John Mayer Surprise Guests Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert With Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, And More

first_imgThe Grateful Dead community celebrated what would have been Jerry Garcia‘s birthday earlier this week. On Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, the celebration peaked with a Bob Weir-led special tribute to Garcia. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” featured performances by both Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band, a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones of Jerry Garcia Band as well as Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; American Babies), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), and a surprise appearance from John Mayer. The evening begun with the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band, which featured Kenny Kosek, Sandy Rothman,  Anders Osborne, Travis Book and Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters. With all that talent on the stage, perhaps the biggest stars were the collection of Jerry Garcia’s guitars, including his Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, and two Travis Bean axes that were present. The evening was a strict dedication to Jerry Garcia, with Grateful Dead and JGB tunes galore, along with some favorited covers. Each set featured a varying array of classics, showed off by an eclectic mix of musicians with either a deep connection to Garcia, or a close association to his music.Check out these video highlights below, courtesy of YouTube user Kyle Isaac:Bob Weir & The Campfire Band, “Friend of the Devil” into “Brokedown Palace” with John Mayer and Steve KimockBob Weir & The Campfire Band “Althea” with John Mayer and Steve KimockJerry Garcia Band “Deal” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks with special guest John MayerJerry Garcia Band “Tangled Up In Blue” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane TrucksJerry Garcia Band “Senor” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks with special guest Bob WeirSee the setlist recap below, courtesy of Ratdog.org.Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic BandSet: Deep Elem Blues, ??, I’ve Been All Around This World, Friend of the Devil, Two Soldiers, If I Lose, Trouble In Mind, Black Muddy River, Short Life of TroubleJerry Garcia 75th Birthday BandSet: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) > The Harder They Come, Senor (w/Bob Weir guitar/vocals), Waiting For A Miracle, Cats Down Under the Stars, Tangled Up In Blue, Reuben and Cerise, Sisters and Brothers, Gomorrah, Dear Prudence, Deal*Bob Weir & the Campfire BandSet: Loose Lucy (Solo), Peggy-O (Solo), Only A River (Solo), Althea*, Brown-Eyed Women*, Tennessee Jed*, Bird Song*> Dark Star*> Bird Song*, Eyes of the World**, Morning Dew*, I Know You Rider*Encore: Friend of the Devil*, Brokedown Palace**With John Mayer / ** With John Mayer and Oteil Burbridgelast_img read more

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Samuel Hutchison Beer

first_imgSamuel Hutchison Beer, the distinguished Harvard political scientist, died in his sleep at the age of 97 in Washington, D.C., on April 7, 2009.His special field was British politics, in which he was for years the world’s leading expert.  But he also studied the American political system, and, for contrast to academic life, made himself active in American politics as a life-long Democrat and Chairman of Americans for Democratic Action (1959-1962).  He was a man brave beyond the calling of a professor: in June 1944 he fought in the U.S. Army in Normandy, earning a Bronze Star; and his peacetime hobbies included rock climbing and skydiving.Sam Beer was born on July 28, 1911, in Bucyrus, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1932.  He was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, from 1932 to 1935, and married Roberta Frances Reed on June 22, 1935.  He worked on the staff of the Democratic National Committee and as occasional speechwriter for President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935-1936; as a reporter for the New York Post in 1936-1937; and as writer at Fortune magazine in 1937-1938.  He then went to Harvard University for graduate study and received his Ph.D. in political science in 1943.After his wartime duty as Captain in artillery, Beer spent a year in the U.S. Military Government in Germany (1945).  While at Oxford he had traveled to Germany and taken note of the rising threat of Nazism; after the war he was able to pursue his interest in the question of how so civilized a country, governed as a democracy, could lose so much and come so low.  When he returned to Harvard to teach in 1946, he gave a course on that topic and became the leader of an approach to comparative government that made sense of facts through the ideas of political, social, and economic theory.  He began teaching in Harvard’s new General Education program “Social Sciences 2,” a course on Western thought and institutions that was as much history as political science, and as much political theory as comparative government. He continued this famous course for over 30 years to the benefit and admiration of thousands of Harvard undergraduates. And for all those years he met regularly with the graduate student teaching fellows in the course, who discovered that they were arguing with a professor who had formed his opinions but also, unconcerned with display or triumph, helped them to form theirs.Sam Beer’s first book was titled The City of Reason (1949), a study in the tradition of Oxford idealism that sees the reason inherent in human things rather than hovering above them and criticizing irrationalities.  Avoiding the vague complacency of such a view, he turned to facts and entered the domain of social science, where he took care to consider the fact of human intent and to maintain the role of ideas.  He launched the thorough study of British politics that made him celebrated in Britain as the man who knew their politics better than they did.  In 1965 he published the book that secured his reputation, British Politics in the Collectivist Age, combining an analysis of postwar British socialism with the hard facts of political parties and pressure groups.  Beer was for years the foremost scholar of British politics, the master of its very British intricacies and a detective who found their apparently accidental coherence.  Though an admirer of Britain, he never believed that British politics could be a model for American politics, in which he had an absorbing interest that was not merely academic.  In 1982 he published Britain Against Itself: The Political Contradictions of Collectivism, a sequel analyzing the stagnation of collectivism in the interplay of interests it had created.Always a partisan outside but never inside the classroom, Beer took a leading role in opposing the student rebellion of the late Sixties at Harvard, criticizing the politicization of universities.  In 1998 he also criticized the politicization of impeachment, testifying to the House of Representatives in the case of President Clinton.  His study of American politics was crowned by the publication of his major work To Make a Nation: The Rediscovery of American Federalism in 1993, when he was 82.  In it he stressed the original national purpose behind the idea of states’ rights, often abused to diminish the American nation.At Harvard Beer served as the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government from 1971 and was chair of the Department of Government from 1954 to 1958.  He received an honorary doctorate from Harvard in 1997.  Retiring at Harvard in 1982, and with vitality intact, he moved to Boston College to become the first Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., Professor of American Politics, in part to honor his friend, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.  He was also elected President of the American Political Science Association in 1977, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000.The honors Beer received and even the books he wrote were emblems of the life he led, which was the life of a teacher.  His teaching was memorable above all for the warmth of the virtue he conveyed in it.  Neither cynic nor idealist, the everyday world’s recalcitrance to our most compelling ideals never dampened his good cheer.His hearty affections were in plain sight: for his wife, Jane, his true companion; for his beloved late wife, Roberta (who died in 1987); for his children, Kitty, Frances, and Billy (who died in 1991), his step-children, Alison and Camilla, and his grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchild; for his hometown Bucyrus; for Harvard, his intellectual home for over 70 years, and his many students there; for Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democratic Party; and for his country, which he served wisely in peace and bravely in war.Respectfully submitted,Peter HallJ. Russell MuirheadMelvin RichterMichael WalzerHarvey C. Mansfield, Chairlast_img read more

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The Scottsboro Boys Will Transfer to the West End!

first_imgKander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys will transfer to the West End’s Garrick Theatre, following its highly acclaimed run at the Young Vic. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the award-winning production will begin performances on October 4 prior to an October 20 opening night. Casting will be announced at a later date. The Scottsboro Boys first played off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre prior to opening on Broadway in 2010, earning 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The tuner received its London premiere in 2013 and went on to receive the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. The Scottsboro Boys is based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of attacking two white women on a train in Alabama. The young men were convicted by an all-white jury and spent years in jail while the case was tried and retried. The musical uses the bygone minstrel show performance style to tell the boys’ story and recently came under attack from protestors who did not approve of the minstrel format.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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New program to help start, expand businesses

first_imgToday, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, along with the Darcy Carter, director of the Vermont office of the Small Business Administration (SBA), and Linda Rossi, Assistant Director of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) unveiled Community Business Connections, an important project designed to create new jobs by helping Vermonters start and expand businesses. These are difficult times for Vermont families and we believe that each one of us must do everything we can to jump-start our economy. Markowitz said. Whether we are government officials, individual entrepreneurs, local chambers of commerce, or members of civic and service organizations we could be doing more to help Vermonters start and expand businesses. Carter said, There are a wealth of resources available to help new and existing businesses and Community Business Connections was developed to get this information to the people who need it most.Community Business Connections includes three componentsOne-Stop-Shop for Starting a New Business. www.startabusinessinvermont.net(link is external) is the Community Business Connections website. It is a new resource designed to provide everything a person needs to know to start or expand a business in Vermont. This one-stop-shop for starting or expanding a business provides step-by-step information in checklist form and important links to help entrepreneurs develop a business plan, obtain financing, navigate tax requirements and regulations, find customers and expand sales.Community Outreach. Community Business Connections is reaching into every community to get the word out about the free resources available to help Vermonters start or expand businesses. With stickers for public access computers in libraries and public buildings directing Vermonters to the new website and posters advertising the free resources available through the Small Business Administration and the Vermont Small Business Development Centers the program is expected to reach Vermonters in every part of the state.Training for Local Economic Development Ambassadors. Community Business Connections also provides training to local officials, librarians, individual entrepreneurs and citizens to help them become local economic development ambassadors. Through trainings given around the state and webinars the Secretary of States office, the SBA and the SBDC are educating people across Vermont about what they can do to help jump start their own local economies.Rossi said, Our goal is to reach people at the most local level . . . people who may not be accustomed to thinking about business, either for themselves or on behalf of others in their community. In each of our communities there are people who are losing their jobs and need to figure out what they re going to do next, said Markowitz. Starting a business may not be right for everyone, but if we all took a moment to reach out, I bet we would be surprised by the number of people in our communities who are ready to take the plunge.For more information about this program, please contact the SBA at 802-828-4422, the VtSBDC at 800-464-7232, or the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office at 800-439-8683.Business Fact SheetAccording to a survey by FindLaw.com reported in March 2009, 61 percent of Americans have either started or thought about starting a small business. Thirty percent of Americans say they have started at least one small business. An additional 31 percent have thought about starting their own business at some point in their lives.The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has a long history of providing advice and training to Vermonters. To date, they have trained over 20,000 Vermonters in 1,700 separate events, and provided individual, in-person, confidential counseling to over 8,000 business people representing all stages of business. In 2007, 1,868 new jobs were created by client businesses of the VtSBDC, and these businesses contributed over $4.4 million in new tax revenues.The Vermont office of the U.S. Small Business Administration reports:Vermont had 18,937 small employers (fewer than 500 employees) in 2006, representing 96.8 percent of the state s employers and 63.5 percent of its private-sector employment.The retail trade industry was the state s largest small business and overall employer in 2006.Small businesses created 51.7 percent of the state’s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005Vermont’s real gross state product increased by 1.5 percent in 2007. By comparison, growth in the New England region was 2.1 percent and the United States, 2.0 percent. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce: Bureau of Economic Analysis).The Vermont Secretary of State s Office reports that in 2008 over 8,631 new business entities registered in Vermont.last_img read more

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Jogger Struck and Killed in Garden City

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 64-year-old woman was accidentally struck and killed by a vehicle in Garden City while she was jogging just before noon on Friday, Nassau County police said.Detectives said  Irene Puswald from Garden City South woman was jogging on Kensington Road near the intersection of Salisbury Avenue when she was struck by a 2003 Honda CRV. The 43-year-old West Hempstead woman behind the wheel was driving northbound on Kensington Road, police said.The accident caused the victim to suffer multiple trauma injuries, police said. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 4:30 p.m., police said.The accident, which police said involves no criminality, is still under investigation.last_img

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Bay Shore Boy, 4, Drowns in Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 4-year-old boy drowned in a pool in the backyard of his Bay Shore home on Monday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Adrian Schrone was found unresponsive in a semi-inground pool at his home on Prospect Place at 1:15 p.m.Adults in the home attempted CPR and then took him to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

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What Is The Best Park on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the return of beach and concerts season this Memorial Day weekend, Long Islanders are asking themselves where they can find the best local parks and venues to enjoy the nice weather.The public voted Jones Beach State Park the Best Park on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. And Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater won the title of Best Concert Venue on Long Island in that contest.With about six million annual visitors making it the most-visited park on Long Island and the second-most visited state park in New York—second only to Niagara Falls—Jones Beach State Park is in a class all its own. Popular in the summer months for its seemingly endless beach, the park is in many ways the crown jewel of our dear Island. Welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many of whom make the annual pilgrimage to the Bethpage Air Show—always a high-flying extravaganza.When things cool down a bit during the summer evenings, Long Islanders move from the beach to Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, which hosts live performances by some of the top names in music. The theater is one of the most beautiful concert venues in the country.  Located on Zachs Bay in Wantagh, this 15,000-person amphitheater regularly hosts big-name performers such as Aerosmith and Jimmy Buffet. This coming season includes Poison, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dave Matthews Band and Ozzy Osbourne. Don’t miss your chance to experience an awesome show at Jones Beach. Sing along with sand in your toes!To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.Jones Beach State Park 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. 516-785-1600. jonesbeach.comNorthwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 895 Bay Pkwy. in Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.comRelated Story: Jones Beach Theater 2018 Concert Calendar Booking Uplast_img read more

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Chiron shrinks estimate of flu vaccine production

first_img British regulators cleared Chiron in March to resume production of flu vaccine at the Liverpool plant. But the company still needs the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval to sell flu vaccine in the United States. The FDA plans to inspect the plant in July to find out if problems identified last year have been corrected, the company said. Chiron expects to supply 18 million to 26 million doses of flu vaccine in the United States this year, instead of the 25 million to 30 million doses projected in April, the company said in a news release yesterday. CDC spokesman Von Roebuck cautioned today that it is too early to draw any conclusions about the vaccine supply for the coming flu season. Sanofi Pasteur expects to supply the US market with 50 million doses this year, plus a possible 10 million doses later in the season, according to the Times. Another 3 million doses of the intranasal vaccine made by Medimmune should be available as well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jun 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Chiron Corp. has announced it won’t be able to provide as many influenza vaccine doses as previously estimated for the coming flu season, fraying a thread in the nation’s fragile vaccine supply web. Federal officials and industry executives said that if Chiron does supply the reduced amount, there would be enough vaccine to prevent a severe shortage, according to a New York Times report today. But that assessment assumes that other companies will fulfill their projections. Last year, contamination forced Chiron to cancel delivery of 48 million doses of flu vaccine, close to half the expected US supply. While working to recover its license, the company has experienced delays in start-up procedures and manufacturing problems usual in flu-shot production, the Chiron announcement said. The problems include adjusting to more than 2,000 changes in the production process at Chiron’s plant in Liverpool, England, Chiron President Jack Goldstein told the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, the company hired about 100 new employees to address quality-control issues, and part of the delay lies in training them, he added. Authorities are hoping to prevent a repeat of last year, when Chiron announced in early October that it would not be able to supply any of the promised 48 million doses. By that time, some vaccine doses from other manufacturers had already been shipped and used. In addition, GlaxoSmithKline is applying for approval to sell flu vaccine in the United States and may provide 10 million doses, the Times reported. ”We’re not sure what exactly the news is and what it means for the coming season,” he told CIDRAP News. ”We’ll probably know a bit more by the end of August or the beginning of September, and that will help drive recommendations.” To cope with the resulting shortage, authorities identified priority vaccination groups and worked all season to move vaccine stocks to places where supply was low. Ultimately the United States obtained about 61 million doses, instead of the projected 100 million doses. Dr. Jeanne Santoli, deputy director of the CDC’s immunization services division, told the Times that the CDC is planning for several scenarios this year, from a severe shortage to a surplus. If needed, she said, the agency could provide vaccine first to those in high-risk categories.last_img read more

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Forten Group: Atlas and Compass among the first companies to go on sale

first_img“The goal of the Forten Group is to find strategic or financial investors for its non-core subsidiaries who will be able to realize the great potential of each of these companies for the benefit of their employees, partners and other stakeholders. The exclusive advisors of the Forten Group for the sale of Atlas, Kompas and their affiliates are UMiUM and PKF”They point out in their statement from Forten’s group. By distributing materials intended for potential investors, Forten’s group has started the announced process of disinvesting companies from non-core business. The companies that annually serve about 1,2 million inbound and outbound passengers are known for the full range of services they offer (as a tour operator, travel agency and destination management company), high recognition of the two strongest brands and long-term market presence. The companies have more than 3.500 business partners and over 600 employees, while the total revenue of Atlas, Kompas and related companies in 2018 amounted to EUR 219 million.  Atlas, Kompas Ljubljana, Kompas Poreč and Kompas mreža are the regional leaders that hold more than 20 percent of the market in Croatia and Slovenia and more than 15 percent of the market share in Montenegro. In line with the strategy of focusing on business development in its core businesses – retail and wholesale, food and agriculture and the planned exit from activities that do not represent its strategic direction, Forten’s group has undertaken extensive preparations for the sale of these companies, which includes hiring advisors to lead that process.center_img The leading providers of travel services in Southeast Europe, Atlas and Kompas with related companies, Projektgradnja, a construction company from Slavonski Brod that achieves strong results in the public and private sector, and Sojara, a port terminal for loading, unloading and storing grain in Zadar, are offered for sale. Atlas and Compass – regional leaders Forten’s group is starting to sell non-parent companies. Atlas and Kompas and Projektgradnja and Sojara are the first companies in the process of disinvesting the non-core business of the Forten Group. Photo: Forten’s group / Illustration: HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

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Favre: Kaepernick will reach Tillman-like ‘hero status’

first_imgHall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre feels Colin Kaepernick will eventually have “hero status” like legendary Pat Tillman.Tillman was a standout safety for the Arizona Cardinals who left in the NFL after the 2001 season to join the Army. He was later killed at age 27 by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 campaign, a season in which he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. “I can only think of — right off the top of my head, Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero,” Favre told TMZ Sports. “So I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”Kaepernick played six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and passed for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 69 career games. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 scores, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt.Kaepernick was the 49ers’ quarterback when they lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.Now 32, he is still hoping to receive another shot to play in the NFL. But his stands against racial injustice and lack of willingness to quit kneeling have played a part in why he has remained unsigned.”It’s not easy for a guy his age, black or white, Hispanic, whatever, to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, and put it on hold — maybe forever — for something that you believe in,” Favre said.Favre said he hopes Kaepernick will receive another opportunity to play in the NFL.”I think from a football sense — I can’t imagine him being that far out of shape or that far out of touch with football that he doesn’t deserve a shot,” Favre told TMZ. “… And he’s still young, and hasn’t been hit in several years. So there’s no reason to think that he’s lost that much of a step.”Favre ranks fourth in NFL history in passing yardage (71,838) and touchdown passes (508). He spent 16 of his 20 NFL seasons (1991-2010) with the Green Bay Packers and won three MVP awards. He also played for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.Topics :last_img read more

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