Vulfpeck Welcomes Kamasi Washington, Plays “Wedding Set” For Sold-Out Red Rocks Show [Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine On Friday night, Vulfpeck took to Morrison, Colorado, returning to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their headlining debut with support from Kamasi Washington and KNOWER. The venue, which boasts a capacity of just north of 9,500 people, was packed to the brim with people, having sold out earlier in the day. Throughout the show, spirits were high, as fans and folks on stage celebrated Vulfpeck’s triumphant feat.KNOWER, the electronic duo of Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, got the show off to a fiery start, setting the tone for the rest of the evening with their energetic live show and bass-heavy and eclectic sound. Somewhat similar to Vulfpeck, the group came into fame by releasing music online and steadily building a cult-like following. Thus, their attention to live performances was apparent, and the band did not disappoint as the venue steadily filled during their opening set.Up next was Kamasi Washington, the Los Angeles-based saxophonist who has largely been heralded as the new face of jazz music. His performance with his truly standout band went deep, offering a vibrant performance and using the show to forward a message of diversity and acceptance of one another. One of the highlights of Kamasi Washington’s set was the rendition of “Truth”, a complex number off Washington’s Harmony Of Difference, which was released last year. Noting that the tune had five different melodies that expertly weave together, Kamasi introduced the song by noting that “Harmony of Difference is a celebration,” later adding “Our diversity is not something to be tolerated, it’s something to be celebrated,” which was met with cheers from the audience.Following the huge close from Kamasi Washington, after a brief break, the members of Vulfpeck slowly took the stage, with each member getting a proper baseball-esque introduction as they ran onto the stage. The band, composed of Jack Stratton, Joe Dart, Theo Katzman, and Woody Goss, certainly did not disappoint, pulling out all the stops for their sold-out headlining Red Rocks debut. As such, frequent Vulfpeck collaborators like Cory Wong, Joey Dosik, and Antwaun Stanley were on hand for the majority of the performance, lending their own virtuosic music abilities to the mix, in addition to special guest sit-ins by Kamasi Washington, Louise Cole, and Charles Jones.After the band’s “Tee Time” introduction, Vulfpeck wasted no time, quickly transitioning to an immaculate rendition of “Fugue State”. Setting a tone for the evening, the group then moved into “Outro” and invited Kamasi Washington to the stage, who stole the show with his fiery saxophone solos. After a huge round of applause following Kamasi’s guest appearance, the band moved into a take on “Cory Wong” featuring, predictably, guitarist Cory Wong, before inviting out their second guest of the evening, drummer Louis Cole, for a huge drum solo during “Daddy, He Got A Tesla”.“Outro” with Kamasi WashingtonOff 2016’s The Beautiful Game, the band next offered up “Animal Spirits”, which housed a raging sax solo, before moving into the soulful and sultry Joey Dosik-led tune, “Running Away”. With the song serving as a quick break before the show kicked into high gear, it was a welcome reprise before Antwaun Stanley emerged to offer his beyond powerful voice and charismatic stage presence to takes on fan favorites “Game Winner”, “1612”, and “Wait For The Moment”. An energized cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” came next, much to the delight of the crowd, before the group offered up yet another fan favorite tune, “Funky Duck”.Sir Charles Jones, the soul singer and another past Vulfpeck collaborator, made his first appearance of the evening for a take on “Baby I Don’t Know”, one of his collaborative tune off Vulfpeck’s newest album, Mr. Finish Line. From there, bandleader Jack Stratton took centerstage, offering up one of his quirky “TED Talks” that have become a staple of Vulfpeck’s live shows. Hilarious and campy throughout, the talk served also an introduction for “Peck-A-Pella”, the band’s a capella alter ego, who performed their beloved rendition of “Back Pocket”.TED Rocks Speech > “Back Pocket” (Peck-A-Pella)Closing things out with bang, the group offered up three of their most popular songs, “Christmas In LA”, “Beastly”, and “Dean Town”. Vulfpeck is known for live performances featuring audience participation, and “Christmas In LA” saw Theo Katzman hit the front of the stage, leading the entire audience of nearly 10,000 in an extended sing-a-long, adding a delightful twist to the tune. As for the final two numbers of the set, the songs, in part, have become such beloved staples of the band’s catalog due to Joe Dart’s tremendous solos, and both “Beastly” and “Dean Town” gave the bassist time to unleash, proving why he is lauded as one of the best up-and-coming bassists in the music scene right now.“Christmas In LA”[Video: Kayleigh Boester]“Dean Town”[Video: TannerGibas]For their extended encore, Vulfpeck, with Charles Jones, came out for a take on “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together”, another new tune off Mr. Finish Line. In a surprising twist, the group then kicked off a “Wedding” set, featuring renditions of popular wedding band songs, including The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, The Four Seasons’ “December 1963”, Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”, mixed with the band’s own “The Speedwalker”. After this high octane string of feel-good tunes, Vulfpeck closed out their night in full with “It Gets Funkier”.“Wedding Set” Encore[Video: Kayleigh Boester]Setlist: Vulfpeck | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2018Set: Tee Time (intro), Fugue State, Outro (with Kamasi Washington), Cory Wong, Daddy He Got A Tesla (with Louis Cole), Animal Spirits, Running Away, Game Winner, 1 For 1 / 1612, Wait For the Moment, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Funky Duck, Baby I Don’t Know (with Charles Jones), Jack’s TED Rocks speech, Back Pocket (Peck-A-Pella), Christmas In LA, Beastly, Dean TownEncore: Birds Of A Feather (with Charles Jones), I Want You Back, The Speedwalker > December 1963 > September, It Gets FunkierPhotos: Vulfpeck | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2018 | Credit: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Will Ferrell Announces “Best Night Of Your Life” Benefit With Pearl Jam, RHCP, DMB, GnR Members & More [Video]

first_imgBeloved funnyman Will Ferrell has announced a charity benefit show dubbed “Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life”—and judging by the star-studded lineup he’s recruited, that billing could very well turn out to be true.The event, set to take place at Hollywood’s Greek Theatre on Saturday, October 6th, will feature appearances by the best and brightest in comedy and late night TV as well as an all-star musical lineup assembled by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and famous Will Ferrell look-alike Chad Smith. Ferrell has christened to one-time supergroup Chad Smith’s Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars.The list of comedic guests includes Jerry Seinfeld, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Zooey Deschanel, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerrod Charmichael, and more. Chad Smith’s MVP band lineup features Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brad Paisley, and Chris Martin (Coldplay).“Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life” will raise money for Cancer for College, a non-profit that “provides hope and inspiration to low-income, high achieving cancer survivors through the granting of college scholarships and by providing professional mentor services.”Watch Ferrell’s funny announcement video for the event below. As Ferrell—disguised as an excited fan in a hat, wig, and fake mustache—pleads, “I hope he does Ron Burgundy! That would absolutely bring down the house!” And if we’re talking old Ferrell movie callbacks, our money is on a reprise of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from Elf with Zooey Deschanel. A cowbell solo or two wouldn’t surprise us, either…Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life Announcement Video[Video: Funny Or Die]General public on-sale for Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life starts on Fri, Sep 21 @ 10:00 am PDT here. For more information on the sure-to-be-hilarious event, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

‘Pay-for-performance’ programs may need a reboot

first_img Read Full Story A new study suggests that so-called “pay-for-performance” programs—in which hospitals are financially rewarded for better patient outcomes and penalized for worse outcomes—may not be working. Ashish Jha, senior author of the study, discusses the implications.Pay-for-performance programs have been touted as an important way to improve hospital care, but your study suggested otherwise. Did this surprise you?We were surprised. We looked at the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program, a national program that Medicare introduced in 2011, the largest of its kind in the world, under which hospital performance in a number of areas—such as patient outcomes, hospital efficiency, and patient experience of care—is tied to Medicare reimbursements. Our study focused on patient outcomes, specifically mortality. While improving outcomes is hard, we had hoped that hospitals would have taken the pay-for-performance program as a signal to improve their care. But we found that the program had no impact on mortality rates within 30 days of patients’ hospitalizations for heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia—three conditions that are specifically incentivized under the program.Even when we examined just the worst performing hospitals—the ones that started with poor outcomes at the beginning of the study—we found that the program had no effect on helping them improve.In retrospect, one could argue that the results were predictable. Two other big hospital-based pay-for-performance programs, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K., have also failed to make a big impact on patient outcomes.last_img read more

The right job, the right place

first_imgFor Mark Yost, the answer meant he was going home. When the clock struck noon this third Friday of March, 167 Harvard Medical School (HMS) students — 163 clinical and 4 non-clinical — learned where they will spend the next three to seven years of their training, and the specialty in which they’ll work.Yost matched to UCLA Medical Center for general surgery, one of the specialties with fewer candidates. Internal medicine led the pack of specialties, with 32 students entering that field. Others included orthopedics, urology, and neurology.Yost said UCLA “was my first choice for residency.”“My sister lives in Los Angeles and my parents live very close by in California. I’m going home.“This has been one the most stressful and difficult times in my life. I didn’t anticipate it and I’m really glad that everything turned out well and I’m really looking forward to the future.”Yost said it was hard for him to choose between UCLA and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where he served his internship.“There’s a sense of loss at the opportunities you lose,” he said. “I’m proud to say I’m a Harvard alum and I’m going to spread what makes Harvard special to California and beyond. I can’t wait for it.”,Suspense had filled the air at the Tosteson Medical Education Center in Harvard Medical School until 11:50, when Fidencio Saldaña, HMS dean for students, invited everyone to get their matches from the five society tables spread around the room — but not before he rang the bell at the top of the hour with help of HMS Dean George Q. Daly.When the ringing subsided, cheers erupted and some chaos ensued as students rushed for their envelopes.For classmates Diana Miao and Brandon Law, successfully matching together at Johns Hopkins made the day perfect. They met in class at HMS and have been dating for the past four years. They huddled with friends to open their envelopes together on the count of three.,“Their passion for caring for others instills hope in us that the world will continue to be a better place thanks to them.” — Fidencio Saldaña, HMS dean for students,Another classmate, Kyle Burton, said he realized he’d chosen the right path while working in the Crimson Care Clinic. On what he thought would be a routine diagnosis one day, he instead recognized that the patient was experiencing a life-threatening condition.“I realized I could see myself in this position,” Burton said.Saldaña said he was “incredibly proud of everything our students have accomplished.”“Their passion for caring for others instills hope in us that the world will continue to be a better place thanks to them.”,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Holiday help

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Garden center owners have watched extreme weather pummel their businesses this year. They hope the holiday season will end the troubled year on a greener note. Georgia had a harsh freeze on Easter weekend. It was followed by a summertime drought that has forced many cities and counties to enforce watering restrictions. North Georgia has a total ban on outdoor watering.“This double whammy to the green industry in both of its peak seasons for retail sales has been devastating,” said Todd Hurt, a specialist with the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Ga. Big ‘green’ lossesGeorgia’s green industry has had its total revenue cut almost in half this year, according to an October survey by the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council. It has a $6 billion annually impact on Georgia’s economy and employs 80,000 people.“I’m running as thin as I can to get as much profit as I can,” said Terry Kraft, who owns LawnSouth located in Fulton County.Kraft knows some landscape and nursery businesses have recently gone out of business or are facing serious financial trouble. Unlike some, his company also offers Christmas decorating services. He hopes this will save the year for him.“Thank goodness for the Christmas décor business,” he said. “If I didn’t have it, I don’t know what I would have done to be honest.”Winter is usually slow for businesses, he said. But it is when he needs money to get ready for spring planting.“We were facing equipment purchases we needed to make during this season,” he said. “Without the Christmas décor business, we would have been faced with keeping the old clunky stuff. If the drought continues we wouldn’t survive next year without the extra business.”The Christmas décor business is off a little this year, too. Kraft blames the slump in the housing market, which has hurt expendable income for some.“Even the Christmas business for clients who are affected by the housing market is off,” Kraft said. “Many of those clients like the bankers, loan officers, mortgage brokers and realtors, didn’t return for the Christmas business this year.” Back to natureBut recent media reports about high lead levels in some imported artificial greenery may turn holiday decorators to more natural décor this year, Hurt said. He urges shoppers to buy holiday plants and greenery from local suppliers. “Any traffic in nursery centers right now is a holiday gift,” Hurt said. “The drought has already proven to be the Grinch that stole business. Hopefully, the holidays will get customers back in the stores.”(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

No Fracking Way

first_imgIn May of 1968, voices demanding economic justice and civil rights could be heard as protestors marched through Richmond for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic Poor People’s Campaign. 51 years later, “We  are one!” could be heard on that very same route across the Robert E. Lee Bridge. Video shot and edited by Ellen Kanzinger + Shannon McGowan “The options are a compressor station with benefits to the community or a compressor station and no benefits to the community,” Joyce Gooden, who lives about a mile and a half away from the proposed location and currently resides on top of the Transco pipeline, told CBS19 News. She claims not to have concerns of pollution affecting her health or her cattle’s health. If the pipeline and compressor station are approved, Dominion has promised $5.1 million dollars to be put towards community support and public safety. Some residents see the potential relationship with Dominion as a positive for Union Hill. The crowd created a sea of flags and signs reading “Stand with Union Hill, End Environmental Racism,” and “No Pipeline, No Toxic Fumes.” As they marched across the bridge, people chanted to a drum beat, “We don’t want your pipeline—no fracking way!” One of those voices was of Richard Walker, a resident of Union Hill whose family is rooted deep in the land. His great great grandfather Taylor Harper was a freed slave back in the 1860s. Once freed, Harper continued to work for the slave master, with pay, and eventually bought land in Union Hill for $15 dollars. That land is where Walker and his family have resided ever since. “Both pipeline projects are behind schedule, over budget, and can’t be built without hurting air quality and water quality,” says Jessica Sims, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Sierra Club Virginia. “There is no safe way that these pipelines can be built.” “There are literally no birth certificates, death certificates, or marriage certificates for the families that live out in Union Hill,” says Walker. “We’re trying to put Union Hill back on the map, so it’s not being ignored.” “This is what every expert from every field has said about fracking infrastructure from the beginning,” says Billy Davies, Pipelines Community Outreach Coordinator for the Sierra Club. “They all agree that there is no safe way and no need to build these fracking projects. The only people served are those who are building it to seek profit.” Sims explained that even if construction is a few counties away, the impact goes beyond the site’s immediate location. Richmond will feel it, too, and it will affect the James River, which they plan to drill under.center_img “Dominion is trying to seek eminent domain, and think they can buy us off,” says Walker. “Our family has decided collectively that we refuse.” Gooden sees Dominion as an incoming member of the community and wants to move forward and work with them. However, most residents of Union Hill see things differently. The protestors believe that building the compressor station in Union Hill is environmentally racist, dangerous to the community’s long-term health, and an attempt by a giant utility to steamroll a community. His land is now targeted by Dominion Energy for a compressor station and pipeline connectior. “This land has been in our family since 1885,” says Walker. “And we refuse to give it up.” Union Hill residents fight environmental racism in location of pipeline compressor station The history is not the only thing motivating these protestors to march against the compressor station. The pollution and environmental impact are impossible to ignore. On May 17, 2019, members of the Union Hill community along with hundreds of other concerned citizens came together at Canoe Run Park for the End Environmental Racism Now march. The march is for environmental justice in Union Hill, a historic black community in Buckingham County targeted for a massive compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The march aims to stop the compressor station and all other fracked-gas infrastructure in Virginia. “We don’t have three-legged cows being born because we’re living on the pipeline,” Gooden said. “We don’t have four-eyed cows.” Due to arson in the county building back in the 1800s, all of the original records of property owners, slave owners, and residents of Union Hill have been destroyed. last_img read more

Australia curbs gatherings, locks down travellers, in new coronavirus measures

first_img“We will get through this. We are in a position now which allows us to control the spread as much as possible.”Police in neighbouring Victoria will issue fines of A$1600 ($984) to people who breach a limit of two people gathering in public, unless the group is from one household.”Unless you want to be burying an elderly relative or your best mate, or your parents … do the right thing,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said in Melbourne on Monday.The small island state of Tasmania also imposed a two-person limit on public gatherings from midnight, and became the country’s first state to ban people from alternating between their main home and their second home, if they have one. “There will not be movement between your shack and your primary place of residence, allowing you to alternate and sleep nights in both,” state premier Peter Gutwein said, using the slang for holiday homes.”You will need to make a choice,” he added.Tasmania reported its first coronavirus death overnight, which took the country’s total deaths from the illness to 17. Confirmed COVID-19 cases are around 4,200 nationwide, although authorities said the rate of daily infections had halved in recent days.Amid the extraordinary shutdown of businesses and resulting layoffs, the regulators and banks have taken measures to pause loan repayments for six months. Overnight, the federal government said it was putting a six-month moratorium on evicting renters.All travellers arriving home in Australia from overseas meanwhile must go into monitored quarantine in hotels or other facilities for 14 days, under police supervision, according to measures implemented at the weekend.Australia has swayed in recent weeks between policies designed to keep as many businesses open as possible, and a more aggressive push to lock down the country, causing some confusion.Amid concerns distressed assets could be snapped up by overseas buyers, Australia said on Monday that all foreign investment proposals would be assessed by the relevant government agency during the duration of the crisis.While most virus cases have been detected in major cities, clusters have also emerged in tourist destinations, such as in the Barossa Valley, a wine region in South Australia.Topics : Australia’s most populous states will restrict public gatherings to two people from midnight, state leaders said on Monday, as part of a wave of new measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus which has infected more than 4,000 across the country.The neighbouring eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria account for most of Australia’s total COVID-19 infections and death toll, which stands at 17.”It is only in exceptional circumstances that you should leave home,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in Sydney on Monday.last_img read more

Sri Lanka Catholic church ‘forgives’ 2019 Easter suicide bombers

first_imgThe April 21 Easter Sunday bombers targeted three churches and three luxury hotels, killing at least 279 people and wounding 593.Last year Ranjith called for the government at-the-time to step down over its alleged failure to investigate an “international conspiracy” behind the attacks.That government, of president Maithripala Sirisena, lost November’s elections, with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother Gotabaya taking the reins.Sirisena initially blamed Islamic extremists for the bombings, but later accused international drug dealers of being behind the attacks — supposedly to destabilise his anti-narcotics drive. Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church said Sunday it had forgiven the suicide bombers behind the attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told an Easter mass — broadcast from a TV studio because of the coronavirus pandemic — that “we offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us”.”We forgave them,” he said, adding that instead of retaliating, the nation’s Catholic minority had contemplated Jesus’ message of hope, and reduced tensions. The country’s then-police chief and secretary to the ministry of defence have been charged with murder for allegedly not acting on intelligence about the attacks.Police have arrested 135 people in connection with the bombings, blamed on the National Thowheeth Jama’ath extremist group.They have yet to be charged.This year’s Easter celebrations have been muted amid a nationwide indefinite curfew imposed to contain the novel coronavirus.Some 199 people have been infected, with seven deaths, the government said.Closed-door Easter services were conducted at two of the churches targeted — St Anthony’s and St Sebastian’s.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Officer Scott Bashioum

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Officer Scott Bashioum SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 10, 2016center_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Washington County to fly at half-staff to honor fallen Canonsburg Police Officer Scott Bashioum.Officer Scott Bashioum was killed in the line-of-duty on the morning of November 10, 2016 in Canonsburg.Flags shall be lowered to half-staff and remain lowered until sunset on Monday, November 14, 2016.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Sovereign Islands mansion designed with rooms to get guests talking

first_img13 The Peninsula Sovereign Islands“It is very open-plan but there are places like the courtyard that are intimate. The interior palette is subdued but it puts an emphasis on natural light. “There are strong pops of colour all the way throughout the house. It is a perfect balance between architectural feats and the soothing elements of casual, relaxed living.”Mrs Brunt said the couple had renovated the home two years ago. 13 The Peninsula Sovereign IslandsTHIS prestigious home on the Sovereign Islands is a real conversation starter, according to Prestige Property Agent Colleen Brunt.While a stunning combination of timber, stone and high raked ceilings set a sophisticated first impression, it is the various spaces that are designed to have you talking.Owners Marius and Christie Collatz bought the 709sq m property in 2014. 13 The Peninsula Sovereign IslandsMrs Brunt said the home has a long list of interesting spaces, from a library to a private courtyard garden with a water feature.“There are various conversational areas in a spacious open-plan layout which is perfect for entertaining,” Mrs Brunt said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agocenter_img 13 The Peninsula Sovereign Islands“They put in ensuites in all the bedrooms and the stone was all their idea.”At the top of the stairs, a central conversation hub flows to the bedrooms. Large gold-edged paintings, wrought-iron chandeliers, Persian rugs and a gas fireplace are some of the chic interiors setting a scene of casual sophistication.There are Caesar stone benchtops and the kitchen has a breakfast bar which flows outside. Built 17 years ago, the house is northwest facing with wide water views and a infinity lap pool.last_img read more