From a Phish weekend rich with musical highlights, one particular song stood out: “Bathtub Gin”. Played during an incredible first night at Magnabll festival in Watkins Glen, NY, the noteworthy version featured some excellent interplay between all four members of the band.20 Photos That Convey The Magic Of Phish’s MagnaballFortunately, thanks to the work of LazyLightning55a, we have high quality footage of this tune:If you’re not satisfied with just one song, you can watch and stream the entirety of night one below, though we’re guessing this may get pulled from YouTube after a short while:Setlist: Phish at Magnaball, Watkins Glen, NY – 8/21/15Set 1: Simple > The Dogs > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday >Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, Free, The Wedge, Mock Song, Roggae > Rift, Bathtub GinSet 2: Chalk Dust Torture > Ghost -> Rock and Roll > Harry Hood ->Waste > No Men In No Man’s Land -> Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: Farmhouse, First TubeNotes: This show was webcast via LivePhish and was the first show of the Magnaball festival. TMWSIY and Avenu Malkenu were played for the first time since July 4, 2012 (124 shows). After Free, Trey asked the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his daughter, Eliza, who briefly joined him onstage. Mock Song was played for the first time since July 12, 2003 (320 shows), and featured a lyric change to “Clifford, Super, Magnaball.” CDT and Ghost both contained What’s the Use? teases. Hood contained a CTB tease from Mike.
Load remaining images Bluegrass phenoms Greensky Bluegrass took to the Teragram Ballroom last weekend, on Friday October 30th, for a magical performance captured by L4LM photographer Brandon Weil. Highlights included a cover of Traffic’s “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone” with a jam on Phish’s “Tweezer”, a back-and-forth “Tarp”/”One Slip” jam, and choice performances of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”.Check out the full setlist below, as well as a full gallery of photos by Brandon Weil:Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at the Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA – 10/30/15Set One: Dustbowl Overtures, Burn Them, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (with Tweezer Jam), Broken Highways, Whitehouse Blues, Old Barns, All Four, Dancing in the Dark, Clinch Mountain BackstepSet two: Radio Blues, The Four, Tarp> One Slip > Tarp > One Slip > Tarp, Bringing in the Georgia Mail, Handguns, Don’t Lie> War Pigs> Don’t LieEncore: War Pigs, Demons, Atlantic City[Setlist via Ryan Hempel/Camp Greensky]
Easily one of the biggest album releases of 2015 was Ashes & Dust, a collaborative release led by Warren Haynes with Railroad Earth. The two bands toured the album this past summer, before Railroad Earth would eventually get back to business and Haynes would form the Ashes & Dust Band.See where Ashes & Dust places on our Top 20 Albums List Of 2015!One noteworthy track from Ashes & Dust was the band’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.” While the studio version features Grace Potter, this live version absolutely nails it! Check it out below:
Returning for their 15th straight year, the fine folks of Northwest String Summit have announced a kick-ass lineup for their 2016 festivities. Taking place in Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, OR from July 14-17, the festival will host three nights of Yonder Mountain String Band, as well as Greensky Bluegrass (x2), Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon (x2), The Infamous Stringdusters (x2) and so many more!The full lineup includes Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition (x2), Shook Twins (x2), Brothers Comatose, Polyrhythmics, Danny Barnes (x2), Billy Strings (x2), Ben Sollee (x2), Wood & Wire (x2), Taarka, Cabinet (x2), Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Rabbit Wilde, Lowest Pair and John Craigie.Watch A Magical Bluegrass Wedding At Northwest String SummitThe festival has also promised to announce additional performers and workshops in the near future! For more information, head to the official website. Full lineup card can be viewed below:
Citing liquor laws in Michigan state, fans of the annual Electric Forest are now banned from bringing in all outside alcohol to both the venue and campgrounds of the Rothbury, MI site. According to EF HQ: “Per Michigan state law, any alcohol that is found during the search of your vehicle on entry must be confiscated. This applies to both the campgrounds and the festival venue.” This outside alcohol ban is also confirmed on the website’s Festival Guidelines page.In previous years, attendees were able to bring in sealed containers to the festival, and some are worried that this restriction will significantly raise the costs of attending. The new rule was discovered and discussed on the EF subreddit page, where one fan expressed his concerns, saying, “I am paying over 300 dollars a ticket and not being allowed to bring beer? F**k that garbage, never thought EF would have a rule that really pissed me off.”The plot thickens, however, as the new legislation might not even apply to Double JJ Ranch. According to an interesting section of state legislation:“mcl 436.2021(4) This act and rules promulgated under this act do not prevent a class A or B hotel designed to attract and accommodate tourists and visitors in a resort area from allowing its invitees or guests to possess or consume, or both, on or about its premises alcoholic liquor purchased by the invitee or guest from an off-premises retailer and does not prevent a guest or invitee from entering and exiting the licensed premises with alcoholic liquor purchased from an off-premises retailer.”Furthermore, considering the liquor laws in Michigan haven’t changed in the last year, blaming them seems to be a scapegoat of sorts. Perhaps, with the rise of festival fatalities in recent years, Electric Forest is doing their part to minimize risk and liability.Whatever the case, just be careful out there and enjoy yourselves![H/T Reddit]
Olupona to accept prestigious Nigerian National Order of MeritProfessor of African and African American Studies Jacob Olupona has been awarded the Nigerian National Order of Merit prize for 2007. The president of Nigeria, Umaru Yar’Adua, will confer the award in the nation’s capital city of Abuja today (Dec. 6). The National Order of Merit is regarded as Nigeria’s highest prize for intellectual achievement and is given in recognition of unique and outstanding contributions to scholarship, research, and the field of humanities.Olupona, who is also a professor of African religious traditions at Harvard, is a noted scholar of indigenous religions of the continent and of the religious practices of African émigrés in the United States.Julie Buckler’s ‘Mapping St. Petersburg’ wins Scaglione PrizeThe Modern Language Association of America has named Julie A. Buckler, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, the recipient of its seventh Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Buckler received the prize for her book “Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityshape.”The prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding scholarly work on the linguistics or literatures of the Slavic languages. It consists of a $2,000 check and a certificate, and will be presented Dec. 28 at the association’s annual convention, held this year in Chicago.“Julie A. Buckler’s ‘Mapping St. Petersburg’ provides fresh and insightful analysis of the role of St. Petersburg in the Russian cultural imagination,” reads an excerpt from the committee’s citation for the winning book. Established in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America exists to advance literary and linguistic studies.
The multigifted and much-admired musical composer Marvin Hamlisch taught a master class in the New College Theatre on “The Art of the Audition” recently (April 9) under the auspices of Learning From Performers. The class was arranged by Thomas Lee, the series program manager. The following day, the composer of “A Chorus Line” was a special guest in a class on the history of the Broadway musical.AUDITIONING FOR THE AUDITIONThe topic Hamlisch chose for his class, the dreaded audition, is not surprising.Major composer and Pops Orchestra conductor Hamlisch has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, three Golden Globes and a Tony, but he still remembers his first audition, at the Juilliard School. He was 6 years old. From then until he was 17, he had to show up for a yearly audition, ominously called “The Jury,” in order to keep his precious scholarship to the prestigious school. Each one, he recalls, was agony. Much later, the experience was still with him: After winning three Oscars in one year, 1974, he left Hollywood to write “A Chorus Line,” which ran for 15 years on Broadway, a show whose entire subject is an audition.“The one thing schools don’t teach you is how to audition,” Hamlisch said to the audience in the New College Theatre. Consequently, he designed the master class specifically so that the students would get to perform, listen to notes, and then incorporate the coaching into a second performance of their songs.Preparing two songs for the event were three students, chosen by OfA for their interest in a theatrical career: Tom Compton ’09, a music concentrator, last seen in this year’s Hasty Pudding show as Roy L. Pain; Rachel Flynn ’09, who studies religion and dramatic arts; and Arlo Hill ’08, a literature concentrator who will play the title role opposite Flynn in “Sweeney Todd,” opening April 25.Hamlisch’s recommendations can be practical, esoteric, or both. He told Compton to take his hands out of his pockets while singing, adding his favorite phrase. “You have to up it up. You are not going to lose a role for being too much.” As a teacher, Hamlisch has a gentle and direct way of zeroing in on what will make the most difference the fastest. He sent Compton to a room to “get to the ‘money’ notes faster” even if, he said, the lyrics no longer make sense.Of Flynn, the next singer, Hamlisch queried the class, “‘How many notes does she have? How high can she go?’ That’s what they want to know.” He listened to her sing, told her to control her vibrato and hit the high note right on. She went off to work on it.After listening to Hill, a tenor, for a couple of measures, the composer told him to transpose his song from the key of C to the key of D: “If you want to kill with that, work it up to D major —that’s a range most people don’t have. Sing in whatever key is your baby.” Hamlisch stepped over to the piano and pushed it up a key. On the spot, Hill sang the new version. Hamlisch was right, of course. It killed.And the maestro’s farewell message to the students: “See you on Broadway!”FRONT-ROW SEATSSome Harvard students have a front-row seat on Broadway this semester with “American Musicals and American Culture,” a new half-course in the Core taught by Carol J. Oja, the William Powell Mason Professor of Music. And recently (April 10), they got to see a Broadway legend when Hamlisch, composer of one of these iconic musicals, was a special guest in the class.“Musicals are central to our cultural heritage,” Oja said. “They not only represent an abundance of brilliant talent, but they also resonate with some of the central themes of their eras. Issues of race and ethnicity, gender and politics, national identity and foreignness permeate this tradition.”Considering the course’s historical focus, it was particularly appropriate to have Hamlisch as a visitor: “His ‘Chorus Line,’” Oja noted, “was a landmark as soon as it appeared.” Indeed, the musical ran for more than 6,000 performances on Broadway and won 12 Tony Awards.Oja pointed out to her class that the first phase of Hamlisch’s career took place in Hollywood, where he wrote the score to “The Swimmer” and more than a dozen other films, including “The Way We Were” and “The Sting.”It was only after this string of Hollywood successes that he was summoned to Broadway by Michael Bennett to write “A Chorus Line,” based on Bennett’s own concept. Hamlisch explained to the class that he always asks himself when he starts to compose: What is the point of the singing? Where does it fit in the show? But in this case, at least at first, he said, there was no show. The first rehearsal was a transcription of 24 hours of interviews with dancers. The show was developed in a series of workshops in New York. “It was a completely original idea of Michael Bennett’s,” he said.Hamlisch regaled the class with a host of other Broadway anecdotes, some going back to his own childhood. To the delight of the class, the showman concluded his appearance with a rousing rendition of “Dance Ten, Looks Three.”
After opening the season at No. 20, Harvard soccer (7-3; 3-0 Ivy League) is back in the rankings at No. 22, coming off big road wins against No. 24 Brown (8-3-1; 2-1-0) and Holy Cross (6-3-3). Harvard, which defeated Brown 4-1 and Holy Cross 3-0, is the last undefeated team in Ivy play this year. After three conference games, Harvard has scored seven times, conceding only one goal.Co-captain midfielder Michael Fucito ‘09 and freshman goalkeeper Austin Harms were announced Monday (Oct. 20) as Ivy Player of the Week and Ivy Rookie of the Week, respectively.Fucito has three goals and an assist in his last three games and leads the Ivy League in both points and goals, and is second in game-winning goals. Last week, he was also announced as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for men’s soccer, which is given to one student-athlete every year based on athletic performance, academic excellence, character, and community involvement (CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School). Nationwide voting for the award will be open until Nov. 17, and the winner will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship in Frisco, Texas (Dec. 12-14).Harms, whose Rookie of the Week honor is his second in three weeks, has started every game since his shutout against Yale in his first career start (Oct. 4) and already leads the Ivy League in goals against average and save percentage. He is also fourth in saves per game and fifth in shutouts with three, despite playing in only five games.The Crimson return to Ivy competition when they face Princeton on the road Saturday (Oct. 25).
Carbonari named chair, Fulton named vice chair of Harvard’s JCHS Policy Advisory BoardBruce A. Carbonari, chairman and CEO of Fortune Brands Inc., has been named chair of the Policy Advisory Board at the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard.“Bruce Carbonari is a true leader. His commitment to housing and the research of the Joint Center will help illuminate the critical issues facing the housing market today and tomorrow,” said Nicolas P. Retsinas, director of the Joint Center.The Joint Center also appointed Daniel S. Fulton the board’s new vice chair. Fulton is currently president and CEO and a member of the board of directors of Weyerhaeuser Co.Established in 1959, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies is the nation’s leading center for information and research on housing in the United States. The JCHS is a collaborative unit affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School. The Policy Advisory Board, which was created in 1971, has a long-standing history of supporting housing research at Harvard.HSPH presents Q Prize to maestroThe Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recently announced that the second annual Q Prize, named in honor of music impresario Quincy Jones, will be awarded to Gustavo Dudamel and to his mentor, José Antonio Abreu. Dudamel is an internationally celebrated conductor, and Abreu is the founder of El Sistema, a pathbreaking Venezuelan program that uses intensive instruction in classical music to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of at-risk youth. Dudamel emerged from El Sistema, and first gained widespread acclaim as the conductor of El Sistema’s celebrated Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.The Q Prize was created to recognize and promote extraordinary leadership on behalf of children and is supported by a gift from Time Warner and individual donations.Since 1994, Quincy Jones has collaborated with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication, directed by Jay Winsten associate dean for public and community affairs in HSPH, on national media campaigns to prevent youth violence and recruit volunteer mentors for at-risk youth.
There were 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu in the country during the epidemic’s first spring wave, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.From 9,000 to 21,000 people were hospitalized as a result, and up to 800 died from April to July, when it largely faded out, according to the estimates, which were conducted by the C.D.C. and the Harvard School of Public Health and published online in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases…Read full story (The New York Times)