Live For Live Music Presents The 2016 Bonnaroo Music Festival Awards

first_imgLoad remaining images We love Bonnaroo, and after another successful festival, we’ve decided to hand out awards to some of our favorite bands, moments, and other assorted awesomeness from The Farm this year. After 15 years of magic, the festival has truly separated itself as a home for major artists to comfortably stretch out their material with intricate improvisations, wild solos, and surprises around every corner.Check out this year’s winners below!Best Club Stage Band – LawrenceLawrence is a ridiculously high energy band. With a hot debut album produced by Lettuce and Soulive‘s Eric Krasno, the band is rising quickly through the festival circuit. Brother and sister duo Clyde and Gracie Lawrence have serious vocal chops, and the funky band nails the soulful-yet-uptemo vibe they are going for. Playing on the festival’s smallest stage during a blistering heat wave, Lawrence packed out the Miller Lite Stage and beyond with a large crowd that drew in more and more fans in as the set went along. It was impossible to ignore them if you were walking by, and the band finished their set with a horde of new fans. Featuring a duo of excellent covers in “Sexy Ladies” by Sean Paul and “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child was perfectly placed nostalgia, and their song “Oh No” turned into a huge sing-a-long with the crowd, inspiring Vulfpeck singer Antwaun Stanley to jump on stage for some harmonic explosiveness. The set cemented the band as one to watch moving forward.Best Bonnaroo Debut – VulfpeckIt’s Vulfpeck’s world, and we’re just living in it. The reclusive funk stars have been busting out of their shell as of late, after two incredible performances at Fool’s Paradise in April and with two highly anticipated sets at LOCKN’ Festival in August. However, there may be no place more perfectly designed for Vulfpeck’s many talents than Bonnaroo, and it showed when they took The Other Tent by storm on Thursday night. They simply crushed their first ever large festival setting to a packed crowd that screamed along to all of their songs. Most of Vulfpeck rotated instruments throughout the set, with bassist extraordinaire Joe Dart holding it down with a giant smile on his face. The band acted more like they were in the privacy of their own studio than in front of 10,000 people, and perhaps that’s what makes Vulfpeck so endearing. Of course, Vulfpeck got into the Bonnaroo spirit with some special guests, tapping Antwaun Stanley for a rare appearance, as well as an out-of-left-field sit-in by Børns on “Back Pocket.”Full Video: Vulfpeck Plays The Biggest Set Of Their Career At BonnarooBest Solo Eric “Benny” Bloom – Superjam – “T’aint Nobody’s Business” by Bessie SmithWith Bonnaroo legends like Les Claypool and Eric Krasno on site, bands like Dead & Company and Pearl Jam topping the bill, and an impressive array of performers like GRiZ and The Floozies across the lineup, this award could go to many musicians at Bonnaroo. However, the best solo of the weekend clearly belonged to Eric “Benny” Bloom of The Shady Horns during the Kamasi Washington-led “Tribute to Tennessee” Superjam. Bloom has been making his mark on the festival for years now, having participated in the past four Superjams, and he let it rip during his feature on the re-imagined Bessie Smith classic “T’Aint Nobody’s Business.” Bonnaroo is filled with magical moments, but this explosive solo sent the crowd into a frenzy during a song they most likely didn’t know and after 3am in the morning. The horn section at the Superjam was the highlight of the show, and Bloom led the way with his impressive playing throughout. Congrats to Benny Bloom for blowing Bonnaroo’s collective mind!Best Improv – John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, & Jeff Chimenti of Dead & CompanyThese three look like they are having the time of their lives right now. Acting as the “Company” to Weir/Kreutzmann/Hart’s “Dead”, this extremely talented, energetic trio could be spotted making eyes at each other all night, clearly connected in their playing and moving through the show as a unit. Their excitement was palpable as they led their way through two sets of epic Grateful Dead classics. Improv highlights of the show were the set two opening combo of “Help On The Way-> Slipknot -> Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain,” and an intricate “Terrapin Station” suite that left the audience in awe of their musical prowess.Best Surprise Performance(s) – Chance The RapperChance the Rapper is on a roll right now. After his the release of his excellent new mixtape Coloring Book, Chance is currently taking over hip hop. While he wasn’t officially on the Bonnaroo lineup this year, Chance managed to perform on all four days of the festival, coming out as a surprise guest with J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, and Bryson Tiller over the course of the weekend. Chance even hosted a listening party for Coloring Book in the silent disco for 500 lucky fans. He dubbed himself the “Mayor of Bonnaroo” this weekend, and it’s hard to disagree with him after his non-stop weekend of collaborations.Best Guest Spot – Donna Jean Godchaux w/ Dead & CompanyDead & Company opened their set with an awesome “Truckin’” -> “Smokestack Lightning”, but the real fireworks started when John Mayer played the opening notes of “Bertha”. After a quick introduction from Bob Weir, Donna Jean emerged and provided backup vocals for the rest of the song, and, impressively, ended up performing nine songs throughout the night. Lending her famous howling vocals to classics from her era, such as songs like “Playin’ in the Band”, “Shakedown Street”, and “Terrapin Station”, Donna Jean fit right back in during her first full performance with Dead & Company.[Photo by Emilio Roberts / Dead & Co Facebook]Best Food – HamageddonHave you ever seen a pig spit roasted inside of a much larger, steampunk-esque metal pig? That’s what you got if you visited the Hamageddon installation at Bonnaroo. A veteran of the defunct Great GoogaMooga food festival that Bonnaroo producers Superfly used to run in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Hamageddon has found a new home at Bonnaroo, and the food is absurdly delicious, with freshly roasted pulled pork and all the fixin’s.Best Art – Return of the BobbleheadsOnce a hallmark of Bonnaroo’s earlier years, the Bobbleheads disappeared from The Farm for the past few years. To the delight of loyal Bonnaroovians, the Bobbleheads made their grand return this year, moving to a new location closer to the heart of Centeroo. Iconic art like this is what separates Bonnaroo from other festivals, and everyone was glad to see these relics make a return. After 15 years on The Farm, a little nostalgia never hurt anyone!Bonnaroo Legend Award – Les ClaypoolThis award couldn’t go to anyone else. Les Claypool is Bonnaroo. Claypool has performed at the festival a ton of times, with appearances from Primus, Oysterhead, the High Flying Frog Brigade and more over the years. While other one-time Bonnaroo legends like Warren Haynes and Galactic have stopped appearing at the festival on a yearly basis, Claypool remains one of the essential musical arrows in Bonnaroo’s quiver. His performance with Sean Lennon and their new Claypool Lennon Delirium was nothing short of fantastic, as the bass wizard brought his unique vibes to the That Tent for what turned out to be a can’t-miss performance of songs from their new album Monolith of Phobos. One thing is clear: when Les Claypool performs at Bonnaroo, it’s essential viewing.Bonnaroo MVP – Kamasi WashingtonSimply put, this rising saxophone star put on a jaw dropping, hip hop tinged jazz fusion showcase at the This Tent on Friday. Featuring incredible improv and a funky vibe for his set with his band, Washington organized Saturday’s Superjam, nailing the Superjam’s energy and sound, even as a previously unproven entity. Kamasi put his mark on the festival in a huge way, smiling widely the entire time he was on stage and clearly soaking in the positive energy of the festival.Best Performance – LCD SoundsystemWhile Dead & Company and Pearl Jam turned in legendary performances, bands like Claypool Lennon Delirium and Lettuce turned in epic sets, and new-to-Bonnaroo acts like The London Souls and Allen Stone impressed to packed crowds, the set everyone was talking about was LCD Soundsystem, who brought an excellent headlining dance party to the What Stage on Friday night. James Murphy and co. brought their firey indie/dance/punk energy to Bonnaroo, and the crowd ate it up. Their set built gradually towards the high energy set-closing duo of “Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends”, which doubled as glowstick-laden celebration from the massive What Stage audience. The band stretched their songs out with analog electronic synthesizers and improvised their butts off while dusting off material from throughout their career. LCD’s ridiculous positive energy was a perfect fit for Bonnaroo, and they won over scores of younger fans who were seeing them for the first time following their five year breakup. Long live LCD Soundsystem, and we hope to see you back at Bonnaroo soon.Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of photographer Rex Thomson.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho set for uncomfortable international break after Stoke defeat

first_img Press Association The forthcoming international break looks set to be an uncomfortable one for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after the pressure upon him increased once more with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stoke. Mourinho was absent as he served a one-match stadium suspension resulting from his half-time confrontation with referee Jonathan Moss in the 2-1 loss at West Ham last month. He was back at the team hotel during the televised Stoke contest, surely tuning in, despite his pre-match suggestions he might not. And while he would have seen his side in many ways end up unlucky to slip to their seventh reverse in 12 league games this term, he will know the result only increases speculation about his future. Mourinho is due to return to the Chelsea dugout when their next fixture sees them host Norwich in the league on November 21. But talk will not be going away about the potential for him to be sacked by club owner Roman Abramovich, whose 12-year tenure has never before seen three consecutive league defeats. A statement from Chelsea in early October said Mourinho had their “full support”, although it added: “Results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve.” Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said after the Stoke game that Mourinho’s players were behind him and Blues fans at the stadium certainly made their backing for the manager known. Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux believes the Portuguese is the right man to lead the club out of their current troubles, but feels Mourinho needs to change his approach. Le Saux told the BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme on Sunday: “Mourinho has skills and the ability, but he is in a situation he has not been in before, so he will have to change his approach in order to improve the environment for the players to then drag themselves back up the league. “There were positives yesterday, but it’s a case of him giving the players that guidance to make sure they really do believe in what he has to say and believe they are good enough to do better.” Chelsea striker Diego Costa has scored only three goals this season and against Stoke his performance was once again most notable for the frequent skirmishes he got into. Le Saux added: “Costa looks very isolated and he wants to have a fight with anyone at any moment on the pitch, even when he is not being wound up. “You sense he is becoming a distraction – he needs to deliver what he should. “I also thought Chelsea played very narrow. Tactically they played into Stoke’s hands.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, whose side’s victory was sealed by Marko Arnautovic’s 53rd-minute volley and added to the Capital One Cup triumph on penalties against the same opposition 11 days earlier, feels Chelsea are suffering due to the improvement of other teams. Hughes said: “They are going through a surprising period for them. “But in the Premier League, certainly this year, the middle group of teams are presenting a challenge for the top teams. “I think Jose has said he feels the top teams will lose more games this year because of the quality and strength of the mid-group of teams – and I have to agree.” The Blues had gone into the fixture with hopes that their woes this season might be coming to an end, having beaten Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in the Champions League three days earlier. But the optimism abruptly fizzled out as a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat left the champions in 16th place in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone. last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England’s quest for glory begins against under-achieving South Africa

first_imghighlights South Africa and England have a 3-3 head-to-head record in World Cups.England won their last encounter in 2011 against South Africa in Chennai.Both England and South Africa have never won the ICC Cricket World Cup. In addition, the presence of Jofra Archer is the X-factor. Archer impressed with his pace and looked good in the games against Pakistan. England has only two things to worry about. One, their injury issues which were highlighted in the warm-up match against Australia. Second, the mindset heading into the big tournament. Ever since the 2015 tournament, England have an enviable record at home and that gives them plenty of confidence but on the big day, they could unwind as they found out against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.South Africa and the C-word1992, 1999, 2011 and 2015. The list of chokes and heartbreaks when it comes to the World Cup and South Africa is the stuff of nightmares. The last World Cup game for South Africa in England was against Australia in the semi-final in Edgbaston. The match witnessed a thrilling tie and Australia entered the final after Allan Donald was run-out. It has been 20 years, but the ghosts have still continued to haunt South Africa since that day.Like England, South Africa have underachieved perennially on the world stage. The 2019 edition gives them a perfect chance to exorcise the ghosts of 1999 and finally break their tag of ‘chokers’. Hashim Amla has been in good form in the World Cup warm-up games while Faf du Plessis is the key in their batting. Andile Phehlukwayo is a great utility all-rounder while the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir are world-class bowlers. Rabada’s return from a back injury is welcome news. However, Dale Steyn will miss out due to a shoulder injury but the Proteas have a steady bowling and batting combination puts them in a great position to get their campaign off to a winning start.Team combinationsIn the India vs New Zealand game at The Oval, under overcast conditions and with a green wicket, India was found wanting. The pitch is expected to be on similar lines but if the sun comes out, the wicket will flatten out and a total in excess of 350 could be possible.England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam PlunkettSouth Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran TahirWho will win?Both teams have plenty of firepower but with the kind of form England have shown, they are the favourites heading into the clash against South Africa but they will be wary of taking the Proteas lightlyWeather and pitchConditions are expected to be overcast in London and that might give the bowlers some purchase. However, looking at the nature of wickets in England, overcast conditions might only give the bowlers token assistance.StatisticsIn six World Cup encounters between the two sides since 1992, both teams are tied 3-3. England won both the encounters in 1992 while South Africa won three consecutive games in 1996, 1999 and 2007. In 2011, England won a low-scoring tie at Chennai.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at The Oval and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After 20 years, the World Cup finally returns to the designated ‘Home of Cricket’. The second decade of the 21st century has seen the trend of home domination when it comes to the quadrennial event. In 2011, India won it in front of their home fans by beating neighbours Sri Lanka in a pulsating game in Mumbai. In 2015, Australia got the better of their Trans-Tasman rival New Zealand in a lop-sided final in Melbourne. In 2019, England, the New England are serious contenders for the title. Their quest to shatter their perennial underachievement in world events begins against a team that has underachieved even more on the world stage.For England and their fans, the 2019 World Cup is a chance of what four years of planning have achieved ever since their exit in the league stage of the 2015 World Cup. Following their poor show, there was a total revamp in the side. Power-hitters and consistency have been the hallmark of their batting, with the side notching up the most 300+ totals in the four years than any other country. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes form the core of a formidable top order that can blast away any bowling attack. Joe Root is the anchor of the middle order while Eoin Morgan’s inspiration captaincy will be the key. The likes of Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett form a formidable bowling line-up.last_img read more

Media witness: Honken used time before execution for himself

first_imgDate: 07/17/2020 08:03 PMBC-US–Federal Execution, 12th Ld-Writethru/1091Eds: UPDATES: With AP Photos. EDITS: Tightens. Links additional photos NOTE CONTENTS: Includes graphic details of execution.Iowa meth kingpin is 3rd executed by US government this weekMICHAEL TARMAssociated PressTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – The U.S. government on Friday put to death an Iowa chemistry student-turned-meth kingpin convicted of killing five people, capping a week in which the Trump administration restored federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.Dustin Honken, 52, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death during the week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years, including Wesley Purkey. His lawyers contended he had dementia and didn’t know why he was being executed.The first in the spate federal executions happened Tuesday, when Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death for killing a family in the 1990s as part of a plot to build a whites-only nation. Lee’s execution, like Purkey’s, went ahead only after the U.S. Supreme Court gave it a green light in a 5-4 decision hours before.Honken, who had been on death row since 2005, was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m. The inmate – known for his verbosity at hearings and for a rambling statement declaring his innocence at sentencing – spoke only briefly, neither addressing victims’ family members nor saying he was sorry. His last words were, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for me.”A Catholic priest, Honken‘s spiritual adviser, stood near him inside the death chamber. Honken spoke on his back, strapped to a gurney under a pale-green sheet. He didn’t look toward witnesses behind a glass barrier, keeping his eyes firmly fixed on the ceiling.Honken‘s lawyer, Shawn Nolan, said his client was “redeemed” and had repented for his crimes.“There was no reason for the government to kill him, in haste or at all,” Nolan said. “The man they killed today … could have spent the rest of his days helping others and further redeeming himself.”In a statement, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said “just punishment has been carried out.”“Nearly three decades after Honken coldly ended the lives of five people … all in an effort to protect himself and his criminal enterprise, he has finally faced justice,” Kupec said.After officials began administering the lethal injection, Honken began blinking his eyes, his fingers twitching and his lips quivering. After several minutes his breathing became more labored. He turned increasingly ashen as blood drained from his face and hands. His fingers gradually stopped twitching, and his breathing became shallower until it stopped.Honken was pronounced dead after 30 minutes – longer than the other two executions. An official with a stethoscope walked into the small death chamber, put his fingers on Honken‘s neck to check for a pulse, listened for a heartbeat, then exited.Seconds later, officials announced the time of death.Honken, whose crimes struck at the foundation of the U.S. justice system, always seemed the least likely to win a reprieve from the courts. After the two previous executions were repeatedly delayed amid back-and-forth legal maneuvering, Honken‘s began almost on the minute it had been scheduled for weeks.While out on bond in his drugs case in July 1993, Honken and his girlfriend Angela Johnson kidnapped Lori Duncan and her two daughters from their Mason City, Iowa, home, then killed and buried them in a wooded area nearby. Ten-year-old Kandi and 6-year-old Amber were still in their swimsuits on the hot summer day when they were shot execution-style in the back of the head.Their primary target that day was Lori Duncan’s then-boyfriend, Greg Nicholson, who also lived at the home and was also killed. He and Lori Duncan were bound and gagged and shot multiple times. Honken had recently learned Nicholson, a former drug-dealing associate, was cooperating with investigators and would likely testify against Honken at trial.Lori Duncan didn’t know Nicholson was an informant and she wasn’t involved in drugs.As the investigation into Honken continued, he killed another drug dealer working with him, Terry DeGeus, beating him with a bat and shooting him.Honken had earlier informed the judge in his drug case that he would plead guilty at the end of July. But days after the still-undiscovered killings of Nicholson and the Duncans, he told the court he would stick to his not guilty plea.A statement from the Duncan family said the execution provided a degree of justice and closure to the family.The two young Duncan girls “never had a chance to grow up and share in the joys and sorrows of their life,” it said. “Their mother never got to see them having their first dance, first date or first walk down the aisle at their wedding.”“We will continue to live with their loss,” it said. “However, this is a step toward healing of broken hearts and shattered lives.”Investigators found the Nicholson and Duncan bodies only seven years after the killings, in 2000, after Johnson scrawled out a map showing a jailhouse informant where they were buried. DeGeus’ body was found a few miles from the wooded area.Honken was considered so dangerous that the judge took the rare step of impaneling an anonymous jury. Other security measures included fitting Honken with a stun belt under his clothes to prevent him from trying to escape.Johnson, Honken‘s girlfriend, was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to death. A judge later reduced her sentence to life behind bars.In recent days, prison authorities permitted Honken to make his last calls to family and friends, according to Sister Betty Donoghue, a Catholic nun whom he called Wednesday.On death row, Honken befriended Lee and knew his execution was called off one hour, then was back on another hour, Donoghue said.“He was very upset with the way Danny died,” said Donoghue, who visited Honken regularly over the past decade.Yet Donoghue, of the Sisters of Providence just outside Terre Haute, said she was startled by how calm Honken sounded over the phone.“He was at peace. I was totally amazed,” she said. “He believed he would go to heaven. He is ready to meet his maker.”At his sentencing in 2005, Honken denied killing anybody, but Donoghue said she never heard him say he was innocent.Honken‘s mother, brother and college-age daughter visited him in prison in recent days, she said. TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA — North-central Iowa drug kingpin Dustin Honken was executed late Friday afternoon. The 52-year-old Honken, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death during the week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years. Reporter Heather Good of CBS television affiliate WTHI-TV in Terre Haute was among the media witnesses who saw Friday’s execution.   “Dustin Honken used his time really for himself. He recited a poem and a prayer, never once looking up to anyone in the media room or any other room.” Honken, who had been on death row since 2005, was pronounced dead at 3:36 PM Iowa Time. The inmate – known for his verbosity at hearings and for a rambling statement declaring his innocence at sentencing – spoke only briefly, with his last words being, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for me.” ======Below is the Associated Press’ final report regarding Honken’s executionlast_img read more