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PREMIERE: Cory Wong Finally Gets “The Koz Nod” On New Collaborative Single, “Friends At Sea”

first_imgCory Wong is quickly becoming one of our favorite guitarists in the live music scene. A frequent collaborator of fan-favorite minimalist funk ensemble, Vulfpeck, Wong is known for his pristine and rhythmically oriented lead guitar style, animated performances, and charismatic onstage demeanor. Outside of Vulfpeck, the musician keeps himself busy with his work with Vulfpeck spin-off The Fearless Flyers, as well as his own solo career touring with the Cory Wong Band. In August, Wong released his sophomore solo album, The Optimist.Recently, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling saxophonist Dave Koz sat in with Vulfpeck at their two-night run at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, but his relationship with Cory Wong extends far beyond the surprise collaboration. Earlier this year, Wong set out on his pursuit of “The Koz Nod,” what he described in July’s “Social Experiment” video as “when Dave Koz gives you the nod.”Since setting out on this new goal in pursuit of “The Koz Nod,” Wong has been growing closer to becoming, in his words, “the millennial ambassador of smooth jazz.” In a video he released in August in a further attempt to catch Koz’s attention, Wong showcased his deadpan leanings, offering up a throwback green screen-style video on what it takes to be successful in the wild world of smooth jazz [Spoiler Alert: it’s “a mustache, white pants, and gold jewelry”]. Cory Wong’s determination paid off when he finally got Koz to join him in the studio for a refreshed rendition of The Optimist‘s title track.During that session, the duo also recorded a brand new tune Cory penned just 24 hours beforehand, “Friends At Sea”, affectionately named after Koz’s famed smooth jazz cruise, which Wong will join as a special guest this coming year. Cory Wong and Dave Koz’s upcoming double single, The Koz Nod—featuring both “Friends At Sea” and the revamped “The Optimist” take—will be released digitally this Friday, November 23rd. To commemorate this epic “win,” Wong has also pressed The Koz Nod onto a special edition run of 7″ records.Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere Cory Wong and Dave Koz’s new collaboration, “Friends At Sea”, which marks Cory’s first new single since the release of The Optimist this past summer.As Cory Wong explains to Live For Live Music,Recording these songs with Dave is one of the highlights of my musical career, and a testament to the power of community and the internet. During every show I’ve done this past year, I’ve talked about how crazy it is that a guy (Dave Koz) has his own cruise that goes in different parts of the world every year, and sells out before he even announces who is going to be playing on it. He didn’t know when he was practicing his pentatonic scales in 6th grade that he’d be where he is today…or did he?! I’ve been trying to connect with Dave to play on his cruise and get out of Minnesota this winter.Sure enough, after I put out my intentions, we had a bunch of mutual connections trying to get us to connect. Enough people online were trying to get Dave’s attention along with me and it really grabbed his attention. Finally, I got word from Dave and he said he was in.He said he’d come out to Minneapolis and hang/record with me as long as he was in and out in one hour because he had family in MN that he wanted to spend time with. He also said it would be two days from then. So I wrote a song the next day and we were set to go in and record the day after!I was really blown away with how ‘down’ Dave was with the whole thing. He has such a great vibe and was such a blast to hang and play with. Well…it happened. I’m going to Australia with Dave as a special guest on his next cruise. I couldn’t be more stoked! You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of Cory Wong’s “Friends At Sea” featuring Dave Koz below. If you like what you hear, you can order The Koz Nod 7″ vinyl LP on Cory Wong’s website, with a limited run of 500 pressings available.Cory Wong ft. Dave Koz – “Friends At Sea”Check out a list of Cory Wong’s upcoming tour dates below.Cory Wong Upcoming Tour Dates:12/30 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle **1/10 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews *1/11 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar *1/12 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room *1/13 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill *1/15 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar *1/17 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland *1/18 – Benton Harbor, MI – The Livery *1/19 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig *1/20 – Toronto, CAN – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *1/22 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station *1/24 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt *1/25 – Albany, NY – The Hollow *1/26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *1/27 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase *1/29 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom *1/31 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery *2/1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia *2/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater *2/4 – Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar *2/5 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *2/7 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *2/8 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *2/9 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe *2/20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolans Warehouse2/21 – Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue2/22 – Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh2/23 – Dublin, Ireland – The Sugar Club2/26 – Glasgow, England – Oran Mor2/27 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club2/28 – Manchester, England – Gorilla3/1 – London, England – OMEARA3/3 – City Of Bristol, England – The Fleece3/24 – 3/31 – Sydney, AUS – Dave Koz & Friends At Sea3/31 – 4/7 – Sydney, AUS – Dave Koz & Friends At Sea** w/ Umphrey’s McGee* w/ Emily BrowningView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Syracuse rises in rankings after rivalry win

first_imgSyracuse (6-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) climbed to No. 9 in Monday’s Inside Lacrosse college rankings.The Orange defeated then-No. 20 Hobart, 17-5, on Tuesday after slipping to No. 11 the previous week following a 13-10 loss at Notre Dame.All five ACC teams are ranked. No. 4 Virginia leads the way followed by No. 7 Duke, Syracuse, No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 18 North Carolina. Penn State is No. 1 with all 26 first place votes.Syracuse hosts No. 8 Cornell (7-3, 2-2 Ivy) at 6 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Rivalry.gg becomes the latest ESIC member

first_imgRivalry.gg has become the latest member of the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) with the goal of ‘supporting the application of best practise across the esports betting industry’. Ian Smith, ESIC CommissionerRivalry, a new esports focused sports betting operator fully licensed in the Isle of Man, has completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC). Other ESIC members include the likes of ESL, DreamHack, Betway, Sky Bet, Sportradar, the UKGC, LVP, Intel and plenty more. You can check them all here. Steven Salz, the Co-Founder of Rivalry,  commented: “At Rivalry our foremost effort is to provide esports enthusiasts with a legal, and safe way to bet on competitive play in the games they eat, breathe, and sleep. Our participation in ESIC is a cornerstone piece of this effort.“We have been members of this community for some time now and were frustrated with the unregulated and underage betting market that was growing rapidly seemingly without intervention. Some of that we believe was due to lack of alternatives that met the needs of gamers, and also education on why regulation matters in online gambling. Our goal is to tackle both of those problems head on at Rivalry.”Rivalry is very much in the early days of launch, with an initial focus on pre-match betting and original content. On the topic of what they have planned, Salz stated: “This is just the beginning for us. Next steps are implementing the minimum requisite of features from a traditional sportsbook perspective, such as live betting, followed by a much deeper offering. We spent the better part of 2017 curating and testing various bespoke feature sets that we believe the community will love and can’t wait to share them with everyone.”Ian Smith,ESIC Integrity Commissioner noted: “ESIC is pleased to welcome another specialist esports betting operator into membership to extend our suspicious bet alert network and help us detect possible match-fixing as it happens and having a legitimate, licensed operator that supports esports integrity and our vital education programme helps lessen the influence of dodgy operators and betting fraudsters.”Esports Insider says: We have long been supporters of the good work ESIC do and it’s great to see another member added to their ranks. In our view, this is a positive sign from Rivalry.gg, a company which has just appeared on the scene but started off with good intentions.last_img read more


first_imgOpen ArmsBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarIt took many soft hearts like flying cottonThat welcomes the broken and in painsRoom and board for a common strangerWith no known story of if a ghost or realGood hearts brought forth a blissful unionFree to many weary meals fixed with praysAs was told they reflect a good SamaritanOpen ArmsIt will not take away from you but raiseThat perfumes a desolate desperate soulRoom for wisdom free just desire humilityWither quickly as vapor for failure to learnGoodness as grease flows perpetuallyFreedom looms richly near airy fingersAppease any with a warm wide welcomeOpen ArmsDiscourage But Not DefeatedBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarHave the zest to be a force to compete withFaint from the shame that played out beforeLet it loose for you are not the first to stumbleEars fill of the echoes of the many versionsStill and focused to make the win before allWill not easily let go of my dreams plus wantsSurely…..Discouraged But Not DefeatedGot energy to trample those nagging pestsSome with fans of wicked edges that woundsLuring innocent hearts so frail not to rise againSet back by chance still too weak to stand upEnlightened by a touch so divine it lifts higherShall not be dissuaded by the market place noisePurely….Discouraged But Not DefeatedMorning MistBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarMorning MistRefreshing gust of heavens dewSoothing the age lines of yesterdayOn my color coated working faceThe cool morning rain sprinkledMoist stringed droplets right on meA glass hand that hangs on the windDoused my day in calm and beautyI glee for the chance to fell the MasterMorning Mist  REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM NAH DIXONBy Togba-Nah TipotehYou, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Godly SonHailed from the County of RivercessAs a Child of God and nothing lessThe Rivercess of peopleWho are in body feebleBecause they smell their wealthTorturing their daily health Yet they do not taste their wealthTo build up their daily healthYes, the people do not tasteWhat few others use as wasteThis too is the Country called LiberiaWith all of its malariaThe Country of Smell No TasteWhere big shots are in no hasteTo end the massive povertyThat is still Liberia’s realityThen enters you, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Rivercess SonWith a running visionSet on a burning visionNot for yourself But for otherself Starting a long time ago Exactly some fifty years ago You built the School for the Deaf and Dumb While few others damaged Liberia with their bomb Seeing the people starving When few others were greeding You, ArchBishop William Nah Dixon A Rivercess Son Set out to Feed The People No matter how feeble Then the Civil War came With no better name, it came And made Liberia worse Giving Liberia a curse Then you, ArchBishop William Nah Dixon> A Patriotic Rivercess Son Joined hands with other patriotic Liberians Taking action together as Muslims and Christians To put an end to the Civil War With the people saying NO MORE WARWE WANT PEACE PEACE WITHOUT CEASE You, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Peaceful Rivercess Son Set on a Peace Mission  Directly by your Godly Vision Spoke on the radio wave With the voice to you that God gave This was the voice of the people No matter how feeble The voice that brought Liberia to a standstillWithout any violent societal illOn January 10, 1997With Blessings from HeavenOpening up the People’s GateBringing in Liberia’s most democratic event to dateAs over one million Liberians stayed homeThey were no where in the streets to roamThey stayed home, voting for peace over warAnd the Civil War ended, as we all sawNow, let us memorialize ArchBishop William Nah DixonA  Patriotic Rivercess SonBy taking action together for justiceWithout any form of prejudiceBecause it is only justice that brings peaceThe peace that comes without cease Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more