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
RANSON, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities say they have found no traces of a chemical agent inside a small-town post office in West Virginia where a package exploded and spewed an unidentified white powder.The scare prompted officials to quarantine 15 workers Friday, though none has shown signs of illness.Ronald Fletcher, a firefighter with Citizens Fire Company, has been designated the spokesman about the incident at the U.S. Post Office in Ranson. He says a robot inspected the air for chemical agents, but so far the tests are coming back negative.Fletcher says the quarantined workers were being sheltered inside a school bus. Residents in the area were told to stay inside as a precaution.Employees told police they heard a pop and then saw a shower of white powder around 7:45 a.m.
Next UpShe currently resides in Port Arthur with her two children.Romano formerly held the positions of member solutions manager for two years, member solutions assistant manager for a year, as well as the collector position for more than two years. Shaw announced recently announced Reginald Richmond Jr. has been named Lumberton branch manager.Reginald Richmond Jr. Toni Romano has been named assistant vice president of lending, according to FivePoint Credit Union President/CEO Erik M. Shaw.Toni RomanoRomano graduated from Nederland High School and has approximately 10 years of experience working in the financial industry. Richmond has more than 14 years of finance and banking experience, with 12 years’ experience at FivePoint.Richmond currently resides in Beaumont with his wife and son.
Shhh… do you hear that? It’s the sound of your calendar clearing when you finish reading this week’s Datebook. How else are you going to make time for all of the theater-related events happening over the next seven days? You can’t possibly miss opening night of A Night with Janis Joplin, or Chita Rivera’s big birthday party, or the much-anticipated premiere of American Horror Story: Coven…right? Take a peek below at our list of stage-centric goings-on around New York City! MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 STARS CHEER ON CHITA RIVERA Rosie O’Donnell, John Kander, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth and many more are headed to the August Wilson Theatre to honor one of Broadway’s greatest stars. Chita: A Legendary Celebration will toast two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera with a gala concert recognizing her 80th birthday as well as the roles she created throughout her career. Proceeds benefit BC/EFA, an extra reason to join the stars in honoring the one and only Chita! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 TALK ABOUT SEX WITH DR. RUTH America’s most famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer comes to life on stage in the off-Broadway premiere of Becoming Dr. Ruth, a new one-woman show starring That ‘70s Show hoot Debra Jo Rupp as the renowned therapist. Mark St. Germain’s play charmed regional audiences, and now New York will get to discover the incredible story of Westheimer’s life. And don’t worry, ye lewd ones—there will be plenty of sex to discuss. View Comments SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 WOMEN OR NOTHING ENDS THE DRAMA Oscar winner Ethan Coen’s new off-Broadway play Women or Nothing ends its acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company, after creating tons of buzz with its meaty plot about two lesbians desperate to conceive a child. If you need something to spice up your Sunday, check out the final performance of this dark pregnancy comedy (is that a thing?) before it’s due! ALSO: 700 Sundays’ Billy Crystal and After Midnight pair Babyface and Toni Braxton chat up Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 JANIS JOPLIN TAKES THE STAGE Mary Bridget Davies has taken up the role of a lifetime as iconic rocker Janis Joplin in Broadway’s newest musical event, A Night with Janis Joplin. The show will feature Joplin hits (including “Me and Bobby McGee,” obvi) and a tribute to the musical influences who came before the tragic musician. Make sure to get your tickets for this can’t-miss musical Night, opening at the Lyceum Theatre. ALSO: Ryan Scott Oliver’s fan-favorite theater album 35MM gets a big concert at 54 Below with Zachary Levi, Derek Klena, Krysta Rodriguez, Lesli Margherita and more, featuring photos by Gotta Dance shutterbug Matthew Murphy. ALSO: Elizabeth Olsen chats Romeo and Juliet on Live with Kelly and Michael; The Skivvies go nude (well, almost) at 54 Below. ALSO: Domesticated, starring Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf, starts at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater; Lois Robbins and Nine star Shelly Burch take on 54 Below. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 JOE ICONIS GETS THE CABARET BUMPIN’ One of theater’s hottest rising contemporary composers, Joe Iconis, will premiere his musical The Black Suits in Los Angeles later this year. First, however, Iconis stops by 54 Below to present a cabaret of his unique showtunes. Iconis has enlisted Krysta Rodriguez and Nick Blaemire to help, so if you’re interested in theater songs with a contemporary twist (and who wouldn’t be?), go Below with Joe! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 MUCH A-BLU ABOUT NOTHING Joss Whedon’s critically acclaimed directorial take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing made quite a splash in theaters this summer—and you’ll be able to replicate that experience on your home entertainment system! Pick up the Blu-Ray for Whedon’s brilliant version of the Bard’s biting comedy, filmed in and around the director’s L.A. home. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 GET WITCH-SLAPPED ON FX Horror fans (and, let’s be real, fans of quality television programming) are dying for the premiere of the third season of Ryan Murphy’s spooky anthology series American Horror Story, which follows a Coven of witchy figures played by the likes of theater vets Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone. Everyone will be talking about the show this fall, so don’t miss out on the big premiere on FX at 10 PM. ALSO: The Trip to Bountiful closes its run on Broadway; Sting plays his last The Last Ship concert at the Public; Joanna Gleason and the duo of Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller play 54 Below; Tony-nominated The Millers star Margo Martindale stops by The Arsenio Hall Show.
Lesser joined the crew onboard Volga-Dnepr’s IL-76TD-90VD freighter from Helsinki, which was carrying 19 tonnes of sports clothing and equipment intended for use in the 2014-2015 Biathlon World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk.”The most unusual part of this delivery was, of course, the presence of the famous German biathlete, Erik Lesser, as a flight attendant onboard the IL-76TD-90VD aircraft,” commented Maxim Prokhorov, sales executive at Volga-Dnepr Airlines. www.volga-dnepr.com
WiTricity is working with General Motors (GM) to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles. The companies are working together to test WiTricity’s Drive 11 park and charge system, designed for maximum efficiency and interoperability across vehicle platforms. The prototype testing focuses on wireless charging systems at 7.7 and 11 kW charge rates, capable of charging both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and extended range electric vehicles (EREVs), and is intended to comply with standards proposed by SAE International’s J2954 Committee.GM is committed to offering customers a variety of electrification solutions, including a great charging experience. To improve understanding of real world performance and the challenges integrating this technology into vehicles, GM is testing WiTricity’s prototype wireless charging system, which allows a driver to simply pull into his or her garage and automatically receive power from a source below the vehicle. The system design works across all plug-in electric vehicle platforms and can be deployed as a “floor pad” in a consumer’s garage, as well as installed under pavement to provide wireless charging in public and commercial parking lots.WiTricity is committed to catalyzing EV adoption through flexible park and charge experiences. The company is working with major automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to bring the next generation of wireless EV charging to a commercial reality. Licensing agreements have been announced with Toyota, Delphi, TDK, IHI and BRUSA. WiTricity is also collaborating directly with leading carmakers to drive global standards for wireless charging systems. Standards initiatives the company is involved in include the SAE International, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), STILLE and China Automotive Technology & Research Center (CATARC).