Setlist: Spafford | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 4/1/2017Set One: Backdoor Funk , People, Minds Unchained, Parody > It’s A Bunch, All In , Beautiful DaySet Two: Take Your Mama, The Postman > Palisaides > Electric Taco Stand > Leave The Light OnEncore: Galisteo Way > Electric Taco Stand Mike’s Song fake out intro,  With Jaden Carlson, Spafford and Mungion made their way to Denver, Colorado, over the weekend, performing at The Bluebird Theater on Saturday. I was lucky enough to make it to their Saturday performance, a sold-out show that packed the Bluebird. As someone who had never seen Spafford live before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect; while I’ve met many self-proclaimed Spaffnerds, I’d never previously taken the time to get a true sense of what the band is all about. I realize that was a mistake now, following the smokin’ Saturday show.To kick off the night, Spafford started out their April Fool’s show with the opening riffs of Phish’s “Mike’s Song,” a power move that had the crowd roaring at the start of their set before the band quickly but decisively dropped into “Backdoor Funk,” with guitarist Brian Moss grinning and announcing “Gotcha!” From this quick transition on, the members of Spafford were truly dialed into one another, treating the audience to a consistently tight performance.As this was my first show, one thing that stood out was the group’s remarkable ability to change their sound on the drop of a dime without the transitions feeling jarring or abrasive. The range of the genres they covered during the show was expansive, with jams infused with nods to reggae, funk, classic rock, metal, and jamtronica throughout. What’s interesting about Spafford and what sets them apart is that they distinctly honored each of these sounds, with a given jam dropping from a frenzied, shred-heavy climax into a funky bass-driven groove with decisiveness and clarity.Evidenced throughout the night was also the fact that Spafford draws inspiration from a bunch of other jam bands on the scene; however, while this is probably true of many jam acts, Spafford made clear these musical influences. After the “Mike’s Song” tease, the jam segment of “Backdoor Funk” settled into a smooth and laid-back, electronic-tinged groove reminiscent of the Disco Biscuits, with Red Johnson on the keys leading the way with his cascading synth. Later in the show, as the band jammed from “Parody” into “It’s A Bunch,” you could clearly hear the influence of Umphrey’s McGee calculated prog-rock imbued at points into the improvisation.Halfway through the first set, Jaden Carlson, the Boulder-based prodigy, joined Spafford for a take on “All In.” Carlson dropped a number of soaring guitar solos in between verses of the triumphant song before the song’s improvisational section, which mediated between more fluid segments emphasized by tumbling guitars and forceful rock-fused recapitulations. Following the song’s end, she departed the stage to thunderous applause, leaving Spafford to continue to do their thing on the track “Beautiful Day.”Seeing Spafford on Saturday was a treat, leaving no doubts as to why the band has been so steadily moving up the ranks of jam bands on the scene. While other bands may try to take all their various influences and mesh them together, Spafford celebrated a diversity of genres while putting their own special twist on them. Many groups mumble but Spafford enunciates, and it’s clear that their fans love them all the more for it. Plus, the group was beyond tight, with the high-caliber musicianship of their members allowing them to pull off such a range of styles in a way that was not just effective, but also refreshing.You can check out photos from Saturday’s show below, courtesy of Peter Wallace. You can also watch a video of Jaden Carlson and Spafford during “All In” below, courtesy of the Jaden Carlson Band. Spafford continues their tour through to the summer, with a bunch of dates across the Midwest and East. You can check out their website to see if they’ll be hitting a town near you. Load remaining images
The long-running Newport Folk Festival returned to Newport, RI this past weekend for three days of music at Fort Adams. After a number of notable highlights on the festival’s first two days, including a rendition of Neil Young‘s “Ohio” by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and David Crosby on Friday and a surprise headlining set from Mumford And Sons on Saturday, Newport Folk Festival wrapped up on Sunday with sets from Brandi Carlile, Charlie Parr, Gary Clark Jr., Khruangbin, Nicole Atkins, Passenger, The Lone Bellow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Toots and the Maytals, and many more.In addition, one of the high points of Newport Folk Festival 2018’s final day was a special performance by guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco), dubbed Nels Cline’s Curtis Rogers Memorial Resonator Excursion. The set saw Cline (on his resonator guitar) and banjo/guitar/mandolin player Brandon Seabrook play through a slew of classic blues, folk, and country songs and welcome out some surprise musical assistance.The set included renditions of McKinley/Morganfield-penned Muddy Waters favorites like “Country Blues” and “Feel Like Going Home”, the latter of which saw guitarist Warren Haynes take lead vocals for an acoustic guitar duo. Watch videos of “Feel Like Going Home” and “Country Blues” from Nels Cline’s Curtis Rogers Memorial Resonator Excursion at Newport Folk Festival below:Nels Cline w/ Warren Haynes – “Feel Like Going Home” (Muddy Waters Cover)[Video: Matt Frazier]Nels Cline’s Curtis Rogers Memorial Resonator Excursion – “Country Blues” Cline also spoke candidly with the audience between songs throughout the show. After noting that he’s only sung with Wilco a couple of times—both of which were renditions of “Dark Star” with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir—Cline joked “there may be a reason you don’t hear me sing, but I’m going to try it anyway” before starting in on George Jones‘ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”. Watch a video of the George Jones cover below:Nels Cline – “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me” (George Jones cover)[Video: Matt Frazier]In early August, Nels Cline will embark on a short stretch of shows with his Nels Cline 4, stopping in St. Paul, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Louisville, KY; and St. Louis, MO. For more info on Nels Cline’s upcoming performances, head to his website.
A short, but deadly blitz from national cricketer, Christopher Barnwell, and smart strokeplay by teammate, Tevin Imlach, propelled the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) to a four-wicket victory over host team Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) in a six-over extravaganza on Saturday at the Thomas Lands venue.The six-team competition, sponsored and organised by the MSC, attracted some of the big names from the Georgetown Cricket Association, including national skipper Leon Johnson, but in the end, it was a solid team effort that decided the winner.After DCC had muscled past the Police Sports Club and Malteenoes had gotten the better of the Johnson-led Georgetown Cricket Club in the semi-finals, the two winners locked horns in the championship clash.Barnwell won the toss and opted to bowl first with the hope of restricting the home team’s batting, but Malteenoes’ second-division captain, Nichosie Barker (eight runs) almost derailed his plan by spanking two early onside boundaries. A miss-hit by Barker off the bowling of West Indies U-19 left-arm spinner, Ashmead Nedd, however, landed into the lap of Trevon Griffith at long on.With only seven players per side, the gaps were plenty, but DCC were able to chase down many of their opponent’s shots. Leading the charge were Griffith and Imlach, who pounced on most of the drives.The first class fielding was coupled with solid bowling from the likes of Steven Sankar, whose over went for five runs, Griffith (who bowled his over for eight runs) and the skipper himself (11 runs), which helped the visitors curtail the scoring of the hard-hitting duo of opener Shaquille Williams and national cricketer, Steven Jacobs.Williams struck the only two sixes of the innings and both were huge, and although he and Jacobs played a few shots, Malteenoes never looked in control with the bat. In the end, the skipper struck back-to-back boundaries off the last two balls of the innings, bowled by Imlach, which helped the home team to 67-1. Jacobs finished with an unbeaten 19 from 12 balls (3x4s); while Williams ended with a match- high 30 not out from 19 balls (3x4s, 2x6s).Barnwell showed no respect to his opposing number in the middle. He clobbered Jacobs for a maximum over long on, off the very first ball of the innings and then replicated the shot two more times in the same over to send the small crowd into a frenzy.By the end of the first over, Barnwell had scored 27 of his team’s 29 runs. In the second over, against fast bowler Keon Morris, the DCC skipper (29) attempted another big shot, but it flew to third-man and was taken by Marcus Watkins.Watkins then took the ball for the third over and he instantly bowled the experienced Griffith. He kept things tight, but Imlach, who looked for the gaps, was able to turn the last ball of the over which raced into the deep square leg boundary to spoil his figures (one over for five runs).Malteenoes saw cracks in DCC’s batting and Barker looked to capitalize; he had Joshua Persaud (06) caught by Jacobs on the boundary via a full toss off his first ball and then spun wicket-to-wicket to finish his over for just three runs.DCC then found themselves in a bit of a worry, needing 18 runs from the last two overs, but Imlach continued to play in the gaps and spanked Delon Dalrymple for several shots, including a straight six and a four to finish the game with one over to spare. Imlach finished with 25 unbeaten runs (3x4s, 1×6).Jacobs Jewellery and Pawn Shop assisted in the sponsorship of the competition.
By Ryan Gallagher | LONG BRANCH – Volunteers hit the sand in some New Jersey coastal town on Saturday, not to build castles or get a tan, but to help the coastal environment by planting beach grass by hand.In Long Branch, the non-profit Surfer’s Environmental Alliance (SEA) hosted an event at the Brighton Beach entrance, in conjunction with the City of Long Branch and its Environmental Commission.The task was to plant 10,000 clones of American Cape beach grass in random patterns 8 inches deep, 18 inches apart. By the 11 a.m. start, the boardwalk was teeming with volunteers who wanted to help plant the stalks.“It all helps stabilize the sand and you know, it’s the right thing to do here,” said lifetime surfer and SEA executive director, Richard Lee of Long Branch. “The more grass in the lower area and the bigger it is, the better it will do to prevent sand and water from coming over the boardwalk,” said Lee.When mature, the leafy beach grass can grow to a height of 2 or 3 feet, and its leaves may become rolled or folded. Its strong underground stems spread underneath the sand and can give rise to many new plants. The native plant enhances the natural beauty of the beach. “See, look how nice that looks?” said Lee. The surfing community wanted to give back, he explained.“The city of Long Branch, in my opinion is the most surf-friendly town on the Jersey Shore,” said Macioch.In Long Branch on Saturday, Alex Krenkel was among many who pitched in to plant dune grass on the beach. Native beach grass helps stabilize moving sand and is effective against beach erosion.Danna Kaywood and her husband David were digging and planting on the beach in their jeans and flannel shirts. Danna, the program and special event coordinator for the city, wanted to get involved. “It had come to my attention about doing this, so I helped with advertising and getting it out,” said Danna.Shawna O’Shemmey of Middletown was motivated to do what she could after seeing the Instagram post about the project. She and her husband, Hugh, brought their two boys. “We love to help out any way we can with the environment and beach preservation,” she said.Before it was over, a band of Monmouth University student-surfers arrived. They apologized for being tardy; they had been surfing all morning.“We showed up fashionably late, but we’re getting right on it and it feels good,” said Alex Krenkel of Ocean Township, a surf team member.The surfers kept the mood light with laughter, but they were serious about giving back.“It is important that we take care of our backyard here at Monmouth University, show some support for the community and show that we as MU students are here to make this place great again,” said student-surfer, Paul Kelly.As the event wound down, the bundles of beach grass disappeared and, soon after, so did the crowd. Event directors and community members expressed hope the beach grass roots would run vigorously into the sand and knit together to stabilize the moving sand for the future.Soon the environmentalists would embark on their next project. “We are also going to be starting a campaign called ‘Please Leave Only Your Footprints.’ That’ll be on the garbage cans,” said SEA director Lee. “It’s a subliminal message to tell people that if you bring garbage please just put it in the cans or take it off the beach.”This article was first published in the March 30-April 6, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. ￼Monmouth University student surfers Tyler Sankey (foreground), Huascar Holguin, Zack Karvelas and Connor Perzely get to work during the Long Branch beach grass planting.There was a bit of swell in the water and a balmy breeze blowing as surfers, college students, scouts and beach lovers worked the beach with digging tools and bundles of beach grass, being careful not to trample on newly planted stalks.SEA’s Chris Macioch was impressed by the community spirit. The group has helped organize similar events in Sea Bright. “But, for a pure SEA beach grass planting I’d say that this is definitely our best turnout,” he said.
LOS ANGELES — As Bruce Bochy fielded questions at his desk prior to Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles, the manager was asked how rookie Shaun Anderson can combat first-inning struggles that have plagued him this season.Bochy interrupted during the question to clarify a matter. “His issues? The team’s. But go ahead.”As starter Drew Pomeranz proved again on Wednesday, the first inning is akin to a bad disease, eating away at the Giants (31-41) pitching staff on a nightly basis.Pomeranz gave up …
A planet has been found associated with a dusty disk, reported National Geographic News and Astrobiology.com. This is “one of the most exciting discoveries in the study of extrasolar planets,” a Max Planck Institute researcher said, because they “have directly proven” that planets form from dust disks. Moreover, they must form rapidly, because the planet cannot be older than its parent star, which is much younger – 8 to 10 million years – than other extrasolar planets found so far, they said. Previous estimates called for a hundred million of years or more for a planet to form. Earth is thought to be 4.5 billion years old, with multicellular life appearing only in the last 0.5 billion. This star, TW Hydrae, is 1/500th the age of the sun according to the scientists. Dust disks are thought to evaporate within 30 million years, so it was reassuring for them to find a planet forming within the time limit. The NG News article mentioned some cautions. For one thing, the giant planet is very close to the star and revolves around it every 3.5 Earth-days, with a mysterious disruption in the motion every nine days. Also, the mass of the planet is in doubt. Jack Lissauer (NASA-Ames) appreciated the discovery. “However,” he said, “I do think that the authors have substantially underestimated the uncertainties in the mass of the object.” If it is as big as a brown dwarf, that makes the combination a binary star system – a very common occurrence among stars.The astronomers have merely associated a dust disk with an orbiting object that is not observed but only inferred via wobbles in the parent star (circumstantial evidence). Unless they explain how dust particles accrete into large bodies (a major problem in planetary physics; see 12/05/2007), they have not proved that this object emerged from the disk. Perhaps it did, but the observations do not create an open-and-shut case. Astronomers do not know how stars form; they do not know how planets form (see 07/15/2005 entry and its embedded links). They have not, therefore “directly proven” that planets form from dust disks. Distinctions are important in science. Reporters often charge into conclusions without proper warrant. The astronomers’ claims may be plausible. They might even be true. Hypothesis, though, is not confirmation. Let him who puts his armor on not boast like the one who takes it off. Alert readers must constantly beware of claims that go far beyond the evidence: the star “is” 8-10 million years old (no human observers watched it for that long). The planet “is” about ten times as massive as Jupiter (it could be far smaller or far bigger). “Its host star is still surrounded by the disk of gas and dust from which it was only recently born” (theories of planet birth are full of problems). “This discovery allows scientists to draw important conclusions about the timing of planet formation” (the conclusions are based on assumptions about the timing – circular reasoning). “Finally, perhaps in the future we will be able to answer the question: Are we alone in the Universe?” (How did they get there from a blip on a graph?)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Inventors aren’t partial. They are willing to find inspiration in plants, animals, and microbes. Here are three examples showing that all kingdoms of life have great engineering ideas that researchers involved in biomimetics are seeking to understand.Plants: We don’t fight walled cities with catapults any more, but storing elastic energy can still be useful. According to Science Daily, Dr. David J. Ellerby at Wellesley College studies plants for ideas. “While plants are generally thought of as immobile organisms, many of them are capable of spectacularly rapid movements,” he said. One species catapults its seeds with rapidly-uncoiling valves. “The entire coiling and launching process is completed in around 5 msec – faster than the blink of an eye,” the article said. Why does Dr. Ellerby think it is worthwhile to study how plant tissues store such impressive amounts of energy? “This could inform the design of human-engineered structures for absorbing or storing elastic energy,” he said.Animals: Spiders are still the envy of modern-day spidermen who want to mimic their strong, PhysOrg reported on work going on at Arizona State – just one of many institutions eager to tap the secrets of this wonder material. Think about the wonder of the web coming out of the spider’s spinnerets: “They’ve taken this aqueous protein solution and they’ve pulled an ultra-strong fiber that is no longer soluble in the medium it was in,” exclaimed Jeff Yarger of ASU. “When it rains outside, webs don’t dissolve.” His team is throwing all man’s high-tech imaging equipment at the stuff – MRI, NMR, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction – to understand it. ASU is not only interested in the final product, but understanding how it is produced by the spider, because “Imitating the natural process will allow scientists to create products in an environmentally friendly way.” One of the environmental hazards, though, is having to work close to black widows in addition to the friendly garden orb spinners.Cells: Proteins and DNA include structures called coiled coils. According to a paper by a European team published in PNAS,1 “Coiled coils are extensively and successfully used nowadays to rationally design multistranded structures for applications, including basic research, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, and medicine.” Consequently, they want to understand better how cells produce them. Using a transcriptional factor from yeast, they announced, “We found an unexpected, general link between coiled-coil oligomerization-state specificity and trigger sequences, elements that are indispensable for coiled-coil formation.” Multiple states can coexist in the trigger sequences and give rise to different structures, they found, “revealing a delicate balance of the resulting oligomerization state by position-dependent forces.” The resulting ability to predict the oligomerization state “should have major implications for the rational design of coiled coils and consequently many applications using these popular oligomerization domains.” 1. Ciani et al, “Molecular basis of coiled-coil oligomerization-state specificity,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print November 2, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1008502107.Rational design: is that the same thing as intelligent design?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Jerrick Ahanmisi was cold-blooded for Adamson down the stretch, hitting a floater with 54.3 seconds left to give the Falcons a 70-66 lead and nailing the two charities for the game’s final score line.Carlos Escalambre managed to give UST a final gasp of life with a triple with 14 seconds left that cut the deficit to three, 73-70, before Ahanmisi put the game away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren was aware of the huge disparity between the two teams’ rankings and he expected a better showing from his group.Unfortunately for Pumaren, what he saw was the complete opposite of what he expected. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE — Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson U tightened its grip on the third seed and knocked down University of Santo Tomas, 75-70, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons bumped their record to 7-4 behind La Salle to also keep their chance for a twice-to-beat edge while the Growling Tigers saw their losing streak extend to an historic eleven straight games.ADVERTISEMENT Bong Ravena suprised with Kiefer’s all-out effort in Draft Combine “I was so disappointed, but you know these guys are trying to level down because probably their mindset going into this game was that UST is winless so they thought those players would just lie down,” said Pumaren.“It’s not that we’re going to cruise along but at least with this victory we have a hold of third place.”Ahanmisi finished with a game-high 21 points while Papi Sarr held the fort in the paint with 12 points and 14 boards.Regie Basibas led UST in scoring with 17 points while Jeepy Faundo and Steve Akomo put up respective double-doubles.Faundo had 12 points and 12 boards while Akomo put up 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
The closing date for nominations for the 2005 Arafura Games, being held in Darwin from May 14-21 is fast approaching. The Arafura Games is a leading international sporting competition for the developing athletes of the Asia-Pacific region. Held every two years in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, the Games are a meeting of “Sporting Neighbours” and attract competitors from around Australia as well as nations throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Arafura Games began in 1991 as the Arafura Sports Festival with seven countries sending just 1500 participants to compete in 13 sports. By the time the sixth Games were held in 2001, participation had soared to more than 3100 athletes representing 25 nations, and competing in 29 sports. “Countries can once again look forward to the friendly and competitive nature of the Arafura Games, the Territory’s superb sporting venues and the warmth of the welcome you will receive from Territorians,” said John Ah Kit, Minister for Sport and Recreation, in his Minister’s Message. For all of this info and more, check out www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au This is a great opportunity for local and regional Touch sides to get involved and play against some international competition. For more information on the Touch Football please contact Isobel Appo, ntto[email protected] In other Northern Territory news, keep your eye on the ATA website for the results of their Championships, being held from April 29-May 1 and Darwin will also be hosting the National Secondary School and Primary School Championships from September 18-23.