Dead & Company Dust Off The Cobwebs For MSG Closer [Videos]

first_imgUPDATE 4/11/20: Tune in tonight as Dead & Company re-broadcasts this show as part of their One More Saturday Night archival webcast series:Dead & Company – Madison Square Garden – 11/14/17 – Full VideoFor the second time in three years, Dead & Company opened a fall tour with a pair of shows at Madison Square Garden. And while that’s a great thing for New York heads, they’re also learning firsthand what Bay Area fans of the Grateful Dead and post-Dead iterations have known for decades: the first show or two after a long layoff will have moments that make a concertgoer feel as if they’re attending a public rehearsal. And while Sunday’s show had its flubs (“Cumberland Blues”), it also had three breakouts (“Greatest Story Ever Told”, “Beat It On Down The Line” and “Werewolves Of London”) and highlights (“Terrapin Station”, “The Other One”) that provided hopes of mid-tour momentum arriving by Tuesday.The band opened with a loose jam for a couple minutes before a noticeably trimmer and smartly bespectacled Bob Weir led the band into “Hell In a Bucket” at the now-standard, relaxed, show-opening tempo. Lead guitarist John Mayer’s first blues-tinged leads served the song’s pace rather nicely, but a verse later his next solo was much more forceful and the band’s energy rose to match it before Bob nailed his signature falsetto on the song’s outro. John then switched to a fat, chunky guitar tone for the weather-appropriate “Cold Rain and Snow” and unleashed an alternatively fluid and staccato solo while bassist Oteil Burbridge’s nimble counterpoint rumbled beneath it; this song has become one of Mayer’s strongest vehicles in the current repertoire.Watch “Hell In A Bucket” below, courtesy of the band:Watch “Cold Rain And Snow” below, courtesy of Sean Roche:Bob then announced he was deviating from the night’s set list, but hopes of another breakout were quickly set aside as “Me And My Uncle” was the call, complete with missed lyrics and an “early-tour” vibe during the instrumental break. As the song ended, John quickly counted in “Brown Eyed Women”, and a first-time listener could easily think Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter had written this song for him to sing–it’s one of the snappiest “hits” in the repertoire and John’s voice and delivery are ideal for its presentation. “Tennessee Jed” continued the now-country-tinged vibe, with Jeff Chimenti’s barrelhouse piano adding rowdy, sawdust-on-the-floor flavor to an already-strong version.After a brief space jam changed the vibe from down-home to way-out, John and Bob faced each other and eased into “Bird Song”. After Bob delivered the first verse, John knocked out a jazzier lead with some nice chording augmented by drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s instinctual rolls, and after John sang the second verse another jam followed, with drummer Mickey Hart making numerous flourishes with his red brushes before returning to the final verse and chorus.While it looked as though it could be the end of the set, Bob instead led the band into an early-tour surprise–the second-ever Dead & Company performance of the King Radio classic “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”, a Weir second-set staple at Grateful Dead shows from 1981 to 1995. Oteil’s falsetto backing vocals were reminiscent of the Neville Brothers’ guest appearances on the song at a few Grateful Dead shows, and Jeff’s Hammond B-3 organ solo recalled late Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland’s forceful performances of the song, but Chimenti made it his own as the set drew to a close after 67 minutes.Thanks to Matt Frazier, you can watch the video of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” below:The band retook the stage just after 9:00 pm for the second set, and it was quickly obvious from the tuning that “Help On The Way” was the choice. The song started off normally enough. After John sang the first couple of verses, he tapped his effects board and pulled up the Mutron-pedal-induced tone that Jerry Garcia used for “Fire On The Mountain”, giving the song a completely different flavor before returning to the final verse. By the time “Slipknot” started, John had his full-on guitar face going, and the licks coming out of his guitar to show for it. Over the space of four minutes, John knocked out a solo that was technically brilliant, occasionally dissonant, and always beautiful while sticking to the song’s vibe. Berkeley by way of Berklee, indeed. Meanwhile, Oteil ran off on one of his more-felt-than-heard low-string tangents beautifully complemented all of this, and it was one of the two highlights of the night. After John’s flawless run through the closing transition, “Franklin’s Tower” followed in its usual spot and allowed both band and crowd to just cut loose and rock out for the better part of 10 minutes.Watch “Help On The Way”, courtesy of the band:After a quick stop to recover, Oteil stepped forward to deliver the vocals on “China Doll”, one of the most delicate songs in the repertoire, and one that can gently render an entire arena to reverential near-silence. It’s a welcome development that Oteil now sings several of the most beautiful Garcia-Hunter songs, as it’s nothing short of a genuine passing of the torch to one of Dead & Company’s “younger” members and one that bodes well for the band’s stated long-term plans.Watch “China Doll” below, courtesy of Sean Roche:The momentum continued with a monstrous, 17-minute version of “Estimated Prophet”. The reggae-tinged verses and mid-song solo delivered as always, but this version was set apart by the closing jam, which didn’t stick to the usual plan of just sort of slinking along and whisking its listeners along with it. Instead, this one gradually but steadily built over the space of ten minutes and concluded with John and Oteil facing each other and enthusiastically tearing up their respective fretboards, generating the second of the night’s two high points before giving way to the drummers.The Billy and Mickey show was its usual, eventful self, complete with sampled voices coming from Mickey’s equipment, but there was a short loss of momentum when Mickey’s beam didn’t come through the PA, and the video cameras caught him gently motioning offstage to his tech, who quickly got it working. “Space” was a shorter affair, and it quickly bubbled over into a nice surprise for the New York crowd: a quick detour into John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme: Acknowledgement”, with Bob chanting the lyric before leading the band into “Stella Blue”.Weir nailed the number—his vocal phrasings of “Stella Blue” worked well with the song’s deliberate pace. And for the second straight night, the band decided to swap the “rock out of space” and “Jerry weeper” slots to great effect, though tonight the band seemed to forget they’d decided to do so. A full stop ensued, and after quick onstage conversations to get everyone back on the same page, John led the band the band into a rousing and unexpected “St. Stephen” that ran for nearly 13 minutes. “St. Stephen” gave way to a strong “Not Fade Away”, complete with Billy and Mickey’s tribal drumming and more fiery work on the Hammond B3 from Jeff before the fade-out and the sing-along.Watch “St. Stephen” below, courtesy of Sean Roche:“U.S. Blues “brought the run to a satisfying close just before 11:00 p.m., and all things considered it certainly seemed like the rust that was evident last week at the Bay Area benefit and occasionally on Sunday has largely disappeared.This train is rolling.Watch “U.S. Blues” courtesy of Sean Roche:Setlist: Dead & Company | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 11/14/17I: Hell In A Bucket, Cold Rain & Snow, Me & My Uncle, Brown-Eyed Women, Tennessee Jed, Bird Song, Man Smart, Woman SmarterII: Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower, China Doll, Estimated Prophet > Drums > Space > A Love Supreme > Stella Blue, St. Stephen, Not Fade AwayE: U.S. Blueslast_img read more

How to make mortgages and keep your distance

first_img continue reading » In mid-March, the Federal Reserve dropped the target range for its funds rate to 0%-0.25% to combat the economic fallout wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The move pushed mortgage rates to half-century lowsand, if first quarter data is any indication, spurred a flurry of activity for credit unions nationwide.For Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union ($2.6B, Saint Paul, MN) that activity has been significant — year-over-year growth in first mortgages for the first quarter of 2020 was more than 23%.“Our demand has been through the roof since rates dropped in March,” says Corey Rupp, the credit union’s chief lending officer. “We saw record volumes in April, and we expect May to blow the doors off that.”Initially, approximately 80% of that mortgage activity was in refinancing, Rupp says. In recent weeks, however, that has changed. In late April, purchase applications more than doubled — a trend that has continued into May. The housing market around Affinity Plus has remained strong, which has helped the credit union compensate for declines in consumer activity, but it also raises questions. Namely, how is the homebuying process different during a pandemic? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

March for our Lives Day, 2018

first_img March 23, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf National Issues,  Proclamations,  Public Safety WHEREAS, the safety of all Pennsylvania school students is a concern of the highest consequence, and all citizens should unite in ensuring all schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are safe; andWHEREAS, over 1.7 million students are enrolled in public schools and over 248,000 students are enrolled in private schools across the commonwealth; and,WHEREAS, March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to the student-led activism born out of the Parkland, Florida tragedy around putting an end to mass shootings in our schools; and,WHEREAS, politicians, law enforcement, school officials, and citizens must come together to put an end to senseless violence in American; andWHEREAS, we must honor the active and devoted citizens who have courageously given their time and efforts to demand the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and teachers; and,WHEREAS, the proposed bill, STOP School Violence Act of 2018, is a step in the right direction by providing recourses to take the next steps in protecting our children; and,WHEREAS, it is especially important that students and teachers across the nation be guaranteed a healthy, calm, and secure environment.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2018, to be MARCH FOR OUR LIVES DAY in recognition of the all those who have lost their lives to senseless gun violence. I encourage all citizens to continue their efforts to promote safety and awareness.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this twenty-second day of March two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — March for Our Lives Day 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd March for our Lives Day, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Whicker: No baseball in 2020 better than MLB’s proposed nonsense

first_imgThe punishingly long season is a player’s biggest challenge. It teases his mind and eyes into thinking he’s successfully grooved. Then it deals him an 0-for-10 and reminds him that four months remain.That is why pennant races were once so glorious. They were decided by teams playing on lactic acid, desperate men with failing legs, finding greatness nevertheless.An hors d’oeuvre of a season will not even test a 25-man roster, let alone the full 40.Let’s go all the way back to 2019. Washington lost 31 of its first 50 games and was 10 games behind in the National League East, with the second-worst record in the league. The  Nationals are serving an open-ended reign as world champions.The 2003 Florida Marlins were 21-29, 12 ½ games out, on May 25. They also won a World Series. Baseball is about a muscular body of work, not a skeleton. A 50-game Major League Baseball season is eyewash. A zero-game season is true Visine.It lifts the veil, clears the vision, confirms all our suspicions.We need a lost season. Baseball, or at least the version that we cherish, needs it too.Fifty games is nothing. It is the equivalent of a 3.7-game college football season, a 22-hole Masters. That, however, is what the owners and commissioner Rob Manfred were proposing. Now they threaten to call the whole thing off because the Players Association won’t promise it won’t file a grievance.What’s the rush? The networks want to get the regular season done by the end of September and the playoffs done before Nov. 1, but MLB, never shy about shoving its biggest games into a snow globe, could easily find a domed neutral site and wrap up the World Series in mid-November or later.No, the owners are living up to their longtime cynical norms.They are capitalizing on a pandemic to try to impose a salary cap when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after 2021.They also pushed for replacement players in 1995 and voted to “contract” the Twins and Expos out of business, and even considered a merger to create the Oakland-Anaheim Athletic Angels, the year before the Angels were world champs.To them, baseball is “product,” like hair gel, or fixtures in a tool-and-die shop.By contrast, the NBA and NHL worked with their players to find wildly unnatural playoff solutions that were solutions nevertheless. Baseball’s warlords backed off a full pro-rated salary promise they made in March.From here, the toxicity and mistrust will surely build. But it isn’t just major league baseball that the owners dislike.They just conducted a ridiculous five-round draft that threw hundreds of deserving players into a free-agent world of maximum $20,000 bonuses. Then the minor leagues canceled their seasons, too, in the wake of MLB’s campaign to shave off teams.A lost year of development can’t be replaced, but a lost year of baseball can be, in this entertainment-laden world.Sure, baseball fans have always returned after work stoppages. But this year the whole world stopped, and people discovered just what they could do without, including bad baseball.It is possible that a 2020 season, if played the way 2019 was, would have put COVID-19 to sleep. Four of the 30 teams won more than 100 games and four others lost more than 100.The Tigers lost 114 games and had no one with more than 15 home runs or nine pitching wins. The 2-3-4 starters in their rotation were 7-43. Red Klotz and the Washington Generals don’t belong in baseball.Competitive parity isn’t the only reason to hit the pause button. A lost season might help us find the game.Baseball has devolved from an unpredictable night at the Improv to the regimented precision of The Nutcracker. Robot umpires bring outrage, but how about robot right fielders who have to fetch a laminated card that tells them where to stand?The spontaneity and tempo have disappeared, replaced by an artless, ligament-crushing parade of 99 mph fastballs in and 110 mph fly balls out. Managers, often the game’s most endearing characters, become nervous, disposable middlemen.In simpler times, a new baseball league would threaten the torpid status quo. Who knows? Maybe certain players and agents have the power to create one, with new contract rules, the drafting of young collegians, higher mounds to prevent energy and cool the offenses, 28-man rosters.Or maybe it’s a matter of turning off baseball in 2020. It might spread humility and creativity, and restore the circuits. But that presumes you can find someone who wants it back on.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to remove an incorrect reference to the Tigers playing in the 2014 World Series.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Aquatic Center may re-open on Saturday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Aquatic Center will remain closed for today and Wellington Recreation Commission officials hope that it will reopen Saturday.A faulty valve and pump forced city employees to drain the pool on Wednesday.The pool’s mechanical issues are fixed, but now it takes time to refill the pool. WRC Director Cody White said it takes about 40-45 hours to fill the pool back up and get it properly treated. He said there are two pipes leading to the pool with city water and well water being pumped in.“We’ll monitor the situation and hopefully we’ll be back open on Saturday,” White said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -9 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering · 375 weeks ago Who pays for the water that is used each year at the pool each and every time it is pumped and refilled? Rec Center or the City tax payers? Plus I am just curious are they penalized the same as regular users if they over exceed their monthly usage? Report Reply 3 replies · active 375 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 375 weeks ago The rec is part of the government so either way it is the taxpayers. Are you insinuating they are wasting taxpayers money, because maintenance is a fact of life. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 375 weeks ago I think maybe what he was getting at is are the fees the Rec center charges users of the pool sufficient to cover costs like these, or does the city not bill for the pool water use at all? Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down wellingtoncitizen · 375 weeks ago I see that they are filling it with well water and city water so of course well water nobody is paying for. I have never been penalized for over exceeding the monthly usage of water and have never heard of that so please show us where you have got that information. I would think if the rec is part of the government then you should be able to see the budget for the pool. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 375 weeks ago Do you realize almost every city has a pool? Gripe,gripe,gripe. Do you realize the pool employees a lot of people who in turn spend that money helping to keep your taxes lower. You have to spend money to save money sometimes. Besides where would all those kids that have nothing better to do go? Short answer, no where good. Report Reply 1 reply · active 375 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 375 weeks ago I grew up in a small town that didn’t have a city pool or a rec center, and I somehow managed to escape being a juvenile delinquent. I’m not saying the pool isn’t a nice facility to have, because it is, but that doesn’t mean the taxpayer’s aren’t allowed to ask questions about the operation, management, and costs of the facility. Report Reply -5 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 375 weeks ago I seriously thought those were some good questions and only got smart remarks back from the select few I figured would. I guess this just continues to allow the rec center to stash back even more money in their rainy day funds. Seems like any tax exempt enity can take advantage of their private/government status. Just curious how much money does the rec center now have in their accounts? I don’t believe any part of the City of Wellington/Rec Center should have an account of over $1 million dollars for future build and still be able to collect taxes from the tax payers until that money is spent. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Jayhawks · 375 weeks ago I pay taxes and I am happy to help fill the pool back up. My kids work there and it is a great place to work and have went there for 14 years for good family fun. Some people complain to complain. They have done it so long I don’t think they even realize they are doing it. Get positive, this is something great for Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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SRMC is looking for full-time RN/LPN’s with new wage scale

first_img*Attention All Nurses: RN’s/LPN’s* Announcing NEW WAGE SCALE!!Sumner Regional Medical Center currently has full-time opportunities available on both first and second shifts. Competitive benefits with higher starting wages based on experience.  LETS TALK! Whether experienced or a new grad, if you are interested in joining our team of professionals please apply in person or send cover letter & resume to:Sumner Regional Medical Center1323 North A StreetWellington, KS.  67152 For more information, E-mail Allen Keller at [email protected]last_img read more

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG’s Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive

first_imgPresident of Paris Saint-GermainGeneva, Switzerland | AFP | Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.“The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of FIFA and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC in connection with the award of World Cup media rights,” said the statement on Thursday from Swiss prosecutors, referring to Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.While Qatari national Al-Khelaifi is the president of the famed French football club PSG, the statement indicates the alleged offences pertain to his role as the head of sports media group BEIN, which operates on five continents.The investigation was opened in March and is separate from a probe Switzerland launched against Valcke in March of 2016 over alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as deputy to FIFA’s disgraced former president Sepp Blatter.The new allegations claim that Valcke “accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.”Jerome ValckeThe statement from Switzerland’s top prosecutor also alleges illegal dealings with “Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030”. The 2018 and 2022 World Cup will be played in Russia and Qatar respectively, while the 2026 and 2030 tournaments have not yet been awarded.Valcke, a French national, was in Switzerland on Wednesday arguing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, where he was trying to overturn his 10-year ban from football over graft.Valcke was interviewed by the attorney general’s representatives in Geneva on Thursday “as a suspect”, the statement said.While Valcke was being questioned, authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched “properties” as part of the probe, the Swiss prosecutors said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more