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Stunning Photos Capture The Musical Magic Of Disc Jam Music Festival [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last weekend, the annual Disc Jam Music Festival was held in Stephentown, NY, bringing a number of jam band favorites to the exciting early summer festival. Disc Jam merges the best of festival culture, with disc golf, beautiful campgrounds, and great jam music.The festival brought a great lineup this year, with Dopapod playing multiple sets (including an Orchestra set and another with the Turkuaz horns), the supergroup Electron, Kung Fu, TAUK, Pink Talking Fish, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Nth Power, Consider The Source and so many more! By all accounts, it was quite the weekend.Thanks to photographer Scott Harris, we have photographs from the weekend. Check them out below. A full gallery from Scott Harris Photography can be seen below.last_img read more

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

Saint Mary’s senior reflects on time as student football manager

first_imgUpon arriving to campus her first year, Saint Mary’s senior Ashley DeJonge said she knew she wanted to participate in the football student managing program. “I knew about the student managing program before I even stepped on campus as a student,” DeJonge said in an email. “I know a couple people who were involved as a manager for other sports and spoke very highly of the program, so I thought I’d give it a try.”Students interested in the program must join during their freshman year, so DeJonge began her involvement during her first year of studies. “I’ve been a manager for the football team since my freshman year,” she said. “That’s when anyone who is interested needs to get involved because of the way continuing on in the program works.”Within the program, she works both practices and games in order to assist the team. “We work every practice and walk-through the team has, set up the locker room before game days and work on the sidelines of the home games,” DeJonge said. “Some of us even get the opportunity to travel to all the away games.”DeJonge said her participation in the football management program has given her an introduction into the sports industry — a field in which she said she hopes to continue working after graduation.“My dream is to work in the sports industry someday, so I felt this would be a great opportunity to get involved with an athletic program and to build my resume,” she added. In addition to building her resume, football management has taught her about all of the work that goes into a game day, she said. “I love getting to see everything that happens behind the scenes,” DeJonge said. “I’ve learned so much about an athletic team and its program that I would have never imagined goes into a game day production.”However, there are also obstacles that come with working in the field, DeJonge said. “At times being a female in this position presents a challenge where I’m unable to help out in areas that are needed, such as having to be in the locker room. But these situations definitely have not hindered my ability to work in this program,” she said.Nonetheless, DeJonge said her experience at Saint Mary’s has given her the confidence to continue working in the field. “Saint Mary’s really prides themselves on empowering women, so this mentality has helped me succeed in a male-dominant position,” she said. If any first year students have an interest in joining, DeJonge said she recommends they give it a try. Any freshmen that would like to become involved are welcome to send her an email, she said. “Even if you are on the line about it, sign up and work a practice,” DeJonge said. “Every freshman will have the opportunity to work practices and some will even get lucky enough to work a game. It’s an amazing opportunity no matter how long your experience is.”Tags: football manager, SMC football manager, student managerlast_img read more

New Hampshire utility cancels planned Granite Bridge gas pipeline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NHPR:Liberty Utilities says it will not build the proposed Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline in Southern New Hampshire, after finding a cheaper way to serve new customers by using existing infrastructure.The company told the state of the change in plans in a Public Utilities Commission filing Friday afternoon. The $340-million pipeline plan dated to late 2017 and drew fierce opposition from climate change activists, who oppose any expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the region.Serving new customers was Liberty’s original goal in building Granite Bridge, which would have run about 27 miles along Route 101 between Stratham and Manchester — branching off the Concord Lateral, an existing, mainline gas artery owned by Texas-based Kinder Morgan.Liberty initially said it would be too expensive to upgrade that larger pipeline to suit their needs. But last fall, PUC staff recommended they revisit that option before Granite Bridge could be approved. Liberty’s filing Friday comes in response to the PUC’s concerns. It says in recent months, Liberty learned that another user of the Concord Lateral — Calpine, which used the pipeline to serve its Londonderry power plant — would not renew its contract, expiring next fall, to use capacity on the pipeline.This frees up space for Liberty to ink a proposed 20-year contract to run its own gas to new and existing customers on the Concord Lateral. They say it will still involve some upgrades to the pipeline and will cost about $90 million total.“The new proposal could enable New Hampshire to eliminate more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions while preserving energy choice for New Hampshire consumers,” Liberty says in its press release.[Annie Ropeik]More: Liberty Utilities drops plans for major gas pipeline in N.H. New Hampshire utility cancels planned Granite Bridge gas pipelinelast_img read more