Monthly Archives: January 2016

“Efficiency, security — they are important and they make a city accessible,” says computer scientist Daniele Quercia, “but they don’t make a city great.” So, what does?

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“Efficiency, security — they are important and they make a city accessible,” says computer scientist Daniele Quercia, “but they don’t make a city great.” So, what does?

Toshiki Okada’s ‘God Bless Baseball’ at FringeArts

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Baseball is one of those trigger words that naturally makes my ears perk up, like “fire” or “sex” or “chicken parm.” I absolutely adore baseball. The history, the depth of stats, the debates about who was the best at what in which generation. If I talk to a stranger for 10 minutes, there’s a strong possibility I’m going to compare something in our conversation to baseball: It is a lens through which I’m able to make sense of life.

I wondered whether my history with baseball would help me understand Toshiki Okada’s God Bless Baseball, which is about the relationship between Korea and Japan as told through baseball.

Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Redman & Plays Bust Out Cover In Madison

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Last night Umphrey’s McGee wrapped a two-night stand at The Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin with another performance featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman sitting in at various moments in each set. While they didn’t quite match the the completely improvised second set from the night prior, the band and their guest managed to muster another crowd pleasing dose of exploratory jamming. UM also delivered a bust out cover performance of “Señor Mouse,” which was last played on the same Orpheum stage more than 100 shows ago.

Ivan Neville Joins moe. In Atlanta

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Friday night moe. played the second of three shows in Atlanta, moving to the Tabernacle after appearing at Terminal West Thursday evening. Dumpstaphunk was on hand to open last night’s concert and keyboardist Ivan Neville came out to help moe. during their first of two sets at the TAB.

After opening with “Stranger Than Fiction,” moe. worked through “All Roads Lead To Home,” “Downward Facing Dog,” and “Chromatic Nightmare,” before Neville emerged to assist on keys and vocals on a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin.’” Neville then stuck around to add keys to the set closing pairing of “Puebla” > “Recreational Chemistry.”

Tom Constanten’s Final Grateful Dead Show In 1970

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Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten made his final appearance as an official member of the band on this date in 1970. The now infamous night is notorious for not only being the TC’s last gig, but it was also the night the band was arrested in New Orleans following their show at The Warehouse – the events of which would be retold as part of the “busted down on Bourbon Street” lyrics in “Truckin.’”

Constanten first worked with the Dead on their 1968 album Anthem Of The Sun and became a full-time member of the group that year.

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A Harmolodic messenger who was revealed and taught this unwritten theory discovered by Ornette Coleman and now applying it naturally to his own music and logic.

Phil Lesh & Friends To Play Valentine’s Day At Terrapin Crossroads

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Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh continues to add shows to his touring schedule with a pair of newly confirmed Phil Lesh & Friends dates at his Terrapin Crossroads venue. Phil & Friends will appear over two nights starting on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Joining Lesh on Valentine’s Day and the following evening will be guitarist Stanley Jordan (who will make a solo appearance at Terrapin on February 13), multi-instrumentalists Barry Sless and Jason Crosby, drummer John Molo and The Midnight North Singers (Grahame Lesh, Elliott Peck and Alex Koford).