The Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, has become somewhat of a mecca for bluegrass musicians and fans alike, consistently bringing together big names and small across the bluegrass scene to join together in collaboration and celebration. One such regular at the festival is Fruition, the five-piece jamgrass outfit from Portland, Oregon, who will be returning to the bluegrass festival slated for July 13th through 16th this summer.Watch Greensky Bluegrass Tear Up “Reverend” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]The folks over at Jamgrass TV have just released a new pro-shot video of the Oregon band’s performance last year at the Northwest String Summit ahead of this year’s festival. In this latest video, Fruition goes into a fiery rendition of “Boil Over,” a song off their 2013 release Just One Of Them Nights. You can watch the group’s performance below as a way to get stoked on Fruition’s return to Horning’s Hideout this summer.Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]Just like in 2016, Fruition is slated to perform two sets across the duration of the Northwest String Summit, along with Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Elephant Revival, Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, Turkuaz, and more. The festival this year will also see a performance by a new all-woman group dubbed Sideboob, which features Fruition’s Mimi Naja along with Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain String Band and Katelyn and Laurie Shook, also known as the Shook Twins. You can head over to Northwest String Summit’s website to get more information about the festival as well as to purchase tickets, as we can tell already that you’re not going to want to miss out this year.Frution, “Boil Over,” Northwest String Summit 2016
A team of six USC Keck School of Medicine students received first place in the annual California Academy of Physician Assistants/ Kaiser Student Medical Challenge Bowl, a competition in which students are quizzed on their medical knowledge. The bowl took place in Palm Springs, Calif., on Oct. 9.Street smarts · Keck students Carrie Kowalski, Ernesto Ruvalcaba and Brittany Coffin accept a $250 award for first place in the competition. – Photo courtesy of Christopher Forest Captain Carrie Kowalski, Brittany Coffin, Ernesto Ruvalcaba, Joelle Gizzi, Melinda Oliver and Lauren Ross competed in the bowl. All six participants are second-year students in the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program, which is a three-year master’s program at Keck.“It is a long-time tradition of USC to participate in this competition. USC won the CAPA bowl trophy last year, so the students wanted to maintain that tradition,” said faculty coach Christopher Forest, an assistant professor at Keck.Before 2009, the last time USC won the bowl was in 1999.Five schools participated, including Western University of Health Sciences and San Joaquin Valley College.The competition was formatted like the show Jeopardy!, and culminated in a final round, Forest said.The students won a trophy and a $250 prize, which was provided by Kaiser Permanente.Team members spent several months studying for the competition.“We prepared individually over the summer and got together every week once school started,” Ruvalcaba said.Any topic in the realm of medicine was fair game for the bowl. In preparing for the competition, the students said they reviewed a considerable amount of material.“It was tough as second-years because we haven’t had all the material, so as we were studying we actually had to study stuff that we hadn’t gone over in class,” Coffin said.The first-place trophy is on display in the student lounge at the USC Physician Assistant Program center in Alhambra. The trophy will be kept there until next year, when it will be presented to winners of the 2011 Student Challenge Bowl.“The students take a lot of pride displaying that trophy in the student lounge area,” Forest said. “It’s something the students aspire to keep.”Coffin said the competition victory is a good way to generate interest in becoming a physician assistant.“I hope that this encourages more people to look into the profession and know that we are well-rounded practitioners and we have a lot of knowledge at our fingertips. It’s good to get the physician assistant career out there in front of people,” Coffin said.