Since leaving The Motet last year, Jans Ingber has been touring with his Funk Fellowship project, recruiting a rotating cast of musicians for funky dance parties at clubs around the country. Over the weekend, the collective made its way to Colorado for a night at Cervantes and a night at The Fox Theatre. The jams were plenty with a sensational crew of musicians, including Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), Sharay Reed (bass), Jarrod Lawson (vocals, keys), Jonathan Lee Stewart (saxophone), Alvin Ford Jr (drums), Steve Swatkins (keys), Kimberly Dawson (vocals), Ladamion Massey (vocals), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Scott Messersmith (percussion), and Will Trask (drums).On Saturday, young guitarist Jaden Carlson also joined the fun for a cover of “Layaway” by The Isley Brothers, keeping with the groove, laying down her impressive chops, and blowing the roof off Boulder’s Fox Theatre. There’s no denying the kid’s got talent, as she effortlessly fits in with the stage of masters for a 17+ minute jam. Luckily, someone was there to document the sit-in.Watch the full video below:Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship will make its way to the Brooklyn Bowl on January 21 with Rachael Price (vocals-Lake Street Dive), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet/vocals-Trey Anastasio Band), Steveland Swatkins (keys-Allen Stone), Alwyn Robinson (drums-Leftover Salmon), Chris Chew (bass-The Word), Cochemea “Cheme” Gastelum (sax-Dap Kings), Scott Metzger (guitar-Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and vocalist Akie Bermiss. More information here.
TechnipFMC has secured a large contract for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) from Petrobras, the leader and operator of the Libra Consortium, for the pre-salt Mero field, located in the Santos Basin in Brazil. Arnaud Pieton, president Subsea at TechnipFMC, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded another EPCI contract by the Libra Consortium, which reinforces the long-standing relationship between Petrobras and TechnipFMC. By executing and delivering this new flagship project, we are looking forward to supporting Petrobras’s ambition in the pre-salt region and contributing to the development of Brazil.” It also comprises the installation and pre-commissioning of service flexible lines and steel tube umbilicals, as well as towing and hook up of the FPSO. The contract covers engineering, procurement, construction, installation and pre-commissioning of the infield rigid riser and flowlines for production, including the water alternate gas wells. The offshore campaign is scheduled to start in 2022. Libra Consortium consists of Petrobras, Shell Brasil, Total, CNPC, CNOOC and Pré-sal Petróleo SA (PPSA).
Winter might be coming, but USC is still working to keep their recent hot-streak alive.Quarterback Cody Kessler said that the “two-back” formation that USC has been running these past three wins, has become an identity for the USC offense and that the team has been inspired by its own ability to run the ball and maintain control of the game. This past Saturday, USC’s rushing attack accumulated 229 yards while Arizona had 60, which led USC to have more possession time.“Coach Helton has always emphasized running the ball and play action,” Kessler said after practice Monday. “I think we’re starting to find that identity on offense. Guys are sticking to it, and this young offensive line is really starting to find itself.”But though USC and Los Angeles got its first glimpses of fall weather this past week, the temperatures were incomparable to what USC is expected to face in their game against Colorado on Friday. It is projected to be within 30-40 degrees at kickoff in Boulder, CO.Consequently, the team is leaving Los Angeles on Thursday to try and acclimate to the altitude and cold they’re going to have to play through. Furthermore, because of the short week, Monday’s practice, which is usually dedicated to studying film and resting, turned into a “competition Tuesday” practice, the most physically demanding and competitive of the week.Running back coach Johnny Nansen is challenging his players to come to practice prepared for the cold and for another fight this week if they want to continue winning in the Pac-12.“It’s a mentality thing that starts in practice. That’s why I’m challenging my guys to not wear sleeves We’re going to be tough and work to get the win,” Nansen said. “They have got to do their jobs and not let the weather be a factor. I think that the Notre Dame prepared us well for this game.”Helton said that the “championship-like” mentality his team practiced with Monday, after having just defeated Arizona late Saturday night, exemplifies the dedication USC has shown during its last three games, which has put them in position to possibly win the Pac-12 division.“I just told the guys how appreciative we are as a staff for them to come out with a championship mentality like they did today and really have one of their best practices of the year. I am just thankful for them,” Helton said. “I told them that we’re having a blast as a coaching staff because these guys came out and gave the effort they did …. with a late night game two days ago — that’s really, really incredible.”USC’s past three wins have largely been defined by the emergence of their young talent, and none have been had a greater impact than freshman Ronald Jones II, who exploded for 177 yards on 19 carries Saturday. USC coaches say that Jones is special because when he makes contact with a defender he never stops moving his feet. His “downhill” running style allows him to get into a second gear that seemed uncatchable at times against Arizona.“It’s just a natural thing that he has got,” Nansen said. “You have to watch him play to see that he never stops his feet on contact; it is hard to bring him down. It is going to take a couple of guys because he is such an aggressive runner. If they can’t, he’ll look up field.”USC coaches said that Jones’s relentless drive to improve on his “weaknesses” is the main reason for the incredible success he’s had in his first collegiate season. Jones already has 710 yards and could potentially scratch the 2,000-yard mark. Since spring training, he has been working with Kessler and other quarterbacks on catching quick passes.“We all knew that he was a great runner, but I really like what he is trying to do with the things that might have been a weakness of his when he first came in — like catching the ball,” Helton said. “He is really focusing on things he wants to get better on. He made huge play catching a ball in the flat scoring that touchdown. And he has made strides in the blocking game too. I’m really proud of him.”USC’s running game has also been fueled by the play of the Trojan offensive line and fifth year senior Kessler. Kessler’s efficient passing numbers all season has combined with Jones’s ability for a dynamic play action option on offense. Kessler says that because USC’s coaches are trying to utilize their outstanding playmakers such as Jones II, Juju Smith-Schuster and Adoree’ Jackson, the offense is much more focused on speed and rhythmically going forward with their plays before the defense can set up.“The offensive line loves it. I get pumped when we get a big run and those guys feel like they did all the work, which they did,” Kessler said. “It’s just a cool feeling to see Zach Banner last game come running down the field chest bumping and fist bumping everybody.”Despite a large emphasis on the run in today’s practice, Kessler and Helton similarly talked about USC’s ability to make big plays in the passing game. Though Helton said that Juju Smith-Schuster didn’t practice Monday in order to protect his surgically-repaired hand, despite leading the team with 136 receiving yards against Arizona, he expects Smith-Schuster to have a productive game Friday. Smith-Schuster similarly didn’t practice last week.“Obviously, he is a freak of nature,” Helton said. “To go out there and have the game he did, really after not catching the ball all week. But getting some catches on Friday, do and does what he does. He is pretty special.”