The Benevento/Russo Duo Were On Another Level At Freaks Ball XVII

first_imgThe Benevento / Russo Duo | Freaks Ball XVII | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/25/2017Best Reason To Buy The Sun, Sunny’s Song, 9X9, Soba, Powder @, Walking, Running, Viking, Welcome Red, Becky #, Scratchitti $ > Something For Rockets, Hate Frame, My Pet GoatEncore: Play, Pause, [email protected] – First Time Played since Fall 2006, Joe on Guitar#- With a “25 or 6 to 4” (Chicago) Tease (MB)$ – With a “Tom Sawyer” (Rush) Tease (MB)[Setlist courtesy of Peter Costello] Last night, New York’s vibrant musical community known as the “Freaks” descended on Brooklyn Bowl for the seventeenth annual “Freaks Ball”. “Freaks Ball” is a gathering that typically centers around the Freaks and their favorite local musicians that the vibrant New York City music community has to offer. In years past, local artists like Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph, Eric Krasno have taken the reins of Freaks Ball to create amazing improvisational music, with acts like Anders Osborne, The New Mastersounds, American Babies, and more playing the event over the course of seventeen years.However, the undisputed king of Freaks Ball is Sir Joe Russo. Last night’s edition marked Russo’s fourteenth appearance at Freaks Ball, and he has made a habit out of surprising the audience with unique and special performances. Freaks Ball 2012 saw a rare appearance by Russo and his all-instrumental Led Zeppelin cover band, Bustle In Your Hedgerow, while the 2013 event marked the first ever performance by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Almost Dead, of course, turned into the wildly successful touring juggernaut that we know and love today, and they returned to Brooklyn Bowl for Freaks Ball for the next few years, turning the party into a three-night run in 2016.One of the constants through many of Russo’s performances at Freaks Ball has been his partner-in-crime, keyboardist and organ master Marco Benevento, who marked his eighth appearance at Freaks Ball last night. With both Benevento and Russo names so synonymous with Freaks Ball, it made perfect sense for the musicians to bring their beloved project, theh Benevento/Russo Duo, to The Bowl for this year’s event.Affectionately referred to as, simply, “The Duo”, the group reunited late last year for the first time since 2010 with a tiny “secret” show at Three’s Brewing in Brooklyn, NY, and then played their first proper show in seven years on Jam Cruise. When the band was announced for this year’s Freaks Ball, their first real show on American soil in seven years, and their first appearance ever at their de facto home venue Brooklyn Bowl, tickets to the show sold out in 30 seconds. Anticipation for the night was massive, and, after a killer opening set from Wolf! featuring Almost Dead bandmate Scott Metzger (marking his fifteenth Freaks Ball!), The Duo took the stage and blew the excited crowd away with their mix of experimental jazz and indie rock.The band kicked things off with “Best Reason To Buy The Sun,” before things kicked into second gear with a gorgeous “Sunny’s Song.” It appeared as if Russo had eight arms on this one, nailing the complicated and energetic drum part with precision, all while Benevento created the song’s blissful melody. The song twisted and turned as The Duo worked a healthy amount of improvisation into the song. For fans who had waited seven (or more) years to see The Duo, “Sunny’s Song” provided everything they could’ve asked for.“9×9” was a continuation of the surreal vibes, and the crowd listened attentively as the band worked through the delicate track. Benevento truly shined on this song, providing both the melody and the bass line, showcasing an excellent focus and control that very few musicians could duplicate. The smile on Benevento’s face was infectious, and he could be spotted watching Russo with awe and appreciation all night long. Following a take on Play Pause Stop track “Soba”, Russo whipped out his guitar to create a melodic loop for the song “Powder,” the song’s first performance since 2006.After takes on “Walking, Running, Viking” and “Welcome Red”, the energy in the room shot up once again, as the familiar drum loop of “Becky” began. “Becky” is perhaps The Duo’s most recognizable song, and the crowd at The Bowl went wild for the fan-favorite, which featured a tease of “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago. The Duo then started up “Scratchitti,” which served as the evening’s energetic peak. Both musicians flexed their improv muscles early and often during this raucous track, which eventually transitioned into “Something For Rockets” after a pronounced tease of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.The Benevento/Russo Duo closed out the show with “Hate Frame” and the sample-heavy “My Pet Goat”, which closes out their classic album The Best Reason To Buy The Sun. The band left the stage to uproarious applause, returning to encore with “Play, Pause, Stop,” giving the audience one more opportunity to watch these masterful artists create the beautiful music that launched their careers.The Benevento/Russo Duo have no announced plans for any future shows, but after last night’s magical set at Freaks Ball, one can only hope that the band has plans for a few more performances. No project this prolific, this exciting, and this original should be on the shelf for that long.Listen to a full audio recording of the show, courtesy of taper Matt Moricle.See below for a few videos of the performance from Instagram, a full gallery from Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography, and the setlist from Peter Costello. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Feel the Love on Opening Night of John & Jen, Starring Kate Baldwin & Conor Ryan

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 4, 2015 John & Jen is back in New York City! The rarely performed musical by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald has officially arrived at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre, and on February 26, 2015, stars Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan celebrated their official opening night. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, the two-hander tells the story of a sister and brother, and later, a mother and son. Check out these photos from the opening night party, then see John & Jen off-Broadway through April 4! John & Jen Star Files Kate Baldwinlast_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s to go completely ‘Fair Trade’ by 2013

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,Ben & Jerry s announces its commitment to go fully Fair Trade across its entire global flavor portfolio. From Americone Dream to Chocolate Fudge Brownie, all of the flavors in all of the countries where Ben & Jerry s is sold will be converted to Fair Trade Certified ingredients by the end of 2013.Ben & Jerry s was the first ice cream company in the world to use Fair Trade Certified ¢ ingredients starting in 2005, and today it s racing ahead as the first ice cream company to make such a significant commitment to Fair Trade across its global portfolio.Company co-founder Jerry Greenfield said, Fair Trade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of Fair Trade goes to the heart of our values and sense of right and wrong. Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.Ben & Jerry s Fair Trade commitment means that every ingredient that can be sourced Fair Trade Certified, now or in the future, is Fair Trade Certified. Globally, this involves converting up to 121 different chunks and swirls, working across eleven different ingredients such as cocoa, banana, vanilla and other flavorings, fruits, and nuts. It also means working with Fair Trade cooperatives that total a combined membership of over 27,000 farmers.Rob Cameron, Chief Executive of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) said, Congratulations to Ben & Jerry s on the scale and the depth of this commitment to take their whole range Fair Trade. Tackling poverty and sustainable agriculture through trade may not be easy but it is always worth it, and Ben & Jerry s has demonstrated real leadership in laying out this long-term ambition to engage with smallholders, who grow nuts, bananas, vanilla, cocoa and other Fair Trade-certified ingredients. Ben & Jerry s, like all of us in the Fair Trade movement, believe that people can have fun standing up to injustice and campaigning against poverty while enjoying some of Ben & Jerry s best-selling favorites like Phish Food and Chocolate Fudge Brownie, how cool is that.Paul Rice, President and CEO of TransFair USA, says, Ben & Jerry s has been a model for socially responsible business for 32 years, proving that being responsible and sustainable are good for business. Their entry into Fair Trade in 2005 builds on that history and has had a real impact on the lives of family farmers around the world. By converting their ingredients to Fair Trade, Ben & Jerry s will help galvanize its suppliers to join the Fair Trade movement. That represents a huge leap forward for Fair Trade in the United States, and it s once again the kind of bold, pioneering move for which the company is known and admired.Farmers selling Fair Trade products earn a better income, which allows them to stay on their land. Fair Trade premiums also allow for reinvestment in their farms, their families, their communities and their future. Fair Trade means that certified farmers are using environmentally sound practices to grow and harvest their crops in a sustainable way.About Ben & Jerry sBen & Jerry s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. The goal of the social mission is to integrate a concern for the community into as many day to day business operations as possible while maintaining the product and economic missions. The move to Fair Trade ingredients is driven by that commitment. For more visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).Source: BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ben & Jerry s. 2.18.2010.last_img read more

How to dispute your credit report

first_imgReviewing and managing your information is an important part of protecting your data identity. So, if you notice something you believe is inaccurate on your TransUnion credit report, we’re here to help. Disputing your information with TransUnion is fast and easy. Follow the steps below to start a dispute online.1. Figure out what’s inaccurateYour credit report should be an accurate reflection of your information and story.If you see an account you don’t know about, inaccuracies on accounts you know you’ve paid in full or old accounts that shouldn’t be on your report anymore, you can dispute those items. Some inaccuracies could be mistakes. For example, perhaps an account of a relative with a similar name, but with junior or senior, is showing on your report. Others could be more nefarious, like identity theft. No matter the inaccuracy, it’s important that your report is a true reflection of your credit history. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Voters pass pro-worker laws where the Congress lags, this week in the war on workers

first_imgThe presidential and Senate elections were the headlines on Tuesday and through the rest of the week, but it’s worth noting a few key places where voters said yes to ballot measures making life a little better for working families. In Florida, voters passed a $15 minimum wage amendment. It phases in very slowly, not reaching $15 until 2026, but it’s progress. If you’re wondering WTF is going on with more than 60% support for a minimum wage increase while Donald Trump won the state, welcome to Florida. The state’s voters did the exact same thing in 2004, voting for George W. Bush and a minimum wage increase.Colorado voters passed paid family leave. The state legislature had failed to pass such a bill, so organizers took it to the voters, and won. The law, which doesn’t go into effect until 2024, will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave at between 65% and 90% of their pay, up to $1,100 per week. It’s funded by a payroll tax.- Advertisement – And Arizona voters approved a tax on high-income households that will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education. That comes after Arizona teachers went on strike for school funding in 2018.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

High density living part of Sekisui House project in growth corridor

first_imgThe Green – Ripley Town Centre. Photo Supplied.The Ripley region is fast taking shape with developer Sekisui House announcing the masterplan community to include high density living in the next stage of the project.Stage two of the Ripley Town Centre will include medium and high density residential seniors living in a new South Village quarter, as well as an extension to the existing centre for additional retail. Health and Wellbeing – Ripley Town Centre. Sekisui House senior development manager Taku Hashimoto said Ripley Town Centre has been masterplanned with a ’20-minute neighbourhood’ philosophy that creates a low-carbon, connected community, surrounded by wide green spaces and interconnected by well-designed natural settings.“Ipswich is growing rapidly, Ripley is the fastest growing area in Ipswich,” Mr Hashimoto said.With the RAAF Base Amberley nearby, he said a lot of families were moving into the area and a need to accommodate different types of lifestyles.Mr Hashimoto said Sekisui was looking at 12 storey units on site.The masterplan is made up of 10 connected areas including: CIVIC HEART: A place for cultural institutions, education and retail experiences surrounding a green forecourt. THE HUB: Exceptional quality office, hotel and residential accommodation above Ripley station. CENTRAL: Open laneways and tree-lined boulevards, home to experiential retail and mid-rise offices. THE ESPLANADE: Indoor/outdoor dining and retail areas with community swimming lagoons and spaces. THE GREEN: A live, work and learn village environment for young professionals, students and creatives. HEALTH and WELLBEING: Hospital and aged care facilities for training, education and research with short term accommodation. GATEWAY NORTH: An iconic ‘Flat Iron’ building with heritage inspired architecture and a shaded plaza. NORTH VILLAGE: Eclectic bars, restaurants and shops with high-street character and open space access. SOUTH VILLAGE: Medium to high rise residential for active lifestyles with ground level retail conveniences. PARKSIDE VILLAGE: Residential terraces with open roof top green spaces and tree lined street level offices. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Esplanade – Ripley Town Centre. North Village – Ripley Town Centre.last_img read more

AquaTerra buys subsea engineering and technology firm

first_imgOffshore construction and engineering specialist, AquaTerra Group, has extended its capabilities with the acquisition of the trade and assets of subsea engineering and technology business SETS.Source: AquaTerraAquaTerra delivers engineering, construction, and decommissioning projects, including caisson and conductor inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), removal and replacement. The company is currently involved in the removal and repair of more than 40 conductors and caissons in the North Sea.Formed in 2011, SETS is focused primarily on conductor inspection and integrity, repair and maintenance. The company designs, manufactures, and implements remotely operated tooling to facilitate conductor cleaning and inspection, and repair clamp and shim installation.The acquisition increases AquaTerra’s headcount to over 120 and provides a suite of additional equipment and capabilities.Peter Robinson, AquaTerra Group’s Managing Director, said: “The acquisition of SETS represents a major step forward for our business and significantly enhances our offshore construction division. This acquisition means AquaTerra is now able to provide expert conductor and caisson intervention services both above and below the waterline.“Our enhanced capability will provide clients with low-cost early engagement for asset assessment and condition monitoring, which will contribute to industry-wide goals to minimize asset downtime and maximize operational efficiency.”SETS’ engineering team also brings smart intervention technology to AquaTerra, designed for splashzone and subsea conductor and caisson IRM operations. Remotely operated by multi-disciplined topsides team on the platform, the technology removes the need for diver support, dramatically reducing time and cost.The acquisition builds on AquaTerra’s technology development focus, which includes an ongoing project with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to develop AquaShim, a composite stabilization system for conductors. Successfully installed offshore, and with a growing order book from several North Sea operators, AquaShim becomes part of a suite of stabilization solutions with both topside and subsea applications.AquaTerra said that plans were already in place for further investment over the next two years to develop additional tooling innovations including cutting and subsea composite wrapping of conductors, caissons, and risers.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

COVID-19 not an opportunity for athletes to dope: WADA president

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Banka says it should be a cause for concern that 10 percent of the Rio Olympics medallists came from countries without regular testing programmesBanka said the coronavirus pandemic would not deter WADA from its over-riding goal.“This is a new world for all of us,” he said.“WADA, though, will do everything to maintain the integrity and beautiful idea of clean sport.” “We issued guidelines for them that cover a number of areas that may be affected by COVID-19.” – ‘Cause for concern’ – Loading… The pandemic has forced Banka to put on hold several ideas he wants to implement, especially a bid to increase funding for the anti-doping fight. “I am pursuing the idea of a Solidarity Fund to serve regions like Africa, for example, where they have very limited anti-doping systems (there is just one accredited laboratory in South Africa),” he said. “We are still working on that, this is a very important issue.” He aims to encourage sponsors and corporate partners to back the fight against doping with hard cash. “The idea is to get them to contribute a minimum of their sponsorship investment in sport (to anti-doping efforts).” Such corporate involvement could go some way to resolving an age-old problem for WADA, and one Reedie frequently raised — that their budget is insufficient for the size of the task they face. “We are a strong organisation with powerful tools,” said Banka. “But taking into account our budget, $36-40 million a year, that is not in line with the expectations towards the organisation expressed by our stakeholders. We want, or rather have to, increase it. “That is why we are looking for some alternative sources of funding.” Banka said proudly that WADA “plays many roles” and achieves a lot even with the budget constraints but stresses that with extra funding “it could do a lot more”. “One aspect we would like to address is that at the 2016 Rio Games, 10 percent of the medallists came from countries who either have very weak anti-doping systems or none at all,” he said. “That is a cause for concern and one which we should have the capability to address. “That would be possible if sponsors were willing to contribute to the Solidarity Fund.” “Anti-doping is not as important as people’s lives,” he said.The former international 400 metres runner said he had been in regular contact with leading sports bodies including the International Olympic Committee and the National Anti-Doping Organizations to discuss the current situation. Banka wants more funding as he finds, like his predecessor Craig Reedie, the WADA budget is insufficient for what sporting bodies want them to do FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Athletes are fooling themselves if they think they can use the chaos caused globally by the coronavirus pandemic to cheat, World Anti-Doping Agency president Witold Banka has told AFP.The Pole said physical testing might be virtually at a standstill but WADA and national anti-doping agencies possessed other weapons they can deploy in the fight against doping.Athletes should not think the coronavirus pandemic and disruptions to testing give them an excuse to dope, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Witold Banka says Canada and Russia have gone public in saying they have suspended their testing programmes while the British anti-doping body has significantly reduced its testing. “COVID-19 is not a space for the athletes to cheat,” Banka said in a phone interview from his home in Poland. “They should not feel it is a time for cheating. Otherwise, the anti-doping agencies will use their weapons to catch them.” The 35-year-old former Polish sports minister, who only took up his post on January 1 after being elected to replace Craig Reedie, said he hoped it would not take long once the pandemic was over to return testing to its “full power”. In the meantime WADA would rely on other means to keep tabs on athletes. “Testing is not our only weapon and we have some strong ones,” Banka said. “There is the athlete biological passport, there is long-term analysis of samples, there is intelligence. “The biological passport is a useful tool for the profile of the athletes. “Also they are still obliged to tell us of their whereabouts even if we cannot go and test them.” Banka is mindful however that on a global basis, combating the coronavirus is the number one priority.last_img read more

Art show coming to Aurora

first_imgAurora, In. – Spring colors will be in full bloom starting this weekend as the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild kicks off its annual Spring Art Show in downtown Aurora.  The spring event will feature original artwork on display and for sale starting on Saturday evening and running through late April.The show will run from April 14 through 28 at the Art Guild Studios at 2nd and Main Streets in Aurora. Admission is free.last_img