Steely Dan Will Perform With An Orchestra For The First Time Ever

first_imgSteely Dan are notoriously fussy when it comes to their pristine funk sound, so their performance at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend is all the more special. For their appearance at the historic venue, Steely Dan will team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for their first-ever performance with an orchestra.In an interview with the LA Times, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker talk about the decision to team up with the orchestra for new interpretations of the old favorites. “It’s gonna surprise us as much as anyone else, really,” said Fagen. “We talked to the arranger, Vince Mendoza, and we tried to give him some clues as to what might work and what might not work.”The Steely duo were then asked about how this collaboration came to be, since they are notorious for their particularity. That notoriety was mentioned to the pair, and Becker replied, “That’s why we haven’t done this type of thing before. I don’t know if we’ve ever been offered one, frankly. But for some reason we decided we were gonna do this one. I’m not sure why or why not. I guess at this point we feel like —”Fagen chimed in, saying, “We just like to live on the edge.” Becker continued, saying “And we feel like our band is our band. It’s very solid; they can’t take that away. So basically you’re talking about some fiddle players et cetera.”Still, an orchestral Steely Dan concert would be quite intriguing, and it’s all going down this Saturday, June 18th at the Hollywood Bowl. The remainder of the LA Times interview talks about Coachella (“It was funny to see all these kids wearing these designer versions of the Pocahontas costumes that the girls were wearing in 1966,” says Fagen), Desert Trip (“There was some talk of us doing it next year.”) and more!last_img read more

A Look Back At The Inaugural Suwannee Rising Festival [Review/Videos]

first_imgFor reflections on moe.‘s Saturday evening set, I asked one of their most dedicated fans, Rex Thomsen, to share his thoughts:Jam band stalwarts moe. made the most out of their Suwannee Rising headlining set on Saturday night, delivering a deep dark set full of heavy guitar jams and impressive musical pyrotechnics. Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey were both at the top of their game and the fan reactions after each big song were clear signals that their efforts weren’t being wasted. Bassist Rob Derhak showed his tendency to get funky with extended popping and slapping runs while percussionist Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico ran amok through a wide variety of time changes and out of left field fills. From the impressively heavy “Rebubula” sandwich that bookmarked the main set to the hallucinogenic “Silver Sun” to the fiery new tune “No Hope For The Future”, moe. gave the inaugural Suwannee Rising and the fans more than their money’s worth.moe.[Video: Just0r]Equally impressive was the polished set from beloved funksters The Fritz, formerly of Jacksonville, FL who decamped to Asheville, NC several years back. The Fritz, hot off the release of last year’s electrifying Echo EP, took over the Amphitheater on Thursday and dropped a massive disco-fied dance party on a huge crowd. Even better, many in the audience knew the words and knew the tunes, which only added to the huge vibes and billowing positive energy. But this writer’s favorite band of the undercard was Thursday’s LPT, a 10-piece Afro-Cuban ensemble that absolutely slayed the Porch Stage. The North Florida group specializes in spicy salsa styles, and includes JP Salvat on percussion, formerly of another beloved, long-lost SOSMP jamband Saltwater Grass. It was heart-filling to see and hear him perform such vibrant people music with the amazing LPT, and by the looks of the crowd, I was not alone in my admiration for this band.Dumpstaphunk featuring MonoNeon: “Up for the Downstroke”[Video: RexAVision]New Orleans’ freight train Dumpstaphunk is another beloved Bear Creek band, and they spent Saturday afternoon’s set reminding everyone just why they’ve got the reputation they do. Bombastic and bludgeoning bass duo Nick Daniels III and Tony Hall welcomed the incredible MonoNeon from Ghost-Note for a particularly punishing run through P-Funk’s timeless “Up for the Down Stroke.” Dumpsta also impressed on their own burly “Justice”, just dropping one heaping pile of greasy NOLA groove after the next. New drummer Devan Trusclair injected Ivan and Ian Neville’s krewe with a youthful shot of exuberance, as does the addition of the Naughty Professor horns. Extremely solid midday set from Dumpstaphunk in the beaming Suwannee sun.Oteil Burbridge & Friends[Video: RexAVision]Former Allman Brothers Band and current Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge assembled a magical assortment of musicians to formulate Oteil Burbridge and Friends. The venerable bassist called upon renowned players like Neal Casal and Scott Metzger on guitars, Dead & Co’s Jeff Chimenti on keys, and J.M. Kimock on drums, and this collective delivering a spine-tingling set of classic ABB, Dead and JGB tunes with aplomb. Beginning with a dreamy “Blue Sky > Franklin’s Tower” combo, Oteil led this troupe through a joyous collection of beloved songs. Highlights for this writer included their take on “Dear Prudence” and a mesmerizing “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” It was crystal clear to any and all who enjoyed this mystical set of music that Oteil was singing and playing to his late brother Kofi, who tragically passed away a few weeks before the festival, and whose spirit and presence filled the air for the entire weekend.Ghost-Note[Video: RexAVision]Ghost-Note was new to the scene at SOSMP, but featured some familiar faces from the Snarky Puppy krewe like founding drummers Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Searight. That dynamic duo incorporated former Prince affiliate MonoNeon and assembled a band of killers, and a fine-tuned machined showed up at Suwannee for two merciless sets of funk gymnastics, R&B and hip-hop jams, and some fusion rage to boot. The band dedicated a song to their late friend and collaborator Kofi Burbridge, and for the first of several moments this weekend, you could feel the keyboardist/flutist presence in the air. In addition to their otherworldly sets and various sit-ins with other artists, Sput, MonoNeon, and other members of Ghost-Note trekked out into the legendary Suwannee woods for a 4am campground jam with a few cats from Lettuce, and a handful of other musicians who played this festival. Truly an unforgettable experience at the very first Suwannee Rising, as Ghost-Note was accepted into the bosom of the Suwannee natives, and I have no doubt that if this festival comes back next year, so will this band.Lettuce SaturdayHard to put into words what transpired during Lettuce‘s festival-closing set on Saturday at the stroke of midnight, so I won’t even try. I’ve seen a lot of Lettuce, and a lot of Lettuce at the Spirit of Suwannee, but I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed such a transcendental journey from the band as they delivered on this evening. In a word, it was astonishing. The band dedicated the performance to the late Kofi Burbridge. I was left speechless by the two-hour exploration and I remain that way a week later. Ask the dude that hopped the rail during a massive “Madison Square”, the young woman levitating as whirling dervish during the scintillating “Larimar”, or the older gentleman reduced to stammering and tears at the conclusion of the performance. Yes, it was THAT POTENT. Nothing short of amazing, this venue’s favorite band’s finest hour, and to have lived that musical adventure with the good people of the inaugural Suwannee Rising, that is something I will treasure for the rest of my days.Then we spilled into the woods for the legendary campground jam, another unforgettable part of Suwannee Rising. Where else do you catch the likes of Adam Deitch, Robert “Sput” Searight, MonoNeon, Nigel Hall, and more doing everything from classic Herbie Hancock to timeless J-Dilla, til the sun was about to come up? The answer is nowhere else but here. The Spirit of the Suwannee, I tell you… it really is a thing,Talking about a new tradition. A phoenix… rising on the Suwannee River. Cheers to doing it again next April at the Park.words: B.Getz In the cozy, exquisite confines of Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, the inaugural Suwannee Rising took place April 4-6th, and the event was–by all accounts–a fantastic experience and certain success. Like a phoenix of sorts, Suwannee Rising summoned the celebrated vibes of long-lost SOSMP gem Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, hosting several bands from that hallowed event. Not even a smattering of rain overnight could put a damper on this phenomenal party, as warm temps and fiery performances kept people buzzing for three glorious days and nights.Juxtaposed with the mammoth scale of Hulaween, Suwannee Rising felt intimate and chill, but there was never a dull moment over the course of the festival. The most well-known event at the music park was Wanee Festival, rooted in the Allman Brothers Band family tree, and which took place in late April every year for over two decades, but was discontinued in 2019. The ghost of Wanee loomed large at Rising, and many festival-goers expressed that this event was going to have to replace their annual Wanee sojourn, no small feat. Judging by the collective response, Suwannee Rising succeeded in the arduous tasks of honoring Bear Creek and Wanee, whilst simultaneously carving out its own festival identity, all in its very first year.The most rewarding part of Suwannee Rising was its legendary venue, the mystical environs of SOSMP. Much has been written of the towering oaks, the dripping Spanish moss, the unparalleled Amphitheater stage experience, and of course the river called Suwannee that runs through it. Majestic organic psychedelia adorns this ethereal musical playland. The slow pace and no overlapping sets on the schedule allowed for festival-goers to really drop in with one another and spend quality time, and that was fostered immeasurably by the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.On that note, a deep bow to the late founders of the park Jean and Bob Cornett, the latter who passed away just a few days after Suwannee Rising concluded. Thank you for opening up this natural wonder for us to frolic, all these years, all these dreams. Condolences to son James and the rest of the Cornett family.Even though there was a mellow pace to the festival, the Amphitheater Stage and the reconstituted Uncle Charlie’s Porch Stage were host to three full days of blazing musical performances, mostly of the funkier variety. For the remainder of this Suwannee Rising reflection, please enjoy a few favorites, highlights and a smattering of videos of some of the most enjoyable performances of Suwannee Rising 2019. The New Mastersounds – Thursday[Video: FunkCity.net]There was a clear musical lineage from Bear Creek to Suwannee Rising. Several of the bands booked to play this weekend had roots at the funky November SOSMP festival that took place from 2007-2014. The New Mastersounds were among the BC host bands that returned to Suwannee for this new festival, which coincides with NMS 20th anniversary. Eddie Roberts and company delivered two tremendous sets, including a headlining set on the Amphitheater Stage Thursday night. The rollicking sets were chock full of their patented blend of garage funk and classic boogaloo, including beloved cuts and their brand new single “Shake It”. In addition, they welcomed vocalist Lamar Williams Jr., of the Allman Brothers family tree, for “Trouble” and a couple of other tunes. The singer brought the Wanee connection to the equation, appearing at both NMS Suwannee Rising sets and bringing a bluesy edge to the boogaloo.The Fritz[Video: FunkCity.net]A healthy group bands that grew up on the Suwannee were well represented at the inaugural event, and continued their regional ascent by delivering impassioned performances on both stages over the three days. Locals Electric Kif impressed on the Porch Stage, as did Ben Strok and the Full Electric, while Melody Trucks Band, she also of the ABB family tree, performed beautifully on the Amp on Thursday at sundown. Atlanta’s Voodoo Visionary proved to a packed Porch Stage audience that their buzz is well deserved, jamming out with a super-charged, aggressive spin on funk rock madness. Same could be said for the sexy swagger of Holey Miss Moley, who also wowed on the Porch.LPTlast_img read more

Board to take up advertising, gay adoptions December 10

first_img December 1, 2004 Regular News A more detailed look at tentative revisions to The Florida Bar’s advertising rules and dealing with the request of two sections to advocate for a repeal of the state law banning adoptions by gays will be on the Bar Board of Governors’ December 10 agenda.The board, meeting in Naples, also will get several two-year-cycle procedural rule amendment packages.The Advertising Task Force 2004 completed its preliminary recommendations in September and sent them to the board for review. The proposals are also posted on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.The board took a quick look at its October meeting and made two requests. It asked the task force to present options on requiring screening of advertisements before publication or broadcast and for options on language that creates unjustified expectations in ads, a frequent point of contention on advertising appeals.(The task force met last month and drafted language for those alternatives, which have been posted on the Bar’s Web site with the panel’s other recommendations. Panel members noted that providing the alternative language doesn’t mean they endorse them, but only that they are providing options requested by the board.)The board is scheduled to review the tentative proposals in more detail in December and make any final requests or suggestions. The task force is taking public comment January 20 during the Bar’s Midyear Meeting, and then will begin working on the final draft of its recommendations.Of major interest are the three options the task force presenting on whether the 30-day waiting period on direct mail solicitations in personal injury cases should be extended to criminal cases. The task force has also recommended a slight expansion of the “safe harbor” content of what can be included in ads that don’t have to be submitted for Bar review.While the board has asked for options on requiring review of ads before they are published, the task force has recommended a voluntary program where lawyers would be immune from disciplinary prosecution if they get Bar approval before the ad is printed or aired.Other recommendations include requiring out-of-state lawyers advertising in Florida to comply with the Bar’s advertising rules.The issue over the state’s statutory ban on gay adoption was raised by the Family Law and Public Interest Law sections. They want the law repealed and the state to adopt a best-interest-of-the-child standard.The request was considered by the Bar’s Legislation Committee in August which asked the sections to postpone their request after committee members expressed concern the matter raised deep philosophical and emotional divisions within the Bar. That’s one of the few grounds the Bar can use to deny a section’s lobbying request.At the time, the Equal Opportunities Law Committee and the Legal Needs of Children Committee endorsed the two sections’ position, and the Legislation Committee asked that other sections be approached, and questioned about whether they saw the issue as divisive.Since then, the Elder Law Section and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers have added their support. The Young Lawyer Division Board of Governors also debated the issue at its November 5-6 meeting and recommended not allowing the sections to lobby the issue because of divisiveness (see story above).Opponents, who have largely contacted Bar leaders and written letters-to-the-editor to the Bar News, generally contend that the gay adoption issue is a moral issue and hence not appropriate for Bar action. They also say that even if the sections, as required, specify only they and not the Bar at large are advocating for the repeal, their position will still carry the imprimatur of the entire Bar.The sections contend that gay adoptions are supported by at least 11 germane mainstream organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. They also note that academic studies have concluded there is no harm done to children when they are adopted by gay parents.The board will review five sets of rule amendments as this year’s two-year-cycle procedural rule reviews: small claims, probate, civil procedure, family law, and judicial administration.The Rules of Judicial Administration report does not include a controversial provision on circuit chief judges’ oversight of court clerks. That provision, which has been tabled in the committee, was being considered separately from the two-year-cycle amendments. Board to take up advertising, gay adoptions December 10center_img Board to take up advertising, gay adoptions December 10last_img read more

Betting on Sports Week returns to London in September

first_imgShare Khalid Ali, IBIA: Tackling sports betting corruption December 18, 2019 Submit Bryan Bennett, Betfred US: Expanding into the US market February 5, 2020 Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 Related Articles Share Over 2,000 delegates from across the world will make their way to Betting on Sports Week to join the international betting and gaming trade conferences, held 18-21 September at Olympia London.It’s an entire week dedicated to gaming, with five conference rooms and two exhibition areas:Betting on Sports (Betting Conference and Exhibition)ESI London (Esports Conference and Exhibition)Casino Beats Summit (Casino Conference)AffiliateFEST Conference (Affiliate Conference)SBC Sponsorship Forum (Sponsorship Conference)Hall of Fame Awards (Awards Evening)200+ speakers will join the discussions around leadership, sports, sponsorship, sports betting, esports, affiliates, regulation, compliance, integrity, data and trading – this is the MUST ATTEND event for members of the sports, betting and gaming industries.This year, the exhibition area has been expanded to 6,300 sqm with 140 exhibitors, enhanced networking areas, meeting rooms, and of course refreshments, lunch and networking drinks. This space provides a great chance for delegates to both experience the new products on display and generate new business opportunities.To facilitate business and networking among delegates, there are no fewer than eight dedicated networking areas with plenty of networking and 1-on-1 opportunities, while SBC has booked some of London’s most iconic venues for networking drinks and parties.Wednesday evening dinners and party is located on the 28th and 29th floor of Millbank Tower, with stunning 360 degree view of London. Big windows wrapping right around the venue, will ensure a perfect panoramic view of London at night time. Thursday evening will mark the exclusive Hall of Fame awards evening and networking party at one of London’s most iconic venues, the Natural History Museum.It’s a year of growth for SBC, who attracted a record number of delegates to last month’s Betting on Football conference and recently launched the SBC Americas and Casino Beats news websites. That growth will be reflected in an even wider ranging selection of conference tracks. ESI London is a two-day esports business conference, run by the team from Esports Insider,  with the central theme of bridging the gap between expertise and interest. Topics will include, among others, brand building, content, law and compliance and the importance of a strong PR strategy for esports. Betting on Sports ticket holders have access to ESI London, and there are also ticket options just for the esports event itself.Affiliate Insider will also be hosting its invite-only AffiliateFEST forum on Wednesday with the aim of providing accelerated digital lessons for iGaming affiliate entrepreneurs. Attendees will be able to learn the latest digital strategies from a selection of experienced iGaming experts.Taking place at the Hilton Hotel, the SBC Sponsorship Forum event is hosted by former chief commercial officer of AC Milan, Jaap Kalma. The exclusive invite-only gathering will address opportunities around sports sponsorship, while facilitating direct introductions between sports clubs and gaming operators.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron framed the event: “BOSCON 2018 is an essential focal point for anyone involved in the betting business. We’ve worked tirelessly this year to build and improve in all areas, to the point where the conference and exhibition now take up two full floors of Olympia. “Added to that, we’ve no fewer than eight dedicated business and networking areas, enabling endless opportunities for delegates to get together and discuss the burning issues of the day.”Given the sheer breadth and quality of what’s to come at BOSCON, delegates are advised to book well in advance and take advantage of a Super Early Bird Discount rate of £249 off the price of a ticket. There are some incredible opportunities, too, for companies to gain unrivalled exposure via SBC’s cleverly tailored sponsorship packages. And with exhibition options being snapped up at a rapid rate, now is the time to book that all-important floor space.Reflecting on last year’s Betting on Sports, Richard Gale, Head of UK at Catena Media, offered a fitting testimonial: “The Betting on Sports conference was great, and it was a true pleasure to speak at the event. I thoroughly enjoyed it, with some great contacts/business coming out of it. I’m normally very sceptical of industry events to be honest, but this was the first time I’ve left wishing I’d spent more time at one!”For enquiries regarding sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact us on [email protected] are available at the excellent Super Early Bird Discount rate HERE. StumbleUponlast_img read more