Spafford Hits Terrapin Crossroads For Packed Two-Night Run [Audio/Video/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Ron Adelberg This past weekend, Spafford continued their extensive 2018 “For Amusement Only” tour with their first-ever stint at fan-favorite bay area venue Terrapin Crossroads. While they were originally scheduled to play just one show on Saturday, March 3rd, a second date was added the following night due to overwhelming demand.Saturday’s first set opened with a well-executed “Todd’s Tots”. The band was clearly locked in as it soared to a blissful peak landing before the tune’s closing theme. Next came the John Hiatt tune “Memphis in the Meantime”, which quickly picked up steam as the band led the audience through a dark, spacey section that built up to a ripping solo from guitarist Brian Moss. “Memphis” finally dropped into a swanky groove before melting into “Backdoor Funk”. By this point, the room was bursting with energy as a smiling Jordan Fairless sang out the chorus to this fan favorite. Spafford then moved into a gleeful “Hollywood”, which surprisingly launched into an incredible jam that segued into a glorious set-closing “In the Eyes of Thieves”.Set two began with an energetic rendition of “Lonely” that continued into a crunchy segment of sonic synths from keyboardist Red Johnson, electric drums from Cameron Laforest, driving bass from Jordan, and mind-melting guitar from Brian. After landing smoothly back in “Lonely” territory, the band continued onwards with a bust out: their first performance of “Too Close” since 8/3/13 (269 shows) and third-ever live rendition of the Alex Clare tune.“America” came next, almost immediately dropping into a wonderful improv session. Initially, Red’s keyboard lines sounded similar to “When a Fire Starts to Burn” by Disclosure, but the group swiftly delved deeper into a serene cohesiveness. Next came staple live cover “On Fire” (originally by JJ Grey & Mofro) followed by a newer tune, “My Road (My Road)”, debuted last October in Madison, WI. This pensive song started with a leisurely gait but soon evolved into an intense aural force. As Red’s vocals closed the tune, Spafford eased into the happy melodies of “Salamander Song” to close the set. The band finally finished out an incredible night one at Terrapin Crossroads with “The Reprise” in the encore slot, the band effortlessly bringing it to one final, soaring peak.Spafford – Full Audio – 3/3/2018[Audio: Matt Moricle]Setlist: Spafford | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/3/18Set 1: Todd’s Tots, Memphis In The Meantime, Backdoor Funk, Hollywood, In The Eyes Of ThievesSet 2: Lonely, Too Close, America, On Fire, My Road (My Road) > Salamander SongEncore: The RepriseSunday night’s “bonus” show started off with “Eternity”, a fun and lyrically inspiring opener. Next, Red signaled in a roaring rendition of “The Remedy” that had the packed room instantly dancing. From there, Spafford landed into a cool, placid “Legend”, which showcases their mastery of dynamics by weaving through crescendos both instrumentally and vocally.One of the highlights from the show was certainly the “Electric Taco Stand” that followed. Brian’s guitar playfully bounced along as the band harnessed an increasingly faster groove, evoking emotion via fluttering guitar before fading into an incredible “Alternate Ending” and, finally, back into “Electric Taco Stand”. The band closed out set one with a pair of newer tunes, 2017 debut “Lovesick Melody” and 2018 debut “Soil”, which sported a ripping jam along with its swaying melody.“All In” kicked off the final set of the run, leading the audience through its characteristic heavy-hitting groove. That moved into an easy-going section, which in turn built back up to a penetrating pinnacle. The opening drum hits of “Slip and Squander” cooled things down momentarily before the group launched back into the musical cosmos. From there, the band kicked into a thumping electronic jam behind Red and Cameron before moving into their fan-favorite cover of Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World”.Next, Spafford provided the perfect thematic counterpoint to “Mad World” with “Beautiful Day”. As the song’s final notes faded out, Jordan and Brian hit the throttle and steered the band into a set-closing “Galisteo Way”. To cap it all off, Spafford treated the crowd to elusive favorite “Double Time” for the first time since night two of their incredible Asheville, NC run in 2017.Spafford – Full Audio – 3/4/2018[Audio: Matt Moricle]Spafford – Set One Video – 3/4/2018[Video: Must Have Media]Spafford – Set Two Video – 3/4/2018[Video: Must Have Media]Setlist: Spafford | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/4/18Set 1: Eternity, The Remedy, Legend, Electric Taco Stand > Alternate Ending > Electric Taco Stand, Lovesick Melody > SoilSet 2: All In, Slip And Squander, Mad World, Beautiful Day, Galisteo WayEncore: Double TimeBelow, you can check out a gallery of photos from Spafford’s 3/4/18 show at Terrapin Crossroads courtesy of Ron Adelberg.Spafford continues their “For Amusement Only” tour tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7th in Bend, OR. For a list of upcoming Spafford dates, head to the band’s website.Spafford | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/4/18 | Photos: Ron Adelberglast_img read more

Organization awards sustainability prize

first_imgOne project developed a plant for processing cassava on-the-go. The other created a scorecard for assessing resilience to climate disasters.Both are recipients of the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize, an annual award presented by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is best known for an index that ranks countries in order of their vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change.“Our mission is really to increase the world’s awareness about the need to adapt in order to inform investments in both the private and development sector to improve livelihood in the face of climate change,” Joyce Coffee, managing director of ND-GAIN, said.The prize, which ND-GAIN awarded to two recipients at an event in New York City on Wednesday, focuses on corporations making a difference in the world of “climate adaptation,” according to Coffee.“The reason why we have the award in the first place is that frankly, not until very recently was it possible to walk into a room and say the words ‘climate adaptation’ and have anyone know what you meant,” Coffee said. “We’re really celebrating climate adaptation as a method for corporations to serve their triple bottom line: the value of their corporation to their shareholders, the value of their corporation to the world and the value of their corporation to the environment.”The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO), a Netherlands-based corporation, received the prize for developing a mobile plant that allows them to process cassava close to local farmers, according to a DADTCO press release.“The technology we have is mobile so we can go close to the farmers, and we can make sure that the same day, the cassava roots are processed,” Renske Franken, a member of the enterprise development team at DADTCO, said.Franken said this mobility is key, as cassava’s high perishability makes it difficult to ship long distances. While reducing transportation costs and emissions, the mobile plant also makes way for cassava — an important climate adaptation crop because of its ability to survive in poor weather conditions — to play a bigger part in local markets.“We say we want to start the cassava revolution,” Franken said. “It shouldn’t be neglected any more as it has been.”“It’s helping to build an economy, and whenever you build an economy, you definitely see an increased resistance to any kind of shock, including climate shock,” Coffee said.Coffee said the cassava mobile plants will be implemented in other industries as well.“The starch from cassava is used for a variety of things, including for beer,” Coffee said. “So this is our first craft beer adaptation project we can think of.”The second innovation recognized grew out of a partnership between engineering firm AECOM and technology leader IBM. The two companies worked together, for free, to develop a disaster resilience scorecard for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The scorecard, which Coffee says looks to identify the “biggest risks” for a city, focuses on 85 different resilience criteria that cover aspects such as infrastructure, environment and recovery. “It’s not just that you create a scorecard; the scorecard helps you prioritize your investments, so that in an era of limited resources, you have a scorecard that tells you where you’re going to be able to optimize your infrastructure investment or your human investment,” Coffee said. Award submissions must be based in a country that ranks below 60 (out of 180) on the Global Adaptation Index, Coffee said. Additionally, the project must have some kind of corporate background.“We need to see a corporate lead because we are trying to prove that corporations gain benefits from being climate adaptation leaders,” Coffee said.Once submitted, a panel of judges — including members of ND-GAIN and judges from outside institutions like PepsiCo and the Catholic Relief Services — reviewed the projects before reaching a final decision.Ultimately, Coffee said, the Corporate Adaptation Prize fits into the University’s larger mission of social justice.“There’s a new risk that cuts across all sectors and all communities,” she said. “It’s disproportionately felt by the poor, and we need to be sure that leaders of every sector are aware of the risks and the opportunities presented to this new global era.”Tags: AECOM, climate adaption, Climate change, corporate adaption prize, DADTCO, IBM, ND Gainlast_img read more

Runsewe: NCAC to Host Cultural Golf Tournament

first_img Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has indicated the council’s plan to organise the country’s maiden cultural golf tournament in Abuja before the end of the year.Runsewe, who is the first person to be appointed DG of Nigeria Tourism Development Commission (NTDC) and NCAC, said the tournament would drive cultural values in Nigeria as it will exhibit the country’s cultural approach to the game of golf.In addition he said the council was also thinking of how to incorporate kiddies’ golf into the mix to enable children to properly understand Nigeria’s culture and ways of life.“Before the end of this year the first cultural approach to the game of golf will come up in Nigeria.  We are working on it and we hope to incorporate some kid golfers. It is an event related to culture. Basically my vision is that any cultural approach we initiate should result in the creation of jobs for Nigerians,’’ Runsewe said.The avid amateur golfer similarly echoed the need for Nigeria to join South Africa and Zimbabwe by tapping from the $6 billion fortunes to be realised by Africa in 2019-20 from golf business, saying that the global revenue in sports is massive.“I want to key Nigeria into that by talking to three major golf brands –Taylor Made, Titleist and Callaway-for any of them to come here and change our sporting profile.“For instance, if Tiger Woods appears to play golf now in any major tournament, the returns will probably be greater than the revenue generated by Manchester United and Chelsea,” he said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more