Drummer 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. Words: B.Getz
Fast-food breakfast giant Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first South Bend location last week, and the restaurant is already seeing success. The South Bend franchise of the multibillion dollar coffee and donut chain, located on State Road 933 three miles north of campus, opened its doors Nov. 26, just down the street from its main competitor, Starbucks. But the competition has not slowed down the restaurant’s initial success. Store manager Beth Blaylock said the location has even exceeded expectations. “It’s much bigger than we expected. It’s going great though. … We’ve definitely surpassed what we thought it would be,” she said. “We have lines to the door pretty much every day. On Saturday we literally had lines out the door, people standing outside waiting to come in.” The owners of the franchise also own the neighboring Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, but although the experience helps in the management of the store, Baylock said it did not provide much data to use in forecasting the restaurants’ success. “[The franchise owners] own a store in Kalamazoo, so we were based a little bit off of that, but we didn’t really have any idea of how it was going to be,” Blaylock said. Though this is the first Dunkin’ Donuts in the South Bend-Mishawaka area, some Notre Dame students who know the restaurant from their hometowns eagerly anticipated the opening. “I’m really excited about the Dunkin Donuts opening. Dunkin Donuts was my drink of high school,” junior Maria Skorcz said. “We used to go through the drive-through in the morning before school. I’m excited to get back to my glory days of coffee drinking.” Thanks to the corporation’s well-known brand, some students who have never experienced the restaurant before are interested in the opportunity to try out a new coffee and breakfast place. “I’m a big coffee drinker, and we don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in Minnesota, so I’m really excited to try their drinks and see how they compare to Starbucks,” junior Elliot Badar said. Dunkin Donuts’ website states the chain is the No. 1 coffee-by-the-cup retailer in America. Though there is a Starbucks across the parking lot, Blaylock said the franchise is not concerned about the competition. “I think that our customer service is going to bring a lot of people over, and our product mix is just different enough and the atmosphere and the attitude is different enough that I think that there’s room for both of us,” she said. “But I think that right now we’re definitely the busier of the two.”
By U.S Southern Command Public Affairs Office October 07, 2016 MIAMI –U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has directed the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde to transit towards Haiti, where it will join Joint Task Force-Matthew disaster relief operations. The ship will have three embarked CH-53E Super Stallion and one HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, one landing craft, and 300 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The airlift and transport capabilities of amphibious ships make them uniquely suited to support the delivery and distribution of much-needed relief supplies, as well as transport humanitarian assistance personnel in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster. During relief operations, embarked landing craft are used to transport equipment and aid to populated areas inaccessible by land due to the impact of natural disasters. On Oct. 5, U.S. Southern Command has established Joint Task Force Matthew to oversee U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti. The task force was deployed to Haiti in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) following a request for U.S. assistance from the government of Haiti. At present, the task force has approximately 250 personnel and nine helicopters in Haiti. The helicopters are scheduled to begin flight operations in support of USAID-led relief operations later today. Today, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon is also scheduled to conduct aerial assessments of areas in Haiti impacted by the storm to support disaster assessment experts on the ground. More information about the task force’s relief operations in Haiti will be released as soon as it is available and confirmed. Historically, U.S. military capabilities are needed most in the critical early stages of a disaster relief operation, when fewer resources, capabilities and disaster-response experts are available to help victims and impacted communities. As those disaster-relief missions progress and more experienced experts arrive to aid longer-term recovery and reconstruction, U.S. military capabilities are no longer requested, and roles previously performed by military units are assumed by other, more experienced relief organizations. Over the last several years, SOUTHCOM has provided disaster assistance to Haiti to help the Caribbean nation prepare for storms like Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters, including the construction of emergency operations centers, disaster relief warehouses, fire stations and community centers that double as shelters. The command has also donated search and rescue boats, as well as transport vehicles to Haitian emergency response and civil protection agencies. SOUTHCOM is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Release Details: SOUTHCOM directed the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde to join Haiti disaster relief operations. Ship has four embarked helicopters (three CH-53E Super Stallion and one HH-60 Pave Hawk), one landing craft, and hundreds of Marines and Sailors.A team of 9 helicopters in Port-au-Prince began flight operations in support of the USAID-led relief mission. The helicopters are delivering relief supplies, aid and humanitarian assistance personnel.U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon is scheduled to conduct aerial assessments of areas in Haiti impacted by the storm to support disaster assessment experts on the ground.
Image courtesy of Eesti GasEstonian energy company Eesti Gaas said Tuesday it has ordered a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel with a capacity of 6,000 cbm.The 99.8m long vessel will be built by the Dutch shipyard Damen Group and will be delivered in September 2020.It will provide LNG bunkering for the growing number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the North-East region of the Baltic Sea and onshore clients, according to a statement by Eesti Gaas.Eesti Gaas will operate this LNG bunker vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company and owner of the vessel, Infortar AS.The technical management for the vessel will be provided by the region’s shipping company Tallink Grupp.“By creating a mobile LNG-fuelling infrastructure, the LNG bunker vessel incentivises the construction and use of new LNG-fuelled vessels in the Baltic Sea Region and, therefore, has the potential to reduce Co2 emissions annually by more than 66,000 tons,” Eesti Gaas said.The LNG bunkering vessel will feature dual-fuel engines and ice class 1A, according to the Finnish-Swedish ice-class regulations. This will allow the vessel to operate all year round, including in the region’s challenging ice conditions.The two type-C LNG tanks that will be installed onboard the vessel will be partially exposed, which ensures good access and easy upgrade options as the LNG consumer market develops, Eesti Gaas said.The vessel is a part of the new mobile LNG infrastructure in the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport programme.
Burnley forward Charlie Austin had looked set to sign for the promoted club but a failed medical has scuppered the deal. Bruce added: “It’s obvious that we struggled to score goals last season so that has got to be the aim for us. “We’ve still got six weeks before the season starts and we’re actively looking.” Hull boss Steve Bruce does not anticipate making another attempt to sign Celtic striker Gary Hooper. The Tigers were unsuccessful with a bid for the 25-year-old Englishman, reported to be in the region of £4.5million, last month. “We had a bid for him rejected and I can’t see there being any change in that,” Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside. “We’ve got other irons in the fire and we hope that we can get one or two strikers in before the start of the season.” Press Association