Ivan Neville Discusses Chris Robinson Supergroup At Fool’s Paradise On Jam ON

first_imgWith the first ever Fool’s Paradise set to get underway in a little less than a month, master entertainer and funk maestro Ivan Neville stopped by the SiriusXM offices in New York City to chat with Jam On’s Ari Fink last weekend. Talking about what to expect from his collaboration with Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, which includes Neville, Robinson, Eric Krasno, Neal Casal, Nikki Glaspie, George Porter Jr. and The Shady Horns, Neville indicates that the group has quite the set list in the works. He says the band has some vintage R&B stuff ready, having already seen a list of songs that the group wants to tackle. Neville makes mention of Robinson’s southern roots and they’re shared tastes, also noting Robinson’s hit record with the Black Crowes, “Hard To Handle,” which is of course an classic Otis Redding number.Quite simply, as Neville expresses, “The group of musicians that are gonna be hangin’ out playing is sick.” Listen to Ivan Neville’s brief chat with Ari Fink of Jam On below. Tickets for the inaugural Fool’s Paradise are on sale now and can be found here.last_img read more

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Watch Devon Allman, Duane Betts, & More Collaborate On Allman Brothers Classic “Blue Sky” At Volunteer Jam

first_imgVolunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie Daniels Live Album Track ListingDisc 1Trudy – Blackberry SmokeBrand New Star – The Oak Ridge BoysSweet Louisiana – Brent CobbEvangeline – Sara EvansSimple Man – Justin Moore(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks – Chris JansonTexas – Steep Canyon RangersMy Town – Eddie MontgomeryThe Legend of Wooley Swamp – Lee BriceBlue Sky – Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck LeavellMidnight Rider – Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck LeavellDisc 2Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd SkynyrdModern Day Bonnie and Clyde – Travis TrittIt’s A Great Day to Be Alive – Travis TrittDrinkin’ My Baby Goodbye – Chris YoungWe Had It All One Time – Ricky SkaggsLa Grange – Billy F GibbonsThe South’s Gonna Do It Again – AlabamaMountain Music – AlabamaTennessee Fiddlin’ Man – Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels BandOne Way Out – All Star FinaleView Album Track Listing[H/T Rolling Stone] On Wednesday, March 7th, an impressive roster of artists came together for Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels in Nashville, TN. Charlie Daniels started the Volunteer Jam tradition way back in the early ’70s. Notes Rolling Stone, “A Tennessee tradition since 1974, this year’s Volunteer Jam celebrated Charlie Daniels’ legacy by shining a light not only on the songwriter himself, but the generations of Southern rockers who’ve followed in his wake.”Now, AXS TV has announced that they will premiere a TV concert special taped at the event on Sunday, August 19th, at 10 p.m. Eastern. Ahead of the airing of the concert film, Rolling Stone has shared a clip from the show of Devon Allman and Duane Betts (the sons of Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts) performing “Blue Sky” with a slew of high-profile players including mandolinist Sam Bush, songwriter Jamey Johnson, Blue Note Records president and decorated musician/producer Don Was, guitarist Audley Freed, and former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell, which you can watch here. You can also check out fan-shot footage of “Blue Sky” from Volunteer Jam XX below:Duane Betts, Devon Allman, & More – “Blue Sky” [Allman Brothers Band cover, Fan-shot][Video: Teresa Cash]In addition to Allman and Betts, the event’s 20th installation in 2018 featured The Charlie Daniels Band, Chuck Leavell, Billy Gibbons, Blackberry Smoke, Ricky Skaggs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steep Canyon Rangers, Alabama, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Chris Janson, Eddie Montgomery, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Travis Tritt. Blue Note Records president and decorated musician/producer Don Was served as the show’s musical director, while Ken Wortman served as its producer.An audio compilation featuring the highlights from the day’s festivities will also be released as a two-disc live album later this year. You can check out the full track listing below. Pre-order your copy today via the Blackbird Presents website.last_img read more

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Notre Dame designates swimming as club sport

first_imgWhen Kevin Best came to college, one of the first things he did was head to the pool. After swimming every day in high school, it just seemed like the natural thing to do.“There’s way more people who swim at Notre Dame than you would think,” Best, now a junior, said. “There’s way more people who swim at Notre Dame than I would have ever thought.”This community of swimmers — once an informal group of people bonded by a love for the sport — now has an official name: the Notre Dame Swim Club.The club received official recognition from the Student Activities Office (SAO) beginning this academic year. Swimmers trekked out to the Rockne Memorial pool Monday for the inaugural practice.Best, the club’s president, said more than 100 students signed up at the team’s stand at Activities Night.“I think one of the really good things about this is all of our freshmen have this built-in community that they can go to — something we’ve always been used to having with our swim teams,” he said.The club holds practices five days a week; they might add an extra one once football season ends. Junior Stephen Spittler, club treasurer, said there are no requirements for swimmers — the commitment can be as big or as little as one wants it to be.“Some people will come every day and try to relive the glory days of high school,” he said. “And some people will show up once a month. It’s all fine.”Mandy Madden, assistant director of club sports, said swimming is just one of 46 sports offered by the University at a club level. There are some perks that come with the new status, Spittler said.“Before, we were just going and swimming at the Rock or at Rolfe’s,” he said. “But now we actually get lanes set aside for us, which is really nice.”The team also gets to issue official athletic apparel and receives funding to travel to meets. They’ll finally have an official team cap to swap with other teams, Spittler added, a long-lasting tradition at swim meets.“Every team will come and swap a cap with each other,” he said. “It’s one of the little things that’s new and we’ll now be able to do.”Best said he’s most excited to represent the University in a new capacity.“I think it will be really good for us to compete under that name,” he said. “It definitely gives us more credibility.”The club plans to travel to at least two meets this semester — one at Miami University and one at the University of Pittsburgh. They hope to attend even more during the spring semester. And they’re hoping for a big finish: nationals.“Every college club team from the country goes to a big, three-day meet in Georgia,” Best said. “That’s where we want to be at the end of the year.”It’s always fun and exciting to compete, Best said. But for him, it’s more about being a part of a team.“I love going and seeing the same people every day,” he said. “Knowing I’m going to see my friends at this time — friends outside my dorm, outside of my classes — it’s just something I look forward to.”There’s a lot of benefits to be gained from swimming, Spittler said.“I love alone time,” he said. “Swimming is a very productive type of alone time — because yes, you are out there with people. But when you’re underwater, you can’t talk to people. Having that kind of mindless activity just really helps me to relax and calm down after long days.”Both Spittler and Best have met some good friends at the pool, including an assistant rector, an Indiana University South Bend medical school student and upperclassmen in their own dorm.“It isn’t intense or crazy,” Spittler said. “It’s more for the enjoyment of the sport.”Best said 42 swimmers came to the club’s first practice — a number he hopes to increase. The co-ed team welcomes people of all ages, from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College.“Most of the time, we say to come try it,” he said. “There’s only one way to find out if it’s for you.”Tags: Club Sports, Notre Dame Swim Club, Swimminglast_img read more

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Poll Finds Governor’s Approval Rating Soared During Coronavirus Outbreak

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Darren McGee / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY – A new poll shows that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo job performance ratings have reached new heights, lifted by his handling of the pandemic and the economy.The NBC / Marist poll found that 60% of registered voters rate the Governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as good or excellent.Furthermore, the poll says that 55% of upstate New Yorkers responded positively to his handling of the virus, compared to 67% of those in New York City. Additionally, 69% of upstaters approve of his leadership during the pandemic, compared to 75% in the NYC.As for his handling of the economy, 52% of those in upstate New York approve of his economic decisions, while 63% in the New York City agree. The poll also found that 86% of Democrats, 65% of independents, and 28% of Republican approve of the governor.Full polling results are posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Neil Patrick Harris & Idina Menzel to Join Forces for…Anything!

first_img Star Files 3. Host the Grammy Awards—9%What’s the next best thing after EGOT-ing? Becoming an EGOT host, naturally. Harris hosted the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice, and he’ll of course be the emcee of the Oscars next year. So, when does he book the Grammys and pick up his necklace? 2. Star in a 15-City Rent Reunion Tour —15%He wore the infamous Mark scarf in the 1997 national tour of Rent, and then again in 2009 as the host of Saturday Night Live. We’d love to grab that Bolex once more alongside an all-star cast. Wait, isn’t he supposed to do something with Idina Menzel? Neil Patrick Harris can do it all. He’s already crossed off an impressive amount of items off his bucket list, including win a Tony, rap with Snoop Dog, perform with the Muppets, get married and write a book. This February, he’ll cross off one more: host the Academy Awards. With this news, it’s time for Neil Patrick Harris to add some new items to his list. We asked you what you’d like to see the renaissance man do next. The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say!1. Do Something with Idina Menzel. Anything. —46%We were honestly surprised that this one won by a landslide. Who knew that Broadway.com fans loved Idina Menzel so much? Certainly not us. No, really. Now, what would the two do together? Grab a coffee? Pick out glassware at Bed, Bath and Beyond? Broadway Night at SoulCycle?! The options are endless.center_img View Comments Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Danny Burstein-Led Fiddler on the Roof Will Land Earlier on B’way

first_img Related Shows View Comments Five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein is returning to Broadway earlier than previously announced! The Fiddler on the Roof revival will now begin previews on November 12, instead of November 17, at the Broadway Theatre. Bartlett Sher will direct the new production of the classic musical, which is still scheduled to officially open on December 17. Further casting will be announced later.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”The production will feature choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on original conceptions and choreography by Jerome Robbins, along with scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer and music direction and arrangements by Ted Sperling.The Broadway Theatre recently played host to the short-lived Doctor Zhivago. Danny Burstein Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Star Files Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more

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The Goods Home Fitness: Build a Home Gym

first_imgBalance BoardYou can use it for foot-based movements like squats, but you can also do all sorts of pushups and planks, or combine it with the TRX. Or you can just stand on it while you’re on a phone call that has gone on too long. $159; indoboard.com —Collin Izzard, premier coach for Carmichael Training Systems, Brevard, N.C.Kettlebells If you locked me in a room and I needed to get a workout in, I’d choose a heavy kettlebell and a light one. They’re so versatile, and the kettlebell swing is one of the best full body workouts you can get. Get a heavy kettlebell that’s a third of your bodyweight, and work on getting 300 swings in under 5 minutes. Then get a light kettlebell (20 pounds for men, 14 for women) and practice the Turkish getup.—KEN PELUSO, owner of the Endurance Factory in Savage, Maryland EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON THEIR FAVORITE HOME TRAINING EQUIPMENTBest case scenario is you get your workout while you hit the trail, slopes, or rock. But life isn’t always about the best case scenario. Sometimes, you can’t make it to the trail. Sometimes, you can’t even make it to the gym. So, we talked to a handful of athletes and trainers in the Southeast about their favorite pieces of training equipment to use at-home and on the road. Follow their advice here, and you can build a killer home gym.   Zwift Smart Trainer These new smart trainers are absolutely revolutionizing cycling. Basically, you hookup your rear wheel and put it on a direct drive trainer that wirelessly connects to your laptop, and you can ride your bike inside the virtual Zwift world. You can ride up Alp Duez virtually. You can change the load, do training plans, workouts…and there are races every 15 minutes with other cyclists from around the world. The Wahoo Kickr starts at $1,199; Zwift.com—Hunter Allen, cycling coach and founder of Peaks Coaching GroupJump Rope It’s simple, but effective for burning calories without having to run or ride anywhere. All the old equipment is useful again. Rogue SR-1 Speed Rope, $20; roguefitness.com —Donivan Ciolsi Spud Inc. Magic Carpet Sled This small sled is a really good tool. You load it with weight and then pull it to build lower body strength and endurance. It’s relatively cheap, and it actually travels well too. You can use it on carpet, hardwoods, concrete or grass. $109; spud-inc-straps.com —Donivan Ciolsi, owner of Summit Crossfit in AshevilleMetolius Rock RingsThese give you the same kind of workout as a hangboard, but they’re more mobile. You can hang them over a tree limb and get a good upper body workout when you’re on the road. $30; metoliusclimbing.com —Stuart Cowles, climbing guide and owner of Climbmax and Smoky Mountain Adventure Center in AshevilleMetolius Project Hangboard You can mount this in a doorway and use it to work on contact strength and finger exercises, which are key if you’re a climber. You can also grab hold of the jugs and knock out sets of pullups which is an incredible upper body exercise. $55; metoliusclimbing.com —STUART COWLESResistance bands You can use them to build strength, or work on your core, and you can get them for under $30. You can do so much with them.  The Bodylastics Stackable Tubes can be “stacked” to increase weight. From $30; bodylastics.com —KEN PELUSO, owner of the Endurance Factory, Savage, Md.center_img Rogue MK D-Balls These are medicine balls filled with sand that you can pick up and throw into the air, throw against a wall, or slam it into the ground. It’s a great full-body calorie blaster that also builds strength. Combine this with the balance boards and you have a great set of tools. $72; roguefitness.com —Colin IzzarDTRX Home2The TRX is like a gym in a bag. Hang these suspension straps from a door, a tree limb, a playground swing and you can knock out hundreds of different exercises. It’s super flexible and varied on the movements you can do, and it’s portable for when you go on a six-week van life trip. $140; Trxtraining.com —Colin Izzardlast_img read more

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Panel Says Rescind Policy on Women in Combat

first_img A commission established to study diversity among military leaders is recommending that the Defense Department rescind its policy that prevents women from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level. In a report issued today, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission recommends that the department and the services eliminate combat exclusion policies for women, as well as other “barriers and inconsistencies, to create a level playing field for all qualified service members.” Retired Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles, who chaired the commission, said the recommendation – one of 20 in the report and the only one specific to women – is one way the congressionally mandated body suggests the military can get more qualified women into its more-senior leadership ranks. “We know that [the exclusion] hinders women from promotion,” Lyles said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. “We want to take away all the hindrances and cultural biases” in promotions. The commission was established as part of the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act to evaluate and assess policies that provide opportunities for promotion and advancement of women and racial and ethnic minorities in the armed forces. The 1994 combat exclusion policy, as written, precludes women from being “assigned” to ground combat units, but women have for years served in ground combat situations by serving in units deemed “attached” to ground units, Lyles said. That distinction keeps them from being recognized for their ground combat experience – recognition that would enhance their chances for promotion, he said. “If you look at today’s battlefield – in Iraq and Afghanistan – it’s not like it was in the Cold War, when we had a defined battlefield,” Lyles said. “Women serve – and they lead – military security, military police units, air defense units, intelligence units – all of which have to be right there with combat veterans in order to do the job appropriately.” Women serving in combat environments are being shot at, killed and maimed, Lyles said. “But they’re not getting the credit for being in combat arms,” he said, “[and] that’s important for their consideration for the most senior flag ranks – three stars and four stars, primarily.” In the commission’s outreach to military leaders, Lyles said, at least a couple of service leaders thought there would be little interest among women to serve in combat. But when the commission brought in a panel of commissioned and enlisted women from different services, “that’s certainly not what we picked up” from talking to them, he said. “I didn’t hear, ‘Rah, rah, we want to be in combat,’” he said, “but I also didn’t hear, ‘We don’t want to be in combat.’ What they want is an equal opportunity to serve where their skills allow them to serve. Removing the barriers for that, and removing the barriers to them getting credit for that, was our No. 1 focus.” Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said department officials “will thoroughly evaluate” the panel’s recommendations as part of their ongoing review of diversity policies. Meanwhile, she said, “Women will continue to be assigned to units and positions that may necessitate combat actions within the scope of their restricted positioning – situations for which they are fully trained and equipped to respond.” Women make up about 15 percent of active-duty service members; 18 percent of National Guard and reserves; and ten percent of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans; and 10 percent of those who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, Lainez said. By Dialogo March 10, 2011last_img read more

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Denton Flight Brings Goods to Nicaraguans in Need

first_imgBy Diálogo November 13, 2017 Several U.S. government agencies work together to deliver humanitarian assistance supplies donated by private entities and nongovernmental organizations to countries in need. The Denton Program for private donations is a joint humanitarian assistance effort undertaken by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense. “We want the people of Nicaragua to see the goodwill that so many Americans have for this country,” U.S. Ambassador Laura Dogu remarked following her announcement of the Denton flight arrival on social media. Thousands of Nicaraguans expressed their gratitude on social media in response to Ambassador Dogu’s posts on recent Denton flights. In October the South Carolina Air National Guard mobilized a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the 437th Airlift Wing and the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, to transport close to one ton of humanitarian supplies from two organizations on a Denton Program flight to Nicaragua. The Princeton Fire Department in New Jersey and the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc. donated 40 pallets of equipment and supplies for the benefit of thousands of Nicaraguans in need. The Princeton Fire Department shipped about 3,000 kilograms of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the firefighters of Nicaragua’s volunteer fire brigade Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Managua (BCBM), including boots, masks, self-contained breathing apparatuses, hoses, and tools worth approximately $75,000. The firefighting PPE will improve emergency services to 209,000 Managua civilians who reside in the four districts that Managua’s fire brigade serves. “Managua’s Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos had the pleasure of receiving a significant donation valued at approximately US$ 70,000,” said Captain Gabriel A. Fuentes Castro, secretary of the governing board of BCBM. “The donation arrived in Nicaragua thanks to the Denton Program. It’s worth highlighting that the donation includes Personal Protection Equipment for firefighters, which will strengthen the security of our personnel when intervening in any emergency.” For its part, the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc., a non-profit organization in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, provided 6,500 kilograms of donated goods, including cabinets and bookshelves, sewing machines and supplies, hospital and first aid supplies, bicycles, and bakery supplies for cooking classes at local Nicaraguan schools. An estimated 8,000 Nicaraguan people in the Managua area and western Nicaragua benefitted from the shipment, worth approximately $50,000. “Having transportation is a big part of the equation. We simply cannot thank you enough,” said Amy L. Wiza, executive director of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc. “Your efforts have made it possible to help improve the quality of life in Nicaragua”. The C-17 arrived in Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport on October 8th, for delivery of the material to the fire brigade and to the local representative of the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. In turn, their local representatives distributed the material throughout various local learning centers, public hospitals, schools, orphanages, and other community-oriented programs. U.S. Air Force mobilizes largest plane in inventory In September, the U.S. Air Force’s largest aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy, arrived in Nicaragua carrying three ambulances and two water tankers that Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the America, Inc. donated to the Nicaraguan Civil Volunteer Firemen Association. According to information from the U.S. Embassy in Managua, the equipment was worth approximately $250,000. And in April, the Galaxy first arrived in Managua with over 37,000 kilograms of food and 9,500 kilograms of fire extinguishing equipment donated by U.S. nongovernmental organizations Abundant Rain Ministries and Bend Fire Fighters Foundation. The equipment was distributed throughout local organizations to benefit Nicaraguan fire brigades and local people in need. “The Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners program in collaboration with various donating non-governmental agencies is really making a difference through their relationships with local Nicaraguan organizations”, said U.S. Army Colonel Darren Lynn, senior defense official at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. “All of this would not be possible without the transportation provided by U.S. Air Force aircraft thanks to the Denton Program’s relationship with USTRANSCOM [U.S. Transportation Command]. The transportation provided by these outstanding airmen is the critical link in the entire process!”last_img read more

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