Dead & Company Sets The Bar High For The Final Night Of Their Stellar Boulder Run [Full Audio/Videos]

first_img[Photo: Andrew Rios] Dead & Company returned to Folsom Field at the University of Colorado – Boulder last night for the second and final night of their Colorado run. Coming off of Friday’s performance, the Grateful Dead spin-off was primed and ready for the performance, setting the bar high for the rest of the tour. With the act being relatively young (despite its veteraned members across the board), last night saw the group truly dialed into one another, hitting their groove, and putting on an electric show. Particularly in contrast to Friday night’s first set, throughout both sets last night, Dead & Company savored building through to other songs, highlighted by the patient transitions across their well-crafted setlist, which easily juggled their alternatingly jubilant and soulful numbers.Dead & Company Debuts “Dancin’ In The Streets” To Kick Off Boulder Run [Full Audio/Photos]With a non-stop five-song sequence opening the first set, from the get-go, Dead & Company came ready to play. An energized “Truckin’” marked the start of the set, eliciting triumphant hoots and hollers from across the crowd as their initially sparse introduction made way for a gorgeous guitar-led start to the song. For Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning” and “Spoonful” (the latter originally written by Willie Dixon), the group easily settled in the songs’ bluesy grooves. Both numbers were carried by Oteil Burbridge’s expert handling of the prominent bass lines and Bob Weir’s impassioned vocals and further augmented by the interplay between Jeff Chimenti’s shimmering work on the baby grand and John Mayer’s slinky guitar licks. A tight and direct transition saw Dead & Company then drop into the crowd-pleasing number “Bertha,” featuring more playful vocal harmonizing by Mayer and Weir to ring in the end of the number. From there, the group dived into an easy-going “Ramble on Rose” to close out the sequence, again highlighting Chimenti’s penchant for playing the blues.Truckin’Bobby, Oteil, and John shifted over to acoustics for “Friend of the Devil,” which was a true treat during the first set. With Weir’s stylized rhythm work twining through Mayer’s lead at the center of the song, the acoustic number was a breath of fresh air before the darker, smooth, and mournful “Loser,” again highlighting the chemistry between Mayer and Chimenti as they passed the lead between one another. “Brown Eyed Women,” sung by Mayer, brought the energy up as the group moved toward the final stretch of the first set, finally ending with a triumphant “Turn On Your Lovelight” ahead of set break.For set two, again, Dead & Company started things off with a jam-oriented sequence, this time seeing the classic combination of “Help on the Way,” “Slipknot,” and “Franklin’s Tower” strung together. Shifting away from the blues-centric first set, the second set was focused on breaking out potent Grateful Dead powerhouses, with the first three numbers making for a transcendent start of the set. Giving the people what they want, again, Dead & Co let Oteil sing, with the bassist lending his dazzling voice once again for the mournful “China Doll” and gaining a huge response from the crowd. From there, the group moved into a serene “Dark Star,” made all the more tranquil by the patient and deliberate jamming during its introduction and Chimenti’s trickling ornamentation on the keys threading through the song and Mayer’s loose yet methodical guitar work.Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower“Dark Star” tapered off into the drums portion of the second set, which started with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart leading in their tribal segment in unison. Contrasted with the particularly cacophonous “Drums” on Friday, Saturday’s drum portion was heavy and purposeful, and the depth and the weight of the percussion was intensified by the addition of Oteil, who came out and joined in. As “Drums” moved into “Space,” the heaviness of the segment before it carried over, with its bottom-heavy, ambient tone setting the mood for the first half of the number before Mayer’s atmospheric guitar came in and led the group in crawling toward “Stella Blue,” harkened in by Chimenti’s lyrical keys.“Stella Blue” was an emotional affair, only highlighted by Bob Weir’s heart-wrenching vocals. It was a sublime moment, and across the musicians on stage, they all seemed tapped into the song’s power, crafting a gorgeous rendition of the song as the second set came to a close. To close out their final night at Folsom Field and still glowing from the climatic end to “Stella Blue,” the group moved freely into the ending sequence of “China > Rider.” Given the location, “I Know You Rider” has a special place in Colorado residents’ hearts, with the lines “I’d shine my light through cool Colorado rain” always eliciting a huge response from the crowd. The upbeat end to the second set with the seamless “China Cat Sunflower” through to “I Know You Rider” was a celebratory end to the run, particularly when considering that the well-loved combo rarely sees itself positioned as the final numbers of the second set, traditionally falling in the first set or used as a second-set opener. To truly end the night, the group appropriately returned with a spirited, easy-flowing “One More Saturday Night,” propelled by Chimenti rippin’ through the song on the keys.You can listen to the audio from last night’s show, courtesy of Bennett Schwartz.Setlist: Dead & Company | Folsom Field | Boulder, CO | 6/11/2017Set One: Truckin’ > Smokestack Lightning > Spoonful > Bertha > Ramble on Rose, Friend of the Devil, Loser, Brown Eyed Women, Turn On Your LovelightSet Two: Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower, China Doll, Dark Star > Drums > Space > Stella Blue > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You RiderEncore: One More Saturday Nightlast_img read more

Grateful for care at Ellis Hospital’s ER

first_imgI received a call that my mother was transported from Baptist Nursing home to the Ellis ER. My husband and I met her as she was brought in by ambulance.They quickly put her in a room at the ER. At that point, she was resting comfortably. Very soon, there were nurses coming into her room who were very attentive to her medical needs, as well as about informing us of her medical issues.In a short period of time, she was transported to the sixth floor A-wing. As her stay continued, the amazing patient care continued as well. I must say that the level of caring and compassion was something I had never seen before and contrary to the history of Ellis Hospital.I’m very pleased with all the services and communication provided by the doctors, nurses and medical technicians and practiced on my mother’s well-being and medical issues. Kudos to the Ellis Hospital staff.Maria L. Isopo-BarringerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Syracuse spends Thanksgiving at Leonid Yelin’s downtown apartment

first_img Published on November 15, 2018 at 10:11 am Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img During a meal last year, Syracuse players gathered as then-junior outside hitter Mariia Levanova plugged her phone into a speaker and cued up contemporary Russian pop music. With a football game playing in the background, she showed her American teammates Russian pop artists Elka, Gradusy and Vintage. Her teammates were intrigued and started to ask more about Russian culture and language.Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin overheard as Levanova told her teammates “дерьмо,” (der’mo) the Russian word for sh*t.“What are you telling them?” Yelin asked.“They asked me to teach them the word,” Levanova said. “It was funny.”For much of Yelin’s coaching career, he has hosted a Thanksgiving celebration for his team at his house. Players from all different countries come together to share aspects of their culture, from food to music. Syracuse’s (16-7, 12-3 Atlantic Coast) final three games take place over the academic break, when the majority of the SU campus is vacant. In his time at Syracuse, Yelin has hosted his annual Thanksgiving dinner in his downtown Syracuse apartment. He provides his players with a Thanksgiving experience, no matter if they’re American or not.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s always an open invitation to my house,” Yelin said. “Some kids have nowhere to go.”The tradition began when Yelin was the head coach at Louisville. Yelin is an Uzbekistani immigrant, so he makes sure to recruit at least a few European players every year, he said. On one Thanksgiving in the mid 1990s, Yelin decided to show them how Americans experienced the holiday. For Americans with nowhere to celebrate, he provided them a home for the night.When Yelin retired from Louisville and was hired at Syracuse, it continued.Every year, Yelin hosts “seven or eight” players for dinner, Levanova said. His wife, Yelena, does the majority of the cooking. She prepares traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing, as well as pelmeni: a Russian dumpling filled with minced meat (pork, lamb, beef, fish or chicken) and mushrooms.Last year, Levanova and the seven others arrived at Yelin’s apartment early. They worked with Yelena to prepare the turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, cornbread and baklava: a European and Asian delicacy layered with nuts, syrup and honey.Yelin’s annual Thanksgiving gathering is more than just a holiday to Levanova. A native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, she doesn’t really care about Thanksgiving. In fact, she only started celebrating it three years ago. Many players who went in 2016, Valelly said, hadn’t experienced it before. But to Levanova, it’s about spending time with her teammates.“We always see each other on the court,” Levanova said. “Coming back and to have dinner, it’s much more relaxing.”last_img read more

NBA All-Star 2019: 5 most intriguing lineup combinations

first_imgThree of James’ first four picks are impending free agents while Antetokounmpo nabbed multiple first-time All-Stars.The complete rosters are below: Related News Team LeBron— Kevin Durant — Kyrie Irving — Kawhi Leonard — James Harden— Anthony Davis— Klay Thompson— Damian Lillard— Ben Simmons— LaMarcus Aldridge— Karl-Anthony Towns— Bradley Beal— Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis— Stephen Curry— Joel Embiid— Paul George— Kemba Walker— Khris Middleton— Nikola Jokic— Russell Westbrook— Blake Griffin— D’Angelo Russell— Nikola Vucevic— Kyle Lowry— Dirk NowitzkiHere are the five lineup combinations we’re most excited to see in the game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. James-Thompson-Davis-Wade-SimmonsWhile unlikely, the trio of James, Thompson and Davis could end up playing together on the Lakers. The team had been attempting to trade for Davis before the deadline and that pursuit is expected to continue in the offseason. If Los Angeles does end up adding Davis, Thompson may reportedly consider signing with the franchise. Meanwhile, Wade — making his last ever All-Star appearance — and James are close friends while the Lakers star appreciates Simmons’ game. It would be interesting to see how this unit interacted on the court.  James-Durant-Irving-Leonard-ThompsonIn this scenario, James would be surrounded by four potential free agents. Could this lineup help him recruit one of these stars to join him in Los Angeles? You never know.Antetokounmpo-Curry-Lowry-Walker-WestbrookThis lineup would be fun. Antetokounmpo would play center on this unit and be surrounded by four ball handlers. The group would have the ability to push the pace and create offense at will. They’d be hard to stop.Walker-Russell-Middleton-Vucevic-JokicEveryone in this group is a first-time All-Star besides Walker. Meanwhile, the Hornets star will be playing on his home court. All five are bound to have something to prove and will be playing hard. NBA All-Star 2019: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo discuss first televised draft The 2019 All-Star teams are officially set.LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the game’s two captains, completed the first ever televised draft Thursday. James selected Kevin Durant with his top choice and Antetokounmpo followed by picking Stephen Curry.center_img Westbrook-Antetokounmpo-Embiid-Griffin-GeorgeThis lineup is intriguing on two different levels. Every player is long and super athletic. Together, they’d make it difficult to penetrate the lane and would have the ability to score at all three levels. But, Westbrook and Embiid have clashed on the court and exchanged words through the media this season. It would be curious to see how they react to playing on the same team. Anthony Davis to return to Pelicans’ lineup, will play out rest of seasonlast_img read more