Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Taylor Hicks For Rager In Birmingham [Watch]

first_imgLoad remaining images Progressive-jam masters Umphrey’s McGee stopped in Birmingham, AL last night to kick off their proper summer tour. After a slew of festival dates and one-off shows, the band hit the road last night for a six-show East Coast run, with the first stup at Birmingham’s Avondale Brewing Company.Set one kicked off with the groovy “Conduit”, which was quickly followed by a pulsing “Padgett’s Profile”. Keeping the energy high, the band cued up “Tribute to the Spinal Shaft”, which moved deftly into “Cemetary Walk I”. Next up, the band worked a cover of The Beatles‘ “Baby You’re a Rich Man” into the middle of their Bela Fleck & The Flecktones‘-esque song, “Great American”. After a quick run through “Thin Air”, Umphrey’s closed their set in exciting fashion, as they invited American Idol-alum Taylor Hicks to the stage to help them out on a cover of “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band.Set two showcased some progressive heavy hitters, as Umphrey’s returned to the stage with a raging “Prowler” -> “Syncopated Strangers” -> “Miami Virtue” -> “Partiyn’ Peeps” sequence that drove the crowd absolutely wild. Up next was “Final Word”, a former lyrical “Jimmy Stewart” that was turned into a full song for UMBowl in 2013. The emotional track led directly into fan-favorite “40’s theme”, which dropped right into “Cemetery Walk II” to finish the second set up up. Umphrey’s then returned to the stage for a lone “Slacker” encore.See below for video of Taylor Hicks sitting in on “Can’t You See”, courtesy of YouTube use Quazzbert, as well as full setlist details.Check out footage of the encore as well, courtesy of wmiod9.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Avondale Brewing Company, Birmingham, AL – 7/7/16Set One: Conduit, Padgett’s Profile, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft -> Cemetery Walk I, Great American -> Baby You’re a Rich Man[1] -> Great American, Thin Air, Can’t You See [2]Set Two: Prowler -> Syncopated Strangers -> Miami Virtue -> Partyin’ Peeps, Final Word -> 40’s Theme, Cemetery Walk IIE: Slacker[1] The Beatles cover[2] Marshall Tucker Band cover; w/ Taylor Hicks on harmonica and vocalsPhotos by Paul Citone:last_img read more

Notre Dame to hold second annual ND Day

first_imgObserver File Photo Notre Dame students, faculty and guests celebrate ND Day 2014 in the LaFortune Student Center. This year is the event’s second year.The campaign also includes voting for how a ‘Challenge Fund’ of $1 million will be distributed to hundreds of clubs, academic departments, teams, dorms and other “areas of interest” listed on the Notre Dame Day website.By donating $10 through the website or by phone or text, donors receive five votes, which they can direct to any of the listed entities. After the campaign ends, each organization will receive a piece of the Challenge Fund proportional to the number of votes it received.For example, Wall said if 10,000 donations are made, as he anticipates, an organization will win roughly $20 for each individual vote it receives, though the exact amount will vary based on how many donations come in.Wall said donors have to give $10 to be able to vote, and while they can give more if they choose, a gift of any size still garners only five votes, and each subsequent gift of $10 or more gets one additional vote. Wall said the purpose of these limits is to make sure everyone has the power to direct the Challenge Fund regardless of how much they are able to donate.“There are so many people that love Notre Dame, and all of them do not have the capacity to make those large gifts,” he said. “So through this million-dollar challenge fund, we’re putting a generational and income-level equity among all Notre Dame people, everyone in the community — faculty, staff, alums, people who just love the University.”As a result, some organizations stand to receive hundreds or thousands of dollars through the Challenge Fund voting. Wall said Knott Hall, for example, garnered eight percent of the vote for last year’s $250,000 Challenge Fund, allowing the hall to create a new weight room.While there are some limits on how the money can be used and each organization will not actually receive the money for another six weeks or so, Wall said participating organizations will generally be able to spend the money they raise as they see fit.“It’s meant to be on a large-scale mission of improvement,” Wall said. “[For example,] if Cavanaugh raised $10,000 through Notre Dame Day —[that’s] one percent of the vote — the idea isn’t to have pizza every night in Cavanaugh. That’s not what the money is used for. It should be to improve the long-term health of the residents, both physically and communally. It could mean that you take 20 girls to Costa Rica for a service project, but it also could mean new couches.”Several anonymous families donated the million dollars for the Challenge Fund in advance, Wall said. As is the case with normal financial gifts, donors who give $10 to participate in the voting can say where they want that money to be allocated: academics, financial aid, mission and service, student life, athletics, any other indicated organization or to “greatest need,” which Wall said can be used for any emergency expense but usually ends up in the financial aid fund.Students can also participate in a tug-of-war tournament Monday at 3 p.m., where dorms will compete for a $4,000 first prize, Wall said. Meanwhile, a social media lounge with food in the LaFortune Student Center will be available all day.Wall said planning for Notre Dame Day required custom-building a mechanism for taking and displaying Challenge Fund votes, working out how to distribute the funds and approve how they are used and explaining to clubs and other campus entities how the campaign works. A committee of senior University administrators guided the process.“It’s been really fun to work with a lot of the clubs who are really into this,” he said. “They go out, and they’re just promoting to anybody in their listservs and social media.”The goal, Wall said, is both to celebrate Notre Dame and to support it.“The Notre Dame family loves what Notre Dame students do in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in their clubs and in their residence halls,” he said.  “This is the way that we can help all of these groups that want to raise money, raise money.”Tags: Aaron Wall, Challenge Fund, Notre Dame Day Starting Sunday, the University will hold its second annual Notre Dame Day, a 29-hour fundraising campaign that includes a live broadcast, a tug-of-war tournament, a social media lounge, the unveiling of The Shirt and the distribution of $1 million to more than 780 Notre Dame-affiliated organizations.The campaign will begin at 6:42 p.m. Sunday and end at midnight April 27.  For the entire day, there will be a broadcast streaming on the Notre Dame Day website, featuring student organizations, current students, alumni, faculty and other notable figures such as ESPN’s Cris Collinsworth, former pro football player Brady Quinn and author Nicholas Sparks, who will talk about their experience with Notre Dame and encourage people to donate. The broadcast will also feature remote interviews and performances around campus, Notre Dame Day program director Aaron Wall said.last_img read more

Wenger turns down Barca job after talks to replace Setien

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger turned down the opportunity to coach Barcelona after he held initial talks with the Catalan club about replacing Quique Setien, according to latest reports out of Nou Camp.The 70-year-old, who became the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal’s history during his 22 year spell in North London, has been without a job since 2018.During his extended break, however, Wenger has received plenty of interest from a number of clubs, including La Liga giants Barca.The Spanish club are currently exploring their managerial options for next season after Quique Setien could only lead his side to a second placed finish in Spanish football’s top flight.And amid the rumours, Barca have recently approached Arsene Wenger about the possibility of taking over at the Nou Camp. Loading… center_img Wenger has been linked with a managerial return on numerous occasions since leaving Arsenal in 2018.Back in November, the experienced Frenchman said the chance of managing Bayern Munich would interest him after a long period away from coaching.“When asked by beIN SPORTS about being interested in the job, the Frenchman said “Of course.”“Coaching is what was my whole life until now,” he told beIN SPORTS.“Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity but some things you miss a lot, some things you don’t miss. I enjoy the things I don’t miss too much.“But on the other hand, football games, winning football games, preparing the team for the game, and getting satisfaction and shared emotions. That is something that you miss.Arsene Wenger rejected Manchester United, PSG and many more clubs, even French NT to remain at Arsenal. According to reports he recently rejected Barcelona even after attractive offer. You can never question his love and loyalty for Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/L8q6gPX6LN— AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) August 12, 2020Read Also: Pogba contract extension talks to begin after UEL campaign“So of course, yes. I was responsible from 33 years of age and I coached until 69 without interruption. And at a top level.“It’s 36 years without stopping. Even if I miss it, to get out of that pressure for a year was not too bad for me. People who know me well say I’m more relaxed – and it’s true.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Reserve safety White shines when called upon in win

first_imgJohnny White looked strong in fall practice. So strong, in fact, that he earned himself a starting job on opening day against Bowling Green.But the safety’s performance in the 56-42 UW victory over the Falcons — a game in which the defense allowed Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs to throw for more than 450 yards — bumped him to the bench behind junior Joe Stellmacher.The first half of Saturday night’s game against Michigan renewed the defensive questions that followed the game with Bowling Green. Over the first 30 minutes, the Badgers allowed 268 total yards and 13 points.”Thirteen to three isn’t a big margin,” senior cornerback Brett Bell said. “If it was 33-3 then you would start thinking.”On another night, the Wolverines very well might have scored 33 points in the first half.Michigan came up short of the goal line by inches on its opening drive, opting to go for six points instead of three on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.The Wolverines nearly got into the red zone early in the second quarter, only to stall and settle for a field goal. They then drove down inside the Badger 10-yard line late in the half, but again could only manage three points.The Badger defense responded in the second half, thanks to an unlikely hero in White.Truth was, White had been pretty down on his spirits as of late. He played sparingly against Temple two weeks ago and did not get in the game against North Carolina last Saturday. However, a talk with defensive coordinator Bret Bielema early in the week sparked a renewed energy.”On Tuesday I came in and he was sitting on the bench and he was kind of down,” Bielema said. “We talked about 15 minutes, just about what it’s all about.”The chat charged White up and he had two of his best practices all season.”He practiced unbelievable Wednesday and Thursday,” Bielema said. “I made a point of it to our defense on Friday and today after the game I made it a point because here’s a guy who had every reason to throw in the towel.”The hard practice paid off for White when Stellmacher went down, presumably with a stinger, midway through the second quarter.Instead of throwing in the towel, White played solid second and third quarters, before really standing out in the fourth.The Pearland, Texas, native snagged the momentum early in the fourth quarter. Michigan running back Max Martin took a handoff and ran through a hole for 11 yards before White delivered a hit and he lost the ball.Mark Zalewski recovered the fumble for the Badgers, and two plays later Wisconsin had its first lead of the game.”We were looking for big plays,” Zalewski said. “We knew we had to get something going and the defense stepped up and made a couple big plays at the end.”On the very next Michigan drive, White was at it again, this time leaping up to intercept a pass by Chad Henne.”I noticed Johnny playing during the game,” head coach Barry Alvarez said. “He made big plays. He played with confidence. Johnny had a great week of practice. I felt very confident with Johnny in there. I’m really happy for him. He needed a game like that.”Those are mighty words from a head coach who will rarely admits to noticing a player’s performance without first looking at tape of the game.The Badgers gave up just 133 yards and seven points in the second half — those points on a Michigan flea-flicker pass.They did not allow Michigan to mount a major drive and kept themselves off the field for most of the final 30 minutes. The Wolverine defense could not keep themselves on the sidelines, and eventually wore down.”I thought our defense really kind of set the tempo and swung the momentum our way,” Alvarez said. “That’s a dangerous group. I thought our defense really played super.”It’s unclear just how much playing time White may have bought himself with his performance Saturday, but he showed he still has the talent to play at the Division I level and his story should be an inspiration to the entire defense.”[Coach Bielema] just sat me down and told me to keep my head up,” White said. “He told me you never know when your opportunity is going to arise. I guess my opportunity was today.”last_img read more

New mariculture initiative to help boost shellfish farming

first_imgAlaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.Download AudioThe state began allowing Alaskans to farm shellfish almost 30 years ago.The resulting farms raise scallops, mussels and several species of clams. In recent years, oysters have gotten more attention.The state lists about 50 shellfish farmers, though not all are active. Most are in southern Southeast Alaska or Kachemak Bay, near Homer.“I think the market in Alaska has not been fully saturated, said Margo Reveil, president of the Jakolof Bay Oyster Co. “So I think there’s plenty of room here.”Reveil is also board president of the Alaska Shellfish Growers Association. She says a lot of sales are within the state. But growers are looking farther away.“I think that some farmers are similar to salmon fishermen, finding that direct sales and online sales can bring a premium that makes your farm viable,” Reveil said.The Walker-Mallott administration sees growth potential too.The governor signed an administrative order in February setting up the Alaska Mariculture Task Force. It’s charged with making recommendations for a long-term plan to advance the state’s mariculture – or ocean farming – industry. Which, by the way, does NOT include fish.Barbara Blake, special assistant to the lieutenant governor, says the task force will play an important role in industry growth. She notes other shellfish-farming states have that in common.“No state has been successful without first coming to the governor’s office and having the governor lead an initiative that would bring all those resources together, pull all of those who are interested or who are already developing in that world to one table to help develop a framework that would be statewide, individual or even region-wide,” Blake said.The idea came from Julie Decker, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation.She says the panel will learn from experienced farmers and outside industry experts.“And we think that we can apply mariculture in Alaska in a way that Alaskans want it to be applied and do something that’s really positive that’s good for our communities, the environment and the economy as well,” Decker said.Not that there aren’t significant barriers to the business.Reveil starts with Alaska’s water temperature.“It takes three to seven years depending on your location and what size oyster to grow to size, so there’s a long lag time between changes and what farmers see out in the water and actually in their businesses,” said Reveil.Another barrier is the availability of brood stock. Competition and environmental conditions have led to shortages of shellfish larvae.Oyster seed can be purchased from out of state. Decker says that’s not the case for other farmed species.“If you want to grow geoducks, if you want to grow king crab, if you want to grow rock scallops (or) sea cucumbers, production of that seed must occur inside the state,” Decker said.In-state supplies have improved, but more may be needed to support industry growth.Then there’s the problem of finding people with the situation and resources to do the job.The Sealaska regional Native corporation’s Haa Aaní division has a mariculture program that helped start oyster farms in several Southeast locations.But the division’s Shawn Blumenshine says it’s difficult to find people who can keep them going.“The farmers we’ve been working with over the past number of years have, for different reasons, decided to quit farming more or less,” said Blumenshine.Haa Aaní provided loans and expertise. But Blumenshine says the farmers had a hard time making ends meet while they waited for their crop.“There’s a lot of cash investment up front and it takes a while before it starts paying off,” Blumenshine said. “And it makes it tougher for the farmers who have families and responsibilities to … survive in that interim while they’re cultivating the oyster and getting it ready for market.”Decker says there’s a new crop that could help build the industry. It’s seaweed and kelp, which are in demand for food and beauty products.“It’s a very short turnover, six to nine months,” said Decker. “So you have more of a cash flow involved for farmers, instead of waiting three, four to 10 years or so for a crop, depending on the species.”Reveil says it’s worth trying.“We, actually, on our farm are experimenting with it right now,” Reveil said. “I think there’s some potential there. There’s a lot to be worked out on the processing side and the shipping side.The new Mariculture Task Force will involve shellfish farmers, industry associations, the university and state officials. The cost of its work will come out of existing agency budgets, so it will require no new appropriations.Officials are in the process of choosing its 11 members. Their recommendations are due within about two years.last_img read more