Greensky Bluegrass has just added one final date to their spring tour… an appearance at Terrapin Crossroads with the great Phil Lesh!Taking place in just a couple short weeks, on March 24th, Lesh and GSBG will team up for a set that will surely include many bluegrass-inspired takes on the Grateful Dead’s music.Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, March 10th, at 4 PM Pacific, and are expected to sell out quickly, so act fast! More info here.Greensky Bluegrass will also be performing at the recently announced “Dear Jerry” tribute show.
Load remaining images Tucked away from the small Metropolis of Omaha, NE stands the Sumtur Amphitheater. There beneath a cloudy sky, Umphrey’s McGee played an outstanding show for a smaller-than-usual crowd that made the concert even that much more intimate. With the concert tickets being those small raffle tickets, the seclusion and smallness of the show was intact from the beginning.They began the show right at 7:30 and opened with “Room to Breathe”. Followed was “Piranhas”, a newer number that has only been played a couple of times. “Prowler” was next, but the show didn’t really get going until they played “Bright Lights Big City”. It had a good jam, and the irony of the song in a place where no skyline was visible was well done. They played “Draconian” and then the rarer instrumental “End of the Road”. During the entirety of the first set, some fans on the rail were jamming out to Umphrey’s while building a small tower made of beer cans. It reached a nice height and even guitarist and singer Brendan Bayliss took note of it when he said, “For the record that was a very impressive beer can structure my friends.” Umphrey’s then closed out the set with “Rocker II”.The second set was much better executed than the first. It opened with a monster “Der Bluten Kat” with a “Sociable Jimmy” sandwiched in the middle. “Miami Virtue” was probably the improvisatory highlight of the night, as they built the peak to a soaring level. The improvisation was vintage Umphrey’s at their best, and they didn’t want to end it just because they were getting ready for the next song. So they segued it seamlessly into “The Floor”. You could hear “The Floor” coming a mile way, and it was easily the best (and really the only true) segue of the night. “Search 4” saw an extended jam for the outro that was an unexpected surprise as most versions are straightforward. They closed the set with “Andy’s Last Beer”. As per usual, during the bridge, Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, and Andy Farag led the crowd in a clap that went to the abnormal time signature of the song. Omaha folks have something to be proud about; they did a good job of clapping to the beat.The show ended with an encore of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. It was a standard version, and Umphrey’s ended at exactly 10:30. Either they honored a contract that said they would end at such a time or the boys saw the lightning in the distance and didn’t want to get caught in anything bad. So as concertgoers exited the venue happy with the performance Umphrey’s provided, they were also treated to the occasional flashes of light that only Mother Nature can provide. Umphrey’s continues on their Midwest run tonight with a show in Des Moines, IA.– words and photos by Daniel OjedaSETLIST 6/25/15:Room to BreathePiranhasProwlerBright Lights Big CityDraconianEnd of the RoadRocker IIDer Bluten KatSociable JimmyDer Bluten KatMiami Virtue ->The FloorAugustSearch 4Andy’s Last BeerBaba O’Reilly
Leon Silver, London I read the articles by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff and Adam Makepeace with interest (see  Gazette, 11 March, 12). I was formerly a sole practitioner for over 20 years, involved in mental health work all that time. I have been working with Duncan Lewis as a freelance consultant mental health solicitor for two years. Practitioners are not to blame for the increasing demands and constraints of legal aid practice. These are politically driven. All of us are trying in our different ways to make it work. I suggest that the issue we now need to press, following the transformation of the LSC into an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, is that pointed to by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. PAC chairman Edward Leigh MP noted that the LSC lacked the basic information about the costs and profitability of law firms which would enable it to know whether it had set its fees at an appropriate level. We cannot allow the MoJ to continue to operate in wilful ignorance of financial realities – and we need to make sure our legislators remain conscious of these, as well as of underlying legal, social and political imperatives.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Nakamoto, runnerup in Friday’s moguls final, beat high school student Ken Masukawa 19-16 in the men’s final. HAKUBA, Nagano Pref. – Miyuki Hatanaka, a member of the Japanese national team at the Salt Lake City Olympics, won her first dual moguls title at the freestyle skiing national championships Sunday, while Katsuya Nakamoto claimed his third men’s crown.Hatanaka edged Mika Sakashita 18-17 in the women’s final at the Sanosaka piste in Hakuba in an event missing Japan’s top two female moguls skiers — Aiko Uemura and Tae Satoya. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
The cupboard isn’t completely bare. We have a couple of quality walk-ons. We’ll work through it and away we go. – Kyle WhittinghamSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football team is suddenly very thin at the quarterback position after Brandon Cox, who was in the Ute program for four seasons, has decided to leave the program.The 6-foot-2, 205-pound left-hander, who came to Utah in 2013 after throwing for 2,700 yards and 26 touchdowns for Pasadena High School, made the decision to leave a week after junior college transfer Troy Williams was designated as No. 1 and a day after coach Kyle Whittingham said that freshman Tyler Huntley would be taking the reps at No. 2.With just two scholarship quarterbacks left in the program, something Whittingham says is “not uncommon” but “not ideal,” the Utes are left with a pair of walk-on freshmen in Logan Bateman from Simi Valley, California, and Drew Lisk, from Jordan High School, backing up Williams and Huntley. Whittingham also said Chase Hansen, who was recruited to Utah as a quarterback from Lone Peak High School before his LDS mission but is now the starting strong safety, can be an emergency backup.“The cupboard isn’t completely bare,” he said. “We have a couple of quality walk-ons. We’ll work through it and away we go.”Whittingham spoke after Friday’s practice about Cox “taking his game elsewhere,” praising the contributions he made to the program.“We really appreciate everything he did for us,” he said. “He was a great teammate and he’s graduated — he has two years left — and wants an opportunity to get some place where he can get on the field. So we wish him all the best. He’s leaving on very good terms with us.”Earlier this week, Cox was positive about his future at Utah, despite having Williams move ahead of him on the depth chart.“As a collective group, we’re all here to succeed and our main objective is to win football games,” Cox said. “If that’s me starting or Troy or Tyler, it doesn’t matter as long as we win football games and are productive. That’s all that matters. You’ve always got to stay engaged in the game whether you’re starting or not and have to be ready when your number’s called.”However a couple of days later after Huntley was given the nod as No. 2, Cox apparently decided he didn’t want to be in the same position as the last two years when he was the No. 3 quarterback with little chance to play. Cox only played in one game for Utah, in 2014 against Idaho State when he completed three passes for 17 yards and ran twice for 22 yards in mop-up duty for Travis Wilson.Aaron Roderick, the Utes’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, explained why Williams and Huntley moved ahead of Cox since the beginning of fall camp when all three were listed as co-starters.“Troy established himself and has done a really nice job of taking care of the ball, throwing a lot of completions,” he said. “Tyler gets better every day, he makes a lot of plays, and we’re just trying to limit his mistakes and getting him more comfortable in the system.”When asked specifically where Huntley was better than Cox, Roderick said, “Playmaking ability. He makes some plays out here, where you just shake your head and say ‘wow.’ He has the ability to throw on the run and to extend plays. He’s really an exciting player.”Some folks thought Cox’s experience in the program might give him an edge over Huntley, who played high school ball in Florida last year, but Whittingham said that wasn’t a factor and the pecking order is based purely on who plays better.“Those guys understand the reality of it, they see the tape,” Whittingham said. “I don’t care if you’ve been here five years, five days or five minutes, the best guy’s going to play — the guy that’s producing and performing.”As for trying to save Huntley’s eligibility as a redshirt, Roderick said that also wasn’t a factor in who was No. 2.“In this program we don’t ever intend to redshirt anyone,” said Roderick. “You always come ready to play. If a guy’s in a position where he’s not ready to help the team yet, then he might redshirt. But anyone that’s ready to help the team will play.”Cox was an excellent student, having already received his degree as a double major in communications and sociology. He has used a redshirt year, but as a graduate transfer he could play at another college, but there’s no word on where Cox might transfer.“We’d like nothing more for him to be very successful wherever he ends up,” said Whittingham.