Phil Lesh To Perform With Phish Members, Joe Russo, Gary Clark Jr. & More At LOCKN’ Festival

first_imgWhen Phil Lesh was announced on the LOCKN’ lineup, fans were dying to know just who he would play with. Well, the cat is out of the bag, as festival owner Peter Shapiro spoke with Chicago Now and revealed some interesting tidbits about the lineup.Lesh has two sets, one on Saturday August 27th and the other on Sunday, August 28th. The first lineup will feature Phish members Jon Fishman and Page McConnell, as well as Joe Russo and the Infamous Stringdusters. Round two will feature Lesh with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, along with special guest Gary Clark Jr.LOCKN’ really hit the ball out of the park with this one. LOCKN’ kicks off on Thursday, August 25th. Don’t miss out!Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets:last_img

Robert Glasper Blasts Lauryn Hill, Details Her Mistreatment Of Band Members In Radio Interview

first_imgLauryn Hill‘s attitude and actions have long been the subject of some nasty rumors. She’s been known to play the diva card regularly (don’t look her in the eye; call her “Ms. Hill”), and various accounts over the years have her treating her bands and fans alike with little to no regard. She’s also come under fire for failing to properly credit the musicians that helped craft her Grammy-winning solo debut, 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.Yesterday, multiple Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper sounded off about Hill’s negative attitude and mistreatment of the musicians with whom she works in an interview with Houston hip-hop radio show Mad Hatta Morning Show. Responding to a question about whether there were artists he had worked with that exhibited such nasty behavior, Glasper divulged, “I’ll say a name, You ready? Lauryn Hill.” When the host responded with some faux indignation—asking “Why you do Lauryn Hill like that?”—Glasper fired back in kind: “Why she do me like that?”Explains Glasper (transcript via Madame Noire),Robert Glasper: I did a show with Lauryn…this was 2008, I guess. It was for Montblanc Jewelry Corporation. She’s getting half a million dollars for this show. It’s a 20-minute show. My friend was the MD (musical director). He said ‘Rob, we’re doing a show in LA. You want to do this show?’ Mind you, two years prior she had been calling me trying to get me to come to her house to audition. I’m already a signed artist. I’m traveling the world doing my own thing. I don’t do auditions. So I was like ‘Sorry, I don’t do auditions. If you want me, you can listen to my album.’She was calling me talking about ‘Can you play for me over the phone?’ No I’m not doing that. I’m like, ‘No but I do have albums out. Number one Jazz albums on the charts. If you like, you can check those out. I’m not auditioning. I’m not.So then my boy’s like, ‘Yo Lauryn has a show in New York, do you want to play?’ So I said, ‘What’s the deal?’ He’s like, ‘We’re rehearsing for one week for a 20-minute show.’ So we rehearse a whole week, like 10 hours a day. Every day she comes in and changes the show, changes what she wants to do. Completely.The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up. Her manager comes in and says, ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way you guys have been learning the music so we’re going to cut your pay in half. The last rehearsal. The day before the show. First of all, we weren’t getting paid that much anyway but understand she’s getting half a million dollars. So seriously? You’re going to take these five musicians and cut their pay in half.Host: Do you feel like y’all were messing up though?Robert Glasper: Not at all. It was a superband. She has a thing of—she likes to fire bands. I can name you—I can rattle off 15 guys off the top of my head. She will go on tour with a band and in the city that they’re doing a show, she’ll hold auditions for her band. One of my boys flew to Japan to do shows in Japan. While she’s in Japan, she’s holding auditions in the hotel, in the ballroom for her band. That’s super gangsta! And nothing’s wrong. The bands are good. She gets the best musicians. She just has a thing.Anyway, the last rehearsal they go around to everybody, basically like ‘If you’re not cool, you can leave.’ I didn’t need that gig. I’m making money of my own. I have my own career at that time. I was eating a beef patty, I’ll never forget it. And I said, ‘When I finish my beef patty, I’m going home so y’all can do what y’all need to do.’But look, I’m the principle piano player. I know they need me. The gig’s tomorrow. So I’m like, I’m going home. I walk out. The manager runs— first of all, before she even came in, the MD, my friend said, ‘Just so you know, don’t look her in the eye and you have to call her Ms. Hill.Host: So those rumors be true?Robert Glasper: That’s 100 percent true. … One of the days at rehearsal, she said, ‘Robert, I need you to…’ and I said, ‘Ok Lauryn.’ Respect, I respect. You can’t come into a situation especially when you’ve already stolen all of my friends’ music. Miseducation was made by great musicians and producers that I know, personally. So you got a big hand off of music that you didn’t even write. You feel me though?Host: Robert, you know she gon’ hear this?Robert Glasper: 100 percent. I’m ready. I don’t care because nothing I’m saying is a lie. Point to me where the lie is, then we can have a conversation. But if she looks at it, it’s 100 percent true— that’s why they got their money.Host: That’s why she rearranges the music on the tour, right?Robert Glasper: Yes! All kinds of stuff. I went into it knowing, ‘Okay, you steal music.’Host: Who steals music?Robert Glasper: Lauryn Hill. I’ve met Stevie Wonder and hung out with Stevie Wonder. I’ve met Quincy Jones and hung out with Quincy Jones. I’ve met Herbie Hancock, hung out with Herbie Hancock. If those three people can be cool, Lauryn Hill should be able to be cool. You haven’t done enough to be the way you are. The one thing you did that was great, you didn’t do… I’m out here.She took the credit for making the classic album. Those songs were written by other people and they did not get their credit. She likes to take credit so she can become this super person. If you’re a super person and you’re that talented…Host: …Do it again.Robert Glasper: Do it! You feel me? … So anyway I leave rehearsal, I’m eating my beef patty, they run after me to the middle of the street. And they said, ‘What can we do?’ I said ‘ Before 4 o’clock you can wire all of my money into my account because now I don’t trust y’all. So if you want me to do this gig, you need to wire my money into my account within 30 minutes. That’s what you can do.’ So I waited. They wired the money into my account and then I went home. I didn’t do the other rehearsal because they already disrespected to me. But I came back for the show the next day.Host: How did the show go?Robert Glasper: It was great. It was 20 minutes. … But I will say this, there was one joyous moment that week. There’s a song called “Doo Wop.” So one day, she was just being a real…you know. So instead of doing “Doo Wop,” I went [opening chords for “Joyful, Joyful.”] She looked at me and sang a verse and a chorus of “Joyful, Joyful.” And then she looked at me and said, ‘Okay back to the…’ So for a minute and a half, we got the Lauryn…she normalized and became—so it’s in there. I really feel like she’s in there.Something happened. People can change. I’m not sh*tting on her forever. But that’s the stuff that really happened and you’re going to have to take accountability for it at some point and then you’re good. … People can change. I hope she does change. She disrespected a lot of people. A lot of people. A lot of musicians with families. You can watch video of Glasper’s interview with The Mad Hatta Morning Show below [Lauryn Hill discussion starts at 27:30]:Robert Glasper Goes In On Lauryn Hill[Video: 979THEBOX][H/T Madame Noire]last_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Perform New Material In Return To ‘Jam In The Van’ [Watch]

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters are the latest band to appear on the popular Jam In The Van performance series. The progressive bluegrass outfit made their return to the mobile performance space as they continue to promote the new material from their latest studio effort, 2019’s Rise Sun.Related: The Infamous Stringdusters Share Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Recent Recording SessionTheir recent performance on Jam In The Van marks their first time on the web series since 2016 when they were then joined by guest vocalists Aoife O’Donovan and Nicki Bluhm, with whom they’d been on tour. This time around, they were on their own to play a trio of new originals which appeared on Rise Sun. As for the performance itself, the recording actually took place on site during last year’s Huck Finn Jubilee, just as fellow artists Yonder Mountain String Band and the Kitchen Dwellers had done in their own respective JITV episodes recently.For their return to the series, the band began their performance with a rendition of “Long Time Going” with banjo player Chris Pandolfi leading the way on vocals.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Long Time Going” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]For the next song, the band started the lively performance of “Rise Sun” with some group hand rhythm before tearing into the title track from their new studio album. This time, it was bassist Travis Book‘s turn to lead the way on vocals, and he didn’t disappoint as he belted out the lyrics while Chris Pandolfi furiously plucked away on that banjo of his.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Rise Sun” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]The third song that the band played during their return trip to The Van was the new folk ballad, “Truth and Love”, with guitarist Andy Falco stepping up to lead the charge on vocals before the rest of the band joined during the impressive, harmony-filled chorus.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Truth and Love” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Rise Sun acted as the band’s first release on their newly-launched record label, Tape Time Records. The business move is the latest in a series of successful career projects which have taken the band to Grammy-winning status within the bluegrass community.The band spent much of the winter and early spring on tour alongside Midnight North, Shook Twins, and John Craigie. Late next month the band will head to Colorado for a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in support to Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on May 29th. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and info for all of their upcoming performance.last_img read more

The ‘right’ diet

first_imgEveryone seems to have an opinion about which foods to eat or avoid, how to lose weight (and keep it off!), and which superfood to horde. But there’s a better place to search for health secrets than in a tropical berry: the human gut.Each person’s gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria living inside the human gastrointestinal tract — is different. And individual strains of bacteria interact with food, drugs, vitamins, and toxins in their own way, which means no single diet, or drug, is right for everyone.Microbial chemist Emily Balskus recently discovered that certain bacteria eat the common Parkinson’s drug L-dopa and convert it to dopamine, which can dampen the effects of the treatment and cause painful or even life-threatening side-effects. In a new study published in eLife, she and her team took this discovery further, identifying how and why gut microbes metabolize dopamine. In the process, they discovered an entirely new class of enzymes (the tools bacteria use to perform complex chemistry) that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, like dopamine, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health. Knowing how foods interact with microbial enzymes could, one day, help researchers identify the best diet for each human and their personal microbiome.There’s more: In animals, plants, and soil, the team discovered similar enzymes with powerful capabilities. Some produce cancer-fighting molecules, while others break down chemicals left over from industrial waste.“It ended up being a much larger journey,” said Vayu Maini Rekdal, first author on the paper and a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecules, Cells and Organisms program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “What we study in the human gut is very important for human health and disease and for understanding the interplay between microbes and the human body, but it can also highlight these broader themes that are relevant across ecosystems and across different microbial communities.”The study’s sweeping results came from one question: Why does a human gut microbe eat dopamine? After months analyzing how the bacteria Eggerthella lenta interacts with the neurotransmitter, Balskus and her team discovered the simple answer: Eating dopamine helps them grow. By modifying a catechol group in the molecule, the microbe gets a Darwinian boost. But the team learned something surprising, too: That enzyme specializes in processing dopamine.First author Vayu Maini Rekdal and Professor Emily Balskus have discovered a new class of bacterial enzymes that help humans gain health benefits from certain foods. Photo by MCB Graphics“That’s a really cool finding, because it suggests that this enzyme has evolved for the purpose of metabolizing dopamine,” a chemical typically associated with the brain, Maini Rekdal said. Intrigued, he and his lab mates decided to track down similar enzymes that also modify catechol groups. One group, he found, gives humans a health benefit, breaking down foods like pomegranate, chocolate, berries, and coffee to release polyphenols, which may protect against certain diseases and prolong life.These enzymes specialize, too. “Maybe one day I drink coffee, and the microbe recognizes a catechol from coffee, turns on the right enzyme and metabolizes that,” Maini Rekdal said. If he quits coffee, the bacteria might swap a coffee enzyme for a chocolate one. Enzyme upkeep requires energy, so defunct ones go in the trash. “This kind of tuning would allow them to grow on different things depending on what’s available.” Still, that means that without the right enzyme, some people can’t benefit from those health-promoting polyphenols.Last summer, Maini Rekdal planted dopamine and chemicals from coffee, tea, and chocolate in a variety of mammalian fecal samples to determine whether they share similar enzymes. They do: He found traces of the same chemistry in foxes, dogs, rats, alpaca, guinea pigs, pigs, and wolves. “Humans and wolves have very different lifestyles,” he said. That this enzyme is found across species indicates its widespread value for microbial life.The team even found analogous enzymes in soil microbes, where they perform chemistry for entirely different purposes. One produces a molecule that serves as a potent anti-cancer treatment; Maini Rekdal speculates bacteria make this molecule for chemical warfare — attacking enemy microbes. Another uses a similar enzyme to break down chemicals and clean up the surrounding soil, a tool that could be appropriated to rid land of toxic pollutants.The team identified many more related enzymes — in soil and the human gut — that fall under this new classification. But they don’t yet know what valuable or damaging purpose they serve. “Our study now sets the stage for further investigations of the chemical mechanisms and biological consequences of catechol dehydroxylation in the human body and beyond,” Balskus said.last_img read more

#88: Video Surveillance Dell EMC & Pelco Better Together

first_imgDell EMC The Source Podcast #88: Video Surveillance Dell EMC & Pelco Better TogetherVideo management and Video Surveillance systems are complex by nature, and that complexity can be overwhelming. The Dell EMC extensive partner community allows for simple and efficient Plug and Play Solutions. One of those solutions was recently showcased by Pelco, a global leader in surveillance and security products and technologies.Back in April at ISC West 2017, Pelco announced a collaboration with Dell EMC to share technology, information and best practices to better serve customers globally. As a first initiative, Pelco is developing a new VideoXpert™ Professional Video Management System (VMS) line built with Dell EMC’s industry-leading OEM solutions.At Dell EMC World, I took the opportunity to sit down with friend of the show Ken Mills (@OtherKen) and Pelco Vice President John Roman (@PelcoVideo) to get all of the details of the press release and partnership.The Source Podcast: Episode #88: Video Surveillance Dell EMC & Pelco Better TogetherAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_88_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Poetry tour showcases current Latino talent

first_imgA national Latino poetry tour affiliated with Notre Dame launched at Harvard University today. The Poetry Society of America (PSA) and Letras Latinas, a subdivision of the literary program at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), created the tour, called “Latino/a Poetry Now.” The tour will showcase 15 poets in a span of two-and-a-half years at different universities across America. It will conclude at Notre Dame in October 2013. Director Francisco Aragón of Letras Latinas facilitated the opening installment of “Latino/a Poetry Now” at Harvard University. Lauro Vazquez, first-year MFA graduate student and Aragón’s assistant, said the poets hoped to debut a new wave of Latino poetry through the national readings. “All of these poets, or the majority, are kind of like a newer generation that is coming into maturity,” he said. “What ‘Latino Poetry Now’ seeks to do is enhance the visibility of Latino poetry and these newer voices.” Vasquez said that, while the term “Latino” implied a homogeneous focus in the showcase, each poet produced different styles of work. “In reality Latinos are very diverse,” he said. “They have varying aesthetics, influences and cultural backgrounds. The topics are tremendously diverse.” Different poets will speak at each segment of the series, Vazquez said. The first installment featured Rosa Alcalá, Eduardo C. Corral and Aracelis Girmay. Corral recently won the Yale Younger Poets Award and Girmay received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. Following installments held at Georgetown University, Macalester College and the University of Arizona, the showcase will conclude at Notre Dame in 2013. “When it comes to here, it will be a two-day event with a reading and discussion,” Vazquez said. “It will be collaboration between the Creative Writing program at Notre Dame and undergrads who will have the opportunity to listen to these poets and ask questions.” Vazquez said Aragón hoped to create a dialogue between the poets and their audience. Aragón will guide the conversations at each installment over the next two and a half years as a representative of the ILS and the University. “Aragón also worked with the PSA to generate online discussion,” Vasquez said. “We’re not just trying to bring audiences to the poets. We want the thing to take on a life of its own.” The poets hope to reach several audiences through the showcase, Vazquez said. “I think it goes without saying that the general impact is not only for people in higher education,” he said. “Poetry, especially this new poetry, is meant to be visible to anybody.”last_img read more

Top Member of the Shining Path Killed in Peruvian Jungle

first_imgBy Dialogo September 07, 2012 In another blow to this group, Rolando Cabezas Figueroa, a senior leader of the Shining Path, was killed during a confrontation with military forces in Ayacucho (southeast), reported Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on September 5. “As a result of the confrontation with the Armed Forces, we have been able to confirm the death of so-called ‘Comrade William’. This is a hard blow to the terrorist organization in the VRAEM” (Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers), Humala said to RPP radio. The clash between the Military Forces and the Shining Path leader occurred on the morning of September 5 in the Llochegua district of Ayacucho Department (about 360 miles southeast of Lima). The president highlighted that Figueroa was second in command in the VRAEM region, and that he led the Shining Path attacks and ambushes against Military bases in the Peruvian jungle for 22 years. In February, the Peruvian Military Forces captured Florindo Flores a.k.a. ‘Comrade Artemio’, one of the top leaders of the Shining Path in the Alto Huallaga valley (northeast). Rolando Cabezas Figueroa, 43, a.k.a. ‘Comrade William’ or ‘Guillermo’ was deemed responsible for the attack on the Mazangaro Military Base in Junín (central jungle), where five soldiers died and seven more were wounded in August. “Comrade William was responsible for the sniper attack against helicopters of the Armed Forces,” said Humala after noting that operations continue in the area to capture the leaders of the Shining Path. Rolando Cabezas Figueroa was the creator of an ambush on a military patrol in Sanabamba, Ayacucho, on April 9, 2009, in which 14 Soldiers died, he reported.last_img read more

Cuomo’s Office Denies Using Private Email Accounts. But it Does.

first_imgIn a previously unreported response to a public records request, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims staff do not use private email accounts for official business. Yet as we’ve reported, aides to the governor have done just that.The Cuomo administration’s assertion came after the New York Times requested emails related to official business from the personal email accounts of several top Cuomo aides.In its response this past March, Cuomo’s office issued a blanket denial: Staffers “do not use their personal email accounts for government business.”We obtained the Times‘ request, and the response of the governor’s office, through our own public records request.Using personal email accounts can help officials hide communications that are supposed to be available to the public. It also violates New York state’s technology policy unless it is explicitly authorized.As we detailed in May, I was the recipient of an email regarding state business from the personal account of Cuomo aide Howard Glaser. Several people who communicate with the governor’s office on media or policy matters told me at the time they, too, had gotten emails from personal accounts of Cuomo aides. Others told me the same thing after the publication of our story. None wanted to be named.A spokesman for the governor’s office declined to comment on the administration’s insistence that staffers don’t use personal emails to conduct public business 2013 or on the evidence to the contrary.The Times was seeking emails from personal accounts of Cuomo aides including Glaser and secretary to the governor Larry Schwartz.Underscoring the Cuomo camp’s penchant for secrecy, another aide reportedly encouraged other government officials to use personal email accounts for politically sensitive communications.That episode, reported by the Albany Times Union, came last week after revelations of Cuomo aides meddling with the Moreland Commission’s investigation of public corruption.According to the Times Union, longtime Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco recruited members of the commission to issue statements saying they had been independent of the governor’s office. Percoco reportedly encouraged some of those he contacted “to communicate with him through private email messages rather than through their government email accounts.”Spokesmen for the governor’s office and Cuomo’s campaign committee declined to comment on the Times Union’s story.If you have gotten emails from the private account of an official in the governor’s office or other state or city agencies, email me at justin@propublica.org. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Ready to rethink rewards communication?

first_imgby: Stephanie Schwenn SebringDavid Eads, CEO of Mobile Strategy Partners, LLC, Atlanta, says credit union loyalty programs will be most successful when CUs can communicate benefits in a meaningful and consistent way that resonates with members.“I recommend to clients that they rethink how they’re communicating their program,” he says. “How well has it been integrated into the credit union’s overall brand? How frequently does the credit union promote rewards? The credit union should incorporate rewards messaging into all of its marketing channels, all of the time. These channels can include point of sale at the branch, website, mobile, newsletter, email blasts and alerts.”Brian Day, manager/mobile products for CUES Supplier member The Members Group, Des Moines, Iowa, suggests that an impactful rewards program, embraced by staff, will engage members and naturally enhance their satisfaction levels. Greater engagement and satisfaction will also lead to increased loyalty and less attrition. Day notes that successful loyalty programs will have a variety of options for point redemption and keep members engaged with continual education and fresh approaches. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The credit union difference

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Imagine setting out to do something good in your community and the service you provide is so valuable that the demand for it rapidly increases to the point you’re nearly overwhelmed.Demand for services is good, right?But what if the service you’re offering is free? In the credit union industry, that could be good, too and it could create a boon.Such was the situation that led to the formation of Partners in Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) committed to bolstering education, primarily financial literacy, within the community they serve. Conceived by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU), Partners in Education was the solution to an overwhelming demand for financial education.Like most member-owned cooperatives, FMFCU set out decades ago to provide financial education within the community. The CU hired a certified educator who understood curriculum, could identify needs, and could coordinate lessons using subject matter experts from within the Credit Union. FMFCU management understood the value of the service and were pleased by how rapidly the demand for this type of service increased. As the CU tried to meet the demand, it became clear that the best method was to partner with organizations that shared its mission. So, FMFCU created a Foundation to carry out this philanthropic work and over time took on partners, thus morphing into Partners in Education.When Delco Hi-Q, the nation’s oldest continuous academic quiz competition, was in need of a major sponsor, FMFCU stepped up and filled the void, partnering at the time with the chamber of commerce and the local intermediate unit to carry out this tradition that serves 21 schools outside Philadelphia, PA. Major funders like the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Foundation, Kimberly-Clark, and CCRES have since committed to the cause. The competition also thrives in Washington,  Wisconsin, and Alabama.FMFCU now employs about a dozen certified educators to carry out the mission of Partners in Education. While the CU covers administrative costs, the Foundation raises funds to help defer the cost of books and material used in lessons, as well as transportation for school field trips to Bear Country Credit Union, Hi-Q, and the annual Partners in Education Celebration, a premier academic recognition event that awards more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes to students, teachers, and schools.The prestigious awards ceremony held in suburban Philadelphia is the talk of local academia. “It promotes healthy competition off the athletic field,” said Rick Durante, Executive Director. “As much as the schools appreciate cash awards, they compete even more fervently for the trophies, which are a testament to the efforts put forth by teachers and those rival athletic trophies.”While too-big-to-fail FIs affix their logos to sports arenas in big cities, credit unions are in the schools, community centers, and libraries working one-on-one to help people become financially independent. This is the credit union difference, and it is most evident in April—Financial Literacy month. This type of community outreach is one reason more and more young people are choosing credit unions over traditional FIs.The credit union difference is also an example of servant leadership at work. Because credit unions serve their communities, the credit union movement is alive, well, and growing.last_img read more