Dumpstaphunk Finds The Groove At The End Of The Oregon Trail [Review]

first_imgThe wild eyed guitar and bass antics of Hall don’t obscure his impressive skill on whatever stringed instrument rests in his hands. His back and forth eye contact with the man on the marque, and the keys, Ivan Neville, had the element of a soldier and a general, setting the plan of attack. Neville makes playing the organ look like a dance, as if each keystroke is an extension of a connection to a higher groove that he is trying to share. Whether he was entertaining the crowd with tales of their day of travel or extorting them to sing along as Dumpstaphunk shook the rafters, Ivan Neville gives the same full-tilt commitment to the moment, and it’s invigorating to see.For nearly two hours, Dumpstaphunk laid down slabs of pulsating funk that seemed to subsume the room  and made the people marionettes in the hands of musical masters. Guitarist Ian Neville continues to carve out more lead time in the mix, with several blistering leads and slinky rhythm lines that drew appreciative cheers from the packed house. When the last notes faded, an appreciative and somewhat bewildered audience greeted the band’s outstretched arms with an uproarious cheer, showing their appreciation for the mind warping display they had just undergone.The night’s festivities kicked off with Joytribe, a funk & soul collective based out of the Rose City. Led by sax player Chelsea Luker, the band was trying out some additional players, and the thick sound made a serious impact on the early arriving crowd. With show-stopping turns on the mic singing and playing Luker grabbed the listeners attention, but the funky vibe of the band kept them riveted. Their set was very well received, and it appears an answer was given to the band’s musical question of whether adding a few more hands was a good idea or not.It will be fun to see what the future brings for Joytribe! Dumpstaphunk is touring the Pacific Northwest, acting as funk ambassadors and making it their mission to bring the get down vibe to the people who need it, wherever they may be. Their noble quest brought them the Star Theater in Portland, OR on a clear Thursday night, which they filled with waves of bass, organ and slinky guitar that swept away everyone like a groove tsunami.There’s no adherence to the age old wisdom “Too much of a good thing” when it comes to Dumpstaphunk, as the trance dancing audience was delighted to hear. Nick Daniels possesses one of the deepest, sweetest bass tones of any living player that strikes listeners at their centers and takes hold. Over the course of the set, he ranged from precise to sludge-thick, while sharing lead vocal duties in a powerful falsetto. As always with Dumpstaphunk, if one is good then two must be better, and Daniels was joined in the deep end by multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall.last_img read more

When was the last all-English Champions League final?

first_imgManchester United won the Champions League in 2008 (Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images)The possibility of an all-English Champions League is very much alive after Liverpool’s spectacular victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals on Tuesday night.The Reds lost the first leg 3-0 in Spain but turned in a near-perfect performance to beat the Catalans 4-0 at Anfield and make it to the Champions League final for the second time in as many years.The responsibility now lies with Tottenham to produce a remarkable comeback of their own as they take on Ajax in Amsterdam in Wednesday night.Spurs lost the home leg 1-0 so the odds are stacked against them in Holland, but after watching Liverpool’s resurrection against Barca, anything is possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIf Mauricio Pochettino’s side can oust the Dutch team then they will set up the first all-English Champions League final since 2008. Comment When was the last all-English Champions League final? John Terry missed a penalty for Chelsea in the shootout (Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images)The last time two Premier League sides contested the Champions League final was Chelsea and Manchester United’s meeting at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in 2008.It had been an exceptional year for English sides in Europe with Liverpool being knocked out by Chelsea in the quarter-finals and Arsenal ousted by Man Utd in the semis.Chelsea beat Barcelona in the final four to set up the clash with the Red Devils, but it was United that triumphed in Russia.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe game finished 1-1 after Frank Lampard cancelled out a Cristiano Ronaldo opener to take the game to extra-time and, eventually, penalties.Ronaldo missed from the spot for United, but then John Terry slipped to miss his, before Nicolas Anelka also failed from 12 yards to see Alex Ferguson’s team lift the trophy.This was the only time in the history of the Champions League or its former guise of the European Cup that two English sides have met in the final.However, it has happened in the Europa League/UEFA Cup, when Tottenham beat Wolves in the final of the first ever edition of the tournament in 1972.MORE: Liverpool’s Andy Robertson should have been sent off for Lionel Messi incident against Barcelona, says ex-refereeMORE: What Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool players before thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League semi-final Phil HaighWednesday 8 May 2019 9:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link66Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Dominica’s PM issues urgent appeal

first_imgSkerrit said the road to recovery will be a long one. “It is going to be a very long a difficult journey, but I am confident that if we remain united as a people we can bounce back. It will take us some time but as for myself I am completely committed to the country in doing what I can to assist in raising the necessary finances and making contacts.” Health sectorIn reference to the health sector, the Prime Minister said patients in need of critical care at the hospital – that lost its roof, must be airlifted. “The hospital is being run on an archaic system…..the dialysis machines are down, the ICU has been destroyed by the hurricane. That is one of our major concerns. Any country that can assist us with airlifting patients to Martinique. One patient who has to receive dialysis every day walked over 21 miles and I met him at the hospital….another patient, if he doesn’t get airlifted, he will expire.” PM to address UN General AssemblyThe Prime Minister said he will be traveling to New York on Friday to address the United Nations General Assembly. “I originally had no intentions of going …. But I will speak to the international community, to have meetings with the UN Secretary-General, to outline Dominica’s situation. So, we will not leave any stone unturned. We have all been impacted and we can only make life better.” Emotional interviewSkerrit in an emotional interview on ABS television in neighboring Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday said the entire nation was impacted by the powerful storm and at least 15 people are dead and 20 others missing. TelecommunicationsConcerning telecommunications, the Prime Minister said experts from both Digicel and Flow have been working feverishly to restore services as there is limited cellular coverage. “The entire east, the extreme south, the inner communities…the rain forest areas where the indigenous people reside…there are significant challenges,” he said.center_img 72 General Debate – 23rd of September 2017Her Excellency RooseveltSKERRITPrime Minister and Minister for Financeand Public Service of theCOMMONWEALTH OF DOMiNICA The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has issued an urgent appeal for the island, following the passage of Hurricane Maria earlier this week. In a message to Dominicans in the Diaspora, Skerrit said the country needs them. “If there has ever been a time that Dominica needed its people the most, it is now…..I am here to speak on behalf of the 72-thousand people who call Dominica home – every one of us need you.” However, the Prime Minister said the resilience of Dominicans is evident even in the midst of crisis and the “community spirit is kicking in. People are on the move, clearing the streets to create access to buildings. Some of them are still in shelters….. there are also many who have no place to sleep at night.” Skerrit also pointed to the need for access to resources to build more resilient countries. “We have been playing our part but the extent of the resources required to put in the mitigation systems is beyond us…..” Supplies are criticalSkerrit, who also lost the roof of his house during the storm, said the “logistics of getting supplies will be critical.” He has authorized and approved a distribution strategy, and also indicated, “The most immediate needs are tarpaulins, water, and food supplies…..every village I’ve been to, they are in need of water and more water and baby supplies.”last_img read more

It’s official: Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again for the Angels this season, but he can still hit

first_imgThe Angels placed Cam Bedrosian on the injured list with a right adductor strain. Bedrosian had been one of the few consistently effective relievers in the first 10 games, allowing one run in his first 4 1/3 innings. Kyle Keller was recalled from the alternate site in Long Beach to take Bedrosian’s spot…In order to create spots for Jo Adell and Mike Trout, the Angels optioned Michael Hermosillo and Jared Walsh to Long Beach. Considering he’d need time to work from throwing to pitching in a game, and there are now only eight weeks left in the regular season, it was almost certain Monday that Ohtani had thrown his final pitch of the year.However, Maddon stopped short Tuesday of saying that Ohtani’s days as two-way player were over.“From what I’ve seen, I believe that he can (be a two-way player),” Maddon said. “We just got to get past the arm maladies and figure that out.”Maddon said he looked forward to getting Ohtani, the pitcher, a fresh start in 2021, with a normal spring training.  At that point, they would be better able to assess whether his career as a two-way player is viable.“He’s such a high-end arm and of course what he can do in the batter’s box,” Maddon said. “It might get to the point where he may chose to want to do one thing over the other and just express that to us.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ohtani’s 2020 season as a pitcher ended quickly, after just 1 2/3 innings. In his debut, he couldn’t get an out among the six batters he faced. In his second start, on Sunday, he pitched a perfect first, but then fell apart in the second. He walked five and threw 42 pitches in the inning, recording just two outs. Ohtani’s velocity dipped during the inning, which Maddon said he thought was just fatigue. Ohtani later complained of arm discomfort, and tests revealed the injury.TEHERAN SET TO DEBUTJulio Teheran will get the start on Wednesday, his first outing with the Angels, Maddon said on the Angels radio pregame show. The Angels did not have a starter listed in the notes distributed before the game.Teheran started the season on the injured list after missing the first two weeks of summer camp following a bout with COVID-19 in June. He pitched three innings last Thursday in an intrasquad, and Maddon said after that game they wanted him to pitch again at the alternate site in Long Beach, but the plans apparently changed.NEW DAD THOUGHTSMike Trout rejoined the Angels after missing four games for the birth of his son. He called the experience “incredible” and “pretty amazing” and said it was difficult to leave his wife, Jess, and the baby, Beckham, back home when he flew to Seattle.“I FaceTimed the wife probably 30 times already today,” Trout said. “She probably thinks I’m crazy.”Trout’s return also alleviated the fears of some who suspected he might simply opt-out, particularly given the difficulties Major League Baseball has had controlling the coronavirus. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have each missed a week or more of games because of team outbreaks. Trout had expressed concern about COVID-19 since before the start of summer camp.“A lot of things flying through my head, obviously Jess was worried,” Trout said. “What I’ve been doing, this team the Angels, we’ve been safe. I feel safe here. Everybody’s being accountable, staying in the hotel room, doing the right things and making the right choices. Until something happens, I feel like it’s been good so far. It’s definitely scary for baseball.”ALSORelated Articles Joe Maddon officially declared what the calendar had made likely a day earlier about Shohei Ohtani.“I’m not anticipating him pitching at all this year,” the Angels manager said Tuesday afternoon, officially putting an end to Ohtani as a two-way player in 2020.Ohtani will still be able to serve as a nearly full-time DH, although Maddon didn’t put him in the lineup on Tuesday because he said he’s still “a little bit sore.”Ohtani was diagnosed on Monday with a grade 1-2 strain of the flexor pronator mass. The general timetable for that injury is at least four weeks before a throwing program can be started.last_img read more

Hundreds of Lacey Families Plan to Turn Out for Day of…

first_imgSubmitted by North Thurston Public SchoolsServing together in the community not only improves the community but improves the family and people of the community (#laceydayofservice). Hundreds of Lacey families have decided that working at some of our local schools would be a great project this year. In cooperation with the North Thurston Public Schools, these families will be volunteering Saturday morning (9/13) at Woodland Elementary; Lacey Elementary, Pleasant Glade Elementary, and Chambers Prairie Elementary.The emphasis this year has been to use the event to encourage families, neighbors and residents of the local community to increase the support for our local schools. Hopefully by working together Saturday we will start some new relationships that will grow into ongoing support in whatever ways we can assist our schools.All are invited to join in. Much of the effort Saturday will be outdoor maintenance type work. Bring shovels, rakes, clippers and other yard tools. And bring your neighbor. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Brandon Weeden Talks Deion Sanders

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIWe all know Weeden is a great quote, right? Among the variables and ups and downs of college athletics that’s one thing we can pretty much bank on.And he didn’t disappoint in an interview with Gina Mizell over the weekend. Here are some of the gems, things that might not be as funny if Weeden wasn’t the one saying them but are hilarious because he did.On the cone drills and broad jumps he has to do at the combine:It’s the final time we’ll probably ever have to do it, but it’s kind of part of the process.Basically: “I throw a football harder and tighter than anyone in the world that doesn’t currently get paid to do it and you guys are worried about how quickly I can touch a bunch of orange cones??”On throwing at the combine:I’m actually going to decide (Monday) exactly what I’m going to do. It may change, but I think as of right now, I’m leaning toward throwing. But my agent’s coming in, a couple other people (to help me decide). A lot of guys aren’t throwing, for whatever reason. I don’t know why that is. They always use the Deion Sanders comparison — he came in, ran a 4.2 (in the 40-yard dash), jumped back in his car and left. That was his strength. I think my strength is throwing the football. I’d love to throw. I’ve just got to do what’s best for me.First of all, I got a hundy saying he’s going to throw. Second, one of my favorite things about Weeden is that it’s as if he doesn’t understand this game that players and agents and the people paying both of them play. And that’s all the next two months are really, a game. He’s old school though, he’ll throw in the cold (Bedlam), in the wind (Tech), in the heat (Texas)…wherever. Just give him a football and let it ride.Also, I’ve heard that Deion story elsewhere before. I’m pretty sure it’s true and it’s definitely all-time.On where he’ll get drafted:You look back at my track record at Oklahoma State, we won some big games against some really good football teams. You can throw the other quarterbacks that are in there, we were able to beat their teams, respectively.Translation: “screw Griffin.”On what he’s going to do after the draft:I’ll probably work out at Oklahoma State if they’ll let me.Haha…yeah. If they’ll let DMase shoot Js in Gallagher-Iba too.On last year:To say it was amazing is not doing it justice. It was a special time. It was one of those things that hopefully it put Oklahoma State on the map and hopefully the fans and everybody had fun with it. I actually just watched the second half of the Fiesta Bowl for the first time. I can’t really put it into words. It really was unbelievable.I think we’ll look back in 10 years and be even more adamant about how special that ride was.There will be other Big 12 titles and maybe other shots to play for it all, but last year was special in the same way having your first child or falling in love for the first time are special. The blissful innocence is the best part.Source: OklahomanIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more