Earliest Known Footage of Joe Russo Resurfaces With Fat Mama In 1996

first_imgDrummer extraordinaire Sir Joe Russo and a choice assembly of musicians will congregate to re-imagine the music of Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’s seminal 1971 album Hooteroll at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, NY this weekend. The April 7 engagement is being billed as “Hooteroll? + Plus”. Russo reached back to his legendary, original Boulder, CO band Fat Mama for members Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), and Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone/percussion) to make the core of the group. Russo also recruited Darkside’s Dave Harrington (bass), Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie (reeds/flute), and Jordan McLean (trumpet) to perform Garcia and Wales’ revered jazz-jam record. In addition to unveiling their version of the LP in full, the initial event announcement teased of “other like-minded compositions.” Photo: Michael Weintrob I remember when, as a senior in high school in Cherry Hill, NJ, my older pal Ross Kaufman brought Fat Mama’s debut CD Mammatus back from CU Boulder, over a holiday break. Within a few spins, our squad was transfixed! Much as we found Grant Green by way of The Greyboy Allstars, I would navigate my way to Agharta, On the Corner, and Sextant through Fat Mama. Mammatus was our introduction to the band and the man himself, Sir Joe Russo. The fearless conglomerate evolved over time, from a Herbie Hancock-influenced style to a very textural, shoegaze electro-rage that incorporated much of what was to come, from contemporary behemoths like Radiohead, to the most niche, indie, avant-garde artists imaginable. Their musical fabric was sewn with exploratory sonic adventuring from Kendrick’s then-revolutionary turntablism, vibes and electronics, amid Miles-esque brass leads from the duo of Brett Joseph (tenor saxophone) and Jon Gray (trumpet and trombone). The focused team told mystical and melodic tales atop Russo’s lyrical, jazzy, breakbeat drumming and freewheeling bass gymnastics. For five years, Fat Mama redefined what was possible for our burgeoning scene, purveyors and surveyors on the never-ending search for new land.Former Relix Magazine Assistant Editor Wayan Zoey, who went to high school in Potomac, MD with Deutsch and bassist Jonti Siman, had this to say in reflection of the mighty Fat Mama:“Despite the Herbie Hancock reference in their name, Fat Mama was really the Miles Davis of the jamband universe. While clearly drawing from the jazz tradition, they managed to incorporate elements of nearly every other style of music that exists in the world, spinning them out in wholly original masterpieces of structured improvisation. Their decades-old recordings would still be considered ahead of their time if they came out today.”Read the ALLMusic Fat Mama band bio from the legendary Jesse Jarnow hereWith the approaching Hooteroll event, I found myself going on a Russo rabbit-hole all over the Internet. Beyond the usual mining of rare Benevento/Russo Duo recordings, I unearthed the above video, a barely-viewed Boulder performance from Fat Mama in 1996, clipped from Fat Mama: The Movie, directed by Goldberger’s brother Julian Goldberger. This is apparently the earliest known footage of Sir Joe Russo that circulates.We reached out to keyboardist Deutsch for some clarification: “It’s a medley… ‘Love the Life You Love’ by Kool and the Gang into ‘Camel Job’ by Jonathan Goldberger.”For good measure, because Live For Live Music loves you, bows at the throne of Sir Joe Russo, and mostly to illustrate just how far and wide Fat Mama’s sound and steez would extrapolate over the years, here’s “Knucklehead” from their 1999 live album Loadstar 8.1, and then their unique take on “Upon This Rock,” (a Joe Farrell song sampled by Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Pete Rock, RASCO, Common and more) from their 9/11/11 Brooklyn Bowl reunion.center_img Words: B.Getzlast_img read more

Lady Indians Netters Fall Short To Lady Trojans

first_imgThe Lady Indians of Milan displayed inspirational grit and determination before falling to the Trojans of East Central 5-0.The dynamic Senior Duo of Tori Haessig and Abby Riehle took EC’s #1 Doubles down to the 3rd Set Tiebreaker, nearly completing the upset. The JV was led by Sophomore Lucy Ortt’s Singles victory and strong performances fellow Sophomore Jessica Starkey and Freshmen Octavia Dieng and Delaney Bushhorn.There will be no rest for the girls as South Dearborn comes calling Thursday where Milan looks to take its first overall team victory of the season.Courtesy of Indians Coach Kyle Flynn.last_img

Special Training for Siasia Stadium Groundsmen Begin in Yenagoa

first_imgBayelsa State government and the contractor that handled the stadium project have been receiving accolades for a job well done.CAF Medical Committee Member, Dr Peter Singabele, said he is happy the state government went for the latest technology and FIFA approved brand of synthetic pitch which is not hazardous.“What we have right now in Yenagoa is different from the rubber synthetic pitches in different stadia across the country. Gov. Dickson and the contractor have done a good job,” Singabele said.Former Super Eagles forward, Victor Agali, had after feeling the turf last week, described it as “world-class.”Tarila Okoronwanta, another ex-international also stated that the Samson Siasia Stadium turf would change the face of football not just in Bayelsa but the entire country.“We now have a stadium in Yenagoa that can attract international matches,” Okorowanta observed while praising the state government and the contractor that handled the project.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Groundsmen at the soon to be inaugurated Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa have began a special training on how to ensure the geo-technology turf is well maintained.According to the CEO of stadium facility construction outfit Monimichelle that installed the turf, Ebi Egbe, the groundsmen are being schooled on how to change the patterns of the turf to make it TV and spectator friendly during matches.“The groundsmen are being trained on how to change the patterns of the pitch during different matches. We want to make the turf a beauty to behold during matches. What we have installed at the arena is 95 percent natural lead free synthetic grass pitch with shock absorption system. Our plan is to see the pitch well maintained by groundsmen who have the skill,” Egbe stressed further.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers suffer pair of stinging losses to Michigan State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team endured two frustrating losses against Michigan State this weekend, and with close scores of 4-3 and 3-1, the Badgers put up an impressive fight.Friday’s game started off with a bang and a Badger goal by freshman forward Luke Kunin in the first minute of play — his 13th goal of the season.Despite the final result, the Badgers dominated almost every aspect of Friday’s game. They outshot the Spartans by 16, and the Badgers’ top line of Kunin, junior Grant Besse and sophomore Cameron Hughes performed impressively, putting up six points on Friday alone.After giving up their early lead, the Badgers came back from a two-goal deficit, but it wasn’t enough in the end.Hughes and freshman Will Johnson managed to both score to tie the game, as Johnson scored on an impressive power play rebound in the second period, while Hughes scored on a one-timer from Kunin in the third.Spartan senior Matt DeBlouw, however, scored with less than six minutes left in the third period to seal the Badgers’ fate and frustration.“If you were to look at the pure numbers, you would say that’s a pretty good recipe to win,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “[The] only adjustment I would make is to put the puck in the back of the net. I thought we did some real good things.”The Badgers’ frustration then carried over to Saturday night’s game, where they faced another painful loss.Similar to Friday’s game, UW battled from behind and tied the Spartans in the third, with the lone Wisconsin goal coming from freshman Seamus Malone with about half the period underway.But Malone’s late goal ended up being a tease in what would be a poor finish from the Badgers.“It’s a similar story,” Eaves said. “We’ve talked at times during this year about being close, getting over the hump, flirting with the girl, asking her to dance. We didn’t get the timely goal tonight.”Freshman goalie Matt Jurusik stood on his head Saturday night, making many crucial saves to keep Wisconsin in the game, and while the Badgers again outshot the Spartans 26-19, they still managed to be on the losing end.Opportunities were never slim for the Badgers. Aggressive, fast paced play and a five-on-three chance with five minutes remaining in the final period gave Wisconsin hope. But, to their dismay, it did not work out in their favor.“I thought we had our chances, especially with the five-on-three, but we weren’t able to capitalize,” Besse said. “You think things are going to go your way, but when you don’t score, I would say the momentum may have shifted in their favor.”A little more than a minute later, Spartan junior Mackenzie MacEachern scored the game-winning goal and then scored again on an empty netter with just 23 seconds remaining in the game.Wisconsin is now 6-15-7 overall with a 1-10-3 Big Ten record, and with the season coming to a close, Eaves is doing all he can to keep his players motivated.“We said to the guys, we have to keep moving ahead,” Eaves said. “I know they’re banged up, they’re tired, they’re angry, they’re ticked off, all of those things.”The Badgers will face Ohio State this weekend in a Friday-Saturday series.last_img read more

Robert ‘Bob’ Meridith, 78, Wellington: Dec. 17, 1937 – July 6, 2016

first_imgBob MeridithRobert “Bob” Meridith, of Wellington, died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita at the age of 78.Bob was born the son of Lois (Olmstead) and Jasper Meridith on Friday, December 17, 1937 in Hutchinson.On February 23, 1957, Robert and Sandra Adams were united in marriage in Argonia. Together they celebrated 59 years of marriage.Bob owned a Mobil service station in Wichita and was later the service station mechanic at Texaco in Wellington. Bob then went on to be the Shipping/Receiving Manager for Precision Machining in Wellington and retired after 23 years. He was a car enthusiast all his life, enjoyed working in the garage and NASCAR on Sunday afternoons. Above all, Bob was a devoted family man that loved his grandchildren and the time he spent getting them to and from events and appointments. He will be missed by many.Survivors include his wife, Sandra Meridith of Wellington; daughter, Lisa Meridith of Wellington; daughter, Laura Anderson (Nathan) of Halstead; son, Brian Meridith (Marci) of Oxford; brother, Bill Meridith (Judy) of Wellington; sister, Janet Leddy (Andy) of Conway Springs; sister, Judy Casner (Jack) of Milton, grandchildren: Brendan, Jenna, Tia, Kalin, Ashtyn, Adam, Dray, Brittin, Elizabeth, Taylor and Cayden along with many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jayree Ricke and niece, LaDonna Dawson. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2016 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Bob will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016 at First Christian Church, Wellington. Interment will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington.A memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more