BoomBox Gears Up For Western Voodoo Winter Tour

first_imgA little house, a little blues, a little funk, a little rock, and a whole lot of soul blast through BoomBox. Since first emerging in 2004, founder, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Zion Rock Godchaux has been quietly seasoning this simmering recipe to perfection. However, it reaches a boiling point on his forthcoming 2018 fifth album, Western Voodoo [Heart of Gold Records]. At the same time, the Muscle Shoals, AL native stays true to what attracted countless fans in the first place.“I remain open to anything you would hear coming out of a boombox,” he explains in a press statement. “There are a lot of different vibes and angles, but it still adheres to a universal rhythm. This new record is the most musical and varied, yet it’s tightly wound in respect to that syncopation. There are only a few rules. It should be heavy groove. It should make you want to move. Overall, I’ve further developed the sound people are used to.”Following up 2016’s fan favorite Bits & Pieces, the artist found himself at something of a crossroads. Longtime collaborator Russ Randolph amicably parted ways with the band at the end of the year. For the first time, Godchaux would solely produce the bulk of a BoomBox record by himself inside of his new studio, while DJ Harry joined on tour in January 2017. Another first, he even performed live bass on the album, opening up the creativepalette dramatically.“I’ve learned more about engineering and the technical aspects of recording. It’s been a time of soul searching. I can follow any Ideas that I want to. So there’s a lot more organic instrumentation. I’m just trying todevelop more sonic real.” Appropriately, he dubs the sound of Western Voodoo, “Dirty Disco Blues.” Within that realm, Godchaux fuses a funky strut with electronic energy and danceable swagger powerful enough to cast a spellof its own.“You hear about different forms of magic around the world,” he goes on. “The West, in general, has its own voodoo influenced by the blues. That’s what shaped me as a musician growing up in this country. It’s hard to put in thewords, but you know it when you hear it.”You hear it in everything that BoomBox has done thus far. Over the course of four albums, the group has become a streaming favorite with numerous tracks cracking a million plays on Spotify. Moreover, they’ve made audiences groove everywhere from Electric Forest and Hangout Music Festival to High Sierra Music Festival. To welcome DJ Harry into the fold, they performed 75 shows in 2017, with that number expected to grow in 2018.“Harry picked up everything in a really short amount of time,” he explains. “The parties are just as hot, if not hotter. The music is getting tighter. He stepped in and kept the plane in the air.”In the end, the new music kicks off the brightest and boldest chapter yet for Godchaux. “Our best side is somewhat medicinal,” he leaves off. “All of the rhythms, melodies, and frequencies add up to these healing properties. Ihope people feel rejuvenated and re-focused on some level when they hear us. That’s Western Voodoo.”BoomBox has 14 shows coming up, with their winter tour beginning on January 18th in Charlottesville, VA at the Jefferson Theater and concluding in Cincinnati, OH at the 20th Century Theatre on February 3. The group will also perform the Pot of Gold Music Festival in Chandler, AZ, with more dates expected to come.Check out BoomBox’s latest track, featuring Zion’s mother, the inimitable Donna Jean Godchaux from the Grateful Dead, below.See below for a full list of tour dates, and head to the band’s website for more information.BoomBox Winter Tourdates:Jan 18 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VAJan 19 9:30 Club Washington, DCJan 20 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PAJan 21 Toad’s Place of New Haven New Haven, CTJan 23 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NYJan 24 Putnam Den Saratoga Springs, NYJan 25 Aura Portland, MEJan 26 White Eagle Hall Jersey City, NJJan 27 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MAJan 28 Higher Ground Burlington, VTJan 31 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PAFeb 1 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OHFeb 2 Saint Andrews Hall Detroit, MIFeb 3 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OHMar 17 Pot Of Gold Music Festival Chandler, AZlast_img read more

Students explore social concerns through entrepreneurship

first_imgA team of six Notre Dame students advanced to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, a competition that aims to find solutions for social problems using entrepreneurial approaches, according to the Hult Prize Foundation’s website.According to its website, the Hult Prize Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to send out the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Seniors Olivia Chen and Veronica Guerrero, junior Evelyn Bauman and sophomores Cate Devey, Sierra Hajdu and Elle Huang make up the team that will compete in this entrepreneurial competition for social good.“President Clinton comes up with the prompt every year,” Devey said. “This year, it is about early childhood education in urban slums.”Devey said the team’s job is to learn about urban slums and the surrounding environment and then make an informed decision based on their observations.“It’s cool to see how business is used for good to solve social problems,” Chen said. “Everyone in our group is really passionate about education in general, so it’s fun to just throw ideas back and forth.”Bauman is currently studying abroad in France but remains invested in the team through Skype sessions. The Kellogg Institute for International Studies as well as the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts agreed to fund her costs of flying back for a weekend to be present at the regional competition in San Francisco in March.“We are trying to design a social enterprise that promotes high-quality early education and is able to be adopted in various countries and for various cultures,” Bauman said.Bauman said the team observed the “Talk With Your Baby” program at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend and certain aspects of the initiative appeal to them. Bauman said the Robinson Center’s program encourages talking to children as much as possible in order to cultivate stronger vocabulary skills and healthy development.“We would like to develop a tangible product to encourage talking and playing, as well as a distribution model — almost a micro-franchising model to formalize networks of caretakers that already exist in urban slums,” Bauman said.Hajdu said she feels honored to be part of a team that was selected out of about 20,000 teams in the first round of competition.“The competition is going to be very strong, but we’re excited to show that Notre Dame truly is dedicated to impacting the global community for the better,” she said.Hajdu said she envisions this competition to be one of the best experiences of her undergraduate career, and she is excited to meet other students in San Francisco and learn about their experiences as well.”The Hult Prize regional final competition in San Francisco is also a huge networking event for international innovative students to meet each other, share their ideas and spur a movement in social entrepreneurship that hopes to change the world,” Hajdu said.Bauman said that if it wins the regional competition, the team will be given the chance to develop their social enterprise in Boston over the summer.“Whatever happens at the competition in March, we are super grateful for the opportunity to compete in the Hult Prize Challenge 2015 to promote the idea of using the efficiency and power of the private sector for global public well-being,” Bauman said.Tags: Hult Prize, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Kellogg Institute, Mendoza, mendoza college of business, Robinson Centerlast_img read more

Converge aims to bridge partisan divide on campus

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this sixth installment, the leader of “Converge” discusses initiating a new program meant to facilitate political conversations on campus.As campaign rhetoric across the nation continues to escalate in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, some students at Notre Dame are seeking to build understanding across the aisle through “Converge,” a new program that matches up liberals and conservatives to facilitate a discussion about political beliefs.Junior Steven Higgins, who is leading the program at Notre Dame, explained that Converge is more focused on the belief-forming process than specific beliefs themselves.“People take a political test, where it’s asking these questions based on, [for example], ‘Are you pro-choice? What do you think about gun rights?’ And we are able to take that information and put them on a liberal-to-conservative scale,” Higgins said. “Then we take the most conservative, most liberal and people on either side of the spectrum, and we match them up for some conversation. This is based on their availability, of course, but then they sit down and talk more so about the fundamentals of their beliefs, how they came to possess the beliefs that they do then say, what’s their opinion on health [care] policy. It’s less so of a debate and more of a genuine conversation about how they developed the beliefs that they have.”In order to create a list of matches, Higgins said all responses to the survey were put into a spreadsheet. Respondents were ranked on a scale of one to five, with one representing the most liberal and five representing the most conservative. More conservative individuals were paired with more moderate liberals, and vice versa.There was a perfect split between ideologies in terms of responses, Higgins said.“It’s very ironic,” he said. “We had a perfect amount of matches on the liberal and conservative side. That’s just bizarre to me. When we cut it and threw both sides into two columns and I was like, ‘Oh, there’s perfect amount!’ … I think that’s really telling about the people who wanted to come out and take this quiz. Overall, it was very evenly split. We were looking at the aggregate data from the questions on the one-to-five scale, and it was almost universally kind of even across the board.”Converge has been run twice at the University of Virginia, and once at another school in Kansas, Higgins said. Notre Dame’s Converge session will be the largest conducted so far, with 154 people participating. It is being run in coordination with all major political organizations on campus, including student government, BridgeND, College Democrats, College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom.BridgeND ran a pilot of Converge at a recent meeting, and this past Thursday there was a kickoff event where the president of College Democrats and College Republicans simulated a conversation. Fifty people, or about a third of the total respondents, attended this event, which shows “the energy and excitement” about Converge, Higgins said.Higgins also noted the program will be taking place late in the election cycle, when both parties start deploying more negative advertisements in an attempt to fire up their bases. He said he hopes Converge is able to demonstrate large-scale agreements, in addition to building understanding.“This is a very important time to have these conversations to try not to fall into this overwhelming partisanship,” he said. “I’m hoping it’s going to go really well. When we were looking at how partisan everybody was, there were not very overwhelming partisan differences. There were definitely partisan differences and people pretty far on the scales, but they were still more moderate than I was expecting, at least. The extremes were not as large as I was thinking. It seems that there’s a lot of people who have more moderate views on certain issues. … That gives me hope in the fact that when they’re sitting down and having these conversations, there might be something they agree on. Having that initial agreement … makes it a little bit easier.”Tags: 2018 midterm elections, Converge, Election Observer, partisanship, Politicslast_img read more

California municipal utility cancels gas peaking plant, opts for clean energy resources instead

first_imgCalifornia municipal utility cancels gas peaking plant, opts for clean energy resources instead FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The southern California city of Glendale officially dropped a $500 million gas peaker project that it nearly approved last spring, and instead picked up the mantle of clean energy leadership.The city council voted in April 2018 to pause development on the 262-megawatt repowering of the Grayson Power Plant and examine clean energy alternatives. Now, the municipal utility has completed an examination of 34 clean energy proposals and selected a diverse portfolio it says will meet reliability needs and save ratepayers $125 million compared to the old portfolio.In other words, Glendale Water & Power (GWP) went through an energy transition in a little over a year. “The future envisioned herein represents a complete transformation of the way GWP provides reliable, affordable and clean energy resources to the citizens of Glendale,” the utility wrote in a new integrated resource plan approved last week.When the earlier planning process started back in 2014, batteries were not on the menu of cost-effective options, so a recognized capacity need — in this case, the retirement of a plant that dates back to the 1940s — essentially guaranteed a gas plant solution.The final portfolio, proposed in Glendale Water & Power’s new integrated resource plan, would repower the Grayson Power Plant with a 75-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour Tesla battery installation and up to 93 megawatts of fast-ramping Wärtsilä engines. Customer-focused resources will add another 50 megawatts, including 12.8 megawatts from home solar and batteries installed by Sunrun, 10.5 megawatts of demand response by Franklin Energy and 20.4 megawatts of energy efficiency and demand response from Lime Energy Services. That demand reduction constitutes about 14 percent of the utility’s roughly 350-megawatt peak load.With Grayson’s original repowering off the table, viable new gas plant proposals appear to be extinct in California. Calpine in May abandoned its Mission Rock peaker on the Santa Clara River, and local opposition scuttled NRG’s Puente Plant, which would have occupied the beach at Oxnard. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti canceled the renovation of three gas plants in his city’s municipal utility territory, committing to entirely clean energy instead.More: Another California city drops gas peaker in favor of clean portfoliolast_img read more

Appeals Court Affirms Ex-Nassau Police Commander’s Conviction

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A panel of appeals court judges upheld Wednesday the conviction of a former Nassau County police deputy commissioner found guilty of covering up a burglary committed by a police nonprofit donor’s son.Attorneys for William Flanagan last year appealed a jury verdict convicting him of conspiracy and two counts of official misconduct, all misdemeanors, following a month-long trial in 2013. Four judges for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department in Brooklyn unanimously rejected the defense’s arguments that he didn’t receive a fair trial due to prosecutorial misconduct, prejudicial statements and insufficient evidence.“To the extent that some of the prosecutor’s remarks made during her opening statement and summation were improper, those remarks did not deprive the defendant of a fair trial,” the judges wrote in the Oct. 7 ruling. “And any other error in this regard was harmless, as there was overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt, and no significant probability that any error contributed to the defendant’s conviction.”Prosecutors have said that Flanagan helped quash the case against Zachary Parker, of Merrick, who stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School, in Bellmore shortly before he graduated in 2009 while he was an intern for the Nassau police Ambulance Bureau. The burglar’s father, Gary Parker, was volunteering for the nonprofit Nassau County Police Department Foundation when he asked for Flanagan’s help with his son’s case.“Public corruption cannot be tolerated, and we brought this case because nothing is more fundamental than equal treatment under the law,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in response to the ruling. “I have the highest respect for the brave and honest men and women of our police forces, but when a police officer dishonors the badge by breaking the law, fair-minded people know that the law must apply equally to everyone and my office will hold them accountable.”Flanagan’s attorney, Donna Aldea, head of the Appellate Practice Group for Garden City-based Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP, said that she plans to file a motion for the case to be heard by the state Court of Appeals.“We continue to assert that Bill Flanagan did nothing wrong and was wrongfully convicted, and we were very disappointed by the Appellate Division’s decision today,” she said. “This won’t be the first time that the Court of Appeals is relied upon to right a wrong that other courts have overlooked.”Judge Mark Cohen—a Suffolk judge brought in after two Nassau judges recused themselves from the case—had sentenced Flanagan to 60 days in jail, but execution of that term was stayed pending the appeal. A court spokesman said that once the appeals court officially notifies Cohen of the ruling, a hearing will be scheduled in the case.Two other ex-police commanders—John Hunter, the retired Deputy Chief of Patrol, and Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe—both pleaded guilty to misconduct and were sentenced to probation in connection with the case, which stemmed from a Press expose into police favoritism for the nonprofit’s donors. Zachary Parker pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to prison after violating his probation. He has since been released.last_img read more

13 Hempstead Gang Members Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thirteen members of the Salvadorians with Pride street gang were charged in a 49-count indictment for their alleged involvement in a string of stabbings and shootings in Hempstead this year, prosecutors said.The suspects were charged with conspiracy, second-degree attempted murder, assault, robbery, weapons possession and other charges. The suspects include Wilmer “Scrappy” Sandoval Jimmy “Jim Jones” Bonilla, Ariel “Droopy” Mejia and Edwin “Steel” Gomez, among others.“Gang violence can terrorize a neighborhood,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. “Law enforcement, community leaders and parents must continue to work together to prevent young people from joining these destructive groups that ruin so many promising young lives.”Nassau County police and prosecutors said the suspects coordinated violence against members of rival gangs—including Vatos Locos, MS-13 and Latin Pride—as well as non-gang members from May through last month.The attacks in May included a hitting a victim in the head with a hammer, a drive-by shooting and shooting a robbery victim with a BB gun, authorities said. The next month, SWP members dragged a rival gang member out of his car and stabbed him 25 times, according to investigators. And in August, a suspect who has yet to be apprehended shot at rival gang members in a car, prosecutors said.Eight of the suspects face up to 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

New York to allow garage, yard sales with social-distancing guidelines

first_imgThat’s according to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, who say’s he got notified from state officials Wednesday evening. (WBNG) — New York State will begin allowing residents to hold garage and yard sales as the state reopens. Garnar says no more than 10 people will be allowed to shop and facial coverings must be worn.last_img

Mikel Arteta dismisses Atletico Madrid complaints over Thomas Partey transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta dismisses Atletico Madrid complaints over Thomas Partey transfer Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 12:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Mikel Arteta is thrilled to add Thomas Partey to his squad (Picture: Getty Images)Partey will only have his first training session with Arsenal on Thursday ahead of the huge Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, but Arteta has not ruled out him playing a part in the contest.‘Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him,’ said the boss.‘We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.’MORE: Mikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMORE: Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to throw Thomas Partey straight in against Manchester CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone didn’t want to lose Thomas Partey (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says he does not know if Atletico Madrid are holding a grudge over Arsenal signing Thomas Partey, but insists they have nothing to be annoyed about if they are.The Gunners swooped to sign the midfielder on transfer deadline day, triggering his £45m release clause, which meant they were not obliged to go into negotiations with Atletico beforehand.The Spanish side were said to be furious that Arsenal left it so late in the transfer window to confirm their move for the 27-year-old, with reports suggesting they have refused to deal with the north London club in future.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arteta has dismissed these complains, saying that there had been discussions between the two clubs before the move was made, and even if there wasn’t, a release clause always leaves them open to such a deal.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know,’ Arteta told a press conference on whether Atletico were left annoyed by the transfer. ‘When you have a release clause in your contract you assume that that situation can arise at any minute. ‘While the market is open it’s completely legal to do it. ‘We have had some communication with them prior to that as well so hopefully they can respect that action.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard admits that he was concerned the deal for the Ghanaian would not be completed in time, so late in the day it was done, but is delighted he has bolstered his midfield with such an imposing presence.‘Yes!’ Arteta admits when asked if he had doubts. ‘When it’s up to the last minutes it’s always a risk. ‘A lot of things have to happen at the same time. It was a challenge to do it in 24 hours but I’m really happy because at the end we managed it.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

ABS, ClassNK Award AIP to Kawasaki Heavy for LPG as Fuel System Design

first_imgClassification societies ABS and ClassNK have granted approval in principle (AIP) to Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for the company’s LPG as fuel system design.A dual-fuel engine capable of using both marine diesel oil and LPG as fuel, KHI claims the system simultaneously reduces fuel consumption and enables the engine to meet NOx Tier 3 regulations.“Using LPG as a fuel can lower emissions to air compared to conventional fuels, both in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. We are proud to work with … KHI, supporting the delivery of the next generation of cleaner vessels,” Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology, commented.“ClassNK is glad to have granted the AiP on KHI’s … design for the system to use LPG as ships’ fuel which tackles the reduction of air pollution and climate changes due to emission from ships,” Hayato Suga, Corporate Officer and Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division, said in a separate statement.KHI’s design is for an electronically controlled LPG injection marine diesel engine (ME-LGIP), the first order placed for an engine of this type in Japan.The system’s main features include cyclical system design that is compatible with propane and butane and circulates LPG in a pressurized state capable of usage at normal ambient temperature; establishing a highly safe control system by implementing risk assessment based on the IGC code and system configuration applicable to merchant ships other than LPG carriers.“LNG as fuel is attracting widespread attention as an environmentally friendly option, but LPG as fuel has advantages over LNG, including potentially reduced initial investment and simpler handling onboard,” Hideaki Naoi, General Manager at KHI, said.“As a result, we believe LPG as fuel will prove increasingly attractive to the market in the future,” he concluded.last_img read more

Poor communities feed pokies most

first_imgNZ Herald 30 April 2012Some of the country’s poorest communities are feeding the most money into pokies, new data has revealed. Department of Internal Affairs figures show the richest individual machines are in Christchurch and bringing in an average of $110,268 each year. Six of the top 10 are in Auckland, with the highest average earner, at Mangere Bridge, pulling in $106,222 for each machine. The figure for the community pokies compares to an approximate $140,000 a year pulled in by each of SkyCity Casino’s pokies, which operate 24 hours a day, every day. The findings support research quoted by the Problem Gambling Foundation that the poorest communities spend the most on gambling. read more