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

Former gov talks persistence, success

first_imgFormer California Gov. George Deukmejian spoke to students and faculty on Monday about the importance of perseverance in the face of failure.Persistent politician · Former California Gov. George Deukmejian talked to students on Monday about how perseverance leads to success. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDuring his speech, titled “If I Could Do It, You Can Do It,” Deukmejian recounted to a crowd in the Social Sciences Building about  how the support of his family attributed to his successes.“I don’t have very much to tell you about myself that is extraordinary or different,” Deukmejian said. “I was very fortunate to have wonderful support from my parents.”Deukmejian described his journey from a New York State town with 1,700 residents to his time in law school, where Deukmejian was approached by a sergeant who presented a life-changing opportunity to him: the sergeant asked him for legal help.“I went to this sergeant who I had helped and asked if I could get my Military Occupational Specialties number and change my classification from an infantryman because of my law degree,” Deukmejian said.Because of this interaction, Deukmejian did not have to fight in the military and continued with his political career. After moving to Long Beach in the 1950s, he became friends with a State Assemblyman William Grant through a Republican Party club. Deukmejian then volunteered to aid his campaign for reelection. When Grant retired, Deukmejian then ran for his seat and won. Deukmejian decided to run for attorney general. However, his bid was unsuccessful.“I came in dead last among four candidates,” Deukmejian said. “But I still kept my seat in the State Senate, and ran again in 1978.”Deukmejian won his race in 1978 and worked under then- (and current) Gov. Jerry Brown. When Brown vacated the governorship to make a bid to become one of California’s national senators from California, Deukmejian put his name on the primary ballot and won.Deukmejian said he his proudest achievement was working with both sides of the aisle.“I used the power of veto 4,000 times,” Deukmejian said. “I was the only Republican to hold a constitutionally mandated state office at the time — every other office was controlled by Democrats. They had the majority in both houses of the state assembly.”Janet Shamilian, a senior majoring in political science, said it was not only Deukmejian’s successes that were inspiring, but his response to initial failure.“I really like that he elaborated on both his successes and his unsuccessful campaigns,” Shamilian said. “It is always motivating to see someone who was unsuccessful the first time around.”Arteen Mnayan, a senior majoring in political science, said Deukmejian is also a role model, especially for those also of Armenian heritage.“Armenians have Deukmejian to look up to,” Mnayan said.  “It’s inspiring and it allows us to accomplish things we never thought we would.”Deukmejian concluded the event by urging students to take an active part in civic engagement.“I urge you to continue to work hard, to strive to do your best,” Deukmejian said. “Whatever you choose to do, you can always still have an interest in pubic life. You don’t necessarily have to be an elected person. You can vote.”last_img read more