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Billy Iuso Leads NOLA Funk Fest At Tipitina’s [Gallery/Review]

first_imgOn a busy Saturday night in New Orleans, fans filled the legendary Tipitina’s Uptown concert venue to celebrate the return of Billy Iuso & Friends. Iuso, whose newest record, Overstanding, is still fresh from its release in 2015, brought together a new collective on this night, featuring Eddie Christmas (drums), Brad Walker (sax), Charlie Dennard (keys), and Dave Pomerleau (bass). All four of these talented musicians have played in various groups with Iuso over the years, and, as Billy hinted before the show, this would turn out to be a fun and loose outing. Filled with both new material and classic tributes to the deepest strands of funk, soul, reggae, blues, and rock to pass through New Orleans, Iuso and company created an unforgettable night filled to the brim with music.From the onset it was clear that Iuso and his loyal fans–affectionately called “BIRNouts” after his hometown group Billy Iuso & Restless Natives–generate a unique energy when together in a room. A thrilling opening of Funkadelic’s classic “Red Hot Mama” into “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” and then into the title track from his latest record Overstanding, fully charged the band up and caused infectious joy throughout the room. Iuso fearlessly led rolling grooves, gritty funk breakdowns, American rock swells, spacey jams, and bright, ringing anthems. It was a true collaborative, with Iuso frequently stepping back to allow each person on stage and their special guests to shine.“The band keeps getting bigger!” Billy exclaimed at one point, as he welcomed local rocker Mike Doussan and trumpet and sax players Mike Korbin and Dave Masucci to the stage. Teases, including the Grateful Dead’s “Terrapin Station” and Sly & The Family Stone’s staple “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, were jokingly peppered in between blistering versions of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” and a loose and funky take on The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, among original gems like “Trippin’ Ova Dragons” and “Been Through Hell”.After Iuso and company brought the house down with a beautiful crescendo of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” he faced the audience to wish them peace and love, ensuring a terrific end with a high note for this Saturday night party. Simply put, Billy brings it. Catch him at the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival with his band, Restless Natives on April 26th, as well as with George Porter, Jr., Terence Higgins, Dave Malone, and special guest Anders Osborne as the Crawfish Fest All-Stars on April 27th. Setlist: Billy Iuso & Friends at Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA – 2/27/16 Set: Red Hot Mama>Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley>Overstanding, Shape I’m In*, She Moves That Way, Valerie, Chosen One, Last Train*, Do or Die>Don’t Let Me Down, Spanish Moon*, Trippin’ Ova Dragons, Been Through Hell>Miss You, What’s The Buzz, Let Me Have it All, Tom Thumb’s Blues*Dave P Vocals*with Mike Doussan on guitarTake a gander at the full gallery of images, from Rick Moore: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

MGMT Jazzes Up “Electric Feel” With Jon Batiste & Stay Human [Watch]

first_imgIt’s hard to believe its been more than a decade since MGMT took the world by storm with their psych-pop masterpiece Oracular Spectacular. While the band’s next three albums were all adventurous (and divisive) departures from their 2007 debut, the record’s beloved singles—”Electric Feel,” “Time To Pretend,” and “Kids”—still manage to pique the interest of damn near anyone who qualifies as a millennial.Despite the enduring popularity of these tunes, it was still somewhat surprising to hear that MGMT intended to play a rendition of “Electric Feel” during their Monday night appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. After all, the group is currently promoting their brand new fourth album, Little Dark Age, so falling back on an old favorite sounded like an unconventional choice. Fortunately, MGMT delivered in spades with an unexpected reimagining of the classic that found them collaborating with The Late Show’s own Jon Batiste & Stay Human. If you ever found yourself grooving out to the neo-psychedelic-dance-magic of “Electric Feel,” this a performance you won’t want to miss.MGMT – “Electric Feel” feat. Jon Batiste & Humanlast_img read more

When it’s best to do nothing at all

first_imgIn newscasts following intense wind and ice storms, damaged trees stand out: snapped limbs, uprooted trunks, sometimes entire forests blown nearly flat. In the storm’s wake, landowners, municipalities, and state agencies are faced with important financial and environmental decisions. A new study by Harvard University researchers, soon to be published in the journal Ecology, yields a surprising result for large woodlands: When it comes to the health of forests, native plants, and wildlife, the best management decision may be to do nothing.Salvage logging is a common response to modern storm events in large woodlands. Acres of downed, leaning, and broken trees are cut and hauled away. Landowners and towns financially recoup with a sale of the damaged timber. Salvage logging was widespread in southern New England following the June 2011 tornadoes and the October 2011 snowstorm, and the practice was well documented after the great hurricane of September 1938.By 1999, the Harvard Forest hurricane pulldown area showed significant regeneration. Photo by Audrey Barker PlotkinIn a salvaged woodland landscape, the forest’s original growth and biodiversity, on which many animals and ecological processes depend, is stripped away. A thickly growing, early successional forest made up of a few light-loving tree species develops in its place.But what happens when wind-thrown forests are left to their own devices? The Ecology paper reports on a study initiated in 1990 at the Harvard Forest, in which a team of scientists re-created the impacts of the 1938 hurricane in a two-acre patch of mature oak forest. Eighty percent of the trees were flattened with a large winch and cable. Half of the trees died within three years, but the scientists left the dead and damaged wood on the ground. In the 20 years since, they’ve monitored everything from soil chemistry to the density of leaves on the trees. What they’ve found is a remarkable story of recovery.According to David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest and co-author of the new study, “Leaving a damaged forest intact means the original conditions recover more readily. Forests have been recovering from natural processes like windstorms, fire, and ice for millions of years.  What appears to us as devastation is actually, to a forest, a quite natural and important state of affairs.”Initially, the Harvard site — just like tornado-ravaged areas of Massachusetts’ Brimfield State Forest and the McKinstry Brook Wildlife Management Area in Southbridge, Mass. — was a nearly impassable jumble of downed trees. But surviving, sprouting trees, along with many new seedlings of black birch and red maple — species original to that forest — thrived amid the dead wood. Audrey Barker Plotkin, lead author of the study, explains, “I was surprised at how strongly surviving trees and seedlings from the original forest came to dominate.”  Although weedy invasive plants initially tried to colonize the area, few persisted for long.Following the June 2011 tornadoes, the Massachusetts’ Division of Fisheries and Wildlife pursued this controversial watch-and-wait policy at the McKinstry Brook site, where salvage work is limited to providing access routes for public safety. John Scanlon, forestry project leader at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, explains, “As a wildlife agency we made the decision not to salvage the tornado impact area at McKinstry Brook because we saw tremendous potential wildlife habitat benefits in the extensive woody debris, open conditions, and vibrant vegetative response.”Following the massive hurricane of 1938, Al Cline, then-director of the Harvard Forest, surveys one of many local ponds used to store the enormous volume of trees that were salvage-harvested. Photo courtesy of the Harvard Forest ArchivesJust a year later, the forest’s resilience is plain. According to Scanlon, “We were impressed at how quickly the impact area was occupied by lush, native vegetation, including sprouts or seedlings of American chestnut, red maple, black cherry, birch, aspen, and oak. And most people don’t realize that our pre-colonial forests contained a lot of downed woody debris that provides important habitat structure for wildlife. It supports everything from invertebrates to salamanders, and black bears love to winter in thick brush piles and forage for insects in rotting logs.” Game species benefit as well. “White-tailed deer readily foraged and sought protective cover throughout the impact area,” Scanlon reports.The Harvard Forest scientists point out that windstorms do have undeniable impacts on forests, regardless of human management strategies. Barker Plotkin notes, “After 20 years, the trees in the hurricane experiment are younger and smaller than those in the surrounding forest, and birches are now more common than oaks, which used to dominate here.” But she adds that many aspects of the regenerating forest – particularly in the soils and forest understory — are almost indistinguishable from their neighbors.Although a range of economic, public safety, and aesthetic reasons compel landowners to salvage storm-damaged trees, Barker Plotkin suggests that improving forest health should not be one of them. “Although a blown-down forest appears chaotic, it is functioning as a forest and doesn’t need us to clean it up.”last_img read more

Ode to a venerable library

first_imgNarrated by John Lithgow ’67, this visual love letter to libraries celebrates books and those who watch over them while marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard’s flagship library.Built with a gift from Eleanor Elkins Widener, the library is a memorial to her son, Harry, Class of 1907, an enthusiastic young bibliophile who perished aboard the Titanic. Today, his legacy constitutes the heart of the vast Harvard system of more than 70 libraries that support research, teaching, learning, and innovation.On June 19, 2015 the Harvard Library will celebrate the Widener centennial with a community event.last_img

Tony Nominee Kathleen Turner Will Return to the West End in Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist

first_imgTony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner will return to London’s West End this spring to headline the European premiere of Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist. Turner will star opposite Tony and Olivier winner Ian McDiarmid in the two-hander comedy. Directed by Polly Teale, the play will run at the Duchess Theatre from May 10 through August 30. Opening night is scheduled for May 27. Turner received Tony nominations for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which transferred to London’s West End after its 2005 Broadway run, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Graduate and Indiscretions and directed the off-Broadway revival of Crimes of the Heart. Turner received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Peggy Sue Got Married. Her other screen credits include Monster House, Serial Mom, Prizzi’s Honor, Body Heat, War of the Roses and Californication. Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is about Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover. McDiarmid is most famous for his role as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He received a Tony Award for 2006’s Faith Healer and an Olivier Award for his performance in Terry Johnson’s Insignificance. McDiarmid appeared most recently in the title role of John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Theatre in London.center_img Bakersfield Mist will feature scenic design by Tom Piper, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by Jon Nicholls. View Commentslast_img read more

Georgia Thanksgiving

first_imgWhile you are planning your Thanksgiving menu, save a spot next to the turkey for these former finalists in the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia food product contest.Whether added to an old recipe or served on their own, these delicious additions to the table will have Georgia on your guests’ minds, and in their bellies too.Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, Fairburn, Georgia2018 Jams and Jellies Winner A festive preserve for the holidays — surprise your guests by using this flavorful elderberry pepper jelly instead of a traditional red or green pepper jelly.Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, Leesburg, Georgia2018 Miscellaneous and Grand Prize Winner Pass the butter, please! If you love cinnamon, you’ll want to spread this butter on all of your Thanksgiving breads and rolls. It makes a great addition to cookies, too. Black Rock Cheese, CalyRoad Creamery, Sandy Springs, Georgia2018 Dairy Products FinalistThis aged goat cheese with crushed black pepper is great as an appetizer with crackers or as a snack between meals.Beecon Grind, White Oak Pastures, Bluffton, Georgia2018 Meat and Seafood FinalistIf turkey isn’t your thing, or you’re looking to mix things up, grill up a delicious burger or make sliders for an appetizer with this grass-fed beef (80%) and Iberico bacon (20%) mix.Ginger’s Bunkhouse Spicy Ginger Ale, Bunkhouse Beverages, Athens, Georgia2018 Beverages WinnerSpice up your holiday with this twist on a classic soda. Serve over ice, add to your favorite drink or make your own concoction. It’s guaranteed to be delicious.Pimento Cheese, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates, Georgia2019 Dairy Products Finalist It’s not Thanksgiving in the South unless you serve this creamy spread.H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Honey, H.L. Franklin Healthy Honey, Statesboro, Georgia2018 Honey and Related Products Winner This whipped, creamy spread is made of 100% pure, raw and unfiltered Georgia honey. Slap it on a dinner roll or a biscuit if you’re feeling really Southern. Georgia Blueberry Pie Filling, Pie Provisions, Kennesaw, Georgia2019 Confections WinnerThis pie filling can be used in many delicious desserts. Get creative and use it as an ingredient shortcut for your cobblers, trifles and, of course, pie.For more ideas on Georgia-grown food and beverages for your Thanksgiving, visit or look for many Flavor of Georgia products at Stripling’s General Store locations, the Buford Highway Farmers Market, the Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia, and at farmers markets and grocery stores near you.Do you have a food or beverage product that should be on Thanksgiving tables statewide?  Information on the 2020 University of Georgia Flavor of Georgia food product contest will be available in December, and registration will open to the public in January.last_img read more

East Patchogue Couple Dies in House Fire

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elderly couple died when their East Patchogue home caught fire on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a call of a house fire on Swezey Street after neighbors saw flames emanating from the couple’s home and unsuccessfully tried to enter the residence to rescue them at 12:36 p.m., police said.Firefighters from the Patchogue Fire Department and seven surrounding departments responded and extinguished the flames.Angeline Romeo, 85, and her 88-year-old husband, Alfred, were found dead on the first floor.Homicide Section and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation, but a preliminary review has determined that the cause of the fire does not appear to be criminal.last_img read more

As Tensions Among Republicans Mount, Georgia’s Recount Proceeds Smoothly

first_imgThe secretary of state’s office declined Monday to release the results of the recounts from individual counties. But over the weekend Patrick Moore, a lawyer for the Biden campaign, said that Democrats had been keeping tabs on the county-by-county results and had found that while some discrepancies between the original counts and the recounts had emerged, they were minor and would not affect Mr. Biden’s front-runner status in the state.“As expected, the counties that have completed their audit thus far have shifted vote totals but almost imperceptibly, and thus far in favor of Joe Biden,” Mr. Moore said during a telephone news conference.With the newly discovered ballots in Floyd County, Mr. Biden’s lead will go from around 14,200 to around 13,300 votes, according to Mr. Sterling. The New York Times declared Mr. Biden the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral votes on Friday, joining a number of major news organizations.- Advertisement – Mr. Sterling said that the Floyd County officials discovered the issue in the midst of doing the recount. Mr. Sterling called the error “gross incompetence” on the part of the Floyd County elections director, and said that Mr. Raffensperger had asked the director to step down.It was the Trump campaign that demanded a hand recount last week in a letter to Mr. Raffensperger. Shortly afterward, Mr. Raffensperger ordered the recount, which his office said is technically an audit. Mr. Raffensperger also hit back at Representative Doug Collins, who is overseeing Mr. Trump’s efforts in Georgia and who accused the secretary of state of caving in to pressure from Democrats. Mr. Raffensperger called Mr. Collins a “liar” and a “charlatan.”The extraordinary, labor-intensive effort to recount every vote in every one of Georgia’s 159 counties began Friday morning, and counties have until late Wednesday, just before midnight, to complete the work. As of Monday evening, 4.3 million ballots had been recounted, according to the secretary of state’s office, out of just under five million cast.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Good results boost Hemingway shares

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