John Mayer Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead On Night 5 Of Fall Ball [Photos/Videos]

first_imgWatch “New Minglewood Blues,” thanks to LazyLightning55a:Watch John Mayer’s guitar solo for “Such A Night” below, courtesy of Dianna Hank:Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein!Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17Set One (9:36PM – 11:30PM)Jam @ ->Greatest Story Ever Told # >CandymanFeel Like A Stranger $Loser % ->Crazy FingersCosmic Charlie (SM/JR) ^ ->Jam ->Althea &Set Two (11:36PM – 1:24AM)Jam * ->Here Comes Sunshine + ->New Minglewood Blues @@Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion >Jam ## ->Lazy Lightning $$ ->China Doll %% (TH) ->Marco Solo ->There is a Mountain ^^ ->I Know You RiderENC:Marco Solo ->Such A Night & ->Franklin’s Tower &@ – With The Wheel Teases (Band)# – With an Unknown Tease (MB) and The Wheel Teases (TH)$ – With a “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Tease (either SM or TH)% – With a “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica) Tease (TH)^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead& – With John Mayer on Guitar* – With “Serpentine Fire (Earth, Wind & Fire) Teases & China Cat Teases (Band). With John Mayer on Guitar+ – With a Marco Solo that included a Cosmic Charlie Tease. With John Mayer on [email protected]@ – With a West LA Fadeaway Tease (MB). With John Mayer on Guitar## – With teases / jams of Uncle John’s, “Jolene” (American Babies), Ruben & Cerise, Playin in the Band & The Wheel if not more$$ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016.02.14 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT, a gap of 57 shows%% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, with teases of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin), “Run Like Hell” (Pink Floyd) & something else that I can’t read from my notes :/^^ – Donovan cover, very short, just the ChorusJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images On the fifth night of “Fall Ball,” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcomed a familiar face to the stage, the one and only John Mayer. Almost exactly a year after their first-ever collaboration, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger welcomed the Dead & Company guitarist and vocalist to close the first set with an 18+ minute “Althea.” Appropriately, fans were giddy in shock and awe as the guitarists traded licks and smiles, but interestingly not vocals.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Busts Out Rare Radiohead Cover During A Wild Night 4 At Brooklyn BowlJohn Mayer returned to the stage for a scorching second set, joining the band in true jam fashion that eventually segued into “Here Comes Sunshine” and “New Minglewood Blues.” Watching the guest guitarist perform alongside the Grateful Dead reinventors brought true joy to those in attendance—as the band before the audience’s eyes is, by definition, a direct result of the music-loving souls in that very room. The Fall Ball is the Autumnal cousin of the annual Freak’s Ball, organized by the famous Freaks List of New York. The Almost Dead originally formed as a one-off band for the 2013 edition of the long-running Freaks Ball, and the band holds a special relationship with the group of fans who helped mold them. It’s only appropriate that the band still successfully exists, selling out show after show, welcoming an impressive roster of Grateful Dead, and company, members along the way—and that we get to celebrate the fact together at this semi-annual shindig.The second set continued in high gear, with the rebirth of “Lazy Lightning,” which had not been played by the Almost Dead since Valentines Day of 2016 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT. The quintet also debuted their version of “China Doll,” with teases of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter” and Pink Floyd‘s “Run Like Hell.” The second set closed with an enormous “I Know You Rider,” before the band and their special guest returned for another satisfying encore. After a beautiful piano solo from Marco, the band and Mayer delivered a soul-stirring version of Dr. John‘s “Such A Night” before closing Friday night with a huge “Franklin’s Tower.” While John Mayer’s sit-in was certainly appreciated, JRAD fans agree that the core five are best influenced by their own synergy. Part of what makes the band so special is their intention to launch songs with surprise twists and turns, and their ability to do that is severely limited by an “other” on the stage. Despite that fact, we’ll welcome John Mayer’s May-RAD any time—or at the very least, once a year.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns to the stage tonight for their sixth and final sold-out night of Fall Ball at the Brooklyn Bowl.Watch “Althea” below, courtesy of TimeZonerTV:Thanks to Moni Hampton, you can watch “Here Comes Sunshine” and “Franklin’s Tower” below:last_img read more

Notre Dame alumni produce one-man show highlighting the life of Fr. Sorin

first_imgIn 1842, 28-year old Fr. Edward Sorin arrived in Indiana with his Holy Cross brothers — none of whom spoke a word of English — and founded Notre Dame.175 years later, four University graduates — director Patrick Vassel (’07), playwright Christina Telesca Gorman (’91), projection designer Ryan Belock (’11) and actor Matthew Goodrich (’09) —  banded together with the development office to create a masterpiece that would tell the story of Notre Dame through Sorin’s story. At 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, the first performance of the one man play “Sorin: A Notre Dame Story” will open in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. “For as much lore and history and tradition as we have at Notre Dame, there’s a lot about our founder that people just don’t know,” Vassel, who is also currently involved in “Hamilton,” said.Goodrich, who will take on the role of the University patriarch, said he agrees.“I don’t think I knew anything about Sorin [when I was a student] other than that there was a dorm named after him, and that if I wasn’t in Zahm I probably wanted to be in Sorin — but Zahm was better,” Goodrich said.  “Everyone thinks of him as the old patriarch that we see on the statue on God Quad, but he was a young man when he got here and had tenacity and fire and vision. And he carried that through his life.”From the beginning stages of development for the play, those involved thought a one-man show would best capture the essence of the Notre Dame story as well as give people the opportunity to “spend an evening with Fr. Sorin,” Vassel said. “Some of the first conversations we had was, ‘a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton sounds like a crazy idea. A one-man play about Fr. Sorin also sounds like a crazy idea,’” Vassel said. “Both, I think, turned out to be quite smart and effective.”Despite there being only one actor in the show, it is a full scale production, Goodrich said. The story follows Sorin’s life from his childhood in France to his eventual death.“The concept of the show is that he’s speaking to God the entire time,” Goodrich said. “It’s one long prayer.”To prepare to take on the role, Goodrich read Marvin O’Connell’s lengthy biography of Sorin, as well as Sorin’s first-hand chronicles. Goodrich said he also spent a lot of time with the priests and brothers of Holy Cross on campus to learn about the community that Sorin spent most of his life in. “It was important to me to understand what their conception of Fr. Sorin was because they’re closest to him,” Goodrich said. “They actually do know the history and the lore. I wanted to get what they all thought and how they perceived Sorin in their minds so that I could harness that and use it in my portrayal.”Gorman — who got her start in theater as a stage manager during her undergraduate years at Notre Dame — also utilized O’Connell’s biography, painstakingly searched archives with the help of experts from the Hesburgh Library and pulled together all of the stories that people have told of the founder over the years to write the script. “I concentrated on the parts of Sorin’s life that led to the creation of Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s the story of Notre Dame as told by Fr. Sorin.”Throughout the play, there will be three screens on stage showing many of the documents and photos Gorman found in her research in order to help audiences better envision Sorin’s journeys all over the world and see what he saw, Vassel said.Belock arranged the visual elements digitally using QLab software.  He said he thinks of the projections as Goodrich’s scene partner.“Projections are really useful to get in someone’s head on stage,” Belock said. “Not only are we showing the physical journey that Fr. Sorin took, we are showing the journey of his mind and his soul and his heart.”Vassel said he believes Sorin’s story — that of an immigrant — is a prime example of the Notre Dame spirit of finding a way to do the seemingly impossible. He said he hopes everyone can walk away from the play moved, having learned something about the university that they didn’t know before.“I hope the experience is of a fantastic night at the theater, a fantastic play,” Vassel said. “And for anyone — a student or alum or part of the Notre Dame community — to really have a better appreciation and understanding of the founder of the University and a better understanding of the real story of Notre Dame through the story of Fr. Sorin.” Tags: Father Sorin, one man show, performancelast_img read more

Former Manchester United striker Bebe likens himself to Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img Ronaldo is also a Portuguese ex-United forward – and the parallels between the two men would appear to end there. Bebe’s stint with the club began in the summer of 2010 – a year on from Ronaldo having departed as one of their greatest ever players – and he went on to make only seven appearances for the Red Devils, scoring two goals, before leaving in 2014. Former Manchester United striker Bebe has raised some eyebrows after suggesting his game has similarities with that of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 25-year-old cost a reported £7million from Vitoria de Guimaraes, spent time on loan from United at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira and is widely regarded as one of the worst signings in the Old Trafford outfit’s history. His next stop was Benfica, from whom he is now on loan at Rayo Vallecano. And in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Bebe said when asked who his idol was: “(Didier) Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese. “I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style, he’s definitely a favourite.” Bebe admits he initially thought it was a “joke” when he heard United wanted to sign him and that it was “insane” being one of their players – but insists he enjoyed the experience. “It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” he said. “One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it. “It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.” He added: “I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength… but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Uncertainty surrounds spring for secondary

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoWatching the Wisconsin Badgers’ secondary these days, it’s hard not to glance at the team’s roster. After years of watching Scott Starks’ signature “2” streaking down the sidelines with the Big Ten’s best and seeing the familiar “18” of Jimmy Leonhard’s jersey deftly hovering in center field, this spring’s squad is far from familiar.The Badgers lost three of their four starters in the defensive backfield from last season (Starks, Leonhard and safety Robert Brooks), with senior Brett Bell as the only returning starter. So with three starting positions, and possibly four depending on the return of Bell — who is sitting out the spring season while he recovers from knee surgery — this year’s spring practice has had a bit more excitement in the secondary than last year’s workouts.“Right now we don’t have a starter,” defensive backs coach Ron Lee said. “We’re going through the whole process, and we won’t have a starter until we line up against Bowling Green. So right now I’m just looking to see what group works the best together.”Tentatively, next season’s starters look like juniors Roderick Rodgers and Johnny White at free and strong safety, respectively. Seniors Levonne Rowan and Bell, whom head coach Barry Alvarez believes will be back in time for the fall season, have the early claims to the cornerback spots. But Lee is quick to caution that these positions are in no way locked up.While both Rogers (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) and White (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) possess ideal size for their positions, something lacking from last year’s pairing, the duo will receive tough challenges from fellow classmates Zach Hampton and Joe Stellmacher.At 5-foot-10, 178 pounds, Hampton isn’t as physically imposing as Rogers, but his effort has coaches enamored. Hampton has seen most of his playing time on special teams the last two seasons and in his first serious bid for defensive playing time has shown flashes of good decision-making on the second-team defense throughout spring ball.On the other hand, Stellmacher has been a solid member of Wisconsin’s defense the last two seasons. After a broken leg prematurely ended his freshman campaign, Stellmacher returned last season and played in every contest for the Badgers. Another hard-working player, Stellmacher’s experience will likely give him a boost in the battle for playing time.But while the top four safeties have all seen a solid amount of action, the same cannot be said of the cornerbacks, where Rowan is the only player with any significant playing experience.With Bell watching from the sidelines, Allen Langford has quickly become a favorite of the coaching staff. The Detroit native’s tenacity and nose for the ball has earned him the majority of reps with the first-team defense. In retrospect, Langford credits his spring success to his ability to practice with his older teammates.“Looking back at [redshirting] now, it definitely was a positive, and … I understand things a lot better now. But I still wanted to play last year,” Langford said. “I just learned from the older guys, Sparky, Jimmy. I just learned from them in the meetings and stuff like that. I still got to travel so I appreciated traveling and it just let me get a feel for everything.”But Langford is not the only freshman defensive back earning the respect of his coaches. Jack Ikegwuonu, also a redshirt freshman, is also earning his ways toward the top of the depth chart. Ikegwuonu has seen most of his playing time this spring with the second-team defense, where he’s been solid against the Badgers’ receivers.At 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, Ikegwuonu possesses the ideal size for the position, an asset against the Big Ten’s bevy of tall receivers. Yet the Madison native believes that it will be the mental aspect of his game more than his physical attributes that will help him find his way on the field.“If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can be the best athlete and it still looks like you’re the worst athlete,” Ikegwuonu said. “I think that a lot of the guys in the past that had success here, they’ve been students of the game. And I think that’s what it’s going to take for me to be successful here.”Coaches are just as excited with the pair’s progress as the players are themselves,” Lee said about the duo. “I feel especially comfortable with Langford right now, and Ikegwuonu.”“I think Jack Ikegwuonu has really done a lot of good things,” Alvarez added. “I think he’s got a very bright future, makes plays every practice and has a lot of ability. Allen Langford I think really had an especially good practice. Those two guys have really stepped up and jumped out at me.”last_img read more

Shaw’s heroism should be praised

first_imgUPDATE: This column ran in the Aug. 26 print edition of the Daily Trojan, prior to the development of new information regarding senior cornerback Josh Shaw’s injury. For up-to-the-minute information on the developing story, please click here and subscribe to the Daily Trojan Twitter account (@DailyTrojan).When news broke that senior cornerback Josh Shaw suffered two high ankle sprains after saving his nephew, my first reaction was, admittedly, a bit selfish. “Oh, hell no.” Because let’s be real: Nickell Robey isn’t walking through that door. The Trojans have a legitimate monster at safety in sophomore Su’a Cravens, but Shaw’s potential at cornerback was intriguing and the Florida transfer was turning heads with his play late last season. High ankle sprains don’t have the most encouraging prognoses, and Shaw could miss a large, important chunk of what was supposed to be a potential playoff berth season.Shaw should not be blamed for his heroic action, but the Trojans will face some of its stiffest competition in the early going. The Trojans will face Stanford in week two, Oregon State in week four and pass-happy Taylor Kelly and the ASU Sun Devils in week five.Shaw’s experience was a major factor in the upset of Stanford last season and his interception in the second quarter against Oregon State at the Trojans’ 16-yard line prevented a would-be scoring drive for the Beavers and shifted the momentum of the game completely in the Trojans’ favor.Let’s not forget that Shaw was a potential NFL Draft prospect, going into a make-or-break season for his draft stock that could have put him in contention for a roster spot at the professional level. This season was to be his litmus test, a way to more firmly entrench him in the minds of scouts as a corner who can use his physicality and ball skills to overcome any shortcomings in his quickness.Which is why my second reaction to the news of Shaw spraining his ankle was mostly sadness. He will be known as the player who sacrificed his final season of eligibility because he had to save his nephew from drowning.It’s impossible to blame Shaw for saving his nephew and forgetting himself for a brief moment — after all, most decent human beings faced with the situation would have done the same thing. There was no time for Shaw to perform a cost-benefit analysis of saving his nephew, or to gauge the risk of injury. He simply knew the right thing to do and did it.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian testified to Shaw’s character, calling the rescue effort a “heroic act” and saying “that’s the kind of person [Shaw] is.” Shaw told ESPN that he wouldn’t have done anything differently.Shaw initially transferred from a BCS bowl-contending Florida team to Los Angeles on a hardship waiver. In an interview with, Shaw explained that his grandfather’s failing health wasn’t his only reason for transferring to USC — his father was about to go undergo reconstructive knee surgery while working two jobs to support the family.“He’s helping out with my grandparents’ house and his own house, so if he can’t work, it really affects the family,” Shaw told in 2012. “It means we could end up losing our house. So I had to come home and help out with the family business in the meantime.”After returning home to Palmdale, California, Shaw had to choose between two schools: UCLA and USC. It’s a testament to the recruiting efforts of former Tennessee offensive line coach and current USC offensive line coach James Cregg that Shaw was pulled from clutches of that other school across town to ensure he suited up for USC.Call me cheesy, but it feels like Shaw was fated to be a Trojan. His commitment and extraordinary loyalty to his family manifested not once, but twice in very public situations. His absence this season is a severe blow to an already thin USC secondary, but the Trojan faithful should instead take heart. A man dedicated to his family, putting others above himself and fighting on through rehab in the face of significant adversity despite sustaining an injury is not just the making of an inspiring viral story.  It’s the actions of a man who just set an example for the entire Trojan community. Josh Shaw chose USC and never looked back — and I, as a member of the Trojan family, cannot be more proud to be in his company.  Euno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time it is,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers not concerned with recent losing ways

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers entered their Christmas night game against the visiting Golden State Warriors having lost three of their past four and five of eight. Coach Doc Rivers was asked before tipoff about his level of concern in that regard.“Zero … I think our team’s fine,” he said.Rivers was reminded that it was only over the past week that he said he believed his team was about to get on another roll — it won nine consecutive games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 10.“Yeah, I believe that,” Rivers said. “I do. It’s going to come. I don’t know when, but I like the way we’re starting to play. … The Denver loss (on Dec. 19), I throw that out. But the other two losses, you don’t get anything from losing, but I just like the way we’re playing. “I think we’re getting close in a lot of areas. At the end of the day, you know, it’s at the end of the year when you want to be playing right.” Rivers said sometimes a team has to take some hits to get better.“And we’re willing to take those,” he said. “we’re going through that now.”Rivers did admit that his team is still failing to play well defensively, especially at the outset of games.Were Warriors looking ahead?center_img Warriors coach Steve Kerr, before Tuesday’s 115-105 loss to the Lakers, talked about how well things have gone for his team during not only his first year at the helm, but his first year as a head coach. “I count my blessings every day,” said Kerr, whose team was an NBA-best 23-4 prior to Christmas night. “I’ve been in the NBA — I think it’s 26 years in some capacity — so I’m well aware that when an opportunity like this comes along, you have to savor it, savor the people around you and the good fortune.”His team was then routed — the Lakers led by 22 points entering the fourth quarter — by a poor Lakers team that was missing Kobe Bryant.Considering the Clippers and Warriors have become a rather heated rivalry, Kerr was queried prior to tip-off Christmas night as to whether his team was looking ahead to the Clippers.“I don’t think so,” he said. “We didn’t have any energy, we didn’t bring it, we weren’t ready. I don’t think it had anything to do with looking ahead to this game. I think it was maybe a natural letdown, you know, back-to-back; we’ve had a lot of games.“We probably thought we were a little better than we were. Kobe doesn’t play and we let our guard down, for sure. But we weren’t ready and they laid it on us and we got what we deserved.”Kerr likes to splice film of movies and other sporting events into a game film to “keep things light.” He was asked if he did that with the film of that Lakers game.“No, we flushed that one down the toilet … literally,” he said, drawing laughter from reporters.This and thatDeAndre Jordan’s 15 points and 22 rebounds in Tuesday’s 107-104 loss at Atlanta was his 13th double-double of the season. The 22 rebounds were the most the Hawks have allowed a player this season. … Blake Griffin posted his ninth double-double of the season in the same game, with 21 points and 11 assists. … The Clippers were 4-12 in Christmas Day games before Thursday. … The game at Atlanta was the Clippers’ fourth game in five nights, with all the games being played in different time zones — at Denver, vs. Milwaukee, at San Antonio and at Atlanta. No other NBA team will endure that this season and the last team to do that was Memphis in Jan. 2010. … Rivers said he still didn’t have a timetable for the return of backup post Spencer Hawes (knee), who had missed the past seven games. Rivers said Hawes is getting close, and Hawes was on the court shooting pre-game.last_img read more