Just a couple weeks ago, Envision Festival brought a powerful blend of music and environmentalism to the shores of Costa Rica. Our own B. Getz was on the scene, where he was able to catch up with beloved musician Lafa Taylor. Taylor talks about his influences, merging the many styles of music much like the festival itself. With some extensive coverage of Envision on the way, we wanted to share this exciting interview to get fans pumped about the beautiful nature of Lafa Taylor and all things Envision Festival. By blending an incredible array of music, including the smooth merge of electronic and live instrumentation, Lafa Taylor continues to impress.Check out the interview below, conducted by B. Getz and filmed by ATS Photography:
Cory 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 Dates
On Friday, bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Vida Blue) helped launch the inaugural Suwannee Rising Music Festival with an incredible set of classics including tunes from the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles and more! Burbridge didn’t do all this good work on his own, of course. He had a little help from his friends, specifically John Kimock (Mike Gordon) on drums, Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company) on keys, Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) and Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around The Sun) on guitar, and Lamar Williams Jr., son of former Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams, who made few stellar guest vocals. It was certainly an appropriate place and time to honor the musical legacy of the Allman Brothers, with whom Oteil played a key role for so many years. The newly minted Suwannee Rising Festival was conceived, booked and executed in just over two months after Live Nation canceled the long-running Allman Brothers-hosted fest, Wannee, held every year in April in the music park. Not wanting to let the party stop, the powers that be at the park found a new promoter and, with the help of music guru Paul Levine and the stellar crew of production people and support staff that make all the Suwannee events possible.It’s that sense of community that has been engendered by fests in the park over the years which has rung true throughout this weekend’s festivities. Beyond simply replacing Wannee, the new Suwannee Rising Fest is also bringing a bit of the late, beloved funk and jam Bear Creek Music Festival to bear. There have been many not-so-subtle hints towards the legacy of that fest in particular, and its many regular artists, including Oteil’s late brother Kofi Burbridge. In his introduction to Oteil’s set (included in the first clip below), Paul Levine—who co-founded that festalong with new father Lyle Williams—spoke of his love for Bear Creek, Kofi and his hopes for the future of Suwannee Rising. Considering the cheers for his speech and the amazing tunes laid down by Oteil and all the bands so far, it’s a safe bet that Suwannee will be Rising for many years to come!Check out some videos from Oteil & Friends’ Suwannee Rising set below via RexAVision:Oteil & Friends – “Blue Sky” [Allman Brothers Band cover], “Franklin’s Tower” [Grateful Dead cover]Oteil & Friends – “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” [Allman Brothers Band cover]Oteil & Friends – “Dear Prudence” [The Beatles cover]Setlist: Oteil & Friends | Suwannee Rising | Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park | Live Oak, FL | 4/5/19Blue Sky, Franklin’s Tower, Cats Down Under Stars, Tore Up, Dear Prudence, Mercury Blues, Ophelia, Liz Reed, High Time, Tough Mama, Run for the Roses
The Williston Rotary has donated $3,500 to the Patch Chit Split the Ticket Program. The money will provide fuel help for next winter. The Patch Chit fuel assistance fund was established by the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association more than two decades ago to provide a safety net during the cold winter months. “We thank the Williston Rotary for providing Vermonters in need with another place to turn,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Vermont heating fuel dealers are, for the most part, small family-owned businesses that live in the same community where they work. They see the need first-hand and are often the first to respond in a crisis. There are many Vermonters who are in need but do not qualify for heating assistance programs, and for more than 20 years VFDA’s Patch Chit program has been there for them. The program provides an opportunity for Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to continue a proud tradition of giving back to their communities.Here is how it works: VFDA member companies agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons to a customer; those pledged gallons, or chits, will be matched with donations from the community. All money collected will be used to “Split the Ticket.” VFDA’s Fuel Assistance Program is one of several efforts by Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to help those who need assistance the most during the winter. VFDA works with community action agencies, Habitat for Humanity, the Vermont Heating Assistance Program, low income advocates and the Vermont Military Families Assistance Fund to distribute fuel to those in need.To find out more about VFDA’s Patch Chit Split the Ticket ProgramCLICK HERE or call 802-223-7750.
On the Blogs: ‘This Wyoming Reporter Just Threw Cold Water On Trump’s Coal Fantasy’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From MediaMatters.comDuring a press conference in advance of Donald Trump’s energy speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 26, Inside Energy reporter Leigh Paterson asked Donald Trump about his pledge to restore coal mining jobs: LEIGH PATERSON (Inside Energy reporter): Mr. Trump, you’ve said multiple times that you would bring coal mining jobs back. And I’m a reporter in Wyoming, the largest coal — DONALD TRUMP: I know. I see it. By far. I was very impressed.PATERSON: So but, one of the main factors those jobs are going away and the mines are closing is because of low natural gas prices. Poor decision making by coal companies.TRUMP: And by government.PATERSON: And also because of slowing international demand. So do you believe you have power as the president to actually bring those jobs back?TRUMP: I do. Because I think ultimately coal will be very inexpensive and it’s got to get — you got to get rid of some of the regulations. I spoke to some of the mine owners, and they were surrounded by some of their miners. And they were showing me some of the regulations where it is on a daily basis going in checking, checking, checking. And they have people that do nothing but deal with regulators and it is out of control. It’s gotten out of control.PATERSON: And what would you do about those market forces?TRUMP: Well, the market forces are going to be whatever they are. You know, all I can do is free up the coal which I’m going to totally do. Get the companies back to work, market forces, that’s something I don’t want to get involved in, that’s a beautiful — to me a market force is a beautiful force.This Wyoming Reporter Just Threw Cold Water On Trump’s Coal Fantasy
The incident involving Stein’s supporters was the not the first of the day. The Green Party nominee had been escorted off the campus following an interview she conducted with MSNBC, which supplied her with credentials.“When they were done doing interviews, she turned her credentials back over to MSNBC and she voluntarily was basically shown off the campus,” Krumpter said.Stein has been outspoken about the lack of third-party access for presidential debates. A similar complaint was made by Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, whose national poll ratings were reportedly higher than hers at 8 percent compared to her 3 percent. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, neither third-party candidate surpassed the 15-percentage point survey threshold in order to qualify for prime time. Krumpter, who last week said the debate would be one of Nassau County’s most significant security events in decades, said everything was going according to plan. He described most of the day as “uneventful.”More than 1,000 officers were providing security in and around Hofstra. A half-dozen other agencies, including the Secret Service and various police departments were providing support.But manpower was not the only tool law enforcement has deployed: Nassau police also floated a surveillance blimp above the campus to monitor the events from the air. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nearly two-dozen protestors were arrested Monday night while blocking one of the main access points for the two presidential candidates, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told the Press.About 20 people were blocking Charles Lindbergh Boulevard on the east side of Hofstra University in an act of civil disobedience, Krumpter said.“They were seeking to be arrested, and unfortunately they forced us to arrest them,” he added. “They were in a roadway where the presidential candidates are coming in” on their motorcade.Police classified 23 arrests as disorderly conduct. There was one additional arrest unrelated to the blockade.Krumpter estimated that about 2,000 demonstrators had descended on Hofstra on Monday. Before the debate started the estimate was that 10,000 protesters were showing up.The protesters have been airing a variety of grievances, including setting a $15 minimum wage, abortion rights, and environmental issues.
The new coalition will bring together two socialist parties — one French-speaking, and one Flemish — two liberal parties and two sets of greens. “We flipped a coin and it came down to Alexander and it’s an excellent choice,” Magnette joked at the end of the press conference to present the outcome of the negotiations.Belgium has had no governing majority for 21 months since the collapse of former leader Charles Michel’s government, and it has been 493 days since federal elections failed to resolve the crisis.Leaders from seven parties met until the early hours on Wednesday before coming to an agreement on a government program and cabinet line-up to be presented to King Philippe.De Croo will replace French-speaking liberal leader Sophie Wilmes who has served as acting premier during the coronavirus epidemic but never wielded a parliamentary majority. ‘Anti-Flemish’? The CD&V, a party of Flemish Christian democrats will also join, but the larger Flemish nationalist N-VA, which was in government between 2014 and 2018 will leave power.Belgium’s parliament is expected to meet on Thursday to endorse the new government. The country has been governed by a minority coalition since December 2018, when the N-VA abruptly left Michel’s government during a row about immigration. The legislative election of May 2019 saw gains by various green and fringe groupings, further fragmenting the political landscape and making it harder to build a majority around the traditional parties.Ideological differences between the parties are complicated by Belgium’s north-south split between French and Dutch speaking regions.Last weekend, several thousand supporters of the nationalist far-right Vlaams Belang staged a protest near Brussels to denounce what they dubbed “this anti-Flemish and left-wing government”.Belgium has a history of political instability, and went without a government for 541 days in 2010 and 2011, but political scientist Dave Sinardet said De Croo could be the right choice.”It’s symbolically important to have a Flemish prime minister, given that the new government will come under the most fire from Flanders and the two biggest Flemish parties are in the opposition,” he told AFP.De Croo’s party, the Open VLD, is a pivot point in Belgian politics and has frequently been part of governing coalitions and the new premier has been a minister since 2012. The former business leader, who switched to politics in 2009, is the first Dutch-speaker to take over 16 Rue de la Loi — the prime minister’s official residence — after nine years of French-speakers.But he is bilingual and served as deputy prime minister under socialist Elio Di Rupo from 2012 to 2014, then with the French-speaking liberals Michel, from 2014 to 2019, and Wilmes.He has variously served as a minister for finance, pensions and international development. Flemish liberal leader Alexander De Croo will be Belgium’s new prime minister at the head of a seven-party coalition government, it was announced Wednesday — 16 months after an inconclusive election.De Croo’s French-speaking socialist rival Paul Magnette confirmed that the parties had chosen the 44-year-old finance minister as premier. He is to be sworn in on Thursday by Belgium’s king.By choosing a Flemish leader, the incoming government hopes to balance the fact that its parliamentary base will be drawn from mainly French-speaking parties, with the main Dutch-speaking groups in opposition. Topics :
Google has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles area cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, linking Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile. In the U.S., the cable will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center located in El Segundo, California.The Curie cable is expected to go live in 2019.The system will add dedicated capacity to Google’s global network, enabling interconnection to other infrastructure in the region.Jim Poole, vice president, Business Development, Equinix, said: “With the significant increase in global data traffic, we see corporations running global businesses demanding access to high-capacity, low-latency networks capable of connecting them to data centers across oceans with stringent levels of reliability. Any user of a subsea cable system that lands inside one of our Equinix global data center termination points has instant, low-latency access to a host of vibrant industry ecosystems inside Equinix, and that’s a huge advantage.”The level of global data traffic is expected to reach 3.3 zettabytes by 2021, and almost every byte touches a subsea cable as cloud service providers, network service providers, content providers and enterprises push to move data globally in real time.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is relishing the prospect of locking horns with his compatriot Romelu Lukaku when the Blues host West Brom on Tuesday night. “We are very lucky with him, being a very young striker, and Christian Benteke (Aston Villa’s Belgium frontman, who was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award). “We have two unbelievable talents coming through. I am looking forward to playing against him. He will be a world beater in England very soon.” It remains to be seen whether or not Kompany does line up against Lukaku in the game given City boss Roberto Mancini may opt to shuffle his pack with one eye on the FA Cup final against Wigan which comes four days later. The defender is keeping an open mind on the matter, but with City keen to cement second place in the table he is sure Mancini will select a “strong” team to face West Brom. Asked if he expected to play against Albion, Kompany said: “I don’t know, but the manager has got loads of options and I am sure that whatever side he puts out will be a strong side. “It’s a game that we have to win. There is no other way to think about this game. Until we are safe for that Champions League spot we have to play the games like every other game. “It (Saturday) is a big, big day for the club – it’s massive and everyone realises that. But it would be nice to win the game against West Brom. That would set us up really nicely to focus on the final.” Striker Lukaku has been in fine form following his season-long loan move from Chelsea to Albion last summer, netting 14 goals for the Baggies and earning a place on the PFA Young Player of the Year award shortlist. Centre-back Kompany has described the 19-year-old as an “unbelievable talent” and feels fortunate to be able to play alongside him for Belgium – but is also looking forward to the challenge he could be set of trying to contain him in Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League contest. “Romelu is probably one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment,” Kompany said. Press Association
Press Association It is therefore clear that the fault does not just lie with the manager and Downing is confident the players he will lead against Hull on Saturday know they have some making up to do. “They are a very honest bunch of players,” he said. “I have to say, I have been here for five years and every player is very senior and professional in what he does. “They feel accountable and there’s a responsibility for everyone when someone loses their job. “It’s important we galvanise ourselves and whatever decision comes from the top we need to make sure we control what we can.” Downing admitted there had been a real sense of shock in the wake of Clarke’s axing, but added that things had settled down during the course of the week. “It’s been a difficult time, especially the first couple of days,” he said. “Things have started to settle but it’s a big shock when anyone loses their job. But we have a game to focus on now.” It is an important game too, with Hull one of the sides West Brom are jostling for position with. City have been hard to beat upon their return to the top flight and Albion could have wished for easier opponents. That said, Downing is confident the team will be in the right frame of mind come kick-off. “I’ve seen it this week (their response), the professionalism of what they’re doing and their attitude,” he said. “We have to challenge each other and demand from each other, they have to raise their standards by five to 10 per cent. “We have to focus on what we are doing. What I am trying to do is cover all bases, organise them and pick the team. “There is a steely determination to put it right, but that has always been there. I’ve never seen anyone down tools. We have got to get out of this bad run.” The return to fitness of England goalkeeper Ben Foster will give Downing an extra selection problem, although he admitted to being happy at having a full squad to choose from. Like with any club, he knows some players will now be out to prove a point with the old manager having perished. “The slate is clean and we have 23/24 players who feel they want to be in the starting line-up,” he said. “I’m sure it will galvanise some of them and the new man will decide… (their futures). A fresh pair of eyes will stir the squad up. “Our form is relegation form but we need to make sure we turn it around and get back to the middle of the table.” Last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Cardiff was the final straw for the West Brom board, who sacked Clarke before the day was out. The loss took Albion’s winless run to six games and left them just two points away from trouble in the Barclays Premier League, with another startling stat being that the club have won just three league games all season. West Brom’s players have taken their share of responsibility for Steve Clarke’s sacking and are ready to put things right, according to caretaker Keith Downing.