Just a couple months ago, funk fools descended on the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for the first-ever Fool’s Paradise. Hosted by Lettuce, the festival featured sets from GRiZ, Nth Power, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and, of course, Vulfpeck.The funk darlings brought out some special guests throughout their main stage set, including collaborating vocalist Antwaun Stanley and festival artist-at-large, Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry. The collaborations culminated in an all-star jam on the song “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder, letting loose for a crazy session for all to witness. As Vulfpeck continues to gain popularity, funk faithfuls can claim they saw it first at Fool’s Paradise 2016.Fortunately, the L4LM hosted festival has some exciting pro-shot footage of this jam to share. You can watch it all go down below, courtesy of John Peckham and Fool’s Paradise.More footage of audio of Vulfpeck’s two sets at Fool’s Paradise can be found here! Enjoy it, Funk Fools.
Capping a month that had already made a case for parity, three of the nation’s top five teams and seven of the top 13 lost in one weekend. While nothing that happens the rest of the season can top the shock value of Appalachian State winning at Michigan or Notre Dame going 0-5 in September, the ultimate definition of Upset Saturday should be Exhibit 1B in the case for parity being the dominant theme of college football. Anybody can beat anybody on a given Saturday (or Friday night). It’s a tired cliche, and not completely true, but don’t tell that to the nation’s Top 25 schools. In order: No. 3 Oklahoma lost to Colorado, 27-24; No. 4 Florida lost to Auburn, 20-17; No. 5 West Virginia was stunned by No. 18 South Florida, 21-13; No. 7 Texas got embarrassed by Kansas State, 41-21; No. 10 Rutgers stumbled against Maryland, 34-24; No. 11 Oregon fell to No. 6 California in the Game of the Day, 31-24; and No. 13 Clemson couldn’t manage a single touchdown in a 13-3 loss to Georgia Tech. For good measure, two pretty big names in college football, No.21 Penn State and No. 22 Alabama also lost, suffering their second defeats of the season. And so, just a month into the season, long before the major conferences have even gotten into the meat of their schedules, only 13 of the nation’s newly aligned top 25 teams are unbeaten. And that list includes such lightly regarded football schools as No. 6 South Florida, which just started its program in 1997, No. 7 Boston College, which hasn’t been this good since Doug Flutie was throwing Hail Marys, No. 8 Kentucky (its highest ranking in 29 years), No. 16 Hawaii, No. 17 Missouri, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 20 Cincinnati and No. 23 Purdue. Parity. Stare at the word. Memorize its meaning in regards to sports – that the playing field is level and most of the combatants are almost equal. Learn to pronounce it for high drama – as in PAIR-Ah-TEE – to give it the importance it deserves. Accept its truth, at least when it comes to college football in the 21st century. There is no better explanation – short of it being a sign of the apocalypse – for what happened on the final weekend of September. Who are those guys? Kentucky and South Florida in the top 10? Hawaii a contender for the top 10? Has the world gone mad? No, it’s just PAIR-Ah-TEE. Expect more of the same in the coming years, not to mention the rest of this already-crazy season. There are three primary forces at work here. First and foremost, the 85-man scholarship limit adopted by the NCAA in 1991 has gradually changed the landscape and is continuing to level the playing field. The days when a college superpower could give out 120 scholarships and have a real advantage over less prestigious schools are over. It’s easier to compete with the big boys now. Second, high school programs are becoming more sophisticated all the time, especially in terms of weightlifting. Players are more ready, physically and mentally, to compete as freshmen than they were 15 years ago. And all that intense training means there are more capable football players coming to the college ranks, period. Third, the ever-growing importance of money generated by big-time football has created a mountain of highly skilled and motivated assistant coaches who are ready to become great head coaches willing to do whatever it takes to build a quality program. The result, naturally, is that programs like South Florida, Boise State and Hawaii are led by coaches who have the ability and the resources to build competitive programs. Ultimately, parity may force the BCS to adopt the playoff system it continues to resist. When Hawaii is a top-25 school and South Florida is knocking on the door of the top five teams in the nation, can there be any doubt that there are more than two teams deserving of a shot at a national championship in January? In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the show. What used to be blowouts are becoming paybacks for long-suffering schools that used to be resigned to taking a beating from the big names of the college world. One other thought on parity: Its growing strength at the college level only reinforces what an amazing job USC coach Pete Carroll has done. It is far tougher to stay on top year after year, as the Trojans have done lately, than it ever was before. Cal is coming on: The Bears are another example of how good coaching can turn around a program and take it to the highest levels. Coach Jeff Tedford has done a terrific job in a short time, going beyond just rebuilding a program that was in shambles. The Bears haven’t peaked under Tedford, who is beyond the flash-in-the-pan stage now. He’s the real deal and his team proved it Saturday at Oregon, one of the toughest places in the country to win at when the Ducks are top-20 caliber. The Bears, who haven’t been ranked as high as No. 3 since 1952, still must win at UCLA and ASU, but their Nov. 10 home game against USC is shaping up as the Pac-10 Game of the Year. That’s Dumb II: A week ago, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy looked to have the Dumb Move of the Year Award wrapped up, thanks to that 3-minute rant that made YouTube a few bucks. But now comes word Texas A&M Dennis Franchione was putting out an insider-info newsletter to an elite few boosters for the shockingly low price of $1,200. Unbelievable. Not only is that just plain dumb for all the obvious ethical reasons, it’s also hard to believe Franchione never considered that his privileged boosters might use his inside info to place a few bets on the side. This and that: By position, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper lists 10 USC players among his top-five pro prospects from the nation’s senior and junior classes. Just in case you think the guys across town are outclassed, Kiper lists six Bruins as top pro prospects. … After losing, Penn State and Alabama continued to garner a few votes from AP top-25 voters. So does Michigan. … USC’s shaky performance at Washington not only dropped it to No. 2, it may have ended John David Booty’s Heisman Trophy chances. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!