Review: Dark Star Orchestra Shines At Stage AE, 8/8

first_img(Thanks again to my good friend Cody Silay for all his help at the show. It is greatly appreciated.) Having never been privy to seeing the Grateful Dead live in concert, I’m only left with several alternatives. There’s nothing wrong with a Phil & Friends performance or an appearance by the Rhythm Devils, but it’s not quite in the same vein as the Dead, whether it be Weir’s jazzier takes on Dead tunes in RatDog or Lesh’s blending of musicians and song arrangements in Phil & Friends. For what some may call a “pure” approach to the Dead’s legacy, Dark Star Orchestra might be the most straight forward representation of the music being played today. The band revels in Grateful Dead lore and thrives on finding their own voice through the vehicle of the Dead’s well-documented catalog. This past Friday night DSO treated the Stage AE crowd in Pittsburgh, PA to a healthy dose of some classic Dead material, electing to play the San Francisco syndicate’s first set from the night of April 3, 1990 at the Omni in Atlanta, GA (this show will appear as a part of’s new Spring 1990 (The Other One) box set), followed by a set filled with selections of their own. Opening up with the powerful strums to “Shakedown Street,” the audience knew right away they would be in store for a real Friday throwdown. From the outset, the band was very focused, leaving little time for crowd interaction, only pausing to tune in between numbers. They came to take care of business, and business was good.After moving through a rousing “Hell in a Bucket” the band moved into the sultry tones of “Sugaree.” In my opinion, this is where lead guitarist Jeff Mattson shines most. He has a wonderful knack for channelling Jerry in these slow moving blues numbers, moving patiently and precisely, expending no more energy on notes than necessary. It is a thing of beauty.Following “Sugaree,” DSO called on keyboard player Rob Barraco’s number for Brent Mydland’s “We Can Run,” and he did not dissapoint. From the few times I have seen DSO play I have always been amazed at Barraco’s ability to change styles between the Dead’s Pigpen in the 60s and early 70s to Mydland in the 80s and early 90s. He is a true virtuoso.Moving towards the end of the first set, and having already figured out what show DSO was playing, I was really looking forward to hearing the band’s take on Chuck Berry‘s “Promised Land.” This version sizzled, with Rob Eaton doing his best Bobby impression. His manerisms and playing are eerily similar to Weir’s. With that, the first stanza ended on a high note, leaving the Stage AE crowd anticipating what would come next.Although we had been expecting the band to come out with an “Estimated Prophet” as the Dead did to open their second set on 4-3-90, DSO threw a curveball and launched into a beautiful rendition of “Terrapin Station”. It was around this time that the band and crowd became one, chanting in unison the classic lyrics, “INSPIRATION, MOVE ME BRIGHTLY!” It is in these euphoric moments where one gets a brief taste of the a Grateful Dead concert experience. Dark Star Orchestra is a great facilitator of these moments.The biggest highlight of the night though was the large sandwich of songs DSO threw out at the crowd second set, beginning with “Scarlet Begonias.” An instant mover and shaker, this “Scarlet” gave the good people of Pittsburgh a chance to put on their best dancing shoes and cut a rug. However, “Scarlet” did not segue into it’s usual pairing of “Fire On The Mountain,” but rather made a departure into “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad,” a punchy version that once again conjoined band and audience to one another.From there the band morphed their set into a sleek “Drums > Space” section feauturing drummers/percussionists, Rob Koritz and Dino English, that kept most of the crowd in a trance. I have come to really enjoy DSO’s “Drums > Space” sections. They’re more precise and fluid than you might encounter when listening to a random Dead show, and at times have more direction which makes them a little more listenable, per se.After rounding out “Space,” DSO launched into a great home stretch of songs, playing a sequence of “Uncle John’s Band”, a cover of Traffic‘s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” that had the crowd dangling in the band’s palm, and finishing up with “Comes A Time > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider.” The “China Cat > Rider” combo is always a crowd favorite and can fit anywhere into a set, as is evident by the placement on this particular night. So what else was left to do?Dark Star decided to play what I would consider one of the most fitting encore/closing songs in the Grateful Dead’s repetoire, “Brokedown Palace.” It’s slow tempo and lyrical sentiments are an appropriate note to end any show on.Here are the full set list details, via Dark Star Orchestra’s website: Set One: Shakedown Street ; Hell In The Bucket > Sugaree ; We Can Run ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Row Jimmy ; Picasso Moon > Tennessee Jed > The Promised Land Set Two: Terrapin Station > Blow Away ; Scarlet Begonias > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > drums > space > Uncle John’s Band > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Comes A Time > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Encore: Brokedown Palacelast_img read more

Casey Mears to run second Germain Racing entry for Daytona 500

first_imgBob Germain, team owner of Germain Racing, has announced that he will field a second car in the 2019 Daytona 500 alongside his No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1. Veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears is set to drive the No. 27 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, built and staffed in collaboration with Jay Robinson, owner of Premium Motorsports. Pat Tryson will lead the team as crew chief.This season will mark Germain Racing’s 11th year of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing.“I have considered running a second car in the Daytona 500 for years,” said Germain. “My immediate focus is still on our No. 13 team and the full season that Ty Dillon will run. However, when the chance to field a second car with Casey Mears came together this year with Jay Robinson building the car and providing the at-track crew, I wanted to jump on it. The Daytona 500 is a race that our team, sponsors and fans are all passionate about, and I am too. In a race where anything can happen, having a second entry is an exciting opportunity. Casey has been a part of our Germain Racing family for years, and I’m grateful that he’s willing to get behind the wheel for me again in this one race.”last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Shares Instrumental “Till We Meet Again” From The Hallway [Video]

first_imgTrey Anastasio is back at his quarantine sessions with a rendition of “Till We Meet Again”. The Phish guitarist wrote the song back in 2018 when his childhood friend Chris Cottrell was dying of cancer, and has played at over a dozen solo acoustic shows.“Till We Meet Again” comes exactly two weeks since Trey’s last song from quarantine, “The Silver Light“. Given the Phish guitarist’s recent interview with Rolling Stone, as well as the release of the new Phish album Sigma Oasis, he probably deserved a break.Related: Phish ‘Dinner And A Movie’ Ep 6: MGM Grand Garden Arena 2016 & Mike Gordon’s Vegetarian FeastThis song finds Trey equipped with his acoustic guitar, playing a soft melody in his hallway. The video description notes that Trey is, “Just a guy in the hallway trying not to wake up his wife.” Given the song’s gentle nature, it may have been more appropriate to play beside his sleeping wife. “Till We Meet Again” is the kind of acoustic lullaby that could rock even the crankiest baby into a gentle slumber. No doubt, it could do the same for Sue Anastasio. The song marks Trey’s first all-instrumental foray throughout quarantine, and while the song isn’t new, it does fit in a pattern of the evolution of his songwriting style confined by limited resources.Watch Trey Anastasio perform “Till We Meet Again” from his quarantine.Trey Anastasio  – “Till We Meet Again”For those counting, “Till We Meet Again” is the thirteenth song Trey has recorded in quarantine, (following “The Silver Light“, “My World Is My Home“, “Are You There Colleen?”, “Lonely Trip”, “Shaking Someone’s Outstretched Hand”, “I Never Left Home”, “Lotus”, “When The Words Go Away”, “Timeless”, “I Never Needed You Like This Before”, “The Greater Good”, and “Lost In The Pack”). All of this is in addition to the new Phish album, Sigma Oasis, released on April 2nd. While the future of concerts and live events is uncertain, Trey clearly has plenty to keep him busy through a long quarantine.last_img read more

GMP’s Mary Powell a POWER-GEN 2014 Woman of the Year finalist

first_imgThe Power-Gen 2014 Women in Power committee has announced that Green Mountain Power’s Mary Powell has been named a finalist for the Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year Award. The finalists were selected from nominations received from members of the power community and represent diverse facets of the industry. Along with Powell, the finalists are Diane Drehoff, Director of Maintenance Marketing at Siemens Energy, a global technology company that is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization; and Colleen Layman, PE, Associate Vice President and the Resources Business Group Water principal for HDR Inc., an architectural, engineering and consulting firm with 8,500 employees in more than 200 locations around the world. Powell is president and CEO of GMP, an electricity utility based in Colchester, Vermont, that serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers.Mary Powell photo courtesy of PRNewswire“I am so honored to be among two other great women energy leaders as a finalist for this award,” said GMP President & CEO Mary Powell. “I am proud to represent the great work that is being done in Vermont. GMP is working hard to partner with customers to accelerate the pace of change in our industry by offering new energy products and services that will allow our customers to save money, use less energy and be more comfortable.”The Woman of the Year nominees were judged in three categories with the most weight being given to how she advanced the power generation industry. In addition to advancement of the power industry, judges considered the impact that the nominees made on their communities and their ability to lead.In order to encourage more women to enter the power industry, PennWell Corporation decided to recognize and award female trailblazers in the power industry, like these 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year finalists.“My message to all women out there, especially young women who are working in industries dominated by men, is to work hard and advocate for yourself. We need more strong women in positions of power in the energy industry,” Powell added.”If the accomplishments of the ‘early adapters’ are not recognized, the growth of women in power could be jeopardized,” said Rich Baker, Senior Vice President with PennWell.Each of these finalists has dedicated her life to working in the traditionally male-dominated field of energy and each woman has exhibited determination to get where she is today. Estimates of the percentage of women working in the power industry vary but in general the number hovers around a 1:4 female to male ratio. And as you climb the ranks, that percentage of women in leadership roles gets smaller.”We hope that these women will serve as examples to young women considering careers in power that amazing accomplishments can be achieved through hard work and dedication,” said Jennifer Runyon, Chair of the Women in Power Committee. One of these three finalists will be named the 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year at the Annual Gala Awards Dinner on Monday, December 8, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The Gala will be held at Disney’s Odyssey Pavilion, located at EPCOT and kicks off Power Generation Week. The 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year will give a keynote speech during the Women in Power Luncheon on Tuesday, December 9th in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center.Registered attendees may attend either or both the Banquet and the Luncheon by purchasing tickets to the events.  More information may be obtained by visiting the Power Generation Week(link is external) website or the conference websites: POWER-GEN International(link is external) Conference and Exhibition; the co-located NUCLEAR POWER International(link is external) Conference and Exhibition, Renewable Energy World(link is external) Conference & Exhibition, North America and the Financial Forum(link is external).Power Engineering magazine is the voice of the power generation industry. More than 70,000 power generation professionals read Power Engineering magazine for expert coverage of the industry’s important news and emerging is the website for Renewable Energy World magazine. With more than 52,000 magazine subscribers, 200,000 registered website users and a global readership in 174 countries, it is the No. 1 renewable energy network for news and information and the largest renewable energy information source.The magazines,, POWER-GEN International, NUCLEAR POWER International, Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America and the Financial Forum are all owned by PennWell Corp., a worldwide media company based in Tulsa, OK.SOURCE TULSA, Okla. and NASHUA, N.H., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PennWell Corporationlast_img read more

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center loosens visiting guidelines

first_imgSouthwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine Starting Monday, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), allowed adult hospital inpatients to have one visitor and pediatric inpatients to have two.“We know that recovering from an illness, an injury, or a surgery is a little easier when patients have the people they love nearby,” said Trey Dobson, MD, SVMC’s chief medical officer. “We want to allow visitors as much as we can while keeping our patients, staff, and visitors safe.”The one-visitor policy applies to all inpatients with few exceptions:·         Patients nearing the end of life may have multiple visitors, up to two at a time.·         Patients who have a disability may have both a family or friend caregiver, who is necessary for their care, and a visitor.·         Partners and spouses of expectant and recently delivered mothers are welcome 24 hours a day. Others, including siblings of newborns, may not visit at this time.·         Pediatric inpatients may have up to two primary caregivers.The policy for outpatient care has not changed since initial restrictions were initiated in early March to decrease the effects of COVID-19.·         Adult outpatients should attend appointments alone, unless physical or cognitive support is needed. Outpatients who need a caregiver may bring one, provided that person is symptom-free.·         Prenatal appointments may be attended by both the patient and one caregiver. Others, including children of expectant families, should not attend appointments.·         Pediatric patients in the outpatient setting may have one adult caregiver with them.·         Visitation to the Emergency Department is limited to one individual.Both inpatients and outpatients who would benefit from additional support during a visit or stay should request the use of technology to bring important family and friends virtually into exam and hospital rooms.Everyone—patients, caregivers, and visitors—is required to stop at the check-in desk located near the hospital and Medical Office Building entrances.·         All are expected to arrive wearing a mask or face covering. Those who do not have a mask will be provided one. All masks must be worn for the entire duration of the visit. Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the premises.·         Patients who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be provided with a medical-grade face mask.·         Caregivers and visitors with symptoms of any kind and those who have had contact with someone positive for or suspected of having COVID-19 are not permitted at this time.·         All non-staff persons entering an SVMC building will be given a sticker marked with the date and department they are visiting and are asked to keep the sticker visible and remain in the area of service for the entire time they are in the building.·         Everyone is expected to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit from the building, units, and patient rooms.“SVHC has provided safe, high-quality care throughout the pandemic,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) president and CEO. “We are open and ready to provide all of our services, and we are doing so safely and as comfortably as possible.”Patients with cough or shortness of breath or any two of the following—fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell—should contact their primary care provider or the COVID-19 Informational Hotline at 802-440-8844 before arriving to either their provider’s office or the hospital. For a detailed list of safety protocols, frequently asked questions, visitor guidelines, and COVID-19 information, visit is external).About SVHC:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.Source: BENNINGTON, VT—July 2, 2020—Southwestern Vermont Medical Centerlast_img read more

Stealth Acoustics to Launch EMEA Version of Stingray Outdoor Speaker at ISE 2020

first_imgAt ISE in Amsterdam, Stealth Acoustics is debuting its new 8” 3-way StingRay outdoor speaker — the StingRay 83 — to the European market. Alongside this launch product will be a selection of invisible speakers and subwoofers from the LRG and LRX product lines on stand 5-R96.The StingRay 83 is a 300-watt speaker that is specified for bass response down to 40Hz, with a smooth midrange and solid upper frequency. It features a 30-millimeter midrange device, a 25-millimeter tweeter and an 8″ high-power cone woofer in combination with Stealth’s Fidelity Glass Advanced flat front radiating surface to give wide dispersion within a hermetically-sealed enclosure.The StingRay 83 is completely sealed off from the elements. It is constructed using high strength UV protected fiberglass and marine-grade, fiber-infused ASA plastics, meaning the speaker is completely sealed against intrusion from any outside elements. It has an Ingress Protection rating of IP-68 per international CEI/IEC 60529 standards. No moisture, salt or sun will affect the unit, nor will it ever rust or discolor over time, making it ideal for exceptional audio performance in harsh, superyacht or outdoor environments. This new speaker is available in standard black, white or with a custom graphic wrap finish.The Stealth Acoustics listening area will feature the LRx83 and LRx85 high-performance, expert-grade invisible speakers that provide sound quality, frequency response and output levels usually reserved for only the best visible speakers. Incorporating advanced carbon fiber materials, new lamination processes and enhanced driver sets, these speakers offer impeccable audio performance and the aesthetic benefits that only true invisibility can offer.The two-panel system, which replaces a segment of a flat wall or ceiling with a paintable, non-penetrable flat front speaker system, incorporates five mid-range/high-frequency drivers mounted in a unique dual-D’Appolito alignment for noticeable improvement in left/right panoramas and depth of sound stage.A number of products from the LRg family of cost-effective and proven invisible loudspeakers, which includes the LR6g, SLR8g, LR8g and LR3g models, will also be on display in the listening area. These speakers offer extremely broad coverage and ultra-smooth extended frequency response. Stealth Acoustics’ B22g and B30g invisible subwoofers will also be on display for visitors to experience. Delivering bold bass output for extra impact with zero aesthetic pollution, these subwoofers provide exceptional bass and room coverage with frequencies extending as low as 20Hz.Here are more specs.Here’s a video we shot at CEDIA Expo 2019 about Stealth Acoustics Sting Ray 83:last_img read more

DBPR hosts financial crimes seminar

first_img THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION recently hosted a program in Orlando for real estate professionals and lawyers focusing on financial crimes in real estate transactions. More than 100 participants attended the conference, held at the FAMU College of Law in Orlando. Pictured from the left are U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill, Dean Leroy Pernell of FAMU College of Law, and DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. DBPR hosts financial crimes seminar November 15, 2012 Regular Newslast_img

Bar’s media awards to offer cash prizes

first_imgBar’s media awards to offer cash prizes Bar’s media awards to offer cash prizes T he 59-year-old Florida Bar Media Awards for outstanding journalism highlighting the system of law and justice have been expanded and, beginning this year, will provide cash awards for first- and second-place recipients in each of four format categories, as well as for the recipient of a new lifetime achievement award. The Bar’s Media and Communications Law Committee recommended the changes, which were then approved by the Board of Governors’ Communications Committee in December 2014. The MCLC’s goal is to significantly increase the number of entries in the annual awards contest to recognize excellent legal reporting by journalists and media outlets in Florida. In addition to existing categories for print, television, and radio, a new category for online-only media coverage on the legal system and justice affecting Floridians will be offered to recognize the changing nature of news delivery.The cash awards follow other state bars’ and press associations’ media recognition programs. Reporters receiving first-place awards will receive $500, and those receiving second place will receive $250. If multiple reporters are bylined on the winning entries, the cash awards will be divided evenly among them. All winning reporters and the media outlet will receive plaques.The new Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism will recognize a Florida journalist or media outlet for extensive coverage and/or commentary on the law, the delivery of legal services, and the justice system.Spencer-Wendel was a longtime Palm Beach Post courts reporter who died in 2014 after a long fight with ALS. She received a lifetime achievement award from The Florida Bar in 2012 and received multiple media awards from The Florida Bar, the Florida Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and others. This award will include a cash prize of $500 and travel reimbursement to attend the awards ceremony in Tallahassee.The Florida Bar Media Awards have recognized top legal reporting since 1955. The awards jury for the individual pieces consists of an out-of-state broadcast journalist, an out-of-state print journalist, two Florida lawyers with substantial experience in journalism and/or media law, and one Florida educator of journalism or law.The new lifetime achievement award will be selected by the Media & Communications Law Committee from nomination letters. The call for entries for the news coverage will be issued in April for work completed in 2014. The awards recipients will be announced in June. The awards will be presented by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court and the president of The Florida Bar at the annual Reporters’ Workshop dinner October 12 in Tallahassee. The event is attended by justices of the Supreme Court, Florida Bar leaders, workshop speakers, and journalists who are new to the legal/courts beat or new to Florida. February 1, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

North Scottsdale office portfolio sells for $122M

first_imgA North Scottsdale Class-A office portfolio was sold by its developers for $122 million to a Phoenix-based property company.Wentworth Property Company purchased the 640,000 square-foot portfolio from Desert Troon Companies with plans to renovated the offices, and add two parking garages to the area, according to Cushman & Wakefield.The 640,000 square-foot office portfolio is located within the 260-acre Perimeter Center business park. Desert Troon sold five of the buildings it developed in the 800,000 square-foot business park.Tom Knoell, Jr., director of commercial leasing for Desert Troon Companies represented Desert Troon in the transaction and Cushman & Wakefield Managing Director Jeff Wentworth, Vice President Chris Walker, Executive Managing Director Mike Beall and Senior Vice President Sean Spellman represented Wentworth Property Company.“As one of the premiere office portfolios in the state, it has been Desert Troon Companies privilege to manage this standout portfolio with our partners,” said Daniel Smith, CEO of Desert Troon Companies. “Desert Troon Companies used this strategic disposition of assets to continue its targeted value add acquisition strategy.”The five building portfolio includes:Perimeter Gateway I, a 228,147 square-foot two-story office building, which was 36 percent occupied at the time of the salePerimeter Gateway II, an 80,040 square-foot two-story office building, which was 73 percent occupied at the time of the salePerimeter Gateway III, an 84,237 square-foot three-story office building, which was 78 percent occupied at the time of the salePerimeter Gateway V, a 65,848 square-foot two-story office building, which was 78 percent occupied at the time of the saleTerra Verde, an 180,445 square-foot three-story office building, which was 82 percent occupied at the time of the saleAccording to Cushman & Wakefield, this sale makes Wentworth Property Company the largest office space owner in the North Scottsdale area.In addition to two parking garages that will be built in the area, the lobbies and common areas at Perimeter Gateway I, II and V will be remodeled.A cafe, fitness center and tenant lounge will be added to Perimeter Gateway I, which will be available for use by all Perimeter Gateway tenants in Perimeter Gateway I, II, III and V.Creative and open sec suites will be added through out the portfolio.“With our plans to remodel common areas, add amenities and build out spec suites we are confident that the available space in the buildings will attract considerable interest from new tenants and successfully lease up,” said Jim Wentworth Jr., principal at Wentworth Property Company.Cushman & Wakefield will handle leasing for the portfolio.last_img read more

Being a beauty has its benefits

first_imgNew Zealand Herald:Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Beauty is only skin deep.The list of adages goes on and on, but a new book written by an economics professor at the University of Texas-Austin concludes that beauty brings many real benefits.Daniel S Hamermesh has studied the economics of beauty for about 20 years. In the book, Beauty Pays, he writes that attractive people enjoy many advantages while those who are less attractive often face discrimination.Hamermesh finds beautiful people are likely to be happier, earn more money, get a bank loan with a lower interest rate and marry a good-looking and highly educated spouse.Read the full story: New Zealand Herald More of our Members in the Media >last_img