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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Recruits Melvin Seals For DC Throwdown [Photos/Videos]

first_imgKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe rolled hard through D.C. on Friday night with a performance at the 9:30 Club, with Of Tomorrow opening as support. This particular string of dates features legendary keyboardist Melvin Seals, known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. KDTU took the opportunity to play through their originals, some of which will appear in his forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, along with covers of The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and Donovan Leitch.The band’s lineup is currently comprised of Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman. Karl Denson led the band and Seals through performances of his own “Gossip” and “Laying in the Cut,” before swinging into a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice,” “Better of Dead,” and the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway.” Seals returned for the show-closing “Rumpwinder” and “So Real.”Thanks to Nicholas Fitanides of Phrazz Photography, you can enjoy these videos and photos:West LA FadeawayNYCSetlist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | 930 Club | Washington, DC|  5/19/17Have You Seen Him, Down Down Down, Everybody Knows That, I’m Your Biggest Fan, Gossip*, Laying in the Cut*, Tumbling Dice* (Rolling Stones), Better Off Dead*West L.A. Fadeaway* (Grateful Dead), Sunshine Superman (Donovan), NYC, Rumpwinder*So Real** w/Melvin Seals on Hammond B3, Rhodes, and Clavinet Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Sing Out for Your Chance to Catch Idina Menzel in If/Then!

first_imgIdina Menzel is bringing Liz/Beth—cardigan, blazer and all—on the road in the national tour of If/Then! We’re giving you the chance to fly out to catch the show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California (airfare and hotel included), and all you have to do is belt your brains out for the Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner.In the second act of the Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical, Elizabeth delivers her big number, “Always Starting Over.” But why should she be the only one who gets to sing it? Post your own cover of the song on YouTube and share it with us for your chance to see Menzel sing it live on stage in If/Then.Contestants have until 3PM on October 8 to submit their performances. The next day, up to five finalists will be revealed, and the general public will vote for their favorite. Menzel, who kicks off the tour on October 13 in Denver, Colorado, will announce the winner on Broadway.com on October 20.Get the rundown from original Broadway cast member Jackie Burns below, then CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO and get all the info you need. Remember to warm up first! Star Files Idina Menzelcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Asia forms world’s biggest trade bloc, excluding U.S.

first_imgThe deal was signed on the sidelines of an online ASEAN summit held as Asian leaders address tensions in the South China Sea and tackle plans for a post-pandemic economic recovery in a region where U.S.-China rivalry has been rising.In an unusual ceremony, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaders of RCEP countries took turns standing behind their trade ministers who, one by one, signed copies of the agreement, which they then showed triumphantly to the cameras.“RCEP will soon be ratified by signatory countries and take effect, contributing to the post-COVID pandemic economic recovery,” said Nguyen Xuan Phuc, prime minister of Vietnam, which hosted the ceremony as ASEAN chair.RCEP will account for 30% of the global economy, 30% of the global population and reach 2.2 billion consumers, Vietnam said.‘Historical breakthrough’China’s finance ministry said the new bloc’s promises include eliminating some tariffs within the group, including some immediately and others over 10 years.There were no details on which products and which countries would see immediate reduction in tariffs.“For the first time, China and Japan reached a bilateral tariff reduction arrangement, achieving a historic breakthrough,” the ministry said in a statement, without giving further details.The deal marks the first time rival East Asian powers China, Japan and South Korea have been in a single free trade agreement.Despite being outside RCEP and having been in the administration that propelled the TPP, President-elect Joe Biden – Obama’s vice president – is unlikely to rejoin the TPP anytime soon, analysts said, as his government will have to prioritize handling the COVID-19 outbreak at home.“I’m not sure that there will be much focus on trade generally, including efforts to rejoin” the TPP successor grouping, “for the first year or so because there will be such a focus on COVID relief,” Charles Freeman, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said this month.RCEP “will help reduce or remove tariffs on industrial and agricultural products and set out rules for data transmission,” said Luong Hoang Thai, head of the Multilateral Trade Policy Department at Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.The pact will take effect once enough participating countries ratify the agreement domestically within the next two years, Indonesia’s trade minister said last week.For China, the new group, including many U.S. allies, is a windfall largely resulting from Trump’s retreat from the TPP, said ING’s Pang.India pulled out of RCEP talks in November last year, but ASEAN leaders said the door remained open for it to join. The United States is absent from both RCEP and the successor to the Obama-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leaving the world’s biggest economy out of two trade groups that span the fastest-growing region on earth.By contrast, RCEP could help Beijing cut its dependence on overseas markets and technology, a shift accelerated by a deepening rift with Washington, said Iris Pang, ING chief economist for Greater China.RCEP groups the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. It aims in coming years to progressively lower tariffs across many areas.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Representatives of signatory countries are pictured on screen during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that is being held online in Hanoi on November 15, 2020.NHAC NGUYEN | AFP | Getty Imagescenter_img – Advertisement – Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies formed the world’s largest free trade bloc on Sunday, a China-backed deal that excludes the United States, which had left a rival Asia-Pacific grouping under President Donald Trump.The signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a regional summit in Hanoi, is a further blow to the group pushed by former U.S. president Barack Obama, which his successor Trump exited in 2017.Amid questions over Washington’s engagement in Asia, RCEP may cement China’s position more firmly as an economic partner with Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, putting the world’s second-biggest economy in a better position to shape the region’s trade rules.- Advertisement –last_img read more