first_imgBilly Strings continues to make a name for himself, entreating fans along for the ride with his soulful folk music. Today, Billy Strings has announced that he’ll be bringing that music on the road for a lengthy Winter Tour in early 2017.The 36 date trek features a slew of headlining and festival dates with his three piece band of bluegrass bandits, co-bills with Shook Twins and The Lil’ Smokies, and runs supporting The Infamous Stringdusters and Railroad Earth. Smack in the middle of the tour, Billy will also join the legendary David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience for a handful of shows.Billy Strings is touring in support of his self-titled EP release from June 2016, and expects to put out a full length album in 2017. Along with Billy Strings, Drew Matulich on mandolin, Billy Failing on banjo and Brad Tucker on bass complete this exciting touring band!Check out the full tour schedule below and head to the Billy Strings website for details.Billy Strings Winter Tour 2017 Dates1/13 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *1/14 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre *1/15 Abingdon, VA – Historic Barter Theatre *1/21 McMinnville, TN – Bluegrass Underground **1/24 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon *1/25 Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester PAC *1/26 Cincinnati, OH – On Sale Soon1/27 Evanston, IL – SPACE %%1/28 Indianapolis, IN – Scratched Vinyl2/1 Tulsa, OK – American Theatre Company On Sale Soon2/3 Albuquerque, NM – The Cooperage2/4 Colorado Springs, CO – Gold Room2/8 Billings, MT – Pub Station ***2/9 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/10 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/11 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/15 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern2/16 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar2/17 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar2/18 Enterprise, OR – OK Theatre ^2/22 Boulder, CO – The Fox Theatre ^^2/23 Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note ^^2/24 Steamboat Springs, CO – Winter Wondergrass2/25 Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater3/4 Davie, FL – David Posnack JCC ^^^3/17 St. Augustine, FL – Anastasia Music Festival ^^^3/18 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern ^^^3/22 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room %3/23 Minneapolis, MN – 1st Avenue %3/24 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater %3/25 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre %3/27 Indianapolis, IN – Vouge Theatre %3/29 Memphis, TN – Inglewood Hall %3/30 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works %3/31 Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center – Fletcher Opera Theater4/1 Martinsville, VA – Rives Theater* supporting The Infamous Stringdusters** supporting Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper*** supporting Dead Horses^ with Shook Twins^^ with Lil’ Smokies^^^ as part of David Grisman Bluegrass Experience% supporting Railroad Earth%% with The Suitcase Junketlast_img read more


first_imgThe preliminary sketch of the Trump Administration’s federal budget seeks to eliminate nineteen federal agencies — groups ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.Among these potentially defunded agencies is the Appalachian Regional Commission, an interstate and bipartisan collaboration that has funded infrastructure projects, economic development, and community health initiatives for decades. The agency has invested 3.8 billion dollars in the Appalachian region since its inception in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”Though poverty rates in Appalachian counties have generally improved over the last fifty years, the region is still home to some of the poorest communities in the country. As the coal industry shrivels due to the advent of cheap natural gas, new pollution regulations, and the automation of mining, job opportunities in rural Appalachian towns are few and far between.Historically, most of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s funding has gone to road building and broadband infrastructure projects. In recent years, the agency has shifted its efforts to supporting economic diversification and growth — hoping to fill the hollow void of post-coal Appalachia.In West Virginia, the Appalachian Regional Commission funds the Coalfield Development Corporation, an organization that offers workforce training programs for low-income residents. In 2016, the initiative trained 550 participants in solar installation, construction, and agriculture — each receiving a professional certification or associate degree.Coalfield Development Corporation participant works on solar installation.In 2016, the agency awarded Friends of Southwest Virginia with a large grant for their project: Building Appalachian Spring: Growing the Economy of Southwest Virginia. The project aims to diversify the region’s rural economies by investing in the outdoor recreation industry. Funds will be used to build a Gateway Center to the High Knob Recreation Area, develop four new access points to the New River, create a new trail system, and construct an Appalachian Trail Center in downtown Damascus. Over the next five years the project hopes to create 60 new businesses, 200 new jobs, and increase travel expenditures in the region by $30 million.In Eastern Kentucky, the Appalachian Regional Commission is partnering with TechHire to help the region adapt to an increasingly technological world. TechHire pays participants to learn coding and guarantees a full-time job upon successful completion of a paid internship.Because most rural communities have limited access to financial capital, the Appalachian Regional Commission takes on the important role of investor. The agency’s financial fortitude gets new projects off the ground, leveraging other sources of funding for Appalachian communities further down the road.The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would also eliminate the Economic Development Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, that provides grants and technical assistance to economically distressed communities. The agency devoted a large sum of funds to coal-impacted communities throughout the Obama Administration.The Appalachian Regional Commission is a politically popular program championed by Democrats and Republicans alike; the agency’s projected elimination has sparked resistance — particularly among the region’s legislators.Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky), who helped double the Appalachian Regional Commission’s budget as chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011-2016, called Trump’s proposed cuts “draconian, careless, and counterproductive.”“We are not going to allow any cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). “It is very important to Eastern Kentucky. It has been for a number of years. That’s not going to happen.”Instead of focusing on economic diversification in coal country, Trump is focusing on repealing environmental legislation like Obama’s Clean Power Plan and the Stream Protection Rule (a regulation that keeps coal companies from dumping mining waste into waterways) in hopes of revitalizing the industry. Yet the Trump Administration has also promised to expand fracking — the coal industry’s biggest threat. With cheap natural gas at the nation’s disposal, it is doubtful that the coal industry will ever make a rebound.Trump was supported in mass by blue-collar Appalachian voters on election day after repeatedly pledging to revitalize coal country throughout his campaign. The elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission would do just the opposite.last_img read more


first_imgOcean Energy Europe and Copernicus Marine Service have officially launched a new partnership looking to help European ocean energy companies create export market opportunities.The partnership is expected to improve access to the data obtained from the Copernicus satellite network for the ocean energy industry, with a strong focus on export markets.It will also help inform the next iteration of Copernicus Marine Service for the ocean energy sector by leveraging hands-on knowledge from the industry, according to Ocean Energy Europe.This will benefit the European ocean energy industry by providing better global resource assessment, more precise weather forecasting, and support environmental impact assessment.Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe said: “Precise data such as current speed is paramount to assessing electricity production and reducing costs. This partnership will increase interaction between the industry and Copernicus Marine Service ensuring the program meets the needs of the ocean energy sector.“The focus on export markets will help build on Europe’s technology leadership by facilitating projects outside of Europe.”The partnership will last up to three years.last_img read more


first_img“But it’s a dream match for our players, they were born to play in a match like this. Naturally we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference.”Martinez saw his side rally from the brink of elimination to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in the Round of 16 on Monday, booking a meeting with the five-time World Cup winners.At times in Rostov-on-Don, Belgium looked hamstrung by Japan’s pressing tactics and needed more than an hour to unshackle themselves and set about a dramatic come-from-behind victory after falling 2-0 down.For Friday’s match, the tactics might be simpler.“Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players. We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession,” the coach added.“I don’t think it will be a game with many secrets. We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball. It can be that simple and this squad is ready for that.”Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour.“As a coach I have a lot of options with this team but I know in my head what I want to do. We will need power,” he said in a hint that the physical presence of Fellaini might be deployed from the beginning.“If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.”Belgium play in a second successive World Cup quarterfinal, looking to reach the semifinals for the second time after they advanced to the last four in Mexico 32 years ago.“We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be. We’ve won all our games, everyone has played and we’ve scored 12 times.“The game against Japan gave us a big boost,” he said.“There is something special about this squad. If we play well, we can create a lot of chances. But there is no margin for error. If we give Brazil a chance, they will take it. I think it will be the match of the tournament.”The winner of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil are the favourites in what Belgium coach Roberto Martinez described as a “dream match” for his players when the two countries meet in a World Cup quarterfinal in Kazan Thursday.“These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches. Against Brazil, it will not be about ball possession, but what you do with it. That’s what this World Cup is all about,” the Spaniard told Belgian media on Wednesday.“We know what we are capable of but Brazil are the favourites, putting us into a different role,” he added.last_img read more