Powerhouse 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]
Batesville traveled to the Ben Davis Invitational and cam e out 9th of nine teams. (Zionsville, Western Boone, Scecina, Muncie Burris, Jennings County, Martinsville, Ben Davis, East Central & Batesville).Zionsville Wins tourney and Western Boone take second.Batesville vs. BD VB (9-19)Batesville Vs. IS VB (9-19)Batesville vs. JC VB (9-19)Batesville vs. Z VB (9-19)Batesville welcomes Rushville on Tuesday September 22nd with at 5:00 pm JV start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Fox.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter another disappointing series against Alaska Anchorage this past weekend, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-4-2, 3-2-1 WCHA) finally has some good news. Barring any setbacks, forward Ross Carlson is expected to rejoin the UW lineup when the Badgers take the ice against Denver at the Kohl Center this weekend.The sputtering Badger offense has been held in check since losing Carlson and Jack Skille in their home opening series against North Dakota.”There’s a good chance Ross will be back in and I think the timing is right for Ross to come in, and what he brings as an athlete is something that we could use right now. It’s like getting a B12 shot,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said in a press conference Monday.Last season, Carlson was sixth on the team with 23 points — and is the Badgers’ active leader with 72 career points — but it is his gritty style of play and veteran leadership that the Badgers have missed most. According Eaves, a healthy dose of Carlson and Skille is just what the doctor ordered.”Ross is one of our seniors, and obviously he has an offensive flair, but you miss that senior leadership on the ice and in the locker room,” Eaves said. “You’re talking about [just] two guys, but the chemistry they provide helps make the soup taste good, if you want to make the analogy, so were happy to have him back in.”Skille, who suffered an elbow injury against North Dakota, is progressing on schedule and Eaves didn’t rule out the possibility of the Madison native making a triumphant return as early as this weekend.”[Skille’s] on the ice with us skating, puck handling, passing, and I think the next step is can he shoot the puck, because that will put torque on his injury. When he passes that test, we will be closer to having him back,” Eaves said. “This weekend is doubtful, but hopefully next weekend we will be looking at probable.”Two of a kindDespite Wisconsin’s offensive inadequacies the last few weeks, the Badger blue-liners have been quite effective, keeping shots and quality scoring chances to a minimum, while surrendering just 2.1 goals per game.”(Davis) Drewiske and (Matt) Olinger have played well as a pair … they have really stabilized that defense,” Eaves said.According to Eaves, the consistency of an unlikely duo has been instrumental in the defensive effort.”Not only have they played to their strengths,” Eaves said, “but actually they have stepped outside and picked up their games a little bit, so when you ask [who is the most consistent] that is what comes to mind.”Revenge factorAfter the Badgers’ 2-1 loss to Alaska Anchorage, Eaves questioned his team’s effort and their ability to play to their own identity. Wisconsin’s inconsistent play has frustrated the coaching staff and they will continue to address the issue.”I came across a good quote that said, ‘infinite patience produces immediate results’ which is a very paradoxical statement,” Eaves said. “But in the world of sport, you have got to have a certain mentality of how you have to play and play to a certain identity if you want to be a championship team.”When the Badgers lost goaltender Brian Elliott to an injury last season, Eaves was forced to give backup goaltender Shane Connelly the first starts of his career against Denver — the defending national champions at the time. The freshman’s inexperience was confirmed — Eaves related the magnitude of Connelly’s situation to being dumped “not into the deep end, but in the Pacific Ocean” — as the Badgers were swept at home, being outscored 5-2 in the two-game set.Despite the circumstances of last year’s matchup, Eaves expects the Pioneers to bring the same intensity and ability that has defined their team for the last few seasons.”It was a long time ago and [last year] doesn’t matter, it’s a new year, it’s Denver,” Eaves said. “They are always a quality opponent, they’ll bring their A-game. They like playing in this building like most teams, so it will be another great challenge for us.”
Trottier said there is no indication of a turnaround in the U.S. housing market in the very near future, but he said their approach is to maintain equipment and a level of activity so that if production levels return, the plant will be ready.“We have told our employees that we are structuring this curtailment with the intention that Dawson Creek is going to return to full-press production in the future.”He added the company as a whole is pursuing opportunities in other markets, but given the specialized products the local mill produces, overseas markets have yet to be developed for those specific products.Trottier wished to note that the curtailment is in no way a reflection of the productivity of the mill’s employees, many of whom have worked there for decades.Advertisement A struggling economy in the United States is to blame for the struggles of the local mill, said plant manager Shawn Trottier.“We’re a company that distributes most of our products primarily to the United States – building products – and the economy down there isn’t supporting housing starts at a level required to consume the material we produce,” he said, “so unfortunately we’ve had to re-evaluate our situation, at least temporarily, and come up with a different strategy to ensure the long-term survival of this mill.”He added the layoffs at the mill don’t include the impacts to the mill’s logging partners, and to other vendors.- Advertisement -The mill will retain about 26 of its 114 employees to continue to manufacture its TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing, which Trottier explained is a product used in the construction of new homes that reflects solar radiation away from the home, and is used in warm climates such as in California and Arizona. He said the Dawson Creek mill will receive “blanks” from the Peace Valley joint-venture mill near Fort St. John, and the product will be finished at the local mill.However, he said despite the continued success of that niche product, it only represents a fraction of the mill’s overall production and is not enough to keep the press running full time.“In a month we might be able to – during this current curtailment – process and ship two to three million square feet of TechShield, and that’s basically a day or two days production off our main press,” he said.Advertisement “They’ve done a fantastic job, and we’ve endured some pretty adverse economic conditions over the last three years and forced into a production schedule that was up and down at best. It’s a challenge that the folks here in Dawson Creek met very well, but unfortunately the market conditions just aren’t going to support continuation that at this time, but we will be back in the future.”