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Review: Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringduster, Assembly of Dust at Capitol Theatre

first_imgLeftover Salmon made their way east this past week, and made some local stops at Brooklyn Bowl for a show with Floodwood (ft. Al Schnier and Vinny Amico of moe.) and for a finger-picking good time at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre the following night with Assembly of Dust and the Infamous Stringdusters. The Colorado quintet is in the middle of a pretty solid Fall tour, that will see them make stops all over the United States, including celebrating New Year’s in Seattle, WA and following that up with shows in both Alaska and Hawaii.Now, if you haven’t been to the Capitol Theatre yet, and you live within driving distance, or possibly taking a trip to the area, this is an absolute must for any music fan. The renovation of the venue is complete, with beautiful acoustics, state-of-the-art light, sound and video systems, and the recently finished Garcia’s bar (which has it’s own schedule of smaller shows on off-nights), The Cap is hands down one of the best venues in the Northeast.Opening the night was Assembly of Dust. It was cool to see locals Reid Genauer and co. do their thing at the majestic venue. With a setlist that included “Valhalla”, “All That I”, “Cluttered”, and “Man With a Plan”, it was a solid opening set that got the crowd going early on, and warmed everyone up for what would be a monster set from The Infamous Stringdusters.I have to be honest, I had never seen The Infamous Stringdusters before, but had heard only good things. And, man, did they impress. You could tell early on with the “Trav T>After Midnight” opener that this wasn’t your ordinary bluegrass band; these guys can jam. They are so in sync with one another, yet have no problem letting loose and getting experimental. Their cover of “Walking on the Moon” by The Police sounded so good with Jeremy Garrett‘s fiddle playing; it just added a whole other element to the song. And anytime a band has a stand-up bass, you have me hook, line, and sinker. Ending the set with “Hillbills” saw them go into one mind-bending jam before ending their set in fine, foot-stomping fashion. This is a band that has found a new spot on my playlist.Next up was the night’s headliner, Leftover Salmon. What Salmon does is hard to describe. They can jam some traditional style bluegrass on one song, then go swampy cajun on the next, follow that up with some rock n’ roll, and then mix all that together and throw you for a complete loop. The things Drew Emmitt can do on banjo is simply baffling, which was evident very early during the jam in “Bird Song” – it’s as if he is the Kirk Hammett of the banjo. He is just a lot of fun to watch.“Bird Call” was solid, as LoS brought out Andy Hall (from The Infamous Stringdusters) on dobro. It was great to watch Emmitt, Herman, Thorn, and Hall trade off solos throughout the song. Andy Thorn is another one that is truly gifted and has become an integral part of Leftover Salmon in a relatively short time; his youth is something that has brought an energy that was missing in the band for awhile.The highlight of the night, however, was when L0S played “Pasta on the Mountain“, per request of a fan that made a sign and wasn’t putting it down until the song was played. This old-school track from 1993′s Bridges to Bert, that Vince Herman wrote with Robert Hunter, is the epitome of what Salmon is about – which is just having a good ol’ time.With Andy Hall essentially playing the whole set with L0S, The Infamous Stringduster’s Chris Pandolfi joined the band for “Ain’t Gonna Work”, “Going Around the World”, and the closer “Blue Night”, lending his own skillful banjo playing to the festivities. Overall, the night was filled with shining moments that and some incredible musicianship; the fact that it was at the Capitol Theatre just added to the whole vibe of the night.Leftover Salmon Setlist – Capitol TheatreMama Boulet, Hollerwood, Bird Call*, Get Up & Go, Midnite Blues*, Danger Man*, Pasta On The Mountain*#, Highway Song*, Mornin’ Sun*, Walking Shoes*, Bend In The River*, Ain’t Gonna Work*@, Going Around The World*@, Blue Night*@* w/ Andy Hall from The Infamous Stringdusters on dobro# per a home made request sign@ w/ Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters on banjoLeftover Salmon w/ Andy Hall “Bird Call”:The Infamous Stringduster – “Trav T>After Midnight”:The Infamous Stringdusters – “Hillbills”:All photos courtesy of Vernon Webb at Photography by Vernon Webb. For full galleries of Leftover Salmon and The Infamous Stringdusters, click here. For Assembly of Dust, click here.last_img read more

Fourteen faculty named to 2007 class of AAAS fellows, honorary members

first_imgThe American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) on Monday (April 30) announced the election of 203 new fellows and 24 new foreign honorary members. Included among this new field of fellows and honorary members are 14 Harvard faculty members.The academy will welcome this year’s new class at its annual induction ceremony in October at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.Fellows and foreign honorary members are nominated and elected to the academy by current members. A broad-based membership, composed of scholars and practitioners from mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs, and business, gives the academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.“It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding leaders in their fields to the academy,” said Academy President Emilio Bizzi. “Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made pre-eminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large.”Harvard’s new AAAS inductees include Nancy C. Andrews, dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies, Leland Fikes Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School /Howard Hughes Medical Institute; David Gordon Blackbourn, Archibald Carey Coolidge Professor of History; David Cutler, dean for the social sciences, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics; Leopold Damrosch Jr., Ernest Bernbaum Professor of English Literature; Lars Hernquist, professor of astronomy; Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director; N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics; Venkatesh Narayanamurti, dean of engineering and applied sciences, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, professor of physics; Richard John O’Connell, professor of geophysics; E. Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History; Joshua Richard Sanes, professor of molecular and cellular biology, director of the Center for Brain Science; James H. Sidanius, professor of psychology and of African and African-American studies; Junying Yuan, professor of cell biology; and foreign honorary member Rem Koolhaas, professor in practice of architecture and urban design.last_img read more

Jefferson Lab Harvard’s newest historic site

first_imgThe American Physical Society (APS) designated Jefferson Physical Laboratory a historical site in a special ceremony on Monday (April 27). Cherry Murray, president of APS and incoming dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was on hand to present a commemorative plaque in honor of the lab to Harvard President Drew Faust.The award recognizes the special role that Harvard’s Physics Department has played in the establishment of the physics discipline within the United States and the prominence of numerous Harvard physicists and applied scientists at the research frontier in this field.Jefferson Laboratory, the oldest American university building erected to pursue physics research, began with a shaky start.Harvard President Charles W. Eliot declared in 1869 that liberal education should contain science, but his vision lacked the adoption of scientific research at the university level. He believed, explained Faust, quoting the former president, “that the faculty’s main obligation was regular and assiduous class teaching.”“The department of physics in a university must embrace both teaching and investigation,” said John Trowbridge, one of a few physics professors at Harvard at the time, who helped to change Eliot’s mind. “If it is given up entirely to teaching, the cause of science suffers, and the object of a university which is founded both to teach and increase the sum of human knowledge is defeated.”Eliot eventually agreed, and by 1880 planning for a new physics building was under way.Jefferson Lab first opened its doors in 1884 — five years after the release of a report that detailed that the newly established Johns Hopkins University held more than seven times the amount of physical apparatus as Harvard.The building is named for U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, after a generous donation by his relative, Boston businessman and Harvard alumnus Thomas Jefferson Coolidge.“We’re here celebrating not just this laboratory … but the founding of the concept of the research university,” said Faust, who touched on Trowbridge’s legacy and how Jefferson Lab’s founding helped redefine what he originally dubbed “the object of a university.”Said Faust: “We have adopted those principles, and we live by them still.”last_img read more

Training Plan Aims to Improve EMSA Staff

first_imgHospitals and fire departments are now hiring more paramedics, said Glen Leland, Paramedics Plus’ chief operating officer. In the past school tuition for students was paid, but they had to fit classes into a 48-hour work week, Wells said. Other shortages There are critical shortages in other health fields. Keeping workers here EMSA has about 600 employees, Wells said. And while the state doesn’t have a personnel shortage, the new work force initiative “is about recruiting, retaining and helping people advance up the career path.” Once trained, paramedics can work anywhere, but Leland said the initiative, Oklahoma’s lower cost of living and its advanced emergency medical services systems could encourage trained workers to stay or move here. * Retention bonuses for patient care staff that commit to another year of EMSA service. Paramedics and dispatchers will receive $3,000, and emergency medical technicians and materials technicians who clean and stock ambulances between calls, will receive $2,000. Nursing and allied health jobs, including respiratory therapists, radiologists and medical lab personnel are all areas needing workers, said Sheryl McLain, executive director of the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center. EMSA is the trust authority of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City city governments, which contracts out to find companies to provide personnel for its ambulance services, Wells said. EMSA is the sole provider for ambulance services for Tulsa, Sand Springs, Bixby, Jenks, Oklahoma City and 11 other state communities. * A revamped training program that allows emergency medical technicians training to be paramedics to work two, 12-hour shifts a week and attend classes two days a week while receiving pay for a standard 48-hour work week. In return, emergency medical technicians must agree to work full time as EMSA paramedics for two years following training. Earlier this month, Texas-based Paramedics Plus Inc. increased salaries, provided retention bonuses and implemented a revamped paramedic training program to help recruit and retain paramedics, emergency medical technicians and medical dispatchers. The company supplies employees and services for Emergency Medical Services Authority. “There is a documented shortage in allied healthcare workers, nationally and in Oklahoma. The crisis is very real in many cities and towns across America. We manage some other systems like EMSA across the country and we wanted to get ahead of this,” Wells said. “We saw the writing on the wall,” said Tina Wells, EMSA’s vice president. “Other cities were at the crisis point.” McLain said the immediate issue is the lack of faculty in those fields. People are interested in entering those careers yet are being turned away because there aren’t enough teachers. And as health care is the second largest employer in the state, “it’s a big concern,” she added. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings of paramedics and emergency medical technicians was $27,070 just two years ago. But a rapidly changing health care industry, more job opportunities for trained paramedics and an aging population are affecting the industry. “We have had an increase in the volume of calls, about 10 percent a year for the past five years,” he said. OKLAHOMA CITY — Concerns that Oklahoma could face the same shortage of skilled emergency medical services personnel seen in other parts of the country have prompted the state’s largest emergency medical services employer to boost its pay and benefits. About the initiative* A 12.5 percent increase in salaries, bringing the average yearly earnings for an EMSA paramedic to $43,000. Employees certified at the EMT-basic level can expect to earn $29,000.last_img read more

Clarinetist leads fans in song

first_imgThe Band of the Fighting Irish features 380 members, but for a few minutes every football weekend, all eyes focus on just one clarinetist.Michael Yu | The Observer Before the start of the fourth quarter of the first two home football games, sophomore Michelle Mann temporarily abandoned her instrument and took to the end zone to perform “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” a jazzy 1960 record originally performed by Jesse Hill. Since then, she has performed the call-and-response tune during the pep rallies before the games against Purdue in Indianapolis and against Stanford at home.“I was terrified because the day before [the first game, director of bands] Dr. [Ken] Dye is like, ‘There are 80,000 people in this Stadium.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, okay no pressure,’” Mann said. “And 8,000 of them I have to go to school with … so, you know, better be impressive.”Mann won the spot as featured soloist through an audition process during the summer. The band directors ultimately selected her to replace Terron Phillips, a 2014 graduate of Holy Cross and former trumpet player, who frequently sang the song during the 2013 football season, Mann said.“They held auditions over the summer, so I sent in a video of me singing ‘Ooh Pooh Pah Doo,’” she said. “I had my sister do the responses to my call, and it worked out. It was a little more competitive than I was expecting because a lot of people tried out; I didn’t realize that, but I’m really happy.“It’s such a blessing, and it’s so fun to get to do it so often.”The band directors’ choice to have Mann perform the number throughout the season came as a shock, Mann said.“A few days before we practiced it in band, one of the directors found me and said, ‘We think you’re great, and your last step will just be practicing it with the band,’” she said. “I was pretty shocked and also so terrified, but I definitely couldn’t contain my excitement.”Practicing with the band itself proved to be the steepest personal challenge for Mann, partly because of the group’s expert knowledge of music and its familiarity with the song.“The first time I did in front of the band was almost actually more nerve-wracking because they all know the song, and they know the guy who did it last year,” Mann said. “It was actually scarier then than it was with the rest of the audience because at a certain point you don’t even see anyone, you just see a giant group of people. It’s still scary every time, but I get more freedom every time I do it.”Though ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’ gives Mann an opportunity to showcase her own vocal prowess as the only individual vocalist during the game, she said she sees her role as a way to help the band rather than herself.“While this is something I do, it’s still being a part of the band,” Mann said. “I don’t consider myself separated or any kind of greater-than-thou.“This is my service to the band; some people serve as drum major or as officers, and this is how I can serve. It’s a privilege and an honor; it’s not a right.”Dye said Mann exemplifies the enthusiasm needed of a marcher to promote the Notre Dame game day experience.“Michelle is a wonderful talent among the ranks of the ND clarinet section,” he said. “… She is always prepared and in great spirit to entertain the ND fans at pep rallies and games.”Sophomore clarinetist Emily Foernssler, who also lives next door to Mann in Breen-Phillips Hall, praised Mann’s spirit and ability to connect with the fans.“She is the perfect face for the band and exactly what we need to get the crowd excited about the band,” Foernssler said.Marching with the band and participating in mentorship programs, jazz bands and brass bands have fundamentally shaped Mann’s time at Notre Dame, she said. Mann boasts nine total years of practice with the clarinet and calls that section of the marching band her “family.”“It’s really been the biggest portion of my experience, with the exception of class, because it’s where I spend a good chunk of my time,” she said. “… It gives you stability and it gives you structure and it definitely teaches you about commitment and about time management.”Mann said the energy of the band as they perform enhances and complements the energy of the hundreds of thousands of fans who come to cheer for the Irish.“It’s this mixture of pure adrenaline-based excitement and there’s a little bit of fear, especially the first couple of times, but there’s also this heartwarming, amazing sense of love,” she said. “… You can feel an energy that is just unspoken and you can see it in people’s eyes and every single person who’s here on campus can feel it; there’s a connection that doesn’t have to be spoken.”“My favorite moment really is when we’re playing ‘America the Beautiful,’” she said. “… Every time we’re playing it, I recognize it’s not just about the Notre Dame band or me, it’s about this band at this school, this amazing University in this amazing country. … It totally makes you recognize what a huge blessing this is, and it’s undeniable.“You cannot doubt the fact that this is an amazing opportunity that not everybody gets, and I’m reminded of that every time I step out of the tunnel.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, football, football friday, marching band, Michelle Mann, Musiclast_img read more

NDtv holds open auditions for ‘The Irish Bachelor’

first_imgThis spring, a group of women will compete for one Notre Dame man’s heart on NDtv’s The Irish Bachelor.NDtv Station Manager Caitlin Crommett said the idea for the Irish Bachelor was prompted by the success of last year’s Irish Bachelorette — a dating show modeled after ABC’s The Bachelorette.“[We thought] it might be fun to bring in people that aren’t in NDtv to be in NDtv, and we had extreme popularity – we weren’t expecting this many people to turn out for everything,” Crommett said.Crommett said the station received numerous requests for an Irish Bachelor.“We of course said we couldn’t have two Irish Bachelorettes in a row, so we thought we’d move on to The Bachelor,” Crommett said.Claire Rembecki, who will work production for The Bachelor, said the show’s predecessor, The Irish Bachelorette, prompted discussion on the dating experience at Notre Dame. This year, the show plans to delve deeper into issues posed last season, she said.“[Dating at Notre Dame is] such a weird phenomenon,” Rembecki said. “We kind of want to put that on camera, not because we want to make people fall in love – obviously, if that happens it’s great, we don’t have that high of expectations. … We kind of want to put [the contestants] in front of a camera and see what it’s like – when you first talk to the guy you find attractive, when you first go on a date, when you’re weighing whether to date them or not — it’s fun to watch.”Rembecki said last year’s show also drew some negative responses on campus.This backlash, along with the popularity of the show, made the role of The Irish Bachelorette difficult, last year’s Bachelorette Kirsten Fernandez said.“The Bachelorette ended up being much bigger than I originally thought it was going to be,” Fernandez said. “I did not expect that so many people would recognize me from the show and ask me about it while I was in class, at work or out with my friends. Although most people’s comments to me about the show were positive, I did not enjoy that kind of exposure and the negative comments on social media and The Observer were hurtful to deal with. I don’t think I would choose to do it again.”This year, the show plans to make a few changes, including a longer production time and more focus on documenting the dating experience at Notre Dame, Rembecki said. Dates the contestants go on will also be primarily off campus, she said.“We’re looking at getting more out into the South Bend community, so doing dates in South Bend, maybe even in neighboring cities,” Rembecki said. “To get us away from the show we had last year, but also more in touch with the community because there’s so much of an issue with being in the Notre Dame bubble, so we wanted to use the show, which is kind of a social experiment in itself, to break out of that.”Crommett said The Irish Bachelor is hosting open auditions this year. Auditions for the show’s hosts, the Bachelor and the contestants will be open to students in the Sorin Room of LaFortune on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.Tags: auditions, Irish Bachelor, Irish Bachelorette, NDTvlast_img read more

Meteor Shower Star Keegan-Michael Key Is Engaged

first_img Meteor Shower Keegan-Michael Key & Elisa Pugliese(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Keegan-Michael Key, the Emmy winner who is currently making his Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s comedy Meteor Shower, has another reason to celebrate! He popped the question to director and producer Elisa Pugliese on November 14.”She shows me every day that each one of us has the ability to help make the world a better place. I’m the luckiest man ever. She said yes!” shared Key on Twitter.In addition to his current Great White Way perf in Meteor Shower, Key was seen off-Broadway in the Public Theater’s 2017 revival of Hamlet. He won a 2016 Emmy Award with Jordan Peele for the variety series Key and Peele. Pugliese has served as a producer on projects including Boy Meets Girl and Better Off Single.Many congrats to Key and Pugliese on the big news—we can’t wait to help celebrate at Meteor Shower’s November 29 opening night!She shows me every day that each one of us has the ability to help make the world a better place. I’m the luckiest man ever. She said yes!— Keegan-Michael Key (@KeeganMKey) November 14, 2017center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 21, 2018last_img read more

Cavendish men charged with unlawful logging, face up to 11 years in jail

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Matthew Wyman, 31, and Joey Wyman, 34, of Cavendish, Vermont, were arraigned Tuesday on charges arising from unlawful logging of trees on state land. Matthew Wyman was arraigned on two counts of unlawful mischief and Joey Wyman was arraigned on two counts of sale or possession of stolen property. According to documents filed with the court, a maple tree and a yellow birch tree were unlawfully cut down in Proctor Piper State Forest and removed and sold to a lumber yard for more than $1,200. The documents allege that Matthew Wyman cut down the trees without permission and Joey Wyman transported the logs for sale with his truck and trailer.Both men pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division. They were released by the court on conditions, including a condition that they not enter upon the property of Proctor Piper State Forest. If convicted, Matthew Wyman faces imprisonment for up to five years, six months and fines of up to $5,500 and Joey Wyman faces imprisonment for up to 11 years and fines of up to $6,000.The charges stem from an investigation by Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife with assistance provided by Vermont State Police and Chester Police Department.Vermont AG: June 8, 2016last_img read more

Popularity of fraud text alerts increases amid data breaches

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nicole ReyesFraud text alerts are among those tools assisting consumers and financial institutions (FIs) in the identification of fraud and in the reduction of the unnecessary inconvenience generated by false positives. Triggered by an FI’s own unique fraud prevention strategies, fraud text alerts are customized to an individual credit union’s existing program. If a particular transaction is flagged as risky, human fraud analysts take a look at the transaction in the context of the account and the existing strategies, and if warranted, verify the transaction by texting thecardholder.Thanks to the alerts’ two-way communication feature, a compromised account can be shut down immediately upon verification of the fraud from the cardholder. With some other consumer-facing fraud prevention tools, the cardholder has to call in to speak with a representative, who then must investigate before taking action. This can take up to several hours, leaving the account open to more fraud.Renée Sanders, who manages nearly 100,000 credit and debit cards for Purdue Federal Credit Union in Indiana, said fraud text alerts have gained popularity since the $786 million credit union first introduced them. The jump in enrollment has spiked even higher in the wake of several high-profile data breaches, Sanders said. continue reading »last_img read more

Palm Beach County Bar supports reading

first_imgPalm Beach County Bar supports reading THE LAWYERS FOR LITERACY Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association showed its thanks this Thanksgiving season by hosting a Bear and Book Drive to benefit the 15th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. “It makes us happy to know that every child who participates in our local National Adoption Day program will receive a book and a bear,” said Abby Jorandby, Lawyers for Literacy chair. November 15, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more