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EXTRA INNINGS Hoboken heads to RBI Softball World Series again Eighth…

first_imgIf it’s August this week, then it means that the Hoboken Shockers will be headed to the Major League Baseball RBI World Series.For the eighth straight summer, Hoboken High School head softball coach Vinnie Johnson will take an All-Star softball team to the RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner-Cities) World Series, heading this time to Cincinnati for the national tournament. HEADED TO CINCY – The Hoboken Shockers softball team won the RBI Northeast Region championship last week in Rhode Island and will play next weekend at the RBI World Series in Cincinnati, marking Hoboken’s eighth straight trip to the RBI World Series. ×HEADED TO CINCY – The Hoboken Shockers softball team won the RBI Northeast Region championship last week in Rhode Island and will play next weekend at the RBI World Series in Cincinnati, marking Hoboken’s eighth straight trip to the RBI World Series.center_img The team comes from the RBI regular season that took place in Hoboken this summer, sponsored by Hoboken Recreation.“We have an RBI league for girls ages 15 and older,” said Johnson, who has been involved in the Hoboken Shockers program since its initial season nine years ago. “We have six teams in the league. In order to be eligible to try out for the All-Star team, they had to play in 12 of our in-house league games.”The league is played in Hoboken since the beginning of June, with the All-Star team selected by Johnson a few weeks ago.The Shockers began play first on the District level, which the Shockers won two weeks ago in Newark. They moved on to the Northeast Regional Tournament last week in Providence, Rhode Island, with the championship game being played on the campus of Brown University.Ironically, Hoboken faced Roberto Clemente of Jersey City in the regional championship game, with Hoboken coming away with the 13-0 victory.“We played the game in a pouring rain,” Johnson said. “I thought it hurt them. It’s a shame that the two teams that played in the finals were both from the same area.”The Hoboken team is blessed to have a roster that is made up by a bunch of All-Hudson County players, including three from Hudson County Tournament finalist Kearny, namely pitcher/infielder Sydney Pace, pitcher/first baseman Emilee Marshall and catcher Tatiana Fermaint.It’s Fermaint, the Hoboken native, who was the one to get her friends Pace and Marshall to play in the Hoboken Recreation RBI Softball League.The team also features a host of Johnson’s current and former players, including the Henriquez twins, Alizea and Jaeda, who are headed to Goldey-Beacom University in Delaware next month to begin their college careers in both soccer and softball.Alizea is one of the catchers on the Shockers’ roster, along with Fermaint and Gianna Flores of Hudson Catholic. Jaeda is the team’s third baseman.Taylor Barron, the former Redwing great who played last spring at Kean University, is the team’s first baseman.Dayanara Flores, the former Hudson Catholic standout, is the team’s shortstop.Victoria Bravo of Hoboken is the left fielder, with Nicole Cabeza of Memorial in centerfield and Fermaint in right.Others on the roster include Kimberly Flores of Hudson Catholic, a first baseman; Samantha Leon of Memorial, an infielder; and Hailey Mojica of Secaucus, an outfielder.Former Hudson Catholic standout Kristin Cunning as well as Jade Bracero and April Bracero serve as the Shockers’ assistant coaches.The tourney will be held in Cincinnati Aug. 6 through Aug. 11. The team will be treated to a welcome banquet as well as other social activities.Johnson was asked what it meant to have Hoboken represented in the RBI World Series for the eighth straight season at spots all over the country.“It’s a great accomplishment just to get there,” Johnson said. “But we want to win. We’ve done a decent job in the past, but now we have to get over the top.”In the sectional title game, Pace and Kimberly Flores each had three hits.Johnson said that he plans on having an alumni game between now and the Aug. 6 tourney opener.“We’re bringing back some of the former players,” Johnson said. “A lot of them still play and were willing to come back and play this year’s team to get them ready.”We will have more on the exploits of the Hoboken team in the RBI World Series in coming editions…The Washington Park Little League 11-and-12-year-old All-Stars began their quest for a state championship Thursday night, when they faced Holbrook of District 18 (Barnegat) in the first round of the tournament in Kittatinny in Sussex County.Washington Park spent the week practicing and playing scrimmage games, like one against Hoboken, to get ready for the state tourney. It’s Washington Park’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament and the first for a District 7 local squad since West New York American went to the state tournament in Mercerville in 2010. Before that, it was North Bergen who made the trip to the states in Bergenfield in 2008.So as you can see, the local teams don’t necessarily get a chance to compete in the state tourney every year.The other teams in the Final Four are Wayne and Swedesboro-Woolwich. Wayne won the state title in 1970 and went to the Little League World Series and won the overall title that year with the famed “Mop Top Gang.”…Team Havoc, Hudson County’s top youth softball program, is having tryouts for its teams in the 10-and-under, 12-and-under and 14-and-under age groups.The tryout dates are Aug. 7 through 9 (10s at 5 p.m., 12 and 14s at 6:30 p.m.) and Aug. 13 (10 a.m. for the 10s and 11:30 a.m. for the 12s and 14s) at the Braddock Park Field in North Bergen. For more information, e-mail [email protected] INNINGS focuses on the best stories that come from local baseball and softball leagues throughout the area, from Little League action through travel leagues. If you have any noteworthy information to contribute to the EXTRA INNINGS, feel free to contact Jim Hague by phone at (201) 303-5792 or via e-mail at [email protected] e-mail would be the best way of getting in touch.Please include a telephone contact name and number, in order to secure further information for a possible story. Also, if you have a picture to be used with the story, that would be a great help….–Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra Announces Second Leg Of Spring Tour

first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra has added a second leg to its upcoming spring tour. The group—comprised of Rob Barraco (keyboards, vocals), Rob Eaton (rhythm guitar/vocals), Dino English (drums/percussion), Rob Koritz (drums/percussion), Lisa Mackey (vocals), Jeff Mattson (lead guitar/vocals), and Skip Vangelas (bass/vocals)—will now swing through much of the Northeast in May.New stops on the tour include a show at The Wilbur in Boston, a two-night stand at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, and a pair of dates in upstate New York. The tour will wrap up with the seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee, a DSO-centric festival that will once again take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH over Memorial Day weekend. Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Nth Power, and more are all set to perform at the festival, which will also feature a set of Jerry Garcia Band tunes from DSO and Melvin Seals.Tickets for the newly-announced shows are now on sale via Dark Star Orchestra’s website. You can check out the full list of spring tour dates below.Dark Star Orchestra Spring 2018 Tour Dates:3/30 : The Jefferson Theater : Charlottesville, VA3/31 : Rams Head Live : Baltimore, MD4/3 : The Hamilton : Washington, D.C.4/4 : Harvester Performance Center : Rocky Mount, VA4/6 : Buckhead Theatre : Atlanta, GA4/7 : Buckhead Theatre : Atlanta, GA4/8 : Avondale Brewing Company : Birmingham, AL4/10 : The Orange Peel : Asheville, NC4/12 : Charleston Music Hall : Charleston, SC4/13 : The Fillmore Charlotte : Charlotte, NC4/14 : Ritz Raleigh : Raleigh, NC4/15 : Greenfield Lake Amphitheater : Greenfield, NC4/17 : The Stage On Bay : Savannah, GA4/19 : Wanee Festival : Live Oak, FL5/10 : Boston, MA – The Wilbur*5/11 : Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre*5/12 : Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre*5/14 : Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center*5/15 : Wilmington, DE – The Queen*5/17 : Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre*5/18 : Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury Theater*5/19 : Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak*5/20 : Baldwinsville, NY – Paper Mill Island*5/22 : Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*5/25 – 5/27 : Thornville, OH – Dark Star Jubilee*07/08 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ Keller Williams)*- newly announced date[Photo: Benjamin Adams]last_img read more

Turkuaz Announces New Album & Extensive Fall Tour, Drops New Single & Music Video

first_img[Video: Turkuaz]With Life In The City due out in about a month, the group has announced a special promotion to encourage fans to preorder the album. From now until August 28th at 5 p.m. (PT), Turkuaz will offer a special pre-order bundle that includes “the LP with a limited edition Rainbow Marble Swirl colored vinyl, album t-shirt, and a digital version of the album on a USB, gift boxed in a limited edition Life In The City Nintendo Cartridge,” with the Nintendo cartridges available in an assortment of vibrant, Turkuaz-themed colors. Taking a page out of Willy Wonka’s playbook, the band will insert one gold cartridge into the pre-order bundles, with the lucky fan who receives the cartridge gaining “FREE Turkuaz tickets for LIFE!” You can pre-order the album bundle here.Furthermore, today, the band has announced their fall tour, appropriately named the Life In The City Tour. Across the three-month tour, Turkuaz will be joined by Butcher Brown, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Lettuce, Dynamo, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Rubblebucket, and Too Many Zooz at various stops. The Life In The City Tour kicks off with a three-night run across New York from October 4th through 6th, followed up by shows in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. On October 17th, the band returns to the Northeast, rolling through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York—including a performance at The Capitol Theatre, the legendary venue in Port Chester on October 19th—before heading back south on October 24th with a show in Greenville, South Carolina.Working their way to the fan-favorite festival, Suwannee Hulaween, on October 28th, the band will detour through Covington, Kentucky on October 26th. On Halloween proper, the band will perform a show in Asheville, North Carolina, followed up by a stop in Greenville, North Carolina, on November 1st. After shows in Philly and DC on the 2nd and 3rd, the group heads to the Midwest, routing through Pittsburgh, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids from November 8th through 11th. Up next is a run across Omaha, Madison, Minneapolis, and Chicago from November 14th to 17th to close the main leg of the tour ahead of the band’s New Year’s Eve run, which will see the band ringing in 2019 in Worcester, Massachusetts.A special fan pre-sale begins on Wednesday, August 22nd, at 10 a.m. (local). Following the pre-sale, tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, August 24th, at 10 a.m. (local). For more information about the new album or Turkuaz’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here. Turkuaz is gearing up for a busy end to 2018. Yesterday, the Brooklyn-based band announced a brand-new album, Life In The City, which is due out on September 28th. The group will also be running a very special Willy Wonka-inspired promotion for fans who pre-order the album, with fans who receive a gold cartridge in their order gaining access to free Turkuaz shows for life. Keeping the announcements rolling, today, the funk-fueled nine-piece has detailed a fall tour supporting the new studio effort, which will span from October to New Year’s Eve.Due out on September 28th, Life In The City will mark Turkuaz’s fifth album, following up 2015’s Digitonium. In addition, yesterday, the group dropped a retro, video game-inspired animated music video for the album’s title track, “Life In The City”, which was premiered via Magnetic Magazine. Notably, one of the album’s nine tracks, “If I Ever Fall Asleep”, was produced by Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison and engineered by ET ThorngrenAs Dave Brandwein explained to Magnetic Magazine in the outlet’s video premiere article,For this album, we spent time sorting through lots of material and different ideas. We recorded much more than we ended up using, and across a few different studios over a couple of years. There was also way more collaborative writing occurring in varying ways compared to past records. Looking back now, although the process it was made was varied and took longer it feels really cohesive. I think it ended up as a theme album in its’ own way and that feels evident now listening to it in its finished state. “Life In The City”last_img read more

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