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Tom Petty, The Meters, The Revivalists, And More Rock Arroyo Seco Weekend [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Arroyo Seco | Brookside at the Rose Bowl | Pasadena, CA | 6/24/2017 | Photo: Steve Rose The inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend wrapped up on Sunday. Concert promotion giant Goldenvoice —  the same team that produces Coachella, Panorama, Hangout, and Firefly — followed a similar recipe to last year’s Desert Trip (Oldchella), ultimately catering the festival to music fans with money to spend on more luxurious concert experiences. The Pasadena, California, event took over the Brookside Golf Course at the Rose Bowl Stadium, just outside of Los Angeles, with three stages stacked with performances by talented rock, soul, jazz, funk, and blues acts. Across Arroyo Seco Weekend, the festival saw performances by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Meters, Mumford & Sons, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Fitz & the Tantrums, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Galactic, The Revivalists, Lettuce, John Mayall, Alabama Shakes, The Shins, Weezer, Jade Jackson, Dawes, and many more.For a city that’s not lacking in great live music, expansive venues, picturesque scenery, gourmet food, and world-class art, it’s somewhat shocking that Los Angeles still lacks a truly signature music festival. Arroyo Seco Weekend could change that for the City of Angels — at least for a certain subset of the music-loving populace, and not just those who consider Pasadena part of Los Angeles.The latest entry into the festival circuit from Goldenvoice (the folks behind Coachella) turned the golf course surrounding the iconic Rose Bowl into a rollicking grounds for an event geared more toward families and folks in their mid-30s and up, rather than the younger, edgier contingent that typically packs these gatherings. Whereas larger, more established festivals often squeeze in close to 100,000 visitors, Arroyo Seco started with a more modest crowd in the range of 25,000 — albeit a crowd that felt much larger than that within the event’s expandable confines. With VIP sections taking up tons of real estate at the two main stages (The Oaks and Sycamore), most festival goers had to shoehorn their way through sardine-packed crowds for the bigger acts just to get a half-decent viewing spot.Those who filed across the bridges connecting the two sections of the festival were treated to majestic backdrops of the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains. The food offered was just about entirely local—or Locol, in the case of Roy Choi’s recent entry in Watts that made its way to Arroyo Seco. There was upscale Mexican food from Petty Cash Taqueria, poke bowls from Sweetfin, barbecue from Barrel and Ashes, vegan fare from Sage, and some rather spectacular ice cream from Afters, among a whole host of options. Granted, portions were small and prices were . . . well, not, but that’s practically par-for-the-course with festivals these days.The same could be said for some of the music. Day 2, in particular, featured a slew of artists (the Mowglis, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Shins, Weezer, Mumford and Sons) that appealed to more contemporary mainstream sensibilities. But Arroyo Seco, as a whole, served up a surprisingly eclectic lineup, save for the complete absence of EDM.Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers did more than check the box for classic rock. The venerable outfit from Gainesville, Florida, now embarking on its fifth decade, closed out Saturday night with an energy that was absent from some other stops on its tour. There were the slower standards from “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels” to “Free Falling” and “Into the Great Wide Open,” but the band got the crowd going with harder-driving hits like “Refugee,” “You Wreck Me” and, of course, “American Girl.”For those seeking the blues, Alabama Shakes held down the fort—and then some. Brittany Howard’s unmistakeable blend of captivating sound from her diva-caliber vocals and ripping guitar brought to life highlights from the band’s two albums, be it “Hold On” and “Heartbreaker” from 2012’s Boys & Girls or “Dunes” and “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” from the more recent Sound & Color.The rest of the lineup featured a refreshing undercurrent of acts that seemed plucked from Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band helped to ramp things up on Saturday afternoon with the uplifting spirit of a Crescent City second line. John Mayall hit the harmonica hard during his set at the Sycamore stage, which he closed out with his classic “Room to Move.” Under the Willow tent, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra gave curious wanderers a whiff of lounge jazz with BuzzFeed quizzes for the crowd sprinkled in between songs.And while large swaths held down spots at the main stage in between Alabama Shakes and Tom Petty, a certain selection (including yours truly) ventured over to see The Meters bring the Bayou to Southern California in full force. They opened with a pair of crowdpleasers — “People Say” and, far earlier than expected, “Cissy Strut” — before bringing out the venerable Cyril Neville to kick the New Orleans quotient up a notch, including during a stirring rendition of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”That was all before Day 2’s stunning run of jam-friendly acts. The Revivalists drew in eager ears with their New Orleans funk and jazz before blowing minds with an expansive palette that came to include alt-rock and soul, among other genres. But the place to be on Sunday was under the Willow tent — and not just as an escape from the scorching heat and unrelenting sun. Con Brio, from San Francisco, got things going with their fantastic brand of West Coast funk. Jamtown—a new project featuring Donavon Frankenreiter, G. Love and Cisco Adler — kept the roll going with heavy doses of bluegrass and country.Lettuce arrived about twenty late from the previous night’s gig in Philadelphia, but made up for lost time with their fair share of face-melting jams. That delay set Galactic back, though the New Orleans-based jam band added another ten minutes or so of its own to the growing trend. Still, with vocal cameos from Erica Falls, the Revivalists’ David Shaw, and Chali 2na — of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli fame — Galactic did plenty to reward the patience of those who dutifully stuck around.All told, Arroyo Seco Weekend earned high marks for a first-time festival. There are some logistical kinks to work out, particularly in terms of foot-traffic flow. But with so much space available around the Rose Bowl, it’s possible those concerns will go by the wayside if (or when) the festival expands its footprint in the years to come. Arroyo Seco may never rival Coachella in terms of size, notoriety, and cases of FOMO induced. Then again, with its convenience to the L.A. area and particular appeal to a higher-brow crowd, it doesn’t have to.Photographer Steve Rose was on site to capture the magic, and you can check out his photo gallery below.last_img read more

Honduran Combat Medics Help the Military, Police, and Civilians

first_imgMembers of the country’s new Military Health Unit launched the course, which will last 12 weeks, in April; operating under the Army Technical School, led by Materiel Colonel José Luis Lagos Velásquez, it will provide first aid training to 35 Army Service Members at the facilities of the First Military Police Battalion in the department of Francisco Morazán. Honduran Army personnel are training to form the First Combat Medic Squadron, which will help injured Military Service Members, police officers, and civilians during operations against organized crime and ordinary lawbreakers. “President Juan Orlando Hernández’s interest lies in fostering all the capabilities among members of the Armed Forces in order to strengthen an organizational structure able to respond no matter what type of mission is entrusted to them,” Col. Sánchez said. “Since the first day of his administration, the president has demonstrated that his primary objective is to decrease crime rates and to confront petty and organized crime head-on.” The opportunity to help save lives appeals to Infantry Corporal Samuel Ávila, who is one of the 35 members of the Medic Squadron. Being part of the unit gives him a sense of satisfaction. Combat Medics will work with elite FUSINA FUSINA, an elite force created by the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2014, includes personnel from the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Offices, the Supreme Court of Justice, and the National Directorate for Investigation and Intelligence; it’s in charge of arresting high-profile criminals such as gang members, drug traffickers, and extortionists. The 35 unit members will be headquartered in Tegucigalpa; however, they can be deployed to anywhere in the country where they are needed. Forming unit shows Military’s ‘respect for life’ Medics will assist the entire population And their efforts won’t be limited to security operations. “By executive order, our unit will assist hospitals in the event healthcare professionals strike, because the Honduran people cannot be left without medical treatment due to economic demands in any sector,” Col. Lagos said. “We are the first unit of this type. This fills me with pride because we will provide first aid to possible victims of confrontations without distinguishing civilians from the Military,” he said. “I am grateful to Colonel Lagos for giving me the opportunity to be part of this noble squadron.” Forming unit shows Military’s ‘respect for life’ Honduran Army personnel are training to form the First Combat Medic Squadron, which will help injured Military Service Members, police officers, and civilians during operations against organized crime and ordinary lawbreakers. And their efforts won’t be limited to security operations. “By executive order, our unit will assist hospitals in the event healthcare professionals strike, because the Honduran people cannot be left without medical treatment due to economic demands in any sector,” Col. Lagos said. Combat Medics will work with elite FUSINA Medics will assist the entire population “President Juan Orlando Hernández’s interest lies in fostering all the capabilities among members of the Armed Forces in order to strengthen an organizational structure able to respond no matter what type of mission is entrusted to them,” Col. Sánchez said. “Since the first day of his administration, the president has demonstrated that his primary objective is to decrease crime rates and to confront petty and organized crime head-on.” Members of the country’s new Military Health Unit launched the course, which will last 12 weeks, in April; operating under the Army Technical School, led by Materiel Colonel José Luis Lagos Velásquez, it will provide first aid training to 35 Army Service Members at the facilities of the First Military Police Battalion in the department of Francisco Morazán. The 35 unit members will be headquartered in Tegucigalpa; however, they can be deployed to anywhere in the country where they are needed. Once trained, the Combat Medics will bolster the Military’s capability to provide first aid and other medical services in the field. They’ll learn basic first aid techniques such as administering IVs, injections, mouth-to-mouth and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, inspecting wounds, and all the other techniques necessary to provide first aid to Military personnel or civilians who need treatment before being transported to a hospital or medical center. The medical unit is a laudable initiative, said security analyst Wilfredo Méndez. “The interest and respect for human life that the authorities are demonstrating through this medical prevention unit is noteworthy. We hope there are no fatalities in these operations, and that they will be a vital support to the people in the event of a strike or labor stoppage by health care professionals.” FUSINA, an elite force created by the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2014, includes personnel from the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Offices, the Supreme Court of Justice, and the National Directorate for Investigation and Intelligence; it’s in charge of arresting high-profile criminals such as gang members, drug traffickers, and extortionists. By Dialogo June 08, 2015 “We are the first unit of this type. This fills me with pride because we will provide first aid to possible victims of confrontations without distinguishing civilians from the Military,” he said. “I am grateful to Colonel Lagos for giving me the opportunity to be part of this noble squadron.” The medical units will bolster the medical care the Military provides to the civilian population. In 2015, Military medical outreach clinics treated more than 300,000 people throughout the country. Military authorities expect these clinics will serve more than one million people over the next four years. To that end, explained Armed Forces spokesman Infantry Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, “Personnel trained as Combat Medics will be assigned to the National Inter-Agency Security Force (FUSINA) to provide immediate and basic medical attention during any emergencies that may arise in the course of an operation.” The opportunity to help save lives appeals to Infantry Corporal Samuel Ávila, who is one of the 35 members of the Medic Squadron. Being part of the unit gives him a sense of satisfaction. The medical units will bolster the medical care the Military provides to the civilian population. In 2015, Military medical outreach clinics treated more than 300,000 people throughout the country. Military authorities expect these clinics will serve more than one million people over the next four years. The medical unit is a laudable initiative, said security analyst Wilfredo Méndez. “The interest and respect for human life that the authorities are demonstrating through this medical prevention unit is noteworthy. We hope there are no fatalities in these operations, and that they will be a vital support to the people in the event of a strike or labor stoppage by health care professionals.” To that end, explained Armed Forces spokesman Infantry Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, “Personnel trained as Combat Medics will be assigned to the National Inter-Agency Security Force (FUSINA) to provide immediate and basic medical attention during any emergencies that may arise in the course of an operation.” Once trained, the Combat Medics will bolster the Military’s capability to provide first aid and other medical services in the field. They’ll learn basic first aid techniques such as administering IVs, injections, mouth-to-mouth and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, inspecting wounds, and all the other techniques necessary to provide first aid to Military personnel or civilians who need treatment before being transported to a hospital or medical center. last_img read more

Marcellus girls basketball tops Bishop Ludden, 71-63

first_imgSomehow, the great numbers and impressive victories put up by the Marcellus girls basketball team was not drawing notice outside of Central New York circles.Despite its 10-1 record and six-game win streak, the Mustangs were still not in the state Class B rankings, but still had a chance at another signature win when it took on state Class A no. 19-ranked Bishop Ludden last Friday night.Marcellus grabbed that victory, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit with an all-out assault that led to a 71-63 victory over the Gaelic Knights.A strong second quarter had Ludden out in front, 37-30, by halftime, and it stayed that way until the final period, when the relentless Mustangs pressure led to a series of easy baskets on the other end.All told, Marcellus outscored the Gaelic Knights 28-14 in those last eight minutes, Sarah Fallon leading the way as she got 20 points. Hannah Durand and Katie MacLachlan each had 16 points, with Emma MacLachlan getting 10 points and Sam Wynne earning seven points.On Ludden’s side, Amarah Streiff put up 20 points, followed closely by Keiara Odune, who got 17 points. Lauren Petrie earned 13 points and Kaitlyn Kibling added nine points.Before this, Marcellus faced Chittenango last Tuesday and, just like it would against Ludden, displayed some late-game toughness in defeating the Bears 48-42.Leading 17-9 after one period, Marcellus could not put Chittenango away, instead seeing the margin disappear in the game’s middle stages.So they were tied 32-32 going to the fourth quarter, but here the Mustangs flourished, reclaiming the lead for good thanks to a well-balanced attack.Katie MacLachlan finished with 14 points, with Fallon earning 12 points. Wynne had nine points and Hannah Durand had eight points.Ludden had returned to action last Wednesday, against Syracuse Academy of Science, and broke its three-game skid by holding off the Atoms 47-43.A 14-6 start gave the Gaelic Knights a lead it would nurse through most of the game, eventually building it to 37-29 before SAS staged a late rally that fell just short.Streiff again led the way, earning 17 points. Petrie had 12 points, while Odume had nine points and Kibling had seven points.Westhill, who was 5-5 going into last week, had its own game against Chittenango on Thursday and, like Marcellus, proved successful against the Bears, claiming a 60-44 victory.Things were close until the Warriors outscored Chittenango 20-7 in the fourth quarter, Jenna Larrabee working inside for 23 points and Catherine Dadey sinking five 3-pointers on her way to 17 points. Tess Roesch had eight points and Erica Gangemi earned seven points.All of this followed last Monday’s 83-31 romp over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, where all 10 Warriors players that saw action earned at least one field goal.Before an early exit, Larrabee gained 19 points, closely followed by Dadey, who had 16 points. Ellie Masterpole had 11 points and Erica Gangemi got 10 points as Tess Roesch had seven points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Bishop Luddengirls basketballMarcellusWesthilllast_img read more

Likely Orlando hiring unlikely to sit well with Trojan faithful

first_imgDismissed earlier in the offseason by Tom Herman in an attempt to rebuild the Longhorn coaching staff in Texas, Orlando landed a spot as the linebackers coach/assistant head coach at Texas Tech before reports arose of his interest in USC.  As the dust settled and celebrations ceased after the Trojan basketball team’s dramatic 21-point comeback win over a tough Stanford team at Galen Center last Saturday, reports emerged regarding USC’s defensive coordinator search. Weeks after parting ways with Clancy Pendergast following a 49-24 drubbing at the hands of a mediocre Iowa Hawkeyes offense in the Holiday Bowl, the Trojans are now expected to hire Todd Orlando as their next defensive coordinator. On top of all of this, Pendergast’s lack of a grip on recruiting has caused talented local recruits in recent years to slip through the hands of the Trojans, such as current Oregon defensive lineman and former top-ranked recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux and incoming LSU defensive back Elias Ricks among others. Jimmy Goodman is a senior writing about USC sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Thursday. Working as a defensive coordinator at five schools over the past 15 years, Orlando has overseen a fairly boom-or-bust slate of defensive units. According to Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings, a system by which all FBS units are equally rated based on opponents and game flow to judge defensive efficiency, Orlando has had seven teams finish in the top 27 while six units clocked in at 53rd or worse.  It appears that the only slam dunks coming from USC these days are at the hands of superstar freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu, and while I deeply admire the way that USC basketball has quietly turned into a pacific powerhouse this season, it’s clear that its football counterparts can hardly get an easy win with Trojan fans lately. Despite gaining a reputation for strong initial coaching performances during year one, his defenses have seen a great deal of regression. At Texas, Todd watched as a unit that dominated the Trojans last September and finished that season as the 14th best defense in the nation crumbled due to injury and inflexibility and fell to 68th at the time of his firing in 2019. Possibly the most troubling aspect of the Orlando hiring, however, is the eerie similarities he shares with the departed Pendergast. One of the most important factors in Clancy’s firing was a perceived lack of flexibility and inability to properly develop defensive talent. Running a converted 3-4 defense, Pendergast relied heavily on skilled pass rushers such as Uchenna Nwosu and Porter Gustin, but when the proverbial pass rushing well ran dry, Pendergast did little to adjust.  The Trojan defense, among other issues, has become a middle-of-the-road pass rushing team despite the aggressive approach. Considering the youth and inexperience of the defensive backfield for USC in 2019, this was a death knell. center_img Until then, the easy scores will remain on the hardwood. After publicly failing to lure Los Angeles Rams linebackers coach and former USC assistant Joe Barry to the coordinator job, USC quickly pivoted to Orlando with the hopes of injecting new life into the defense and bringing a new face to a battered Trojan recruiting effort. In many ways, Orlando mirrored this behavior and reputation at Texas. According to Anwar Richardson, beat writer for the Longhorns Rivals site, “Todd Orlando didn’t adjust his defensive scheme to suit the talent, players were not developed, and he was not a high-level recruiter.”  Though he’s certainly not the first choice of many armchair athletic directors — former Seahawks defensive coordinator and Trojan alum Kris Richard was nothing if not the fan favorite — Orlando ultimately appears as another suspect coaching decision for a staff rife with mediocrity and second guessing. That said, it is difficult to argue the merits of fresh blood. For as much as stability, consistency and continuity are great to have in theory, this is a time of upheaval at USC. No one wants a constantly rotating door, but it is clear that the old guard of Heritage Hall is being slowly and painfully churned out in favor of an era of transparency, clarity and — as President Carol Folt and Athletic Director Mike Bohn often point to — integrity. If anything can be sure, the USC fanbase is not sold. As is the case with pretty much anything the Trojans do these days, seeing is believing.  In the simplest terms, this would appear to check every box of what the Trojans should theoretically be avoiding in a Pendergast replacement.last_img read more

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