The exciting YarmonyGrass returns to Rancho Del Rio, CO from August 10-13, bringing along a slew of wonderful artists for the 12th annual festival event. Though the headliners have yet to be announced, the lineup is filled with great performers, including Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, Head For The Hills, The Drunken Hearts (x2), Coral Creek (x2) and more.The full lineup features The Grant Farm ft. Andy Thorn, Bonfire Dub, Kitchen Dwellers (x2), Liver Down The River, Brad Parsons Band, Jay Roemer Band ft. Dave Carroll, Yarmony All-Stars, The RunniKine, Emily Clark & The Passing Fancy, Uptown Toodeloo String Band, The Sweet Lillies, Timber! and Sixty Minute Men. With more artists to be named later, this is one festival you won’t want to miss.For fans of this style of music, be sure to check out the upcoming Drunken Hearted Medicine Show at Cervantes Masterpiece & The Other Side on March 24th, featuring many of the same performers! Victor Wooten will be headlining, and Band of Heathens, Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn Duo, Drunken Hearts, Brad Parsons Band and Coral Creek are all performing! Tickets and more info can be found here.See the full lineup announcement below, and find out more about the festival on their official website.
In 1984, Sabrina Peck created a dance and theater piece to help Harvard College students tap into their creativity. She never dreamed the work would blossom into the transformative program CityStep, which for the past three decades has united undergrads with middle school students.To honor its 30th anniversary, CityStep will hold its annual year-end performance, “Time Machine,” at Sanders Theatre this weekend. Tonight and Saturday more than 150 local middle school students will dance through time, with choreography based on different periods in history, even moving into the future.“I take a lot of heart in the idea that the students continue to be inspired by the blend of performance arts, education, and public service,” said Peck ’84.Today an accomplished director and choreographer who makes her home in New York City, Peck said the original work that fused choreography and music was an instant hit on campus. When she and several Harvard College students performed an excerpt from the show at a local Cambridge school, sparks flew.Watching the young faces in the crowd light up, Peck spontaneously invited the audience onstage to join in the fun.“From that moment I realized, wow, this is an opportunity to leverage the resources of the University and the enthusiasm of the students to enrich the lives of these public school students.”In its earliest incarnation, CityStep had local middle school students break into two groups and face off with a “conflict dance.” Courtesy of CityStep archivesSince then, CityStep has partnered teams of Harvard undergraduates with Cambridge middle schools. Each week the College students visit fifth- through seventh-grade classrooms, teaching the youngsters funky dance moves. CityStep also helps the youngsters develop social skills, creativity, self-expression, self-confidence, and a sense of community through exercises, dance and music workshops, and field trips.With its local success, the program has expanded well beyond Harvard’s gates. In 2004, CityStep was launched at the University of Pennsylvania. This year, Princeton University started its own CityStep program.But the outreach initiative is much more than just a way to help middle-schoolers engage with the arts. It’s also about helping Harvard College students engage with their passions and give back.Before arriving at Harvard, freshman Emma Kantor danced for years with the National Dance Institute in New York City. It was there she combined her love of dance with public service, helping teach dance to blind and visually impaired students. When looking at colleges, Kantor said she faced a quandary. “What was I going to do to fill that void?”At Harvard, CityStep was the perfect fit. Her involvement with the program, Kantor said, affirms her belief that “the arts can inspire children to achieve and to succeed and make them work harder in all parts of life.”“Having been on the other side I can say that arts education changes lives,” she added.And Kantor expects CityStep — or a similar program — to play a role in her life after Harvard. “I think it’s something that, wherever I end up in life, I will try to find a program like this,” she added.CityStep will perform “Time Machine” tonight at 7 and Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. at Sanders Theatre. For more information, visit the Office for the Arts website.
Joe Schmidt believes England set the RBS 6 Nations “benchmark” with victory over Wales, leaving Ireland already chasing to keep up and hold on to their title. Ireland boss Schmidt believes his side must improve “between 30 and 40 per cent” from their 26-3 win over Italy to stand any chance of reaching England’s early level. Stuart Lancaster’s side set the standard with a 21-16 victory in Cardiff, and head coach Schmidt conceded Ireland are already playing catch-up. Former schoolteacher Schmidt offered up a must-do-better report after tries from Conor Murray and Tommy O’Donnell while Leonardo Ghiraldini was in the sin-bin sealed victory in Rome. “The benchmark was set by England last night: England just kept the pressure right on Wales and the physical nature of that battle means we’ve got a bit of work to do without a doubt,” said Schmidt. “And we’ll have to roll our sleeves up early on next week and hopefully put together a sufficiently-improved performance to be competitive against France. “We were between 30 and 40 per cent off that against Italy: we wouldn’t have lived with them last night. And I thought Wales were pretty good. “For us we certainly need to up our game. I do think that part of it was the pressure Italy put on us but, at the same time, I know we can do better than that and we’re going to have to. “I think Italy will improve through the tournament as well, they showed glimpses of what they are capable of. But you pick up two months after November with a number of changes: we had six of the starting 15 that we had this time last year, so that in itself presents a challenge.” Luckless flanker Sean O’Brien suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was forced out of his first Test action since November 2013. Ireland boss Schmidt lamented O’Brien’s loss, with the Leinster back-rower only just fit after 14 months of shoulder problems. Press Association Schmidt remains hopeful that O’Brien will be fit to face France in Dublin next weekend however, with hooker Rory Best also expected to be available. Best was withdrawn in the second half as a precaution after taking a knock to the head. “It was the very last thing Sean did in the warm-up: he just put his foot down, it slid out from under him and he twinged his hamstring,” said Schmidt of O’Brien. “His power’s really good, it was probably a marginal decision at the time, but we didn’t want a repeat of what happened when we came here last time where we lost a few. “It was great he was able to be replaced by Tommy O’Donnell and the manner Tommy played. “I’d be hopeful, I’d be quietly confident, but we will scan him when we get back to Dublin, probably tomorrow evening. “Rory’s fine, he did get a knock and we decided to err on the side of caution with him as well. He’ll follow the return to play protocols, just because we want to be fairly careful there.” Schmidt admitted he felt 27-year-old Six Nations debutant Ian Keatley was “nervous”, but praised the Munster man’s flawless goal-kicking. Keatley’s four penalties kept Ireland in front in the stodgy, try-less first hour at the Stadio Olimpico. “Obviously he kicked 100 per cent from the tee and that allowed us to establish some scoreboard pressure, and without that it would have been difficult,” said Schmidt. “In the game I felt at times he was probably a little nervous at times and we’ll have a chat about that. “That experience will help him acquit himself in the future.” Flanker Alessandro Zanni and centre Michele Campagnaro are doubts for Italy’s clash with England next weekend. Italy bosses confirmed both men suffered knee problems against Ireland and will face further assessment. Italy captain Sergio Parisse called on the Azzurri to overhaul their failing lineout or face serious punishment against the English at Twickenham. “We only had 30 per cent possession and that’s not enough,” said Parisse. “I didn’t think Ireland put us under huge pressure but they were better in the lineout and they had the ball most of the time. “You can’t defend for 80 minutes against a team like Ireland. “Next week we must improve our lineouts and have more possession if we want to be competitive at Twickenham.”