Rootwire Seeks To Transform Mind, Body, And Soul Through Music And Art

first_imgFind tickets, additional festival information and an in-depth look at all RW2K17 has to offer at Check out Rootwire’s Facebook page at this link. For a full list of artists, check out the festival banner below: This year’s Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival is proving that a music festival can truly be a transformative affair in all facets. Set to take place July 20th-23rd at Wisteria Campground in Pomeroy, OH, this year’s Rootwire not only features some of the most progressive acts on the scene today such as The Polish Ambassador, Phutureprimitive, Govinda, Spiritual Rez, David Starfire, Manitoa, Clozee, and a rare festival appearance from RJD2, but it also puts just as much emphasis on the unique Workshops, Classes, and Visual Arts aspects of the festival.Community and Collaboration is the central focus of Rootwire, with all of the music and non-music related activities and presentations never being compromised by overlapping. The point is to give everybody in attendance the opportunity to take part in each of the equally important aspects of the event as a whole, and not be concerned with missing one thing for the other. No other festival allows for this complete and utterly inclusive vibe, which makes Rootwire a truly unique experience unto itself, leading the way in what a festival can actually be and achieve.Listen to a Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival playlist, via Spotify, below:Featuring two giant main stages, complete with Live Art and Performance Collaboration Platforms, there will undoubtedly be some stunning visuals created by various artists to go along with the next-level music being put out into the universe by the musical acts on stage.  Along with the musical, visual, and performance art, the multitude of workshops featured at Rootwire is nothing short of astounding. Various workshops featured include Yoga, Meditation & Spirituality, Sustainability & Permaculture, Healing Arts, Leadership, and much more, led by speakers and leaders from each area. If change and evolution is what you seek, this is your opportunity to take the necessary steps in that direction, and to actually walk the talk. A collective mindset is at the Root of the Wire!For the amount of music, art, and community you receive at Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, full fest passes are at an extremely competitive price of $125. If you are a person that enjoys some reflexology, massage, and sound healing, your pass also includes Free Body Work from a variety of Masters that will be in attendance at the festival.last_img read more

The Devon Allman Project With Duane Betts Announces 40+ Date World Tour

first_imgDevon Allman, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and son of Gregg Allman, recently announced a new project, The Devon Allman Project, and today he revealed the full details. Formerly touring with Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honeytribe, Devon’s newly assembled project is a six-piece ensemble featuring two percussionists, John Lum and R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow), bassist Justin Corgan, guitarist Jackson Stokes and Hammond B3 organist Nicholas David. Having only performed a handful of times together under this moniker, The Devon Allman Project has now announced an extensive North American and international tour with special guest Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, who also recently confirmed his return to the road.According to a press release from the band, the club/theater shows will feature a 30-minute opening set with Duane Betts using his go-to guitar player, Johnny Stachela, and Devon’s rhythm section. After a 15-minute break, the Devon Allman Project will play a one-hour set which will include songs from Honeytribe, Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Devon Allman Band, and a few covers. The night will culminate with 30-minute plus an encore featuring all eight musicians playing Allman Brothers Band tunes and other classics. Festival dates will be a straight 90-minute set.The 40+ date tour includes stops at some of the country’s favorite venues, including B.B. King Blues Club in New York, The Pour House in Charleston, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, Macon City Auditorium in Macon, GA (with Dickey Betts), Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, and Red Rocks in Morrison, CO (with Blues Traveler), as well as festival appearances at Rhythm & Ribs Festival in St. Augustine, FL, Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY, The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA, and more. The full itinerary can be found below.The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts – Florida Blues & Jazz Fest in Boca Raton, Florida – 1/27/18[Video: Brett Diaz]The Devon Allman Project Tour DatesMarch 15 @ Jackson Hole Mountain Resort | Teton Village, WYApril 6 @ Rhythm & Ribs Festival | St Augustine, FLApril 7 @ Peace River Revival | Punta Gorda, FLApril 17 @ Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Old Saybrook, CTApril 18 @ Wilbur | Boston, MAApril 19 @ Penns Peak | Jim Thorpe, PAApril 20 @ WB PAC | Westhampton Beach, NYApril 21 @ Flying Monkey Performance Center | Plymouth, NHApril 22 @ Center for the Arts | Homer, NYApril 24 @ B.B. Kings Blues Club | New York, NYApril 25 @ State Theatre | State College, PAApril 27 @ Neighborhood Theatre | Charlotte, NCApril 28 @ Phenix City Amphitheatre | Phenix City, ALApril 29 @ The Masquerade | Atlanta, GAApril 30 @ Tybee Poste Theater | Tybee Island, GAMay 1 @ The Pour House | Charleston, SCMay 2 @ Salvage Station | Asheville, NCMay 4 @ Tiptinas | New Orleans, LAMay 5 @ Tennessee Amphitheater | Knoxville, TNMay 6 @ City Winery | Nashville, TNMay 17 @ Macon City Auditorium | Macon, GAMay 19 @ Florida Music Jam @ Sunset Cove | Boca Raton, FLMay 25 @ Fox Theater | Tucson, AZMay 26 @ Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival | Simi Valley, CAMay 28 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NVJune 9 @ Greeley Blues Jam | Greeley, COJuly 3 @ Gerald Ford Amphitheater | Vail, COJuly 4 @ Red Rocks | Morrison, COJuly 15 @ Great South Bay Music Festival | Patchogue, NYJuly 21 @ The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PAAugust 8 @ The Kent Stage | Kent, OHAugust 11 @ Riverside Park | Rushville, INAugust 12 @ Prairie Magic Music Festival | Valparaiso, INAugust 24 @ Gevarenwinkel Blues Roots & Rock Festival | Herselt, BelgiumAugust 25 @ Culemborg Blues Festival | Culemborg, NetherlandsAugust 26 @ Bosuil | Weert, NetherlandsSeptember 2 @ The Fleece | Bristol, UKSeptember 3 @ Robin 2 | Bilston, UKSeptember 4 @ Islington Assembly Hall | London, UKSeptember 6 @ Riverside | Newcastle, AustraliaSeptember 7 @ Brudenell | Leeds, UKSeptember 8 @ Academy | Manchester, UKSeptember 9 @ HRH C.R.O.W.S Festival | Sheffield, UKlast_img read more

The Revivalists Add 2018 Fall Tour Dates

first_imgThe Revivalists 2018 Tour DatesJuly 5 Portland, OR @ Waterfront Blues Festival at Waterfront ParkJuly 13 Prior Lake, MN @ Lakefront Music FestivalJuly 20 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music FestivalJuly 31 Nantucket, MA @ Chicken BoxAugust 1 Nantucket, MA @ Chicken BoxAugust 3 Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House ParkAugust 4 Freeport, ME @ LL Bean Discovery ParkAugust 5 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach CasinoAugust 17 Portsmouth, VA @ Union Bank & Trust PavilionAugust 18 Cockeysville, MD @ Hot August Music FestivalAugust 19 Vienna, VA @ Wolf TrapAugust 25 Cleveland, OH @ Incuya Music FestivalSeptember 1 Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music FestivalSeptember 8 Hamilton, OH @ Big River Get Down at RiversEdge AmphitheatreSeptember 13 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks AmphitheatreSeptember 22-23 East Aurora, NY @ Borderland Music FestivalSeptember 27 Louisville, KY @ Iroquois AmphitheatreSeptember 28 Indianapolis, IN @ Garfield ParkSeptember 29 Kansas City, MO @ KC Power & LightOctober 2 Pittsburg, PA @ Stage AEOctober 3 Columbus, OH @ Express LiveOctober 5 Black Mountain, NC @ Marcus Kind Band Family Reunion @ PigsahOctober 20 Dallas, TX @ Toyota Stadium National Soccer Hall of FameView Tour Dates Today, The Revivalists have announced fall tour dates including stops in Louisville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Columbus and more. The upcoming trek continues their previously announced summer tour and festival dates, including Peach Music Festival, Hot August Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival, and more.Up first for the soulful seven-piece on the newly announced run is a performance at Iroquois Amphitheatre in Louisville, KY on September 27th. From there, the band will hit Garfield Park in Indianapolis, IN on September 28th; KC Power & Light in Kansas City, MO on September 29th; Stage AE in Pittsburg, PA on October 2nd; Express Live in Columbus, OH on October 3rd; and Marcus King Band Family Reunion at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC on October 5th.For the third year in a row, David Shaw will also be bringing the Big River Get Down to his beloved hometown of Hamilton, Ohio. The Revivalists’ frontman will be hosting the musical event on Saturday, September 8th, along the Great Miami River at the RiversEdge Amphitheater. With The Revivalists leading the show, Shaw has also tapped Samantha Fish, Andy Frasco & The UN, Jennifer Hartswick, Naughty Professor, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and Doc Robinson for the highly anticipated annual event.Pre-sale tickets for the newly announced dates are available now. General on-sale begins Friday, June 22 at 10 am local time. For more information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Jackie Greene’s Modern Lives: New Band, New Sound

first_imgLoad remaining images Jackie Greene is currently taking a short break after a series of shows in support of The Modern Lives, Vol 2, the second EP of the same name. Jackie has long collaborated with many of the greats on the jamband scene, but for the past year he’s focused on his own music and his own band.“I wanted to have some R&B and gospel musicians in the band,” Jackie says, “and started with Shannon Sanders.” In addition to being a fine keyboard player, Shannon is the president of the Nashville Recording Academy. “Shannon knew quite a few gospel musicians in Nashville, so he started calling some of them and it came together.”The songs on both of The Modern Lives EPs, but especially on Vol 2, are a diverse collection: some rootsy and some rocking. “I let the songs lead the process,” Jackie says. “I played all the instruments myself, so a lot of it was a bit of a science experiment. Like a guy in his garage trying to build a birdhouse and comes out with a shoe rack. I wanted a birdhouse, but we definitely need a shoe rack in the laundry room. Know what I mean?”We were lucky to catch Jackie and company at New York’s Town Hall in October. The musicians Shannon brought together include Ben Rubin on bass, Jon Lucas on drums and Megan Coleman on percussions. Long-time Jackie Greene fans will know guitarist Nathan Dale, and the something-old, something-new lineup has clearly come together. For the Town Hall show, a trio of horns took things up yet another notch.Jackie has always been an energetic live performer. He’s appeared frequently with Anders Osborne and Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band. Last year he joined Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule at their New Year’s Eve show. “They’ve been nice enough to include me in a lot of their special events over the years and we’ve become great friends,” Jackie says of the Mule. “Warren always seems to up the ante every time they do a special event.”In addition to a new direction in music, Jackie’s personal life is on a new path. He got married, moved back to Northern California and is now a father. “It’s been fantastic,” he says. “The big life changes are always met with equal parts fear and enthusiasm. I think that’s part of the universal law of balance.” Has it impacted his songwriting? “I’ve been writing some new stuff and I can sense something new will probably seep out. Having a baby definitely informs the music in a new way.”We were also curious if the Modern Lives name refers to the changes in his own life or if there’s a wider message given our crazy political times. “In general, I find politics pretty boring,” Jackie says. “I think human nature is far more mysterious and interesting. We stand on the shoulders of every generation that came before and we should be absolutely astounded at what human beings have been able to do. Our ancient ancestors worked hard, took risks and took on a great deal of responsibility in order to survive. Fast forward to 2018 and we get to FaceTime with our loved ones while being driven in an Uber. It’s an amazing world.”Jackie’s a road warrior, and after some family time on the West Coast, he will be appearing as a member of Voodoo Dead with Steve Kimock, Otiel Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and John Morgan Kimock on November 9th and 10th in Englewood, Colorado. For more tour dates, visit Jackie Greene’s website. Photo: Lou Montesanocenter_img PHOTOS: Jackie Greene | Town Hall | New York, New York | 10/5/18 | Photos: Lou Montesanolast_img read more

Voodoo Dead Announces New Orleans Late Night Shows During Jazz Fest

first_imgVoodoo Dead has announced a pair of late-night shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, set to take place on May 4th and 5th, 2019 at the Republic NOLA. This year’s lineup, consisting of Steve Kimock, George Porter Jr., Al Schnier, Jeff Chimenti, and John Kimock, will honor the music of both New Orleans and the Grateful Dead.Voodoo Dead recently wrapped up a three-night Colorado run of shows, with bassist Oteil Burbridge and guitarist/keyboardist Jackie Greene in the mix. The five-piece dug deep into the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia’s repertoires in addition to a mix of cover selections throughout the entirety of the weekend’s shows.Tickets for Voodoo Dead’s upcoming late-night shows in New Orleans go on to the general public this Friday, December 14th at 12 p.m. (CST) here.last_img read more

December 10th, 1963: The Birth Of Beatlemania

first_imgWashington disc jockey Carroll James didn’t realize it at the time, but on this day, in 1963, he helped The Beatles launch the third British invasion of America. This time, the attack didn’t come by land or by sea, however, this one was by air—more precisely, it came by airwaves. The first shot fired in the assault on every facet of American culture came in the form of a song, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” by the Beatles. By the time this invasion was done, our musical and cultural landscape would never be the same.The Beatles, who served as the vanguard for this sonic assault on our shores, were already conquerors at home. After a few years honing their skills, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had seen their fame grow exponentially in late 1962 with their first hit, “Love Me Do.” They were dubbed “The Fab Four” and the first stirrings of the soon-to-be global phenomenon known as “Beatlemania” began to hum.On a snowy, early-December day, America’s most trusted voice, Walter Cronkite, was looking for an upbeat story to fill out his show and decided to rerun a recent piece on the Beatles’ surging popularity in England. The segment aired during the morning news but was not re-run as part of the evening show, as was often the case, due to its unfortunate original air date: November 22, 1963. That date will always be remembered for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.A dark mood hung over the country, and Cronkite felt the need to try and lift the nation’s spirits when possible. A young viewer in Maryland, Marsha Albert, watched the piece and immediately wrote a letter to WWDC disc jockey James Carroll. She asked him, “Why can’t we have music like that here?” Lucky for her, it turned out we could. Carroll was dating a stewardess at the time, and managed to get a copy of the UK release of the single “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Radio was a powerful force then, and Carroll was also aware of his public sway.He invited the fifteen-year-old Marsha and her mother to the studio to introduce his first spin of true music history. Neither imagined the effect dropping that needle had on history. The nation was still reeling from the senseless death of its most beloved leader. The war in Vietnam was filing the papers and televisions with daily tolls of American lives lost. A whole country was in need of something bright, pure and unassailable, and the Beatles could not have been better fitted to the role if they had been fiction sprung to life.The record was an instant hit. The station was flooded with requests, and the song began to dominate every one of its DJs’ rotations. The song proved so popular that an op-ed writer for The Baltimore Sun used it in a xenophobic piece on preparing to repel future invasions. While teenager’s stayed up late with static-y transistor radios waiting to hear the song “just one more time,” one group of listeners was getting more and more vexed with each spin. Those angry men were the board of directors for Capitol Records.Capitol Records held the American rights to distribution of the music of the Beatles and were preparing their own release of the song… over a month later. Needless to say, they weren’t enthused to find out that the song not only had an unofficial, unlicensed debut but that it was so popular that it was being played hourly to meet phoned-in requests. For a short while they considered having their attorneys send a cease and desist letter, but after realizing potential profits decided to bump up the release of the American single.The single came out the day after Christmas and hit the airways instantly nationwide. Arriving to a world already a bit merrier after the holidays, the song—with its simplistic but heartfelt romance, steadily quickening beat, and note-perfect harmonies—struck a deep chord with the nation’s teens. It is said that the truth speaks for itself, and the pure pop of the tune clearly spoke volumes in its three short minutes.The song was a product of the highest-charting songwriting duo in music history, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. These two lads from Liverpool had a complimentary writing relationship so powerful that mining into it would produce one of the veins of hits in history. Their manager, Brian Epstein, was serving as a guru to the band, shaping their public persona while Lennon and McCartney churned out hit after hit.Ten minutes of BBC television footage found its way onto the Jack Paar Program a few days later and aroused the nation’s curiosity. The song was already climbing local and national charts and the sparks were flying. Lucky viewers heard the frenzied screams of the British girls watching the Beatles and got their first look at the squeaky-clean, uniformly dressed, mop-topped boys. Afire started to catch. You can watch what Paar’s viewers saw below.The Beatles on the Jack Paar Program (1963)[Video: UnreleasedBeatlesHD]By February 1st, Billboard had declared “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” the number one song in America and the flames were beginning to lick higher and higher. Now, our tale’s final media maven enters, the celebrated host of the nation’s most popular evening variety hour, Mr. Ed Sullivan. Sullivan’s show was one of the nation’s most watched, dominating the prime time slot and public consciousness as a whole. He was a tastemaker and, like the previous two media men mentioned, he was keenly aware of how hungry the country was for something fresh and clean.50 Years Later: Remembering The Beatles On Ed SullivanSullivan wanted to lead the pack and signed The Beatles to appear on his show on February 9th, less than two months after the single had its first fateful spin in the nation’s capital. It’s said that just under half the nations television sets were tuned into The Ed Sullivan show the night The Beatles first appeared on American airwaves. With the way our modern media culture is so diverse and ubiquitous, it’s difficult to imagine what an effect such a saturation of the public could have. Watch a little of that performance below.The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – The Ed Sullivan Show – 2/9/64[Video: The Beatles]The flames of “Beatlemania” quickly became a full-fledged inferno. A frenzy for any Beatles-related product—from music to dolls, wigs, and every sort of merchandise—brought cynical opportunists with lucrative endorsement deals out of the woodwork. Within months, shelves were filled with items bearing the likeness of the four faces. You couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without seeing or hearing about the Beatles. Unlike other fads, however, this one refused to fade, and in a way continues to this very day.Whether they realize it or not, there are few musicians working today that aren’t, in some way or another, influenced by the Beatles. They shaped the future of rock through one of the most well-documented musical evolutions ever seen. They transformed from a foursome of wholesome boys into a rebellious, long haired, psychedelic drug-championing group of idols, and their music followed them every step of the way.It had all started simply enough, like millions of times before, with a needle hitting a groove cast in vinyl while it spun on a turntable. This time, when the needle traveled that groove, the resonance it relayed was actually a signal flare from an encroaching force. This invader would indeed be the first to conquer the United States Of America. They didn’t use weapons of war, they used a catchy pop song about chaste teen romance and fresh-scrubbed faces. Billions of dollars, dozens of number one songs and countless followers, all spawned from a moment of tragedy and hope… and a needle on a record.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Brings Bluesy Grit, Fireworks Both Literal & Musical On First Night Of Trondossa 2019 [Videos]

first_imgAfter leaving Atlanta in ruins at last weekend’s SweetWater 420 Fest, the six-piece leviathan known as Widespread Panic headed to North Charleston, South Carolina this for their Trondossa Music & Arts Festival at Riverfront Park.The spacious outdoor stage provided food, drink, and even a prayer circle to assuage the temperamental spirits beyond. The sun flew high and bright while The Marcus King Band, the Wood Brothers, and Umphrey’s McGee warmed up the stage for the steadily arriving Trondossa guests. The smell of wood-chip smokers and smokey barbecue wafted lazily by the Cooper River to the side of the stage. Attendees were rewarded for their dedication with delicious brisket, cold refreshments, a cool breeze, and best of all, two nights of Widespread Panic. Edie Jackson was also on hand to interpret John Bell’s incantations in her unique dancing A.S.L.Widespread Panic’s John Bell Talks Col. Bruce & The Art Of “Improvising Eloquently” Ahead Of Trondossa [Interview]Kicking off their first of two two-set shows at Trondossa this weekend, Widespread performed a down and dirty rendition of “Tail Dragger”, written by Willie Dixon and popularized by Howlin’ Wolf. As a tribute to the slow-rolling river in the background, the band dove into “Proving Ground”, which demands, “Find out just how tall I am / by jumping in the middle of the river!” The engines rumbled to life as the jam heated up and the day cooled down as night fell.A tribute to the community, “Good People”, followed with JoJo Hermann dancing his fingers all over his piano and JB proclaiming that, “We are the good people / the ones your grandma warned you about!” And the GoodPeople showed up as always, helping each other find lodging and rides to the shows to add that infectious energy that the band feeds on.Jimmy Herring invoked the power of the lightning gods as Dave Schools represented the thunder with a sizzling “Weight of the World” before crushing another raunchy extended take on “Junior”. “Junior” was written by mixing several of Junior Kimbrough’s songs, who shared a record label with JoJo Hermann at Fat Possum Records. A tasty jam meandered its way into a hard-hitting “Rock”, adding another old-school classic to the setlist. “Blue Indian” made another mention to the haunted feel of the festival with “We gotta party goin’ on! / Many spirits strong!” To finish off the first set, Widespread Panic paid tribute to Tom Petty with a ripping version of “Honey Bee”.After a short set break, Panic came back to the stage to cook up a salacious cauldron of sausage gumbo, eventually building up and breaking down before beckoning the audience to “Come and git it!” Dave Schools rode a heavy wave his bass notes plucked with the strength of a biblical golem throughout the psychedelic progressions of “Machine > Barstools and Dreamers”. This “Barstools” was particularly far out, with a glorious cross-fertilization of JoJo and Jimmy’s interplay. JB looked like he was primed to start a “Thank you” rap, but kept the vocals morphing to add to the detailed picture of the song’s imagery stored in banks of his cerebral cortex.After teasing several different songs (“Space Wrangler”, “I’m Not Alone”, “Honky Red”), Jimmy Herring introduced Vic Chestnutt’s “Protein Drink / Sewing Machine”, emerging mid-set with a bass-laden jam powered with Schools jet fuel. Steve Lopez jumped onstage for an exhilarating cover of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness”, the audience responding raucously to the words “He loves to drink good whiskey / While laughing at the moon!” A breakdown gave Schools and JoJo the opportunity to inject the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”.The muddy blues kept on rolling with another Howlin’ Wolf tune, “Smokestack Lightning”. JB must have eaten his chicken that morning, as his feral, gritty vocals continued to cut deep. Herring took off to intergalactic speeds and wavelengths as Schools began to wander down the Grateful Dead‘s “The Other One” rhythm. Bell returned us the southern plantations with a song as old as the Chicago blues with the scattered raptures of a chicken robber.A long transition full of teases eventually revealed a rocked-out rendition of “Bust It Big”, the first JoJo song of the night. JoJo made it count with a lengthy ride down the river and up the gulf stream to New York City, the home of “Rosemary’s Baby”.To close out the festival’s first night, the band embarked on a well-timed stroll down “Walkin’ (For Your Love)”. The concluding walk included a long pause which cued the onset of a ballistic barrage of fireworks. While the boats on the river never saw the return of the visual board (which had an amoebic pumping blood-like visual), they sure as hell enjoyed the firework show behind the stage. Remaining in the shadows of the fireworks, the band slammed home an equally explosive finish to “Walkin’” as soon as last gunpowder echo faded.The “Slippin’ > Smokestack > Bust It Big > Walkin’” was the heart and soul this performance, stacking the jams into a monster mosaic of musical madness. Both harmonious and, at times chaotic, John Bell and Widespread Panic continued to casually unleash unholy jams of divine proportions to “build you up just to break you down”. The band will return to Riverfront Park to do it all again for the Trondossa crowd tonight.You can check out a selection of crowd-shot videos from the performance below:Widespread Panic – “Protein Drink / Sewing Machine”[Video: Fred Ramadan]Widespread Panic – “Honeybee” [Tom Petty cover][Video: Fred Ramadan]Widespread Panic – “Smokestack Lightnin’” [Howlin’ Wolf cover][Video: Fred Ramadan]As always, you can stream full audio of the performance via PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Trondossa Music & Arts Festival | North Charleston, SC | 4/27/19Set One: Tail Dragger, Proving Ground, Good People, Weight of the World, Junior > Jam > Rock, Blue Indian, Honey Bee (60 mins)Set Two: Thought Sausage, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, Slippin’ Into Darkness* > Smokestack Lightning > Jam > Bust It Big > Walkin’ (For Your Love)** (88 mins)Notes * w/ Steve Lopez on percussion** Fireworks began during pause and continued until end[‘Get Up, Stand Up” jam during ‘Slippin’ Into Darkness’; ‘The Other One’ jam during ‘Smokestack Lightning’; Entire show with Edie Jackson, ASL interpreter]If you’re in North Charleston for Trondossa, don’t miss a very special ROBOTRIO & Friends‘ late-night at Charleston Pour House tonight, Sunday, April 28th, featuring Ryan Stasik & Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s McGee), The Royal Horns (The Marcus King Band), Kanika Kay Kay Moore & Mike Quinn (Doom Flamingo), & more.For tickets and more info, head here.ROBOTRIOlast_img read more

Couple donates $1m for nursing program

first_imgWellesley residents Burton and Gloria Rose recently presented Hebrew SeniorLife with a $1 million gift to support its Nursing Career Development Program, which allows certified nursing assistants who work for Hebrew SeniorLife to become licensed practical nurses…Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, offers senior housing, health care, research, and education programs…Read more here The Boston Globelast_img

Film, fact, and fantasy

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study hosted a reunion of sorts last week, with India the connecting thread that wove through longtime friendships, feature films, fact, fiction, and magical fantasy.“I know this is complicated, but it’s so amazing,” said Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen in her opening remarks. “We have in our presence today three remarkable women who are united by a friendship and a shared passion to communicate the complexity of life, particularly for women in south Asia.”On campus to deliver the Rama S. Mehta lecture, the filmmaker Deepa Mehta (no relation), whose work captures life’s beauty and brutality in equal measure, acknowledged another guest in the crowd. The friend was author Bapsi Sidhwa, a former Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute fellow. (The Bunting was precursor to the Radcliffe Institute.) Sidhwa’s celebrated novel “Cracking India” inspired Mehta’s 1998 film “Earth,” which tells of the nation’s violent 1947 partition.Martha Chen, lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kenney School, introduced Mehta. Her book “Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India,” informed Mehta’s film “Water,” which explores the lives of women in India’s homes for widows.When it was her turn at the podium, the director asked Harvard’s Jacqueline Bhabha to raise her hand. The University adviser on human rights education waved a greeting from her seat. Mehta thanked her for having her son, Satya Bhabha, star in Mehta’s forthcoming film “Midnight’s Children,” based on Salman Rushdie’s book of the same name, which uses magical realism to examine historic events like India’s independence from Great Britain.Mehta fleshed out those influential connections in exploring her life as a filmmaker, and offered insights into the often tumultuous, sometimes dangerous work of creating her famous “Elements Trilogy:” the films “Fire,” “Earth,” and “Water.”The Indian-born director perfectly fit the bill for an event established with the goal of bringing to campus a distinguished woman in public affairs, the sciences, or the arts who has a deep understanding of the problems of women in developing countries. With India as a frequent backdrop, her films address complex social themes such as arranged marriage, isolation, racism, homosexuality, and domestic violence.“Fire” took shape at her kitchen table in Canada, she said. As an immigrant to North America, she was inspired by longing, curiosity, and nostalgia to write the film’s script one snowy day as she pondered “the extreme thing two women could do to test the strength of men in [Indian] society.”The film tells the story of a relationship between two women in a country where homosexuality is largely taboo. “We made this film which was about love … and choice,” said Mehta. But many people in India saw it differently. Reaction to the work was swift. Shortly after the film opened, “all hell broke loose,” said the director. Critical response was favorable, but Hindu fundamentalists attacked the theaters that dared to show it. Protests for and against the work erupted in the streets, and the government temporarily shut down the screenings.But though painful, the political backlash taught Mehta a difficult lesson: to accept the word “controversial” whenever her name or her works were discussed. “I began to understand,” said the director, “what it would mean to wear that label.” She also realized the power of the art form. “ ‘Fire,’ ” she said, “touched a nerve.”Her experience with an Indian house for widows compelled her to make the subject the focus of  “Water.” But controversy stirred during filming.“I had never come across anything so appalling,” said Mehta of the homes, scattered across the country, that house women, largely outcast by society, who often fall into prostitution or begging simply to survive. Armed with Chen’s work, she wrote the script and set to work filming. But the project was quickly derailed. Angry crowds called it anti-Hindu, and violent mobs destroyed the sets.“It was as if a whole army had been unleashed on a little independent film crew on the banks of the Ganges” River, said Mehta.The government shut the film down, and work ceased on it  for two years. But Mehta was undaunted. She moved the production to Sri Lanka and completed the film. “Water” was eventually screened in India, where it was well received and had a lasting impact. “It helped and touched a lot of widows … It has empowered them,” said Mehta. “Films do help.”Mehta connected with Rushdie when he attended a screening of “Water.” She asked him to write a quote for the movie’s poster, and the two became close friends. A common sensibility, background, and generational perspective deepened their bond.When Mehta suggested they collaborate on “Midnight’s Children,” Rushdie immediately agreed. Problems with the production included trouble casting female Bollywood stars. Some young women feared that playing one of the main characters, the mother of a teenager, would rob them of their youthful appeal. Then there were issues with dengue fever, and escaped cobras. But nothing could halt the film, said Mehta, who collaborated closely with Rushdie on the script.Rushdie’s work, she said, “gave India a complexity I was always looking for.”Sidhwa, who spoke briefly at the end of the talk, recalled playing the foil to censors assigned to monitor the making of “Earth.” On the set, the author would conveniently ask the watchful government official to go in search of the Indian frozen treat kulfi, she said, whenever a controversial scene was approaching.The author summed up Mehta with four words.“She is so gutsy.”last_img read more

Conservation’s siren song

first_imgThe Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) rolled out six new patrol cars in February. But it wasn’t the flashing lights or fresh paint jobs that were turning heads. It was the 47 mpg, gas-electric, hybrid motor under the hoods.In a sign that environmental consciousness is becoming the norm across campus, HUPD is converting its entire fleet of marked patrol cars to hybrid and electric vehicles, in part to address growing concerns about climate change and public health. The move is expected to cut costs for the department by increasing the fleet’s fuel economy by a factor of 10. The switch also will dramatically reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution released into the air by HUPD vehicles.“A core tenet of community policing is to be a responsible community partner, and one way we can do that is by taking steps to reduce our impact on the local environment,” said HUPD Chief Francis “Bud” Riley. “By moving to hybrid vehicles, we have also identified a reasonable solution to address community concerns about emissions, such as from idling, that will also save us money on fuel.”In a sign that environmental consciousness is becoming the norm across campus, the Harvard University Police Department is converting its entire fleet of marked patrol cars to hybrid and electric vehicles, in part to address growing concerns about climate change and public health.Six new Ford Fusion hybrid patrol cars are replacing the oldest and least fuel-efficient cars in HUPD’s fleet (some of which have more than 100,000 miles on them). The Fusion was chosen based on research findings provided by the New York Police Department’s Fleet Services Division, which tracks the performance of vehicles used by the NYPD.HUPD has also directed its officers to reduce idling when possible, and has already reduced its vehicle fleet by increasing walking and bicycling patrols.One of the most visible changes will occur around Harvard Yard and on the Allston campus, where HUPD officers will use fully electric, three-wheeled vehicles to maintain public safety during regular patrols and special events. The smaller, more agile electric vehicles will increase visibility and allow officers to respond to emergencies more quickly than they would in standard cars.The fleet conversion was funded by a Harvard Green Revolving Fund interest-free loan administered by the Office for Sustainability and Campus Services. The fund supports cost-effective, environmentally beneficial projects on campus. So far, the fund has loaned more than $16 million, supporting nearly 200 projects that have yielded more than $4 million in energy savings annually.“It will take a full-scale change in the culture of how we work and live in order to implement Harvard’s aggressive sustainability goals,” said Heather Henriksen, director of the Office for Sustainability. “That means action from everyone, at every level of the University. And with this step, HUPD and Chief Riley have proven they are serious about being an active partner in our effort to combat climate change on campus.”In 2008, Harvard set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, including growth. The goal covers emissions from University-owned and operated vehicles, prompting efforts to green the fleet. Harvard began using biodiesel fuel for its shuttles and passenger vans in 2004, a practice that has been expanded to more than 50 service vehicles, from mail and dining services to solid waste and recycling. There are five hybrids in the campus services fleet, and landscaping services is expecting the delivery this spring of four new fully electric utility vehicles for use in the Yard.Harvard’s Schools and administrative units are focused on improving public health and reducing the environmental footprint of campus operations through a wide range of initiatives, including totally organic landscaping and certified green cleaning services, community gardens and farmers markets, the Harvard On the Move fitness and wellness program, and local food purchasing and sustainable seafood initiatives in student dining halls.last_img read more