Karl Denson Leads Emotionally Charged Prince Tribute In New Orleans [Video/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, and The Mike Dillon Band blew the roof off of New Orleans’ venue Howlin’ Wolf for a glorious late night Jazz Fest celebration. Leading the show was KDTU’s planned performance of Prince’s Dirty Mind album, which the group has done in the past. Planned months in advance, the show took on a new emotional significance in the wake of the Purple One’s recent passing.The fallen star’s iconic music blasted throughout the walls of the Wolf, as the band did justice to the 1980 classic album, Dirty Mind. The set included the record’s hits, “Do It All Night,” “Gotta Broken Heart Again,” “Uptown” and a raging “Party” closer. The full release bounces from funk to pop to everything in between, and the band handled the music like true professionals. Con Brio’s singer Ziek McCarter was on hand to accentuate the Purple One’s iconic vocals.The band returned for a three song encore that expanded beyond Dirty Mind and brought out some of Prince’s biggest hits, including “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” When Doves Cry,” and an emotionally-charged, soul-satisfying “Purple Rain.” Enjoy this fan-shot footage of “When Doves Cry”:Check out the rest of the night’s magnificent photos in the gallery below, courtesy of Sam Shinault!Setlist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Does Prince at Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 4/28/16:Set 1: Dirty Mind, When You Were Mine, Do It All Night, Gotta Broken Heart Again, Uptown, Head, Sister, PartyEncore: I Wanna Be Your Lover, When Doves Cry, Purple Rainlast_img read more

GAW Acquires Power Shift’s Wireless Network

first_imgOn February 1st, GAW (Brattleboro, VT) acquired Power Shift of Stowe, VT, the second largest broadband Internet provider (based on coverage area) supporting northwestern, VT with service from Stowe to Morrisville and greater Lamoille County. From its humble beginnings as a small computer services company in Montreal, Canada, Power Shift’s President, Joe Allen, moved the business to Stowe, VT in 1995. Rapid demand for Internet services in the area required Power Shift to become an ISP (Internet Service Provider) enabling them to serve thousands of previously under-served area residents. Power Shift’s long standing reputation and commitment to quality service is well known.GAW’s acquisition of the Power Shift wireless network means existing customers and Lamoille County residents will be well supported by Vermont’s largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP).Power Shift customers can expect enhancements to service offerings in the coming months, including more service plan options, and eventually a cost-effective high-speed voice and data plan.  As the largest wireless broadband provider in Vermont, GAW is committed to rural broadband development.  “We recognize that when we can bring broadband Internet to regions of Vermont discovering this for the first time, or when we can combine voice and data offerings for lower cost to Vermonters, we connect communities and significantly expand people’s horizons, stated Josh Garza, CEO of GAW.  “Maintaining the Vermont environment we cherish, while bringing services that allow us all to connect and compete with the world is fundamental to GAW’s mission.”GAW will leverage its extensive technical resources and experience serving many other rural communities in Vermont.  Some of the coming enhancements to the network include:More cost-competitive service offerings for customersImproved broadband speedsVoice and Internet bundled services, offering better value alternatives to separate voice and Internet plansEnhancements to the back-haul infrastructure that feeds the wireless towersBetter support for customers through access to a state-of-art customer service centerLocal call center in Vermont–offering Vermonters the peace of mind that they are speaking with VermontersSteve Ames, a long time Power Shift customer stated, “I am excited about the potential for faster download and upload speeds from my house in the woods.  I am also thrilled that another Vermont company is continuing the great work Power Shift began with its wireless services.”  In addition, to current subscribers, State Senator, Vincent Illuzzi pointed out what is at stake for Vermont, when it comes to ensuring broadband access for Vermonters.”Broadband access, including high speed Internet access, is as necessary today as electricity at the turn of the last century.  You cannot have economic development without it,” stated State Senator, Vincent Illuzzi.Current Power Shift customers may go to www.GAW.com(link is external) for complete details of new and enhanced service offerings. For new customers seeking information or to sign-up for service, visit the site or call 877-220-2873 and speak with a GAW Customer Service Representative. Anyone who is not able to receive service currently in their area may add themselves to the list of people who wish to receive service by submitting a request through the community application (http://gaw.com/community(link is external)). This information will be used for evaluation of any future expanded coverage. About Great Auk WirelessGreat Auk Wireless (GAW) was formed in 2005 by Josh Garza and partners. Great Auk Wireless (www.gaw.com(link is external)) currently operates a successful wireless Internet service to subscribers in Vermont and New Hampshire. Great Auk Wireless offers subscribers broadband wireless Internet access on a network that defies rough terrain and topography in areas not currently served by standard cable or telephony-based broadband services. With more than $5 million committed in network infrastructure and deployment, Great Auk Wireless is committed to the future of rural High-Speed Internet access in areas under served or not served at all by traditional cable or DSL services. For more information about Great Auk Wireless or to find out how to get deployment of Great Auk Wireless services, visit www.gaw.com(link is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Homeless can rest easy

first_imgIn what could be a far-reaching victory for homeless advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that Los Angeles police must stop arresting people who are sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks when shelter beds are not available. If it is allowed to stand, the 2-1 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could have broad ramifications as city and county officials seek to deal with the area’s estimated 80,000 homeless residents and move many off downtown’s Skid Row. “Anyone who cares about homelessness and finding positive solutions to this serious issue in our community will be encouraged by this decision,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU and a member of the city’s Homeless Service Authority. Originally filed in February 2003 against the Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Bill Bratton, the suit challenged a city ordinance making it illegal to sit, sleep or lie on a public sidewalk. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt came as officials were trying to crack down on the homeless and as the downtown area began its economic transformation. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the lawsuit reaffirms the direction in which the city has been moving for the past several months. “That is why we have begun a safe-cities initiative that doesn’t focus on the homeless; it focuses on the crimes of the homeless” Villaraigosa said. “We are already moving in the direction of complying with the court.” City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said in a statement that he was disappointed in the ruling against the city and would be studying it to make a recommendation to the mayor and City Council on the next potential legal step. ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum, who argued the case last December before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, called it the most significant decision ever reached involving the homeless. “What this says is that the city can no longer consider homelessness a crime,” Rosenbaum said. “It can have reasonable restrictions on its city streets, but it can’t have a 24/7 ban. The city and the county need to provide shelter for the homeless. “My hope is that the city will now treat homelessness as a social problem affecting all of us, not a crime.” Los Angeles police officials said in a statement that the ruling will not affect their efforts to control violent crime. “The condition of being homeless in and of itself is not a crime and should not be treated as such,” the statement said. “But, the criminal element that preys upon the homeless and mentally ill will be targeted, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. “Enforcement alone will not solve the tremendous problems on Skid Row. The homeless problem did not occur overnight. It has existed for many years and, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. “The department will work with the city’s political leadership and the courts to find solutions.” Rosenbaum said the case served to show that despite the claims of officials, there are an insufficient number of shelter beds to house the homeless. “We had expert after expert come up and say there are nowhere near the (number of) beds needed for the homeless,” Rosenbaum said. “What this suit says is that the city cannot arrest someone if there is no shelter available.” Last month, county officials announced a $100 million program to add, expand and coordinate homeless services. In addition, Villaraigosa has set aside $50 million in the city’s housing trust fund to provide temporary housing. As part of the county plan, homeless centers would be created in different communities to prevent the continued dumping of the homeless in the Skid Row area. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six homeless people, all of whom were arrested by police for sleeping on the street. Rosenbaum said the cases represented a cross section of the homeless population, 25 percent of whom are children, 20 percent are veterans with the remainder either the working poor or those with drug and alcohol problems. A lower court had dismissed the case, with the judge saying the city law dealt with conduct and not whether someone was homeless. The 2-1 ruling issued Friday reverses that and sends it back to the lower court to determine whether an injunction should be issued. U.S. District Judge Kim Wardlaw wrote the opinion, saying the city’s law prohibiting people from sleeping on public sidewalks violated the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. “(It) is an unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter in the city of Los Angeles & because there is a substantial and undisputed evidence that the number of homeless persons in Los Angeles far exceeds the number of available shelter beds at all times,” Wardlaw wrote. Judge Pamela Ann Rymer dissented, saying the city ordinance did not target the homeless, but those with criminal records. Staff Writer Brad A. Greenberg contributed to this report. [email protected] (213) 978-0390 Who the plaintiffs are; what they were doing The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday struck down a Los Angeles ordinance that made it a crime for homeless people to sleep on the streets when there is no shelter available. Here is a brief profile of the plaintiffs who challenged the constitutionality of the ordinance. Robert Lee Purrie, in his early 60s, had lived on Skid Row for 40 years and was sleeping on the sidewalk at Sixth Street and Towne Avenue when he was cited Dec. 5, 2002. He was arrested Jan. 14, 2003, at the same location after failing to pay a fine from the earlier case. After the second violation, Purrie was given a 12-month suspended sentence and fined $195. He later complained that his blankets, clothes and other belongings that he left when he was arrested were gone when he returned. Stanley Barger suffered a brain injury in a 1998 car crash. His monthly income totaled $221 in welfare payments, plus food stamps. He was arrested Dec. 24, 2002, at Sixth and Towne, convicted of violating the city’s ordinance and sentenced to two days time served. Thomas Cash was unemployed, suffering from severe kidney disease and living in Skid Row hotels or on the street when he was arrested Jan. 10, 2003. He told officials he had tired while walking to the hotel where he was staying and was resting on a tree stump when he was cited by LAPD officers. Edward Jones cared for his wife, Janet, who suffered from serious physical and mental afflictions that made it difficult for him to work full time. The couple used welfare payments to stay in Skid Row hotels the first half of each month, but slept on the street after the money ran out. They were sleeping on the sidewalk at Industrial and Alameda streets when they were cited Nov. 20, 2002. Patricia and George Vinson also used their welfare payments to stay in hotels, moving to shelters when their money ran out. They had missed the bus to take them to a shelter and were sleeping on the sidewalk at Hope and Washington streets when they were cited Dec. 3, 2002.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more