Spafford Releases Awesome Pro-Shot Video Of “The Postman” [Watch]

first_imgAs time passes and the jam band scene continues to evolve, it has been exciting to see the rise of new acts. One such band is Spafford, the four-piece traditional jam band, that is currently experiencing a meteoric rising through the ranks as their name gains more weight across the country. Starting last fall with their “Breakout Tour”, the buzz around the band was palpable and has only been gaining momentum. 2017 is quickly proving to be the year the band sticks the landing. Having completed the full first leg of a national tour opening for Umphrey’s Mcgee with headlining dates mixed in, it is fair to say that Spafford has seen a huge boost in exposure and an increasingly larger spotlight on their music and improvisational creativity.So far that spotlight has served them in an enormously positive way. Taking the stage at prestigious theaters is always a huge step in the evolution of an up and coming band, and thus far for Spafford, transforming their sound from the club circuit to large venues has only bolstered their fan base.  Their sound has smoothly crossed over into the larger rooms and the connection to new audiences has been undeniable.Today, the band shared a pro-shot video of original composition “The Postman” from the beautiful Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI. See for yourself what all the buzz is about, video courtesy of the band.last_img read more

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Del McCoury Keeps It All In The Family For Fall Tour Closer In Denver

first_imgOn Friday, December 8th, The Del McCoury Band kicked off their tour-closing two-night run at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. The energy in the room was especially amplified considering this tour marked Del’s longest in almost twenty years.Local act Meadow Mountain kicked off the night with rowdy boot-stomping originals played with the traditional bluegrass lineup of mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bass. The Denver boys invited incredibly talented vocalist Grace Clark to join them for a number of their songs including “Careless Heart”, with her added vocals tying the band’s sound together beautifully. Banjo player Sam Armstrong humbly expressed how “uncomfortably excited” he was to be opening for the legendary Del McCoury, and Meadow Mountain proved themselves to be deserving of such an honor.The Del McCoury Band took the stage promptly at 10 pm in front of a packed house, opening their set with a crowd-pleasing new original as they often do. Next up was “Count Me Out”, a tale of love gone awry from 2007’s Del And The Boys, which featured Del, mandolin player Ronnie McCoury, and fiddle player Jason Carter harmonizing around the center mic. Del then graciously thanked the enthusiastic audience, expressing how happy he and his band were to be finishing their tour in Denver. A fiery instrumental followed, with the five musicians trading off runs, before Ronnie took lead vocals on the next number, slowing things down a bit with a sweet love song, while Del left the stage to change a broken string.In classic good humor, Del returned with a joke about that D-string having been on his guitar since the 1930s before launching into another rousing instrumental. Staple “Nashville Cats” featured the quintet all harmonizing around the center mic in classic bluegrass form, inspiring a whole crowd singalong which prompted Del to remark that the crowd “was in tune and everything!” Del then opened the show up to requests, saying that while they had lots of good murder ballads to sing, they were slacking on love songs. The band then played the influential Del original “Beauty of My Dreams” and a quick and lively “Ashville Turnaround”, which gave bassist Alan Bartram a chance to showcase his skills.After briefly scanning the crowd for requests, Del dedicated “Hey, Hey Bartender” to the Cervantes’ bar staff and played an incredible rendition that had Del impressively hitting the upper register of his voice. Jason Carter then debuted an original of his own before slowing things down with the old song “Learnin’ the Blues”. Appropriately for this point in the evening, the band launched into “Don’t Stop the Music”, which flowed into a roaring instrumental before again slowing the set down with “Blue Darlin’”.A major highlight of the night was Del introducing his grandson and Ronnie’s son Evan McCoury, who sat in on guitar for the remainder of the set, making for a heartwarming multigenerational bluegrass performance. Jerry Lee Lewis original “What Made Milwaukee Famous” flowed into a ripping instrumental with Ronnie and Evan trading off blisteringly quick solos. With time for one more number, Del beckoned the crowd to sing along, strumming the opening chord and giving the crowd the lyrics to the chorus as he closed his set with “I Need More Time”. With that, Del concluded his ninety-minute set giving the stage to his band, The Travelin’ McCourys, who kept the bluegrass going late into the evening.Setlist: Del McCoury Band | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 12/8/2017Set: New Song, Count Me Out, Instrumental, New Song, Instrumental, Nashville Cats, Beauty of My Dreams, Ashville Turnaround, Hey Hey Bartender, New Song, Learnin’ the Blues, Don’t Stop the Music, Blue Darlin’, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Instrumental, I Need More Timelast_img read more

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Are you missing out on the benefits of a strategic financial plan?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’ve ever wondered if you’re doing enough in your strategic process, there is a highly beneficial piece that is often overlooked. Strategic plans commonly look out three to five years, yet financial plans are much shorter term. That means that long-term strategies are created without connecting them to potential long-term financial effects, which is a missed opportunity.Looking out short-term doesn’t cover most of the impacts of a longer-term strategy, such as expected increases in membership resulting from more sophisticated usage of data or additional loan growth from planned geofencing capabilities. To be clear, this is not a long-term budget. It’s the result of a non-siloed, collaborative effort where management thinks through what implementing the strategic directions and initiatives could cost over time as well as what they could produce, be it member growth, loan growth or just remaining relevant without any expected boost in revenue. While finance is typically involved in modeling the numbers, this should not be thought of as a finance function; it’s a collaboration.The question to answer is, Does the strategic plan result in our desired financial performance?Let’s take the method for answering this question in phases: continue reading »last_img read more

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Premier League clubs agree group training return from Tuesday

first_imgTopics : The training protocols were presented to players and managers last week before being rubber-stamped during Monday’s video conference call.Other rules in phase one include players not travelling with anyone to or from training, while the use of public transport and team vehicles is banned.Newcastle were one of the first top-flight teams to issue confirmation that players had been tested at their training ground.The club said players would return on Tuesday, by which time all test results would be known.Players will be asked to use an app on a daily basis to record any symptoms.”It’s been a really difficult time, but I hope with the news that phase one is about to start,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.”I must stress that phase one looks as if it’s as safe as it can be. I’m sure everyone will be delighted that we’re trying to make that effort.”In phase one we’re allowed to train four to five people on one pitch, so basically a player has a quarter of a pitch to work within, so social distancing is not a problem. We’ll train with eight to 10 at a time on two separate pitches.”Everything is in place in the safety aspect. I’ve got no issues and I can tell the supporters the players and the staff are as safe as we possibly can be.”  ‘Making good progress’ The resumption of Germany’s Bundesliga over the weekend has raised expectations that the Premier League can follow suit.But some Premier League players remain concerned over returning to work while the virus is still uncontained, with Britain one of the countries worst hit by the crisis.Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Monday, Watford captain Troy Deeney said: “Phase one is social distancing individual training with a coach. That’s no problem, that’s like going to the park. “Phase two will be next week six days of training, three to six people training together with contact and then six days after that you’re going into 11 versus 11 and you can’t social distance with 11 versus 11.”I would say 98 per cent [of players] are very much aware that phase one is very good, I would say 65-70 per cent of people are concerned with phase two. I’d say even higher after that.” With the Premier League suspended since March 13 because of the pandemic, the green light for training came just hours after Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was hopeful the top-flight could resume in June.”I had some very constructive discussions on Thursday with the FA, the EFL [English Football League] and the Premier League,” Dowden told Sky News.”We are working hard with them to try and get it back, aiming for mid-June, but the number one test is public safety.”If we can sort that out then we will look to resume by mid-June. We’re making good progress.” Testing for the coronavirus has taken place at Premier League clubs over the last few days and will continue throughout the training period. “Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible,” a Premier League statement said.”The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.”Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.” Premier League clubs will return to training in small groups from Tuesday after the latest stage of “Project Restart” was approved on Monday.Clubs unanimously voted to allow players to start socially distanced training in a bid to meet the Premier League’s mid-June date to resume the season.Contact training is not permitted at this stage and corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surfaces and other equipment will be disinfected after each session.last_img read more

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Home where Sabo Skirt was born set for new beginnings

first_img Kids playing, riding bicycles spark building disputes Could Netflix, UberEats habits thwart your rent reduction? Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas started the business at 81 Kneale Street, Holland Park West – a stunning property that will have a livestreamed open home this weekend.The fashion journey for Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas began in this stunning Queensland home, with their outfits now so hot that fans include music megastar JLo.Thessy Kouzoukas has sweet memories of 81 Kneale Street, Holland Park Westwhere her family lived — in fact the home features in many of their product shots, set against a stunning view of Brisbane city. Bi-fold doors run almost the full length of the main living area, which opens to the entertaining terrace, with a lap pool, spa and poolside gazebo.It also has a large media room, study nook, dedicated laundry, well-sized backyard, secure garage with space for three vehicles and additional parking space at the front of the home for six more. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Jennifer Lopez wearing the Elsa Playsuit by Brisbane label Sabo Skirt in Saint-Tropez with Alex Rodriguez. Picture: Instagram/@jlo“Around 10 years ago my family rented the property for four years or so. Seeing the property online brings back so many memories for me and my family, the house is fairly similar to when we lived in it,” she said.The Sabo Skirt blog and the online store began while they were living in the home, she said.“Many of our photos of products and of our outfits were taken around the house/area. The view provided the perfect backdrop for many of our products.” The pool deck of 81 Kneale Street, Holland Park West, was the location for many photo shoots for Sabo Skirt too. Perfect for barbecues and photo shoots.“We worked from the kitchen table, and took over the downstairs bathroom and bedroom as stock rooms. Once we grew out of these rooms, we got our first warehouse. We ran the business out of the house for around six months.”“My fondest memories are sitting by the pool with my friends and family during the summer time,” she said. “It’s such a great house for entertaining and we had many gatherings and events around the pool while we lived there.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoUninterrupted views of the city from the home. The design of the two storey home was perfect for socialising.The home was listed as an “entertainers’ haven with uninterrupted city views” by Place Kangaroo Point agents Michael Bacon and Simon Caulfield, who have it going to livestreamed open home via GAVL this Saturday May 2 at 9am.The four bedroom home views were “never-to-be-built-out”, the listing said, and the home has a grand sense of space with double-height ceilings and lots of natural light, beautiful hardwood floors and timber accents. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: How to turn coronavirus isolation into gardening blisslast_img read more

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Dominica’s children at risk of obesity

first_img Share Nurse Helen RoyerCoordinator of Health Promotions Helen Royer has disclosed that the island’s children are at risk of obesity based on statistics derived from a recent health survey.Royer, who addressed a Health Promoting School Initiative workshop on Monday, told primary school principals that there is urgent need for measures to address this issue of obesity among children. She said based on a global school health survey which was conducted in Dominica in 2007 there is a need to address risk factors such as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity among children particularly those of an early age.“The survey indicated that 26.3% students were at risk for becoming overweight, 105 were overweight and only 26.5% ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day for the past thirty days,” she added.According to Royer, the number of reported cases of non chronic communicable diseases is rising rapidly and is becoming a major challenge for global development. “The World Health Organization 2002 World Health report stated that mortality, disability and morbidity attributed by CNCD accounts for 60% death and 47% of the disease burden. Roughly 60% of the world’s population is estimated not to get enough of physical activity,” she added.Royer believes that the schools can make a difference in the lives of children by imparting knowledge relating to healthy foods and lifestyles.“We are aware that the school can continue to play a pivotal role in transmitting health messages to school children, and a capable of facilitating short term or medium term and long-term effects on audience,” she explained.Royer admonished the principals of the need for the implementation of an aggressive and rigorous approach to health in order to reduce the rate of obesity among students. The workshop is also geared at creating a network and alliance for implementing the concept.Domincia Vibes News Share LocalNews Dominica’s children at risk of obesity by: – March 6, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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