Pink Talking Fish founder and bassist Eric Gould sat down with L4LM to discuss his favorite tribute acts in the music scene today. Gould founded Pink Talking Fish in 2013, coming up with the idea and penning a potential setlist fusing the music of Phish, Talking Heads, and Pink Floyd. As he described it in a recent interview, one look at the setlist, and he said to himself, “oh my god, this band has to happen.”Todd Stoops, Grateful Dead Set Added To Pink Talking Fish’s NYC Concert Cruises[Cover photo courtesy of Bryan Lasky]I love performing in a Tribute Act. I engulf myself with music that I value at the highest levels of love and respect. Then I have the pleasure and the honor of performing to an audience who shares my enthusiasm and trusts me to add personal creativity into the mix. It takes a certain personality in a musician to put together a Tribute Show that honors the original acts and transports the audience to that place where they feel most at home. My favorite Tribute Acts have this dedication but also add a slice of originality, giving the audience fresh footprints on the platform of the music they love. The Jam Scene is all about a sense of adventure through music and, therefore, is the perfect place for these unique Tribute Acts to live and thrive.While I haven’t heard every Tribute Band in the jam scene, here are some of the ones that get me excited:10. The Z3 featuring Ed Mann – Funky Takes on Frank Zappa: Led by Tim Palmieri and an allstar cast of characters in the Northeast scene, this group uses the music of Frank Zappa to create funked out jam vehicles. Zappa alum, Ed Mann, adds a classic sound to the flavor of the band.9. DeadPhish Orchestra: “A seamless web of Phish and The Dead to split open and melt your face”: This Colorado quartet combines the jamband giants into one experience. The setlists are creative and bandleader, Ted Tilton, adds to the fun by re-naming combinations like Playin’ in Suzy Greenburg’s Band and YEMberland Blues.8. The Motet: Yes, this band plays original music. However, they have also earned their place in the tribute genre. They have created and brilliantly executed tribute shows such as 1975 Mixtape, Funk Is Dead, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson and more. These guys are one of the few bands that have blurred the lines of category and that is exciting to me.7. Bustle In Your Hedgerow: Instrumental Led Zepplin with an edge! The jam scene needed this one. Paying tribute to the Titans of Rock and Roll while also exploring the jam within makes this outfit a diamond in the rough.6. Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute/HmfO: A Hall and Oates Tribute: When PTF formed I was surprised that the Talking Heads material was the most challenging to pull off. This band masters the simplistic layers that embody the complex whole. It’s a beautiful collective. Classy that they often open for themselves with their Hall And Oates alter ego. Bravo, Gents!5. Melvin Seals JGB: This one is another gray area, since Melvin was a part of JGB for so many years. I want to give him some love here though, because he carries the torch for the JGB sound like none other. The spirit is there. The energy is that perfect mix of feel good soul and vibrant bounce. Life is just a little bit better with JGB around.4. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: These guys cracked the code: A Grateful Dead show with an X Factor that appeals to the young, fresh and hip audience. The music is alive and full of high energy. The surface of this concept was scratched with Jazz Is Dead about a decade ago but this is the act that is taking it to the streets. Has GD gone metrosexual?!3. Easy Star Allstars: Although this band writes original music, the success of their career has been in the tribute realm. Dub Side Of The Moon is probably the most popular tribute album in the world. The work they have done putting their creative stamp into the music of Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles and more is an inspiration to artists of all levels. The live show is happening and the media synergy is wildly entertaining.2. Zappa Plays Zappa: I remember the day Frank passed away. Crushing. It makes me happy that Dweezil carried on the family torch. Just like his dad, he has found some of the most ridiculous players alive to perform some of the most ridiculous music ever written. We are a better world with a live show out there that does justice to Zappa’s music.1. Dark Star Orchestra: DSO has many accolades. They have harnessed the sound of The Grateful Dead. They have recreated many and most of the classic setlists from the past. They have performed many more live shows than The Grateful Dead in much less time. These are not the reasons why I picked them as #1. The reason I deem them the best Tribute Act in the Jam Scene is because they pay tribute to more than just the music. They pay tribute to the culture.The fact that DSO is carrying on the spirit and opportunity for the Deadhead culture to continue with the touring experience is a blessing to our scene. Shakedown Street lives on. The ride will continue to be enjoyed. Tour is one of the last great American dreams in existence. The power and adventure in Tour is the richest treasure in this scene. As The Dead perform their final shows together this year, it is a pleasure to say “Thank you, DSO, for keeping the most precious asset of our scene alive and well.”Be sure to check out Pink Talking Fish and ShwiKus Plays P-Funk At Phunk The Winter!, February 7th at the Gramercy Theatre. Here’s a killer “Divided Sky > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Pigs” from PTF to get you in the mood:Honorable Mentions:Shafty – Portland’s Tribute To Phish: These guys keep current with all the new material that comes out and write setlists like The Disco Biscuits with inverted songs and other tricks. It is always exciting to see what they will do next.California Voodoo – An Honest Interpretation of Widespread Panic: The WSP energy is alive in Kansas City. Close your eyes and you will hear JB through the vocals of Scotty McCormick Jr. KC is a big Panic town and these musicians bring the heat and create a fantastic WSP experience.7 Below – A Tribute To Phish: This band prides themselves on owning the complex Phish material and performing it with precision. Want to hear a flawless Reba? Want to hear YEM>Bowie>YEM>Bowie? Go see 7 Below.Dead Floyd: To combine The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd is to climb a spiritual mountain. Both bands harness an intimate depth and deep power. These gentlemen from Colorado do it justice.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Vermont Land Trust and the Intervale Center received a three-year, $546,000 grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to help Vermont’s next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs access land and grow viable businesses. VHCB’s Viability Program is a nationally-recognized provider of comprehensive, one-on-one business and transfer planning services for established farm, food and forestry sector businesses. The Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program connects farmers with affordable farmland, helping 62 new and beginning farmers make the transition to farm ownership since 2009. The Intervale Center provides one-on-one business planning and technical assistance to about 80 farms throughout Vermont each year as well as specialized assistance in the areas of land access.These three organizations have been working together for over a decade on issues related to beginning farmers and land access and are excited to increase their impact together with these funds. Over the next three years, VHCB, VLT and the Intervale Center will provide business planning to 150 new and beginning farmers, help 70 farmers find affordable land that is suitable for their business model, and work with 70 retiring farmers to acquire the tools and assistance they need to transition their farmland to farmers, rather than non-farmers.Ela Chapin of VHCB explained, “We believe in the power of direct service as the most effective approach for improving farm viability. Farming is a complicated business that requires operators develop diverse skillsets. With one-on-one technical assistance, we are able to meet farmers where they are and leverage the specific resources they need.”The average age of a farmer in Vermont is 57 years old, which means that a significant amount of the state’s farmland will transfer hands in the next ten years. This grant will help transfer that land to new and beginning farmers who are the future of Vermont’s agricultural economy. For more information about the services provided by the Viability Program, Farmland Access Program and the Intervale Center, visit http://www.vhcb.org/Farm-Forest-Viability/(link is external).Source: Intervale Center, i(link is external)ntervale.org(link sends e-mail) 12.20.2017
The fourth annual Carson City Off-Road event taking place on June 28-30, 2019 in Carson City, NV, is dedicated to Carson City native and visionary trails community leader, Joel Dunn. Born and raised in Carson City, Dunn has not only witnessed the evolution of Nevada’s state capital but has also been a driving force in its transition into a recreation-focused community.Joel Dunn started his journey at the ripe age of 14, dragging baseball fields for Carson City Parks and Recreation. After a short stint with Nevada Tourism, Joel worked in marketing for Western Nevada College for more than a decade before coming back to Parks and Recreation where he spent the better part of 17 years developing group events – particularly softball tournaments – that brought thousands of people from around the country to Carson City.“Between 1998 and 2013, the economic impact of sports tournaments was significant,” said Dunn. “During my time with Parks and Recreation, we increased the economic impact of tournaments from $3 million to $17 million.”Dunn and his wife Sheri consider themselves a softball family, with a daughter who competed at the national level and Dunn himself a coach for three national championship teams. But Dunn realized that sports tournaments aren’t enough to sustain Carson City tourism economically.The catalyst for change came in 2013 when the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that Carson City was one of the least likely communities to recover from the recession. When the Carson City Board of Supervisors saw this article, it set off a recreation movement – changing the future of Carson City for the better, and Dunn has played an instrumental part.But the big question is when it comes to rebranding a community to attract a younger generation of residents and visitors, why make trails the focus?“While working for Parks and Recreation, I was aware Carson City acquired a significant amount of open space through a tax measure the city had adopted,” said Dunn. “I sat down with the open space advisory board and Juan Guzman to develop a plan around trails and recreation.”Dunn saw the impact mountain biking had on other American West communities like Prescott, Moab, Sedona, and Park City, and thought it might work for Carson City as well. Carson had the land and the trails, now they just needed the people and a way to bring them in. In 2013, Dunn became Executive Director of the Carson City Visitor’s Bureau (now known as the Culture and Tourism Authority) and began efforts around rebranding Carson City as an outdoor recreation destination. Dunn didn’t waste any time, and within two years attracted Epic Rides and the Carson City Off-Road, helping to put the community in the national spotlight for mountain biking.“Bringing Todd Sadow and the Epic Rides crew to Carson City was the showcase we needed to solidify our town as a recreation-focused community,” said Dunn. “But for us, it’s not as much about the event as it is about driving the culture change in our community. Who are the next 15,000 people moving to Carson City going to be? We want those who value and appreciate outdoor recreation.”Since 2013, thanks to efforts around outdoor recreation, trails and well executed social media marketing, Dunn and his team at the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority (CTA) have largely driven the generational shift that’s happening in the community.Not only are more families moving to Carson City, but transient occupancy tax revenue from hotels has doubled since 2013 from US$1.2 million to US$2.4 million. And since the redevelopment of Carson City’s downtown in 2016, vacant storefronts have dropped from 19 to only two on West Carson Street. But what Dunn is most proud about is what the CTA has been able to give back to the community financially.“Since our rebranding in 2013, the CTA has been able to give US$80,000 to our local trails organization, Muscle Powered, to use for environmental studies in building new trails,” said Dunn.After retiring from the CTA in 2017, Dunn is still busy leaving his mark on the community in the form of a custom furniture business – Reclaimed NV – where items are made from reclaimed steel and wood. His latest handmade creations are two massive outdoor benches at the Firkin and Fox that thousands of visitors will gather around after a day out on the trails – trails that he helped create – bringing Dunn’s impact on the community full circle.Founded in 1999, Epic Rides produces events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center, Tour of the White Mountains, Grand Junction Off-Road, Whiskey Off-Road, Carson City Off-Road, and the Oz Trails Off-Road are popular with participants ‘because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.’www.epicrides.com Related
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As the solicitors in Buxton v Mills-Owens  EWCA Civ 122 who stood to lose all profit costs, the Court of Appeal’s decision that we terminated our retainer with our erstwhile client Mr Mills-Owens with good reason was a relief (see Law reports). We had been instructed to put points to the court, which were in an administrative law context unarguable, and we and counsel had declined to do so. It was, however, hardly a surprise, as the decisions to the effect that it was not good enough reason to break a retainer to decline to do something one considered improper that we appealed struck one as unlikely to survive in the appeal court. Happily, the Law Society thought so too, and we are grateful for its support of our case on that. However, the more interesting stone that did not get turned related to the underlying nature of the solicitor-client relationship. The appeal court affirmed, but without analysis of the background to the rule, that a solicitor’s retainer is an ‘entire contract’. Conventionally, that means payment only on completion of the job, like the seaman in Cutter v Powell, (1795) 6 Term Reports 320, who died en route and thus failed to complete his agreed voyage. His widow failed to claim for any of his wages. This harsh rule has been ameliorated over the years – but apparently not in the case of solicitors who wrongly break retainers. Serious problemsThe reaffirmation of the concept of ‘entire contract’ without considering the serious problems to which this gives rise is unfortunate. The court had an excellent opportunity to do so. There has been judicial criticism of the ‘entire contract’ rule from the 1870s onwards, most recently by Mr Justice Lindsay in Angelo Perotti v Collyer Bristow  EWHC 25 (Ch). From a solicitor’s point of view ‘entire contract’ is a Sword of Damocles, such that if one does err in breaking a retainer – one’s reason was not good enough – one is entitled to no costs at all. This leaves solicitors in the unsatisfactory position of having to ‘follow instructions’ against their better instincts for fear of the sword falling. While sympathising with our concerns, the Law Society did not consider the entire contract point needed resolving, as it could be dealt with in terms of business. In the light of the appeal court judgment we will take (yet another) look at our terms of business to ensure that there is no prospect of their being construed as an entire contract and in the event of breach, damages are limited to losses suffered. But even then, situations may arise – for example starting very urgent work for someone without the opportunity to sign terms of business – where this is not practicable. Indeed it is precisely situations such as this which can land one with a difficult client or circumstances which were not as they first appeared. The entire contract rule and prospective loss of all profit costs in case of wrongful breach of a retainer is not covered at all in the Solicitors Code of Conduct. One trusts that the Law Society may consider releasing a practice note to help solicitors avoid the trap into which we fell – and from which we had to extricate ourselves by pursuing two levels of appeal from the costs judge. Loss of all profit costsWe said ‘entire contract’ is a label to a committed and continuing relationship between solicitor and client, but not one where breach should mean the loss of all profit costs. We said the circumstances were like Taylor v Laird (1856) 1 H&N 266, where a captain employed to explore and trade on the River Niger had refused to go further than a particular trading post, but succeeded in claiming his fees on the basis that these were payable on a monthly basis. And similarly, we argued that our fees accrued as we spent time, as is normal with litigation retainers. Embarking on High Court litigation does indeed bear close parallels in other ways with the hazards of exploring Africa in the 19th century. Richard Buxton heads a small firm in Cambridge specialising in environmental and public law
The City youngster will be hoping for a place in the Welsh starting XI after scoring from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw with Georgia Under-21s at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on Sunday.Beka Mikeltadze scored a brace for Georgia, with Mark Harris also on target for Rob Page’s squad.Today’s match kicks off at 8pm local time.Wales U21s are preparing for the second half of their European Championship qualification campaign, which resumes against Liechtenstein on September 7th.Morrell was loaned out to League Two side Cheltenham Town for the 2017/18 season, where he made 39 appearances and netted three times.
CARCASSONNE, France, (Reuters) – Denmark’s Magnus Cort Nielsen claimed victory on the Tour de France when he prevailed in a three-man sprint at the end of a long breakaway in the 15th stage yesterday. The Astana rider was the overwhelming favourite as a sprint specialist in the finale and he duly delivered, comfortably beating Spain’s Ion Izagirre and Dutchman Bauke Mollema, who were second and third, respectively.It is Cort Nielsen’s third grand tour win after he won two stages in the Vuelta a Espana in 2016, and Astana’s second in this year’s Tour after Omar Fraile won Saturday’s 14th stage.“Everything went very well … it’s the best victory of my career,” said Cort Nielsen. “I was feeling good in the finale and felt confident. I did exactly what I wanted to do in terms of strategy.”Briton Geraint Thomas retained the overall lead after a 181.5-km hilly ride from Millau through the vineyards of Minervois, Corbieres and Cabardes in Southwestern France.He leads Team Sky team mate and defending champion Chris Froome by 1:39 and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1:50 before today’s rest day as the race heads to the Pyrenees. A 29-man breakaway took shape early on, and after they had built an advantage of more than 10 minutes to make sure the win would be decided between them, the fireworks started. Tour debutants Fabien Grellier and Julien Bernard, the son of Jean-Francois, third overall in the 1987 race, attacked with 70 kilometres left.But Poland’s Rafal Majka, who has three Tour stage wins to his name, jumped away from the group and chased the duo down, whizzing past them to reach the top of the Pic de Nore, a 12.3-km climb at an average gradient of 6.3 percent, in first position.He had a 30-second lead, but with a flat, crosswind-exposed stretch leading to the line, his chances were slim and he was caught by a group of seven chasers. France’s Lilian Calmejane, in his home region, had no team mate in the group unlike Cort Nielsen, Mollema and Izagirre. He was isolated when things heated up and had to concede defeat, breaking down in tears after crossing the line in seventh place, 34 seconds off the pace.The peloton crossed the line 13:11 behind.France’s Romain Bardet, fifth overall, attacked in the descent from the Pic de Nore and went off the road, in a desperate attempt to unsettle his rivals. “That was crazy,” said Thomas.
…released on ,000 bailArraigned on Monday before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman, 45-year-old security guard Paula Gill of Laing Avenue, Georgetown admitted that, on June 15, 2017, at Charlestown Secondary School, she had unlawfully assaulted Suesattie Latchand so as to cause her actual bodily harm.Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves, in disclosing the facts of the matter, told the court that both the VC and defendant are security guards at the school; and on the day in question, the defendant asked the VC to clean the guard hut, as it was reportedly in an unsanitary condition.This precipitated an argument that escalated into a scuffle, during which the VC sustained injuries to her body. He said the VC, who had failed to attend court, is being cross-charged, and an arrest warrant has been issued for her arrest.The defendant, also, explained to the court that the incident escalated into a scuffle after the VC had grabbed her. “She hit me first,” Gill told the court, adding that she also had sustained injuries to her body.Following Gill’s explanation, Magistrate Latchman entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf; and because the prosecutor had no objection, placed the defendant on $60,000 bail. The case will continue on June 26.