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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

3 police departments use ‘Project Lifesaver’ to help save Apalachin boy

first_imgProject Lifesaver is a program within the Broome County Sheriff’s Office that uses a device to help find people who go missing. Other departments’ officers can participate if they are certified. Broome County Sheriff’s Office has been using the project since 2016 and has received funding from the ‘Cops 4 a Cause’ organization to keep the program going. Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says they get a few of these missing cases a year, but are often able to find the person within the day they are reported missing. “If they’re involved in our program, we can find them fairly quickly,” said Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy, Robert Stapleton. Often, those involved in the program are people with special needs or people who struggle with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They have bracelets that can be detected by a special device when they are miles within range. If you feel you are in need of this assistance, you can learn more about Project Lifesaver here. (WBNG) — When the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office needed assistance in finding a local teen who went missing, Vestal Police and Broome County Sheriff’s Office joined in with the program, Project Lifesaver. In a recent case in which the device was used, a 15-year-old Apalachin boy with Autism wandered away from his home and ended up in a neighborhood in Vestal. That’s when the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, Vestal Police, and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office jumped into action together. They credited teamwork in finding the boy within a couple of hours. “It can detect that radio transmitter that the child is wearing that’ll send a signal to the antenna, which gives us an audible tone,” explained Vestal Police Investigator, Lucas Shaw, who helped in the search.last_img read more

Dexter Marques to headline ‘Not in My House’ boxing card at D’Urban Park

first_imgDURBAN Park will be transformed into a battle ground on September 28, when Guyana Boxing Board of Control host ‘Not in My House’ – a pro/am card that will see six bouts, headlined by Dexter ‘De Kid’ Marques. The fighters, including Marques, inked their contracts yesterday at the headquarters of the GBBC on Avenue of the Republic, with the boxers all expressing excitement to showcase and let loose their fistic fury in Durban Park.Marques, a flyweight whose is yet to step into the ring since his unanimous decision win over Dionis Martinez on January 20, 2018, will put his 17 wins and two losses record on the line against Colombian Jose Antonio Jimenez in a 10-round encounter. The James Moore and James Walcott six-round light heavyweight clash will serve as the main undercard, while the other bouts will see Edmond ‘Wonder Boy’ DeClou squaring off with Kwesi Jones (catchweight), and Joel Williamson battling Keeve Allicock in a four-round super lightweight clash.Welterweight, Anson Green is expected to come up against Raymond Wilburg of the USA (four rounds) and debutant, Pearline Lochan and Sharon Warde (four rounds) against each other.The boxers on the amateur segment is yet to be finalised. Admission for the event which will include a concert with surprise artists, is set at $2000. Bell time is 19:00hrs.last_img read more

Hoffarth: Rams’ recycled No. 1 decision a classic misdirection

first_imgCarson Wentz or Jared Goff?The red-headed Bison of North Dakota State who ran a pro-style, under-center offense and posted a 6.53 grade in the NFL combine, good enough to be compared to Blake Bortles?Or the Bear of a guy with the Pac-12 pedigree, running out of the shotgun, not among the four QBs in the Heisman Top 10 voting, leading his team to records of 1-11, 5-7 and 8-5 in his three seasons and measuring up with a 6.51 combine grade and a likening to Matt Ryan?L.A. townfolk haven’t been thrown into this kind of sublime public debate since last Wednesday, when the kid with the pimples at the local Ralphs again interrupted an ATM swipe by politely shouting out: “Paper or plastic?” And this all came about because Fisher’s ex-bosses with the Tennessee Titans agreed to this tradeoff. Ready for the maiden re-voyage of the Los Angeles Titanics?• Not to keep bagging on these Rams, but you realize this non-quick-fix “Who’s No. 1” roster strategy is a classic misdirection play, one that even a concussed Case Keenum is keen to without a playbook?Case in point: While distraction, desperation and draftability are what Goff and Wentz-his-name are being measured against here in the public, wouldn’t Keenum and any other future QB be pushing for an investment in some blind-side protection for future health reasons?• What’s the fact, Jack? Some in the league are getting called out for retweeting rumors about the knee issues for UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, throwing out words like “degenerative” and “a time bomb.” He contends all is well. Who’s knee-jerk reaction will it be to let Jack slide past the No. 5 spot?• Curt Schilling can shill all he wants for himself. He was making a microscopic case on a Sirius XM show Friday morning that he isn’t transphobic or homophobic, even though he couldn’t get out of his own way again on social media and basically begged for ESPN to boot him as an MLB analyst. If Schilling is guilty only of telling “blunt and uncomfortable truths” that give him “no place in progressive corporate America,” as some will say in defending him, are the rest of us just hypersensitive and hypocritical? “Hypocrisy – I don’t think it’s ever been as rampant as it is today,” Schilling added in the interview. Stick a bloody sock in it. Couldn’t the same be said for accountability?• Magic Johnson sinks millions of his own money into the Dodgers for what’s presumed to be a sliver of a percentage ownership. Same with Will Ferrell buying his way into an eclectic group of Hollywoodlanders who accept the thinest of slices of a yet-to-go Los Angeles Football Club. What’s in it for them, aside from ego and a discount at the team store? It’s one heck of a tax shelter, as long as you play the game according to IRS rules. A Bloomberg news report indicates that anyone claiming ownership of a sports franchise these days needs to provide proof of 500 hours “of attention” to that duty. It breaks down to about 10 hours a week. It could consist of as little as simply attending a game. Again, that’s what counts as accountability?• Little ups to U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn for offering to broker a deal in the Time Warner Cable/SportsNet L.A. distribution snag. Dad would be proud of your clouded efforts. Her deal is that everyone comes to her San Pedro office ASAP and brings their playbook, checkbook and little black books. But remember the warning from former Fox Sports chief Ed Goren about anyone trying to grandstand and offer some magic ending to this multi-billion-dollar corporate standoff? “Don’t include any politicians,” he said.• Back in the ‘80s, the Lakers’ NBA title run was framed as a “Purple Reign.” It was so hip and catchy that it was somewhat misappropriated as a reference to any other successes that happened after the “Showtime” run.Purple was the favorite color of the late Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke. When he bought the team, he changed the color scheme but instead of royal purple it wanted it called “Forum blue.” Thursday night, the Forum in Inglewood was blue. So were many others across the world. Let’s go crazy here. From now on, with respect to Prince, how about we retire the phrase as it might relate to anything these Lakers do going forward? Let these Lakers find their own rally cry/rap theme song. Maybe Iggy Azalea can bounce around some ideas? There’s still a choice left to be made as to what to put over your head in embarrassment while attending the first game at the Coliseum this fall.Even if you are a newly replanted Angeleno like Jeff Fisher, fishing for a response to either inquiry leads to the exact same followup questions: Which one is better for the environment when we try to recycle it?Which one brings the most baggage?Didn’t we already decide the Carson landfill was already out of the NFL picture in Southern California?• The Rams may still have sticker shock in finding out just how expensive it is to live again in L.A. Giving up their own No. 1 (15th overall), plus two second-round picks and a third-round choice next week, in addition to a first- and third-round pick of 2017, is pretty steep just to get buzz going for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more