Vibes and Vibrations: NOLA Jazz Fest After-Dark 2016

first_imgWhat I have gleaned from chronicling the culture surrounding live music for twenty years, and from attending Jazz Fest for fourteen, is that one should judge their festival experience not by what music they were fortunate enough to catch, instead by the shows they were forced to miss. This is a phenomenon we know as FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out. Judging by word on the street, there were dozens of shows (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Last Waltz, Snarky Puppy and assorted offshoots, etc) that are already the stuff of legend. The FOMO was at its most fierce during second weekend, where the show choices were downright excruciating. After a one year JazzFest hiatus, I trusted my instincts and followed my heart, simply chasing the musicians and collaborations that I treasure most, as opposed to catching a more diverse selection, as I have in years’ past. Sure, I did end up at gigs by several of the same musicians, multiple times. Yet no two shows, or collection of players were ever the same, between the plethora of funk, interspersed with a few genre-defying acts, and the sheer musical gluttony of FIYA Fest (where one could sample a little bit of everything and overdose on NOLA funk) I’d like to think I had a fairly comprehensive aural menu over the course of a week. Acknowledging that disclaimer, and without any further adieu, these are a few of my favorite things from NOLA Jazz Fest After Dark 2016.  4/26: Adam Deitch Birthday Party ft. Adam Deitch Quartet and Sonic Bloom at the Blue Nile For his big 40th birthday, Adam Deitch booked an engagement at the Blue Nile to unveil his Adam Deitch Quartet, which consists of Bay Area organist Wil Blades and his close compadres The Shady Horns. Deitch’s parents Bobby and Denise proudly watched through glass doors from a perched directly behind the drum set as their son took the stage to lead this performance. Celebration was in the air, musicians littered the audience, and the band used this set to unveil material from an album they recently recorded in NYC. The birthday boy and his team got down to business by opening with “Fear the Blades,” and it was crystal clear that this was no jam session.    The compositions were a mixture of throwback rare groove, psychedelic exploration, and golden-era boom-bap breaks. A good example was their take on Cannonball Adderly’s “Inside Straight.” The tune was simultaneously true to its 1973 ethos, bathing in David Axelrod; all the while firmly entrenched somewhere in Pete Rock’s record crates, these beats were Soul Brother certified. Breakbeats on breakbeats on breakbeats, the collective dispatched avalanches of groove on a dirty Maceo Parker vamp; the seeds of hip-hop lying within a perpetual headnod that had engulfed the room.  Soon thereafter it was time for a parade of champions to take the stage; and Deitch dedicated to Prince an astonishing read of Herbie Hancock’s exquisite “Butterfly,” as Nigel Hall joined on keyboards and Kofi Burbridge on flute. Maurice Brown (trumpet) and Big Sam Williams (trombone) also graced the stage with magnanimous personalities.  Sonic Bloom, Eric “Benny” Bloom‘s local cooperative, took over the Nile just after Deitch’s quartet wrapped. Bloom led his band equal parts fierce and hilarious, with comical banter, animated gesturing, and brilliant trumpet melodies that soared atop the room. Alternately sitting/gangsta-leaning on a stool, and bounding about the stage, Bloom displayed a knack for natural showmanship and whipping the room into a general circus of soul. His slow and greasy “Thank U Fallettin Me Be Mice Elf (Again)” was all things N’awlinz, done with Bloom’s patented Don Rickles/Red Sox flair.   On this night Sonic Bloom would be comprised of local heavies: current Gramatik guitarist (and solo artist in his own right) Andrew Block, bassist Eric Vogel, Dumpstaphunk drummer Alvin Ford, Rebelution/George Porter Jr. saxophonist Khris Royal, along with Wil Blades on Hammond B3. Their set was another funk n’ jam marathon, disco-fresh and French Quarter to the core.  WAR’s “The World is a Ghetto” blossomed wild, jazzy excursions in full Sonic Bloom. This showcase was fueled by a laundry list of guests, including KDTU guitarist DJ Williams, Maurice Brown, Break Science’s Borahm Lee, Snarky Puppy’s Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, as well as members of The Heard and Naughty Professor. The krewe shut it down for the night by passing the jam around on Michael Jackson’s seminal “Working All Day & Night.”   [Photos by Adam McCullough, videos by NuNu Zomot] 4/27: The Suwannee Family Affair ft. Chapter 2 at One Eyed JacksFor several years running, Suwannee svengali Paul Levine has been throwing a phenomenal party at One Eyed Jacks, late Wednesday night during the days between. Formerly the Bear Creek All-Stars, the event has transformed into the Suwannee Family Affair, incorporating all the divergent entities that come together for festivals held at Florida”s Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. From 2010-2012, Eric Krasno brought a version of his solo project Chapter 2 to Bear Creek. So for this installment of the Affair, Kraz enlisted Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge and Nicholas Payton to deliver a magnificent set of throwback brew.   Rocking a mohawk, Oteil Burbridge was a force to be reckoned with, holding down the middle of the stage as he plundered tombs of low end madness. Burbridge’s mighty skills would rather effortlessly interlock with the riptide undercurrents of Deitch’s drums. Nigel Hall and Kofi Burbridge danced atop the keyboards, and clad in the G-code, Nicholas Payton serenaded the room with wailing trumpet blues.  Nigel was feeling the vibes, and repeatedly came around from behind the Hammond to get in Oteil’s face, egging him on with his meanest mugging and thug posturing. Oteil would retaliate mercilessly, with mathematical cacophony, precision blasts of rumbling thunder that shook the venue’s foundation. Fleshing out some Kraz originals and Rudy Van Gelder-style vamps, the team mined deep psychedelic Bitches Brew geography, as Hall played space cowboy on the Moog. Deitch and Oteil connected on Kraz’s rubberband jams, the rhythm section gone wild as the Taliban. No Chapter 2 set is complete without Krasno’s chunky rewiring of The Beatles “Get Back; on this night, the Burbridge brothers and Payton owned the tune.  Guitar-driven fusion rockers were laced with Payton’s patterns, while Deitch stopped, dropped and rolled out the Garibaldi.  The evening was ended in treasured swan song, a heart-wrenching neo-soul (Deitch) arrangement of Tears for Fears 1980’s mega-hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”  [Videos by Funk It Blog]4/28: RAGEFEST ft. Lettuce, Break Science, Nigel Hall Band, Joy TheaterThe Royal Family is what’s hot in the streets, and they have been for some time now. At the forefront of this world domination is the future-funk Voltron known as Lettuce. The all-world crunk squadron made their NOLA bones many moons ago, yet these ultimate professionals, living legends in the game, will never be caught half-stepping, especially in this city, at this time of year. RAGE Fest was a sold-out, high-profile, and thoroughly fulfilling engagement that satiated the minions of Lettuceheads that had congregated at the Joy Theater. Dr. John, the Night Tripper himself, was spotted getting loose in VIP, as Lettuce torched his hometown with class and prestige, yet not a trace of mercy.  First up, a robust showing from a Nigel Hall Band featured Big D Perkins, Adam Smirnoff, Eric Vogel, among others. But as the masses filed in from Canal Street, just before midnight, the dragon force brigade stepped onstage to Phife Dawg’s “Scenario” verse, an eloquent tribute to their fallen rap idol. The assembly immediately dipped into a favored opener, the Mothership-drenched “Dr. Digglesworf,” the slinky, bouncing cartoon funk hollered “Bootsy!” enhanced by the innovative tones emanating from the saxophone of one Ryan Zoidis.  “Let it Go-Go” was archetypal Deitch, the bandleader firing interplanetary ballistics toward the District, bringing that jungle love straight outta Georgetown.  The throwback vibes on “Pocket Change,” which featured a grown and sexy trumpet solo from Eric Benny Bloom, provoked furious dancing from the nearly one thousand funkateers jammed into the Joy. People often lament the absence of Eric Krasno on recent Lettuce tours, but this writer feels Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff can more than carry the load in a one guitar lineup. That said, it was refreshing to see Kraz back in the mix, though his presence was most fervently felt when he stepped to the analog synth setup. Kraz’s sound palette wizardry devoured the sonic canvas with drippy vibrancy, and the portal was reopened. Jesus Coomes played rockstar out front, whipping the maniacal crowd into a near hysteria. Neal Evans was a blur of malevolent psychedelia on his rack of organ, clavinet and synth, it was business as usual for this Berklee battalion.  Soon, it was time for the special guests, this being JazzFest and all. First out was the mohawked viking Oteil Burbridge, who somehow blurred the lines between Paul Jackson and Cliff Burton, as the boys charged through a sprightly “Break Out” that was full-on seek and destroy. Oteil proved himself rager-royalty, as was to be expected, and slam dunked the Jesus bounce pass with finessed fury. Later, the Uptown Ruler emerged again, Cyril Neville’s mere presence transforming RAGE Fest into a Player’s Ball. The cane-wielding, steez-serving, Crescent City cowboy proceeded to take over the festivities like only he can. It was terrific to hear Lettuce’s respect and admiration for Neville transmitted through their music. This served to power the corps through downright philistine versions of “The World is a Little Bit Under the Weather” and “No More Okey Doke.” I don’t often love special guest sit-ins with my favorite band, but when I do, they are from Cyril Neville.[Photos by Jeremy Scott] 4/28: Earth Wind & Power ft. The Nth Power and Friends at One Eyed JacksIn the wake of Maurice White’s February death, The Nth Power served notice that this would be a can’t miss engagement, “Earth, Wind and Power.” Yet it was impossible to predict nor expect the sheer magnitude of what was to come.  Born of shared admiration for a timeless songbook and humanized world-view, this eulogy was delivered by a musical collective who have over untold miles and umpteen years, become a family. A sold-out shrine at One Eyed Jacks, reverberating deep into the French Quarter night, only added to the potency of the environs. This would prove to be a definitive JazzFest experience; the pure crystallized essence of the healing power of music.  Everybody adorned in lavish, glittering EWF attire, the Nth Power assembled a Steinbrenner-esque murderer’s row to assist them in their meritorious mission. The roster included a horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey of Trey Anastasio Band, sadistic saxman Skerik, and Farnell Newton of Othership Connection on trumpet. NOLA favorite son Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk) on guitar, and the all-world sibling tandem of Oteil Burbridge (bass), his brother Kofi (keyboards and flute) solidified the squadron; this blended brood wasted no time in heading to the sky.  “In the Stone” started things off with promise, a splendid funk jam that set the tone, and was followed by “September.” Dear Lord! From first words “Do you remember?”, we were transported into a real life boogie wonderland, pandemonium was running wild inside One Eyed Jacks. The bliss was bountiful, uncontrollable, and contagious; a disco dance party, brimming with love and human connection, exploded in every direction.   Positioned at the center of this revival, and pounding out the pocket with her usual panache was Nikki Glaspie: the musical director of this titanic production, she consistently nailed Philip Bailey’s soprano harmonies with a childlike glee. Weedie Braimah was shimmying while serving up Ivory Coast riddims, Hartswick radiating top left. Bassist Nate Edgar was exacting revenge on Babylon, baiting Oteil to join him in eradicating evil. Kofi and Courtney Smith were a four-handed leviathan on a mountain of keys and synths, so essential to the fabric of EWF.  Everybody brought their A game, and had a freewheeling fun time doing so.However, the hero of the night, other than Maurice White, was unquestionably Nicky Cake Cassarino. This man stepped into a whole new realm, becoming the mesmerizing frontman I always dreamt I might, when singing  my favorite songs into a hairbrush a few moments out of the shower. Cassarino commanded the stage like his idols, he prowled with an assured mojo; sporting a Master’s degree in Paisley Park, he was a direct descendant of Soulquarian. On this night, in this room, this dude was intravenous sexy; all swag with no brag, and though dressed for a date with a “Sun Goddess”, this wasn’t no costume. The vitalizing depth of this music, and the dynamic ensemble that emboldened him, an audience in full bloom and audibly in full swoon; this concoction proved a potent and intoxicating elixir for Nicky Cake.  Somewhere inside the glorious twenty-plus minutes that was “Serpentine Fire> Devotion > After the Love”, Cassarino uncorked a bottle of the warrior king within.As things began to climax during “Shining Star” through “Boogie Wonderland,” I felt the gravity of this ambitious endeavor; the mythical, supernatural EWF catalogue an indelible imprint embedded in the DNA of each player on stage. I cannot stress enough just how powerfully connected the audience felt, and The Nth Power did a masterful job in sequencing this thrilling, tear-jerking joyride. Each member of this imaginative ensemble dug so very deep within, to mine the best version of their superhero selves to honor this legacy.  A nearly half-hour  encore of “The Way of the World” was an unfiltered renaissance; soaring harmonies commanded the entire room, while Glaspie captained the vessel homeward bound. Hugs in abundance, tears shed; couples made out to a Cassarino falsetto. In a stroke of pure genius, Adam Smirnoff was drafted to take the final guitar solo; dripping in sweet science. “Shmeeans” delivered a walk-off, mic-drop, iconic moment for the ages. Soon everyone took a succinct and impactful solo turn, walking offstage after their final note, leaving the core unit of The Nth Power to bask in the adulation. This divine assembly of soul-shepherds took the game to new level, and immersed us all in the healing power of music. Beholdeth an instant classic. Gratitude. [Photos by Jeremy Scott/Video by Rex Thomson for L4LM] 4/29: The Roots “Soul Slaughter” with Human Experience, Hot 8 Brass Band at Orpheum Theater This past winter, NOLA’s tightly knit music community tragically lost a promising young sax maven in Clarence “Trixzey” Slaughter. He was loved and respected around the city, and renowned outside of it; The Roots announced they would be returning to JazzFest for a late night concert, and they christened it “Soul Slaughter: In Loving Memory of Clarence “Trixzey” Slaughter.” I’m unsure of Clarence’s connection to the Philadelphia hip-hop institution, but it really doesn’t matter: The Roots knew enough about what kind of prodigal talent Trixzey was, and returned to NOLA after a five year absence to celebrate his life. The Philadelphia krewe enlisted local superheroes and Slaughter familia The Hot 8 Brass Band to set the table early, who in turn welcomed the likes of Papa Mali and June Yamagushi to their sets. For his second NOLA JazzFest, The Human Experience scored a fortuitous gig, an opening slot for The Roots; he provided three short ‘tweener sets throughout the evening. Block played a anthologized sampling of his idiosyncratic styles, be it the meditative original “11.11.11”, or his sexy, swaggering edit of Buena Vista Social Club’s “Chan Chan.”  The highlight of his mini-sets would be the unannounced reunion of Soul Visions, The Human Experience’s otherworldly collaboration with Rising Appalachia. Leah Song and Chloe Smith, in town for their own engagements, took the stage with Block and delivered a few cuts from their eponymous 2013 EP.  Transcendental tunes  like “SUNU” and “Mississippi” were revisited and revered. Block is adept at making fast friends and collaborators; on his virgin visit he connected with “Freaky” Pete Murano (of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave), and they made a song together that night. It came as little surprise to see Murano strap on his axe and join the Soul Visions trio. Later, they were joined by guitarist Eric McFadden, Maurice “Mo-Betta” Brown on trumpet, and members of the Hot 8 Brass Band, for a Shaman-on-the-Bayou uniting of the clans.   Shortly after one in the morning, it was time for the main event in this celestial room now two-thirds full and fueled to the gills. Roaring out of the gate with WAR’s “Me and Baby Brother”,  frontman Black Thought saluted “Tipitina” repeatedly, letting people know exactly what time it was. This funky classic segued perfectly into Eric B. & Rakim’s timeless “I Know You Got Soul”, as Black Thought would recite one of the illest, and most quintessential verses ever committed to vinyl. Staying true to the game, Riq Gz then led the troupe toward the nation’s capital, flowing into the rambunctious Go-Go riddims of Chuck Brown’s “Bustin Loose.”  Commandeered by drummer/cultural icon/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, the enormous Roots band would fill the ornate theater with a bulbous thump. Sousaphone madman Tuba Gooding Jr. caroused the stage while Mark Kelley chased with rumbling basslines. Kamal Gray held down the keyboards with the same game-face he’s been wearing for over twenty years. The Roots have drafted Jeremy Ellis on drum machines, samplers and digital pads; infinitely more bounce to the kick-drum ounce. David Guy and Ian Hendrickson-Smith, two horn players previously known for their work with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, have been strategically added to the ensemble, and their bright, brassy leads gave the Philly/Fallon squad even more musical muscle on a triumphantly reworked “Game Theory”.    In-sync with the Crescent City, unadulterated musicology was on display for the duration of The Roots performance. It was refreshing to hear virtuoso bassist Kelley occasionally cut loose with Chuck Rainey-esque jazz-bo chops, and Kamal bring back Fender Rhodes licks of yore. “Without A Doubt” saw ?uest, percussionist Frank Knuckles, and Ellis uniting for Go-Go-break juggling madness. Ellis set the spot off something major with his 808-drenched solo segment; alternately battling ?uestlove in a baffling drum duel, cutting up vintage J-Dilla samples, dropping the obligatory Prince tune (“Let’s Go Crazy”), and whipping the theater into a frenzy with real-time NOLA-bounce, tapped-out live and on digital steroids.  NOLA aficionados were treated to a Philadelphonic version of The Meters’ “Hand Clapping Song”, while “You Got Me”, the band’s biggest “hit” to date, was it’s usual chameleon self. The ten-minute epic traversed a dub reggae tomb, an organ-trio lounge, and breakbeat drum n’ bass before sinking into it’s familiar R&B croon.The five-alarm flamethrower that is “Get Busy” might have been the concert’s cyclonic apex; as Thought spit verbal darts with a professor’s wit, I was convinced that this antique theater would not hold us. However, it was an unthinkable touchdown run through seminal territory that sealed the proverbial deal: “Sections > Clones(!) > Proceed > What They Do > Next Movement> Without a Doubt” was a revival in the gospel of Illadelph.   4/29: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at Tipitina’s UptownAfter the Orpheum, in keeping with a fourteen year tradition, I skipped Worship My Organ 2, instead venturing uptown to Tipitina’s for the original kings of the JazzFest late-night, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. It was this band, in this city, on this weekend, that made the unbreakable first impression upon me, one fateful maiden voyage in 2000.  The supreme saxophonist was fresh off of a South American tour with his other band, The Rolling Stones; a jaunt that took him to Havana, Cuba, along with fantastic locales beneath the equator. Going back to last Halloween, Denson has been incorporating Prince’s seminal Dirty Mind album into select KDTU sets, with the help of Con Brio singer Ziek McCarter. Sadly, this former tribute has turned into concert eulogy, as Denson and company were given a chance to honor the mythical artist-forever-known-as-purple with a Howlin’ Wolf engagement the night prior. (This is not unfamiliar territory for Denson, as Beastie Boy Adam MCA Yauch died during JazzFest 2012, and Denson’s previously scheduled Beasties tribute served as a public funeral and celebration.)  Tip’s Uptown with Karl, every year on second weekend, is unfailingly a rigorous exercise in the gritty and gluttonous, and why would this night be different than any other? Opening with the Blue Note rare groove “Dance Lesson #2”, the Tiny Universe was a lean, focused machine.  As the night wore into wee hours, KDTU tore through a runaway freight train version of Steely Dan’s “Showbiz Kids”, a rowdy run around Bowie’s “Young Americans”, took on Pink Floyd’s vaporous “Fearless”; yet the real ultraviolet gem was an ungodly sexy romp through “When Doves Cry.”  Denson did lead his troupe through one Dirty Mind track, pledging allegiance to tantric sexcapades on “Do It All Night.” Late into their elongated single set, the band welcomed former drummer John Staten (Pimps of Joytime) back behind the kit. Staten spent nearly a dozen years bashing the skins for the Tiny Universe, it was a beautiful reunion of sorts, with smiles abound the stage and spilling into the audience. Soon thereafter, fiery guitarist DJ Williams, longtime keyboardist David Veith, trumpet/flugelhorn assassin Chris Littlefield, and Staten powerfully reconnected on a stunning, electric gallop through the erogenous KDTU chestnut “Satisfied.” The Tiny Universe returned for a “Purple Rain” encore, with Staten drumming as Alan Evans shared the lead vocal. Denson blew luscious tenor on the iconic coda, sending us deep into the Tchoupitoulas night, like he’s wont to do ’round this time of year. 4/30: Break Science Live Band at Blue NileBreak Science is trendsetter in realms of live electronic music; implementing avant garde approaches to technology while retaining core identity and original sound. The duo comprised of Adam Deitch and keyboardist/sampler/producer Borahm Lee have begun to reinvent themselves as a live band, drafting Lettuce crew Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar) and The Shady Horns to make a formidable dance music dragon.  It’s clear that familiarity and trust are crucial to the duo’s transition into a full live band. Deitch remains a force behind the kit, propelling the breaks, programming pads, and setting the ultimate tone; while Lee is mad professor, furiously twisting knobs, painting Rhodes colors, and layering the synth waves. Shmeeans and Jesus would lay back, low-down dirty and deep in the cut, serving the songs and keeping it vibey with disciplined restraint.    On the other hand, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis was levitation station, a dude not of this earth. The Shady Horns veteran hellraiser married imaginative melodies with sinister, psychedelic tones; all done through his Korg analog guitar-synth triggered by a custom-equipped mouthpiece. Eric Benny Bloom is well versed in live-band electro-soul from his tours of duty in Pretty Lights Analog Future Band, and his stimulating, muffled wah wailing remained a perfect Zoidis foil in yet another compelling context.  The undeniable Tycho/Kendrick Lamar mashup “Vibe Walk” was a moving expedition, paired with familial collaborations with Michal Menert (“Goin Down”). Two tracks from the recent Manic Science project were reinterpreted: the Nice & Smooth-sampled “Funky Style,” and the haunting PL remix “I Can See it in Your Face.” In mixing older Break Science originals like “Zion Station”, re-working NOLA classics (The Meters “Hand-Clapping Song), and powering through AOR radio staples (Yes’s “Owner of a Lonely Heart”), the omnifarious Break Science personalities were revealed. A smattering of new songs were interspersed within the set, only adding to the promising potential of this larger unit. Break Science Live Band surpassed many expectations, and chaperoned an enchanting journey down the wormhole of organic electronic music in 2016. 4/30: Killa 4 Dilla II at The Maison After the rousing success of their first endeavor, a late-night, post-BUKU throwdown, FIYAwerx Productions revealed a Jazz Fest after dark redux, and the Killa 4 Dilla II was born just days before the show. The FIYA Dept had this one tucked up their sleeve for a few weeks, but once they announced the second edition of their J Dilla tribute, the excitement around the city was palpable. Boasting a roster of jazz-funk heavyweights with a healthy appreciation for hip-hop history, the band came together in short order to summon a ghost of The Ummah. Lacing us with two hours of classic Jay Dee, this was Welcome to Detroit, the Frenchman Street edition.  The ensemble included the likes of Nate Edgar (bass), Borahm Lee (keys and samples), Nicky Cake Cassarino (guitar), Ian Neville (guitar), Farnell Newton (trumpet), Khris Royal (sax and effects), Alvin Ford Jr (drums), Adam Deitch (drums) and emcees Nikki Glaspie and M@ Peoples. The outfit ambled on stage just after two in the morning, and deftly delivered a cadre of bangers that had us “Body Movin’” and crush-groovin’ late into the night. A student of the James Yancey pantheon, Borahm Lee was a revelation; a true-school beat conductor for this focused free-for-all, playing choice Rhodes betwixt a bevy of samples and looping gymnastics. Soulquarian essential oils were in the air on Common’s “The Light”, and the energy turned Nthfectious;  Cassarino’s slinky Spanky Chalmers licks, Edgar’s Pino Palladino was perfection, and Glaspie’s mojo was workin’ through Rashid’s effervescent verses, the dreaded femcee gripping the mic like it was mama’s gun. Another period piece, Slum Village’s “Jealousy” was handled with verbal authority by M@ Peoples. This talented local emcee shined on a vast array of Dilla-gence throughout. Newton and Royal passed the champion sound forth and back, and Ford was steady-clicking a metronome of Dillafication, the off-beat/on-beat, blunted breaks mined from a Conant Gardens bassment.   Miraculously, the man, myth, legend, the all-galaxy cat himself, Louis Cato appeared out of thin air and relieved Ford on the drum kit; a segment of virtue and virtuoso, this was beyond Filthy Mcnasty. Naturally, it being a FIYA Dept hip hop show in NOLA, the boy wonder Adam Deitch emerged to nail the illest Iverson crossovers. Lettuce’s hip-hop heartbeat got luscious on a lucid dreaming “Lightworks,” an MPC piece of masterpiece theater found on Yancey’s final finished document, Donuts. The Killa chorale continued to bless the Maison massive by honoring the legacy of hip-hop’s greatest producer; emotional readings of several undying soundtracks to our lives included “Runnin’” (The Pharcyde) and the SV/Common slab of heat rocks “Thelonious.” Most treasured was an sojourn through this writer’s amaranthine anthem: De La Soul’s 1996 word-to-the-wise “Stakes is High” James Casey and the Mayor of *my* New Orleans  Derrick “Smoker” Freeman assumed the role of Plug-One and Plug-Two; this duo led the crew through golden-age, rap-superhero theme music.In a word: FIYA.  A new generation of Native Tongues had been reinstated. Vibes? Vibrations. Jay. Love. JazzFest. [Videos by FunkItBlog]5/1: Rising Appalachia at The Parish – House of BluesSisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song are no strangers to activism, an anarchist streak is woven into the afghan of their siren serenity, artistic and cultural identity. Their progressive passions called them to connect with the Permaculture Action Network, resulting in an action day at CRISP Farms in the Upper 9th Ward. More than 75 dedicated light warriors arrived at the site Saturday afternoon to assist in cob building, food planting, and to sew seeds of awareness into local community. Those still lingering at the farm before the downpour would enjoy an assortment of percussion rhythms courtesy of Biko Casini, Arouna Diarra, and Luke Quaranta. This type of community cooperation and mobilization through music is at the core of what Rising Appalachia seeks to achieve.  Hailing from the metropolitan epicenter of Atlanta, setting down roots in the fertile soil of Asheville, and having lived and busked in New Orleans proper for seven years, Rising Appalachia are by now card carrying southern musical troubadours. Ignoring the boundaries of genre and championing a fearless independent streak, they are representing the mountain culture, the urban culture, and the swamps. Rising Appalachia’s ingenious Sunday evening service at The Parish- House of Blues took us to an intersection at the bosom of the Southern Appalachian music renaissance, and the Crescent City’s bountiful booty. The sisters employed an melange of fiddles, banjos, and acoustic guitars on hymns that channeled Deep South, Bulgarian, Congolese, and Cuban influences. Alongside Casini’s meditative, handmade beats, Leah and Chloe were backed up by the prodigious talents of multi-instrumentalist David Brown.  Chloe Smith took a brave turn on upright bass, acknowledging that this was among the first few times she had played the instrument in concert. She nailed the bluesy tune, to the delight of the sold-out Parish. Her sister Leah trotted out some impassioned, fierce rhymes, replete with an emcee’s confidence and playful braggadocio, she proved unafraid to invoke a poignant Macklemore verse into their mystic stew. The ladies led the foursome to break out a lush, torrid re-imagination of Aaliyah’s late-90’s R&B paean “Are You That Somebody” that knocked over with a feather anyone listening to urban radio around the turn of the millennium.   “Wider Circles,” title track to their most recent studio effort, was performed as a unifying, rallying cry; a song to inspire communities to join hands. A hypnotic reggae riddim and harrowing chants colored the triumphant “Medicine,” the thumping pulse had people transfixed and swaying in unison. “Fall on My Knees for You” saw Chloe on fiddle and Leah on banjo, the sisters uniting in towering vocal harmony on this lover’s lament. A rollicking rhythm, powered by Biko Casini’s authoratative drumming, informed “St. James Infirmary” the sisters’ stirring vocal approach putting a bold, zealous spin on the Bayou classic     In the appropriate JazzFest fashion, Rising Appalachia chose to share their stage and spotlight with a few stupendous guests. For some Cajun music on the mountainside, the band welcomed local legend Washboard Chaz for a hoedown “Cumberland Gap”; later regional treasure Aurora Nealand came up for a spirited clarinet sit-in. Longtime Rising Appalachia tour mate, and beloved Burkina Faso dignitary Arouna Diarra joined in with riveting kora action, stoking the Biko blaze and sending the packed and sweaty house into a whirling dervish of delirium. A homecoming, a family reunion, a new chapter, and coming of age, Rising Appalachia were welcomed back to the Bywater, the Bayou and beyond, the salutation came in a familiar Crescent City swoon. [Photo by Rising Appalachia]— Thank you Universe for providing me the opportunity to immerse myself in the glory that is NOLA JazzFest, and to L4LM for the canvas on which I may share these impassioned experiences. Infinite thanks and praises to all of the musicians, funkateers, and the denizens of the City of New Orleans!  I’ll be back… Promise! Le Bon Temps Roule-B.Getz- May 2016 [Videos by Funk It Blog]4/27: FIYA Fest at Mardi Gras WorldWednesday brought us to the 4th annual FIYA Fest, an orgy of NOLA goodness hosted at Mardi Gras World by the incomparable Fiyawerx Productions. Thankfully moved to the days between, it’s a difficult task to summarize everything that makes FIYA Fest amazing into a few short paragraphs. FIYA chief Chris Rogers literally wrote the book on how to host a party with New Orleans music as the main course; the FIYA Dept goes to unthinkable lengths to provide a fulfilling, authentic cultural experience to fans of all ages. In addition, the cornucopia of local art vendors, crawfish boil and other delectable culinary options, photographer Michael Weintrob‘s resplendent ‘Instrumenthead’ exhibit, and heaping mounds of Crescent City vibes made for an unforgettable day on the Mississippi River banks. Cloud 9 raffled off a Jam Cruise cabin, Weintrob did the same for the Soulive piece from his collection, the proceeds for both went to a righteous cause. FIYA Fest 2016 benefited the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, an organization that tirelessly works toward affordable health-care options for NOLA musicians.   A deluge of rain early in the afternoon threatened to damper the festivities, but thankfully, it subsided and the event really started cooking by midday. There were almost one hundred artists onsite, top-shelf music going head to head all day long, spread across three stages: the giant indoor Flame Stage, the outdoor River Stage, and the swanky, extravagant VIP stage The Mansion. In order to see something awesome, you were forced to miss something, also awesome. Like all things Fiyawerx, this conundrum is true to the essence of JazzFest, and makes for a great motivator for one to bounce from stage to stage in a gluttonous quest for the deepest pocket, dirtiest jam, or ultimate sit-in. The all-star collaborations were often unique to this event, and it’s safe to say that some of the pairings you may never see again.   Early afternoon, David Shaw’s Family Jam stirred emotions at The Mansion, as did Stanton Moore’s Jazz Trio with Skerik; the latter showcasing the astonishing skills of pianist David Torchanowsky and bassist James Singleton. Jen Hartswick and Karl Denson mesmerized while fronting FunkiFIYA, as Zigaboo Modeliste and Tony Hall laced up “Welcome to New Orleans” with the same gritty determination that defines their artistry. Bernard Purdie and Friends welcomed heavyweights like The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli, Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, Corey Henry and Khris Royal. Furious funk workouts included an impressive “Ain’t No Use” (belted mightily by Erica Falls), and a hefty helping of the Pretty Purdie shuffle. NYC/NOLA supergroup Dr. Klaw trucked the outdoor River Stage with their low-down, dirty sludge funk. Nick Daniels III and Adam Deitch locked sinister grooves, Ian Neville and Eric Krasno traded hardy licks, and Nigel Hall crooned sumptuously on “Leave Me Alone.” Klaw original “The Lost Rager” was a Kraz clinic in tremendous tone, technique, and taste. For this writer, the real treat of the day came when Cyril Neville sauntered onstage and joined Dr. Klaw, dressed dapper as an OG should. The Klaw dug deep for the filthiest funk tunnels on “Africa”, as Daniels audibly upped the ante and challenged Deitch to meet him in the crunk dungeon, while Uptown Ruler serenaded the FIYA-faithful with the epitome of swagger.   Allegiances were tested in the final slotting, depending on your taste and mood at the moment. For your Crescent City cravings, the configuration dubbed “Revivalactic Hall“ saw collaboration from members of NOLA icons Preservation Hall, cagey veterans Galactic, and The Revivalists, a local band on a cusp of national superstardom. A smorgasbord of New Orleans rhythms, fundamentals, and tradition was on display, cool breezin’ on the River Stage, as this swollen troupe careened their way through half a century of Bayou boogie. Inside on the Flame Stage, Soulive with The Shady Horns were cooking up their own Big Apple gumbo, laying it down thick and chunky.  Led by the possessed genius of keyboard superhero Neal Evans, Soulive blazed through a few choice originals, as Ryan Zoidis and Eric Benny Bloom blasted brass atop the patented organ-trio dub-hop. Next, out came the marvelous Maceo Parker to blow alto over classic JB’s vamps. Top-buttoned up and rocking indoor moon-shades, the man they call Maceo was the consummate bandleader; steering the rumbling vessel with only the slightest of head fakes, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Clearly reeling from the death of dear friend and band bossman Prince, Parker channeled his grief through the music. It proved to be cathartic for all in attendance, as Parker’s always-inspired, radical and radiant playing matched his regal aura. The many musicians and fans that remained bowed their heads with respect, and stood in gratitude for this national treasure. To close the show, Fiyawerx had succeeded in re-creating the essence of NOLA JazzFest- as we simultaneously soaked in scents, sounds and songs spanning three generations, over two stages, all-in-together now, one nation under the groove.    last_img read more

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Program educates local teens

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Cat Cleary and junior Laura Corrigan teamed up this semester to work with high school students in South Bend through a program called “Use Your Voice.” They created the program, directed toward teens, to raise awareness about sexual harassment in schools, as well as to improve prevention methods and responsiveness to the issue. After receiving the 2011-2012 Campus Action Project grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Cleary and Corrigan said they used the funds to implement “Use Your Voice” at four high schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation through 60-minute afterschool workshops. “Our goals for this program and this semester are to start a conversation at each of these schools about sexual harassment because dialogue is a great step in the right direction,” Cleary said. “We also know this is a complex issue that needs a coordinated community response, so our goal is for students, teachers, parents and other high school staff to gain knowledge from this.” Cleary said last summer the AAUW polled 1,965 students from grades 7 to 12 about their thoughts and experiences with sexual harassment. According to the survey, 30 percent witnessed online sexual harassment and 44 percent experienced sexual harassment in person. “We know this is a complex issue that needs a coordinated community response, so our goal is for students, teachers, parents and other high school staff to gain knowledge from this,” Cleary said. Cleary and Corrigan said they learned about the Campus Action Project grant through the National Student Advisory Council. They received the grant from AAUW based on a research report they released in November about harassment in schools, specifically grades 7 through 12. Cleary was also appointed as a representative of women at universities across the United States last year, while Corrigan is one of 10 women on the National Student Advisory Council this year. Cleary and Corrigan said they want “Use Your Voice” to raise awareness about sexual harassment and make schools a safer place. “We really want teens to know that they have a safe place to report sexual harassment issues to,” Corrigan said. “Sexual harassment in schools is a preventable issue that students should not have to simply live with.”last_img read more

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‘Explore the Bend’ helps Saint Mary’s students connect outside of campus

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will now be able to attend a new program called “Explore the Bend” that involves getting off campus and visiting the city of South Bend. The club met for the first time at St. Patrick’s County Park on Sunday for the group’s first acitivity — a hike.Assistant director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement Kris Choinacky lived in South Bend all of her life and has always wanted to share her love for this town with students.“The goal of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement is to explore, connect and serve the community,” Choinacky said.St. Patrick’s County Park is located off Auten Road down Laurel Road. The county park was originally owned by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in the 1800s. They kept the land as a farm to produce food for the College until the ’70s when they sold it to the city to become a county park. While it is now open to the public as a place to hike, canoe and even kayak, the history still remains.“The foundation these women [laid] should empower us to continue to be leaders ourselves,” Choinacky said.When students first arrived for the hike, they were greeted by a ranger who told them about the history of the farm and where they could explore on the property. After the introductions, students walked the perimeter of the park.Unique features of the park include a tiki hut made completely out of branches, cabins for rent and a view of a bald eagle nest. First year Courtney Simmons said the actual walk itself was relatively easy, and she enjoyed the sites and greenery. Simmons is looking for new clubs to join as a first year and was excited to join this program.“I’m a huge outdoors person, and it’s very peaceful to get away from campus and spend time with other girls,” Simmons said.Simmons also said she learned something new from the whole experience and plans on attending more “Explore the Bend” events in the future.The event was particularly conducive to adhering to COVID-19 regulations, as people could physical distance while getting to know each other, the town surrounding the College and the College’s history.During the hike, senior Vianney Acosta said she was reminded of the first time she explored South Bend on an informal trip. She said she not only enjoyed the time to connect more with the community outside of campus, but she also liked that she got to learn more about Saint Mary’s.Acosta and senior Tyler Davis came on the trip together hoping to get away from the stress of academics.“I’m feeling pretty stressed because I’m taking 18 credits this semester,” Davis said. “This was a nice change of pace.”Tags: Explore the Bend, South Bend, St. Joseph County Parklast_img read more

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Binghamton expands outdoor seating for restaurants ahead of phase 3

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David has announced the city is expanding outdoor restaurant seating to support a safe reopening under phase three. The city will temporarily expedite the permit process for outdoor seating, waive application fees and work with restaurants to reimagine their outdoor dining. Phase three is expected to begin in June. Public spaces include: sidewalks, public parking lots, pedestrian areas, vacant lots and green spaces.center_img This includes urging the State Liquor Authoirty to review regulations on outdoor service of alochol and amending requirements for outdoor seating in public spaces. The state has not released specific phase three guiedlines as of May 28. last_img read more

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PREMIUMThousands displaced in Jakarta as floods recede

first_imgGoogle Topics : #flooding flood #Jakarta Jakarta-flood Floodwaters have started to recede after inundating areas of Jakarta and displacing residents as rains reached what is expected to be their seasonal peak over the weekend.As of 5 p.m. on Sunday, South Gunung Sahari subdistrict in Central Jakarta was the last area to be inundated with floodwaters above 150 centimeters, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) website for real-time flood information, petabencana.id.Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Subejo said the flooding had subsided and the number of inundated areas was decreasing.”We hope that in the next few days the risk of flooding will get lower,” he told The Jakarta Post via text message on Sunday.Some people are still displaced, living in shelters as they wait for the mud in their neighborhood to be cleaned up, according to an agency statement released earlier on Sunday…. Linkedin Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil hands advice to Arsenal youngsters breaking through under Mikel Arteta

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Jan 2020 9:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Advertisement Comment Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:03FullscreenCrystal Palace v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/crystal-palace-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2084764/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘The most important thing for me was to remember to have fun.‘If you don’t have fun, you’re losing. If you make mistakes, you’ll be disappointed. Don’t listen to anyone, just listen to yourself.‘You know how good you are so just believe in yourself and have fun.’Ozil appears to have overcome the most turbulent period of his career during which he felt compelled to retire from international football before he was marginalised by Unai Emery.The 31-year-old has started all four games under his former teammate Arteta and despite a tricky period in both his personal and professional career, Ozil insists he harbours no regrets.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe added: ‘If I had the opportunity to do it all again as a 16-year-old? I would do it all the same.‘I’m really happy in my life, I’ve played for such big clubs, I’ve had such good team-mates and as a person, I’ve grown up.‘I’ve had so many experiences and I wouldn’t change anything.’Which Arsenal youngster has the brightest futureReiss Nelson0%Bukayo Saka0%Tyreece John-Jules0%Emile Smith Rowe0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants another midfielder despite Granit Xhaka’s decision to snub transferMORE: Mikel Arteta against Gabriel Martinelli leaving Arsenal to join Brazil’s Olympic qualification tournament Mikel Arteta has handed plenty of opportunities to Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson since taking over from Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has urged Arsenal’s emerging band of youngsters to believe in themselves in order to thrive under Mikel Arteta’s management.The former Germany international has, himself, been a player reborn under the former Arsenal captain who was named as Unai Emery’s on permanent successor last month.Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitlaind-Niles and Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, continue to flourish under the new head coach while teenagers Emile Smith Rowe and Tyreece John-Jules are expected to continue their development out on loan.‘To any player who makes the step up to the first team, I would just say that the most important thing is to believe in yourself,’ advised Ozil, speaking to Arsenal.com.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Of course you will have some days where it doesn’t go so well, but you have to believe in yourself, you have to keep working. Mesut Ozil hands advice to Arsenal youngsters breaking through under Mikel Artetalast_img read more

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LIME launches exclusive iPhone 4S experience

first_imgLocalNews LIME launches exclusive iPhone 4S experience by: – January 13, 2012 22 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Robert Tonge of First Domestic among first customers to get the iPhone4s – LIME’s Donald Tavernier explains some of the features. Roseau, Dominica – January 13, 2011 – An intelligent assistant which sends text messages by voice command, lifelike photographs and video footage that’s editable on the phone. These are just some of the features of the iPhone 4S experience which telecoms Company, LIME launched in all its markets in the region Friday, January 13.Following its first-to-market introduction of the iPhone 4, last summer, the full-service telcomunications provider is continuing its exclusive Apple deal with introduction of the most amazing iPhone yet.Highlighting the benefits of this phone to its customers, CEO, David Shaw says the iPhone 4S will again change the way people communicate. “This is another first from LIME. Bringing world class technology is our way of building communities and families in the Caribbean. The iPhone 4S is best in class, innovative and the ultimate ‘every-thing device’ that will change the way we access and share information. It shows what advanced technology looks and feels like and that’s what our customers expect of us. We’re very proud to partner with Apple to make this happen for the Caribbean,” he said. Packed with incredible new features, including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics, the iPhone 4S will available in three models – the 16GB, the 32GB and the 64GB.Other features of this masterful device include an all new camera with advanced optics and full 1080p HD resolution video recording; iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.The LIME markets include: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more information on iPhone 4S, customers can visit www.lime.com/iphone.LIME DominicaPress Releaselast_img read more

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Models of Pride conference to be held this weekend

first_imgModels of Pride, a free annual conference focused on issues relating to LGBTQ youth, will be held on campus this Saturday.Empower · Rainbow flags adorn lamp posts placed along Trousdale Parkway last October in honor of national LGBT Heritage Month. – Razan al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan“The conference is designed for LGBTQ youth to be a day of empowerment, of personal development and helping them see themselves as leaders both for their own lives and also the LGBTQ community as whole,” said Kevin McCloskey, the program operations manager of the conference coordinator, LifeWorks.Now in its 22nd year, Models of Pride will host a string of activities and engagements aimed to foster a greater sense of community and awareness among LGBTQ youth in the Los Angeles area.Events will include an entertainment hour marked by celebrities such as Alex Newell from Glee, more than 100 workshops for students and parents, as well as a college and resource fair. Lunch and dinner will also be served, as well as a dance at night. Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend Saturday’s festivities, with more than 1,200 being youth of ages 24 and under.The free conference is funded primarily through private sponsors such as Toyota and USC, the latter of which donated $10,000, according to Rev. Kelby Harrison, director of the USC LGBT Resource Center.The conference has been held on USC’s campus since 2010, and McCloskey cited the university’s support as both a sponsor and host as indicative of the school’s commitment to being a premier option for LGBTQ students.“I think USC wants to be known as a place that is a welcoming place for LGBTQ students and is a safe place and diverse place, and this conference is a good way to make that statement.”The conference is also utilizing USC personnel resources, primarily the LGBT Resource Center and the Queer and Ally Student Assembly.Harrison explained that the center is the conference’s on-campus partnering office and helps with facilities scheduling and university facility rentals for Models of Pride. The conference’s event will be held in various buildings throughout the campus, including Bovard Auditorium, Taper Hall of Humanities, Tutor Campus Center and Von KleinSmid Center.QuASA students members will be stationed throughout campus to help attendees locate specific event and workshops.“Our role is to help them out with guiding people at the conference — we’re [serving] as USC ambassadors,” said Dylan Lee, assistant director of QuASA.The conference was created in 1993 as the brainchild of the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and LifeWorks, the youth development and mentoring program of the L.A. LGBT Center, assumed hosting in 2010.Now in its fourth year at USC, McCloskey stressed the conference’s motive to serve ultimately as a means of youth empowerment.“I want people to feel less alone after being part of this conference. I want them to feel bigger, part of a community, to feel empowered to live their best life and be a part of making our world a bigger and better place for all people, and especially those who identify as LGBTQ,” he said.last_img read more

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Game twelve rewind: Defensive effort awash in tough loss

first_imgThe setup: Senior backup quarterback Mitch Mustain made his long-awaited first start in a Trojan uniform after sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley went down with a high-ankle sprain in last week’s loss to Oregon State. Mustain led the Trojans against a struggling Notre Dame team in a game that had little hype and fanfare as for the first time since 2001, both teams came into the game unranked.The story: It was a fairytale ending for Mustain. The Trojans had the game-winning touchdown in the final minute in their grasp.Then everything slipped away.Tim Tran | Daily TrojanIn a twist of emotion found only in movies, the Trojans went from utter jubilation to shock and disappointment as senior receiver Ronald Johnson, who is usually sure-handed, dropped a 53-yard touchdown that would’ve put USC up 23-20 with just 1:17 remaining in USC’s last game in the Coliseum this year.“I was shocked [Johnson dropped the pass],” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “It’s something that we’ve worked on with that coverage. It’s just a shame.”The blame can’t be put solely on Johnson though. USC still had multiple chances after that drop with a 14-yard completion to redshirt junior tight end Rhett Ellison on fourth-and-seven and a 16-yard completion to freshman receiver Robert Woods on the next play. However, Mustain would throw an interception to end the drive.USC receivers were dropping passes all night long as they didn’t make life any easier for the first-time Trojan starter.Cameron attributed lack of focus to the multitude of drops.“It was concentration,” senior tight end Jordan Cameron said. “You got to make plays and be focused. I think a lot of guys took their eyes off the ball focusing on the yards after the catch but you need to focus when it comes to you. You feel terrible when you drop the ball. It happens to the best of us, you gotta have a short memory.”Defense rules: In a dramatic turn from where this team was at the beginning of the season, the USC defense was the unit keeping the team in the game with four takeaways that led to all of USC’s points.On top of only allowing 15 first downs, the second fewest the USC defense has allowed this year, the defense picked off Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees three times and advanced a fumble to the Fighting Irish’s two-yard line that led to the only touchdown from the Trojans.“It was a surprising game from the aspect that prior to the last play of the game we were plus-four in turnover margin,” Kiffin said. “You think that you’d win that game but obviously we got to make more points off the turnovers.”However, two-minute defense was the one thing that was reminded everyone this was still the same unit as the one that took the field against Washington and Stanford earlier this year. All three of Notre Dame’s touchdowns came with less than 2:39 left in each half.“I’m not sure [why we can’t stop teams in the two-minute drill],” sophomore linebacker Devon Kennard said. “Today was a little different in that they were getting big runs on us but usually it’s big passes. We got to play more consistent in the second and fourth quarters.”Injured Trojans: While Mustain made his first start of his Trojan career, Barkley suited up and participated in the captains’ coin toss at the start of the game but wore a baseball cap on the sidelines during the entire game. He said he knew sometime before the game that he wouldn’t be able to play but said that it was tough watching it from the sidelines and is anxious to get back on the field next week.“I’m going to play this week. There’s no doubt about that,” Barkley said. “Whatever needs to happen, I’m going to make it happen.”Barkley’s injury occurred last week, but one important Trojan got injured this week. Sophomore safety T.J. McDonald, who leads the team in tackles, left the game after making tackle on the first play of the second series of the game. McDonald separated his shoulder and did not return.“I came and it was a big hit on the sidelines. I got up and it didn’t feel right. I knew something was wrong,” McDonald said.Walk-on sophomore Tony Burnett took McDonald’s place and recorded 10 tackles, second-highest on the team.“He did a great job coming in for me,” McDonald said. “I was helping him on the sidelines and to be put in my position in a rivalry game, that’s a big job and for him to come in a do that, that’s great.”The Trojans are very thin in a secondary now with sophomore safety Jawanza Starling, redshirt freshman cornerback Torin Harris and junior cornerback T.J. Bryant not playing because of injury — that was already extremely young and inexperienced with it’s starters at the beginning of the year.Senior Day blues: For Mustain, Johnson and a few other key Trojans on the field, this was the last game they played in the Coliseum. To go out in a loss to Notre Dame with the game decided in the final minute wasn’t the way many of these seniors expected to go out.“It’s extremely disappointing. As disappointing as it gets,” senior linebacker Malcolm Smith said.Lost in the crowd: USC senior kicker Joe Houston made all three of his field goal attempts after completing only seven of 13 attempts on the season coming into this game.Houston converted on 45-, 23- and 37-yard attempts, the last one he kicked in driving rain that put the Trojans up 16-13 with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter. The 45-yard field goal was his career long, however, all that was lost in the chaotic ending to the game.last_img read more

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Men’s rowing: Coach Hoopman talks roster cuts, improving freshman class

first_imgAs the University of Wisconsin men’s rowing varsity team and Head Coach Chris Clark prepared for the Head of the Charles race in Boston last weekend, Assistant Coach Beau Hoopman and the rest of the coaching staff had some big decisions to make as far as how the rest of the men’s rowing roster will look. Out of the 80 total rowers on the roster, 14 went to Boston while the other 66 stayed behind. Thirty-five freshmen will be chosen for the final roster after cuts this week so that the team can have their best possible lineup for the freshman race at the North Star Regatta in Minneapolis next week.After the Head of the Newville scrimmage last weekend, Hoopman feels the freshmen squad is “relatively competitive” compared to previous years and that a couple of the freshmen boats are already “pulling varsity scores.”Hoopman said it’s not often the team gets recruits that are immediately capable of pulling off varsity scores, so this is very promising feedback for a program that is seeking its first national championship since 2008. Football: Can Badgers, Hornibrook find their mojo against Illini?Wisconsin Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) will greet a middling Illinois Illini (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at Camp Randall Saturday Read…For even the best recruits, the tough transition from high school to college rowing can be a challenge.“[The biggest transition is] easily the speed,” Hoopman said. “It’s just something that the newcomers aren’t used to and it takes some adjusting to.”Despite the difficult adjustment period, Hoopman has faith in the young group and seems to think that some of the freshmen are varsity material. But he wasn’t quite ready to give any names with freshmen cuts approaching.Ultimately, it often comes down to which players want it the most.“I expect all of them to make it, but we’ll see who sticks with it and really puts in the work,” Hoopman said.Rowing is a sport that is often much more than just natural talent, so when there are exceptionally hard workers on a team, it’s common for them to leap beyond those that are more physically gifted or have more experience going in. Hoopman has noticed one novice rower in particular that has surpassed some of the more experience rowers due to his hard work in the first couple months of the training season — though again, the coach wouldn’t discuss any names.Volleyball: Badgers welcome Cornhuskers for Friday night showdownThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball team (12-4, 5-3 Big Ten) is set to welcome the No. 5 Read…It doesn’t help that Wisconsin typically doesn’t get the most competitive recruits compared to top rowing schools on the East and West coast, so this is a team that is more reliant on the development of less experienced rowers. But this lack of top recruits hasn’t stopped Hoopman from believing in his rowers.“It’s very rare that we get competitive recruits, but this group is figuring it out pretty quick,” Hoopman said. “There’s some serious potential in some of our freshmen boats.” If these rowers achieve the potential that Hoopman seems to anticipate, this could be a very competitive Wisconsin rowing team in the near future. But their first true test of the season will come very soon.After making the final freshmen cuts, Hoopman and the slimmed down freshmen rowing roster will find out what they are made of next weekend in Minneapolis, where they will compete against top freshmen competition from other schools in the Midwest.last_img read more

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