Joey Porter To Lead Snarky Puppy, TAB, Motet Members In Herbie Hancock Tribute At BCA [Interview]

first_img***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. On Sunday, September 24th at Brooklyn Comes Alive, some of the most talented musical minds in the modern funk and jam scene will channel the jazz-funk mastery of Herbie Hancock for a one-time-only tribute to the virtuosic keyboardist, composer, and bandleader. Joey Porter (The Motet) will lead the charge from behind the keys, with Snarky Puppy’s 1-2 punch percussion section, Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, and Motet bassist Garret Sayers rounding out the set’s eye-popping rhythm section. James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) will complete the tribute’s roster, handling the buttery brass leads that accent many of Hancock’s most well-known compositions.Celebrating Herbie Hancock’s Birthday With His Greatest Compositions And Live Performances [Videos]After getting his start with bebop trumpeter Donald Byrd, Hancock began to make waves in the jazz world when he was specifically recruited by the revered Miles Davis to join what would become his “Second Great Quintet” in 1963. During his time with Davis, and over the course his subsequently decorated solo career, Hancock helped redefine and emphasize the role of the rhythm section in improvised music, helped popularize the use of synthesizers in jazz-fusion, and otherwise influenced virtually all funk, jazz, and jam music that followed.Herbie Hancock Brings Band Of Masters To Albuquerque [Photos]Each of the members of Brooklyn Comes Alive’s “A Tribute to Herbie Hancock” lineup can, to some extent, trace their musical lineage back to Herbie. Snarky Puppy has most directly taken up his mantle with their exploratory, genre-bending musical aesthetic, and Casey helps harness the sonic fearlessness of Hancock’s sound with TAB and his various other acts (like Animus Rexx, also performing at BCA).However, bandleader Joey Porter may be the most directly and personally attuned to Hancock’s undeniable influence–particularly as it pertains to conveying his jazz influence via The Motet’s more straight-funk dance party style. Explains Porter, “For me, Herbie was the best at applying jazz to funk music without sounding too smooth. He has perfect time that allows him to play very syncopated and busy rhythms flawlessly while always staying in the pocket.”Members Of The Motet, Big G, and Kyle Hollingsworth Band Pay Homage To Herbie Hancock In ColoradoIn a 2016 interview with Live For Live Music, Porter recalled an instance where Hancock had a direct effect on The Motet’s music, while recording their 2016 album, Totem, with producer Eric Krasno. As he explained, “Theres this song on the record, which is my tune, called ‘Rippin’ Herb.’ Herbie Hancock is my hero, and my biggest influence. If you listen to the way that I play, it’s easy to tell. And I’m such a fan of him, and wear orange a lot—so a lot of fans in Denver call me ‘Sherbie’ [as in ‘sherbet’]. So we had working titles for all the songs when we went in to record the demos—since we didn’t have any lyrics yet—and this one was just called, like, ‘Joey Herbie’ or something like that. What’s funny is that Krasno actually came up with the final name of the song. ‘Cus when we started talking about the song, I was joking ‘maaann, I’m not doing anything but rippin’ off Herbie.’ And while I’m saying that, I’m smoking a joint in the studio. So Kraz is like, ‘dude, you’re ‘Rippin Herb!’ And boom, there’s the title…Obviously I just meant I was riffing on Herbie’s style, it doesn’t sound like any of his tunes. But it was just too good to pass up—that I was rippin’ herb while I was ‘ripping Herb.’”Watch Herbie Hancock perform his Head Hunters (1973) classic “Watermelon Man” live at Java Jazz Festival in 2012 below, via the JavaJazzFest YouTube:With such a talented, thoroughly knowledgable, and reverent group of musicians taking part in this one-off tribute to Herbie Hancock, it’s sure to be an unforgettable highlight of an incredible weekend of music in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive will turn three fantastic Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) and the surrounding city streets into a music lover’s game board for two full days on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!last_img read more

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Clonmel boxer suspended from Olympics

first_imgO’Reilly was not due to fight until next Friday but at present is provisionally suspended. The athletes B sample will be tested and while that process could be completed within 48 hours it’s unlikely that the result will differ to the A sample. The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics commences later tonightIt remains unclear if Michael O’Reilly will stay with the squad at the Olympic village following a positive drug test.The Tipperary boxer has tested positive and now stands to miss out on the games.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: It’s all about the lyrics, people!

first_imgEven as Jamaican entertainer Buju Banton gave what has been reported as a much welcomed “Thrilling and exciting” performance in Jamaica last Saturday, it was evident this welcome wasn’t a consensus. While on Saturday night and Sunday social media trended with videos, images and positive comments related to the entertainer’s performance, there were also posts questioning why an ex-convict was being so celebrated. Critical Facebook postOne Facebook post provoking strong backlash read “I don’t get it. Can someone explain to me. You commit a drug crime, spend time in prison and return as a superstar to a hero’s welcome to make millions of dollars What message are we sending to our children…..Lord help us!”The individual who shared this post was by no means unique. Since Buju’s release from a US prison last December, the warm welcome from a large segment of Jamaican society, and the enthusiastic response to his current concert tour, “The long Walk to Freedom,” there has been similar, even worse, criticisms.MisunderstandingCleary, those who cannot understand the enthusiasm surrounding Buju also don’t understand the impact Jamaican culture has on the country’s social environment.This cultural impact, however, is not related to only Jamaica, but throughout the Caribbean, and even in American communities where the lyrics song by entertainers convey strong social messages that motivate people more than politicians or even religious leaders can.The Mighty Sparrow’s social commentaries Back in the 1950s during the British colonial era, Trinidad’s Mighty Sparrow sang a song called “Dan is the Man” reflecting the mis-education Caribbean children was receiving from the British. Sparrow’s lyrics criticized the nursery rhymes these children were subject to which made them believe “The cow jumps over the moon,” and “Dan is the man in the van.” Sparrow became one of the world’s most famous calypsonian. Although there were critics who frowned upon “slackness” in some of his lyrics, most of the lyrics were powerful social commentary of the social failures and politics of the day.Meanwhile, over in Jamaica, the youth faced with steep social challenges, were subject to the lyrics of white American singers like Patti Page, singing of that “Doggie in the window” and Doris Day’s encouraging people to walk on “Moonlight Bay.”The impact of the ‘toasters’ in the 60’sBut then a change came in the 1960’s and 70s when entertainers like U-Roy and Shorty began toasting, talking over the rhythm of popular songs. These artists, and several that followed had songs with well-received lyrics that commented on the socio-economic climate of the time, especially the hardships being incurred by the lower classesIn 1972, the message in the lyrics of Delroy Wilson’s “Better Must Come” resonated with the masses, and helped in Michael Manley’s historical election victoryBob Marley’s meaningful lyricsWhen Bob Marley immerged in 1964, the lyrics in his song “Simmer Down” cautioned Jamaica’s rebellious youth to  “control your temper.” His songs were not just musically thrilling, but most carried messages the people could relate to. The lyrics in “Trench Town Rock” portrayed the challenges faced in Kingston ghettos where some slept on cold ground with rock stone as their pillow.  “No woman Nuh Cry” offered consolation to many mothers whose sons were victims of criminal violence. In a time of social and economic hardships, Marley exhorted Jamaicans, “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing will be all right.”It’s ironic that the Jamaican upper class that now hails the music of the late Bob Marley didn’t appreciate or even understand his lyrics during the 70s. Some even criticized him for being a “dutty Rasta Bway.” But it wasn’t about the flashing locks, or him prancing on stage. It was all about the lyrics. Lyrics that helped Blacks overcome apartheid in Angola and South Africa, and kept Winnie Mandela strong as she sought Nelson Mandela’s freedomSo it is with Buju’s lyricsAnd, so it is with Buju Banton. It’s not about the energy he displays on stage or the rhythm in his songs. Like Marley before him, Buju sing songs, that unlike some politicians and religious leaders ease the pain of those often  marginalized by society. Buju offers hope to the poor, encouraging then to “Rule their Destiny.” He warns murderers who plague the society “You can hide from man, but not your conscience.”Like The words of Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr and Nelson Mandela, the words of Bob Marley and Buju Banton will be relevant far into posterity.Those who are more concerned with a presumed tainted reputation of Buju Banton, but never had the opportunity to hear his music and understand the message in his lyrics are advised to visit the Internet and read the lyrics of over one-hundred of Buju Banton songs.  Hopefully, they’ll then understand the entertainer’s phenomenal popularity, why his experience in America’s legal system seems irrelevant, and the reason for the enthusiastic “Reunion” between Buju and his thousands of fans. The answer lies in the lyrics.last_img read more

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Fireworks on the 4th looks promising

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich – Lafarge made a generous offer to the Alpena community.In a statement released yesterday the cement plant said they will match every dollar the community raises for this year’s fireworks show.The estimated budget for the fireworks show is 23,000.If the funds are not raised, it is a possibility that a smaller show can take place but that is determined by the vendor.President and CEO of Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Adam Poll, said that they did active fund raising at their office on Chisholm Street yesterday.Adam is optimistic about the fireworks show happening on the 4th of July but he is also mindful of the financial hardships some in the community may be facing.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan participates in work share programNext Virtual church service is not enoughlast_img read more

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Los Angeles Lakers struggle without Kobe Bryant in 113-93 loss to Chicago Bulls

first_imgThat partly explained why Bryant has averaged 24.6 points per game (third in the NBA), albeit on a career-low 37.2 percent clip. None of his teammates consistently produced enough to leave Bryant with open shots or entice him enough to pass. “Ball movement is great when guys are making shots,” Bryant said. “You don’t hit shots, I try to take the load myself and we have a lot of standing around. In games they hit shots, I sit back and let them hit shots.” The Lakers may have to wait some before Bryant can bail them out of a poor performance. Bryant said it’s “slim” he will play in Friday’s game in Dallas, though he will still travel with the team to continue receiving treatment. That included spending 90 minutes with Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto during the team’s morning shootaround on Thursday.Scott admitted he felt “surprised” that Bryant would not feel good enough to play against the Bulls. Scott said in definitive terms following the Lakers’ win on Tuesday over Golden State that Bryant would play against Chicago. But Scott decided otherwise after Bryant continuously reported feeling sore. “I didn’t get any resistance from Kobe,” Scott said. “He told me, which I thought was great, that he’s going to let me decide and he’ll tell me how he feels.”Bryant’s absence in Chicago also seemed unexpected considering the game represented one of the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day matchups. “I feel an obligation to play if I’m at the YMCA,” Bryant said. “It’s important just from a fan perspective to be able to see the top players.”Yet, Bryant said he had to approach his return without those concerns in mind. “It’s really going against my nature,” Bryant said. “But I have to be smart about this.”Scott has tried taking a conservative approach with Bryant following Sunday’s loss in Sacramento, where he had 25 points on 8-of-30 shooting and nine turnovers. In the previous five games, Bryant had averaged 20.3 points on only 28.3 percent shooting.“I think it’s one of those slow processes,” Scott said. “He’s put his body through a lot. I don’t think any of us will try to rush him back. We’ll go by what he says and then go from there.” CHICAGO >> The lure of playing in yet another nationally televised Christmas Day NBA game enticed Kobe Bryant. So did Bryant’s well-awaited reunion against Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the pair that once won two NBA championships together suddenly becoming opponents. But those two elements hardly matched Bryant’s concern over what he called “old age.” The 36-year-old Bryant missed his second consecutive game in the Lakers’ 113-93 loss on Thursday to the Chicago Bulls at United Center after reporting soreness in his knees, both Achilles tendons and metatarsals as well as back tightness.“I just need to kind of hit the reset button,” said Bryant, who watched the game from the bench wearing a crimson-colored coat. “What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything.” Meanwhile, the Lakers provided more than enough evidence to refute an inaccurate statement after pulling a surprising win over Golden State, the Western Conference’s best team. The Lakers (9-20) are not better without Bryant. “Those people are idiots,” Scott said. “He’s one of the best to ever play the game. You take him off the team and there’s going to be nights you struggle.”The Lakers struggled plenty against the Bulls (20-9). The Lakers were outrebounded, 57-39, while Gasol (23 points) and Joakim Noah (21 points) easily offset production from Jordan Hill (16 points) and Ed Davis (13 points).After supposedly benefitting from Bryant’s absence thanks to more ball movement and more shots, Nick Young and Jeremy Lin combined for nine points on a 3-of-14 clip. The Lakers shot 39.1 percent overall.“Teams seem to focus more on me, and it showed tonight that they wouldn’t leave me,” Young said. “We can joke around and all that. But we’re always going to need Kobe out there.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Firefighter injured battling house blaze in Charles City

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A firefighter has been injured after battling a house fire in Charles City on Wednesday night. The Charles City Fire Department says they were called to 200 Kelly Street at about 9:30 last night. On arrival, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the home as well as observed fire on the second story of the residence. The department was able to extinguish the fire within 15 minutes. The Fire Department says one firefighter sustained a minor injury and refused treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The home is owned by Michael Vanderslice. Nobody was in the house at the time firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office being called in to assist with the investigation.last_img read more

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