Widespread Panic Closes Out Milwaukee Run With Third Consecutive Black Sabbath Bust Out

first_imgLoad remaining images Never miss a Sunday show. That’s what fans who caught Widespread Panic’s third and final show at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI were saying, wrapped up in the glory of the band’s rocking music.The first set alone was almost 20 minutes longer than the Friday or Saturday first sets, a good sign for what was to come. Singer and guitarist John Bell noted the anniversary of the first time the band played the Riverside, and then they immediately went into “Send Your Mind.” The set didn’t get rowdy, however, until they started “Disco.” The instrumental song got everyone in the crowd moving.“Greta” was next. This song always gets love in Milwaukee, and one only has to go back and listen to the Saturday 2014 version to see how much the fans love it. Last night’s version proved no different, and it’s possible the crowd got even more raucous last night than in 2014. Once keyboardist JoJo Hermann began seeing an extra chorus of “There’s a pack of rabid dogs…” the place erupted into a frenzy. It was amazing. “Stop/Go” featured some nice Fire on the Mountain teases, and “Blackout Blues” ended the set with an exclamation.They opened the second set with “Can’t Get High,” a problem that nobody attending the show seemed to be having. Panic slowed things down a bit with “Don’t Be Denied.” JB’s voice was crooning to the crowd, and everyone seemed mesmerized by it. When he sang the lyric, “We started a band…” an image of the WSP note eater logo flashed on the LED screens, and the crowd again erupted in jubilation and appreciation. “Rock” was particularly grungy and had that defining hard-edged Panic sound. After the drums segment, “Blue Indian” was standard awesome and a rocking “North” closed out the set.“Ain’t Life Grand” was the encore, and it was a sentiment to which both band and crowd could facilely relate at that moment. As with the two previous nights, the encore was a treat, and this Sunday show provided more of the same. This time they played Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and believe it or not this tune is even rarer than the other two covers, as “Children” hadn’t been played since 2007. One should note that Panic has been doing Black Sabbath covers from previous Halloween encores, so are they leading up to something for the Halloween show in Broomfield, CO? They have stops in Minneapolis and Ames before making it to the Rocky Mountain state, so we’ll see what other past-Halloween tricks they may have up their sleeve.So now that the 2016 Riverside run is completed, and Panic once again delivered on all three nights, there is only one question that remains: Will they be back next year? Their self-admitted intention to reduce touring in upcoming years suggests that they probably won’t. But maybe, because of the soft spot in their hearts for this great venue in a great city, they will find some time and treat this as the destination event it has become. I’m optimistic they’ll be back.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream, as well as a gallery from Ojeda Photography.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI – 10/23/16Set 1: Send Your Mind, Last Straw > Christmas Katie > Saint Ex, Disco > Greta > Stop/Go, Goin’ Out West > Blackout Blues (72 mins)Set 2: Can’t Get High, Junior, Don’t Be Denied, Surprise Valley > Rock, Bust It Big > Drums > Cease Fire, Blue Indian, North (88 mins)Encore: Ain’t Life Grand, Children of the GraveNotes: ‘Children of the Grave’ LTP 10/31/07 Asheville (604 shows)last_img read more

Wolf Administration Serving 10,700 More Vulnerable Pennsylvanians in Their Communities

first_imgWolf Administration Serving 10,700 More Vulnerable Pennsylvanians in Their Communities Promoted State and Local Teamwork: In an effort to better coordinate the commonwealth’s housing efforts, DHS conducted outreach to local and state governmental, non-government agencies, and for profit and non-profit agencies:PHFA, in partnership with DHS, launched an online tool called Prescreening, Assessment, Intake, and Referral (PAIR). PAIR is designed for the 811 Project Rental Assistance Program and is used by the local housing referral networks to screen and refer 811 applicants to participating properties that have vacancies.DHS, in partnership with PHFA, also strengthened and expanded the scope of work for the Self Determination Housing Project’s (SDHP) RHC program to include the 811 program. SDHP will share its housing expertise and training to a broader audience to include people with mental health, physical, and intellectual disabilities.For more information on DHS’ housing strategy, visit www.dhs.pa.gov. Strengthened Housing-Related Services: Nearly $80 million in housing-related services supported Pennsylvanians to transition back to their communities, maintain their own homes, and obtain critical services like emergency home heating assistance, homeless assistance, and home accessibility modifications. In 2016:The Homeless Assistance Program recorded 77,419 cases of assistance for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness.The Emergency Shelter Allowance Program served 3,738 households who were at-risk of homelessness.The TANF Diversion Program assisted 37,693 families who were experiencing a crisis. Homelessness and near homelessness qualify as a crisis.The LIHEAP program helped keep 467,815 Pennsylvanians’ homes safe and warm by providing heating assistance.DHS helps people to remain in their own homes, and when possible, transitions people out of nursing facilities and back into their communities:172 waiver recipients received assistance for Community Transition Services (CTS) through DHS’ Nursing Home Transition Program. These Community Transition Services were funded through the Home and Community Based Waivers for home furnishings, moving expenses, security deposits and environmental safeguards to allow them to live in the community; this is 15% more people receiving assistance than in the previous year.68 people received one time rental assistance through the NHT Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program (NHT TBRA) and 204 individuals received ongoing rental assistance for up to two years while they await for a permanent housing choice voucher to become available.3,973 people moved into new homes or were able to stay in their homes because special accessibility adaptations or modifications were completed. June 08, 2017center_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration continues to increase access to housing in the commonwealth. Over the past two years, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has served 10 percent more people in the community. Specifically, there was:A 15 percent increase in people over the age of 60 who are receiving home- and community-based waivers;A 25 percent increase in people under the age of 60 who are receiving attendant care services;A 24 percent increase in Pennsylvanians receiving services through the LIFE program; andA 20 percent increase in persons with developmental disabilities who are served in home- and community-based long-term care waiver services.“The focus that the Department of Human Services has placed on housing is allowing older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability to live in their communities – where they want to be,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Housing is a critical determinant to a person’s health and well-being. It imperative that we are able to provide those in need with access to safe, quality, affordable housing, and the supports necessary to maintain that housing.”“We are deeply committed to serving more people in the community. Pennsylvanians are clear that they want to receive services in the community and not an institution or facility,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “Today’s announcement shows that we are listening to them and moving in the right direction. I would also like to thank DHS staff and our sister agencies whose hard work made these increases possible.”Since the beginning of the Wolf Administration in January 2015, DHS focused on expanding access to affordable housing, strengthening housing-related services, and promoting state and local teamwork to better serve:Individuals who live in institutions, but could live in the community with housing services and supports;Individuals and families who experience homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness; andIndividuals who have extremely low incomes or whose rents are too high and are unaffordable.To achieve this goal, DHS has expanded the use of nursing home transition, increased the number of counties served by LIFE providers across the state, and increased funding for waivers that allow Pennsylvanians to remain in their homes. At the same time, the department launched Community HealthChoices, an initiative that will help the commonwealth increase the number of seniors and individuals with physical disabilities who can live in the community.In addition to these efforts, the department also hired a housing director in April 2016 to oversee all of the department’s housing programs and coordinate with housing partners such as the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. In May 2016, the housing director oversaw the creation of the DHS five-year housing strategy, a comprehensive plan to connect Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated, and supportive housing. Some of the initiatives that were launched as a result of the plan include the following:Expanded Access to Affordable Housing:TANF Rapid Re-Housing: DHS, through a partnership with the City of Philadelphia, has housed 22 families experiencing homelessness. In 2017, an additional 28 families experiencing homelessness will be rapidly re-housed.Fairweather Lodges: Pennsylvania is home to 42 lodges, three of which are for veterans. These lodges use a psychosocial rehabilitation model in which residents live together and run or participate in a business that provides them with employment. Currently, 218 Pennsylvanians live in these lodges. In 2016, DHS planned to add 10 new lodges for future development, five of which will occur in 2017.Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA): The 811 PRA Program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and DHS to provide persons with disabilities and extremely low incomes access to affordable, integrated, and accessible housing while ensuring access to long-term services and supports in the community.The PHFA administers 811 funds to provide project-based rent assistance that pays the difference between 30 percent of a tenant’s monthly income and the approved fair market rent for an 811 apartment. DHS works closely with the local housing referral networks to identify and refer eligible applicants. To date, 48 individuals with disabilities and extremely low-incomes were housed in either 811-subsidized apartments or through Housing Choice Vouchers that were provided by public housing authorities as a portion of their commitments to the 811 program. 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Ireland defeated by Hong Kong

first_imgIreland’s hopes of automatic qualification for the next year’s Twenty20 World Cup were dealt a major blow when they lost by five runs to Hong Kong. Porterfield had earlier won toss and put Hong Kong in and his decision looked to have been justified when his bowlers restricted the batting side to 129 for eight from their 20 overs. The most notable contributions came from Nizakat Khan, who scored 25 off 21 balls, and top scorer Mark Chapman, who took 30 from the 24 balls he faced as Kevin O’Brien claimed three for 32 with support from Mooney and George Dockrell with two apiece. Having seen their run of 21 consecutive victories in the tournament ended by Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, Will Porterfield’s side fell six short of their 130-run target in Malahide despite taking 17 from the final over as John Mooney launched a late, desperate assault. Ireland looked to be in with a chance when they headed into the final four overs at 93 for four needing 37 more, but the loss of Porterfield for 28 and Stuart Thompson to successive balls, with Stuart Poynter dismissed for seven three balls later, proved fatal as they finished on 124 for eight. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more