FU*K 2016: Musicians We Love Honor Musicians We Lost In Stellar NOLA Performance [Video/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Sammi GarettGreg SandersonChris BrouwersShane AllenDrew Sayers On Sunday, April 30th, members of Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, and many more gathered onstage in the heart of New Orleans to send a simple message…”FU*K 2016!” While last year marked an era of divisiveness, most of us were able to agree on this sentiment. From the ugly, insult-driven presidential election, to the endless outbreaks of violence around the globe, it seemed like every time you turned around there was more bad news to process. The general shitty-ness of of the last calendar year hit the music world particularly hard. From David Bowie in early January to George Michael on Christmas day, last year seemed to take amazing artists from this Earth at an alarming rate. Thankfully all things, bitter and sweet, come to an end. And luckily for us, the talented “FU*K 2016” lineup (led by Turkuaz’s Craig Brodhead) came together to celebrate the joy created by these amazing performers rather than quietly lament their loss, and turned the giant lemon that was 2016 into funky lemonade!As the “FU*K 2016” band gathered backstage at the venerable Howlin’ Wolf making their final plans, the pedal steel guitar strains of openers RumpleSTEELskin, a Revivalists side project, warmed up the crowd admirably. Ed Williams has always been a lightning rod for attention at Revivalists shows thanks to his dramatic style of play, often rising to his feet and bending his instrument as well as the string in wild displays of passion. Williams commanded the crowd on the mic as well, joking about the band’s lack of preparation and sad inability to even name their tunes with remarkable charm. Though they may have lacked some of the more standard Revivalists bells and whistles, they, more than made up for it with a stellar performance featuring a wonderful two-song sit-in from another “sacred steel” player, the good Dr. himself: Roosevelt Collier. After attributing a few of their instrumentals to the “Late Brittany Spears” in jest, they closed with a bombastic take on Led Zeppelin‘s “Dazed and Confused” that left the already-packed house reeling and ready for the fun yet to come.The eager audience didn’t have long to wait as the battle-tested Howlin’ Wolf crew reset the stage with an efficiency born from hundreds of nights of practice. There was barely an inch to spare when the final player took the stage and the clarion call to party, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” kicked off the parade of classic hits from the fallen of 2016. Lyle Divinsky (The Motet) and Shira Elias (Turkuaz) shouldered the lion’s share of the lead vocal duties, singing with passion and charisma. As Divinsky wound through classics from Earth, Wind & Fire and Leon Russell, he showcased the range and presence that made him one of the most in-demand sit-in performers of the 2017 Jazz Fest late night circuit.The pair of George Michael covers in the middle of the set (“I Want Your Sex” and “Freedom!”) and the Prince deep cut that followed (“Sexy Dancer”) proved to be one of the tightest segments of the night, the whole room getting down to the deep, funky grooves. The double talk-box keyboard battle between Joey Porter and Steveland Swatkins on “Freedom” was worth the ticket price in itself. When it came time to honor the Purple One, the almighty Prince, the architects of the performance chose to go for the deep cuts, hitting a pair of under-appreciated gems from his unfathomably large catalog instead of more predictable popular hits.Of course, that didn’t mean that the talented lineup was afraid to take on the iconic tunes. The powerful ensemble tackled a pair of Parliment-Funkadelic tracks in honor of the late Bernie Worrell, including “Mothership Connection” and “Starchild,” before finishing the main set with a roaring rendition of the infectious Tower Of Power track “What Is Hip” for the late Mic Gillette. Revisiting the Earth, Wind & Fire catalog and the radiant spirit of Maurice White one last time for an encore of “In The Stone,” the musical collective kept the pedal pressed to the floor for one last burst of love and respect.With the recent losses of luminaries like Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton, we have already seen the beginnings of what could well be another year of heart-breaking losses. Thankfully, as the “Fu*k 2016” tribute showcase remarkably illustrated, there is a positive to be found in these troubled circumstances: We can choose to celebrate the lives of these fallen friends rather than lament their losses. For one night in New Orleans, the spirits of the artists we lost in 2016 returned to life on the stage. But if we keep these memories alive in our hearts, then those that gave us so much in life will live as long as the stars themselves.Below, you can watch full video of “FU*K 2016: A Funky Tribute To Musicians We Lost” below courtesy of videographer John Peckham of ConcertCasters, and view a gallery of photos from the incredible night of music via photographer Jeremy Scott:SETLIST: FU*K 2016: A Funky Tribute To Musicians We Lost | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA | 4/30/17 | Photos by Jeremy ScottLet’s Dance[1], Shining Star[4], Tell Me[3], How Long Do I Have To Wait[3], Delta Lady[6], You Got To Funkifize[9], Off The Wall [8], I Want Your Sex[7], Freedom![7], Sexy Dancer[2], Ballad of Dorothy Parker[2], One Nation Under A Groove[5], Mothership Connection[5], What Is Hip[9]Encore: In The StoneIn memory of: [1] David Bowie; [2] Prince; [3] Sharon Jones; [4] Maurice White; [5]Bernie Worrell; [6] Leon Reussell; [7] George Michael; [8] Rod Temperton; [9] Mic Gillette (Tower of Power)“Fu*k 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost” Artist LineupMichelangelo CarubbaJoey PorterGarrett SayersLyle DivinskyCraig BrodheadShira Elias Danny MayerSteveland SwatkinsKhris RoyalMaurice “Mobetta” BrownNate Werth FU*K 2016: A Funky Tribute To Musicians We Lost | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA | 4/30/17 | Photos by Jeremy Scottlast_img read more

OZY Fest Announces 2019 Lineup: John Legend, Miguel, Jazzy Amra, More

first_imgToday, music/food/though/politics/comedy festival OZY Fest has announced the performer lineup for its 2019 event, set to take place at the Great Lawn in New York City’s famed Central Park on July 20th and 21st.Related: OZY Fest 2019 Offers An Eclectic Slate Of Programming Worthy Of The City That Never SleepsOZY Fest is organized by OZY Media, “the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else.” This year’s two-day event will be co-hosted by OZY co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson alongside retired baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.The 2019 lineup includes musical acts John Legend, Miguel, ARIZONA, and Jazzy Amra; comedians Trevor Noah, Dulcé Sloan, and Ronny Chieng; author Deepak Chopra; New York Times journalist Malcolm Gladwell; filmmaker Spike Lee; politicians Stacey Abrams and Gov. John Kasich; celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Padma Lakshmi, and Rachael Ray; in addition to “big thought” business leaders Mark Cuban, Cindy Eckert, Thasunda Duckett, Marc Lasry, and many more.“We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of New York to do something truly special,” says Watson. “OZY Fest is like nothing else out there, bringing together the most culturally relevant and eclectic group of celebrities and thought leaders to Central Park, and creating the most interesting two-day weekend for all New Yorkers to enjoy.”A variety of different two-day, single day, and VIP ticketing options for OZY Fest 2019 are available here now. The VIP experience includes unlimited access to the VIP Area, shaded viewing deck with front row space reserved, dedicated festival entrance lane, all-day beer and wine, complimentary catered lunch and dinner, spa treatments, lawn games, concierge services, and more.Head to OZY Fest’s website for more information.last_img read more

We’ll Miss You, Yitzhak! Hedwig’s Lena Hall Looks Back on Her Year in Drag

first_img View Comments In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Lena Hall will conclude her Tony-winning turn as aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 4, but before she says farewell, she’s sharing the year she spent “shining like the brightest star.”How did you feel when you first got this job?I felt amazing, of course. It was a part I had really wanted, and I knew I would do an awesome job at it. I loved the show previously and was so excited to get to work with Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, as well as Michael Mayer and Neil Patrick Harris.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?Ever since they announced my replacement [Rebecca Naomi Jones], I’ve been depressed (not because of her, but because it made it real). I love this show and have loved this part so much, so inside there is an overwhelming feeling of sadness, but I must move on and allow my body to repair itself from the damage playing a man has done to it.What are three words you would use to describe your experience at this job?Unbelievably life changing.What was the easiest thing about the job?The people. Everyone has been an utter joy to be with and work with.What was the hardest thing?Playing a dude.What was the highlight of your time at this job?The whole year has been incredible, but nothing can beat Tony morning/afternoon/night/late night.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?Tambourine and shaker, headbanging, onstage sound technician and props master.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Listen to your body and get physical therapy when you need it ASAP.How do you think you’ve grown?I’m a better actor and listener. I’m good at playing percussive instruments while handling flailing mic cords and heavy mic stands. Physically, my body shrank, and from playing a man, my body has become flat as a board—but my head is now massive!  (That’s a little joke.)Why are you leaving?My body needs time to repair itself from the physical damage I have done to it. I put 100% of my soul and energy on that stage every night. The wear and tear of all of that headbanging, lifting really heaving mic stands and props and the posture have taken a huge toll. I also see no better way than to finish with the writer himself: John Cameron Mitchell. Though I’m sure I will be seeing this gang again in the near future.What will you miss the most?The people. From the crew to the band to the creatives to the fans and everyone in between. This show seems to bring truly amazing people together. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

Chittenden Bank’s parent ranked highest in New England by JD Power

first_imgJ.D. Power and Associates ranked People s United Bank highest in customer satisfaction for the New England region in its 2009 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. People’s United is the parent company of Vermont’s Chittenden Bank.People s United garnered the highest ranking customer satisfaction score of 751 points, which was 30 index points above the New England regional industry average of 721. The bank performed well in the Customer Satisfaction Study factors: Convenience, Transactions, Account Initiation/Product Offerings, Account Statements, and Fees. We are clearly pleased by this external recognition of our long-term commitment to providing a superior customer experience, said Philip R. Sherringham, President and Chief Executive Officer of People s United Bank. Along with being among the strongest and most stable banks in the country, we bring a concerted focus across the entire organization to consistently exceeding customer expectations. While our highest ranking from J.D. Power and Associates certainly is very gratifying, our greatest reward is clearly in being second-to-none in our customers minds every day. It is for their support and loyalty that we are most grateful.People s United serves customers from Westchester County, NY to Bangor, ME through its divisions:  Chittenden Bank, Flagship Bank, Maine Bank & Trust, Merrill Bank, Ocean Bank and The Bank of Western Massachusetts.J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors, including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of customers annually.People’s United Bank (Nasdaq: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with over $20 billion in assets, provides consumer and commercial banking services through a network of subsidiary banks with approximately 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United Financial, the parent of People s United Bank, provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.last_img read more