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Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Billy Strings, Tears Up NYC [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Friday night saw the Greensky Bluegrass and Billy Strings’ tour land in New York City after a week that also saw “casual Weggendsday” stop in Albany and a gig in Boston. Already this year, the traveling circus of progressive bluegrass maestros has managed gigs in Colorado, Tennessee, and Indiana, and they don’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping. As GSBG has really broken through into being able to sell out larger venues in recent years, it seems they’re taking a lesson from the band that they all met following, Phish, and are committed to squeezing as many shows into a tour as is humanly possible, and hopscotching around the country to make it happen.Fans arriving early got the treat of watching Billy Strings picking on some originals. While the Billy Strings show is necessarily hamstrung by his dearth of overall material to work with, the brief early set gave fans a sense of just how hot his licks can get, and the potential that that band really has, with a mandolin player who can rip the same 128th notes right in tune with Billy. With Playstation Theater’s back seats closed off, the more intimate space really gave fans a sense of being close to the action, more reminiscent of a mountain town bar than Times Square’s lavish basement venue.At around 9:20, Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage and came out of the gates roaring with ‘Burn Them,’ a real party-starter of a number that heated up the crowd. After showing off their barn-burning chops, the group settled in and put some of their more composed songwriting chops on display with ‘Worried Man.’Next up was ‘Living Over,’ featuring what was probably the first proper jam of the night, as Paul Hoffman stretched out a mandolin solo before nodding over to Anders Beck on dobro to take over the lead. Beck’s yearning, exploratory tone at the outset played itself out with gusto, developing into quicker and quicker loops with his licks seeming to chase themselves around the rabbit hole, before finally returning to the song’s chorus, the same lyrics they were singing as they rang in 2018 just a little less than a month ago now. A slowdown was in order after the revelation that was ‘Living Over,’ and the more conventionally bluegrass number ‘Room Without A Roof’ fit the bill. With barely a pause following the ballad, the defining banjo riff of ‘Just To Lie’ rang out from Michael Arlen Bont and the group launched into the set’s real meat.The song’s early solo ended and bled into its more improvisational section as it came back to the lyrics, “I told you that I loved you, just so I could lie beside you,” before repeating the lyric “I told you,” with an echoing reverb. This section almost seemed like trance-fusion, as the group played with the pulsating rhythm of the open space in the song instead of letting the intergalactic jam drift—though, Greensky snapped the fans back into their surroundings with the first verse of ‘Hold On,’ whose “shouted, written down, and quoted” lyric resonates enough that the group named a whole album after it. With a smoking banjo solo there, the band pressed their segue further into The Louvin Brothers’ ‘Great Atomic Power,’ whose lyrics they changed from “for your soul will fly to safety and eternal peace and rest” to “enjoy life’s pleasures like drugs and sex.” That more rock ‘n’ roll lyric got a great reaction from the crowd, as the band finally found their way to the end of a wild ride.After a minute of conferring, the band simmered the crowd down from that rolling boil with the heartwarming singalong ‘Tied Down,’ and then inviting Billy Strings to join them onstage for a pair of tunes. The first was ‘I’d Probably Kill You,’ whose lyrics the group fudged to “I’d probably Bill you,” and “I’d burn your house down, if I somehow knew Billy Strings was in it,” giving the younger Billy a bit of good-natured ribbing from some older souls who are rightfully impressed with (and maybe a little envious of) the remarkable speed and dexterity that Billy brings to the stage. Next up of ‘Miss Maggie,’ which each band member got to take for a ride, and then a well-deserved setbreak.After the jump, the band returned with the same inspired lyricism that the crowd knows them for, coming out with ‘Just Listening’. Next up was ‘Train Junkie,’ whose far out and meandering mandolin intro spent a bit of time heating up by riffing on The Grateful Dead’s ‘The Other One’. ‘Wheel Hoss’ followed the high energy ‘Train Junkie’ as the band continued to demonstrate their ability to mix in traditional bluegrass standards with their own, less conventional bluegrass originals.As the band worked its way into the heart of the set, they brought the emotion in the room to a soaring peak with ‘Dustbowl Overtures’ and ‘Handle Me With Care,’ two songs that really demonstrate the band’s ability to summon the better angels of their audience’s nature and well up real feeling from every open ear in the house. After the band’s classic ‘200 Miles From Montana,’ they returned to the world of traditionals with ‘Hit Parade Of Love,’ first made famous by Jimmy Martin. Finally, the set closed with two of Greensky’s best-known originals, ‘Forget Everything’ and ‘Leap Year’.Watching them play songs like those, that they so obviously adore, it becomes clear to even the most casual fan that if this band wasn’t performing on a stage in New York City, they might just as well be picking on their own numbers in their Crazy Creeks at a Phish festival somewhere. There’s just such a radiant joy in every person on-stage, they really look like there’s nothing else in the world they’d rather be doing. Before sending their fans out into the cold, they gave them one last treat: Rayland Baxter’s ‘Yellow Eyes,’ a rarer cover whose use as an encore gave folks something to hum as they bundled up and headed for the subway, looking forward to another night of the same great music on Saturday.You can check out a gallery of photos below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 1/26/2018Set One: Burn Them (1), Worried Man, Living Over, Room without a Roof, Just to Lie > Hold On > Great Atomic Power, Tied Down, I’d Probably Kill You (2), Little Maggie (2)Set Two: Just Listening, Train Junkie (3), Wheel Hoss (4), Dustbowl Overtures, Handle with Care, 200 Miles from Montana, Hit Parade of Love, Forget Everything, Leap Year Encore: Yellow Eyes(1) w/ Guido Batista & Luke Milanese (tambourine)(2) – w/ Billy Strings(3) – Other One tease(4) – Macarena dance by PaulGreensky Bluegrass | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 1/26/2018 | Photo: Andrew Scott Blacksteinlast_img read more

Television royalty has decided to sell the family home in Bardon where her career began.

first_imgTelevision personality, Annette Allison, is selling the family home in Brisbane where her career began.Easy access to the television towers of Mount Coot-tha was one reason why 35 Eastment Street, Bardon was built. 35 Eastment Street, Bardon has hosted its fair share of celebity barbeques.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIt’s the family home where television personality Annette Allison OAM began her career while still in her senior school year.“My parents built the house in about 1962,” Ms Allison said.“It was the beginning of my television career so it was close to the city for my father to go to work and it was close for me to drive up the mountain,” she said.“It’s a very much loved family home and there’s been a lot of reluctance about putting it on the market,” Ms Allison said.Ms Allison worked as a presenter at both Channel 7 and 9 in Brisbane, before moving to Victoria to host Good Morning Melbourne from 1979 and 1989.The four-bedroom two-level brick home has also hosted it’s fair share of 1980s celebrity soirees.“It was the scene of a lot of television parties,” she said.“All the Channel 9 and Channel 7 news readers — anyone I worked with in those days. It was also a time when Joy Chambers and Reg Grundy were in their courting days,” Ms Allison said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Mattson’s defense set to boost new-look GSA boys’ basketball team

first_img Latest Posts BLUE HILL — For most high school basketball teams in Maine’s smallest classes, finding role players to build championship teams is no easy task. From 2014-18, the George Stevens Academy boys’ squad was one of the rare few to find the perfect blend.In Taylor Schildroth and Max Mattson, the GSA boys had a pair of Mr. Maine Basketball candidates and elite scorers and rebounders, respectively. In Stefan Simmons, they had a top-notch utility player who could thrive in any situation and lived for the big moments. The result was three consecutive state championships and a span in which the Eagles lost just twice in 66 games.Those players graduated back in June, but others who played vital roles are back for another go this year. One such returnee is Caden Mattson, a junior whose defensive prowess has flown largely under the radar on a GSA team that’s been loaded with talent in recent seasons.GSA’s Caden Mattson provides help defense during a high school boys’ basketball scrimmage against Oceanside on Nov. 27 in Blue Hill. Mattson has lost just one game in two years as a member of the GSA boys’ team, which opens the 2018-19 season at home against Lee Academy at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, Dec. 8. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAlthough he wasn’t part of the GSA team that won the first of back-to-back-to-back Gold Balls in 2016, Mattson has stifled opponents from all across the state over the past two title runs. Now an upperclassman on a team that must account for the loss in production stemming from the aforementioned departures, his relentless defense on and off the ball is going to be even more prominent.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Even growing up, I kind of struggled with offense; it just wasn’t my thing,” Mattson said. “With everyone else being able to score, I focused on playing hard defense and building my game up from there.”Defense has always been a focal point for GSA head coach Dwayne Carter’s squads, but this year’s team is placing even more emphasis on that end of the floor. Losing the size, athleticism and energy that last year’s seniors provided has left the Eagles with big holes to fill, and whether he’s smothering opposing players or flying across the court to help out his teammates, Mattson is more than capable of picking up the slack.In last year’s Class C North championship game, Mattson was given the task of guarding Fort Fairfield’s Isaac Cyr, one of the state’s most prolific scorers. Mattson held Cyr to just 14 points on 16 shots, an effort Carter said is indicative of the mentality Mattson brings to the court in both practices and game situations.“He wants that kid who’s the other team’s No. 1 scorer and who’s always going to get the ball, and his goal is to take him on and not let him get away,” Carter said. “He puts a lot of pride and effort into what he does on the defensive end of the floor, and without somebody like Max to block that shot or Stefan to make that big stop, we’re going to need that kind of player.”That defensive skill set, Carter said, comes from a trait that runs in the family. Having coached alongside the junior’s father, Matthew, for many years now, the GSA head coach continues to notice the same intensity and attention to detail in Caden that he sees in the team’s assistant coach.GSA’s Caden Mattson defends against Fort Fairfield’s Isaac Cyr during last season’s Class C North boys’ basketball championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Mattson held Cyr, one of Maine’s top scorers, to just 14 points on 16 shots in the Eagles’ 62-39 win. FILE PHOTO“His dad is very intense and very focused, and [Caden] was brought up that way and made it part of his game,” Carter said. “They both bring that in-your-face style in how they strive to compete, and those personalities have really driven them.”For Mattson, that style of play has helped GSA put the clamps on some of the state’s top guards and wing players. In addition to keeping Cyr in check in last year’s regional title game, Mattson held Winthrop’s Jacob Hickey without a basket over the final three quarters of the 2017 state championship game and helped keep a threatening Houlton team in check in last year’s regional quarterfinals.“The thing about some of these scorers is they get so frustrated when they’re not scoring,” Mattson said. “To see those looks of frustration on their faces when they’re not scoring, I love it. It’s awesome, and it lets me know I’m doing my job right.”Mattson isn’t short on toughness, either, as he showed when returned to last year’s state title game against Hall-Dale despite hitting his head on the floor late in the first half. He’s bulked up this offseason as well after putting time in the weight room with teammate Andrew Szwez.With last year’s record-shattering senior class no longer available, the Eagles won’t have an easy path to a fourth straight Class C championship. Yet nothing about what GSA has done over the past three seasons has been easy, and having doubters is only motivating this year’s team even more.“I’ve had people say to me that they don’t think we’re going to be good this year,” Mattson said. “When you hear that, it really makes you want to play with a chip on your shoulder and prove all those people wrong, and that’s what we want to do.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Gemelos and Gilbreath drafted by WNBA teams

first_imgAfter a disappointing 2011-2012 season, two Women of Troy are moving onto bigger things. For the first time since the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, two members of the USC women’s basketball team were selected in the WNBA draft Monday, becoming the ninth and 10th USC players taken in the draft. Guards Jacki Gemelos and Briana Gilbreath were both chosen in the third round of the draft with picks number 31 and 35, respectively.Drafted · Former USC guard Briana Gilbreath (above) was drafted by the Washington Mystics in Monday’s WNBA draft. Gilbreath was an all-conference performer in all four of her seasons on campus. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe day marked the culmination of trials and tribulations for Gemelos, who battled injuries throughout her USC career. A former top-ranked recruit coming out of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Calif., she suffered four separate knee injuries that caused her to miss nearly four complete seasons. In her only fully healthy season, Gemelos averaged 12.4 points per game in 2010-2011, while leading the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting at 42.4 percent. Her performance that year earned her an All-Pac-10 honorable mention nod and a spot on Team USA for the 2011 World University Games, as well as a finalist spot for the V Foundation Comeback Award.Gemelos played in 57 games for USC, averaging 11.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She ended her college career as the school’s leading free-throw shooter with at 83.3 percent. In being chosen by the Minnesota Lynx, she joins a very talented squad — one that won the WNBA championship last season.Briana Gilbreath has been a star for USC ever since she set foot in the Galen Center. A four-time all-conference performer, she regularly filled up the stat sheet, ending her Trojan career ranked in the top 10 in five statistical categories:  No. 4 in blocks (168), No. 6 in steals (241), No. 6 in made free throws (388), No. 8 in rebounds (813) and No. 9 in points (1,608). She also is tied for the all-time lead in games played in school history, along with fellow teammate guard Ashley Corral and Cheryl Miller.Gilbreath was selected to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team as well as the AP All-America team this past season. She also finished her career ranked No. 8 all-time in the Pac-12 for blocks and No. 31 and No. 36 for scoring and rebounds, respectively.Gilbreath was picked by the Washington Mystics, a team that struggled last season to a 6-28 record, good for last place in the Eastern Conference.A native of Houston, Texas, Gilbreath projects to be a defensive stopper at the professional level, capable of guarding multiple positions with her athleticism and instincts.last_img read more