Tedeschi Trucks Band Celebrates Love On Valentine’s Day In New Jersey [Full Audio]

first_imgPhoto: Bob Schultz Photo: Bob Schultz Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the stage at the esteemed Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey for their final show of their two-night run. Many of the audience members were celebrating Valentine’s Day, and romance was in the air, even before the band took their positions on stage. With Amy Helm opening the show, Tedeschi Trucks Band played a hearty collection of music throughout one extended set.The band—dressed in all black—blew the dust off the track “Don’t Let Me Slide” from their debut album Revelator to commence the evening’s music. The band already performed this song three times in the first two months of the year, marking a drastic increase considering the song made it into one performance. Next, Susan Tedeschi began singing the inspirational lyrics to “Laugh About It” with Derek Trucks, the horns, and backup singers expertly supplementing her powerful vocals.The band continued with “Just As Strange”, another track from their latest album Let Me Get By. The song featured a swampy rolling drumline, Derek’s renowned slide guitar, and Susan’s choir-like vocals. With the back-up vocals harmonizing with Susan, the band’s distinguished sound transformed the elegant theater into a sacred church. Keeping the world-class performance at a sentimental pace, “All the World” followed—a relatively new track that hasn’t found a place on an album yet with a sweet and soulful tone like so many Tedeschi Trucks Band tunes.The band abandoned their gospel sound momentarily and returned to the swamps with a dirty little number, “Right On Time”, also from their last studio album. Mike Mattison’s gravelly voice commanded lead vocals while Susan Tedeschi accompanied him with back-up vocals. Elizabeth Lea blasted her trombone in sporadic bursts to give the other musicians room to weave their notes around her steady rhythms. The setlist continued to rely heavily on their most recent studio album with the original tune “Don’t Know What It Means” coming next. This track featured a lively Susan Tedeschi delivering heartfelt lyrics and husband Derek Trucks absolutely destroying his guitar accompaniments. As per usual with this group of brilliant musicians, the three other singers nailed the back-up vocals, and the overall timing remained continually on-point.As the band foreshadowed in recent tours, the newly written “Shame” continued to be displayed, as the performers experimented and redeveloped its song structure in the pursuit musical perfection. The original tune was introduced on June 8th at the Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia and has been in a state of constant evolution ever since, and during this rendition, Derek Trucks whipped a flawless solo around the unusually heavy bass line provided by Tim Lefebvre. This song has unlimited potential, heavy jams, poignant lyrics with a smooth delivery, and has already proven itself to be a staple of the Tedeschi Trucks band’s repertoire.The band then began a barrage of covers beginning with a debut of Cowboy’s “All My Friends” for a poignant tribute to Scott Boyer who passed away two days ago. Cowboy hailed from Jacksonville, Florida, and recorded for Capricorn records in Muscle Shoals with the recommendation from Duane Allman to his friend, the legendary Phil Walden. Duane Allman also plays on Cowboy’s well-known track “Please Be With Me”, which is featured on Duane’s Anthology.To follow, the band dove into a badass rendition of the old blues standard “Leaving Trunk”, with Mike Mattison singing lead vocals. This song is accredited to Sleepy John Estes but was popularized by Taj Mahal. Tash Neal, the guitarist from The London Souls and who also opened the show in Amy Helm’s band, joined the already-crowded stage to contribute his guitar talents. Derek and Tash traded guitar licks that built into the rockin’, explosive focal point of the show.A soulful cover of Elmore James’s“The Sky is Crying” began with a heavily influenced blues solo by Derek Trucks before giving way to Susan’s emotional singing and a stand-out blues guitar solo that could easily be mistaken for one of B.B. King’s.Next, the band revisited a much sought-after cover of Neil Young’s song, “Alabama”, which was recently released as a new single. The cover featured a cutting guitar segment with Susan acing the southern-styled lyrics, and the song marked one of the most formidable three minutes of music of the night. This rendition was also the seventh time that the band has covered this song since its debut in November of last year.Returning to their partial roots as the Derek Trucks Band, Mike Mattison returned to center stage to sing lead on the beginning of Billy Taylor’s song “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”, which featured a mesmerizing one-two punch between Derek Trucks off-the-cuff slide guitar and Susan who retook vocals after the first verse. The song broke down into a furious flurry of horns and percussion, with Ephraim Owens slaying his instrument of choice, the trumpet. Mike Mattison also traded vocal duties with Alecia Chakour, as the song rebuilt for one last incredible solo by Derek Trucks.To close the lengthy solitary set, the band executed a high-quality twenty-minute version of “I Want More”, another track off their latest studio album Let Me Get By. The closer utilized a stompin’ bass drum, horn punctuations, and Susan singin’ to the heavens, as Derek Trucks patiently waited for his opportunity to shred the unholy hell out of his trusted Gibson SG. The rest of his massive band quietly subsided to give him more acoustic space, but soon jumped back in line to resurrect the melodies of the song. Eventually, Kofi emerged from behind his keyboards to perform one last stunning flute solo before relinquishing control to Derek who continues his acoustic onslaught. The drummers were the next at-bat, and made the most of the opportunity, with both Tyler Greenwell and J. J. Johnson thrashing and thumping their kits in synchronous rhythms. Derek got the last word, however, with a final continuation of his guitar prowess.A stripped-down ensemble reappeared onstage to play a sentimental version of the traditional song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”, with Derek Trucks ripping a cutting solo right from the start. Susan sings the lyrics in her pristine voice with backup vocals provided by Marc Rivers, Mike Mattison, Alecia Chakour, and Amy Helm. The band then finished with an extended rendition of “Bound for Glory”, another track from Revelator to complete their two-night residence in a truly inspiring fashion.Kofi crushed a keyboard solo and worked hand-in-hand with the horn section to get the audience dancing. The groove was supplemented further by Derek Trucks overpowering guitar riffs and Susan’s unbeatable vocals. As Derek Trucks captivated the audience with one last guitar solo, Susan finalized the night with the declaration that “We’re bound for glory.”Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank, NJ | 2/14/17Don’t Let Me Slide, Laugh About It, Just As Strange, All the World, Right On Time, Don’t Know What It Means, Shame, All My Friends (Gregg Allman), Leaving Trunk (Sleepy John Estes), The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James), Alabama (Neil Young), I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Billy Taylor), I Want MoreE: Bound For Glory[Audio: edtyre]Tedeschi Trucks Band | Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank, NJ | 2/14/17 | Photos by Bob Schultz Photo: Bob Schultz Load remaining imageslast_img read more

China faces questions over ‘vaccinated’ workers sent overseas

first_imgThe pandemic has disrupted operations at several lucrative mines in Papua New Guinea, one of the Pacific’s poorest nations.While moving its staff into place, MMC’s subsidiary firm Ramu NiCo told Papua New Guinea authorities that any positive coronavirus test results were “the normal reaction of the vaccination and not due to infection”, according to a Chinese and English-language statement obtained by AFP.The 48 members of staff at its multi-billion-dollar mine had “been vaccinated with SARS-COV-2 vaccine” before their return, it said.China has previously indicated that it would test vaccines on military personnel and staff at state-backed companies, but it is not clear whether these tests were carried out on workers heading overseas. China faced demands on Thursday to explain why a state-backed firm claimed it had vaccinated dozens of staff against the coronavirus before sending them back to work at a mine in Papua New Guinea.The China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) — which controls a major nickel mine in the country — warned local authorities that 48 staff who returned from China this month may test positive for the virus because they had received a vaccine.In response, Papua New Guinea authorities called for “immediate clarification” from Beijing and blocked a charter flight full of Chinese workers that was due to land Thursday. “It takes around seven days to produce antibodies in the vaccine recipient’s body after being vaccinated,” the statement reads.”If they need to be tested again for COVID-19, it is suggested to be conducted at least seven days after the vaccination date.”Papua New Guinea’s pandemic tsar David Manning told AFP he wanted answers and had blocked the arrival of a flight with around 150 Chinese workers on board due in Port Moresby on Thursday.”I am demanding an explanation from the Chinese ambassador as to how this has happened,” he said.”I have written to the Chinese government through the Chinese ambassador — to explain how these 48 employees of this state company were vaccinated.” Call for clarity There are growing concerns that Ramu NiCo staff may have circumvented arrival quarantine procedures, that the vaccinations may have been administered unlawfully in Papua New Guinea, or that they were tested on Papua New Guinea citizens.Anyone arriving in Papua New Guinea must receive a coronavirus test before boarding their flight and undergo quarantine on arrival.In a letter from Manning to the Chinese ambassador, also seen by AFP, he demanded “immediate clarification” and stated that Papua New Guinea “does not currently acknowledge a vaccine” for coronavirus and will not until national regulators and the World Health Organisation have given their approval.He also issued a decree banning coronavirus testing, trials and unapproved vaccine treatments in Papua New Guinea. Chinese ambassador Xue Bing told AFP: “We don’t have any comments for the moment. However, one thing is for sure, China is not doing [coronavirus] tests here in PNG.”Papua New Guinea — which has an already under-resourced health sector — had largely dodged the worst of the virus outbreak until recent weeks.The country saw 12 new cases on Thursday taking its total to 359, with 159 active cases amid low rates of testing. At least three people have died from the virus.Coronavirus clusters recently forced the closure of major mines including the vast Ok Tedi copper and gold mine.China’s Ramu NiCo is no stranger to controversy and was temporarily shuttered in late 2019 after spewing slurry into the Bismarck Sea and turning parts of the surrounding coastline ochre red.Nickel is a highly prized metal widely used in batteries, including for electric cars. Topics :last_img read more

No. 1 beach volleyball prepares for Pac-12 title defense

first_imgFresh off of hard-fought dual victories over Cal Poly and crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, the No. 1 USC beach volleyball team will look to defend its title as reigning conference champions this weekend when they compete in the second annual Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships in Tucson, Ariz.With the regular season now behind them and a 60-match winning streak in tow, the undefeated Trojans (30-0) will make their first-ever appearance at Bear Down Beach in the tournament, hosted by the University of Arizona, with double-elimination team bracket play beginning on Thursday. The conference will crown a team champion on Friday and then play an 18-pair single-elimination tournament to crown a pairs champion on Saturday.Two Trojan duos have crossed the 30-win plateau this season, with senior All-Americans and reigning Pac-12 pairs champions Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes boasting a 35-1 overall record this season and a 29-1 mark in dual matches at the top court. At the bottom of the lineup at No. 5, juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer are 30-4 overall with a 26-2 dual record, and they reached the 30-win mark after an exciting three-setter against UCLA on Saturday.Following right behind is the No. 3 pair of junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin, who own a 28-7 overall record and 25-5 mark in duals together. USC’s No. 2 pair of seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler (17-5 overall, 16-4 duals) and No. 4 pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis (16-5 overall, 15-5 duals) will look to crack the 20-win threshold over the weekend.The Trojans are eager to defend their conference title in Tucson against largely improved competition from last year, and they hope to finish the season out strong.“The team is really excited,” Kremer said. “We really want to win another Pac-12 Championship. There is going to be some great competition, and we’ve been waiting all season for these last two tournaments — Pac-12s and NCAAs — so we’re ready for that final push.”This year’s conference field includes three teams ranked in the AVCA Top 10, with No. 1 USC(30-0), No. 2 UCLA (26-3) andNo. 8 Arizona (15-8) at the top. Pac-12 rivals Arizona State (12-14), Washington (7-5) and Stanford (12-8) also received votes in this week’s AVCA poll.In the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament held at Merle Norman Stadium last season, the Trojans picked up 5-0 wins over Oregon and California in the quarterfinals before posting a 3-2 victory over UCLA in the semifinals. USC was then crowned the first-ever league champion with a 3-0 sweep over Arizona in the finals. The Trojans could potentially meet the Bruins and the Wildcats again this weekend in the team bracket, although USC owns a perfect all-time record against both schools.As the top seed in the team bracket, No. 1 USC will kick off its tournament on Thursday at 1 p.m., taking on the winner of the de facto play-in match between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. Should the Trojans advance, the quarterfinal matchup will begin at 6 p.m. The semifinals of the tournament begin on Friday at 9 a.m., with the Pac-12 team title match is scheduled for later in the afternoon at 1 p.m. Finally, the pairs championship will begin on Friday and run until the final at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

UHRI Launches ‘Citizens Initiative Registry’

first_imgThe executive director of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), Joe Luamba, Jr has called on Liberians to join the newly established National Citizens Registry (NCR).In a press release issued in Monrovia last Friday, Luamba said the NCR is being launched to enable Liberians to fulfill their constitutional obligation by adding their names, voter registration and electoral districts to the national registry.  “This citizens’ initiative is consistent with the letter and spirit of Article I of the Liberian Constitution which states that ‘All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require,’” he said.He explained that the NCI Registry is open to all Liberian citizens to add their names, voter registration numbers, electoral districts, counties and phone numbers indicating to politicians that 167 years of statehood was necessary.When Liberian citizens value their opinions they must ensure that their servants in government follow their orders and in a situation where a government ceases to serve the common good of society, it becomes the duty of citizens to bring their servants under control.The NCR’s initiative, he said, “is a proven strategy that has successfully guaranteed that public servants remain servants instead of public masters in democracies and thisdates back to 5th century Greece.”He said the initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body and it exists in Switzerland, United States and the European Union.In order to return from the bottomless pit of despair, underdevelopment and lack of opportunities, Luamba said Liberian citizens must take the lead and begin trusting democratic ideas, not politicians, irrespective of their tribe, religion, education or social status. Luamba urged all Liberian citizens to register to vote as the first step on the path to peace, prosperity and unlimited equal opportunities for all citizens.  They must register at the National Citizens Initiative Registry by calling 0775718065 and the process will continue through email, sms texts, letters, facebook, and websites to be established by UHRI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Contractor appointed to work on Donegal Town bridge replacement

first_imgWorks are commencing on the replacement of Tirchonaill Street Bridge in Donegal Town in the coming days following the appointment of contractors L & M Keating Ltd. The works will begin on 20th August 2018 and are expected to be completed early 2019. The current contract value for the works is €924,448.60.The Tirchonaill Street Bridge was originally constructed in 1895, and then in 1920 the current structure was constructed. The bridge is a four span steel bridge spanning the River Eske. Over the years, maintenance works were carried out to the bridge but due to the age of the bridge the nature of the steel structure the bridge has deteriorated to the extent that it currently has a 3.5 tonne weight restriction and is in much need of a replacement. Back Row: L-R Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Mark Sweeney, Area Manager Roads & Transportation Donegal County Council, Barry Doherty, L & M Keating (Contractor), Francis Cleary – L & M Keating (Contractor), Peter Kennedy , Resident Engineer, Roughan & O’Donovan (Consulting Engineers) & Cllr John Campbell.Front Row – L-R: Patrick Grennan, Roughan & O’Donovan (Consulting Engineers), Cllr Tom Connaghan, Lorcan Hoyne L & M Keating (Contractor), Cahal Moss, Road Design Office (Donegal County Council), Cllr Michael Naughton, Cathaoirleach Donegal MD.In February 2017, a delegation from the Donegal Municipal District met with Shane Ross, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, to seek specific funding for the much needed bridge replacement works at Tirchonaill Bridge. The Minister recognised the need for the works and specific funding was secured and this allowed Donegal Council to proceed with the works. The Council then arranged for Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers to prepare the necessary tender documents and in early 2018 tenders were received from a number of contractors who were interested in carrying out the works.Tender assessments were carried out and L & M Keating Ltd is the Contractor now appointed to carry out the works.Tirchonaill Street BridgeThe works will involve the following:– Implementing road closures and traffic management measures to facilitate the works and the flow of traffic around the works.– The demolition of the existing bridge steel superstructure.– The cleaning/repair and re-pointing of the existing substructure.– Works to the existing substructure to allow the construction of the replacement steel and concrete composite bridge superstructure.– Construction of replica bridge parapets to match the existing steel riveted panels.– Roadworks on the bridge and approaches.– The temporary and permanent diversion of services and associated new ducting and chambers.– Bridge deck waterproofing.– Road, footpath, and substructure drainage and ducting works.The Contractor has indicated their intention to commence works on site on 20th August 2018 and is expecting to have works completed early next year.Road closures and traffic management measures will take effect on Monday 27th August 2018. Donegal County Council wish to apologise in advance for any inconvenience the closures may cause and ask for members of the public to abide by the traffic management measures when implemented so as to help facilitate traffic flows around the works site.Every effort will be made to expedite the works and re-open the roads as soon as possible.Contractor appointed to work on Donegal Town bridge replacement was last modified: August 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more