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  • The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, & More To Bring The Pickin’ To Aiken Bluegrass Festival

    first_imgSouth Carolina in the Spring is about as beautiful as it gets. Add in some of bluegrass’ best musical acts, the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds, and plenty of activities to do throughout the day, and you have the Aiken Bluegrass Festival. Set to take place May 12th-13th in Aiken, SC, this year’s festival boasts a truly fantastic lineup that includes headlining spots from The Infamous Stringdusters and Fruition, with support from Larry Keel, Billy Strings (who is coming off a 4-night Colorado run with the Paul Hoffman/Anders Beck Quartet), Gipsy Moon, The Herman Clan (featuring Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman), and many more (purchase tickets here).Outside of the traditional acts on the lineup, each day will feature a unique superjam with various members featured on the bill. On Friday, Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn and Yonder Mountain String Band’s Allie Kral will lead a cast of bluegrass stars that includes Billy Strings and Love Canon’s Jay Starling, as well as their pick of a deep bullpen of numerous fan favorite artists. And prior to that set will be a set dubbed “Guitacolypse Now” with Larry Keel, Vince Herman, Falco, Strings, and Brad Parsons creating one monstrous unified front. Anything goes with this set.The Saturday ABF superjam will be hosted by Vince Herman, Larry Keel, and Lindsay Lou, and will see a stage full of musicians getting up on stage and picking away. The “Lindsay Lou & The Ladies” set earlier in the day will feature all the ladies of the festival, including Lindsay Lou (& The Flatbellys), Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Mimi Naja (Fruition), Jenny Keel (Larry Keel Experience), and Mackenzie Page (Gipsy Moon).And nothing goes better with bluegrass than some tasty barley-laced ales, which will be provided by New Belgium Brewing Co. If you are looking for some whiskey to go along with your ale, Carolina Moon Distillery will be on site to scratch that itch as well.The family friendly environment of the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds has plenty to do outside of the music including dozens of unique vendors, multiple carnival rides, and a kid’s tent with activities running throughout the weekend. There will be camping and RV passes available to attendees (to be purchased in additional to festival passes). Daily and weekend passes for Aiken Bluegrass Festival range between $20 – $60 for single or two-day passes.Purchase tickets to Aiken Bluegrass Festival here. For additional information and event updates, join the Facebook Event page at this link.All proceeds from the Aiken Bluegrass Festival benefit Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities improve their quality of life through safe interaction with horses.Aiken Blugrass Festival Daily ScheduleFriday, May 12th – Gates open at 12:00 PMDoug and the Henrys – 5:00pmThe Herman Clan – 6:30pmGuitacolypse Now – 8:00pmSuper Jam 1 – Andy Thorn, Billy Strings, Jay Starling, Allie Kral, Travis Book and More!! – 9:30pmThe Infamous Stringdusters – 11:00pmSaturday, May 13th – Gates open at 12:00 PMGipsy Moon Band – 1:00pmBrad Parsons Band – Featuring Members of Fruition – 2:30pmLindsay Lou & The Ladies – Jenny Keel, Mimi Naja, Allie Kral, Lindsay Lou and Mackenzie Page – 4:00pmABF Super Jam 2 – As many artists that can fit on stage – 5:30pmLarry Keel Experience – 7:00pmBilly Strings – 9:00pmFruition – 11:00pm[cover photo courtesy of Dave Vann]@aikenbluegrassfestivallast_img read more

  • Marcus King Band Announces ‘Carolina Confessions’ Tour With Ida Mae

    first_imgMarcus King Band has announced a slew of new tour dates as part of the Carolina Confessions Tour, expanding their reach to a new class of ballrooms and theatres across North America. While currently on the Wheels of Soul tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Drive-By Truckers, Marcus King Band is certainly top of mind for fans of Southern rock, blues, and soul. Having now shared the stage with Derek Trucks several times over the last several weeks, Marcus King has stepped into the next level of his career–and he’s brought a killer band with him.Joined by special guest Ida Mae, the Marcus King Band will hit the road for more than a dozen dates through November and December, including New York, Nashville, and Boston. In September, they’ve already sold out one headlining night at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, and added a second, while forcing next month’s Austin stop to a room double the capacity following overwhelming demand.The Carolina Confessions Tour fan pre-sale starts at 12 pm EST this Wednesday, July 18th, with the general on-sale at 10 am local time Friday, July 20th.Find the new Carolina Confessions dates bolded below, and check out all upcoming tour stops here, including the return of the band’s own Marcus King Band Family Reunion Festival October 5th-6th in Black Mountain, NC.Marcus King Band Tour Dates7.17 @ Artpark Amphitheater in Lewiston, NY^7.18 @ KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA^7.19 @ Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA7.20 @ Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN^7.21 @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, MI^7.22 @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH^7.25 @ BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove in Southaven, MS^7.26 @ Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO^7.28 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO^7.29 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO^7.31 @ Slowdown in Omaha, NE8.1 @ Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO8.3 @ Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, KY8.4 @ The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival in Thornville, OH8.16 @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC8.17 @ The Birchmere – Flex Stage in Alexandria, VA8.18 @ Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, MD8.19 @ Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD8.22 @ Duling Hall in Jackson, MS8.23 @ Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA8.24 @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock in Houston, TX8.25 @ Mohawk in Austin, TX8.26 @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room in Dallas, TX8.29 @ Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM8.30 @ The Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ8.31 @ Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ9.1 @ 191 Toole in Tucson, AZ9.4 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA9.5 @ Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA9.6 @ Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA9.7-9.9 @ Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, NV9.10 @ The Catalyst – Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA9.11 @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA9.12 @ Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA9.14 @ The CommonWealth Room in South Salt Lake City, UT9.15 @ Telluride Blues & Brews in Telluride, CO9.18 @ Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE9.21 @ Zydeco in Birmingham, AL9.22 @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN9.26 @ Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL9.27 @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, MN9.28 @ Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA9.30 @ Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI10.5 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC10.6 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC10.10 @ Cigale in Paris, France10.11 @ Café Charbon in Coulanges-les-nevers, France10.12 @ Arcadium in Annecy, France10.13 @ Avignon BluesFestival in Avignon, France10.15 @ Santeria Social Club in Milano, Italy10.16 @ Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich, Switzerland10.17 @ Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany10.18 @ Batschkapp in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany10.19 @ Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany10.21 @ Knust in Hamburg, Germany10.22 @ Paradiso Noord in Nieuw-Amsterdam, Netherlands10.25 @ The Fleece in Bristol, United Kingdom10.26 @ Islington Assembly Hall in London, United Kingdom10.27 @ Night & Day Café in Manchester, United Kingdom10.28 @ Stereo in Glasgow, United Kingdom11.7 @ Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN*11.8 @ Songbirds South in Chattanooga, TN*11.10 @ Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN*11.12 @ Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA*11.13 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ*11.16 @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY11.17 @ Pearl Street in Northampton, MA*11.18 @ The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA*11.21 @ Aura in Portland, ME*11.23 @ Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT*11.24 @ Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY*11.26 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON*11.29 @ The Loft in Lansing, MI*11.30 @ Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI*12.4 @ Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY*1.20 @ Island Exodus 10 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica^Wheels of Soul Tour w/ Tedeschi Trucks Band and Drive-By Truckers*w/ Ida MaeView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

  • Marvin Gaye To Be Featured On Postal Stamp For 80th Birthday

    first_imgA smiling illustration of late soul singer Marvin Gaye is now the property of the U.S. Government, kind of. Gaye will be featured on his own stamp as part of the Postal Services’ “Music Icon” series, which was recently announced by the mail organization. The stamp design in tribute to the iconic soul singer will be made available just in time for what would have been his 80th birthday on April 1st.According to CNN, the portrait illustration for the stamp was created by Kadir Nelson, who was also the artist responsible for the album art design on Drake‘s 2013 studio album, Nothing Was The Same. The stamp pain will feature a brief biography on Gaye, in addition to showing an image of a vinyl record peeking out of the sleeve. Other notable music artists featured as part of the company’s “Music Icon” series include Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Sarah Vaughan.Related: Elvis Presley-Themed Traffic Lights Appear In German Town“With hits like ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’, ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, and ‘Too Busy Thinking About My Baby’, Gaye helped shape the buoyant sound of the Motown record label in the 1960s,” the U.S.P.S. mentioned in a statement about their latest celebrity-themed stamp to go with the recent announcement. “Gaye’s presence and unique sound will live on forever through his music and now through the mail. Send some soul by including the Marvin Gaye stamp on your envelopes.”The Gaye-themed stamp will debut in Los Angeles on April 2nd, although the U.S.P.S. did not reveal any pre-order information as of press time for all you collectors out there.Gaye was recently honored as part of the Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration all-star event last month during Grammy week in Los Angeles, where John Legend performed a cover of his 1971 single, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”.last_img read more

  • Vermont Chamber Hires Sue Kruthers as Vice President of Government Relations

    first_imgVermont Chamber of Commerce President Chris Barbieri announced that Sue Kruthers has accepted the position of Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Relations. As the chief lobbyist for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, she will lead the Vermont Chamber five-member lobbying team in representing the business interests of over 1,500 members statewide.“Sue Kruthers is a natural choice for the job,” stated Vermont Chamber Chairman of the Board Carl Spangler. “She has worked vigorously and effectively on behalf of the business community for decades.”Formerly the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Travel & Tourism, Kruthers is intimately familiar with state house people and issues. She has spent her career advancing the interests of travel and tourism in the state of Vermont, first in the ski industry, then for the Vermont Chamber.Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri commented, “Sue is an astute and loyal advocate of sound business policies. Not only is she a veteran of the hallways under the Golden Dome, she holds a thorough understanding of all aspects of Vermont’s complex business policies.”During her tenure as the Vermont Chamber’s Travel and Tourism Vice President, Kruthers created the Vermont Chamber of Commerce B&B/Country Inns Council, was a founding member of the Vermont Farms Association, and was the Chair of the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Board of Directors. Kruthers retains her positions as President of the Vermont Attractions Association, Vice Chair of the National Council of Attractions, and on the board of the Travel Industry Association of America.Kruthers, a Montpelier resident, replaces Betsy Bishop as Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Relations. Bishop vacated her position in November to be the Douglas administration Deputy Chief of Staff.last_img read more

  • Middle East Could Cut Water Woes by Turning To Solar

    first_imgMiddle East Could Cut Water Woes by Turning To Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Thomson Reuters Foundation:Thirsty Middle Eastern and North African countries could tap into their solar energy potential to cope with freshwater scarcity, according to resource experts.Water could be saved by switching to renewable solar energy from fossil fuel electricity generation that uses up water, said the World Resources Institute (WRI). The findings show moving to clean energy has benefits aside from cutting planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, said Tianyi Luo, a senior WRI manager.“A lot of times, the water savings, that kind of benefits from renewable projects are overlooked,” Luo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan ranked among the top countries, measured by lack of freshwater and solar energy potential, that could benefit from such a switch, the WRI said.“These countries have high-average resources for both solar and wind that could be put to very productive uses, and it could potentially assist them in their water-related challenges,” said Jordan Macknick, energy and water analyst at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.Fresh and sea water is often used in the process of cooling fossil-fuel power plants, ubiquitous in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the World Bank. Put another way, powering one 60-watt incandescent light bulb for 12 hours over one a year can consume 3,000 to 6,000 gallons of water, according to the U.S.-based Virginia Water Resources Research Center.Solar panels, meanwhile, require little or no water to install and maintain.More: Solar Power Could Save Water In Thirsty Middle East, North Africa, Analysis Sayslast_img read more

  • Giant Cocaine Laboratory with Colombian Technology Found in Bolivia

    first_imgBy Dialogo December 15, 2010 A giant laboratory with Colombian technology, capable of processing five hundred kilograms of cocaine a week, has been discovered by the counter-narcotics police in Bolivia, a police source has told local media. Although drugs were not found in the police operation. nor was anyone detained, it was possible to establish that the laboratory “had a production of approximately five hundred kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride a week,” said Col. Eduardo Barrientos, head of the counter-narcotics police of Santa Cruz, where the discovery was made. According to the evidence collected, the laboratory had been operating for three months in a region 215 km from the city of Santa Cruz, around 1,100 km east of La Paz, with around twenty-five workers, Barrientos added. “This laboratory is of a Colombian type; (in addition) containers of soft drinks made in Colombia were found, or in other words, Colombian nationals were working in this laboratory,” the police commander declared. Barrientos mentioned that in order to have an idea of the scale of the laboratory, it should be taken into consideration that “more than two tons of solid chemical substances and twenty-four thousand liters of liquid chemical substances were found.” Bolivia has succeeded in seizing over twenty-seven tons of cocaine this year and has eliminated eight thousand hectares of coca, the chief raw material for manufacturing the drug.last_img read more

  • Netherlands scores lowest on ‘retirement happiness’ – study

    first_imgThe Netherlands scored lowest out of eight countries for “retirement happiness” in research carried out by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).The country scored lowest on two of the three variables the provider identified as determining retirement happiness – trust and ownership – and third-lowest for “preparedness”.The research covered defined contribution (DC) members in eight countries, representing a range of retirement systems: Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the UK, the US, and the Netherlands.It was informed by a survey of around 9,400 people, all of whom participated in a DC or similar retirement plan. Launching its research report this week, SSGA said it found that “retirement structures with the highest objective rankings did not necessarily correspond to the happiest respondents”.Alistair Byrne, head of pensions and retirement strategy at SSGA, said: “From these findings, we hope to have arrived at a blueprint for a successful retirement structure that combines effective practices with rewarding retirement experiences, gathered from around the world.”The asset manager noted Netherlands’ high score in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index – of the countries covered by SSGA’s study it scored joint-highest in the most recent ranking – and that it maintained very high coverage, participation and savings rates.What objective approaches could not indicate, however, said Nigel Aston, global head of strategy and proposition at SSGA, was “how it feels – the human element – to be in those systems, and that’s what we wanted to find out”.An unhappy retirement?Just 8% of Dutch respondents said they were optimistic about their financial situation in retirement. The Netherlands also recorded the joint-lowest trust score, 2.2 out of five, level with the UK and Germany. Commenting on the Netherlands’ overall “happiness score”, SSGA said the country had “strong assets and a well-developed pension system, but is experiencing a savings model transition that’s created a low sense of ownership and a sombre outlook”.Once reforms were implemented, the Netherlands would “more closely resemble Sweden”, added SSGA.Italy, which had recently been through “painful” pension reforms, and Germany, which was on the cusp of reform, could also “look more like Sweden” if changes were successfully implemented, according to the asset manager.The US scored highest of the eight countries, with Sweden and Australia in joint second place.Sweden, commented SSGA, had “an established and well-understood system which is sustainable, providing a combination of state and private funding”.The comparatively high level of confidence US respondents indicated was probably due to their being from a “relatively fortunate sector of the population”, with access to a workplace retirement plan, the manager noted.The SSGA report can be found here.last_img read more

  • Dutch government to oppose EU cross-border pension product

    first_imgIn the compromise, countries could decide individually whether they would allow second-pillar institutions to offer PEPPs.In the Netherlands, this would mean that pension funds and low-cost defined contribution vehicles – known as PPIs – were not allowed to offer third-pillar products.This was in order to protect mandatory industry-wide schemes and maintain Dutch rules aimed at protecting insurers from unfair competition from pension funds.The proposal would not have a fiscal affect in the Netherlands either, as the PEPP would be subject to local tax rules for the accrual and payment of pensions. Sophie in ‘t Veld, MEPSophie in ‘t Veld, Dutch MEP and head negotiator for PEPP on behalf of the European Parliament, chided the Dutch government’s approach.“We have got our way, but are still to vote against the compromise proposal. What sense does this make?” she said in an interview with IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.The full text of the compromise will become available after the member states have voted on the proposal later this month. The Netherlands is to vote against the introduction of a pan-European third-pillar pension product (PEPP), despite the fact that most of its objections have been addressed during the negotiations.Wopke Hoekstra, the Dutch finance minister, wrote to parliament last week stating that he was satisfied with the outcome of negotiations in December between the European Parliament and the European Council.Nevertheless, the Netherlands would vote against the proposal because of the perceived “limited added value” of the PEPP in the context of the Dutch pensions system. The Dutch parliament also rejected the idea of a European third pillar, Hoekstra added.He said he expected that a compromise would be adopted by a large majority of EU member states.last_img read more

  • Biggest dirt track event on the planet has super-sized purse

    first_imgBOONE, Iowa – A super-sized purse will be paid to competitors in the biggest dirt track event on the planet, the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’sThe 900-plus drivers coming to Boone Speedway from coast to coast and border to border, as well as Canada, earn shares of a purse nearing $300,000.Another $60,000 or so in contingency awards is at stake so there is no question the 35th annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation will contin­ue to be the most prestigious, top-paying event for grassroots racers.“We have always had the goal of maintaining reasonable entry fees and admission prices while provid­ing the best possible purse structure at Super Nationals,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “We have been able to accomplish that in conjunction with a lot of contingencies given by great IMCA spon­sors.”The Saturday, Sept. 9 Modified main event boasts a potential $7,000 paycheck for the winner. That includes a guaranteed $2,000 plus a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the season.Saturday’s Stock Car main event carries a $3,500 top possible check. The winner goes home with $1,000 plus a bonus of $50 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.Winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event could also be good for as much as $3,500. The regu­lar Late Model tour event pays a guaranteed $2,000 to win, plus a bonus of as much as $1,500 based on $30 for each of as many as 50 starts.Potential payday for the Northern SportMods is $2,250. That main event pays a guaranteed $1,000 to win plus a bonus of $25 for each of up to 50 starts this season.Top prize for the Hobby Stocks could reach $1,850. They’ll race for $600 to win their Saturday night main and the bonus of $25 per start up to 50.And the champion of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event could bank as much as $500. They’ll get a guaranteed $250 plus a $5 bonus for each of up to 50 starts.Modified drivers are guaranteed $300 providing they race each night Wednesday through Satur­day. Stock Car drivers are guaranteed $200 if they race Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.All purse money is posted and paid at the event; Super Nationals bonuses will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.last_img read more

  • Gatsby guns down Australia

    first_img Press Association There had been two lengths between the pair when dual Derby hero Australia had been the impressive winner of the Juddmonte International at York. It looked as if Aidan O’Brien’s 30-100 favourite was bound for another Group One victory when striking the front inside the final furlong, but Moore had been stoking the Kevin Ryan-trained winner (7-1) along at the rear and swooped on Joseph O’Brien’s outside to lead at the post. “He won’t go to the Arc. He could go to Ascot on Qipco day (Champion Stakes) and if he did that would be his last run. We’ll start off next year in the Dubai Duty Free.” Moore said: “He ran a very good race in the Juddmonte, we knew Australia would be hard to beat but he had come on a little bit from York. The race set up nice for him and he really tries hard. He puts his head down and I think they pulled nine lengths clear, I’d say both horses have run very good races to pull that far clear. “Every race you just have to see how it unfolds and it looked like they’d go fast. We planned to be patient and to have him where he’s comfortable. The horse travels well, you give him a target and he’ll chase it. “When he won the Dante I really liked him, and when we went to France I thought he could run well but he surprised me with how well he won and I thought then this is a very good horse. He’s proved it today.” Ryan Moore and The Grey Gatsby collared Australia in the final strides of the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. The Grey Gatsby is a Classic winner himself, having collected the French Derby under an inspired Moore back in June. He was one of those in no hurry during the early stages, as Australia’s pacemaker Kingfisher and the Hamdan Al Maktoum pair Alkasser and Mukhadram formed a leading pack. O’Brien was forced to go quite wide around the home bend, while Moore saved ground on the inner and used that momentum to take him on to yet another major success. The winning trainer said: “Ryan went out with a plan. He thought they would go very hard, so he was going to hang on to him. I said to him that was Plan A, but if he had to revert to Plan B or C, so be it. You don’t tell Ryan Moore how to ride. “He’s a great racehorse and I’m very proud of him. I’ve felt all along that he’s never had the credit he deserves and if he doesn’t now it will be unbelievable. The horse has done his own talking. “Hughesie (Richard Hughes) said at York that Australia just got first run on him. On the day I don’t think he would have beaten him, but Hughesie thought he would have been a lot closer and given him a harder race. “Today we had him in a little bit better shape as we were always conscious of this race. Turning in I was thinking he had a lot of ground to make up, but in fairness to Ryan he was saving ground while Australia had to go wide. He made up the ground well and when he passed one and picked up, I thought he would go very close. “He’s a horse that has taken us on a great journey, both me and the owner. He’ll stay in training next year and will get stronger and better. We’ll hopefully have another great year. last_img read more