Umphrey’s McGee Reveals Exciting Quarter Themes, TAB Horn Guests For UMBowl VII

first_imgWith just a few weeks until Umphrey’s McGee annual UMBowl performance at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the famed jam rockers have shared insight into the four-quartered performance. Held from May 6-7, the 7th annual UMBowl will feature three familiar themes, and one rookie to the traditional UM celebration. They’ll also welcome Trey Anastasio Band horn players Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick into the mix, only adding to the excitement.The band has revealed that the four quarters will be: Raw Stewage, All Request, All Improv, and Choose Your Own Adventure. Of the four, “All Improv” makes it UMBowl debut, after being tested on a Madison, WI crowd for a performance earlier this year. Listen to that show here, which included Joshua Redman on saxophone.Umphrey’s has kindly broken down each of the quarters to give newcomers a better sense of what to expect. Read on below:Q1: Raw StewageRaw Stewage is a set of your favorite pieces of improv stitched together to create a long-form piece of new music. Ticket holders vote on their favorite previous “Jimmy Stewarts” and the band assembles a new game plan accordingly.Q2: All RequestTicket holders receive a ballot to select the songs you’d most like to hear, including rarities, new material and Hail Marys. Look for a twist on this year’s ballot as new teams form to result in some unlikely play calling.Q3: All ImprovAs advertised. All Improv, all the time. Here’s to a turnover free quarter.Q4: Choose Your Own AdventureThose in attendance will be calling the plays in real time, quarterbacking the music to unfold at your will. Multiple choices will be presented on projection screens and you’ll decide the setlist by voting via text message. You’re in charge, don’t blow it.Sounds like fun to us! If you’re still on the fence, be sure to enter the L4LM contest for UMBowl, which includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a signed bowling ball from the UM crew, and, of course, tickets to the show. More info can be found here, and the contest can be entered below:Check out the artwork for the quarter themes below:last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Announces Summer Tour Dates, Special Acoustic Duo Show

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has announced a self-proclaimed “fresh” new batch of tour dates for later this year. Three of the new dates will take place in mid-May, with another two coming at the tail end of June.Umphrey’s McGee’s first run of dates will bring them to Baldwinsville, NY, Providence, RI, Hampton Beach, NH. Roughly six weeks later, the band will swing through Boston, MA and Asbury Park, NJ. Today’s announcement comes after the sextet revealed their plans to return to Charleston, SC with Perpetual Groove on May 31st before heading to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater from July 5th to 7th. According to their tour art, additional 2018 summer dates will be announced in the future.Furthermore, Umphrey’s McGee has also announced a one-of-a-kind acoustic show featuring guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger on Tuesday, April 24th. While the pair has played a number of acoustic shows in the past (usually during the Holiday Season), this concert is notable because it will be the duo’s first acoustic gig in the band’s hometown of South Bend, IN. The special performance will take place at the Morris Performing Arts Center as part of the University of Notre Dame’s IDEA Week, and will feature an opening solo piano set from UM keyboardist Joel Cummins.Pre-sale tickets for the new summer tour dates and the acoustic duo show will be available on Wednesday, March 7th. Tickets for the summer dates will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 9th, tickets to the acoustic duo show will go on sale on Thursday, March 8th.Umphrey’s McGee “Fresh” Summer Tour DatesMay 17 – Baldwinsville, NY @ Paper Mill Island AmphitheaterMay 18 – Providence, RI @ The StrandMay 19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino BallroomJune 29 – Boston, MA @ House of BluesJune 30 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Ponylast_img read more

French police face sanction for Macarena party amid virus

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Some two dozen French police officials are facing internal punishment for holding a party inside a police station where they were filmed dancing the Macarena and violating multiple virus protection rules. A police spokesperson said that those involved in the party in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers were ordered to file reports on their actions and that “sanctions are planned.”  The video prompted criticism at a time when French police are out every night enforcing a 6 p.m.-6 a.m. virus curfew designed to slow new infections. French police are also under scrutiny for rights abuses during violent protests and identity checks.last_img

Summer veggie care

first_imgBy Bob WesterfieldUniversity of GeorgiaAs the days get hotter and drier, keep a watchful eye on your vegetable garden. Careful attention to a few details will help your garden produce a bountiful harvest all summer.Focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least 1 inch of water per week. If it doesn’t rain, apply a half-inch of water twice a week. Some vegetables may need a little more water, depending on the soil type and temperature. If you can, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to avoid wetting the foliage. Wet foliage can lead to diseases.Overhead irrigation is okay if it’s all you have. As with all watering, though, run irrigation at night or in the early morning hours so as to allow the plants time to dry during the day.Using a watering can or hose can be effective ways to water small gardens. They make it easy to target the moisture directly to the plant, and no water is wasted between the rows.Weed and mulchWater isn’t the only thing you need to stay on top of this summer. Attention needs to be focused on weeds, too. They can rob moisture and nutrients from vegetables and create competition for space.It’s always easiest to control weeds when they are young and not yet fully rooted. Hand-pulling and hoeing are still the most effective ways to do this task.Small mini-tillers can be used to quickly chew up weeds found in vegetable rows. Be very careful not to get too close to the plants and injure their roots. For safety’s safe, I till the middle of the rows and then hand-weed closer to the plants.After weeding, place a few inches of pine straw, wheat straw, old wood chips or other mulch material around your plants to help conserve moisture and keep weeds away.I use about three sheets of newspaper around my tomato, pepper and squash plants as a base mulch. Then I cover the paper with straw to provide an extra layer of protection against weeds. The newsprint eventually breaks down into organic matter.Be careful when using grass clippings as mulch, as many people do. You may be introducing more weed seeds into your garden than you ever imagined. Especially if your lawn contains weeds and weed seed heads.Watch for good, bad bugsDon’t forget to scout your garden for pest problems.Tomatoes, especially, have a hard time with disease in Georgia’s hot, humid climate. Hand-pick any infected, suspicious-looking leaves. Remove plants completely that are heavily infected with disease. Take samples to your University of Georgia Extension Service county agent if you need help identifying a problem.Insects can attack your garden during the heat of the summer, too. Inspect your plants carefully for signs of insect damage. Be sure to check the underside of leaves and fruits, as insects often hide there to take advantage of the shade.Remember that most insects in the garden are actually beneficial and cause no problem to your plants. Make sure you properly identify the insect pest before you spray an insecticide. Again, your county extension agent can help you develop a control regime. Sometimes hand-picking bugs is all it takes if only a few harmful insects are present.Finally, harvest vegetables as soon as they’re ripe. Leaving them on the plant too long will lead to poor quality and attract more diseases and insects.Picking squash, okra and indeterminate tomatoes frequently can also extend your harvest. If you allow the fruit to stay on the plants too long, they’ll actually shutdown production.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: National Park Service seeks public comment on permits for races that would close Blue Ridge Parkway

first_imgNational Park Service backpedals on their decision to allow ATVs in Utah National Parks A move by the National Park Service that we reported on last month allowing ATVs in Utah National Parks has been scrapped by the National Park Service just one week before it was set to take effect. The Associated Press reports that the National Park Service said it reversed course after consulting with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and concluding that the rule wasn’t necessary.  National Park Service seeks public comment on permits for races that would close Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway is a popular spot to host running and biking races and in 2020 there are two new races that would like permits to temporarily shut down the parkway. These new races would require temporary, full closures of the parkway, and the National Park Service is asking for the public’s feedback. None of the races that currently utilize the parkway require full closures. It’s time for seasonal closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway The first proposed permit is for a running race and would require a temporary, full closure of the parkway from Milepost 377, just north of Asheville, to Milepost 383. The race would potentially draw 2,000 runners and would happen on May 2, 2020. The second proposed permit is from The Ironman Group and would have the cycling portion of the triathlon take place on the parkway on June 7, 2020. The permit would require a temporary, full closure of the parkway from Milepost 91 to Milepost 112 near Roanoke. It’s the time of year when the weather turns colder; stores begin stocking their shelves for the holidays and facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway shut down for the season. The Waterrock Knob visitor center (MP 451) and Craggy Gardens visitor center (MP 364) both closed for the season on November 11. All campgrounds and picnic areas in Western North Carolina are also closed, as is the Pisgah Inn and restaurant. The parkway itself does not close except during periods of hazardous weather including ice and snow.  The public is invited to comment on the proposed permits until November 22.  Comments for the Asheville permit can be entered here: and comments for the Roanoke permit should be submitted here: The rule would have lined up with Utah state law, which allows ATVs and other off-road vehicles on state and county roads. Instead, the ban on ATVs in national parks, including parks in Utah, still stands.last_img read more

Common causes of poor phone and voice quality

first_imgYou’ve been there before… you’re in the middle of a meeting, a conference, or just a phone call with a member…And suddenly, the call drops. You try to reconnect, but your connection is spotty. The voice is garbled. You send frantic emails to figure out what’s going on. Maybe you give up.Poor voice quality has ruined yet another perfectly good workday. Surely, you think, there must be a way to prevent this?There is.How to Troubleshoot a Bad VoIP ConnectionWhile much of the U.S. explores reopening, others of us are exploring new ways of doing business. Many of those “new ways” involve rapid digital transformation and remote work. (We haven’t stepped foot in our office since early March.) continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘If I Were Mayor’ contest announced for 8th graders

first_imgParticipants will need to write an essay about what they would do if they were mayor. They need to write about how they would approach what they intend to do as mayor and how they would fund it. “I always value hearing their ideas and feedback whenever I visit our schools or see them at events around the City,” he said in a press release sent to 12 News. The deadline to submit an essay is March 9. The contest is hosted by the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and is open to any 8th grader. Essays can be submitted to or mailed to: NYCOM, Attn: Essay Contest, 119 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David is inviting 8th graders to participate in the “If I were Mayor” essay contest held across New York State.center_img Mayor David says Binghamton’s youth are some of the brightest in New York State. Contestants’ essays will be judged by creativity, originality, development of actions and more. First place winners will receive $150 and an overnight stay at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing on May 3. For more information, go to read more

Baseball Hall of Fame on deck to open Friday

first_imgAll guests and staff are required to wear face masks, and certain parts of the museum – including the Grandstand Theater, Bullpen Theater, Learning Center and Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse – will be closed to avoid large gatherings. For more information on reopening and safety protocols, click here. According to the Hall of Fame website, it will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with timed admission tickets available, to allow visitors specific times to avoid clusters of people. The Museum has been closed to the public since March 15 due to COVID-19. COOPERSTOWN (WBNG) — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is gearing up to reopen Friday, June 26 as part of Phase Four of New York’s reopening plan. last_img

Focus: Why your smart phone is a great companion for vacations

first_imgIf you have a vacation planned in the upcoming months, then it is imperative you bring along your smart phone. These devices are not only very useful for your trip itself, they are also great tools to stay connected with your every day life while on holiday. In this article, we will go through some of the reasons that smart phones are such great companions for your vacations. – Advertisement –last_img

The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros, while Croatia is the last in Europe in the franchise business

first_imgWhen we talk about earnings from tourism, the first thing that comes to mind are accommodation services as well as catering services. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, especially in tourism where tourism spending is dispensing vertically and horizontally to other industries.One of the important sectors is franchise, which is still in its infancy in Croatia, while the franchise sector in the world generates more than 50 percent of world retail, and research in the European Union shows that, for example in Italy, 96 percent of franchise brands are national. In Poland, there are 73 percent, in Slovenia 48 percent. However, Croatia, with 12 percent of its own brands in the franchise business, ranks last in Europe. There are currently about 200 franchise systems operating in our market with about 17 employees operating in more than a thousand franchise locations.This important topic was discussed at the Fair of Franchising, Financial and Consulting Services FEC (Franchising Exhibition Croatia) in Opatija. “We need to create a good business climate for all our member states and ensure the lowest possible level of state regulation. Economic growth is accelerating by encouraging franchising. The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros and employs more than three million people. That is why such fairs are so importantand ”, believes the president of the European Franchise Federation Michael Eyre.Experts advise entrepreneurs, before starting a business, detailed education on franchising, which is especially stimulating for the growth of small business. They have to understand, they say, that quality business concept design is a prerequisite for franchise success, so it will not happen, as was the case in Croatia, that franchises open quickly to reduce costs and shorten time, then close them quickly and so on. affect the image quality of the franchise and discourage future potential franchisors.A good and encouraging example is the Croatian franchise Surf’n’Fries, founded by Andrija Čolak and spreading around the world. These are mobile “stands” and trailers for selling french fries on beaches, fairs, festivals and other events. Colak explains that the Surf’n’Fries franchise costs 9+ VAT, but if the entrepreneur is involved and has a good location, he can return the investment in 400 days. There are over 45 Surf’n’Fries mobile stands in operation along the Adriatic coast. “We give him full support, from employee training, warranty on technical elements, distribution and delivery of all goods and packaging, and advise him to facilitate the whole process at the beginning in order to get on a sound foundation as soon as possible.”, Says Andrija Colak in the recent interview for, adding that in accordance with the franchise agreement, ie royalties, it amounts to 5 percent of the turnover.In addition to Surf’n’Fries mobile stands, Čolak has designed a new innovative product – Surf’n’Fries Trailer, ie a trailer intended for the needs of major events, festivals and fairs. “Mobile stands weigh over 300 kilograms and are difficult to move, we have developed another format – surf n fries trailer. Just targeted for events. It is a trailer in which everything is set up and ready for work immediately at any location, wherever an event, festivals, fairs are held…”, Continues Čolak and adds that the same conditions apply to the franchise, but as this is a much more serious and demanding entrepreneur story, so the amount of the franchise is higher and amounts to 28.000 Euros + VAT.Croatia is recording a large increase in the number of apartments for rent to tourists, and today there are five times more of them than in 2014. The main activity of renting apartments opened the space for a number of other service activities such as laundry. Although there are still landlords who wash and iron their own laundry for apartments in the “old school” way, more and more of them decide to entrust this job to the laundry. When financial and time savings are added up, it is most cost-effective to hand over the laundry job to one of the professional laundries.The White World brought the Laundry Lounge concept to Croatia. LG Laundry Lounge is a brand of self-service laundries that provide laundry, drying and ironing services. The first one was opened in New York five years ago, and the second in Zagreb two years ago. Mario Martinek, the founder of Bijelo svijet, told Privredni vjesnik that since last year they have been a strategic partner of the strong global brand LG Electronics for market development and distribution in Central and Eastern Europe, and their main activity in Croatia is sales, design, equipment and maintenance of hotels and restaurant kitchens and laundries and staff training. “Today, we do business with hundreds of users of various profiles, from large companies to small entrepreneurs. The knowledge and processes we have acquired enable us to design original concepts tailored to the client in a short time. “, explains Martinek.The results so far show that laundries in most cases achieve a return on investment after only 12 months. It is also an advantage to work with cash, without deferred payments and uncollected receivables. “We help new entrepreneurs in all phases of opening a laundry – from choosing a location and furnishing the interior, through help with marketing and sales activities to the financial forecast.”, Says Martinek.The franchise industry in Europe is worth 350 billion euros and employs more than three million people, which is a good enough signal that franchises as a successful business model are starting to be applied more and more in Croatia. And here are the opportunities for new entrepreneurs.Related news / ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYSlast_img read more