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Robert Randolph Now Has A Signature PowerSlide Guitar Series

first_imgIt’s always a dream come true when an artist is able to find some unique corner of the sonic realm and make it their own. That’s what Robert Randolph has accomplished in his years of playing, becoming the pedal steel guitarist today. His performance style is so dynamic and energetic that fans immediately connect and appreciate the work he’s doing.It seems guitar makers Peavey recognized Randolph’s extraordinary talent for playing slide guitar, as they introduced a new PowerSlide guitar called the Robert Randolph Signature PowerSlide. The guitar itself is a hybrid between traditional guitars and pedal steel, reminiscent of a dobro in style.“I’ve been wanting something with more versatility, mobility and comfort—something I could really get into while performing live,” says Randolph in a Guitar World piece about the new instrument. “With four different pickup sounds and more sustain than any other lap steel ever made, the Peavey PowerSlide gives me everything I want.”For more technical details about the new guitar, head to the Guitar World feature. Congrats to Robert Randolph on his new signature series!last_img read more

Watch The Jon Stickley Trio Amaze Sarasota Fans With Their Virtuosity

first_imgThe Jon Stickley Trio is currently involved in a Kickstarter to fund their new album and are closing in on their goal with only five days remaining. During the show they announced a special offer: Anyone who pledged 30 dollars or more would receive not only their upcoming album, but the remainder of their catalog, five CDs total, for only 30 dollars. You can help them make more magic for the world to enjoy by following this link.Setlist: The Jon Stickley Trio at Fogartyville Community Media And Arts Center, Sarasota, FL – 11/4/16Set 1: Blackburn Brothers, The High Road, Point to Point, Slow Burn, Rice Dream, Never Stop, Dellas Walk, Echolocation, Darth RadarSet 2: Jerusalem Ridge,Playpeople, Plain Sight, Manzanita, Tico Tico, Slopes, Octopickin’, Blackberry Blossom, Flight Of The Durban If I told you we were going out to hear some classical music, as well as calypso, flamenco, bluegrass, jazz and chamber tunes, you might assume we were going to be very busy running from show to show. Luckily, you can hear all of that and so much more for the price of a single ticket to see The Jon Stickley Trio. Stickley, alongside his partners-in-crime Lyndsay Pruett and Patrick Armitage held the crowd spellbound at the WSLR Listening Room in Sarasota, Florida, as they wove their prodigious talents together with a magic flourish.Stickley’s guitar technique is a hodge-podge of classical fingerings, mixed with flat picking jazz technique and a more straight forward Americana feel. It all results in a jaw dropping display of control and emotion combined. Meanwhile, Pruett shows off a stellar range of styles and skills with lilting leads, plucked strings and no fear when it came time to get down and dirty. Armitage held the pocket rock solid, but added a slew of perfectly timed fills and flourishes that complimented but never overpowered the leads. The resulting blend of sounds and talents produced a harmonious sound that was surprisingly resonant for an almost-acoustic three piece band.Both sets of the capacity crowd show were packed with as much deft plying as humanly possible, with the reserved crowd waiting for each song to fully finish before breaking their silence with uproarious applause. Towards the end of the second set, a few of the more adventurous fans in the audience did, in fact, take to the dance floor to get down, but for the most part the audience sat in rapt silence, lost in the beauty unfolding before their eyes.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand with his camera and managed to capture a pair of truly impressive performances, including a nearly twelve minute tune that saw the Trio show off their many dimensions in a lightning fast progression. Check out the videos below:last_img read more

The Fromm Players at Harvard present ‘Resistance and Hope’

first_imgWalter Bigelow Rosen Professor Chaya Czernowin’s choices of composers and works for this year’s Fromm concert centers on individuality, integrity, and artistic focus. Some of this year’s Fromm program is, clearly, ostentatiously political. The Prince Myshkins — whose inclusion on this concert is, to say the least, an innovation — feed on the Orwellian absurdity of our power structures, skewering with pointed humor and intricate songwriting. The three other composers here epitomize the single-minded pursuit of an artistic vision and the creative life, in the face of misunderstanding, mistrust, and indifference, and regardless of external, traditional notions of success. But there’s also a subtle connection here — the folk/protest song underpinnings of the Myshkins resonate with the folk-music basis of Ben Johnston’s String Quartet No. 5. That piece, incidentally, is performed here by the Kepler Quartet, which was formed in 2002 for the purpose of performing and recording Johnston’s string quartets. Their immersion in this repertoire brings unmatched breadth and richness to their interpretations.The Fromm Players at Harvard, a professional ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, play works organized around a strong theme that add something unique to new music in Boston. The Prince Myshkins are a satirical songwriting/performing duo named after the protagonist of Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot,” a holy fool whose noble but often naïve intentions are at odds with outside forces. The Myshkins’ socially conscious and technically sophisticated songwriting and theatricality of performance has its ancestry in Brecht and Weill (Tom Lehrer could be an American cousin).Graciela Paraskevaidis’ (1940-1917) work “algún sonido de la vida” (“any sound out of life”) seems to seek to make of two oboes and performers one event or musical source. The complex, unpredictable passing of sound from one instrument to the other, which happens frequently in the first movement, creates illusory and real overlapping and melding of the sound.The American composer Ben Johnston (b.1926) remained musically tied to the American vernacular traditions. Johnston wrote his Fifth Quartet in 1979; it uses as a cantus the folk tune “Lonesome Valley.” Johnston compared the structure of the Fifth Quartet to Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.”Galina Ustvolskaya’s (1919-2006)  Symphony No. 2, “True and Eternal Bliss!” is scored for piano with an orchestra of woodwinds, brass, and percussion, plus reciter; the composer calls the piano’s central role “almost a solo.” The reciter’s part in the Second is marked at its start with the description “A scream into space,” which is also the title of a 2005 documentary about the Dutch premiere of the symphony. In that film, Ustvolskaya spoke of the piece as being about a man sinking into oblivion and crying out to God as he submerges.“Resistance and Hope” takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public. Free parking in Broadway Garage, corner of Felton St. and Broadway. Please visit for more information, or contact by phone at 617-495-2791 or via email at [email protected] Read Full Storylast_img read more

Bill Cosby: Why Did We Look The Other Way?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A common thread follows all of the media’s hind-sighted revelations of their Bill Cosby coverage: He was intimidating, he was respected, and he was a beloved figure.As such, they were reluctant to challenge him publicly. From his biographer Mark Whitaker to Erin Keane of Salon, Cosby was allowed to slip through the cracks, despite numerous allegations of the most heinous order because of those reasons. This is why Cosby had been shocked into silence when NPR reporter Scott Simon raised the subject in a radio interview. Cosby had enjoyed a long precedent of the unspoken rule that such things would remain unspoken.In a Sept. 7th op-ed in The New York Times titled “Rape and Rotherham” columnist Ross Douthat wrote of a small industrial town in England where gangs of Pakistani men raped approximately 1,400 girls. According to Douthat, a combination of political and racial correctness led to the perpetuation of these crimes, and more so, to them being overlooked and gotten away with.“The crimes in Rotherham,” Douthat wrote, “seem scripted to vindicate a reactionary critique of liberal multiculturalism: Here are immigrant gangs exploiting a foolish Western tolerance; here are authorities too committed to ‘diversity’ to react appropriately; here is a liberal society so open-minded that both its brain and conscience have fallen out.”Which brings us to Bill Cosby, who as of this post has had at least a half-dozen women accuse him of sexual harassment, ranging from forced oral sex to rape. The famed comedian has declined to even comment on the troubling allegations in recent interviews (the few whereby journalists actually dared to ask).In a society that idolizes celebrity above all, that elevates certain personas as “successful” based on box-office dollars and bookability, we have unwittingly created a culture of exploitation. By equating celebrity with power, Hollywood built a system whereby a sovereign can rule (and overpower) underlings.This is not unique to Hollywood. We have seen this in the Roman Catholic Church. We watched it unfold in Penn State. We have been here before. But there is another dimension in this case: Is it possible that in our effort to elevate a black persona to such royalty in an effort to show just how liberal and just how post-racial we are, we gave less credence to claims about his sexual impropriety? Is it then possible that we not only created the culture that allowed him such omnipotence, but celebrated it as a way to revel in our open-mindedness?It’s important to realize not only that these allegations came to light long after they had been reported by white females, but only caught the nation’s attention at the hands of Hannibal Buress, a black male comedian. Was this the only such scenario that could have brought such a damning indictment on Cosby? Have we learned once again that political correctness does little more than to mask an underlying problem and that racism, sexism, and a rampant rape culture is alive and well in Obama’s America?And is this something Bill Cosby not only recognized, but cultivated as a cloak under which he hid his alleged misdeeds? Cosby has been known in recent years less as the pioneer who brought the Huxtables into our living room in the ‘80s, but as a harsh critic of contemporary black culture. His rants have taken no prisoners, challenging his fellow African-Americans to “do a better job.”For example, in a speech to the NAACP, he launched this invective: “People putting their clothes on backward: Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong? People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something? Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?”Is it possible that his offense was also his best defense? Was he pointing fingers away from himself so forcefully so that no one would dare look his way? Douthat counsels us to look not at the old framework from which sexual predators have come before, but at the circumstance through which we enable them to be born. Precisely, those to whom we give a blank check in the form of respect, love, and the power of intimidation. To those we are afraid to challenge publicly.“Show me what a culture values, prizes, puts on a pedestal, and I’ll tell you who is likely to get away with rape,” writes Douthat.Bill Cosby was a man we could feel good about not only because he presented a vision of a true progressive America but in part because he made us feel good about ourselves, by showing us how non-racist we were. And yet by not holding his feet to the fire we demonstrated exactly how unequal the system is—in very much the same way we dismiss all criticisms of Obama as racist. Are most critiques of Obama based in some racial bias? Most likely. However, denying that some opposing viewpoints have actual legitimacy does a disservice to us all.By holding any figure above the fray, by failing to question and challenge anyone who carries power, is the first step to creating a window through which evil can fester.last_img read more

Baldwin Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old man died after he crashed his car, causing it vehicle to burst into flames in his hometown of Baldwin over the weekend.Nassau County police said Gregory Balmir was driving a Toyota Camry southbound on Grand Avenue when he crossed over two lanes of traffic at the corner of Woodside Avenue, where he crashed into a utility pole and a building shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) earnings Q3 2020

first_imgAs the coronavirus pandemic weighs on its operating earnings and stock price, Berkshire Hathaway ramped up its stock repurchasing program even more in the third quarter, nearly doubling the record buyback from the second quarter.Warren Buffett’s conglomerate bought back $9 billion of its own stock, it was revealed Saturday in its third-quarter earnings report. That’s up big from the $5.1 billion level during the second quarter that turned heads when it was announced and brings Berkshire’s total buybacks to $15.7 billion for 2020.Berkshire repurchased more than $2.5 billion in Class A shares and about $6.7 billion in Class B stock during the quarter. This blew away the UBS estimate for a total quarterly buyback of just $3.2 billion.- Advertisement – In his annual letter released earlier this year, Buffett discussed when he and Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger would decide to repurchase stock.“Our thinking, boiled down: Berkshire will buy back its stock only if a) Charlie and I believe that it is selling for less than it is worth and b) the company, upon completing the repurchase, is left with ample cash,” Buffett wrote. “Over time, we want Berkshire’s share count to go down. If the price-to-value discount (as we estimate it) widens, we will likely become more aggressive in purchasing shares. We will not, however, prop the stock at any level.”Buffett also defended the practice in general at the Berkshire annual meeting in May.“When the conditions are right, it should also be obvious to repurchase shares and there shouldn’t be the slightest taint to it any more than there is to dividends,” he said.Despite a nearly 20% comeback in the third quarter by Berkshire Hathaway’s class A shares, the stock is still widely underperforming the S&P 500 this year. The share have lost 8%, compared to a 10% total return for the S&P 500.Buffett’s buyback spree comes as the Oracle of Omaha has made relatively few big moves this year. In late August, Buffett announced that Berkshire had taken stakes of at least 5% in Japan’s five leading trading companies: Itochu Corp., Marubeni Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co., and Sumitomo Corp. But the company has announced no other major acquisitions this year.Even after the record buybacks this year, Berkshire’s cash pile still stands at $145.7 billion through the end of the third quarter.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. – Advertisement – Buffett’s repurchase spree comes amid a tough time for its operations as the global economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus, directly impacting the company’s wholly owned businesses which include railroads, utilities and insurance.Berkshire said its operating earnings came in at $5.478 billion, down more than 30% from the year-earlier period. But the company’s net earnings — which account for Berkshire’s big investments in the public market like Apple — skyrocketed more than 82% on a year-over-year basis to $30.137 billion. Apple, Berkshire’s biggest stock holding, rallied more than 26% in the third quarter. Coca-Cola gained 10.5% over that time period. Though Buffett has cautioned investors not to pay attention to those net earnings because the investing gains are unrealized and volatile.Does Buffett think the stock is cheap?- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Warren BuffettGerard Miller | CNBClast_img read more

Frenchman found stranded in Maluku after his boat sinks

first_imgWest Leihitu Police chief First Insp. Johan Anakotta confirmed the incident: “We received a report from Larike village secretary about a foreigner who was stranded on a beach in Lai hamlet.”The police chief added that Claude set his lifeboat on fire upon landing on the beach.“I don’t know why he decided to burn his lifeboat. However, the locals managed to rescue him. The Lai village chief immediately reported him to the authorities.”Johan said the police’s village-level security and public order officers (Bhabinkamtibmas) brought the Frenchman immediately to the community health center in Alang village, located near Larike.Claude underwent a medical checkup at the COVID-19 post at the district.“The medical process is still ongoing. He told us he had decided to return to his home country soon,” Johan said. (dpk)Topics : A Frenchman was found stranded on Thursday evening on a beach in Lai hamlet in West Leihitu district, Central Maluku regency, Maluku, apparently after his boat sank.The man, identified as Alain Michael Claude, 62, told the West Leihitu Police that his boat sank in waters off the hamlet after being hit by heavy seas. Claude claimed he managed to survive after escaping on a lifeboat.Claude also told the authorities that he sailed by himself and planned to go to the provincial capital of Ambon, before eventually returning to France.last_img read more

I need to play more like Serena, says Serena

first_img“The biggest difference was just confidence,” said three-time Roland Garros champion Williams when asked to explain the stark difference between the first and second sets.”I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena. So that was it. I just started playing like that.”Victory also took Williams’ first round record at the Slams to 75 wins in 76 appearances. Her only loss at the first hurdle was to Virginie Razzano in Paris in 2012.”I love the clay and I started playing like it, opening the court and moving and sliding,” added Williams. Serena Williams believes the key to leveling the all-time Grand Slam record of 24 titles is to play like Serena Williams.The 39-year-old American made a slow but successful start to her latest pursuit of Margaret Court’s record with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 win over Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round on Monday.World number 102 Ahn served for the opening set at 5-4 but Williams forced a tie-break she dominated before charging through the second set to book a clash with Tsvetana Pironkova for a spot in the last 32. “I do think her level dropped a little bit in the beginning of the first set and I took advantage of that. “I think her level was so high in the first set that I just needed to lift my level more than what I did.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Blair County PennDOT’s Bryan T. Chamberlain

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Blair County PennDOT’s Bryan T. Chamberlain September 05, 2018center_img Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in Blair County to honor Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Equipment Operator Bryan T. “Chipper” Chamberlain.Mr. Chamberlain, 30, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018. He passed from injuries sustained while making Pennsylvania roadways safer.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately until sunset, Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the day of Chamberlain’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.last_img read more

Builder Glenn Savage to sell triple-storey home with private road access

first_img868 Samford Road, Mitchelton. 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.The private guest quarters has a huge bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe.Mr Savage said his family had enjoyed many gatherings at his home over the years.“My daughter loves to have pre-drinks here with her friends before going out,” he said.He said once the front door to the home was closed it was an extremely quiet property.“You can’t hear a thing outside,” he said. 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Mr Savage said he would love to see another family buy the home.He said standout features of the property included the 180 degree views to the city and out to Moreton Bay.“We can see the cruise ships leave at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon,” Mr Savage said.“We really love sitting on the back deck in summer with a beer,” he chuckled.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“In the winter we pull the shades down and enjoy the fire.” 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Brisbane builder Glenn Savage is selling his stunning masterpiece after seven years.His home at 868 Samford Rd, Mitchelton, feels somewhat empty at the moment with only he and his partner living there.Mr Savage, who runs Glenn Savage Building Services, is selling the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home to retire and move to the coast.“This home is far too big for just the two of us,” Mr Savage said.“With the three levels, it’s actually ideal for two families.” 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Mr Savage, who enjoys swimming, said he loved the saltwater swimming pool and so do his family when they visit.He said the main reason for buying the land was the access to a private road.The home features guest quarters which could be perfect for friends, family or visitors who need a place to sleep.last_img read more