Comparing Bob Weir & John Mayer’s Sit-Ins With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

first_imgIn the past month or so, both Dead & Company guitarists – namely John Mayer and Bob Weir – have joined the acclaimed tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for extended sit-ins. Unlike most tribute bands, drummer Joe Russo has actually spent time performing with members of the band he tributes, during his tenure with Furthur. This sets Almost Dead on a unique trajectory, performing the music of the Grateful Dead with a background in, well, performing the music of the Grateful Dead.The first of these high-profile sit-ins came when John Mayer made his way to the Brooklyn Bowl back in October. Mayer has found himself in the center of the Dead universe after his full transformation into Deadheadism, catapulted to prominence by his fame and, more importantly, his talent. The guitarist is a faithful bearer of the proverbial torch, steeped in blues rock traditions.When he made his way to the Brooklyn Bowl, John Mayer didn’t just join in for a song or two – he played an entire set with Almost Dead. A set with this band is no easy feat, as Joe Russo & co truly take liberties with the Grateful Dead catalog like few before them. Fortunately, Mayer is a pro, and he handled the band’s style with a passionate energy. You can hear that in full force on “The Other One,” streaming below.While Mayer adapted to the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead style, it seems that the band “almost” adapted to Bob Weir’s style when the Grateful guitarist joined them last weekend. Weir met up with his former Furthur bandmate, Russo, his future “Los Muertos Con Queso” bandmate, Tom Hamilton, and the whole Almost Dead crew for an intimate moment at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. Unlike Mayer sitting in for a whole set of Almost Dead music, the band stripped down and welcomed out Weir for a five song acoustic set.This wasn’t the first time that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead went acoustic; they actually did that at the afore-mentioned Brooklyn Bowl run in October. However, when you consider Weir’s recently completed acoustic “Campfire Tour”, it’s evident that Almost Dead adapted to Weir for the set. Not that that’s a bad thing! Bob Weir is a legend, after all. The set itself featured a mix of Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead classics, not too far off from the “Campfire Tour” setlists.Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead perform “Cassidy” (with “Let It Grow” teases), courtesy of MarkoVision Films, below.As Bob Weir was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. it would make sense that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead would cater to his desired performance style. Meanwhile, John Mayer, as revered as he is as a musician, is still a newcomer to the Grateful Dead world. He seems naturally elated just to play the Grateful Dead’s music, and what better way to do so than with a band who are equally as elated to play the catalog. It seems that John Mayer is almost on a level playing field as the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead crew, a member of the next generation of Grateful disciples, while Weir is O.G. Dead.All in all, these collaborations detail an underlying devotion to the Grateful Dead. The music never stopped!last_img read more

Coming Up Roses! Hollywood Resuscitating Barbra Streisand’s Gypsy Film, With Oscar Winner Barry Levinson at the Helm

first_img A new big screen version of Gypsy starring Barbra Streisand could be back on, this time with Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy) at the helm. According to Variety, STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make the movie musical, featuring Streisand as legendary stage mother Mama Rose, a reality.Adam Fogelson, chairman of STX Entertainment, first developed the project while he was studio head of Universal Pictures. “It’s Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career,” he told Variety, adding that Gypsy was “one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever.”Universal Pictures put the project in turnaround last fall after five years of well-publicized development. Although the film is now reported to be directed by Levinson, produced by Streisand and Joel Silver and written by Richard LaGravanese (The Fisher King, The Last Five Years), many names have been attached over the years. Streisand herself was once mentioned to direct, as was Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) and Matthew Warchus (Matilda), while Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was mentioned as a possible screenwriter.As for co-stars, John Travolta once said he was Streisand’s pick for the role of onscreen husband Herbie and that Golden Globe Award winning actress and pop star Lady Gaga could play daughter Louise, who becomes burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, but there’s no confirmation of their involvement in the film.According to the report, production on the film could start as soon as this year. View Comments Barbra Streisand (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)last_img read more

What will it take to hit the instant payments tipping point?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Instant payments is an innovation that doesn’t require much explanation. Getting immediate access to money is an obviously better solution than waiting for the check to arrive in the mail, or constantly refreshing a mobile banking app to see if transferred funds have been cleared for use.And, as Karen Webster noted in a recent conversation on digital disbursements with Ingo Money’s Drew Edwards, while it may not be conventional wisdom that consumers and SMBs want instant payments, it is well on its way to shifting from “nice to have” to “must-have.”“We’re seeing over and over that this is what customers want, and it’s where market leaders are heading,” Edwards told Webster. “We’re not talking about whether we’re going to hit this tipping point in the future – we’re talking about when, and we’re talking about in the next couple of years.”Getting to that tipping point is complicated, Edwards noted, and there are some big obstacles to overcome, even though market pressures are setting the pace at which companies must move to offer instant pay as an option. And, in many cases, the FinTechs are serving as the pace car. continue reading »last_img read more

Overnight votes make it clear that Biden could still win big

first_imgTuesday might have actually been a “dark night of the soul,” and it should never have even looked close. But in the end, this thing might not actually be close. Now go have breakfast. Next door, Arizona represents the one flip that has been officially called by AP. With a 5% lead and 82% counted, it’s easy to like Biden’s position in the state. And as a rare Senate bright spot, Mark Kelly looks to have a similar edge.But it’s the states still to be called that are interesting — in a good way. A late raft of votes out of Wayne County (Detroit) has Biden right on Trump’s heels in Michigan, and there are more such votes to count. In Pennsylvania, there’s a massive 2 million block of mail in ballots that all on its own could level the field. Things in both states are likely to change sharply during the day. And perhaps the biggest remaining surprise is that Georgia remains in play … and actually looks as if the trends favor Biden.That means that while the evening may have ended looking all too much like 2016, the morning… doesn’t. Biden has already flipped Arizona. He appears set to take Wisconsin. That alone puts Biden just a single EV from clinching. Add Michigan, and that’s a win. But the more likely scenario at this point appears to be still more states flipping to blue. Biden could still sweep the Rust Belt states for a solid 305 EVs, putting the election out of any shenanigans in a single state. If Georgia comes through, Biden could end with 321, a decisive victory.- Advertisement – As of 7 AM ET, Biden holds a very narrow 0.3% edge in Wisconsin. However, the vote still outstanding appears to be early votes in urban areas that have heavily favored Biden. There may still be enough Biden votes remaining to carry him past the 1% margin that would protect against a recount.Biden’s margin in Nevada is also below 1%, but the majority of remaining votes look to be in the counties holding Reno and Las Vegas. There seems to be no reason to expect Biden’s final tally in the Silver State won’t be higher. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

From the Daintree to the Coral Sea, this Tropical North Queensland trophy home has it all

first_imgEagles Nest at Rocky Point.There are 23,000 screws in the roof, 50 tonnes of steel in the walls and over 300 power outlets throughout the house.Solid Tasmanian oak adorns everything from skirting boards to window frames.According to agent Lynn Malone of LynnMalone HOME, seeing really is believing when it comes to Eagles Nest, which is planned for auction on May 3.“Going there is just magical,” she said.“There is a vista from every aspect, north, south, east and west.“On one side is the Daintree Rainforest, then the Great Barrier Reef, so you’re in the middle of two world heritage listed sites.” Eagles Nest, Rocky Point, is for sale.The couple returned to Australia two decades ago after years living in the United States, where Malcolm founded the software company, Ultradata, which became one of the leading US suppliers of turnkey computer systems for financial institutions like credit unions. They searched up and down the Queensland coast before deciding to build their dream home – Eagles Nest – on a 1.5ha high ridge in Rocky Point, just north of Port Douglas.“We wanted to build our dream home in a dream location,” he said.“And there isn’t a more dream location anywhere in the world if you ask me.”It’s hard to argue with him.Eagles Nest remains as elegant today as it when it was first built almost 20 years ago. From the sky, 1000sq m of Indonesian-inspired, white turreted roof emerges from a blanket of green rainforest and farmland, bordered by the sparkling Coral Sea. Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point, is for sale.Not surprisingly, the retired software developer is reluctant to sell his piece of paradise in the tropics.“You look at the beauty of the place and wonder whether you’re doing the right thing,” he said.“It will be tears of blood when we do transfer to another owner.”But Malcolm and his wife, Cheryl, spend at least half of the year travelling overseas or in their Sydney home and believe it’s time to downsize.“We’re not getting any younger and we appreciate we need to make the most of the time we have left,” he said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point.The den – Malcolm’s favourite spot – is the only upstairs element of the house because he doesn’t believe in stairs.Measuring a liberal 8×8 metres and opening onto a 15×4 metre private balcony, this is the ultimate retreat.There is also a vestibule, where Malcolm and Cheryl display furnishings and collectibles gathered during their travels. Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point, is for sale.FROM his desk in his private den, Malcolm McKellar reckons he has the best view in the world.He’s enjoying a glass of scotch as he admires his backyard on another stunning afternoon in tropical Queensland.“From where I’m sitting I can see the Coral Sea to the east, Port Douglas, down through Cairns looking south, over Mossman Valley a carpet of green…and the northern end of the Great Dividing Range,” he said.The only thing Malcolm can’t quite catch a glimpse of from this room is the Daintree Rainforest to the north, but you can see that from just about every other room in the house.center_img More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoEagles Nest, Rocky Point, is for sale.The house is on two separate titles and has a 360-degree unobstructed outlook, which was born out of the couple’s desire to be near the water but not directly on the beach.Light-filled open-plan living areas spill on to the wraparound verandas, perfect for taking in the dramatic views and enjoying the tropical climate.There are four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, along with a large kitchen, library and gymnasium. Eagles Nest.Oh, and did I mention there’s a tennis court, swimming pool and spa, and helicopter pad?If a chopper isn’t your style, there’s plenty of room to park your wheels in the three-car garage.And the McKellars have spared no expense when it comes energy-efficient features, structural integrity and quality inclusions.“I’m a great believer in function over form,” he said.“We’re in the tropics and this can be a demanding environment so we designed the place to be low maintenance externally and internally.” Sunset at Eagles Nest, Rocky Point. Picture: Cheryl McKellarMs Malone said the property offered the ‘sea change’ many buyers yearned for, but without the isolation.Cairns is just a 15 minute helicopter ride away, while the Cairns international airport offers a convenient gateway to the rest of the world.last_img read more