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Trey Anastasio’s Longtime Guitar Tech, Brian Brown, Stepping Down After 21 Years

first_imgFollowing a Phish New Year’s run that is in the talks of one of the best gags ever, big news in the Phish world dropped today, as Brian Brown will be stepping down as the guitar tech for Trey Anastasio after twenty-one rockstar years of insurmountable service. first leaked the news earlier today, and clearly had some time to catch-up with Brian following Phish’s four-night run at Madison Square Garden last week.Treys Guitar Rig reports: “Brown, 65, has worked as a tech in the industry for 40 years. He explained that the physical toll of the profession has contributed to his decision to retire, including the ‘heavy lifting, truck loading, [and] 14 hour workdays.’ Combining his 10 years as a musician to 40 as a tech, Brown says, “I’ve been setting up concert gigs for 50 years… since I was 15 years old, adding ‘Mother Nature is telling me to slow down.’”Brown will be replaced by storied Canadian-born guitar tech Michael Kaye, who has worked with, among others, Paul Simon, Pete Townsend, Stephen Stills, Brian Wilson, Patti Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi, and Warren Zevon.  Brown described Kaye as “a great guy, very experienced, and super smart.” He adds, “I’m happy knowing Trey’s going to be well taken care of.”Kaye was directly involved in the rebuild of Anastasio’s rig that took place at Bob Bradshaw’s Custom Audio Electronics in early December, 2017, and has been working with Anastasio, Brown, and Bradshaw on tweaks and maintenance since, including at Madison Square Garden for Phish’s four-night 2017 New Year’s Eve run.Since February 2007, Brown has also been building hand-made cables for the legendary Hard Truckers company, famed for its celebrated speaker cabinets and work with the Grateful Dead.  Brown’s Hard Truckers cables are made to the same exacting standards as the cables he’s built for Trey Anastasio’s touring rig over the years.  Hard Truckers CEO Glenn Goldstein described Brown as a “guitar and electronics wizard,” who “has dedicated his life to the science behind the music.”“I’ll always be of service to Trey in the future,” Brown says, “just not the primary tech.”From the entire Phish community, thank you for you dedication and devotion to a dream Brian.  As Trey said before the band’s second hiatus in 2004, “I would not be able to play without Brian… he totally makes all this stuff work.”[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img read more

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Breaks Spotify’s Single-Day Streaming Record

first_imgThe career discography of pop singer Mariah Carey is abundantly filled with dance-friendly radio hits which range from “We Belong Together” to “Always Be My Baby”. There is that one song, however, which stands out above all the rest, mostly due to its dominance over the radio waves and karaoke clubs every December. The song in reference is Carey’s trademark holiday single, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, which has become so popular since being released in 1994 that it managed to break Spotify‘s single-day streaming record on Christmas Eve 2018 with 10,819,009 total plays on the popular music platform.Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” [Music Video]Spotify’s previous single-day record had been held by late rapper XXXTentacion, whose single, “Sad!” reached an equally impressive 10.4 million streams this past summer following his untimely death. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is not the only holiday tune to have earned some impressive streaming stats on the day between Festivus and Christmas. “Last Christmas” by Wham! racked up 9,098,668 Spotify plays on December 24th (hope all you #Whamageddon players steered clear), followed by Ariana Grande‘s “Santa Tell Me”, which earned 7,086,794 total streams. One could also credit the rising popularity of reggaeton and Hispanic-based pop music here in America to explain how José Feliciano‘s “Feliz Navidad” out-streamed old man Bing Crosby‘s “White Christmas” by over 76,000 plays.Such an impressive number of streams would be a real Christmas miracle for the standard indie musician. For Carey and her team however, the 10,819,009 plays really only amounted to an estimated $66,000 in royalties, which gets shared amongst the songwriting/production team, management, label personnel and, finally, Carey, who still gets a cut of the profits as the recording’s performer. The royalty earnings may not equal to what album sales offered back in the 1990s, but surely afforded the pop diva with enough holiday cash to buy a new chinchilla fur coat just in time for New Year’s Eve. The achievement was at least enough for Carey to acknowledge the streaming accomplishment via her Twitter on Christmas.Mariah Carey isn’t the only popular artist breaking streaming records as of late. Queen also made history earlier this month when it was announced that “Bohemian Rhapsody” had become the most-streamed song of the 20th century, with the total number of 1.5 billion streaming being tallied from every online music service, including YouTube. The only real streaming test left for fans to help achieve is getting Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi‘s “Monster Mash” to crack the single-day Halloween record next October. Your move, Millennials. [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Harvard Kennedy School’s Martha Chen is awarded “Padma Shri”

first_imgMartha Chen, lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, has been awarded a Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of her work around issues of employment, poverty, and gender in India.Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are awarded in several disciplines including visual arts, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, and civil service. “Padma Vibhushan” is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, “Padma Bhushan” for distinguished service of high order, and “Padma Shri” for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day, Jan. 26, every year. The awards are conferred by the president of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in March or April.Raised as a third-generation American in India and earning a Ph.D. in South Asian studies, Chen spent many years as a development scholar and practitioner in India.  Two of her books are based on in-depth field studies in India – a study of household livelihood strategies in a village in Gujarat state and a study of widows in 14 villages in 7 states of India – titled, respectively, “Coping with Seasonality and Drought in Western India” and “Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India.” She continues to work on issues relating to the working poor, especially women, in India in partnership with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India whose founder, Ela Bhatt, received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2001 and was the Harvard Kennedy School Class Day speaker in 2006.Learn more here about the 2011 Padma Shri Award: read more

Visting fellow delivers ‘Last Lecture’

first_imgDr. Andrew Bacevich, a visiting fellow from Boston University, gave his “Last Lecture” Thursday as a series of talks hosted by the Notre Dame Student Government. Their talks highlight a different visiting professor every week. The professor is asked to give his “Last Lecture” where he or she discusses his or her ideas on life and lessons learned throughout it. Bacevich, a professor of International Relations, teaches a seminar course called “Ideas and American Foreign Policy” to students in history, peace studies and political science at Notre Dame. He is a visiting fellow through the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Bacevich’s lecture focused on three main themes: vocation, history, and rootedness. He discussed regrets about mistakes he has made in his life in relation to these themes. “This is an invitation to reflect on one’s life,” Bacevich said, “And it tends to unearth a sense of regret. There are things I would do differently if given the chance to do it all over again.” Bacevich said what he had learned about life’s vocation in the context of his own upbringing. Raised as a Catholic and sent to Catholic schools until college, he said he heard often of three paths of life. “The nuns taught us that there are three vocations – religious life, marriage or the single life,” Bacevich said. “What they did not teach is a broader understanding of vocation – primarily the question ‘What am I called to do in my life?’” Bacevich urged all students to address this question earnestly before they leave Notre Dame. “The key to life is to do work that you find fulfilling and satisfying. What the world thinks about that work does not matter,” Bacevich said. “Deciding on your calling is your business and no one else’s.” Bacevich then discussed his second theme, history. He urged all students, regardless of whether or not they are a history major, to use their time at Notre Dame “to think about the past and illuminate the present.” Another point he made about history had to do with dealing with the past. “The best thing we can do as human beings with history is cope with it,” Bacevich said. Bacevich said he moved from place to place, never staying rooted, and said only when he began working at Boston University as a professor did he finally establish roots. “ “Being a part of a community is what makes us human,” Bacevich said. “I really wish I had discovered that earlier.” Bacevich left the students with a final piece of advice. “I encourage you to go have an adventure or two, but when you are finished, go back home, wherever it is, and put down some roots. It’s important to belong someplace,” he said. “Regret is not the theme of my existence. … I have had many blessings, including being here at the University of Notre Dame.” Contact Katie McCarty at [email protected]last_img read more

Watch Audra McDonald Discuss Channeling Billie Holiday

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments Related Shows What a little studio light can do! Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by NewsNation to discuss with Tamron Hall her latest Broadway role: Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. McDonald shared what it’s like to portray such a legendary performer who “regardless of all the knocks, still rose to the top.” “In the end,” McDonald explains, “it was her music that survived…she would tell anybody who got close to her, ‘don’t do what I did. You stay away from these drugs.’” What guidance would McDonald herself give to her own fans and supporters? “Be you. That’s what’s most special…always say yes to yourself.” Take a look at the interview below and catch Lady Day, which recently announced an extension through August 10, at the Circle in the Square Theatre! Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Star Files Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgCome together! Lennon: Through a Glass Onion officially opens off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre on October 15. The production, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015 Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show weaves together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” Related Shows The limited engagement will run through February 22, 2015. View Commentslast_img read more

River People: A Couple Finds Magic On An End-to End French Broad River Journey

first_imgWhen she handed my husband Nelson the two cold beers, plus six fresh eggs from her chickens and a small bundle of firewood, I almost fell to my knees and wept. It was such a small gesture, but it came straight from her heart to ours at exactly the time we needed it.We had pulled up to the shore of our campground for the night, unsure which site was ours. Glenda, co-owner of the French Broad River Campground, just happened to stop by.“I want to support what you guys are doing,” Glenda said as she unknowingly participated in what we’d started calling “river magic.” Over and over on our end-to-end French Broad River paddling trip, we encountered “river magic” from people who gave to us selflessly.This whole trip idea started last year when Nelson stopped in at The Hub’s Pisgah Tavern near Brevard for an after-work beer, and a colorful, slim, spiral-bound map caught his eye: The Riverkeeper’s Guide to the French Broad River. Curiosity piqued, he bought it. When he came home, he grinned, handed it to me, and said, “I think we could do this.”By day four, Nelson half-jokingly said, “I need a vacation from our vacation.” I wrote in my journal: “I’m tired of hauling gear up the banks or stairs to and from our boat and campsite. Gear is heavy and bulky, and I am weak and puny. Our kitchen box is so heavy. I shall name the kitchen box Bertha.”As the idea began to take shape, Nelson laid out river miles and chose campsites. I began planning menus. We launched from Headwaters Outfitters’ sandy beach in Rosman, North Carolina, where the North and West Forks of the French Broad River come together to form this beautiful river.In the first few days, the river repeatedly wound back on itself in dramatic horseshoe turns. We passed folks in canoes and kayaks who asked us lots of questions: How long would the trip take us? Did we know about the dams? What about the whitewater? Where would we sleep? Did we really have enough food?Somewhere around mile 20, we took a break at a local park and started chatting with one of the kayakers there. As we explained our journey, one of the guys exclaimed, “You deserve some beer!”At mile 31 we stopped so Nelson could walk up to a nearby store to grab some extra ice for the cooler. Black clouds were rapidly gathering overhead and that first crack of thunder got our attention. When it started raining in sheets, we pulled over, set up our umbrella and hunkered down until the worst of the storm passed. Four hours and seven river miles later, we set up camp in the steamy late-afternoon sunshine.Most of our days were filled with downed trees, menacing thunderstorms, many rocks, various animal sightings, and long, long stretches of flatwater. By day four, Nelson half-jokingly said, “I need a vacation from our vacation.” I wrote in my journal: “I’m tired of hauling gear up the banks or stairs to and from our boat and campsite. Gear is heavy and bulky, and I am weak and puny. Our kitchen box is so heavy. I shall name the kitchen box Bertha.”One piece of this adventure we had not yet planned out was how we were going to get around the two dams in Marshall. Fortunately, we met “Davewave” at the Asheville Outdooor Center, who offered to provide a shuttle ride. True to his word, he showed up with his truck and trailer to portage us safely two miles downstream.We ran Section 9, the most technical whitewater stretch of the French Broad River, with the help of other rafts on the river. As we were approaching Frank Bell’s Rapid, we spotted a pair of bald eagles high up in the trees. They flew off one at a time as we got close. Then, on our final night in camp, a barred owl flew by so close to our tent we could hear its wings cut through the air and ruffle the rain fly of our tent. River magic, compliments of Mother Nature.Our 17-mile paddle on the last day was much easier than anticipated, and we floated into the finish at Douglas Lake. This accomplishment was special, earned through teamwork, hard work, and a good bit of something else: all that river magic. Our grins were as wide as the lake we found ourselves on.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United continue to back manager despite Istanbul Basaksehir defeat | Football News

first_img Football writer and United We Stand editor Andy Mitten says Manchester United will use Sir Alex Ferguson as an example to stick by manager Solskjaer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager ‘United backing Solskjaer but things must improve’Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper says Manchester United still support Solskjaer despite the consecutive defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.“From what I’m being told, Manchester United still see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a long-term project and somebody who should be given the backing and support to do this job. I don’t think anything’s changed.“What’s their reaction to the last couple of days? I think it’s not good. A week ago, we were all saying what an amazing coach and how things have changed under Solskjaer.“He out-thought RB Leipzig when they won 5-0 at Old Trafford and everything seemed to be changing. The flipside to that is, how on earth did those players beat Leipzig 5-0 and then put in the performances that we’ve seen over the last couple of games? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer United are currently 15th in the Premier League after losing 1-0 against Arsenal on Sunday, but the club has no plans to replace Solskjaer – despite reports linking former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with the role at Old Trafford.Solskjaer laughed off suggestions his job is under threat after the defeat in Turkey.“I decline to comment on such a thing,” he said in his post-match press conference. “Of course, it’s early on and opinions are out there all the time.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Solskjaer refused to comment on his future at the club following their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir “You’ve got to stay strong. I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with my staff.”United return to Premier League action on Saturday away at Everton, who have also lost their last two matches against Southampton and Newcastle. 0:53 0:52 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains the support of Manchester United and is still seen as a long-term appointment, Sky Sports News understands.Solskjaer has come under fresh scrutiny in the wake of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League – their first in the competition this season.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Former England manager Steve McClaren says Solskjaer ‘needs to be ruthless’ if he is to alleviate the pressure surrounding his job 0:53 Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren says Solskjaer must be “ruthless” with his underperforming players.“Ole’s under pressure. He needs clarity, a clear head and good support staff to tell him the truth,” McClaren told Sky Sports News.“But he also needs to be ruthless, and those players that aren’t performing, he has to somehow turn that around. Ole and his staff must take responsibility because there’s been that many systems over the last few weeks. There’s been a change of personnel – is he trying to keep everybody happy and give everybody a game?“Those players have to take responsibility also; they’re not doing it game in, game out. Yes, Ole takes responsibility, but the players also must look at themselves.“The game against Everton on Saturday is pivotal but he’s been through this situation before – the speculation and everybody calling for his head – but himself, the team and the staff have pulled themselves through and got a result they needed.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “There are major question marks. You saw Solskjaer last night – he was furious with what happened in Istanbul. He protected his players, didn’t criticise them too much. But I think you can see that he’s expecting a big turnaround against Everton at the weekend.“We have been here before but most Manchester United fans would tell you, when he needs a result, he gets one. But going to Everton at the weekend won’t be easy. November is a sticky time for managers post Sir Alex Ferguson.“This time last year, there were the same questions against Solskjaer. The message from United is that they’re backing Solskjaer. He is the man for the long-term, but things do need to improve on the pitch.”McClaren: Ole must be ruthlesslast_img read more

No dangerous changes seen in Hong Kong H9N2 virus

first_imgJan 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong health officials reported today that the H9N2 avian influenza virus that recently infected a 2-month-old girl from mainland China has not acquired any genes from human-adapted flu viruses, implying that it is unlikely to pose a major danger to humans.In a news release, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) in Hong Kong’s Department of Health said genetic sequencing has shown that all the virus’s genes are of avian origin.”DNA sequences of the genes concerned show that they are of avian origin, and reassortment with genes of human influenza origin has not been found,” an anonymous CHP spokesman said in the release.”The epidemiological and genetic findings so far suggest that the H9N2 virus has shown no signs of increased risk for human-to-human transmission,” he said.The spokesman said the virus is very similar to an H9N2 virus isolated from a 9-month-old girl in Hong Kong in 2007. He added that the virus has been found to be sensitive to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and amantadine.H9N2 viruses are distinct from the deadly Asian strain of H5N1 but are regarded as having the potential to evolve into a pandemic strain. The current case is the fifth H9N2 infection reported in Hong Kong since 1999, all of them in infants and young children who had mild illnesses and recovered.The 2-month-old girl, from Shenzhen in southern China, is still being treated in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun Hospital for another disease, the CHP said. The H9N2 virus was not found in nasopharyngeal samples taken from the girl on Jan 2, the statement said.In other developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized two human H5N1 cases reported by Asian governments yesterday, one in China and one in Vietnam.The Chinese case involved a 19-year-old woman from Beijing who fell ill Dec 24 and died Jan 5, the WHO said in a statement. China has had 31 H5N1 cases, 21 of them fatal.The patient in Vietnam is an 8-year-old girl from Thanh Hoa province who became ill Dec 27 and is in stable condition, the WHO confirmed. Vietnam has had 107 H5N1 cases with 52 deaths.Echoing earlier reports, the WHO said both patients had had contact with poultry before they got sick.The two cases raised the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 393 cases with 248 deaths. The agency classified the two illnesses as 2008 cases, raising the total for the year to 42 cases with 31 deaths. That represents a case-fatality rate of 74%.Vietnam’s agriculture ministry has confirmed an H5N1 outbreak among poultry in Thanh Hoa province, the home of the sick 8-year-old, according to a Reuters report published today.About 400 chickens in Ba Thuoc district, where the girl lives, died of the disease, the report said. District authorities in Ba Thuoc, about 94 miles south of Hanoi, have slaughtered nearly 8,000 chickens in efforts to stop the outbreak, Reuters reported.Thanh Hoa is the second province in 2 weeks to report an H5N1 outbreak in poultry, having been preceded by Thai Nguyen, north of Hanoi, the story said.See also: Hong Kong news release on H9N2 case report on Vietnam case report on Chinese case read more

Investing in quality is the key to the competitiveness of family accommodation

first_img“The family accommodation market is constantly growing. Last year, 7,6 million arrivals were recorded, with an increase of 10%, the number of overnight stays also increased by 6,2% to 43,3 million. But we should not focus only on raising numbers, but on investing in quality. Namely, with the importance for tourism and small business in general, family accommodation is a key medium for creating and transmitting the identity of our destinations, ” pointed out the director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ana Klarić at the 5th Family Accommodation Forum, which is being organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce this year in Split from March 29 to 30.  As part of the Forum, the awards “Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia” were awarded to the best renters in 11 categories.  The main focus of the fifth edition of the Family Accommodation Forum is on raising quality. During the two days of the Forum, participants will be able to learn how to improve different segments of the offer, from luxury private accommodation and interior design to investing in professional photography and serving a superb breakfast. “Considering that the Split-Dalmatia County has the largest number of family accommodation in Croatia, we have launched numerous trainings and counseling centers in order to increase the quality of the offer. We do all this because we believe that it is necessary to help family accommodation to raise quality, have a better marketing presence, better distribution and to keep pace with new tourist and market trends., said the director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Joško Stella.  State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina said that family accommodation must become an internationally recognized product, in line with the principles of green tourism and intended for targeted market niches for most of the year. “To achieve this, it is necessary to provide support to renters to develop through investment. That is why, in cooperation with HBOR, we have prepared a microcredit program for private renters, for which great interest has been expressed. Our goal is to provide financial support for the arrangement of accommodation capacities to all natural persons who are registered for renting rooms, apartments, holiday homes or camps. This will ultimately result in equalizing quality, achieving better service in private accommodation and raising the competitiveness of Croatian tourism. “, said Glavina, adding that such a step should introduce us to the top 20 tourist countries in the world. The loans offer unique conditions of only 2 percent interest for amounts up to HRK 375 thousand, with a repayment period of up to 10 years. The head of the Service for Economy, Tourism, International and European Funds of the City of Split, Ela Žižić, stated that the Forum is primarily of an educational nature, but it is also important for the exchange of knowledge and experience. “It is important to network, learn from the best and implement measures to increase quality, taking into account the latest trends in tourism markets. This makes us even better and more competitive as a tourist destination. “, said Žižić. Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ana Klarić Awarded the best renters They were declared the best accommodation on the coast Apartments Mediterraneo on the island of Capri, the title for best accommodation in the city is gone The Pearl of the Danube from Vukovar, was declared the best accommodation for the family Villa More in Lovran, the best accommodation for an active vacation is Villa Maslina in Buzet, and for a wellness holiday Little Villa Rebecca from Gornja Dubrava. Villa Milica from Pula was declared the best eco accommodation, Villa Covri from Brtonigla is the most original accommodation, Stancija Rušeti from Oprtalj is the best accommodation in nature, a Holiday house Sobol the best accommodation in rural tourism. Apartments Sabina from Fužine were chosen as the best family accommodation in 2019, as well as the best accommodation for staying with pets. last_img read more