Watch Full Sets From The Nth Power And Jen Hartswick On ‘Jenth Power Tour’ Opening Night

first_imgPowerhouse quintet The Nth Power and esteemed jazz vocalist and trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) opened a five-show run together at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT last night. Dubbed the “Jenth Power Tour,” Hartswick and her band featuring keyboardist Rob Marscher, bassist Dezron Douglas as well as Nth Power members drummer Nikki Glaspie and guitarist Nick Cassarino opened the evening’s festivities with several selections from Hartswick’s upcoming new album before giving way to the Nth Power’s set.Hartswick’s ties with the Nth Power run deep, as it was her late night show at Jazz Fest in 2012 that first breathed life into the band that now includes Glaspie, Cassarino, bass player Nate Edgar, West African master percussionist Weedie Braimah and keyboardist Courtney “Jay-Mel” Smith. During last night’s performance at The Acoustic, the Nth Power ran through several songs from the band’s soulful 2015 album Abundance, including “Walk On Water,” “Soul Survivor,” “Right Now” and “Holy Rain.” In addition, Glaspie dedicated the encore to Daryl Coley, an acclaimed gospel singer who had died earlier in the day.Watch complete show footage of the Jennifer Hartswick Band and The Nth Power last night via TheAcoustic:Be sure to catch The Nth Power at Fool’s Paradise, hosted by Lettuce, from April 1-2 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce and The Nth Power will perform, alongside GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Info can be found here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Arte Moreno says Angels are ‘thinking about’ an extension for Mike Trout, but there’s no urgency

first_img After a big offseason, Angels bring improved roster to spring training Shohei Ohtani’s first official BP with Angels shows he can perform under pressure He said this year the team is projected to make a profit again – no doubt in part because of the appeal of Ohtani – and he is open to spending more on a trade later in the season.“I always try to have some kind of room,” he said.The Angels’ current payroll, including bonuses and benefits, is around $175 million, for purposes of the luxury tax. The threshold is $197 million. Their actual payroll is about $187 million, because players like Trout and Albert Pujols are making significantly more than the average annual value of their deals this year.“If we went through the threshold a few years ago, we would have lost $30 million to $40 million,” Moreno said. “The reality is, if we start losing $30-$40 million a year, you’re economically out of business.” Angels Notes: Six-man rotation plans remain flexible In first week with Angels, Shohei Ohtani is making an impression on his teammates Shohei Ohtani: Who is the Angels’ new guy? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The number of teams “tanking,” as well as those who have simply decided to be more frugal in the free agent market, has led to some accusations from players that clubs are not negotiating in good faith. The word “collusion” has even been used.Moreno, however, indicated that some players are simply asking for too much.“People are sitting out there with offers on the table but they’re not taking them because the numbers aren’t big enough,” Moreno said.The Angels, he added, have actually lost money each of the last two years, for the first time since he bought the team in 2003. Moreno said that, even though the attendance has continued to be over 3 million each year, dynamic pricing means they don’t make as much money from that attendance in years when the demand is low.“We may draw 3 million, but they may be with $10 tickets,” Moreno said.Last year, the Angels also added about $5 million in payroll, he said, when they decided to trade for Upton and Brandon Phillips to make a playoff push.Related Articles Will Shohei Ohtani’s success in Japan continue with Angels? Former teammates, Japanese baseball officials think so TEMPE, Ariz. — After watching Shohei Ohtani go through his first bullpen session with the Angels, Arte Moreno confronted a question about his other star.Mike Trout has three years left on his deal, which is already prompting some to wonder when it’s time to talk about an extension.“Let’s put it this way, it’s always in our minds,” Moreno said while standing near the practice fields during Thursday’s workout. “We’re always thinking about it. If you look at long-term plans, you’re always trying to position yourself properly.”Moreno wouldn’t say if any talks have begun with Trout, but he added that there’s no time pressure at the moment. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani not satisfied with his first bullpen session but Martin Maldonado is impressed “We try not to do anything in an urgent way,” Moreno said. “We don’t think that’s a good way to do business. We look at three- to five-year periods in payroll, who’s coming through the system, how much we’re spending.”Trout will make just over $34 million each of the next three seasons, completing the $145-million deal he signed before the 2014 season.This winter, the Angels were one of the few teams to commit significant money for upgrades, signing Ohtani and free agent Zack Cozart, extending Justin Upton and trading for Ian Kinsler.Moreno sees other teams cutting back, and he said he could not see the Angels ever doing that type of rebuild.“Don’t get me wrong, we don’t want to lose a bunch of money, but the reality is, if I have to do that, then I’d get out,” Moreno said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the fans.”last_img read more