New Orleans Musicians Announce Benefit Concert Paying Tribute To Phife Dawg

first_imgNext Friday, April 8th, a special Beats, Rhymes, & Phife tribute is coming to The Joy Theater in New Orleans, LA. The Low End Theory Players featuring Mr. Smoker, M@ Peoples, MC Koan, Gravity A, & Jermaine Quiz will be gathering to celebrating the life and music of the late Phife Dawg. Phife was a member of A Tribe Called Quest, who passed away recently at the age of 45 from diabetes related issues. This stacked event will include a performance by The Low End Theory Players performing a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest, a screening of the documentary Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, and a second line by Soul Brass Band!The proceeds of this event will be going to The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic is a patient-centered medical clinic which cares for more than 2,500 local musicians in New Orleans. Primarily donor funded, its mission is to keep New Orleans music alive by treating performers in body, mind and spirit with comprehensive health care and mental health/social services. All New Orleans musicians and cultural industry workers may use the clinic’s services, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Currently, 82% of their patients manage one or more chronic illnesses, including diabetes, which is among the most common conditions of the musicians they serve. Their culture of care and community advocacy has made a difference in the lives of local musicians since 1988.For tickets and more information, head here.last_img read more

Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Roger Waters To Play Coachella’s New Event

first_imgSome of the most influential names in rock n’ roll are reportedly slated for a new festival put on by the organizers of Coachella. According to several sources, including the artists’ managers and PR reps, the star-packed lineup will consist of Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. The event is being planned for October 7-9, and will take place on one stage at the Empire Polo Field site in Indio, CA.LA-based Goldenvoice and its corporate partner AEG Live are behind plans for the mega-concert, which are nearing completion as negotiations with some performers are still being worked out.Neil Young’s longtime manager Elliot Roberts told the LA Times, “It’s so special in so many ways because you won’t get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It’s a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time.”All six artists have never appeared on the same bill before, making it a truly landmark event. It will also be the first time that Dylan and McCartney will appear on a bill together. Dylan toured with the Rolling Stones in South America in 1998, and teamed up with the band in 1965 to record a version of Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”. McCartney, Waters, the Who and Young have appeared with each other over the years at large-scale benefit concerts.The Stones, McCartney, The Who and Waters are still ranked among the highest-grossing concert tours today.last_img read more

Marco Benevento Leads Incredible David Bowie Tribute To Open Mountain Jam

first_imgLast night marked the opening of the prized Mountain Jam Music Festival, featuring some choice performances for a Thursday night celebration. Among those was the great pianist Marco Benevento, who continues to turn heads with a combination of showmanship and musicianship. For his first of two scheduled Mountain Jam sets, Benevento gave fans something they wanted to hear: a tribute to the late great David Bowie.The connection between Benevento and Bowie is an interesting one actually, as Bowie was on hand for Benevento’s graduation from music school. Benevento’s and Bowie’s paths would only cross the one time, when David Bowie handed Marco Benevento his diploma. The pianist returned the favor by putting Bowie’s music on full display last night, rocking through the classics with support from Superhuman Happiness.Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Warren Haynes, Marco Benevento At Mountain JamCheck out a video of “Jean Genie,” below, thanks to Josh Timmermans. The band also welcomed out a number of great special guests throughout, including Warren Haynes, Aaron Lieberman, Woodstock Day School Choir,Andrea Diaz, Karina Rykman, and Mikaela Davis.Mountain Jam continues throughout the weekend with Wilco, Beck, Gov’t Mule and more! Check out the full setlist from the tribute below:Setlist: Marco Benevento + Superhuman Happiness Tribute To David Bowie at Mountain Jam, Hunter Mountain, NY – 6/2/16Set 1: Andy Warhol, Soul Love, Jean Genie (w/ Aaron Lieberman), Oh You Pretty Things (w/ Aaron Lieberman), The Story Of Fred Short (parts 1-3), Kooks, Life on Mars?, Limbs Of A Pine, Young Americans (w/ Woodstock Day School Choir)Set 2: Rebel Rebel (w Warren Haynes + Aaron Lieberman), Let’s Dance (w Warren Haynes + Aaron Lieberman, vocals by Andrea Diaz), Queen Bitch (w/ Karina Rykman, vocals by Dave Dreiwitz), Dropkick At The Show (w/ Aaron Lieberman, )Heroes (w/ Mikaela Davis), Let’s Spend The Night Together (w/ Mikaela Davis), Changes [Photos by Patrick Hughes]last_img read more

Phish Busts Out ‘I Am The Walrus,’ Revives ‘Fluffhead’ For Wrigley Field Finale

first_imgPhish returned to Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL for the second of two sold-out performance, hitting the storied home of the Chicago Cubs with passionate performing. The shows marked Phish’s first-ever trips to the venue, and the band seemed truly in awe of the stadium’s historical legacy. They treated fans to a few surprises and big-time jams throughout the finale as well, keeping fans on their toes for a great show.The band  opened up with a funky “The Moma Dance,” getting the energy up high from the opening notes. The groove got the crowd dancing, ready for a great set of music ahead. From there, they rocked with an “AC/DC Bag” that got everyone singing along. Trey Anastasio hit the song hard, letting his new Languedoc shine throughout.The band continued with a pairing of Fuego tracks, “555” and “Waiting All Night.” Giving the fans a taste of the 2014 release, Phish then kept the mood uplifting with a great version of “Heavy Things.” Page McConnell shined on the keys, helping to lead the happy jam section. After “Heavy Things,” the group took a moment to honor tour manager Richard Glasgow’s birthday.The band then rocked into a funky “46 Days,” taking the great tune for a first set ride. Anastasio really kept the jam together, leading with some soaring melodies and fretwork. From there, it was Jon Fishman’s turn to shine, as he took his first vacuum solo of the summer in “I Didn’t Know.” Anastasio commented that he was “Feeling the suction,” a reference to Fishman’s new Bernie dress. Anastasio then talked about remembering when Fishman would clean the floor with a vacuum before using it to play. Fishman declared it was “all for art!” After the playful banter, gave way to one of the band’s greatest compositions, “Divided Sky.” The 40,000+ in attendance let out an incredibly loud cheer during the longer-than-usual pause in the song, as the band watched on in true appreciation.Following the incredible instrumental, the band ended the set with two straight up rockers, “Cavern” and Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times.” The venue was absolutely electric, as the stadium crowd roared for the band to close out their great first set.The second set showcased Phish’s diverse musical abilities, as they opened with a rock and roll “Carini” before sailing into an upbeat major key jam session. The group was locked in tightly through the whole set, letting the “Carini” float in space before bringing the house down with a segue into “Tweezer.” Uncle Ebenezer was certainly welcomed at Wrigley, as the band kept the jams flowing throughout the great “Carini” > “Tweezer” combination. From there came the first big bust out of the night, the formerly-desonged, now-resonged “Fluffhead.” After 52 shows and two years, the song is finally back in the rotation, and the band played it flawlessly. “Fluffhead” felt like an old friend coming back to visit; it was a truly celebratory moment of the performance.The band wasn’t anywhere near finished with the second set, however, and led “Fluffhead” into a breezy “Piper.” The upbeat song grooved into a truly carefree jam session, fluttering in the ether before settling into a funk fueled “Steam.” This was the only “true segue” of the set, as the band went cleanly into the funky jam. The stadium was filled with incredible energy as steam poured through the stage, as the band ripped through the jam. The music segued into a solo piano moment, and McConnell led the band into “Wading in the Velvet Sea.” The cool down moment provided a nice calmness before the rest of the show.Phish brought the energy level right back up with “Harry Hood,” bringing the great composition to the Chicago fans. One day earlier, a fan had handed out fliers requesting that fans chant “Caray” instead of the usual “Hood.” (Harry Caray was a famous Chicago Cubs announcer for decades, and you can see the flyer below thanks to TheJamFather). A nod to the origins of the “Hood” chant itself, the venue seemed to be split between “Hood” and “Caray” chants. The band kept the song short and sweet, bringing the jam to new heights before concluding the song proper. Finally, the set closed with an all-out rager, “Tweezer Reprise” itself.For their finale, Phish closed out the show with a major bust out: “I Am The Walrus.” The Beatles cover was played for only the second time, and the first time since 2010 (229 shows). The band nailed the cover note for note, bringing their Phish energy to the classic rock tune. It seems that covers are back in Phish’s rotation more regularly this summer, and songs like “I Am The Walrus” are truly welcomed in their sets. It made for a great ending to a great two-night run. Check out the full setlist from the show, below.Setlist: Phish at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – 6/25/16Set 1: The Moma Dance, AC/DC Bag > 555, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Happy Birthday to You, 46 Days, I Didn’t Know, Divided Sky, Cavern > Good Times Bad TimesSet 2: Carini > Tweezer > Fluffhead > Piper -> Steam > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood > Tweezer RepriseEncore: I Am the WalrusNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Happy Birthday was played for Phish tour manager Richard Glasgow. I Am the Walrus was played for the first time since June 29, 2010 (229 shows).[Setlist via, Photo via Kristine Condon Photography]last_img read more

Haiti’s Preval pledges elections for 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo April 15, 2010 Haitian President Rene Preval pledged in an interview with AFP to hold elections this year despite the massive difficulties of organizing a successful poll in his quake-devastated country. Legislative polls, originally set for February and March, were postponed after the January 12 earthquake that demolished the capital Port-au-Prince, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving 1.3 million Haitians homeless. Preval, who also served as president from 1996 to 2001, is constitutionally barred from seeking a third mandate. His current term expires in February 2011 and presidential elections are expected in December, though no firm date has been announced. Preval told AFP on Monday that he asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “to send a technical team to evaluate the possibility to have elections with international standards in order for them to be credible.” Elections were important in order to “not leave a political vacuum” at the end of his mandate, he said. In the interview Preval urged Haitians to be patient during the reconstruction process. “This is the best way to help us help them,” he said.last_img read more

Gang-led Heroin, Dog-fighting Ring Busted, Officials Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fifteen reputed Bloods street gang members were arrested for allegedly running a dog-fighting ring and dealing heroin containing the same additive that investigators linked to eight fatal overdoses, Nassau County authorities said.While executing search warrants, investigators rescued 11 Pit Bulls, seized gear used to train dogs to fight and recovered at least two guns, ammunition and brass knuckles. They also seized widely abused prescription pills, including Oxycodone, Codeine and Xanex in addition to heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that authorities said caused the fatal overdoses last year.“Operation Bloodsport exemplifies that clear and undeniable link between dog fighting and narcotics trafficking,” Acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas told reporters Thursday during a news conference in Mineola.READ MORE: How Long Island is Losing its War on Heroin Authorities identified the alleged ringleaders as Shaheem Allen and Kwame Reaux, both 23 and from Freeport, as well as 23-year-old Daquan McLean of Roosevelt. The suspects rounded up are facing various charges, including conspiracy, drug possession, criminal sale of a controlled substance and dog fighting. They are accused of operating in Freeport, Roosevelt, Baldwin and Lynbrook.During the five-month investigation that led to the arrests, the suspects earned hundreds of thousands of dollars, police said, although Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter could not immediately provide a specific dollar amount. He said they seized 600 decks of heroin in one buy along, but also did not have a specific number for the total amount of drugs seized.In March, Nassau officials issued a a public alert warning of the deadly fentanyl-laced heroin. It wasn’t immediately clear if the heroin seized was sold by the same alleged heroin dealers who the fatal overdose victims bought from.Authorities said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected. Nassau County SCPA officials also reissued Thursday their offer of a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those involved in illegal dog fighting. Investigators ask anyone with information about such cases to call the Nassau SPCA and 516-THE-SPCA.last_img read more

High School athletes adjust to delayed season

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) – If we see a high school football season in 2020, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association says it won’t happen until at least September 21. Getting the teams on the field in September comes with a price, as NYSPHSAA said there will be no fall state or regional championships in 2020. “You just have to stay positive and ready that there will be a season coming up,” said Mancini. “I love sports, so one sport into the other might be better. I don’t know,” said Mancini. Haskell just hoping to get on the field some time this year. That news was even tougher to swallow for Susquehanna Valley quarterback Logan Haskell, who in his senior season will be denied a chance at a third straight title. “Everyone is eager to get out there and have a good football season or any sport that you play,” said Haskell. Every sport will be played in ten-week increments, which for Haskell and Mancini is welcome news as both athletes star on their schools’ baseball teams.center_img “For people that love to compete, their goals are to win state championships,” Mancini said. “It’s definitely something you don’t want to hear.” “I think as along as we are playing, I’d be fine with it,” he said. If the coronavirus completely tackles the 2020 season, there is a plan in place for fall, winter and spring sports to all be played in the spring. For Maine-Endwell quarterback Michael Mancini, that’s an opportunity he has never gotten the chance to be a part of. “The feeling of setting goals that you want to hit each year, and that’s a three-peat, which most people don’t get the chance to go through,” said Haskell. But no matter when the games are played, both athletes relish the opportunity to play the game they love.last_img read more

House on the hill to go to auction

first_img9 Cleveland Terrace, North Ward“The family has requested it on-site and I think it’s deserving of an on-site auction because the house is what it’s all about and I just think it honours the property to have it on site,” she said.“There has been a lot of boardroom talk about the price and everyone from bank managers to real estate enthusiasts all have an opinion but its true market value will be found on auction day.” 9 Cleveland Terrace will be open for inspection on Sunday from 3pm to 3.30pm before going to Auction on site on Thursday, August 10 at 5.30pm. 9 Cleveland Terrace, North WardNow the three-bedroom, two-bathroom Californian bungalow will go to auction on site on Thursday.Listing agent Julie Mahoney from Harcourts Kingsberry Townsville said 250 groups of people had been shown through the property in the past three weeks and 100 people turned up to the first open home. CLICK HERE for all the latest Townsville real estate news “We’ve had everyone from gardeners who used to work at the property over the years to people looking for an investment or to live in, so we’ve had quite an array,” she said.“Some significant people have lived there that have contributed to the history of Townsville.“It’s such an elegant property and it’s been very well maintained.“While it hasn’t got a theatre room it has a stately elegance and it will never lose its value.“I think it’s going to be a local buyer that will live in it and just cherish it because they don’t make them like this anymore and they can’t be re-created.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 9 Cleveland Terrace, North WardONE of Townsville’s most iconic homes is about to go under the hammer after receiving huge interest from potential buyers. 9 Cleveland Terrace in North Ward is instantly recognisable as the white house on the hill admired by many as they walked along The Strand. 9 Cleveland Terrace, North WardThe open plan timber kitchen has a separate causal dining area while there is also a formal dining room, two separate living areas and a master suite with walk-through wardrobe to ensuite.A covered outdoor patio leads out to the lawn while there is also double car accommodation with a separate workshop.Ms Mahoney said the auction will be held at the home by REIQ’s 2016 auctioneer of the year Justin Nickerson. 9 Cleveland Terrace, North WardIt’s the first time the home has been on the market in 44 years after being bought by co-founding director of the North Queensland Cowboys Max Short in 1973, who died last year, aged 89.Many a social gathering has been held on the vast lawns of the property with prominent identities in attendance while everyone from the home’s cleaner to politicians have eaten in the home’s grand dining room.The house is positioned on a huge parcel of land over two allotments with sweeping views of Pallarenda, Magnetic Island and Castle Hill.While the home has been immaculately maintained, the character details such as classic timber framing, casement windows, traditional light fittings, and crown moulding have been retained.last_img read more

Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution – Former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital

first_imgWall Street Journal 12 June 2014Dr. McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is the author of “Try to Remember: Psychiatry’s Clash Over Meaning, Memory, and Mind” (Dana Press, 2008).The government and media alliance advancing the transgender cause has gone into overdrive in recent weeks. On May 30, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the “reassignment” surgery sought by the transgendered—those who say that they don’t identify with their biological sex. Earlier last month Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he was “open” to lifting a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Time magazine, seeing the trend, ran a cover story for its June 9 issue called “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.”Yet policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.The transgendered suffer a disorder of “assumption” like those in other disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one’s maleness or femaleness. Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight.With body dysmorphic disorder, an often socially crippling condition, the individual is consumed by the assumption “I’m ugly.” These disorders occur in subjects who have come to believe that some of their psycho-social conflicts or problems will be resolved if they can change the way that they appear to others. Such ideas work like ruling passions in their subjects’ minds and tend to be accompanied by a solipsistic argument.For the transgendered, this argument holds that one’s feeling of “gender” is a conscious, subjective sense that, being in one’s mind, cannot be questioned by others. The individual often seeks not just society’s tolerance of this “personal truth” but affirmation of it. Here rests the support for “transgender equality,” the demands for government payment for medical and surgical treatments, and for access to all sex-based public roles and privileges.With this argument, advocates for the transgendered have persuaded several states—including California, New Jersey and Massachusetts—to pass laws barring psychiatrists, even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor. That government can intrude into parents’ rights to seek help in guiding their children indicates how powerful these advocates have become.How to respond? Psychiatrists obviously must challenge the solipsistic concept that what is in the mind cannot be questioned. Disorders of consciousness, after all, represent psychiatry’s domain; declaring them off-limits would eliminate the field. Many will recall how, in the 1990s, an accusation of parental sex abuse of children was deemed unquestionable by the solipsists of the “recovered memory” craze.You won’t hear it from those championing transgender equality, but controlled and follow-up studies reveal fundamental problems with this movement. When children who reported transgender feelings were tracked without medical or surgical treatment at both Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic, 70%-80% of them spontaneously lost those feelings. Some 25% did have persisting feelings; what differentiates those individuals remains to be discerned.We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into “sex-reassignment surgery”—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as “satisfied” by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery. And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.It now appears that our long-ago decision was a wise one. A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.There are subgroups of the transgendered, and for none does “reassignment” seem apt. One group includes male prisoners like Pvt. Bradley Manning, the convicted national-security leaker who now wishes to be called Chelsea. Facing long sentences and the rigors of a men’s prison, they have an obvious motive for wanting to change their sex and hence their prison. Given that they committed their crimes as males, they should be punished as such; after serving their time, they will be free to reconsider their gender.Another subgroup consists of young men and women susceptible to suggestion from “everything is normal” sex education, amplified by Internet chat groups. These are the transgender subjects most like anorexia nervosa patients: They become persuaded that seeking a drastic physical change will banish their psycho-social problems. “Diversity” counselors in their schools, rather like cult leaders, may encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery. Treatments here must begin with removing the young person from the suggestive environment and offering a counter-message in family therapy.Then there is the subgroup of very young, often prepubescent children who notice distinct sex roles in the culture and, exploring how they fit in, begin imitating the opposite sex. Misguided doctors at medical centers including Boston’s Children’s Hospital have begun trying to treat this behavior by administering puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous—even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility. Given that close to 80% of such children would abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated, these medical interventions come close to child abuse. A better way to help these children: with devoted parenting.At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. “Sex change” is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder. read more

St. Nicholas Education Center Phase I officially underway

first_imgSunman, In. — The moment arrived on April 29 when St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Sunman, Indiana began to fulfill its dream of building an Education Center. The community gathered at 11:30 on the St. Nicholas campus for the official groundbreaking with Archdiocesan representatives present.This Education Center is Phase 1 of the proposed buildings. Phase 1 will house the “A” rated school, an Indiana Department of Education rating St. Nicholas has earned for three consecutive years.The parish community is grateful to the benefactors who support the Heritage Project’s Education Center. Father Shaun Whittington, Pastor of St. Nicholas, remarks, “It is amazing the heritage we have at this community of faith. The school is an incredible testimony to God’s presence in our lives.”Funds are being raised for Phase 2 of the Heritage Project – a Fellowship Center. This building will support an updated and expanded kitchen and dining area, a new gym, stage, and multipurpose space. The current kitchen and gym accommodate school, parish, and local community events. It, too, is showing its age through its years of service.The dream of a 182-year-old parish is on its way as it continues to be a presence in the greater community! Follow their dream at read more