Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings The Raw Emotions Of Their “High Times” To L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre [Review/Videos]

first_imgThe Tedeschi Trucks Band has made a habit of playing the Orpheum Theatre whenever an album-supporting tour winds through Los Angeles. Yet, there was a decidedly different feel to the 12-piece ensemble’s show downtown on a Thursday in mid-May.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Performs On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ [Pro-Shot Video]Sure, the two sets were freshly filled with tracks from their new album, Signs, including “I’m Gonna Be There” and the title track to start the second set and the powerful “Shame” popping up shortly thereafter. And yes, there were more cameras than usual in the building to capture the magic for those watching at home through Nugs.net.But the biggest difference of all was a rather somber one. This marked the first LA show for the Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks-led outfit since the tragic passing of keyboardist Kofi Burbridge earlier this year. His loss is the closest to the band’s performing core, but hardly the only one within the Tedeschi Trucks circle in recent years. From Gregg Allman and Leon Russell to Colonel Bruce Hampton and Derek’s uncle, Butch Trucks, the band’s long list of confidants and collaborators shrunk considerably and sadly during the creation and release of Signs.The resulting raw emotions lent an entirely more somber and, in some respects, more powerful quality to TTB’s performance. Even songs from records past—from Revelator’s “Midnight in Harlem” to Made Up Mind’s title track, “Do I Look Worried,” “Idle Wind” and “Part of Me”, took on a different quality and meaning given all the group has been through.The same could be said for TTB’s litany of covers. With Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces,” Bob Dylan’s “Down in the Flood” and “Lord Protect My Child” and the Four Tops’ “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever,” the group did its part to honor some of the music world’s living legends. And with Elmore James’ “The Sky is Crying,” the Allman Brothers Band’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out of My Life, Woman,” and Joe Tex’s “Show Me,” TTB seemingly paid homage to the greats who’ve come and gone, and on whose timeless shoulders the band still stands.None of this is to suggest that TTB has at all diminished as an act. For one, Gabe Dixon was (and still is) no slouch on the keys, as difficult as it may be to attempt to fill Kofi’s shoes.Moreover, through these hard times, the extraordinary musicians who comprise TTB remain as masterful as ever, and now bring with them an even more powerful depth of emotion to color their spectacular displays of artistry.The drum duet from Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson on “Idle Wind” was that much more grounding, the brass solos by Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Ephraim Owens on trumpet and Elizabeth Lea on the trombone that much more stirring. The range shown by Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers on vocals felt that much wider, and the rasp on the mic from Tedeschi and Mike Mattison seemed to have more of a reason—as if they were weeping along with the audience.As for Trucks, his singular guitar work was once again spellbinding. But where once the contrast between his more feathery finger work and his bluesy overdrive was more a matter of happenstance, in this case, it took on the timbre of tough times and how music can help to pull us through them, one heart-wrenching note after another.All told, these challenging months and years have not bowed TTB. If anything, the earthly departures from the band’s world appear to have given it ample reason to not just carry on, but to honor the memory of their loved ones gone and inspire the living to reach for more impassioned artistry.Tedeschi Trucks Band’s tour continues tonight, May 18th, with a performance at Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, AZ. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here. Scroll down for a photo gallery from Thursday’s performance, courtesy of Brandon Weil.You can watch a pair of pro-shot videos from the performance below courtesy of Nugs.tv.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Do I Look Worried” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I’m Gonna Be There” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/16/19Set One: Do I Look Worried, Part of Me, Don’t Drift Away, Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, High & Mighty, Down in the Flood, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindSet Two: I’m Gonna Be There, Signs, High Times, Lord Protect My Child, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Get Out of My Life, Woman, Show MeEncore: Made Up MindTedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/16/19 | Photos: Brandon Weil Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Japan Out of the Comfort Zone

first_imgEMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci recently visited Japan for an appearance at the Nikkei Global Management Forum. There, he outlined EMC’s strategy for cloud and Big Data and also introduced the Software-defined Datacenter (SDD) concept that will revolutionize the way datacenters are operated and managed.In addition to Joe’s commentary on the industry’s transformation, he also provided some color on EMC’s corporate strategy, vision and the business outlook in Japan.When it came to the topic of Japan’s “stagnation,” in the global economy, Joe was very clear: Cloud computing is the largest wave of transformation the IT industry has ever seen, and Japanese companies must move past their conservatism and take advantage of their skilled IT talent to capitalize on the opportunity.The Software-defined Data Center approach of pooling together compute, storage, networking, security and other services to be delivered as software will allow datacenters to become more standardized, virtualized and eventually, automated. Improved efficiency and lower costs are just what Japan needs right now to help jumpstart economic prosperity.Japan’s strong, dedicated workforce coupled with its history of multi-industry dominance serve as the foundation to carry it through this period of economic uncertainty. The country’s spirit of innovation and record of high quality output are what’s needed to move the country forward. As Japanese companies look for ways to do more with less, as many companies across the world are doing, EMC’s mantra of IT transformation is helping to put theory into action.last_img read more

Have the Ultimate Fourth of July Party with Broadway.com’s BBQ Playlist

first_imgFor theater nerds like us, there’s no better way to spend the summer than hanging out in the sun and rocking out to showtunes all day long—preferably in the pool. No Fourth of July barbecue is complete without a great playlist, so Broadway.com has created a lineup of fun, summery songs from Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots and more to fuel your celebration. Log in to Spotify to stream the songs below and have a great weekend! View Commentslast_img

Wicked’s Jennifer DiNoia & Kara Lindsay Are Taking Your Questions

first_img Wicked from $95.00 You’re definitely going to want to be in this hoi polloi! Wicked’s Jennifer DiNoia and Kara Lindsay will spend one short day at Broadway.com HQ for a round of Ask a Star. That’s right, Ozians! Elphaba and Glinda are taking your questions—no matter how scandalacious. Want to know what it’s like to travel by bubble and broom on the Great White Green Way? What’s the most bizarre thing they’ve ever heard at the stage door? What would they each ask The Wizard for? What other Broadway show pair would they love to play together? Send along your questions to Broadway.com’s own wonderful wizards in the form below, and be sure to tune in when the wickedly popular stars reveal their answers!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mfup7sk1g60ivs/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mfup7sk1g60ivs/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Jennifer DiNoia & Kara Lindsay in ‘Wicked'(Photos: Matt Crockett & Joan Marcus)last_img read more

Report: Energy efficiency holds steady at 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour

first_imgSource: WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Energy efficiency remains America’s cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy source for five years running. That’s the conclusion of a new study that shows that the utility cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy efficiency has held steady or even slightly declined at about 2.5 cents over the last half decade, even as the costs for new coal, nuclear, and other supply-side energy alternatives have risen.Titled Saving Energy Cost-Effectively: A National Review of the Cost of Energy Saved Through Utility-Sector Energy Efficiency Programs, the new analysis from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) updates the organization’s widely cited benchmark research of 2004 showing that the average cost of delivering energy efficiency programs in the U.S. was then 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).The report notes: “In contrast, recent conventional energy supply-side options have typically cost between $0.07 and $0.15 per kWh — about three to four times the cost of energy efficiency investments . . . In 2008, pulverized coal cost between $0.07 and $0.14 per kWh, combined-cycle natural gas cost between $0.07 and $0.10 per kWh, and wind cost between $0.04 and $0.09 per kWh . . . Furthermore, as energy supply-side resource costs are highly volatile, energy efficiency remains a financially stable, long-term investment. In the near future, this cost picture will likely be very similar.” The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2020 new conventional power plants including coal and nuclear will cost about $0.10 per kWh, or four times higher than current energy efficiency program costs.The new ACEEE report looks at energy efficiency programs from recent years in 14 states, with utility costs ranging from $0.016 to $0.033 per kWh and an average cost of $0.025 per kWh. ACEEE gathered data on energy efficiency program costs in 14 states — California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The six natural gas efficiency programs covered in the report also saved energy cost-effectively — spending $0.27 to $0.55 per therm, with an average of $0.37 per therm — less than a third of the average residential retail price seen over the past five years.Maggie Eldridge, report co-author, ACEEE, said: “Our new findings have major implications for the U.S. Senate deliberations on climate legislation, the upcoming Copenhagen summit, and state-level decisions about other sources for new power generation. The data show conclusively why energy efficiency should be universally regarded as the ‘first fuel’ in making energy decisions. It is cheaper, cleaner, faster, and more easily realized than any other resource out there.”Katherine Friedrich, lead author, ACEEE, said: “Energy efficiency is by far the least costly energy resource option available for utility resource portfolios. Saving a kilowatt-hour through energy efficiency improvements is easily one-third or less the cost of any new source of electricity supply, whether conventional fossil fuel or renewable energy source. In addition, the results of this research suggest that the cost of energy efficiency has remained very consistent over time, even in the face of increasingly ambitious energy savings levels. Energy efficiency appears to be a resource that continues to renew itself — the more energy efficiency opportunities we look for, the more we find.”Dan York, co-author and acting utilities program director, ACEEE, said: “This study clearly demonstrates the very real value provided to utility customers of these energy efficiency programs. We encourage regulators, utilities, and policymakers to continue to support and expand such programs in order to continue to reap the multiple benefits they provide for customers, utilities, the economy, and the environment. Energy efficiency is a cost-effective solution to many problems, including the growing economic and environmental costs of carbon dioxide emissions. Also, energy efficiency goals can often be accomplished using existing technology, so programs can deliver results relatively quickly — in much less time than it takes to construct a new power plant.The full study findings are available online and can be downloaded for free athttp://www.aceee.org/pubs/u092.htm(link is external)ABOUT ACEEEThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org(link is external)) is an independent and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since then the organization has grown to a staff of 40. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visithttp://www.aceee.org(link is external).last_img read more

LSCU’s La Pine: CUs purchasing banks is a ‘win-win’

first_img continue reading » It’s a win for consumers, their communities and their financial institution in the few scenarios when a credit union purchases a bank, League of Southeastern Credit Unions President/CEO Patrick La Pine wrote this week for AL.com. Responding to community banker complaints about credit unions purchasing banks, La Pine says these bankers are working against the best interest of their own customers and communities.“No one is forcing a bank to sell to a credit union. These transactions occur because they benefit both sides, and the fact that they happen again shows the difference between credit unions and banks,” he writes. “As a result, the bank and the credit union each fulfill their purpose and it shows that credit unions are committed to expanding their reach to bring more Americans and more small businesses into credit union membership.”La Pine notes that community banks are disappearing due to mega banks, not credit union growth. Since 1992, credit union market share has grown from 5.6% of the market to 7%, while the 100 largest banking institutions went from 41.1% to 75.4% over the same time period. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Restaurant industry sex-assault problems

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been working the last 15 years to increase awareness about domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, sex trafficking and getting more men involved in the struggle to end these problems. Part of that effort has been as a community member on the Schenectady Domestic Violence Task Force and the Community Sexual Assault Response Team.I was approached by a young woman who had been assaulted at her restaurant job. Her police complaint wasn’t prosecuted by the DA due to an error on dates. As a response, some additional training has been developed to hopefully avoid similar problems in the future.The woman was also threatened by her assailant for going to the police. She and her roommate fled their apartment in Schenectady as it was in the same building as the restaurant and they felt very unsafe. After living in their car for several days, they found shelter in another city. Recent articles in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Sacramento Bee as well as numerous magazines point out the high rate of harassment, gropings and assaults faced by female restaurant workers. Nearly 40 percent of sexual harassment complaints to the Federal EEOC come from females in the restaurant industry.My friend’s experience may have been unusual for Schenectady — but maybe not. It seems timely for Schenectady to do some preventative investigation into these kind of situations. I urge the county Legislature and the city council to look into the matter, and to empower or direct the Schenectady Human Rights Commission to hold hearings.Other cities are doing this, we can as well.ED GUIDERBallston LakeThe writer is a member of Schenectady Stand Up Guys.More from The Daily Gazette:Guilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Education ministry’s partnership with Netflix met with criticism in Indonesia

first_img“We think there are a lot of youths in the country that could create more creative documentaries, short movies or guidelines for students during this period of learning from home,” Huda said in a statement on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.”I wonder why the education ministry as the home for education [in the country] chose to collaborate with a foreign streaming platform just for its documentaries.”Huda challenged the ministry for not working with local production houses instead to create high-quality and entertaining content for students during remote studies. “Why should they collaborate with a video streaming platform that has yet to show clear contributions to the country’s income? We still have the National Movie Center [PFN] and college students [with expertise] in visual communication design. Why didn’t [the ministry] give them the opportunity?” he said.Netflix said that the company’s partnership with the Education and Culture Ministry was based on a free-of-charge agreement in the hope its documentaries could reach a wider audience. “Around the world, teachers and educational organizations have asked if we can make some of our documentaries available during the crisis and we’re happy to help without any cost,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Friday.”Our partnership with the Education and Culture Ministry helps reach more audiences in Indonesia given that TVRI has nationwide coverage, especially for students who might not have stable internet access while they learn from home.“We selected titles that are meant to help students learn and be inspired through diverse, enjoyable and informative stories, especially during these challenging times when schools are closed,” it added.Topics : Starting on Saturday, the ministry is to broadcast several Netflix original documentaries as part of its Belajar dari Rumah (Study from Home) program.Belajar dari Rumah is a full-day educational program that helps students who are required to study from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been airing daily on public television broadcaster TVRI since mid-April.Among the documentaries that air every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. are Our Planet, Street Food: Asia, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Spelling the Dream, Chasing Coral and Night on Earth. Reruns of the said shows, which feature Indonesian subtitles, will be available on Sundays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.House of Representatives Commission X chairman Syaiful Huda said the collaboration would limit room for creativity among the Indonesian youth. A decision made by the Education and Culture Ministry to collaborate with streaming platform Netflix has been met with criticism.A member of the House of Representatives, Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party, said the collaboration was unethical even though it did not violate any regulations.”Although the collaboration did not violate any regulations, on an ethical level it’s still questionable. Rather than Netflix, the Education and Culture Ministry should collaborate with other state-owned enterprises,” Willy said on Thursday.last_img read more

OceanGate Names New Board Member

first_imgOceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services has elected Dianna Raedle, CEO and founder of Deer Isle Group to serve on its board of directors“We are pleased to welcome Dianna to our board,” notes Stockton Rush, OceanGate chairman and CEO. “Dianna brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in areas key to advancing OceanGate’s mission of opening the oceans to manned submersible exploration and research. Her diverse background and understanding of global markets will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow and pursue a growing number of strategic opportunities.”Raedle founded Deer Isle Group, a New York City investment advisory firm, specializing in growth strategies and complex capital solutions with a focus on global markets, emerging markets, with a specialty in advising CEO’s and companies in the financial services, asset management, innovation and technology, real assets, real estate and oil and gas industries. Since founding in 2007 Deer Isle Group has raised over $5 billion in capital through its SEC regulated broker dealer.“I am excited to be part of the OceanGate board” says Dianna Raedle, “I believe that privately-owned manned submersibles capable of reaching depths as great as 4000 meters is a game changer in terms of opening the oceans – one of the last great global unknowns, for human visitation, exploration and potential habitation.”OceanGate recently completed construction of Cyclops 2, a manned-submersible capable of reaching depths as great as 4,000 meters, and the first of its kind that is not government owned. Cyclops 2 is a research class vessel used to conduct undersea missions such as site inspections, environmental assessments, equipment testing, sonar mapping and data collection. In June 2018, Cyclops 2 will be used to conduct the first manned submersible to the RMS Titanic wreck site and debris field since 2005.last_img read more

U.S. Charity helps Tanzania’s Albinos get back their limbs

first_imgTanzania albino documentary controversy Tanzania deports UNDP Boss The plight of Tanzania’s albinos. Philadelphia’s Shriner’s Hospital is making custom prostheses for each child, and they’ll be back as they grow to get new ones. Philadelphia’s Shriner’s Hospital is making custom prostheses for each child, and they’ll be back as they grow to get new ones.Despite the government outlawing witchcraft in Tanzania, the practices is still quite common. Witch doctors there continue to butcher and sometimes kill children with albinism.They believe that albino body parts will bring wealth. A U.S. Charity is now taking in some of these children and providing them with free free surgery and prostheses. Relatedlast_img