first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive recently announced its massive artist lineup, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year, the event is expanding to two days, September 23rd and 24th, and will take over three of Brooklyn’s premier venues—Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—all within a 10-minute walking radius. Fans’ imaginations have been running wild dreaming up what band lineups may be formed from the extensive roster of musicians. The guessing game is always one of the most fun parts of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, but today we’re ready to roll out some more surprises. Today, following the previous announcements of “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band,” A Tribute To Jamiroquai, Eric Krasno & Friends, and moe.queous, Brooklyn Comes Alive has announced a trio of New Orleans legends: famed jazz pianist Henry Butler, influential drummer Johnny Vidacovich, and legendary bassist George Porter Jr.Funk fans of will need no introduction for George Porter Jr., who laid the foundation for funk bassists across the world with his landmark work with The Meters in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years, Porter has transformed himself into one of the grandfather’s of the jam scene, and can be found touring with The Funky Meters, playing in New Orleans with his solo band the Runnin’ Pardners or at his weekly Monday night jam-session at The Maple Leaf, and in the studio laying down bass for other legends like Paul McCartney, David Byrne, and John Scofield, among others. His contribution to and love for the world of improvisational music is unmeasurable.Henry Butler is one of the most versatile piano players to emerge from the modern jazz scene in New Orleans. Butler hit the local scene in the mid-1980s and was quickly anointed his generation’s beacon of New Orleans jazz. Referred to as “the pride of New Orleans” by Dr. John, Butler’s playing is fast yet intelligent, with chords sprinkled up and down the piano while he solos with lightning speed.When the words “New Orleans” and “drummer” are mentioned in the same sentence, Johnny Vidacovich is one of the first players that comes to mind. The legendary jazz drummer broke out with Astral Project in the mid-1970s and has been hugely influential to local players, with Galactic‘s Stanton Moore and famed modern jazz drummer Brian Blade claiming to have been impacted by his work. Vidacovich is still playing with regularity down in New Orleans, and his fire continues to burn for the city’s vibrant live music scene.To say that these three musicians on one stage is a rarity would be an understatement. Outside of New Orleans, this combination of players feels even more like a fantasy. At Brooklyn Comes Alive, they’ve made fantasy a reality, and George Porter Jr., Henry Butler, and Johnny Vidcovich are sure to deliver an outstanding set of improvisational music.George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, & Jon Cleary live at The Maple Leaf in 2014George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentilli with Henry Butler, Eric Krasno, and Adam Deitch in NYC at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in 2010 The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more


first_imgThe 2007 Toyota Scion that Gould was driven flipped six times Sunday night.A Batesville man is counting his blessings after a frightening car crash Sunday night.24-year-old Rickie Gould turned off of State Route 101 and onto State Road 46 when he noticed a car following his 2007 Toyota Scion closely. The car continued to trail Gould who was heading west into Morris.“They had decided to pass me, and as they were passing me, they got about a foot or two in front of me, they came back in the lane and immediately slammed on their brakes,” Gould recalled.According to the Batesville resident, he was forced to swerve left to avoid hitting the car, forcing his vehicle into the ditch and flipping six times.Gould, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt said, “It was definitely an experience. They say when you roll your car everything kind of goes in slow motion, and it really did.”Gould said he miraculously walked away from the wreckage with just scrapes and scratches. He was transported to Margaret Mary Health and was later released.While he is thankful to be alive, he said the accident is a case of road rage.Police are searching for a lime green newer SUV, possibly a Toyota or Subaru, with very bright halogen headlights, and a spare tire mounted on the rear.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ripley County Sheriffs Office at 812-689-5558, 812-689-5555, or any law enforcement agency. Callers can remain anonymous.“Somebody had road rage, and I was a victim of it,” Gould recounted. “But you know, just being alive, and being able to do my everyday thing, not even having a broken bone. I am very thankful for that.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) Tuesday took delivery of three de-slugging sewer trucks, valued at US$700,000 from two major international donor agencies.The donors are the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Speaking during the presentation at the LWSC head office in Monrovia, Managing Director Charles B. Allen Jr. said it is the recommencement of the waste disposal process in the country.Director Allen also pointed out that such a timely donation by the two major development partners is what he considered a down payment that would bring significant improvement in the critical areas of sanitation and hygiene in Monrovia.He disclosed that the three de-slugging trucks will also help the LWSC to dispose waste in Harbel, Kakata, Gbarnga and even Voinjama.He cautioned Liberians, LWSC senior staff and employees that the donors have done their part and it is now left with us to make maximum use of the trucks.He assured the donors that the LWSC would live up to the challenge of delivering professional services that would bring improved health, sanitation and hygiene to all Liberians.Earlier, Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Frankie N. Cassell, thanked UNICEF and USAID for the timely donation of the slugging vehicles that would significantly improve the collection and disposal of waste produced in the country.He assured the donors and the City Corporation of Monrovia that the impact of the de-slugging trucks would be felt soon in Monrovia.In his statement, UNICEF-Country Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, thanked the United States through USAID for the dynamic partnership that has translated into great accomplishments at LWSC over the years.Representative Yett also intimated that UNICEF’s work in Liberia has been focused on partnership with the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), LWSC and other critical partners in the non-governmental sector, directly involved in water, sanitation and hygiene.He further indicated that sewer and waste disposal issues are not only important topics of discussions in any society, but they are important endeavors for the improvement of water and sanitation.Mr. Yett also disclosed that every year, too many children die of preventable diseases globally, and in Liberia 12% of children die as a result diarrhea.“The presentation of these de-slugging trucks to the LWSC management will go a long way in meeting those challenges of in Liberia,” Rep. Yett asserted.“We are happy that monitoring is going on in Liberia that is aimed at preventing childhood diseases,” Rep. Yett averred.He also assured the LWSC and other partners that UNICEF will continue the partnership and work with the Liberian government for the effective use and maintenance of the trucks.For his part, Mr. Albert Reihert of USAID and an advisor on US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), said the American people are happy that LWSC was receiving the de-slugging sewer trucks that would safely transport waste to designated areas in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMany of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.According to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.Already some clubs have voiced their support.Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”— 60-day deadline —Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.Ceferin is not happy.“FIFA should not be meeting with only seven federations or clubs and discussing with them things that concern all of European football,” he said in a recent interview.“I know that at least three of the seven clubs don’t agree with the path that FIFA wants to take.”“They have invited only the clubs,” the Slovene said on Friday. “So they think only they count.”Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the “great players” would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.“FIFA itself has highlighted the international match calendar’s congestion and lack of rest periods for players most in demand,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scumadore told“To be presented with FIFA’s ‘solution’ as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance,” Scudamore told The Times in London.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino handed Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo the Club World Cup trophy Abu Dhabi in December, but wants such encounters to be once every four years. © AFP/File / KARIM SAHIBLAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 15 – A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda.last_img read more