Watch: Dean Ween Group, Mike Dillon & More Rock The Megalomaniacs Ball

first_imgThanks to taper Miggy1970, we can listen to the Dean Ween Group’s “Hot and Sleazy–Warm and Greasy” New Orleans performance:Setlist: Dean Ween Group at The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 4/27/16Set: Dickie Betts, Pandy Fackler, Doo Doo Chasers, Mercedes Benz, Bundle Of Joy, Garry, Are U Experienced*, Excercise Man>A Tear For Eddie, The Rift, She Fucks Me, Fingerbangin’ Encore: Sivad (Miles Davis)*Jimi HendrixMike Dillon pulled extra duty, between his aforementioned sit-in with the headliner; he also brought a pair of his many side projects, including The Illuminaughty and the Punk Rock Percussion Consortium.  Dillon ran from xylophone to drum kit to 10 foot chimes with the mania and mastery he is known for so well. In between book ends of Dillon’s mayhem, The Stanton Moore Trio, a side project for the Galactic drummer, kept the percussive-centric theme going.  Moore even took the stage to help his friend Dillon and the army he had assembled for a couple of tunes.Check out Moore’s sit in with Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion Consortium below:When the lights came up after the end of The Megalomaniacs Ball, the crowd seemed stunned, as if the return to reality were more than they could handle…a fine testament to the beautifully bizarre musical journey they had just endured. The Dean Ween Group whipped a packed Megalomaniacs Ball into a frothing frenzy last night, leading a four band onslaught of massive guitar riffs and what seemed like every kind of drum ever made.  Held at beloved New Orleans venue The Howlin’ Wolf, the Dean Ween Group had plenty of help blowing minds thanks to support acts like Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Illuminaughty Trio, as well as a extra Mike Dillon set thrown in for good measure.With the hoopla surrounding the return of Ween, interest in the band and their music is at an all-time high. Dean and his band, among them fellow Ween member Dave Dreiwitz on bass, had the audience hypnotized with a mixture of dense and distorted psychedelic guitar riffs and a expansive sound that shook the ground itself.  Running through a mix of Ween tunes, and even a well received dark cover of Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?,” left no one in attendance disappointed.Check out a couple of video highlights from the show, including a special Mike Dillon sit-in below:last_img read more

George Porter Jr., Anders Osborne & More Help Bring NOLA Crawfish Fest To A Close [Gallery]

first_imgThe final day of the NOLA Crawfish Fest brought record attendance to the perfect environment in hosting a musical celebration during Jazz Fest’s “daze between” event. Thanks to Shaggy, the NOLA Crawfish King, and NOLA Brewing Company, the three-day gathering brought top to bottom New Orleans experiences, bringing together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, music, and beer the city has to offer.Day One Of The NOLA Crawfish Festival Hosts Neville Jacobs, Honey Island Swamp Band & MoreThe music kicked off with the NOLA Crawfish Fest MVP, featuring Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, and Derwin “Big D” Perkins, who shared two hours of New Orleans-infused funktastic classics and throwbacks. The set included funk staples “Groove Me, “Go Go Juice,” When You Get Back,” and others. Videos to come.Meanwhile, several teams participated in “The Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off,” mixing and broiling their unique crawfish recipes for the judges to taste. The Soul Big Brass band kept the music alive, with special guest Natalie Cressman, while the judges made their way through the contestants. Watch: George Porter Jr., Papa Mali, Billy Iuso & More Highlight Day Two Of NOLA Crawfish FestivalThis year’s celebrity judges included NOLA rockers Anders Osborne and Dave Malone of The Radiators and Raw Oyster Cult, award-winning chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie, renowned chef Kristen Essig, Al Scramuzza the original “Crawfish King”, and Miss Louisiana 2016, Maaliyah Papillion.Congratulation to Sam D’Arcangelo and Zach Stewart for winning The Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off!Legends returned to the Warehouse stage for the “Crawfish Fest All-Stars” featuring George Porter, Jr., Terence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone, and special guest Anders Osborne. A definite highlight from the week, their set included NOLA staples like “Them Changes,” “Crawfish Head,” “I’ll Take You There,” as well as a cover of Prince‘s “Raspberry Beret.” Videos to come.All in all, the NOLA Crawfish Fest was a great success. Attendees were treated to specialty food, beers, and some of the most happening music in town. We can’t wait for next year!Setlist: “Crawfish Fest All-Stars” featuring George Porter, Jr., Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso, Dave Malone, and Anders Osborne, NOLA Crawfish Festival, New Orleans, LA – 4/27/16:Papaya (DM)Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (BI) +George jam +Them changes (GP) +Do or Die (BI) + %Ohio (AO) + %Crawfish head (DM) * % See it through (BI) (w Aria Iuso on Vocals ) * % I’ll Take You There (GP)When you got a Heartache (DM)Raspberry Beret (BI)The Dragon (GP)I Like it Like That (DM)Love Slip Up On Ya ( BI & GP)+ w/ Jason Crosby on Keys % w/ Anders Osborne* w/ Mitch Woods on Keys[Photos courtesy of Sam Shinault] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Watch Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn’s Soulful Banjo Set At World Cafe Live

first_img“Take Me To Harlan”“Over The Divide”[H/T Jambase] The husband and wife duo of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn is renowned globally for their innovative banjo stylings. On the heels of their recent joint album Echo In The Valley, Fleck and Washburn took to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 16th to perform at World Cafe Live for a segment broadcast on WXPN. Earlier this week, World Cafe released video of the session, including videos of “Take Me To Harlan” and “Over The Divide”.Husband-And-Wife Banjo Duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Debut Steamy New Music Video [Watch]Both tunes are off their recent release Echo In The Valley, which marks the duo’s second collaborative album together. Washburn provided the lead vocals for both numbers, with both playing banjo on “Over The Divide” while only Fleck played banjo for “Take Me To Harlan” (during this number, Washburn tap-danced for the crowd in addition to singing). You can watch Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s entire World Cafe Session via the World Cafe website, or check out two videos from the performance below.Watch Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Daze & Amuse Suwannee Roots RevivalThose who want to catch Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck in action can catch them at the upcoming destination concert get-away hosted by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds from January 12 through 14th, 2018, in Riviera Maya, Mexico. For more information about the concert series, which will also see performances by Brandi Carlile and Joseph, check out the event’s website here.last_img read more

Elton John To Retire After 300-Date Global Tour

first_imgLater on in 2018, the prolific musician Elton John has announced he will retire from touring with an extensive 300-date tour dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” John revealed these plans, including a massive global farewell tour, which will likely span through to 2021, on Wednesday during an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.At 70 years old, John explained his reasoning behind his farewell, noting, “My priorities have changed in my life. … My priorities now are my children, my husband, my family. I thought the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.”As reported by Consequence of Sound, “John stressed that his decision to retire has nothing to do with his health (last year, he was forced to cancel several concerts after contracting a rare bacterial infection).” The outlet noted that to reiterate this point, John explained his upcoming farewell tour’s massive route will see the singer and songwriter perform 300 shows on pretty much every continent. After elaborating on the tour, John noted, “That doesn’t sound like someone who is in poor health to me.”Though the tour is likely to continue for years, John noted that once the tour is over, he’ll be done for good. As John explained, “I’m not going to say I’m retiring and then do a world tour. I’m not Cher.”[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Doctors Seek Aid From Business Schools

first_imgDr. Barton is one of 68 students enrolled in Harvard Business School’s Managing Health Care Delivery, a $22,000 non-degree program that launched in October and consists of three one-week courses spread out over nine months. The program is designed to get participants thinking critically about ways to improve day-to-day processes and encourage staff to work together productively.Read more here (The Wall Street Journal)last_img

Dartmouth-Hitchcock ranked among America’s best hospitals by US News

first_imgDartmouth-Hitchcock has again been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010-11 Best Hospitals, online at is external) and featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands July 27.Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties. For the fourth straight year and for the eighth time since 1995, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been recognized for its care in Gynecology.”Dartmouth-Hitchcock is pleased to once again be recognized among America’s best health care institutions,” says Nancy Formella, M.S.N., R.N., co-president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. “This recognition is a fitting acknowledgement of the excellent care our nurses, physicians and other clinical staff provide each and every patient. Our commitment to providing the highest quality, compassionate care is recognized every single day, but having this prestigious honor is a meaningful achievement.’Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides comprehensive services for women throughout New Hampshire and eastern Vermont including general gynecology, obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology and reproductive pelvic surgery. Physician specialists from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon also see patients at Dartmouth-Hitchcock practices in Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH.‘I am honored to be part of such a talented team that delivers outstanding care for the entire spectrum of gynecologic issues,’ says Dr. Richard Reindollar, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ‘We are committed to improving the lives of women in our communities and training the next generation of world-class gynecologic specialists.’Dartmouth-Hitchcock is New Hampshire’s only academic medical center. Internationally renowned, nationally ranked, and regionally respected, Dartmouth-Hitchcock integrates high-quality patient care, advanced medical education, and translational research to provide a full spectrum of health care.”Across Dartmouth-Hitchcock, our focus in on providing patient-centered care that is truly value-based: high-quality, safe, and effective,’ notes Dartmouth-Hitchcock co-president Dr. James N. Weinstein.‘Although our patients are the ultimate and most important judges of our performance, it is gratifying to have this national recognition by U.S. News. I am especially pleased for the physicians and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, whose high standards of excellence have resulted in this honor.”The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties–ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology–hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.‘When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you,’ said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. ‘These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out.’Source: D-H. 7.15.2010last_img read more

The Guerrillas’ Child Armies

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2011 It is incredible that situations like this, which harm our children, are happening in this day and age. So, what’s going on with the International Organizations that were created to defend and protect children? Why aren’t they vigorously performing their work? Growing abuses by the Shining Path in Peru In Peru, the outlook is equally as bleak, with the recruitment of minors showing a similar rising trend despite the Convention on the Rights of the Child having been in effect since 1990. In addition, Peru is a signatory of the optional Protocol on the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerning child participation in armed conflicts, promoted by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Despite these agreements, terrorist groups ignore these international protections. The Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path, or SL, has approximately 300 people captive, including more than 70 children, according to the intelligence directorate of the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior. Various media in the country have also reported extensively on cases of SL kidnapping children. These children are abducted from their homes in Andean towns and forced to live in the jungle around the valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or vRAE, to be indoctrinated into the Maoist ideology and terrorist activities, according to Peruvian news site RPP Noticias. The articles and videos show children marching in unison to the sound of Maoist chants, while carrying weapons bigger than they are. In January of 2010, a joint operation between the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command, or CCFFAA, and the VRAE Special Command resulted in the rescue of a 9-year-old child from the hands of a SL camp in the VRAE. “Carlitos,” whose real identity has been protected, was found in extremely poor condition, having endured more than three years of physical and mental torture while in captivity. His body showed the marks of brutal beatings and burns to his feet and hands, inflicted by a SL militant known as “Camarada Sergio,” who was also captured during the operation. CCFFAA authorities transferred the boy to a children’s home run by the National Comprehensive Program for Family Welfare, or INABIF, since he did not know who his family was or where he came from. The home ordered that the boy receive urgent psychological care to treat the after effects of his experiences. In a TV report by Punto Final, INABIF psychologist Gianfranco vacchelli explained that Carlitos couldn’t put his experiences into words when he arrived, though he managed to depict them in drawings. The color red (for blood) was prominent in his drawings, which showed machetes and mutilated children, as well as images of his kidnapper killing another child and cutting off his limbs. Given the national outcry against the recruitment of minors in the country, UNICEF condemned illegal armed forces for their exploitation of minors, the international NGO Corresponsal de Paz (Correspondent of Peace) reported. In addition, in support of the VRAE Special Command, CCFFAA launched a campaign to rescue children kidnapped by SL. While U.N. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflicts Radhika Coomaraswamy declared in September 2009 that there were some 250,000 minors involved in conflicts around the world, the NGO Save the Children estimates that today there are some 300,000 child soldiers in Latin America alone. Likewise, Coomaraswamy emphasized that governments, international agencies and nonstate actors have made relative progress in preventing the use of minors by terrorist groups and militias and that they are now more aware of the problems associated with the protection of minors in situations of conflict. In 2000, the U.N. General Assembly approved the optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflicts. While in 2005, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 1612 on reporting violations of children’s rights in armed conflicts. In a speech to the U.N. Security Council in April 2009, U.N. Secretary-General Bam Ki-moon called for compliance with the international humanitarian law for the protection of minors and for all civilians. He highlighted the need to hold violators responsible: “We must send a resounding message to the world that those who commit vicious crimes against children in conflict situations will be brought to justice,” he stated. The message is clear: New solutions are needed to counter the threats to children in conflict areas. Raising awareness, improving legal mechanisms and tools do not necessarily lead to actual change, said Coomaraswamy, who emphasized the need for action. “We have created national and international frameworks to protect the rights of children — now we need to implement them,” she said. The internal armed conflict in Colombia is increasingly destroying the lives of children, according to nongovernmental organizations working to protect minors in the country. The guerrilla war being carried out by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is not only affecting the livelihood of children in the remote areas where it operates, it is also enlisting them into its ranks as child soldiers. Likewise, the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path follows similar practices, abusing Peruvian children through recruitment and violence. Seventeen thousand minors are involved in the conflict in 2011 according to Nuestra niñez Tarea sin fin (Our Children an Endless Task), a Colombian non-governmental organization, or NGO. Another NGO, the International Tribunal for Children affected by War and Poverty, estimates that 6,000 to 11,000 minors in Colombia were enlisted as child soldiers in 2009. Half are believed to be among the ranks of the FARC. “They are using children as young as 6 for intelligence work, laying anti-personnel mines and transporting explosives,” said Sergio Tapia, director of the State’s tribunal. These figures put Colombia in fifth place among countries where illegal armed forces recruit minors, according to Colombian magazine Cambio. Figures from the Colombian Humanitarian Aid for the Demobilized Program, or PAHD, however, reveal that the average recruitment age in the country is actually between 6 and 14 years old. According to León valencia, director of the NGO Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris (New Rainbow Corporation), terrorist groups are recruiting these youngsters to offset their militant casualties and defections. “New narco-paramilitaries need cheaper labor, and the easiest to exploit, use and discard are children,” according to a report by Colombian NGO Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento (Human Rights and Displacement Consultancy). The fact that these youngsters come from social backgrounds with little or no opportunities influences their decision to join the guerrilla ranks, seeing it as their only option for escape. Natalia Springer, a Colombian political analyst, reveals in the analysis “Combatant Prisoners” that more than 70 percent of demobilized minors interviewed confirmed having had no access to land, education or money in order to create a future for themselves. In fact, more than 80 percent of those interviewed stated that they received only a very basic formal education before joining the guerrillas. “The simple fact of living in an area of violence, being in a dysfunctional family environment subject to poverty, displacement and conflict over wealth, make children easy prey for war,” said Springer. A related consequence of recruitment is the forced prostitution of girls, Mauricio Romero of the New Rainbow Corporation stated in a report published in the Colombian magazine Semana. According to the ombudsman’s office of Colombia, 92 percent of girls who become pregnant while part of the guerrilla organizations are forced to have abortions. In a video published by the Colombian Ministry of Defense, a demobilized girl, with her face covered to protect her identity, said she joined the ranks of the FARC before the age of 14 and described the abuses she suffered. “There were these three guys, and the three of them grabbed me and raped me,’’ she said Later, she added, “They injected me with something and I started to feel these really horrible, horrible pains,” she said. “I started bleeding, I got ill … then they took me to a room where they performed an abortion on me. That’s nothing … after they took out the baby, they punished me severely.” Despite agreements signed in the late 1990s by the illegal Colombian armed groups the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and the FARC promising not to recruit minors under the age of 16 and 15, respectively, reports show that this practice not only continues but also is on the rise. last_img read more

Good governance: the tipping point

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s credit union boards, while continuing to be faced with fiduciary issues of safety and soundness, are finding strategic choices more daunting, uncertain, and shifting frequently.While this may sound like a relatively small shift, the 2002 book, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Difference,” points out that it is usually a small thing, piled on top of many other small things, that causes a big shift to happen. And indeed, credit union governance is at a tipping point: Today’s volunteer must become tomorrow’s trustee—a strategic asset to the enterprise.To become more strategic, boards need to develop a profile of the types of experiences, background and competencies they believe the CU board will need over the next five years. This will include, but certainly not be limited to, having fiduciary knowledge. In addition, simply being a passionate member won’t be enough. It’s not that passion and commitment to the cooperative movement is not valuable; it’s that it’s insufficient to maintain the nimble, timely and strategic progress credit unions will need in the next decade. continue reading »last_img read more

ICYMI: WBNG’s Morning Round-up (August 7)

first_img(WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about an early-morning shooting police are investigating in Conklin, a new lawsuit filed against the City of Binghamton and the Binghamton Police Department and much more. Click here for information on the shooting investigation in Conklin. For more information about the lawsuit NY Attorney General Letitia James has filed against the NRA click here.last_img

Top hopefuls Buttigieg, Sanders under fire in Democratic debate

first_img“How much is it going to cost?” Biden asked about Sanders’s Medicare for All bill which estimates the project would cost tens of trillions of dollars. “Who do you think is going get that passed” in Congress? Biden performed more aggressively than in previous showings, seizing a chance to argue that today’s global tensions required an experienced statesman to guide the nation out of a dark period.Despite the Iowa setback he also made plain he still views himself as best placed to mount a centrist challenge to the Republican Trump, who this week survived an impeachment trial that did little to dent his electoral support. A national unknown one year ago, Buttigieg has run an ambitious campaign that resonated with voters who appreciate his articulate explanations of policy.But rivals including Senator Amy Klobuchar argued Buttigieg is an untested novice on the world stage.”We have a newcomer in the White House, and look where it got us,” she said in a gibe at both Buttigieg and Trump.Buttigieg draws on his experience as a military veteran to cast himself as a credible commander-in-chief.And he advanced his central argument for generational change as the best way to take on the nation’s tests. “The biggest risk we could take at a time like this would be to go up against the fundamentally new challenge by trying to fall back on the familiar,” Buttigieg said.- ‘Trump’s worst nightmare’ -Also onstage in New Hampshire were Senator Elizabeth Warren, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.Klobuchar, a pragmatist from Minnesota, put in a forceful performance as she voiced her opposition to Sanders and Warren, arguing their liberal plans would only divide voters.”Truthfully, Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is a candidate that will bring people in from the middle,” she said.While Biden held his own, he acknowledged he was fighting an uphill battle in the first two voting states.”I took the hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take it here,” he said, in apparent recognition that Sanders is likely to win New Hampshire, which borders his home state of Vermont.Democratic tensions have simmered as the party struggles to decide whether to take incremental progressive steps or a more radical turn as proposed by self-declared democratic socialist Sanders.At one point candidates were asked whether they would be concerned should a democratic socialist win the nomination. Klobuchar and others raised their hands. As the seven debaters clashed, another candidate loomed in the background.Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg chose to ignore the early nominating contests and has spent heavily on advertising, hoping to make a splash on “Super Tuesday” on March 3, when 14 states vote.Warren, who calls for an end to the “corruption” of Washington, lashed out against Bloomberg — but also Buttigieg — who has raised large sums from wealthy donors.”I don’t think anyone ought to be able to buy their way into a nomination or being president,” she said. “I don’t think any billionaire ought to be able to do it and I don’t think people who suck up to billionaires in order to fund their campaigns ought to be able to do it.”After New Hampshire, the candidates turn to Nevada on February 22, South Carolina on February 29 and then Super Tuesday.Topics : “I don’t have 40 billionaires, Pete, contributing to my campaign,” Sanders said.Buttigieg and Sanders finished atop the pack earlier this week in Iowa’s chaotic caucuses, and both hope to renew the performance Tuesday in New Hampshire, as the Democratic Party seeks to pick a challenger to Trump in November.But Sanders, a veteran senator calling for “political revolution,” was in the firing line from several rivals, including former vice president and fellow septuagenarian Joe Biden who branded his policies too radical to unite Americans.The 77-year-old Biden, fighting to keep his White House hopes alive after finishing an unnerving fourth in Iowa, insisted liberal policies like Sanders’s flagship universal health care plan would be too divisive, expensive and difficult to get through Congress.  White House hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg — riding neck-and-neck in the polls ahead of the next Democratic primary contest — come under sustained attack on the debate stage from rivals seeking to challenge Donald Trump in November.Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who at 38 is a fresh face on the national stage, defended himself against charges of inexperience and, in a dig at Sanders, urged Americans to elevate a nominee who will “leave the politics of the past in the past.”The 78-year-old leftist Sanders, eyeing the moderate Buttigieg as his possible chief adversary, aimed his own shots at his far younger rival in the Manchester, New Hampshire debate — casting him as the candidate of Wall Street.last_img read more