Rising Appalachia’s music is a mix of European Folk Music, Appalachian Music, and West African Music. While many of these styles have found their influence in electronic music as well, it’s great to see such a creative take on completely acoustic music. Their live show is quite energetic, and the band even features live painters on stage.Rising Appalachia’s slow acoustic jams get the crowd ready for the pumping beats of Jamtronica when Papadosio took the stage. It’s great to see these guys playing a nearly full Fillmore, with a top-notch light rig blowing the roof off the place, when, just four years ago they were playing Quixotes (a much smaller venue in town). Their set offered a varied selection of Papadosio favorites from throughout the years, accompanied by a stellar light show. My personal highlight was an extremely epic and emotive cover of “Dayvan Cowboy” by Boards of Canada. Sadly, BOC is a group that never plays live, so it was a real treat to hear their incredible compositions bursting at the seams with live energy. Other highlights from the night include the great Dosio track “We Are Water,” along with some other oldies from their first album, “Night Visions” and “All I Knew,” which haven’t been in rotation as much recently.Papadosio has definitely carved out something special for themselves, and it’s a pleasure to watch their meteoric rise to the forefront of the Jamtronica scene. At this rate, this band is well on their way to earning a coveted spot as one of the top bands on the festival circuit. If you get a chance to see one of these Earth Night shows, definitely seize the opportunity! Following their sold out Red Rocks show with Lotus in September [read the review here], Papadosio made a triumphant return to Colorado at the Fillmore Auditorium on the auspicious date of 12/13/14.Papadosio has had quite a fervent intention to help people evolve and respect each other and the planet, from their album and song titles, to Anthony Thogmartin’s side project EarthCry, and grassroots efforts by the band to make the world a better place beyond just playing music. Their new concert series Earth Night holds that same spirit of our collective evolution. Their playing, the energy in the venue, and the stylistic variation offered by the openers helped shows just how far the band has come in the past several years, and the untapped potential that exists for them down the road.San Francisco native Eskmo kicked off the night with his eclectic and transcendental take on electronic music. His sets are always fun to watch as he uses live samples of physical objects he has with him on stage anything from a soda can opening to creative orchestration of a coat hanger, and also sings live with far out lyrics and vocal effects complimenting the wobbly, ultra trippy sonic canvas that he provides.After Eskmo, the lineup took an abrupt, yet tasteful turn with the roots/folk serenade of Rising Appalachia. Their folky sound has stumbled upon a welcome niche in our festival scene, which is so saturated with electronic production. Having a group like Rising Appalachia opening for a electronically-influenced group like Dosio offered a broader auditory palette than most other shows where the standard one or two person producer team opens up.
NBA hall-of-famer Bill Walton attended his 855th and 856th (!!!) Grateful Dead shows this past weekend in Santa Clara, California. The Deadhead was spotted in great spirits as he danced and sang along the whole night, hanging out with fans and even band members. Walton documented the entire journey on his Twitter account. Check him out in all his 7-foot glory enjoying a lovely evening with his favorite band.
A group of elementary school children from Wales have been slated to open up for former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant at his Forest Live Festival set this weekend. The five young students at Ysgol OM Edwards in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd (yes, those are all real words, apparently) between ages 10-11 are part of a band called Y Storm. They even write their own lyrics in both English and Welsh!Richard Branson Offers Zeppelin $800 Million To Reunite, Robert Plant Rips Up ContractTwo of the kids belong to Liam Tyson, who plays guitar with Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters.The youngsters have won competitions, including the Eisteddfod, a youth festival in Wales for literature, music and performing arts. “For their age they’d give anybody a run,” said their supportive father. Keep it up, kids!Check out Plant’s upcoming tour dates here.[Via NME]
The Disco Biscuits are having one of their best years in quite awhile, and it continued this past weekend in Chicago. With the band playing a special North Coast Music Festival late-night performance at the Concord Music Hall on Saturday, and a Sunday night headlining spot at the Festival on Sunday, this was a big weekend for the Biscuits.Saturday night got off to a solid start with a cover of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte”, with the highlight of the first set going to a sandwich of “Aceetobee > Catalyst > Aceetobee.” It was clear early on that the Biscuits were locked in and ready to provide a late-night to be remembered. It’s pretty astonishing to witness the comfort level of the band right now, as they have seemingly settled into a place in which they are all finally at peace with the direction they are headed.The second set was ridiculous, from beginning to end. “Highwire” led into the beginning section of “Spraypaint”, which segued seamlessly into an inverted “Save the Robots” (beg/end). As the ending of “Highwire” came out of “Robots”, the Biscuits dove right into what may have been the most impressive segment of the show with “M.E.M.P.H.I.S. > Basis For A Day.” This was simply off the charts, with patient builds, dirty drops, and everything in between. It was exactly why you see this band. An encore of “Mirrors” ended the show properly, as we all walked out into the streets attempting to pick our jaws up off of the floor. [cover photo courtesy of North Coast Music Festival and Phierce Photos]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL – 9/5/15Set One: Pygmy Twylyte-> Spectacle, Aceetobee-> Catalyst-> Aceetobee, Jamilia-> Wet, LadiesSet Two: Highwire-> Spraypaint-> Robots (inverted)-> Highwire, MEMPHIS-> Basis for a DayEncore: Mirrors
Recently premiering on the Frendly Presents network, this fun video shows Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis and Nahko Bear from Nahko & Medicine For The People in an intimate acoustic session. The two Skype in some random guests for one of the greatest acoustic mash-ups yet!Enjoy the video below:Be sure to catch Twiddle on tour this fall, alongside The Werks. Their TWERK tour kicks off tomorrow, October 8th, and you can see the full schedule below:Twiddle and The Werks ‘TWERK TOUR’ Dates:10/8 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony10/9 Philadelphia, PA TLA10/10 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live10/11 Richmond, VA The Broadberry10/12 Asheville, NC New Mountain Asheville10/13 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room10/14 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre10/15 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay10/16 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues10/22 Dallas, TX Trees10/23 Rockdale, TX Art Outside10/24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live10/27 Columbia, MO Rose Music Hall10/28 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House10/29 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club10/30 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache10/31 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge11/1 Chicago, IL Chop Shop11/3 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House11/4 Omaha, NE Waiting Room11/5 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room11/6 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre11/7 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater11/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern11/11 Portland, OR Star Theater11/12 Eugene, OR The WOW Hall11/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent11/14 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club11/19 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub11/20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall11/21 Cleveland, OH The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
When you see The Werks, you get a little bit of everything… some jam, some funk, some good ol’ rock and roll. As the band powers along their TWERK Tour with Twiddle, they kindly shared with us a taste of some jam-tronica chops. This cover of The Disco Biscuits’ classic tune, “Home Again”, comes from a powerful performance at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD.Twiddle And The Werks Release Hilarious Teaser For Twerk Tour, Presented By L4LMCheck out this pro-shot footage, as provided by The Werks:The Werks and Twiddle continue their TWERK tour, tonight, at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL. Check out the full schedule below, with ticket links available for any upcoming performance in a town near you. Don’t miss out, as these bands are coming in hot!TWERK Tour Dates10/29 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club10/30 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache10/31 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge11/1 Chicago, IL Chop Shop11/3 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House11/4 Omaha, NE Waiting Room11/5 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room11/6 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre11/7 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater11/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern11/11 Portland, OR Star Theater11/12 Eugene, OR The WOW Hall11/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent11/14 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club11/19 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub11/20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall11/21 Cleveland, OH The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
The all-star ensemble of Jazz Is Phish is returning to the road next month! With instrumental takes of Phish classics, the group never fails to keep people dancing with their unique interpretations.The band will tout a top-notch rotating cast of musicians, including Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Giant Country Horns), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Kevin Moehringer (TV On The Radio/High & Mighty Brass Band), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), Jonathan Scales, Derrick Lee, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Grant Green Jr. (Masters of Groove), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band/Animus Rexx), Adam Chase (Strange Design), Matt Chase (Strange Design) and Josh Thomas (With Lions). The band also promises special guests throughout the run, so be sure to check out the band on tour.The full schedule runs from February 10th through the 18th, and features a handful of shows in the Southeast. After stops in Greensboro, Raleigh and Asheville, the group finishes off a four night run with a throwdown in Atlanta. They pick things up just a few days later, returning to Brooklyn at The Hall At MP for some jazzy Phish madness.The band made their Brooklyn Bowl debut back in December. Check out videos and highlights from that show here. Be sure to check out the full tour schedule below:Jazz Is Phish Tour Schedule2/10: The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC (tickets)2/11: Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC (tickets)2/12: Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC (tickets)2/13: Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA (tickets)2/18: The Hall At MP – Brooklyn, NY (tickets)Greensboro – Raleigh – AshevilleMichael RayChris BullockAnthony WellingtonJonathan ScalesDerrick LeeAdam ChaseMatthew ChaseJosh ThomasAtlantaMichael RayKofi BurbridgeGrant Green Jr.Chris BullockAnthony WellingtonJonathan ScalesDerrick LeeAdam ChaseMatthew ChaseJosh ThomasNew YorkMichael RayJames CaseyChris BullockKevin Moehringer Todd StoopsAnthony WellingtonAdam ChaseMatthew ChaseJosh Thomas
Focusing on proper training, preparation and equipage before a callPromoting the idea that all members can respond to, work and return home safely from the emergency they are called to mitigate Departments across the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, are preparing for the Stand Down (June 17-23, 2007) by planning schedules and discussing questions and concerns that department members may have. JEMS compiled it’s most recent training, safety and response readiness articles, read them HERE. This year s theme is Ready to Respond. The IAFC, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section are pleased to sponsor the third International Fire Fighter and EMS Safety Stand Down.
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has awarded Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships for the summer of 2009 to Benjamin Hall and Baylee DeCastro. Hall and DeCastro will spend the summer researching in the domain of policies affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.Both students bring a strong record of academic achievement and a long-standing commitment to LGBT human rights. Hall will study police reform in London’s LGBT community, and DeCastro will research LGBT health advocacy in San Francisco. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, adjunct lecturer in public policy and Carr Center faculty affiliate, will advise their research projects.“I am genuinely delighted to welcome Ben Hall and Baylee DeCastro as the Carr Center’s inaugural Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellows,” says McCarthy. “These two extraordinary students bring a rare combination of talents — intellectual heft, political acumen, and personal passion — to the study of LGBT human rights and public policy. We are all very excited to see the fruits of their important research.”McCarthy added, “Personally, I am also extremely grateful to our friends Margaret Traub and Phyllis Dicker, not only for making this exciting fellowship opportunity possible, but for supporting the Carr Center’s growing commitment to LGBT human rights.”Hall joined the Metropolitan Police, London, in 2001, and graduated as the top student in his class in the police academy. He spent one year in uniformed response in South London before selection into the Detective Corps where he worked in investigation units for sexual assault and domestic violence. After two years’ service, he was selected for specialist operations at New Scotland Yard at the age of 23, where he has since been promoted to detective sergeant in the Serious Crime Command. Before coming to Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar, he received a French and Spanish B.A. with honors from University College, London; an M.Sc. in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and an M.Phil. in criminological research from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, U.K.DeCastro is a second-year master in public policy (M.P.P.) student at HKS. As a committed public health advocate, DeCastro has worked for over a decade to unlock the health system’s potential to restore economic security and promote the health of low-income and medically underserved communities. Her research focuses on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and its use in policy formulation and implementation. As one of this year’s Traub-Dicker Research Fellows, her research examines the ways in which state-centered advocacy efforts toward LGBT inclusion as subjects and objects of health research influence health policy. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, DeCastro served as policy adviser to three large University of California, San Francisco, clinical, policy, and research programs, where she forged successful partnerships with health care providers and community organizations to promote quality affordable health care statewide. DeCastro also led a national network of women’s health professionals as executive director of the Association of Academic Women’s Health Programs.The Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowship is intended to support the summer research of one or two HKS students in the domain of policies affecting the LGBT communities. This program was established through a gift by Margaret Traub ’80 and her partner, Phyllis Dicker.
Logano is among several drivers in Houston, Texas for the festivities. Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and David Ragan are also in town. BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! With Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons fast approaching, the NASCAR community is weighing on social media with their picks for the big game. This Super Bowl marks a stark contrast to last year’s game when the home team for much of the NASCAR community, the Carolina Panthers played in the game, losing to the Denver Broncos, 24-10. RELATED: Who did drivers pick in Super Bowl 50? Among NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and David Ragan have the biggest rooting interest in this matchup — the Connecticut native Logano is a Pats fan, while Georgia native Ragan is a Falcons fan. The two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers even made a charitable bet on the game. RELATED: Logano, Ragan make charitable Super Bowl LI bet So which team is the NASCAR community picking? Here’s a sampling below. Patriots fan as well as former crew chief turned NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte was on site as well.