With its neon-clad marquee, the historic Kimo Theater in downtown Albuquerque is a sight to behold. From the street, the exterior is a blend of adobe architecture adorned with a Native American motif, ranging from faces to pictographs. The interior is even more ornate, and the theme follows throughout: each pillar and the walls and ceiling conjure feelings of entering a sacred, rather than performance, space.Hudson Supergroup Featuring Scofield, Medeski, And More Hitting The Road Behind New LP [Stream/Dates]With the approaching all hallows eve, this past Thursday saw a strange band of monsters creep into the Southwest—monsters of jazz that is. Among them were a spiritualist, invoking structure with magical sticks and skins, an upright man who had octopi for hands, and two mad scientists holding degrees in the fusion of electricity and discord—namely Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield. This conglomerate billed as Hudson presented an unexpected twist to a number of soundtrack tunes from the 60’s and 70’s on the final stop of their thirteen-city U.S. tour.The eight-song single set clocked in at about two hours and was composed of most of tracks on Hudson’s self-titled debut album, including Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow” and “Castles Made of Sand”, Bob Dylan’s” A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”, and the Joni Mitchell encore,” Woodstock”. Also included were the originals “Hudson”, “El Swing”, “Dirty Ground”, and “Tony Then Jack”. On paper, setlists have been standard, with only minor changes, such as the absence of The Band’s “Cripple Creek” on this night. As one would guess, being there each night was anything but standard. Hudson’s show was filled with those moments where the improvisation and changes would get so far out there that when the main theme or melody of the outset tune was referenced, many thought in reflection, “I completely forgot what song that was.”In speaking to one fan who had been with Hudson throughout October, he stated that “this final night was completely unlike any of the other shows [he] had seen on the tour”, and went on to explain that he felt that “the band probably omitted Cripple Creek so that they could further stretch out the rest of the tunes.” This aspect was reflected in the onstage setlists with “Cripple Creek” crossed out. When asking Medeski about the use of a standard set, he remarked, “By using an unchanging setlist, we are able to keep the focus on improvisation rather than making decisions on stage. Improvisation is what we came here to do.”The BandJack DeJohnetteBending place and space, this septuagenarian shaman showed that chronology is subjective as he swung, shuffled, and drove time throughout the evening, presenting patterns and angular dismay. This legend proves the theory that you are only as old as you allow yourself to be, handling the band’s vocals, both in song and backstories, while setting the measure and connecting visually and acoustically with the other members.Larry GrenadierWhether on bow, standing tall against his accoutrement, or slumped over the body of the wooden beast, this man’s ability for chord forms on the fly seems more mythical than mastery. His ability to shift between the simple and complex provided the audience with delight, as Grenadier’s subdued affect, except for the occasional devilish grin, kept the audience’s focus on his hands, where the number of his digits is still in question.John MedeskiSet atop his revolving pillar, Medeski revealed his prowess for the hypnotic and jarring on the Hammond, as well as skilled sublime power on the grand, with often a hand on both as he mixed his aural concoctions. His glimpses under stern brow across the stage to his fellow magicians reflected both his intent and madness. As leader and follower, this PhD of the psychedelic contributed to the invocation, in both singularity and the hive mind.John ScofieldThe bearded wizard began the set from his stooled perch, guitar in hand, as he watched the cohort open the benediction of the performance. When he finally descended, six-string staff in hand, unleashed were heads and improvised incantations that had the sorcerer under closed eyes, swaying with swirling alchemy, and mouthing the chant of notes his fingers were transcribing.When the lights finally came up, most who had arrived for the ceremony remained, their eyes widened and faces washed with expressions of altered states. Terms and phrases like “ridiculous, mesmerizing”, and “did that just happen?”, echoed throughout the auditorium as witnesses gathered in small groups recounting the performance. Using the term “supergroup” may be putting the experience lightly, but that stated, it is unsure that this formation may tour again in this capacity. For those lucky enough to see Hudson, this particular night gave a new meaning to New Mexico’s moniker The Land of Enchantment.Setlist: Hudson | The Kimo Theater | Albuquerque, NM | 10/26/17Set One: Wait Until Tomorrow, Hudson, El Swing, Castles Made of Sand, Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall, Dirty Ground, Tony Then JackEncore: Woodstock Hudson | The Kimo Theater | Albuquerque, NM | 10/26/17 | Photos by Jake Sudek Load remaining images
This coming Thursday, June 7th, 2018, the late, great Purple One himself, Prince, would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Now, a group of Prince fans in his native Minnesota is planning a three-day event to celebrate the tragically departed music legend’s birthday and to officially dedicate a mural and other new memorials.The three-day Prince birthday event is set to begin on Thursday in Henderson, MN, where various scenes from Prince’s iconic 1984 movie, Purple Rain, were filmed. Henderson resident Joel King is spearheading the celebration along with fellow fans from Maryland, New York, and elsewhere in Minnesota. King, in particular, has a personal connection to Prince and his legacy, having worked as a camera operator on Prince’s last film, Graffiti Bridge, and on some of Prince’s music videos.He also frequently works as a volunteer to show the many Prince-related sights in Henderson to visiting fans. As one of the event’s organizers, Cinzia Inzinna of Rochester, New York, explains to the Mankato Free Press, she initially visited Henderson with the intention of finding “places off the beaten path that were connected to Prince.” She found the “hidden gem” of a town and was particularly blown away by King’s enthusiasm. “You instantly feel the love he has for Prince,” Inzinna says of King.The free three-day Prince birthday gathering will feature Purple Rain location bus tours, a screening of Purple Rain, meet-and-greets with Prince’s family, dedications for a beautiful engraved stone memorial bench, and live music from over a dozen local acts. Portrait artist Moises Suriel has come from New York to paint a mural depicting Prince leaning on a “little red Corvette”on the wall of a downtown Henderson business. The town will also dedicate an honorary “Purple Rain Road,” complete with an official street sign. A stone bench and sign celebrating Prince have been placed nearby and also will be dedicated during the celebration. For a full itinerary of events, head here.The Prince Estate recently announced an upcoming symphony tribute project curated by Questlove, dubbed 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, which will tour throughout September and October of this year.[H/T Rolling Stone]
On Saturday night, Mike Gordon returned to The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA for the third show of his four-night tour-closing run. Phish fans were in for a real treat when band member Trey Anastasio emerged for the second half of the two set show.Mike Gordon and his solo band kicked off their second set with “I Am Random” before welcoming up the night’s surprise guest. Anastasio joined in for MGB originals “Victim”, “Peel”, “Acid Man”, “Crazy Sometimes”, “How Many People Are You”, and covers of Jon Cleary‘s “Got To Be More Careful” and Flaming Lips‘ “Are You A Hypnotist?”. For the encore, Mike Gordon Band and Trey Anastasio performed an electric version of Aerosmith‘s “Sweet Emotion”.Check out some fan footage from the surprise collaborations below: Mike Gordon’s solo tour continues tonight, Sunday, March 24th, at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. For a full list of Mike Gordon’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Mike Gordon | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 3/23/19Set I: Whirlwind, Equilibrium, Sleep To Dream -> My Favorite Mistake, Tropical Rocket, Noon To Noon, Angatta, Jam*, Sughn Never SetsSet II: I Am Random, Victim^ > Peel^, Got to Be More Careful^, Acid Man^ > Are You a Hypnotist?^, Crazy Sometimes^, How Many People Are You^Encore: Sweet Emotion^* with Mike and his daughter Tessa tossing out “I Am Random” pins to the crowd^ with Trey Anastasio
On Monday, Trey Anastasio Band announced a two-night run at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl, set to take place on Sunday, April 28th and Monday, April 29th. The Brooklyn performances are the most recent in a gradual rollout of Trey Anastasio Band spring and summer dates over the last several weeks.TAB will return to the stage with a special performance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on April 26th, following the premiere of Anastasio’s new Between Me & My Mind documentary. After the newly announced Brooklyn Bowl dates, the band will continue with performances in New Haven (4/27), St.Petersburg (5/28), St. Augustine (5/29), Atlanta (5/31 & 6/1), along with two, two-night Colorado runs in Denver and Vail this summer. Trey Anastasio Band also has current festival performances set for The Peach Music Festival, LOCKN’, and Bourbon & Beyond.A fan pre-sale is currently underway and ends Tuesday, April 16th at 12 p.m. (EST) here. Order status notifications will be sent by Wednesday, April 17th. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 19th.For a full list of Trey Anastasio’s upcoming side project tour dates, head here.
More than two years ago, EMC outlined a vision to fundamentally change how storage is managed, through what we call “software-defined storage.” This vision was to turn physical arrays into pools of virtual shared storage resources, enabling the delivery of innovative data services across arrays, even in complex, multi-vendor storage environments. Earlier this year, at EMC World, we primed the market for software-defined storage by unveiling a forthcoming product we named EMC ViPR. Customers and analysts responded with enthusiasm for the boldness of our vision and with confidence in EMC’s ability to execute as promised. This week, EMC delivered on that promise by making ViPR available to customers. ViPR is the only true software-defined storage product in the marketplace, and we expect it to become a significant differentiator for our business.Customers ask for our help in solving increasingly complex problems. The growth of traditional enterprise application workloads, coupled with the explosive growth in new cloud-based and mobile-enabled applications, demand a simple, automated way to align storage and other IT resources to a variety of ways of storing, protecting and accessing data. Over the same time, the rise of public cloud computing models are prompting customers to ask much more of their service providers as well as their storage administrators and IT decision makers. As one analyst from IDC explains, “Customers want to extract more value from their storage investments while scaling back on management, and ViPR meets these needs while embracing open architecture and catering to all arrays.”EMC ViPR includes the ViPR Controller, which automates storage management across traditional enterprise storage architectures while leveraging the full power of underlying arrays. And it includes ViPR Data Services, which can provide the architecture for new web apps with object storage while also leveraging commodity hardware for relevant workloads. With these two capabilities in one product, ViPR is the only software-defined storage platform to bridge the second and third platforms of IT.This achievement represents the culmination of two years of research and development and significant contributions from our early access customers and partners. Thanks to a tremendous amount of hard work and investment, true software-defined storage is here.
JEREMY JORDAN HUNTER PARRISH JONATHAN GROFF KYLE DEAN MASSEY View Comments NICK JONAS AARON TVEIT COREY COTT We’re not gonna lie, we’re psyched about Grease: Live on Fox. And when Gigi star Vanessa Hudgens and Dancing with the Stars favorite Julianne Hough were announced to play Rizzo and Sandy, respectively, in the new live broadcast. While we’re getting our tweeting fingers ready, we asked readers to rank their top picks for stage and screen studs to play high school heartthrob Danny Zuko. The results are in—here are the T-Birds who came out on top! DARREN CRISS SKYLAR ASTIN ZAC EFRON
Vermont SBA Sets Lending Record for Fiscal Year 2004MONTPELIER – The Vermont U.S. Small Business Administration has postedanother record-breaking year.According to Vermont SBA Acting DirectorDarcy Carter, results for the 2004 fiscal year, which ended on 9/30/04,show that SBA backed 362 Vermont loans worth $64 million, a 25% increasein the number of loans over 2003 results. Total dollar amount exceeds2003 results by 56%.SBA loans range from one hundred-dollar microloansto $1.3 million real estate acquisition loans. SBA’s 504 loan program in Vermont broke all previous records with 34 loanapprovals totaling $13 million, a 325 % increase over loan approvals for2003.The Vermont 504 Corporation, Montpelier, was SBA’s leadingCertified Development Corporation (Section 504) lending partner in Vermontwith 16 projects totaling $7 million, while Bay Colony DevelopmentCorporation of Waltham, Mass, was second with 8 projects totaling $4million. Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation, Montpelier,finished in third place with 6 projects totaling $2 million.Section 504loans are available to expanding businesses for real estate purchases,renovations or for equipment financing. Based on statements from our borrowers, SBA’s financial backinghelped small businesses create or retain more than 3,132 jobs in Vermont.The SBA backed 49 loans worth $5 million to women-owned firms. The SBAguaranteed 8,053 loans in the six New England States totaling $930million, an 11 percent increase in the number of loans and a 23 percentincrease in the dollar total over 2003 results. Records were also brokennationally with just under 92,000 SBA-backed loans totaling $17.5 billion.”The record number of SBA-backed loans recorded in 2004 demonstrates ourcommitment to meeting the unique financing needs of small businessesthroughout the state,” said Carter. “With SBA technical assistanceprograms and loan assistance, business owners have the opportunity tocreate jobs, expand our economy and build strong communities. The flow ofcapital, enhanced by the SBA guarantee, is an important factor in Vermont,where we rely upon small business to keep our economy going.”In 2004, 30 lending institutions participated in SBA’s flagship 7(a) loanguaranty program in Vermont. SBA guarantees loans for any businesspurpose under this program.Banknorth, N.A. was the #1 SBA lender inVermont with 46 loans totaling $9 million, while Chittenden Bank wassecond with 41 loans totaling $10 million. Passumpsic Savings Bank wasthird with 34 loans totaling $3 million.SBA’s lending partnershipscover the entire state, and while the larger banks produce the greatestSBA loan volume, community banks continue to be very active SBA lenders.SBA’s top ten Vermont banks include Banknorth, N.A., Chittenden Bank,Passumpsic Savings Bank, Community National Bank, Capital One FederalSavings Bank, Merchants Bank, Factory Point National Bank, Union Bank,National Bank of Middlebury and Bank of Bennington. To view the completelender ranking list for 2004, including the number of loans and dollartotals credited to each lending institution, click on the following link:http://www.sba.gov/vt/vtlenderloanvolume.html(link is external).SBA also trained and counseled more than 5,000 prospective andexisting business owners in Vermont in 2004 as a result of SBA’sentrepreneurial development efforts in partnership with the Vermont SmallBusiness Development Center, SCORE, and the Vermont Women’s BusinessCenter.For more information about SBA programs and services, visit the SBAwebsite at www.sba.gov/vt(link is external) or call the VermontDistrict Office at (802) 828-4422. ###
Twilight of U.K. Coal-Fired Electricity Energy Is Approaching Faster Than Anticipated FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Karl Mathiesen for The Guardian:At 3pm on Thursday, the turbines of Scotland’s last coal power station at Longannet will spin for the last time. Coal, the lifeblood of the British economy for more than two centuries and now a terrible burden on the climate, is drawing its final breaths before an inevitable death. The question is: how long can it cling on?Longannet’s closure is the first in a year that will see a cascade of further shutdowns. Units at Rugeley, Eggborough, Ferrybridge and Fiddlers Ferry will all go cold over the coming summer months, removing 44% (around 8GW) of Britain’s coal-generating capacity in the turn of a season. This follows the closure of 8GW of ageing coal plants since 2012.European air quality laws have precipitated many of the recent closures, with old, dirty plants unable to afford the remedial measures needed to meet tightened restrictions.But this initial strangulation has been overlaid by falling gas prices and the growth of renewable energy, both of which have driven the wholesale price of electricity down by 60% since the beginning of 2014. Unlike gas, coal has high material transport costs and is more heavily affected by the UK’s carbon floor price. All of this means burning coal for power is an increasingly tough business to be in.By the end of this year, just six stations will remain active.The five on the mainland have received backing from the government’s capacity market until 2021 (Belfast’s Kilroot plant feeds the all-Ireland market). The capacity market guarantees a steady electricity supply by offering support to generators in return for a commitment to provide a certain amount of power to the grid. But in February, that guarantee was shaken when the operator of Fiddlers Ferry power station announced that despite winning government support for three of its four units until 2019, it would be cutting its losses and shutting down. Operator SSE cited dramatic changes in the generation market and opted to pay out the government contract of £33m rather than take on “unsustainable losses” into the future.The remaining operators are outwardly confident about their short-term future. But their language comes with heavy caveats.Full article: How long can the UK’s coal industry survive?
As a kid growing up in Roanoke, Virginia, I was restless. I was always riding my bike or skateboard, hiking, jumping on the trampoline, running through the neighborhood. I was not, however, interested in team sports. I guess I was just too shy and timid. I dabbled with competitive running -the track team- in middle school, gravitating to the longer distances, but in my immature state found it rather stressful and humiliating. I wasn’t very good at it.In high school I continued my trend of avoiding participation in organized sports—boy was I was terrible at ball throwing—but I continued nevertheless to be very active in other physical pursuits such as the aforementioned skateboarding and hiking and backpacking. In high school my fascination with rock climbing blossomed as well. And then there was always my ever-present interest in biking.I started taking overnight trips on my bike when I was 14. My parents actually encouraged that sort of thing. That summer I took a solo, three-day trip to Fairystone State Park and back from Roanoke via the Blue Ridge Parkway. That trip was followed the next summer by a four-day trek in which I rode across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Other bike journeys followed, through my high school and college years, culminating in a trans-continental USA trip the summer before I started dental school. I finished that trip only a week before classes commenced, and when they did I really missed the daily dose of movement -I mean, I was accustomed to riding for ten to twelve hours a day, so being at all sedentary was not really an option I was willing or able to accept; I found I needed to move. I tried bike riding from my base in downtown Richmond, but logistically it didn’t work out very well so I thought, hmmmm maybe I’ll try running. Maybe I’ll try running.I bought some Reebok running shoes, my decision based on their snazzy looks alone, and started jogging the downtown streets of the Capitol city. Soon I was running almost every day, during what worked out to be a regular, late afternoon window of opportunity. Richmond did not have the wonderful and extensive system of trails along the James River corridor that it has today, so all of my running there was of the pavement pounding variety. And it was great.Yes, I was discovering something amazing. Of course, it took a while for my body to get accustomed to the physiological and mechanical demands of running, but my mind took to it readily and naturally. Despite the considerable physical effort -or because of it?- I found joy in the movement, and in my perception of all my bodily systems working together in harmony. Out there, amid the exhaust fumes and the engine noise, the dodging of traffic and the hopping of curbs, I found peace.As the weeks and months went by, and my dental studies gained momentum, so did my running. I further appreciated the mental therapy that running was providing me, and there was no question that running was helping me reset my psychic bowling pins, clearing confusion, calming the incessant chatter in my brain. I came to refer to my running as “my secret weapon.”I started entering races -5k’s, 10k’s, marathons- and that added a new dimension to my running adventures, but mainly, above all, there was the daily dose of running as moving meditation.Years later, with my dental practice established back in Roanoke, I was running as much as ever. I was still running and racing on the road, but more and more the local trails felt the fall of my feet. A local and regional classic, the 8-mile McAfee Knob Trail round-trip became my all-time favorite. I really felt the tug of that one, and as testament I logged over 830 times of running that beautiful route in all weather conditions. The setting, the rhythm and tempo, of the McAfee route made it my most reliable and best meditational outing ever. On that run especially, surrounded by forest, dirt, rocks, and wildlife in whatever season, my worldly concerns would come to the surface and shake free; my overloaded brain would relax, re-sort, and reset. The normal challenges of running a business, making a living, and being a husband, father, and son would lay down and be easier to manage. The McAfee Knob run is where my trail-running-as-moving-meditation really came into it’s own, and attached itself forever to my psyche.Thirty years have gone by now since I started running. I abandoned road running years ago—save for emergencies when I’m somewhere without trails—and these days much of my regular running is upon the varied paths of Mill Mountain Park just a mile from my home in Roanoke. Since the development of that 20-mile network of trails I don’t run McAfee as much as I used to, but since the Knob is one of my favorite places on the planet I still get up there often. In the past decade I’ve been especially fascinated by long mountain trail races and the associated 20-mile-plus training runs that go along with them. The amazing number and variety of stellar trail long training runs in and around the Roanoke Valley -on the Appalachian Trail, National Forest trails, huge park trail networks like Mill Mountain and Carvins Cove- keep me busy. And the top-notch mountain trail ultras offered in the Blue Ridge Mountain region, races which attract participants from throughout the country, continue to hold my interest.With all there is to know and experience about the world of trail running, including the discipline and suffering of racing ultras, the basics of it are in me deeply ingrained: the joy in the rhythm of the movement in natural, wild and beautiful settings….the moving meditation of it.
On August 31, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave high praise and recognition to the performance of the outgoing defense minister, Rodrigo Rivera, who submitted his resignation from the post he had held since August 7, 2010. Speaking to the press, the head of state stressed that Rivera’s devotion, complete dedication, and sense of responsibility as defense minister have borne great fruit for the country. “You, Dr. Rodrigo Rivera, can say and can tell your grandchildren that you were the defense minister who brought down someone who was perhaps one of those who have been most wanted and most hated in our entire history, that symbol of terrorism, alias ‘Mono Jojoy.’ “During your term as minister, someone who at that time symbolized the terror of criminal gangs was also brought down, the so-called ‘murderer of murderers,’ alias ‘Cuchillo’ [‘Knife’],” President Santos recalled. He likewise highlighted the fact that Government forces have obtained powerful results in the fight against terrorist and criminal groups during Rivera’s time in office. “In the case of the FARC, more than 3,411 neutralized; in the case of the ELN, more than 500, 502 to be precise. In the case of the criminal gangs, 3,726,” the president revealed, noting that since Rivera took up his post, the chief crime statistics have maintained a downward trend. After thanking him for his work at the Defense Ministry, the head of state asked Rivera to continue collaborating with the Colombian Government as ambassador to the European Union. “I’m going to request that you agree to be my ambassador to the European Union. That embassy is one of the most important embassies the country has, and you’re not only ambassador to the entire European Union, but also to the Kingdom of Belgium, and you also represent Colombia to NATO,” the head of state declared. By Dialogo September 02, 2011