On September 8th-9th 2017, Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet Aqueous joined a roster of fellow rising stars in the jam scene including Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, and more for a weekend of fantastic music at one of the most breathtaking live music venues in the country: Bellevue, CO’s Mishawaka Amphitheatre.Inaugural Canyon Jam Brings Spafford, Aqueous, Main Squeeze, & More To The Mish [Photo/Video/Audio]Founded in 1916, “The Mish” is an iconic outdoor venue that sits along the banks of Colorado’s Cache la Poudre River, offering breathtaking views of its serene surroundings for both the fans that attend concerts there and the artists who play there. The river, whose French name translates to English as “hide the powder,” earned its title from an incident in the 1820s when French trappers caught in a snowstorm were forced to bury the gun powder they were carrying with them along the river bank. Today, artists continue to be affected by the venue’s natural beauty, as the natural backdrop of the surrounding mountains and the river–which quite literally flows directly behind the stage–consistently draws inspired performances out of artists.The “Mishawaka Effect” was in full effect during Aqueous’s set when, toward the end of their performance, they moved into a cover of The Beatles‘ iconic Magical Mystery Tour hit, “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Over the course of the song’s main portion and the gracefully expanding jam that followed, Aqueous masterfully channeled the energy of their hallowed surroundings to stunning effect, leaving jaws littering the amphitheatre’s floor.“There’s certain times that your environment can really seep in and influence the direction the music takes,” explains guitarist/vocalist Mike Gantzer of the Mish “Strawberry Fields” jam. “The improv section of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ from Canyon Jam stands as a testament to that idea. The Mishawaka Amphitheater is one of the most beautiful and scenic venues that Aqueous has had the honor of playing, and a vibe just sort of took hold as we navigated around this jam; it was a chill-inducing, emotional moment on stage, and that feeling lives in this version of the tune for sure. Those are the moments we live for as a band!”You can relive the blissful, soaring “Strawberry Fields Forever” from Canyon Jam below. Tune in, zone out, and let Aqueous take you down to Strawberry Fields through fields of color, via the band’s Facebook page:For a list of Aqueous’ upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo:Bill McAlaine]
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A farmers’ organization in Poland is pressing the government to compensate mink farmers in case the animals have to be culled because of the coronavirus. The organization dispatched a letter to deputy agriculture minister on Tuesday asking for compensation following a recent decision to cull thousands of mink at a farm in northern Poland, where four out of 20 tested animals were infected with the coronavirus. The animals were culled Monday, in the country’s first such instance. The law doesn’t make farmers eligible for government compensation and the farmers’ organization wants that changed. Poland is one of the world’s biggest producers of mink furs.
The Guyanese who was killed by Surinamese law enforcement on Saturday, was identified as Rodwell Wiggins, 34, a former taxi driver attached to the Oasis Taxi Service.Reports are that Wiggins was among four persons killed by Surinamese lawmen during a shootout moments after they carried out a brazen daylight robbery on a supermarket.Another man has been identified as Furgel Grant, 31, of Suriname. Grant had escaped from prison four years ago. He was convicted of a series of armed robberies and only spent one of the five years he received at the Hazard Prison before escaping. The third dead man is yet to be identified but is said to have been a Jamaican.Guyana Times understands that the four men, two of whom were masked, entered a supermarket and held the proprietor and his partner at gunpoint and demanded cash.One of the workers managed to raise an alarm and the Police were summoned. Upon seeing the Police vehicle, the gunmen opened fire, shattering the windscreen. In retaliation, the Police returned fire, fatally wounding three of them.One was subsequently arrested and taken to a hospital where he is receiving medical attention under guard.When contacted, local Crime Chief Hugh Jessemy told Guyana Times that he is not in direct contact with his counterparts in Suriname, but confirmed that the Guyana Police Force was apprised of the situation.When contacts were made with the taxi service, his ex-colleagues refused to provide any information and even denied he worked at the taxi service.Suriname police are continuing their investigations.