The New Orleans Jazz Fest kicks of today, and to help get you in the mood, here’s a fun lil chat with the “Patron Saint Of Funk” himself, Mr. George Porter Jr.George talks about the evolution of the term “Funk,” how he approaches sit ins and just how eager he is to play “Cissy Strut” for the 14 zillionth time! Also, we’re including a schedule of his many, many shows around the Crescent City throughout the Festival. Enjoy!Words and video by Rex ThomsonPhoto by Jeffrey DupuisGeorge Porter Jr.’s Jazz Fest ScheduleApril 24th – The Meter Men w/ Page McConnellApril 25th – The Meter Men w/ Page McConnell & Warren HaynesApril 28th – Porter at The Threadhead Patry, Old Ironworks Band Start time: 5:45pm, End time: 7:05pmApril 29th – Shaggy Fest 8:30pm NOLA Brewing Tap RoomThe Trio Plus One @ The Maple Leaf 11pm hitApril 30th (technically Friday, May 1st) – The Maison 2 AMMay 1st – Mardi Gras World – Fiyafest – 2:40pm-3:40pmPorter with The New Orleans Social ClubPorter @ VOW Fairgrounds – 4:30pm – 7:30pmThe Funky Meters @ Tipitina’s (Uptown) 10:30pm CDTMay 2nd – Porter @ 50th Dead Anniversary The REPUBLIC – 2 AMPorter on Fairgrounds w/Davell Crawford for 12:30pm to 3pmNeville Tribute @ Saenger 8pm-9pmRunnin’ Pardeners @ D.B.A. – 10pm-1AMMay 3rd – Porter @ 50th Dead Anniversary The REPUBLICRunnin’ Pardeners on The Fairgrounds 11:15 to 12:05The Meters on The Fairgrounds 01:55 to 3:10
Tomorrowland, one of the biggest festivals in the world, has become known for its mind-blowing aftermovies. This year is no exception, as the Belgian electronic music festival with massive over-the-top production and pretty much all of the world’s top DJs has put out a 20-minute wrap video that is truly incredible, whether you are into EDM or not. Watch the spectacle below.
The music community was hit hard recently, as the life of the legendary David Bowie came to an end last Sunday, January 10th. Bowie had been battling cancer for 18 months, and died just two days after his final album, Blackstar, was released.In the passing days since Bowie’s death, nearly every musician and personality has paid their respects in some form. From public statements to musical tributes, and even a vandalized street sign endorsed by the city of Austin, TX, the sheer volume of love for Mr. Bowie has been overwhelmingly touching. As such, Bowie’s family has released a statement showing their appreciation, encouraging “everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.”Read the statement, published on Facebook, below:THANK YOUThe family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized or endorsed by the family.Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David’s music, we welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.
The Nth Power knows how to throw a party! The beloved soul/funk ensemble will play a very special Jazz Fest late night concert, titled Earth Wind & Power. The soulful tribute to Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White will feature a who’s who of performers, including members of Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio Band and more.The “Earth Wind & Power” show will see the Nth Power perform alongside Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, Skerik, and Farnell Newton, playing on April 28th at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind performance are available here.The full spring tour, announced last Friday, begins on March 10th and runs consistently through May 21st. On the heels of their powerful 2015 release, Abundance, the group will play all across the nation, including shows with Turkuaz, The Motet, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Fritz, Dumpstaphunk and The London Souls.The group will also be performing at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise Festival, hosted by Lettuce, and featuring performances from GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, Cory Henry and more! Be sure to head down to St. Augustine, FL from April 1-2, as the new festival promises one of a kind music, just minutes away from the beach. What better way to funk out could there be?! Tickets and more information can be found here.The Nth Power Spring Tour Dates3/10 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH *3/11 – Trolly – Dayton, OH *3/12 – Martyrs – Chicago, IL *3/13 – Founders – Grand Rapids, MI *3/15 – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CT %3/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY %3/17 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA %3/18 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT %3/19 – Bearsville Theater – Woodstock, NY %3/20 – Funk N Waffles – Syracuse, NY +3/24 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME 3/25 – Snow Barn (Mount Snow) – West Dover, VT 3/26 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY &3/30 – Sidebar – Tallahassee, FL3/31 – Biscuit Fest @ The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL 4/1 – Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL !4/2 – Fool’s Paradise – St Augustine, FL 4/5 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC4/6 – The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC #4/7 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN #4/8 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA #4/9 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC #4/10 – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC4/11 – The Camel – Richmond, VA4/13 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY ^4/14 – The Rex – Pittsburgh, PA ^4/15 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC $4/16 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA $4/22 – Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA4/27 – FIYA FEST – New Orleans, LA4/28 – One Eyed Jack’s – New Orleans, LA / “Earth, Wind & Power” event *** 5/5 – The Bluebird – Denver, CO ^5/6 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO ^5/7 – Hodi’s Half Note – Ft. Collins, CO ^5/8 – Schmiggity’s – Steamboat Springs, CO5/10 – Town Square – Jackson, WY5/11 – Pub Station – Billings MT5/12 – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT ^5/13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR5/14 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA ^5/18 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA ^5/19 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA ^5/20 – Atrium @ The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA ^5/21 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA ^(*) w/ Jonathan Scales Fourchestra supporting(%) w/ Jennifer Hartswick Band supporting(+) w/ Joe Driscoll supporting(&) w/ Fall Creek Brass Band supporting(***) “Earth, Wind & Power” special event(!) w/ S.P.O.R.E. supporting(#) w/ The Fritz supporting(^) opening for Turkuaz($) opening for The Motet
St. Vincent and Beck have been developing a close working relationship as of late. After performing together at the Nirvana reunion show, St. Vincent has released a funked-up remix of Beck’s “Uneventful Days”.The song, which appears on Beck’s latest release, Hyperspace, tells the story of a person struggling to cope after a breakup. The Beck and Pharrell Williams-penned lyrics describe a relatable situation of loss and the feeling of despair that follows. “Uneventful days, uneventful nights/Living in that dark, waiting for the light/Nothing you could say could make it come to light/I don’t have a way to make you change your mind”. Furthermore, the video for the song, directed by Blood Orange, paints an equally dismal image.Meanwhile, St. Vincent was hard at work putting her own touch on the tune. She took the melancholic original and laced it with her jubilant flair. A funky bassline dominates the remix. Similarly, funk guitar and synth sit comfortably over the mix, creating a stark contrast between the vocals and music.Listen to the remix below.Beck – “Uneventful Days” – (St. Vincent Remix)[Video: Beck]Watch the original music video below.Beck – “Uneventful Days” – [Official Music Video][Video: Beck]The two musicians look to continue collaborating later this month. On January 28th, both Beck and St. Vincent will perform in the Prince tribute show dubbed “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince”. Along with Common, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Earth, Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and others, the two will perform a variety of Prince songs to pay tribute to his illustrious career.Additionally, Beck has several festival dates lined up this year, including Something In The Water festival in Virginia Beach on April 20th-26th. Visit his official website for more information. St. Vincent has no scheduled tour dates, however, fans can visit her website to stay up to date on her scheduled performances.
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According to the University’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP), the majority of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol. Senior design students Laurel Komos and Mia Swift decided to raise awareness of the link between sexual assault and alcohol in a creative way. For the first part of their campaign, “Proof of Consent or it’s 100% No,” they designed a tag, one side displaying a parodied image of an alcohol brand’s signature container and the other a message about obtaining consent, and tied them around alcohol bottles at Belmont Beverages in South Bend. “We did it the Friday before the [Brigham Young] game, so it was going to be a big weekend for people buying alcohol for tailgates, etc.,” Komos said. “So if you wanted to go buy a bottle of Malibu, you had this note and this message that hopefully got people to go to our Tumblr page [http://proofofconsent.tumblr.com] and interact.” The project is part of Design for Social Good: Affecting Positive Change, an elective where students learn about the social model of design, or designing for a good cause, Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication and design and instructor for the course said. In addition to designing projects for charities, non-profits and new businesses, class members create social awareness campaigns centering on a single issue, he said. Sedlack said he and the class chose to focus on sexual assault awareness this semester after the number of sexual assault alert emails increased this fall and after Christine Caron Gebhardt, co-chair of CSAP and director of the Gender Relations Center, suggested such a project. “I like to keep the project as topical as possible,” Sedlack said. “After the shootings in Newton we did a project on gun control, and after that awful incident where fried chicken was placed in the [mailboxes of two African American student organizations], we did a project on racism. … I don’t really know what the project will be until about a week before I assign it.” Sedlack said Caron Gebhardt spoke to the class and gave them background on sexual assault prevention. Each group in the class then tackled a different aspect of the issue. In addition to tying tags around alcohol bottles, Komos and Swift put stickers in restrooms in bars, dorms, LaFortune Student Center and the football stadium and created a Tumblr page, Komos said. The campaign centers around four “rules” of consent and publicizes messages such as, “Nothing you’ve already done gives you permission to do the next thing,” and “True consent is especially difficult after a few shots of tequila,” she said. “Our [campaign] is more on the preventative side, trying to get people aware of what sexual assault actually is and how to help people that have gone through it and how to avoid it happening to you or to your friends or to anyone that you’re with. That’s why I was drawn to this angle,” Komos said. Senior Emily Hoffmann [Editor’s note: Hoffmann is a graphic designer for The Observer.] said she and her project partner, senior Eileen Murphy, wanted to target younger women who went to dorm parties. For their campaign, “Write It On the Wall,” they hung clear posters in the women’s restrooms of male dorms. The posters contained a statistic on sexual assault, a list of resources and an invitation to write on the poster with a Sharpie, starting a written dialogue about sexual assault. “The girl’s bathroom is kind of like that safe zone where it’s judgment-free, or it’s the place where you go if you’re in an uncomfortable situation or you just want to get away from the party or you actually have to go to the bathroom, and girls seem to always go in pairs,” Hoffmann said. “It seemed like a good avenue to start this forum about sexual assault.” Komos said in the days since their campaign began, images on the Tumblr page had been shared several times, and friends had asked her for stickers for themselves. She said she hoped the next phase of the project, which began Wednesday, would get the message to a younger audience. “We’re going to finish making the stickers,” Komos said. “I have a lot of friends who are RAs, and we’re going to take them to dorms and start putting them in dorm bathrooms to try to get the awareness more away from the over-21 crowd and more into the younger crowd that would also be susceptible to these decisions.” Hoffmann said when she and Murphy checked the dorm restrooms Monday, most of the posters had been taken down, but the ones that were still up showed that a dialogue had started. “We took pictures of them, two of them in particular,” Hoffmann said. “There were about 20 different stories about either sexual assault that had happened to these girls or sexual assaults that had happened to friends of whoever was writing. There were definitely 20 different handwritings on the posters, some of them in response to others.” “The most rewarding part was … some that said, ‘Thanks for doing this.’” Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]
She was born on April 18, 1924 to Arbelle Blankenship Epps and Clyde Epps in Clarksville, Texas. Jackie has been a resident of Port Arthur for 70 years.She was preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters and her husband, Eugene Free.Jackie is survived by her daughter, Judy K. Stone and husband, Bob of Cedar Park, Texas, her son, Mike Free and girlfriend, Carmen Savant of Port Arthur, Texas, her three grandchildren, Jason Stone, Kayla Free and Kelly Free, her two great grandchildren, Bryson and Gavin Stone, numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation for family and friends will begin on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Graveside services to honor Jackie’s life will be on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves with Rev. Klint Pruitt, Chaplain of Port Arthur Fire Department, officiating. Jackie Free, 92, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Lake Arthur Place in Port Arthur.
Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont decreased for the second straight week, as March results remained slightly higher than February. Last week there were 884 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont last week. This is a decrease of 75 from the week before and are 39 more than last year’s total.Altogether 10,141 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 270 from a week ago and 2,171 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,501 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 16 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 731 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 23 more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Meanwhile, US claims also continued to fall. In the week ending March 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 353,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 356,250.The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending March 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate of 2.7 percent.The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 10 was 3,352,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,361,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,385,750, a decrease of 13,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,398,750.Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths to 5.0 percent in January. See story HERE.
Vermont Business Magazine Susan Koch, a Union Elementary School Kindergarten and First Grade teacher in Montpelier, has been selected as the 2016 Vermont Teacher of the Year (VT-TOY), the Agency of Education announced today. In addition to teaching first grade, she has encouraged and developed the Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) Program in Montpelier. This outdoor education program has now spread to all of the grades at Union Elementary. All students are given the opportunity to learn in a natural setting throughout the entire school year.Also recognized are:· Alternate Anne Marie Mahar, a science and biology teacher for grades 11-12 at Rutland High School; and· Finalist Stephen Rand, an English teacher at Harwood Union Middle and High School for grades 9-12.Koch, Mahar and Rand will be honored by the State Board of Education at an event November 17. Rebecca Haslam of Champlain Elementary School is the current 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year. Koch’s tenure as 2016 Vermont Teacher of the Year will begin January 1.As the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Koch will travel statewide visiting schools and working with teachers. In addition, she is Vermont’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Koch will travel to Washington, DC, this spring for a reception at the White House, where she will meet the president.Susan Koch“I am proud to represent all of the incredible teachers and colleagues I have met, studied with, collaborated with, and admired.” said Koch. “Education today is a vibrant exciting profession. The role of a teacher in a child’s education has fundamentally changed. We are no longer lecturing student’s as they sit in a “one size fits all classroom”. Educators are providing unique learning opportunities for students that often include forest lessons, community visits, virtual field trips, and collaborative teaching. Students are creating their own knowledge, learning actively, setting goals, and reflecting upon their learning. The teaching profession is a dynamic and exciting field.”Since 1964, Vermont has participated in this program recognizing outstanding teachers. For more information about the Vermont Teacher of the Year program, go to: http://education.vermont.gov/department/awards/teacher-of-the-year(link is external).