The Australian-based John Butler Trio will be touring North America extensively this year, working their way through number of headlining concert dates and festival performances, much to the delight of fans who have eagerly awaited their return. Already known as a force in the music world with a delightful blend of rock that appeals to jam sensibilities and unreal musical skills that frequently leaves onlookers with their jaw dropped, the trio will be bringing their music to the masses at a slew of festivals this summer, including The Ride Festival in Colorado, LOCKN’ in Virginia, and their debut at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. They also have announced dates for individual shows, which will see them traveling from coast to coast between August 17th through September 12th.You can check out the full dates for their summer tour below or on John Butler’s website, and check out a video of John Butler playing “Ocean” at Rothbury back in 2009, in case you’ve forgotten that he’s the man.Summer Tour 20177/8 – Telluride, CO – The Ride Festival8/17 – Washburn, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua8/19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre8/23 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak8/24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre8/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore8/26 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’8/27 – Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing Company8/30 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival9/1 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre9/3 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads9/7 – Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre9/9 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl9/10 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend9/12 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Music and Arts Festival
As parts of north Georgia experience extreme drought, homeowners are searching for ways to provide water to their precious landscape plants.During long periods without rain, I get calls at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Wilkes County from people who want to save a specific tree or shrub. They want to do whatever it takes to save it. Keep in mind that plants are 80 percent water.While there are many things one can do, the most important thing is to supply your plants with water in times of drought.When it doesn’t rain for days on end, some plants just won’t make it without supplemental watering. Sprinklers will work but they waste much more water than some type of drip method of watering. Water that is applied slowly and gradually has much less potential for evaporation than water that’s applied through overhead irrigation.Water sprayed through hot air is obviously going to evaporate more than water entering the soil directly by a dripping method.Not everyone can afford a drip system, but soaker hoses have improved to the point where they are almost as efficient as the expensive drip systems used by commercial plant nurseries. These soaker hoses are available at a reasonable price at most home improvement stores.One thing I have noticed over the last several years is a new type of soaker hose. Most of these new types are made out of nylon, which allows them to be flattened and rolled up in a way that is much more compact than the porous, rubber types.Often soaker hoses don’t last long simply because people won’t take the time to store them properly. This nylon material makes it much easier to store the hose when it’s not in use. It also makes it easier to wind the hose through whatever plant material you are trying to water. Besides being physically easier to wind and bend, the nylon material won’t crack like the porous, rubber types often do.Damage to a tree or shrub caused by drought stress becomes a permanent part of the plant. If that type of damage is allowed to occur repeatedly over a number of years, eventually the cumulative effect becomes more than the plant can handle. At that point, the plant dies, no matter what you do.If you have a favorite shade tree that took years to grow, then heed this advice: Don’t let it suffer from drought. A soaker hose ringed around the tree can provide lifesaving water to the tree during times when it needs it most.
A multi-disciplinary art project Tales of Cyprus, to be showcased in December at the Melbourne’s gallery Chapel off Chapel, will explore the homeland of a graphic designer and artist Con Emmanuelle, the culture of Cyprus and its traditional way of life prior to 1950.The exhibition will depict and merge Cypriot cultural heritage with contemporary notions of family, community and connections to the homeland, through digital reproductions of rare old family photos, quotes from personal interviews and original drawings of traditional and iconic scenes from old Cyprus, based on Con’s attempt to recreate the glamour of the travel poster from the 1930s.“The focus of my project is before 1950 and the reason I chose that as the end date is that after 1950 Cyprus changed forever. The Cyprus of my parents’ upbringing is gone; we’ll never see it again.”Con Emmanuelle is now inviting the Cypriot community to give their own stamp to the exhibition with their old family photos. A scanning booth will be set up on Sunday 24 August, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, at the Melbourne Polytechnic Library, Building K, St John Street, Prahran. The family photos must have been taken on the island of Cyprus before 1950. Full accreditation and acknowledgement will be given to the family. As a sign of appreciation, a special high-res digital file and digital print of the photo chosen for the exhibit will also be given to the family. The original photos will be scanned in the presence of the owner and returned immediately.For more information about the project, visit www.talesofcyprus.wordpress.com or contact [email protected] a full interview with Con Emmanuelle in this Saturday’s English edition of Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram