Dead & Company Celebrates 100th Show With A Real Good Time At Blossom [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Wednesday night, Dead & Company headed to Cuyahoga Falls, OH for a performance at the scenic and storied Blossom Music Center. The show marked the 13th night of their 2018 summer tour, but on this night, the band was honoring a much more significant milestone: their 100th performance.Contrasting their even-keeled start at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center the night before, the band got the show started with a thick, funky “Feel Like A Stranger”, Oteil Burbridge providing the groove’s melodic framework while Jeff Chimenti filled the space with an array of keyboard tones to light the night’s fuse. Let’s get on with the show…Dead & Company – “Feel Like A Stranger” [Pro-Shot][Video: Nugs.tv]Next up was a John Mayer-led “They Love Each Other”, a song that has consistently shined in the Dead & Co arena. This version was no different, as well-placed guitar harmonics by Bob Weir and gospel organ fills by Chimenti gave the accompaniment a sprawling sonic texture. A rendition of “It’s All Over Now”, the Bobby and Shirley Womack-penned rock classic popularized by The Rolling Stones on their 1964 sophomore album, 12 X 5, came next.Dead & Company – “They Love Each Other” [Fan-Shot][Video: Borrowed Tune]The band slowed things down next with a swaying rendition of “Row Jimmy”, their second of the tour. From there, they maintained their easy-going pace but once again picked up the funk they began with as they sauntered through “West L.A. Fadeaway”. Rather than fade away, this “West L.A.” maintained its steady forward march as John and Bobby traded guitar licks and Chimenti added an excellent organ solo.“Loose Lucy” got the call next, the crowd singing along as Weir thanked Dead & Co’s centennial-show crowd for a real good time over the past three(ish) years. The smooth swing of Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter‘s From the Mars Hotel ballad “Ship of Fools” followed, Mayer and Burbridge trading lead vocals to the audible delight of the crowd. Finally, the band closed out the show’s well above-average first set with the tour debut of “Passenger”, the rocking Phil Lesh/Peter Monk original recorded for 1977’s Terrapin Station.Dead & Company – “Ship of Fools” [Fan-Shot][Video: Borrowed Tune]Following set break, the band led into set two with the classic pairing of “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance”, returning them to the second set opener slot for the first time since 6/7/17 after closing the first set in their last two appearances.Dead & Company – “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance” [Pro-Shot][Nugs.tv]From there, the band flowed into “He’s Gone”, taking their time as they stretched the song into a slow-burning blues breakdown. Out of “He’s Gone” bloomed “Scarlet Begonias”, led with gusto by Weir while the audience sang along. The “Scarlet” jam moved from high-energy rock peaks to ambient jazz-inflected space and back again before picking up the familiar wah-wah swell of “Fire on the Mountain”. After propelling the tune’s intro with some particularly impressive bass lines, Oteil Burbridge stepped to the mic to take lead vocals on the second half of the classic song pairing while Mayer peppered in cascading guitar licks.A bellow from Mickey Hart‘s “Beam” signaled the start of his and Bill Kreutzmann‘s nightly “Drums/Space” segment, although the “Drums” portion remained light on percussion and heavy on the ambiance, setting it apart from many of their explorations this tour. The spacey “Drums” drifted further out there as the band rejoined the stage for “Space” proper, and only rediscovered Kreutzmann’s driving backbeat as they finally landed in a succinct “I Need A Miracle”.From there, the band executed their second flowing cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” of the summer. Bobby led the way for the sing-along, which cemented itself as the set’s emotional climax as the entire band pushed it to a hair-raising peak. Finally, the band closed the set with a “Throwing Stones” victory lap featuring a sticky funk breakdown before returning to the stage on last time for a “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” encore.Next up for Dead & Company is a two-night stint at the recently re-opened Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd—a shed where the Grateful Dead had a rocky yet musically fruitful history. For a full list of Dead & Company’s upcoming dates, head here.Below, you can check out a full gallery of beautiful shots from Dead & Company’s Blossom performance courtesy of photographer Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Dead & Company | Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | 6/20/18 Set One: Feel Like A Stranger, They Love Each Other, It’s All Over Now, Row Jimmy, West L.A. Fadeaway, Loose Lucy, Ship of Fools, PassengerSet Two: Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > He’s Gone > Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Drums/Space > I Need A Miracle > Dear Prudence, Throwing StonesEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorYou can listen to a full soundboard recording of the show via Nugs.net.Dead & Company | Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | 6/20/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure

first_imgAmerica’s national parks are a global treasure, visited and enjoyed not only by tourists and adventure lovers in the United States, but from all over the world.There are the big ones that everyone knows and loves, parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite, but what about the rest of the park system? All in all, America boasts more than 400 National Park units. Put together these parks and monuments comprise some 84 million acres of the American landscape.In celebration of the National Park centennial, a new IMAX film is attempting to capture the importance of America’s National Park system and the awe inspiring beauty that these parks so often contain.The film, MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure, features a trio of adventurers—mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and climber Rachel Pohlas— as they journey off-trail through some of the nation’s most iconic national parks, and its hitting select theaters this month. “In the making of this film, we visited more than 30 national parks, looking for things we’d never seen before and images that blew us away,” says film creator MacGillivray Freeman. “There’s beauty and magnificence in every national park, but we looked for places that would be the most amazing on the IMAX screen.”05_NPA_Image_1920px_w-mjvb6ewvdosvn7ser6rjxynggbtzl0laul62qrakb0“The story of the national parks is a big one, but for me the most important idea is that these parks belong to everyone, to all the people,” Freeman continued. “The parks give us a sense of awe, a sense of wonder, and in return I think we understand what a tremendous gift they will be for future generations of Americans.”21_NPA_Image_1920px_w-mjvb5bfnenau3ldr5pp818m3i58klq8kp5rol4x3kcNarrating the film is academy award winner and star of the recent film ‘A Walk in the Woods’, based on Bill Bryson’s classic Appalachian Trail-based novel of the same name.“National Parks Adventure captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit,” Redford says. To find showings at theaters near you click here.[divider]more from blueridgeoutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

Japan bullfighting lifts ‘men-only’ rule

first_imgFILE- In this picture taken on June 21, 2015, spectators attend a Japanese bullfighting event in Uruma, Okinawa prefecture. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKAJapanese bullfighting organizers said Saturday they had lifted a long-standing ban on women entering the sport’s “sacred” ring, in a bid to modernize the traditional activity for the #Metoo generation.Japanese sumo wrestling has recently come under fire for its strict men-only rules. In “togyu” bullfighting, women were similarly barred from the ring, which is ritually purified before matches with salt and Japanese sake.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The rings where sumo is practised, known as sumo dohyo, are seen as sacred places.Sumo is closely interlinked with the native Shinto faith, which considers women to be ritually unclean, meaning they are barred from stepping into the ring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But on Friday, organizers lifted the prohibition and allowed female bull owner Yuki Araki to lead her animal into the ring in Yamakoshi, north of Tokyo, after a fight on the opening day of this season.“Equality for men and women is a trend of the times,” said Katsushi Seki, an official with the Yamakoshi bullfight organization.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“By opening the ring to women, we hope this traditional bullfighting will continue far into the future,” Seki told AFP.Unlike Spanish style bullfighting which ends with a matador slaying the animal, “togyu” is a bloodless match between two bulls locking horns, with great pains taken to ensure the animals do not gore each other. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I’m glad that local people openly welcomed us,” bull owner Yuki Araki, 44, told Japanese public broadcaster NHK.One of Japan’s other traditional sports, sumo, has found itself in hot water after women, including at least one nurse, were shooed out of a sumo ring as they tried to help a man during a medical emergency.Just days after that incident triggered scathing national and international headlines, a female mayor in the western city of Takarazuka was barred from delivering a speech inside a sumo ring.Sumo bosses then came in for further criticism after trying to prevent girls from participating in a children’s sumo event in Shizuoka prefecture, citing unspecified “safety concerns”.In an attempt to stop the latest public relations disaster to hit the roly-poly sport, officials met last week, but failed to reach a decision on reversing their men-only rule.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets get back at Jazz with rout in Utah MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more