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

CATHAL’S GAA BLOG: LAOIS NO MATCH FOR RUTHLESS DONEGAL

first_imgToye: Awesome todayCATHAL MacSUIBNE’S GAA BLOG: An emphatic Donegal put Laois to the sword this afternoon and in the process made it very clear that they intend to keep their stay in Division Two to one season. Despite the hosts looking clueless at times and unwilling to work as hard as their opponents, this was still a mightily impressive display from Jim McGuinness’ charges.Particular pleasing was how they kept their foot on the throttle long after the result and the two league points had been secured. The game was effectively over just after the restart, thanks to Colm McFadden’s goal, but he and his team mates posted 0-13 in the remainder of the match.The hosts started reasonably well and indeed may have come into this encounter thinking that there was a chance of an upset given that they frustrated Donegal for long periods the last time the sides met, in Carrick-on-Shannon last July. That was under previous manager Justin McNulty and while his spell wouldn’t be termed a success amongst the Laois faithful, he did make his team hard to beat. Now Tomas O’Flaharta has taken the reins with a stated mandate to bring positive football back to the O’Moore County – he has his work cut out going on today’s evidence. His team disappointed both from attacking and defensive perspectives; on numerous occasions in the opening period, Donegal created overlaps and were presented with four-on-three and five-on-three situations as the home defence looked a mess.Odhran MacNiallais’ goal came from one such opportunity with Anthony Thompson making the incisive run from defence and after neat passing the Gaoth Dobhair man was on hand to palm the ball to the net. Even at that stage, the writing was on the wall for Laois.Thompson was joined in many a raid forward by Neil McGee and Karl Lacey – both were operating in the full back line but bombed forward at will. Laois’ inability to cover the piercing runs from deep proved to be their downfall. It may be an unglamorous brief for a forward to track attacking forays from their markers but in the modern game it’s a must. With the runs not covered it led to some easy scoring chances for Donegal – almost all of their first half scores were from simple chances inside the 21-yard line.The exceptions came from the right boot of Michael Murphy; firstly he nailed a 45′ into the teeth of the wind and moments later he stroked over an absolutely majestic point. With Murphy having to stoop to collect an ever so slightly under hit pass, Frank McGlynn made a run off the shoulder for his captain – it seemed easier to offload to the marauding wing-back but instead Michael dummied to handpass and with his marker, along with everyone else in O’Moore Park, buying the dummy he split the posts from forty yards. He repeated the dummy trick late in the game to nonchalantly register his second score from play (and sixth in total), this time off his left peg. Christy Toye came into the starting line-up before the throw-in in place of the hamstrung Darach O’Connor and he had a fine game operating at centre forward. He’s still as good as any at picking a pass and he distributed wonderfully throughout his time on the field, which was cut short after suffering a nasty gash to his face.Another who has had his share of injury trouble is Mark McHugh but he looked back to his best today, covering the ground like only he can. He was in the thick of things at both ends of the field and got his name on the score sheet in the closing procession. He also shipped a ferocious hit after a frontal charge in the incident that led to Laois’ Denis Booth being shown a red card. Despite the lead being enjoyed by Donegal at the time, his team-mates were incensed at the challenge and weren’t slow in making their feelings known to Booth and his counterparts.The younger McHugh, Ryan, played at corner back and acquitted himself well and it is an area that the team could do with some competition for places. Paddy McGrath is still a number of weeks away from seeing some action so its likely we’ll see some more experimenting in the 2 and 4 jerseys in the next few games.Debutant Hughie McFadden certainly put his hand up for some more game-time, scoring a brace of points after joining the action in the second half. McFadden was one of the stars of last year’s county championship, playing an integral role in Kilybegs’ march to the final. He can operate around midfield or on the edge of the square so it will be interesting to see how he develops in a senior jersey over the coming months.Having two away fixtures to start with, Donegal knew a win or two from those would put them in pole position for promotion. They made a big statement today and the other teams won’t relish taking on the McGuinness juggernaut when it’s in this kind of form. Galway are next up in Salthill next weekend and after their defeat to Meath today they wont be looking forward to seeing another team in green and gold. CATHAL’S GAA BLOG: LAOIS NO MATCH FOR RUTHLESS DONEGAL was last modified: February 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOGChristy ToyedonegalLaoislast_img read more

Job creation tops environmental agenda

first_img6 June 2012 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa celebrated World Environment Day on Tuesday by announcing plans to create over 60 000 new jobs this year – and 300 000 new jobs by 2020 – with the focus on women, the youth and people with disabilities. “It is a programme that has exceptional returns on investment, and I want to emphasise that these jobs are vital for our long-term economic future,” she added. Working for Wetlands was founded in 2004 and has rehabilitated over 800 wetlands, creating 15 000 jobs for mostly marginalised rural communities. The project focuses on the rehabilitation, protection and sustainable use of South Africa’s 110 000 wetlands. Molewa attended the annual World Environment Day celebrations in Mangaung, Bloemfontein and spoke about the department’s plans to step up environmental protection and preservation efforts. “We as South Africa are part of the global campaign to promote sustainable development and also are proponents of the global drive towards a green economy,” Molewa said. Job creation is an integral part of South Africa’s efforts to join the global drive towards sustainable development. “This year the department, through the entire suite of programmes within our environmental programmes branch, aims to create job opportunities for about 62 860,” she said. “We also aim to ensure that 55% of beneficiaries from our programmes are women, 40% are youth and 2% are people with disabilities.”Environmental protection programmes These targets will be achieved through the department’s programmes and sub- programmes. Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working on Fire are the department’s biggest and most successful initiatives so far, but the sub-programmes of the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes were heralded as growing contributors to sustainable development and job protection. These are made up of Working on Waste, Working for the Coast, People and Parks, and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood. “We are a country endowed with a rich and diverse biodiversity that enables thousands of jobs in different sectors,” she said. “Our diverse biodiversity is our competitive edge in growing our economy while at the same time addressing climate change and we are doing that through our environment programmes.” Working for Water is particularly successful: it was established in 1995 and has over the years created 397 146 work opportunities. It aims to combat the impact of alien invasive species on our water security, diversity, use of land, wild fires and erosion. It is through these partnerships and the government’s joining of the Green Economy Accord – dubbed as one of the most comprehensive social pacts on green jobs in the world – that the department plans to create 300 000 new jobs by 2020. Working towards this will provide exciting new opportunities for the country’s youth and Molewa urged all young South Africans to get involved. “Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare themselves today.” SAinfo reporter “Working on Fire also recruits from disadvantaged backgrounds and offers work opportunities to 4 800 fire fighters in 107 bases around South Africa in 2011/12 alone,” Molewa said.Working for the future Working on Waste looks at waste collection, disposal and recycling initiatives. “In this regard we provide support to the municipalities in terms of handling of waste and this includes assistance in the construction of landfill sites and buy-back centres where appropriate.” Working for the Coast programmes deal with cleaning and rehabilitating coastal environmental assets and infrastructure; People and Parks projects support the development of infrastructure in and around protected areas; and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood focuses on projects which encourage restoration, rehabilitation and re-vegetation of degraded areas. The bigger picture enjoyed the same success. According to Molewa, 26 896 jobs were created overall by the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes in 2011/12. It is full steam ahead for the department going forward, and the injection of R800- million over the next two years from the National Treasury’s Green Fund will assist its green economy implementation plan. “We will utilise this funding in a manner that seeks to attract new and additional investment, stimulate job creation and lay the foundations for South Africa’s transition to a low carbon, job-creating and resource-efficient growth path,” she explained. “We are extending partnerships to key international funding institutions such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.” A total of 2 788 jobs were created in the implementation of these sub-projects. “All the employed people have been trained on various skills programmes ranging from bricklaying in the construction sector to waste management in the environmental sector,” she said. “Although we can still do more and we certainly will, we are delighted with this achievement because it debunks the myth that environment management hinders development. When you work for the environment, the environment will work for you.”last_img read more

Ohio Pork Congress highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Congress had the largest attendance in several years since it moved to its Columbus location.“We’ve been blessed to have good participation over the past several years and this is a record for the last 10 or 12 years,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “We had over 500 pre-registered and that is due to the event planning committee. It just goes to show that if we get the right program and right presenters here, people will come and benefit from what they have to share.”The event followed the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference held the previous day and the topic was a natural topic of conversation as the 2025 deadline for implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board sow housing requirements draws closer.“One of the things that is on our minds here in Ohio is the magic number of 2025 when the sow housing changes have to be implemented. We have many exhibitors here that will help producers be able to retrofit their barns and make the transition to meet the Ohio Livestock Care Standard Requirements here in 2025. It is a big deal,” Deaton said. “We had good participation at the Sow Housing Conference. We heard from people who have already made the transition either with a new building or retrofitting an existing building. They shared some things that they learned and hearing about that hands-on experience really helps.”Another topic of discussion was the strong demand for pork.“One of the things I have been impressed with over the last year is that domestic consumption is up. It is getting close to 52 pounds consumed per person, that is getting close to a high for us,” Deaton said. “Bacon has always been popular, but it is more popular now than it has been. Bacon has been really hot but loins have dropped off. Loins used to be our leader but now ribs and bacon are the leaders. As we got that pig leaner, we also leaned up the bacon and made it a better, more appealing product than 20 years ago. We have to get used to the shifting consumer demands. My goal is to work to get the loins back up to where they were and keep the bacon where it is.”Ohio Pork Congress attendees also got a legislative update, a PRRS Mapping update, a report on global trends in protein consumption, a water quality update, and an overview of manure application research.For the past five years, Glen Arnold with Ohio State University Extension has conducted research on methods of sidedressing liquid manure. Initially, he used a tanker filled with liquid manure that was applied to young corn fields in several western Ohio counties. But the dragline and manure sidedress toolbar, compared to a tanker, weigh less and are faster and more efficient, Arnold pointed out. Also, the dragline and toolbar cause very few plants to be crushed to death. OSU research has found manure sidedressed fields produced 13 more bushels of corn per acre compared to fields where synthetic fertilizers were applied saving about $80 an acre, Arnold said.“There’s always a cost to the livestock farmer to apply manure to farm fields. By capturing more of the nitrogen in the manure, the farmer can reduce the need to purchase commercial fertilizer and make a bigger profit,” Arnold said.Attendees also heard a National Pork Board Update from Bill Even, CEO, National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa and an entertaining presentation from keynote speaker Rob Sharkey, a farmer and podcaster from Bradford, Illinois. Award winners, including the Industry Excellence Award winners the Surber family, were recognized as well. The Surber family was recognized with the Industry Excellence Award. Jess Campbell accepted the Friend of the Ohio Pork Industry award for Farm Credit Mid-America. Glen Arnold (right) was recognized with the Pork Industry Service Award for his work with manure in 2018. Frank Pizzo accepted an award for City Barbecue for Pork Promoter of the Year presented by Ty Higgins. Frank Pizzo accepted an award for City Barbecue for Pork Promoter of the Year Ben Pitstick, left, was recognized as the Swine Manager of the Year presented by OPC president Rich Deaton. Bill Even with NPPC provided a legislative update, Keynote Speaker Rob Sharkey, Bradford, Illinois covered “Talking About Tough Topics in a Meaningful Way”last_img read more