“Clear some room, lay on the music and let the high times commence!”Off the back of several highly successful touring seasons, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are back with another live installment, Betty’s Blends, Volume Two: Best From The West. Recorded under the guidance of former Grateful Dead audio engineer, Betty Cantor-Jackson, the seven-track selection offers a pristine slice of the CRB’s romp through the west coast in the summer of 2014.Beginning with a dynamic, cascading version of “Vibration & Light Suite,” the CRB prove (again) why they are among the leading purveyors of contemporary psychedelic rock. The songs moves with an effortlessness and an ease that is reminiscent to a mid-70s Grateful Dead jam vehicle. And like a classic GD jam vehicle, the songs can stop and turn on a dime into a different dimension. They wade through light and dark, with many shades of grey sandwiched between. Fan favorite “Rosalee,” recorded at Big Sur’s Henry Miller Library, follows. A downright fun and funky tune, keyboard player Adam MacDougall takes a journey intermingling his signature sound with the stylish guitar of Neal Casal until the jam reaches an ambient, dream like state, finishing up with a rocking outro that has band-leader Chris Robinson inquiring, “Is the air getting thinner? Are we getting high?”Chris Robinson Brotherhood Rocks Intimate Revolution Hall Show In PortlandOne of the great things about Betty’s Blends Volume Two is the inclusion of two excellent covers amongst the Brotherhood’s originals, the first being the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other.” A staple of the CRB repertoire since the get-go, this sweet, sultry version had to have put a smile on Betty’s face. After all, this was the woman who aided in the recording of the Dead’s infamous Cornell ’77 show. The second cover tune, “Driving Wheel,” comes via Tom Rush. A love ballad no doubt, this song plays to Robinson’s strength on vocals and sounds like something that could have easily come out of the CRB’s catalog. When the CRB player a cover they own it 100%.Watch Widespread Panic and Chris Robinson Brotherhood Cover Joe Cocker“Tumbleweed In Eden” makes an appearance on the new release, a song from a previous Robinson project, The New Earth Mud. Originally released on 2004’s The Magnificent Distance, the song has found a proper home in the Brotherhood and gains some serious steam towards the latter half of the song. “Shore Power” recorded at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA and “Burn Slow,” recorded at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver from 2014’s Phosphorescent Harvest round out the second installment of Betty’s Blends and provide CRB fans a great dichotomy of material. The former, a punchy, head-bobber is contrasted against the soothing, melodic tones of “Burn Slow.” All in all, Betty’s Blends Volume Two is a solid offering from a still relatively young band. The sky is the limit for this group of veteran musicians.Due out on June 2nd, Betty’s Blends Volume Two: Best From The West will be issued by Robinson’s label Silver Arrow Records as a limited edition release, with only 2000 2-LP sets, 2000 CDs and 2000 downloads available. Be sure to get yours while they’re still in stock!
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:
Gambian duo Musa Juwara and Musa Barrow celebrate during Bologna’s Serie A match against Inter Milan. COURTESY: TWITTER/Bologna F.C.From inspired substitutions to goals galore and play-making glory, African footballers continued to make their mark across football leagues in Europe in the latest round of fixtures. However, it was not all smooth sailing as some results were adversely affected by unfortunate events such as own goals and red cards. We take a look at highlights from across European leagues.ENGLANDSenegal’s Sadio Mane scored a goal while Egypt’s Mohamed Salah set up another as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-0 in what was their first win as Premier League champions. Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored for the second consecutive games as Leicester City stayed in the race for a Champions League spot with a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.In the Championship, Algerian striker Said Benrahma scored a hat-trick as Brentford maintained their slim hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 3-0 win against 10-man Wigan while Côte d’Ivoire forward Yakou Meite scored four goals for mid-table Reading in their 5-0 win against relegation threatened Luton Town.Meanwhile, a penalty by Ghana’s Andre Ayew earned Swansea a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday while Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi scored and was then sent off in West Brom’s 4-2 win against Hull City.Nigerian Nnamdi Oboforh was on target for Wycombe Wanderers who took a commanding 4-1 win away against 9-man Fleetwood Town in their League One playoff semifinal first leg. Wycombe would eventually progress 6-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw.ITALYGambian strikers Musa Juwara and Musa Barrow were both on target as 10-man Bologna recovered from a goal down and a sending off to stun 10-man Inter Milan 2-1 at the San Siro. Juwara, a second half substitute, was instrumental in Bologna’s fightback scoring the equalizer and getting Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni sent off shortly before Barrow’s winner.Two Côte d’Ivoire midfielders were on song for their sides in Italy. Seko Fofana scored a goal and assisted another as Udinese were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Genoa while Jeremie Boga kept up his fine string of performances for Sassuolo scoring in a 4-2 win over Lecce.However, their compatriot Koffi Djidji of Torino was unlucky to be on the end of a 4-1 defeat to Serie A champions Juventus in the Turin derby in which he scored an own goal.SPAIN AND PORTUGALIn Spain, Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal earned Real Betis a 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo while in neighbouring Portugal, Mali striker Moussa Marega scored his third goal in three games as Porto thrashed Belenenses 5-0 and his compatriot Falaye Sacko set up the only goal in Vitoria Guimaraes’ 1-0 win against Portimonense.AUSTRIANigerian Bright Edomwonyi set up Maximilian Sax to score the only goal in Austria Vienna’s 1-0 win over Mattersburg while Mali’s Mohamed Camara scored a penalty in injury time to seal RB Salzburg’s 3-0 win over LASK Linz.DENMARKTunisian Imed Louati found the net in Hobro’s 3-2 home loss against Randers FC in the Danish Superliga as league leaders FC Midtjylland survived the dismissal of Nigerian Ogochukwu Onyeka to edge Nordsjaelland 1-0.TURKEYSenegal’s Papiss Cisse scored once and DR Congo defender Fabrice N’Sakala set up two goals as Alanyaspor thumped Ankaragucu 4-1 while Cisse’s fellow countryman Demba Ba was on target for league leaders Basaksehir who won 2-0 against Antalyaspor.Côte d’Ivoire’s Jean Micheal Seri scored a penalty while Algerian Sofiane Feghouli was sent off for Galatasaray in their 3-1 defeat to home to Trabzonspor. Uganda’s Farouk Miya converted an injury-time penalty; his first goal after a lengthy injury lay off, as Konyaspor edged Rizespor 1-0 in a relegation battle. Kevin Prince Boateng of Ghana set up the only goal for Besiktas in their 3-1 loss to Kayserispor.ACROSS EUROPEIn Bulgaria, Gambian Ali Sowe’s second half strike earned CSKA Sofia a 1-1 draw against runaway Parva Liga leaders Ludogorets while in the Czech Republic, Côte d’Ivoire midfielder Ibrahim Traore was on target for 1. Liga leaders Slavia Prague in a 3-1 win against Slovan Liberec.In Estonia, Malian midfielder Sadio Tounkara’s strike was not enough for his side Trans Narva as they lost the Estonian Cup final 2-1 to favourites Flora.In Latvia, Nigeria’s Toluwalase Arokodare netted a late equaliser as second-from-bottom Valmeira came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw against Spartaks Jurmala in the Optibet Virsliga while South African Kgotso Masangane was on the score sheet in a 3-1 win for Metta/LU against Tukums. DR Congo striker Jordan Nkololo scored the second goal in Riga FC’s 3-1 win against BFC Daugavpils.19-year-old Nigerian Emmanuel David came off the bench to complete the scoring in a 2-0 win for Lithuanian side Kauno Zalgiris over bottom-placed FK Panevezys in the A Lyga while Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 win against Sandefjord in which Malian Ismaila Coulibaly scored.In Slovakia, Gambian midfielder Alieu Fadera came off the bench, scored and was then sent off in Pohronie’s 2-0 win away to Nitra while Ghanaian Sharani Zuberu opened the scoring in Dunjeska Streda’s 2-0 win against Zilina. In Slovenia, Gabon striker Ndzengue Fahd scored after coming on in the second half of Tabor Sezana’s 2-1 defeat away to Domzale in the Prva Liga.In Sweden, Nigerian Moses Ogbu set up a goal for Mjallby in a 1-0 win against lowly Ostersunds while Adama Fofana of Côte d’Ivoire was the match winner for Varbergs against Kalmar. Meanwhile, Swiss side Lugano slipped to a 3-0 away defeat to Young Boys courtesy of two own goals by Côte d’Ivoire defender Yao Eloge and a strike from Guinea defender Mohamed Camara.Related Aubameyang, Mane only Africans in 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist Mane, Aubameyang, Salah share Premier League golden boot Mane, Salah, Aubameyang lead race for CAF Player of the Year crown
By ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSAlthough sad to see him go, the South Padre Island City Council recognized retiring Assistant Chief of Police Javier Garza for his 30 years of dedicated service at their regular meeting Wednesday evening. Garza began his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher in the 1980s and worked his way up to assistant chief, where he has served an important role in maintaining the safety of the community for the past 10 years.Family and friends attended the meeting to support Garza, giving thanks and recognition for his faithful service. He was presented with framed badges and a plaque, along with a proclamation of gratitude and acknowledgement from State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. which was delivered by former Councilman Sam Listi.After the proclamation and thanks from the City, Garza thanked the City for the opportunity he had been given many years before. He spoke a few words of gratitude, saying, “I have worked and dedicated my life to the City for 30 some years. I wear this uniform with pride everytime I put it on. It has been my honor and my pleasure to represent the City and the citizens for these 30 years.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedHAPPY RETIREMENT: Family celebrate Garza’s 30 years of serviceBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS In this day and age, it is a rare occurrence to enjoy a career in a single profession that spans three decades, but that’s exactly what South Padre Island Assistant Chief of Police Javier Garza accomplished. Garza recently retired from the Island’s police…February 20, 2016In “News”Past mayor honored by pavilion By JASON MIHALICK Former Port Isabel Mayor Quirino Zurita Martinez was honored on Saturday for years of continued hard work and commitment he has given to the City of Port Isabel as a pavilion at Washington Park was dedicated to him. Martinez was in office from 1970-1976 as City…April 12, 2011In “News”Police department recognizes their ownBy JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Tuesday night during the Port Isabel City Commission Meeting four officers were recognized for their efforts as Chief Gualberto Gonzalez handed out awards to Cesar Garcia, Sergeant Javier Vivero, Monica Garza and David Martinez. Each of the four were recognized for doing their part to…February 10, 2011In “News” Share
Ian Madigan (JMPUK). Rugby Tonight, BT Sport’s weekly show taking a light-hearted look at the topical issues each week, is travelling around the country again, and Clifton RFC will host the first show on the road.Madigan and Luatua are set to join the presenters to talk about the season so far, with the show starting at 10.15pm on BT Sport 1 HD. Steven Luatua (JMPUK).