to get a feel for the availability of musicians in case the city could move forward with its July 4 festival this year.

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  Pictured: Visitors to a July 4th festival enjoy one of the rides.

“A lot of them didn’t have booked concerts,” he said. “And they’re all excited to be there and performing in front of everyone. So it should be a great day.”

Besides the blues festival, which takes place on July 3, live music is scheduled throughout the five-day celebration, said the men, and all of the bands – also generally hard to book around this time of the year. year – well worth coming to see.

The fireworks will have to wait, but there are more rides!

It is due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the timing of the lifting of restrictions that there will be no more fireworks in Franklin this year.

“We didn’t know until June 1 if this (the July 4 festival) was happening,” Carmignani said.

Until then, the state had a maximum limit of 250 people for outdoor gatherings – far too small for something like the July 4 Franklin Festival and the much-missed fireworks display. On top of that, the coalition was unable to do the type of fundraising needed to organize both the festival and the fireworks.

It is hoped that the city’s fireworks will return next summer, provided enough funds are raised for it in addition to the festival. Carmignani and Kortick said the coalition would also like to see a return of the traditional Franklin Parade on July 4, although this will also require its own fundraising and would benefit from having its own set of dedicated volunteers to plan it – it there is not much the current members of the coalition, all volunteers with their own full-time jobs, can do.

“We would love to do it (a parade), we would really do it,” Kortick said.

The Franklin Lions have also chosen to postpone their traditional parade of children’s bikes and wagons until next year.

Another item that will not be returning this year is the laser show that previously replaced the fireworks – which were originally put on hold due to the construction of the new high school. This is partly because there are new monuments in the area of ​​the commune where the lasers have been installed. It is also because more space on the commons will be taken up for the carnival.

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  Pictured: Visitors to a July 4th festival enjoy a ride on the carousel.

“The Fiesta Shows, which bring the rides to the commonplace, are going to fill almost all the real estate we have with more rides than in the past,” Carmignani said.

This is because there aren’t as many carnivals on the Fiesta Show schedule as there would normally be at this time of year, so there are more rides available for Franklin’s enjoyment – before the pandemic, they would have been divided between other simultaneous carnivals.

Although the state’s mask mandate has been lifted, it is up to festival-goers if they wish to continue wearing masks during next week’s celebration, the presidents said. There will also be areas around the commons with hand sanitizers available. In addition, said the co-chairs, Fiesta Shows uses a new contactless ticketing system.

“For the people who are out there and don’t want to deal with the paper tickets, it’s something they’ve done,” Carmignani said.

The calendar of events


6 p.m. to 10 p.m .: Opening of the rides and food stands (wristbands from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

6 pm-7pm: Matt Zajac (acoustic solo)

8 pm-10pm: Mo Bounce (Funk, Soul, R&B Party Group)


6 p.m. to 10 p.m .: Opening of the rides and food stands (wristbands from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

6-7 p.m .: Attleboro School of Rock (building musical skills through innovation) 7.30-10 p.m .: Victory Shot (classic rock with a unique combination of creativity, skill and energy)


6 pm-10pm: Opening of the rides and food stands

8 pm-10pm: Duppy Conquerors (testimony to the spirit of Bob Marley and his music)


12 p.m.-10 p.m .: Rides and food stands open (wristbands from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Franklin Blues Festival’s first annual lineup

2:15:15 p.m .: Padula Trio Plus One (Franklin’s own playing timeless jazz / blues standards

4 pm-6pm: Slam Allen Band (blues, soul and R&B to deliver a powerful performance)

6 pm-8pm: Mike Crandall Band with Bruce Bears (blues and swing tradition)

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.


12 p.m.-5 p.m .: Rides and food stands open (wristbands from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.)

12 pm-1pm: Michael Rivelis (acoustic solo)

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m .: Granite Brass (bringing lively music to those who have served our country)

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m .: Jamie Barrett (acoustic solo)

So what is there to eat?

Franklin Rod & Gun Club: Fried dough, fries

Franklin Rotary Club: Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and peppers

Franklin Democrats: Pizza, water

Franklin Republicans: Rootbeer, nachos, watermelon floats

Fourth of July Franklin Coalition: Ice cream, soda

Etz Haïm temple: Lemonade, pretzels

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  In the photo, food prepared at a past festival.

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For more information, to volunteer, or to donate to this celebration and future Franklin July 4th celebrations, visit https://www.franklin4th.com/

Event sponsors

(Platinum) Learning Express Toys & Gifts, Garelick Farms, Re / Max Executive Realty, Fiesta Shows; (Gold) Keefe Insurance, Amica Auto Home Life, Daddario Hardware & Supply, Ames Financial Services, Costello Realty, Dean Bank, Fenton Financial Group, Vendetti Motors, Colonial (Fine Quality Fence), Dean College, Re / Max Executive Realty, DG Ranieri Realty, Franklin Agway, Grove Street Auto Repair, Notturno Plumbing & Heating, Power Painting Plus, SPS Movers; (Silver) Aubuchon Hardware, Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail; Bellezza Day Spa, Elizabeth’s Bagels, Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Ballarino Custom Builders & Contractors, Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home, Franklin Car Wash, FGC Franklin Glass, Simon’s, George’s Oil, Inc .; Kelly’s Landscaping, Mint Dental of Franklin, First Class Marble & Granite, Planet Dodge / Jeep, Taylor Rental, PGC Associates LLC, Turetsky Consulting, Union Wines & Liquors, Franklin Newcomers & Friends, Vet Med, The Rome Restaurant, Franklin All Access TV ; (bronze) The Dog’s Pace, Hair Designs, Ranieri Plumbing & Heating, Crescent Street Printing Co., Jimmy D’s Bar & Grill, Hair Mania, Rail Good Coffee and Top Class Dance. Special thanks to the Town of Franklin.

Accomplished American Musician Cindy Cashdollar Returns to Abilene | Musical features


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  • Cindy Cashdollar will perform at the Abilene Bar & Lounge on June 26 in support of her album “Waltz for Abilene”.

Cindy Cashdollar did not take advantage of the last year of pandemic retirement to reinvent certain aspects of her life. “I didn’t sit down to learn Japanese flute, or Indian raga scales, or anything like that,” she says. “I didn’t learn to quilt, I didn’t learn to become a photographer.

What she did was finally, after all these years, to return to the boxes of the history that she had run away: posters of the shows she played, photographs of the musicians with whom she played. .

Older stuff would include Cashdollar playing steel guitar and dobro with Paul Butterfield. And gigs with Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, when she was growing up in Woodstock. Then memories of moving to Austin, Texas, and working with Leon Redbone, Ryan Adams, and Van Morrison. There have been a few appearances in “A Prairie Home Companion”.

So many people. Bob Dylan. She performed on her album “Time Out of Mind”.

But now it’s time for Cashdollar to put aside organizing her story and work with other musicians through what she calls “Zoom Culture”. The coronavirus pandemic‘s grip on live entertainment appears to be loosening. Cashdollar’s first tour in over a year arrives at the Abilene Bar & Lounge on Saturday, June 26 for a show at 8 p.m. She will be accompanied by guitarist Johnny Nicholas and fiddler and singer Katie Shore. As the old posters attest, all three have performed with western swing group Asleep at the Wheel at one point or another. “It’s kind of like a Mini Wheel Tour,” says Cashdollar.

Everywhere Cashdollar turns, there is someone with whom she has been associated musically. Carolyn Wonderland has a sold-out show the next day, Sunday, in Abilene. It’s that kind of weekend here. Cashdollar and Wonderland also performed together.

“It’s the sum of their parts that makes them remarkable,” Cashdollar says of his many musical co-conspirators. “But so different from the rest.”

Dylan, of course, stands out. “What he does with a sentence is killing me,” she said. “Just a simple sentence, his take on a simple thing is his and his alone, I think.

“I really loved working with him in the studio for his ‘Time Out of Mind’ project. It was really refreshing and interesting to see his process of trying out a song in many different tones to see which – it looked like he could sing in most of them – but just to see which key was used for. better the song.

Dylan got everyone involved in the song’s creation process, Cashdollar says.

“He would turn to everyone and say, ‘What do you think?’ ‘What do you think about this?’ ” What do you think ? She remembers. “What was very nice was a very democratic atmosphere during the process.”

This new tour is where the logistics of bringing everyone and everything into one vehicle must be carefully considered. So, for the convenience of its tour partners, Cashdollar needs to control itself. She will bring a steel guitar with an eight-string neck. A tricone guitar with a metal body. A lap steel guitar. And what is commonly referred to as a dobro, although Cashdollar points out that Dobro is a brand name and the instrument is correctly referred to as a resonator guitar.

A highly sought-after musician who has often contributed to Grammy-winning albums, Cashdollar says her solo material sometimes takes a back seat. “It’s really hard to find the time to sit down and figure out your own stuff,” she says. She compares her personal production to a 17-year-old cicada. Her first album, “Slide Show”, was released in 2003. Now she finally has her second album, “Waltz for Abilene”.

Cashdollar considers it a luxury to be able to take your time with your own projects. And with “Waltz for Abilene”, it was time to pay off. The album is accompanied by an insane list of musicians. She says she flew to Louisiana to record with Sonny Landreth, then flew to California the next day for a session with Albert Lee.

Each song of “Waltz for Abilene” features one or more names from the catalog of America’s greats: Marcia Ball, Rory Block, Larry Campbell, John Sebastian, Levon’s daughter, Amy Helm, and Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel .

The music is just as varied. Cashdollar wrote two of the songs – the gospel-sounding “Salvation” and the title song. It is only a synchronicity that “Waltz For Abilene” will be heard at the Abilene Bar & Lounge on Saturday evening.

There are indeed multiple synchronicities. The bar is named after a song by Dave Alvin; Cashdollar performed in groups with Alvin. My dog’s name is Abilene, also from the song, but Cashdollar probably doesn’t know that. She says she wrote “Waltz For Abilene” just because the word “Abilene” is so beautiful.

There is history in this album. The opening song, “Foggy Mt. Rock,” was co-written by Josh Graves. “He was a guy who kind of put the blues in the bluegrass,” Cashdollar says. Hoagy Carmichael and James Mercer wrote “Skylark”. And there are traditional ones.

“Sey Seychelles” sounds like an old Cajun waltz, “It’s old, nobody knows where it came from,” Cashdollar says. “I slowed it down waaaaay, because I thought the melody was so beautiful.”

Beauty is the common thread of “Waltz for Abilene”. The standard is, “If there’s something about a song that really touches me in a way,” Cashdollar says, “and it brings me joy to physically play the song. “

Working this musical vein, Cashdollar knows the sacred stars of Rochester steel, the Campbell Brothers. “I spent time with them, I jammed with them, just an amazing time,” she says. “Such a nice man,” she said of Darick Campbell in particular. “Darick was supposed to be on this album.”

But he passed away last year. “You talk and you talk about doing something,” she said. “And you don’t, that’s what happens. Perfect example.

Everything can end so quickly. Maybe also for Cashdollar. She had a serious car accident in 2017.

“Everyone thinks I fell asleep late at night,” she says. “I’ve had so many nasty posts on Facebook. “Why didn’t you stop, you could have killed someone.” “” You shouldn’t be driving at night. “

“They did not know…”

They didn’t know the accident happened at 1:30 p.m. After a three week tour and last minute wedding arrangements a month earlier. Cashdollar thought about how fun the past few weeks had been and how tired she was.

“I was driving home from a date on a two-lane road and I still don’t know to this day if my tire burst or if I fell asleep,” she says.

Asleep at the Wheel is a great group, but not a great driving strategy.

“I crossed the finish lane and was very lucky there was no traffic, I guess it’s a very busy road,” Cashdollar said. “And I think I hit a guardrail and sort of traveled for a while, slipped over the guardrail and landed on the road, in one direction different.

“So I was very lucky to have only had one compression fracture and I tore my shoulder a bit. Really lucky, because the car was completely destroyed.

The accident took a long time to record “Waltz for Abilene”. Cashdollar wonders: Maybe this was a sign of slowing down?

“There’s always that moment,” she said, “when you fall asleep at 1:30 in the afternoon.

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Jupiter String Quartet joins Bowdoin International Music Festival for two free live concerts


The Jupiter String Quartet returns to the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a faculty ensemble, giving concerts on July 19 and August 2 at the Studzinski Recital Hall. The Bowdoin International Music Festival is set to return to Brunswick this summer, bringing together world-renowned musicians and students for an intensive program of chamber music studies and performances.

Only Festival students will be allowed inside the recital hall for live concerts, due to campus COVID policies. However, the concerts will be streamed live online from Studzinski Hall, free of charge to community members and viewers worldwide. Individuals are encouraged to confirm attendance in advance at www.bowdoinfestival.org/rsvp, and will receive concert day reminder emails with direct view links.

On Monday July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., the Jupiter Quartet joins forces with two members of the Ying Quartet. They will perform Alexander Zemlinsky’s String Quintet in D minor with violist Phillip Ying and the String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956 with cellist David Ying.

On Monday August 2, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., the Jupiter Quartet presents a work recently created for them by Stephen Andrew Taylor, Chaconne / Labyrinth, as well as selections from Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.6 in F minor, op. 80.

Of his new work, Chaconne / Labyrinth, Taylor explains, “’Chaconne’ is an old-fashioned word for repetitive chord progression, like the 12 bar blues. Here the wonderful Jupiter Quartet plays a chaconne, but at the same time they are lost in a labyrinth. The chords keep coming back, only to point in new directions. This is how I felt last year: stuck in a loop, but at the same time lost in a maze, desperately looking for the exit. At the center of this labyrinth, like the Minotaur of the Greek myth, is a representation of the coronavirus that has so profoundly changed our world.After this meeting – marked by strange and percussive sounds – the quartet traces its path, like following the thread of ‘Ariane, cross the labyrinth again. ”Chaconne / Labyrinth was commissioned by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.

About the Jupiter String Quartet: The Jupiter is a particularly intimate group, made up of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister) and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, the handsome -brother of Liz). Now enjoying their 19th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The New Yorker writes: “The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has become one of the mainstays of the American chamber music scene.

Jupiter has performed in some of the most beautiful venues in the world including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Jordan Hall in Boston, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Kennedy Center and the Washington DC Library of Congress, Esterhazy Palace in Austria. , and the Seoul Sejong Chamber Hall. Their main music festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Music Festival, Banff Center, Virginia Arts Festival, Music at Menlo, Maverick Concerts, Caramoor International Music Festival, Lanaudiere Festival, West Cork (Ireland) Chamber Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Yellow Barn Festival, Encore Chamber Music Festival, the first Chamber Music Athens and the Seoul Spring Festival, among others. In addition to their performing careers, they have been Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana since 2012, where they maintain private studios and lead the chamber music program.

Their chamber music accolades and prizes include the grand prizes of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; the Young Concert Artists International auditions in New York; the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America; an Avery Fisher Career Fellowship; and a grant from the Fromm Foundation. From 2007 to 2010, they were in residence at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two.

The Jupiter String Quartet feels a special connection with the basic repertoire of the string quartet; they have presented the complete Bartok and Beethoven string quartets on numerous occasions. Also heavily engaged in new music, they have commissioned works from Syd Hodkinson, Hannah Lash, Dan Visconti, Mark Adamo, Pierre Jalbert and Kati Agócs.

The quartet’s latest album, a collaborative recording with the Jasper String Quartet, was released in February 2021 on Marquis Classics. It presents the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Breath Eternal as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round and Mendelssohn’s E-flat Octet, op. 20. Their recent album, Metamorphosis (Marquis Classics, 2020), features the Quartet op. 131 and the Quartet n ° 1 of Ligeti “nocturnal metamorphoses”. Other recordings on Marquis include Alchemy with Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey (2019), Shostakovich & Britten (2007) and Mendelssohn & Beethoven (2009). The quartet’s discography also includes appearances on Azica Records and Deutsche Grammophon.

The Jupiters place a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through educational performances in schools and other community centers. They believe that, due to the intensity of its interaction and communication, chamber music is one of the most effective ways to spread enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences. The quartet has also held numerous master classes for young musicians at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Encore Chamber Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, and Peabody Conservatory.

The quartet chose their name because Jupiter was the most important planet in the night sky at the time of its formation, and Jupiter’s astrological symbol resembles the number four. They are also proud to include among their achievements in recent years the addition of seven children of the quartet: Pablo, Lillian, Clara, Dominic, Felix, Oliver and Joelle. You can spot some of these miniature Jupiters in the audience or attend rehearsals, along with their grandparent babysitters. For more information visit www.jupiterquartet.com.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premier music institutes. Founded in 1964, the Festival engages exceptional students and enthusiastic audiences through world-class education and performances. After a very competitive admission process, 250 students are invited to attend the Festival and study with distinguished professors and guest artists. Audiences are invited to memorable performances by these artists and 175 other free events such as student performances, composer talks, masterclasses, studio classes, community concerts, and family events. For more information and to stream live events, visit www.bowdoinfestival.org.

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The return of the Atascadero music festival on July 4


The festival is a one-day event on July 4th at Lake Atascadero Park

– The annual Atascadero Fourth of July Music Festival will be held Thursday, July 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Atascadero Park. Celebrate Freedom and Independence Day by the lakefront under giant shade oak trees with three major musical numbers on an evening of music, food, drink, vendors, family fun, kids’ entertainment and playground.

The festival in previous years was specifically Bluegrass music, this year it was renamed the July 4th Atascadero Music Festival to include more varieties of “Americana” music. American music shares the diverse and varied musical traditions that make up the musical fabric of the United States, which includes folk, gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and other musical influences.

The music starts at 4 p.m. with Bremen Town, followed by Brad Elijah and ends with the Way Out West Band. Bremen Town is a Central Coast American folk group and an audience favorite, an eccentric group consisting of Jim Highland, Thomas Zaldivar, and Kaytee Greenaway. Brad Elijah is a singer-songwriter bringing his unique sound to programming. Elijah has traveled across the country singing at different venues, weddings, conferences, nightclubs and more. He enjoys singing and sharing his love for music at all ages and has written over 300 songs.

Elijah, his wife Eileen and their three children live in Templeton. He is a pastor at Newday Church in Paso Robles. The festival ends with the Way Out West Band, which has American roots in country, close harmony and a hot swing to their set. The group includes transplants from Nashville, Valerie Powers on vocals and percussion, and Kelly Powers also on vocals, lead guitar and violin. Wayne Pearson, a local acoustic guitarist, Bob Hamilton, a pedal steel guitarist, and Vance Gibbon, on bass.

General admission is free, however, to get as close as possible to the music, there is a reserved VIP area for $ 10 per person. To secure the coveted front row seats, it’s $ 20 for VIP Plus. Tickets are available online at Atascadero4thofJuly.org.

This is an annual fundraiser for the Atascadero Colony Days. For sponsorship or volunteering, email [email protected]

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Birmingham City and Alen Halilovic: Croatian club “interested” in Mercurial Blues midfielder


Hajduk Split is interested in Birmingham City midfielder Alen Halilovic.

This is according to reports in Croatia which say that Halilovic is currently in his homeland, working with his personal trainer Marin Krespi.

Hajduk was linked with a move for the 25-year-old following his release from AC Milan early last season.

He ended up coming to the Blues where he played 17 times and scored a goal first under Aitor Karanka then Lee Bowyer.

The Blues offered him a deal at the end of the campaign and given Bowyer’s positivity about the player, he reportedly made a huge effort to reach a deal.

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That contract has still not been signed and reports emerged last week that Halilovic appeared to want to leave the Blues.

It was against a background of relative media silence for several weeks but in recent days his appearance in Split seems to have led some to conclude an interest between the two parties.

While some reports suggest that his presence in Croatia’s second-largest city is just a coincidence and has nothing to do with Hajduk, the novilist.hr website claims that club officials “have expressed interest”.

Halilovic’s performances during his half-season at the Blues showed flashes of promise, but the fact that he only scored once and provided no assists must be weighed against the obvious technical capacity.

There were initial complications with his registration and Halilovic was also injured a few times, meaning he only played 17 of the 34 games that took place when he was at the club, including nine starts.

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No one at Blues has publicly withdrawn the contract offer or canceled the club’s lawsuit, but the interests of others are unlikely to help matters.

Hajduk is leaving for a two-week training camp in Slovenia this week and novilist.hr says Halilovic’s potential presence in that squad will be an indicator of his future.

Saniul Alom Sun – One of Bangladesh’s Most Famous Authors and Musicians


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success of the youngest author and musician Saniul alom Sun

I want to do something good as long as I live “

– Saniul Alom Soleil

TACOMA, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Saniul Alom Sun is the youngest author, writer and musician from Bangladesh. He started writing stories and nursery rhymes at the age of 15. At 20, he officially started writing books. Most of his books are in English.

Some of his notable books written in Bengali are “Asamoprem, Jannater Path, Raihan Bhai”, etc. His books in English are very popular among readers.

Among her books written in English are “Story of a Train Journey, Unequal Love, Queen of My Dream, The Game of Ignoring”. Readers appreciate his love bass books.

His books have become very popular abroad beyond the borders of the country. His book is sold as an e-book on international platforms. In addition to Smashwords, Legimi, Unicornioweb, Hoebu, Fnac, Libelli, his books are sold on many other platforms.

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Blue Foundry Bank Adds Three Assistant Vice Presidents to Lending Team


Blue Foundry Bank said Monday it was making moves with the announcement of several new executive hires.

The Rutherford-based institution has hired Deya Matos as assistant vice president, residential mortgage closing supervisor; Shannon Stasiulaitis has been named assistant vice president, head of central support; and Elizabeth Ranalli was named assistant vice president, commercial loan closing supervisor.


Matos joins Blue Foundry Bank eager to offer a fresh perspective with years of industry experience at Weichert Financial Services and Kearny Bank. In her new role, she will work closely with her team to coordinate and complete residential, construction and commercial mortgage closings.

Stasiulitis, Shannon


Ranalli, Elizabeth


With over 20 years of experience in the banking industry, Stasiulaitis has been responsible for overseeing Blue Foundy’s frontline operations support, IRA and overdraft programs, as well as other depository functions including the development of new products, disclosures, tax forms and reports, ATM and mobile deposit processing. , escheat and quality assurance.

With 27 years in commercial lending under his belt, Ranalli will focus on streamlining the loan administration process which, in turn, will accelerate department goals to better support loan officers and further improve the lending experience. client. She joins Blue Foundry Bank after holding positions at Greater Community Bank, Freedom Bank and Bank of New Jersey.

Fast food chain Krystal investigates card ‘security incident’


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More than 200 restaurants affected between July and September

A Krystal restaurant in Calhoun, Georgia (Photo: Culber007 via Wikipedia/CC)

Fast food chain Crystal says it is investigating a payment card ‘security incident’ that affected up to 228 of its restaurants in southeastern US states

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The incident affected debit and credit cards used in some stores between July and last month, the company said in a statement. Krystal says law enforcement has been notified and has retained the services of a forensic firm.

“We have already taken steps to contain and remedy the incident,” the company said. “We are working hard to determine the specific locations and dates of each restaurant involved in the attack.”

Krystal, based in Dunwoody, Georgia, has 342 restaurants in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company’s list of states where its restaurants were affected only omitted Louisiana.

“Our investigation is ongoing,” he said. “We are still determining specific locations and dates for each restaurant involved in the attack.”

Efforts to reach a spokesperson for Krystal were not immediately successful. Krystal was acquired in 2012 by Argonne Capital Group, a private investment firm.

Card Processing System Hit

The incident involved one of Krystal’s payment card processing systems. Card processing systems are a critical hub for cyber criminals as security vulnerabilities could lead to card details being collected.

The hospitality industry also continues to struggle with point-of-sale malware, which infects payment card terminals. Cybercriminals can exploit vulnerabilities in an organization’s infrastructure and then try to move laterally to gain access to payment processing systems.

POS malware – also known as scrapers – seeks to capture unencrypted card details while they are briefly held in a device’s RAM.

“Our investigation is ongoing. We are still determining specific locations and dates for each restaurant involved in the attack.”

High-profile breaches such as Target and Home Depot, both of which were hit with point-of-sale malware in 2013 and early 2014, have spurred greater payment card malware awareness and renewed focus on best practices.

In January, retailer Neiman Marcus reached a $1.5 million settlement with 43 states over a 2013 breach that exposed 40 million cards. In this breach, card-scraping malware collected data from 370,000 payment cards, of which at least 9,200 were used for fraudulent purposes (see: Neiman Marcus settles lawsuit for payment card breach).

New tools emerge

Law enforcement has had notable victories in identifying criminals responsible for payment card attacks, but incidents can be elusive and difficult to trace.

In August 2018, the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of three Ukrainian men who were allegedly part of a cybercriminal group dubbed FIN7, also known as Carbanak and Navigator. FIN7 frequently strikes the hospitality industry and was suspected to be behind payment card intrusions in Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chilli’sArby’s, Red Robin and Jason’s grocery store.

FIN7 has been accused of targeting more than 100 businesses since 2015. Authorities believe the group is responsible for stealing 15 million card records from 6,500 point-of-sale terminals at 3,600 business locations.

Earlier this month, FireEye stated that FIN7 continues to be active and has developed new malicious tools. These include Bootswrite, a “dropper”, which only runs in memory. Bootswrite’s work is signed with a legitimate digital signature and is designed to decrypt embedded payloads (see FIN7 Gang returns with new malicious tools: researchers).

FireEye also studied Rdfsniffer, a module loaded by Bootswrite. It is designed to interfere with the Aloha Command Center client, an NCR remote monitoring tool for payment-related systems. Rdfsniffer can hijack the user interface and also carry out man-in-the-middle attacks, FireEye said.

Other cybersecurity companies have also noticed the emergence of new tools. For example, threat intelligence firm Flashpoint and Cisco’s Talos intelligence unit have described two types of new point-of-sale malware, GlitchPOS and DMSniff, both of which are RAM scrapers (see: New POS Malware Hits Small and Medium Businesses).

Choosing between fast, high-quality and cost-effective assessments?


When it comes to appraisals, every lender wants reasonable cost, high quality, and turnaround time. However, we have been conditioned that the evaluation process has trade-offs – you can have two items on the list, but not all three at the same time.

These trade-offs have been heavily influenced by the realities of manual processes, which greatly affect cost and turnaround times. Fortunately, as we’ve seen in countless other industries and even at most stages of the mortgage lifecycle itself, data-driven technology and innovation are creating new opportunities never before possible.

The appraisal industry is experiencing a paradigm shift. Process transformation opens the door for appraisers to work differently, leading to smarter appraisals and more choice for lenders. Here are three key factors driving this change:


Assessment technology has traditionally come in the form of desktop software, but in recent years it has moved to the cloud, providing access to assessment apps on any device. This move has allowed evaluators to be more flexible and deliver increased quality, speed and cost-effectiveness.

Historically, assessors spent hours visiting the county courthouse to obtain public records, sifting through paper and online documents for past and present listings, and recording measurements on a paper form after physically inspecting the property. Then the completed appraisal would be shared between the appraiser and the lender until alignment is achieved on the details.

Today, there are several appraisal options where an appraiser can more effectively gather information about a property. The availability and accessibility of data, such as pre-appraisal records, public property information, listing sources, Google Earth mapping service and other resources, eliminates the need for an appraiser to personally inspect the property. In some cases, a visual inspection may not be necessary at all.

Current assessment applications have advanced to the point of asking “rules-based” questions to assessors even as the report is being compiled. If the information entered on the review does not match the public record, the app will trigger a rule and allow the reviewer to reconcile the data instantly.


Cloud technology connects the industry to massive amounts of data via desktop computers and mobile devices, which evaluators can access to drive calculations and take advantage of rules-based tools. This allows quality cross-checks to be carried out long before the report is delivered to the lender, representing a shift from quality control – which traditionally takes place at the end of the process – to quality assurance. quality.

In a quality assurance model, these quality checks begin when the reviewer receives and accepts the commission, and continues as they complete the research, begin the analysis, and write the report. With the maturity of mobile technologies and expanded access to cloud connectivity, the marriage between collecting data with inspection and integrating that data into the real-time reporting process has accelerated dramatically.

Without the use of these technologies, 60% to 70% of reviews are returned with requests for review. If the appraisal comes back several times from the lender before it meets the client’s expectations, the turnaround time is significantly increased.

Quality assurance helps correct errors before they even reach the lender, reducing administrative back and forth and creating greater efficiency. Once an appraisal report has been delivered, lenders can use the same cloud-based interface to view the report instantly and have real-time communications with appraisers to resolve any outstanding questions or concerns. a few minutes.

Second, web services and the cloud have made it easier for assessors to access the data they need to apply their market knowledge and perform more accurate assessments. One area where this has been particularly helpful is comparable selection. Comparable sales data was once considered fuzzy, but with improved data standards and cloud-based tools that allow reviewers to filter, sort, and select comps from thousands of sales and listings, this process has been significantly improved.

Appraisers can spend more time analyzing properties to find the most relevant comps, and less time driving to see them all.

The analyzes also play an important role in the selection of appraisers and the validation of guarantees. Lenders turn to service providers who can leverage data and analytics to quickly identify the most qualified appraiser for a particular assignment. This helps ensure the most accurate and quickest possible collateral valuation because the appraiser already knows the area and type of property.

As an additional layer of validation, data analysis can help confirm new property information, such as an addition to a home. This gives both the lender and the investor greater confidence in their lending decision.


Finally, real estate market conditions have strongly contributed to the transformation of the appraisal process.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage lending in the United States is at a current level of $463 billion in the second quarter of 2017. Although refinancing applications are down slightly from the start of the year, Buying orders were up nearly 50% from the first quarter of 2017 this year, when mortgage rates started to rise after the presidential election.

In addition, the long-awaited entry of millennials into the housing market should release years of pent-up demand in purchases. Not to mention, this generation is the most comfortable with the emerging mobile technologies the assessment industry is moving towards.

Along with this market dynamic, some lenders and investors are allowing appraisers to use technologies and processes to improve efficiency that they previously did not allow on certain loan applications, ultimately resulting in the loan trifecta: a high quality assessment delivered quickly and at a reasonable cost.


In this new paradigm, the expert remains critical and central in the evaluation process. New technology helps speed up the process and makes it easier to access data to value property, but ultimately only a skilled professional familiar with the human element in the market equation can provide a solid and reliable valuation. high quality.

With these new tools, assessors are more efficient than ever and the accuracy of their assessments is significantly improved. The appraiser’s focus on data analysis provides lenders with a higher quality report, resulting in fewer addenda and the completion of the appraisal in a timeframe that consumers and lenders have never seen before.

Nottingham Spirk is among companies that excel in innovation, according to Fast Company


It takes a lot of work to reproduce the Cleveland Museum of ArtMIX’s animated events in a virtual format. In this mean postDeidre McPherson, director of community programs at the museum, explains how it’s done.

MIX events in the museum’s spectacular atrium have been suspended since March due to the pandemic. But McPherson has been working to make it a virtual event, and the next episode in that format, MIX: Viva, will take place this Friday, August 7, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can watch the event for free on Zoom or on the museum’s Facebook page; go here for more details.

In the Medium post, McPherson reviews the creation of June’s MIX event, called MIX: Bloom, which took place on June 5th.

“The theme was inspired by the beauty of Cleveland when it blooms. In June, we were all sequestered in our homes, sheltered in place, and taking walks was and still is a daily highlight. The ‘Bloom’ theme also recognized the time of growth and transformation that we are all experiencing as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” says McPherson. Because she wanted MIX to visually reference the museum’s collection, McPherson “invited the cleveland artist Jessica Williams to create digital animations of flowers and artwork using the CMA’s Open Access initiative, which allows anyone to use high-resolution images of CMA’s artwork,” according to the post. . Williams’ visuals and animations were paired with a live DJ set from JonDoeTho1 (John Berdine).

August’s event, MIX: Viva, celebrates Latin culture and the museum’s current exhibition “A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America.”

Here is how the museum describes the evening:

The night includes visuals by Texas-based artist Michael Menchaca, whose video art combines images from video games with ancient Mayan texts to explore Latinx identities in a post-internet American landscape. Stay on your feet with Afro-Caribbean dance duo Caribe Conexión and the beats of Cause&Effect (Jean Paul Hernandez), spinning contemporary and classic Latin hits (salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton). Tune in early to hear an original poetic response to a work in the exhibition, the print I Always Return by Belkis Ayón, by actor-poet Andrew Aaron Valdez (host of Voces Fuertes Open Mic, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center).

The museum has also created a virtual MIX Kit (info here) to help people prepare. The kit includes a Spotify playlist created by the DJ, a list of local Latin restaurants to order takeout, instructional dance videos from the dance group Caribe Conexión, artist biographies and downloadable Zoom backgrounds .

In the middle post, McPherson noted that she’s planning virtual MIX events every other first Friday for the remainder of 2020: October 2 and December 4. She said she was looking forward to creating experimental experiences in a virtual world.

“In a virtual MIX, we can do things that we can’t do in the atrium,” McPherson said. “For example, we can work with other collecting institutions to develop an experience in a neutral space. We can marry our collections in a virtual world. We don’t have to worry about which house the party will be at .”

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Loans to priority sectors to include RBI startups


The central bank would also increase lending targets to “marginal small farmers” and “weaker sections” under the PSL.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday decided to broaden the scope of Priority Sector Lending (PSL) by including start-ups and tightening borrowing limits for renewable energy sectors.

The central bank would also increase lending targets to “marginal small farmers” and “weaker sections” under the PSL.

Eligible entities obtain access to credit on easier terms from banks under the PSL. Banks are required to allocate 40% of adjusted net bank credit or the credit equivalent amount of off-balance sheet exposure, whichever is greater, to the priority sector, including agriculture and micro-enterprises, a- he declared.

The PSL guidelines were last revised by the central bank in April 2015.

“With a view to aligning the guidelines with emerging national priorities and placing greater emphasis on inclusive development, the guidelines have been revised after extensive consultations with all stakeholders,” the RBI said.

The revised guidelines also aim to encourage and support environmentally friendly lending policies to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By expanding the scope of PSL, it was decided to include “start-ups; increase limits for renewable energy, including solar power and compressed biogas plants; and, to increase lending targets to “small and marginal farmers” and “weaker sections,” the central bank said.

To address regional disparities in credit flows from priority sectors, an incentive framework has already been put in place for banks.

While a higher weight would be assigned to additional credit to the priority sector in identified districts where credit flow is comparatively lower, a lower weight would be assigned to additional credit to the priority sector in identified districts where credit flow is comparatively higher.


Finicity integrates with Ellie Mae Encompass digital lending platform


Based in Utah finicitya real-time financial information and access provider, and Ellie Maea cloud-based platform provider to the mortgage finance industry, announced that Finicity’s digital asset verification (VoA) solution is now available through Ellie Mae’s Encompass digital lending platform.

Modern consumers expect an application process that is increasingly transparent, fast and accurate. This has been made possible by digital solutions such as Finicity’s Asset Verification, which can shorten the application process by up to six days. Now, lenders can access this solution through Encompass for faster, more accurate insights that reduce friction for customers.

“We believe consumer expectations are driving the mortgage experience to be as easy and seamless as they have in other parts of their lives, like e-commerce, carpooling, and more,” said said Steve Smith, CEO. and co-founder of Finicity. “We are thrilled to partner with an organization like Ellie Mae, who shares this vision and drives innovation in mortgages.”

Endless closing hours and piles of paperwork get in the way of the excitement of buying a first home. Integrating the Finicity solution into Ellie Mae’s Encompass platform streamlines the origination process for lenders, allowing them to eliminate previously manual tasks and spend more time on customer service and business development. With more than 230,000 users and thousands of providers, Ellie Mae’s partner network processes approximately one-third of all residential loans issued in the United States. As part of the partner network, Finicity will provide Ellie Mae clients with fast and frictionless verification of assets.

“With the integration of Finicity’s digital asset verification through our Encompass digital lending platform, we are further enabling loan officers, processors and other key lender participants to reduce cycle times and deliver a more complete digital mortgage experience to their customers,” Parvesh said. Sahi, SVP of Business Development for Ellie Mae.

The integration allows lenders to request a digital asset verification report. Once an application has been made, borrowers are asked to complete a simple online process to authorize the financial data they wish to include in the report. Lenders can then review the bank-validated report in near real-time, reducing the verification process from days to minutes.

“Since implementing this integration, our time to close has been significantly reduced,” said Synergy One CEO Torrey Larsen. “Our loan officers spend less time trying to verify assets and more time focusing on what really matters – our clients’ future.”

Finicity is an authorized and integrated provider of asset verification reports within Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter (DU), providing lenders with a validated asset report through Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty initiative, and the company is part of Fannie Mae’s Single Source Validation (SSV) pilot project. Finicity is also an approved provider of Freddie Mac asset validation reports, and Freddie Mac and Finicity are partnering on new methods to validate earnings using payroll deposit data from bank statements.

UTB uses ADP to deliver ‘lightning-fast’ automated mortgage decisions


The specialty mortgage lender said the new platform, which is currently undergoing the bank’s UAT process, amplifies the expertise of the bank’s underwriters, orchestrating data from credit reference agencies and other data providers, to provide a sophisticated mortgage valuation in milliseconds.

The enhanced capabilities offered by ADP will allow the bank to instantly notify introducers of decision outcomes, individual affordability assessments and approval terms.

United Trust Bank chose to partner with LendingMetrics following an extensive bidding process to find the best-in-class automated approval platform.

Buster Tolfree, Commercial Director of Mortgages at United Trust Bank, said: “At United Trust Bank, we have continued to develop and invest in smart FinTech solutions that allow customers and brokers to transact with us faster and more. easily while improving the efficiency of our workflow.

“In this latest enhancement, we will be able to analyze and process data from multiple sources, giving brokers lightning-fast automated mortgage decisions on eligible cases and freeing up resources in our underwriting team that can be applied. applications that require a more personal touch.

“Our adoption of technology benefits all customers, from those with the simplest applications to those with more complex circumstances.”

Tolfree also explained how partnering with LendingMetrics would help it provide a scalable offering, increasing its volume capacity while improving broker and client journeys and delivering more successful results.

David Wylie, Commercial Director at LendingMetrics, added: “United Trust Bank has shared with us a really exciting vision of how they intend to expand their lending operations in the months and years to come. Sophisticated automated decision-making is an essential part of this vision and LendingMetrics is delighted to provide our award-winning solution to help achieve the bank’s ambitions.

“The unique ADP logic editor ensures that not only can the bank execute sophisticated, individual decisions in real time, but can also instantly change its policies, algorithms and risk appetite.”

SBI prefers co-origin loans to MSMEs: Khara


The State Bank of India (SBI) will prefer the co-origination model to meet the financing needs of MSMEs and collaboration with fintechs is a good idea as it helps to better assess the risk profile of the borrower, said President Dinesh Kumar. Khara said on Saturday.

Emphasizing that micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) today are constrained in terms of cash flow, time gap in the realization of receivables, among others, and also the level of confidence of lenders in their financing, Mr. Khara said the collaboration was a better model than lending directly to MSMEs.

“The fact is that today not many NBFCs have come into this space,” Mr. Khara said.

“And lately, when it comes to finding solutions, we believe that in addition to lending directly to MSMEs, there is a way forward in terms of working with these NBFCs as well as the larger fintechs that have the ability to deal with the structured and unstructured [financial] data to get a better idea in terms of risk assessment,” he added. Based on this assessment, Mr. Khara said, bankers felt very comfortable lending to MSMEs.

Mr Khara was speaking at a webinar on ‘funding the unfunded’, organized by the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME).

“There could also be another financing option based on cash flow and not on the basis of the balance sheet, because very often it is found that the balance sheet and the financial statements are not available in a form expected by any banker” , he added.

Additionally, there was a wide range of MSMEs in the country who worked in a host of fields and often the type of financial information coming from them was not very organized, the president explained.

“Fully Organized Data”

“So to the extent that the data is fully curated, which is more like any other large company, that’s the kind of spectrum that SBI engages with,” he said.

“So for different MSME maturity levels, the level of comfort with the bank also differs,” he said.

“If they are part of the ecosystem of a large major industry, it becomes that much easier for banks to obtain the structured vis-à-vis the unstructured information relating to the [financial] relationships [of the borrower].

“And those who are basically in the nano category, can say up to ₹2 crore or so [turnover], we actually tend to leverage various fintechs that engage with these MSMEs. So we would prefer to collaborate with such fintechs and do the co-origination model [of lending]Mr. Khara said. He further stated that SBI is looking at this type of spectrum in small business financing.

South Korea’s credit-to-GDP gap is widening too quickly

South Korea’s credit-to-GDP gap jumped 4.4 percentage points to 13.8 percent in the second quarter of this year.

The Bank for International Settlements announced on Dec. 9 that South Korea’s credit-to-GDP gap jumped 4.4 percentage points to 13.8 percent in the second quarter of this year.

The Q2 level is the highest since the same quarter of 1983, when it was 14%, and exceeded 10% for the first time in 126 months. It has to do with COVID-19, which has led to increased lending to households, equity investors and the self-employed.

The bank calculates the spread every quarter to assess the risks of private debt. The normal level is below 2%, caution is required when it is between 2% and less than 10%, and a warning is given when it reaches 10%.

The bank covered 44 countries in the second quarter, when South Korea’s index was the eighth highest. During this period, those of the United States, China and Germany were 3.5%, 10.6% and 9.3% respectively. In the group of emerging economies, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Australia registered 1.5%, 6.6%, minus 1.6% and minus 9.8% respectively.

Wall Street banks slam loan proposal as ‘unworkable’ and ‘political’


FILE PHOTO: A person wearing a face mask walks along Wall Street after new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New York City, New York, U.S., March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. banks on Wednesday pushed back on a proposal to ban them from snubbing controversial business sectors, such as oil and gas giants, in an unlikely turn of events that pitted Wall Street against one sectors of the Trump administration- friendly regulators.

In a letter to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, the Bank Policy Institute (BPI) asked for more time to assess the “unprecedented” proposal and asked to see the data used by the agency to assess its impact. economic.

The letter was signed by three other major Washington banking groups, which together represent dozens of major lenders, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Last week, the Comptroller proposed a rule ensuring “equitable access” to banking services for all types of legal businesses, based on specific assessment of customer risk rather than broad categories of customers. It applies to the largest banks likely to exercise pricing power over sectors of the economy.

The proposal aims to address concerns from Republicans and business groups that oil and gas majors are being starved of funding as banks come under increasing pressure from investors to limit lending to controversial sectors.

“This is a totally unworkable government mandate designed to address a particular political problem, but which, by its terms, would require every covered bank to offer every financial product to every business and consumer in the country,” said John Court, general counsel at BPI. He said the agency does not appear to have the legal authority to propose such a sweeping rule.

The banks have a relatively short 45 days to consider the proposal if Brooks, who is seen by Democrats and consumer groups as too pro-industry, does not allow more time.

Two industry executives said they believe Brooks, who is expected to be named permanent comptroller shortly, is trying to fast-track the rule before Democratic President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January.

“Given that this rule formalizes guidance issued and reinforced by the OCC since at least 2014, we are surprised banks are surprised,” a spokesperson for Brooks said, adding that the agency was eager to review. all comments.

Reporting by Michelle Price

Graduate school leaders struggle to cope with a rapidly changing landscape


The post-baccalaureate learning landscape has never seemed so complex. For one, the demand for master’s degrees has never been higher – the share of the US population with an advanced degree has risen from 5% in 1980 to 13% today, leading industries the most competitive workforce to refer to master’s degree. as “the new baccalaureate”.

But while employers continue to demand master’s degrees and the skills they confer, societal concerns surrounding debt and the value of degrees have led others to argue that the master’s degree is “no longer worth the money.” barely”, the return on investment too fragile to bet on. Compete with cheaper, shorter-term alternative credentials, such as coding boot camps and micro-credentials from for-profit companies such as Google and IBM, and where there are no Once had only master’s degrees, and at a tight price range, now a worker who hopes to retrain has more choices when it comes to price, admission standards, and educational model.

The graduate degree landscape is changing rapidly, and graduate school officials, many of whom are concerned about maintaining the financial viability and relevance of their institutions in a new economy, are struggling to keep up. On Thursday, about 200 graduate school administrators, faculty members and other interested parties gathered at Inside Higher Education‘s New mastery event templates to try and make sense of the complexity and decide their next move.

Income down?

Sean Gallagher, executive director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy at Northeastern University, which studies these trends, predicted that the future of mastery sales and consumption could reflect how the industry recorded music spanned the first two decades of the 21st century.

Consumption of recorded music has only increased since 2001, as more people now have access to music almost every moment. But with declining sales of CDs and physical discs and the growth of streaming, where profits are taking a different path, revenues for the entire industry have shrunk until slowly rising again in recent years. But where revenue once went almost solely to labels and artists, intermediaries, such as Apple and Spotify, have now taken a bigger share. (See slide below.)