This weekend, Lettuce is hosting their first-ever celebration of funk music at The Fillmore Philadelphia, dubbed Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the “Funk of Ages,” including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern “power funk” act Turkuaz, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.And now, The Brandon Niederauer Band has just been added to this incredible lineup! Fourteen-year-old “Taz” has been wow-ing audiences since before he entered double digits, gaining the respect of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, and George Porter Jr. along the way. The young guitarist is well-versed in all things funk, rock, and blues, with a pocket full of originals ready to rock.Armed with an un-fuck-withable crew of musicians, Funk of Ages is set to elevate fans’ understanding and appreciation of funk music, providing a tour of different eras and approaches to the sound. From early innovators and modern-day funk ambassadors (Lettuce), to avant-garde jazz-funk heavyweights (Snarky), to modern funk with mass appeal (Turkuaz), “Funk of Ages” will highlight and celebrate all ends of the genre’s sprawling spectrum for one incredible funky day of music!Live For Live Music Presents Funk of Ages: Past, Present & Future will take place on June 24th at The Fillmore. Tickets are available here.In addition to the evening’s festivities inside the venue, Funk of Ages will also include a free block party from 1-4pm. Outside of The Fillmore and Punch Line Philly, there will be gourmet food, craft beers, beverages, beer gardens, yard games, and more for guests to enjoy. Music will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and others, while the day begins to take shape in a way like never before. Join Philly in showcasing their commitment to one-of-a-kind live music events at the first-ever Fillmore Block Party![cover photo by Josh Timmermans]
University President Fr. John Jenkins dedicated and blessed the new SU Pelletron nuclear particle accelerator Thursday, calling the occasion “a great step for Notre Dame.” The dedication ceremony was held on the first level of the new 4-level space within Nieuwland Science Hall that houses the accelerator. In attendance was physics professor Michael Wiescher, who played a key role in bringing the accelerator to Notre Dame and has worked in the department for 27 years. There are two other accelerators within the facility, but the new one has a “much more intense beam,” Wiescher said. “The accelerator is designed to test conditions at the center of sun, stars and supernova explosions,” he said. The tank that houses the accelerator was installed in Oct. 2011, and the actual accelerator was installed in March. The four-story tall instrument had to be lowered into its new home on the top of Nieuwland Science Hall by helicopter. In total, the accelerator cost about $8 million, $4 million from a National Science Foundation grant. The University paid the remainder for the necessary modifications for Nieuwland to house the new accelerator. The first beam from the accelerator was produced in April 2012, and since then, research has been under way. When asked about the South Bend community’s reaction on the project, Wiescher said concerns should be tempered by the fact the accelerator has a “number of applications.” “This accelerator is widely used for research on cancer treatments, smoke detectors, fire alarms, climate monitoring and is used extensively in archaeology and history,” he said. In addition, the machine can also be used to research nuclear waste. “The particles from the accelerator can help scientists tell how slowly nuclear waste will degrade in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods,” research faculty member Daniel Robertson said. This accelerator is one of five of its kind in the world, and the project is sustainable. When describing the accelerator, Robertson said it is “lower energy but more versatile” than the other accelerators in the laboratory. Furthermore, 20 to 30 universities around the world are involved in the project, sending user groups to campus from countries such as Brazil, Mexico and China. “International groups do experiments here, and we try to encourage international participation,” he said. The instrument has complex machinery that starts with an ion source, which accelerates charged particles and shoots them through a gas. Then there is a nuclear reaction in the gas, which forms new elements and mimics how energy is made within the sun, stars and supernovas. The instrument runs a test that models the change in elemental components of the center of the stars, and then compares the data to observations of the actual center of stars’ make-up.
By Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (May 1) – Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway kicked off its 2015 racing season Friday night on a large scale as 153 teams checked in to compete on the very smooth and fast 1/3-mile clay oval.Travis Van Straten and John Heinz drew the front row for the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car main and pulled into the lead spots at the start. Dylan Heillmann, Joe Arndt and David Hoerning were scored behind the leader after the first couple laps were recorded.Van Straten held a couple car length lead through out the race and despite a final caution on lap nine was able to maintain the lead to collect his first feature win of the season. Heinz took second with Hoerning outdueling Heillmann to take third.The Automotive Supply Co IMCA Modifieds brought a field of 33 cars with 20 making the starting grid for the feature event. Mike Wedelstadt drew the pole and established a quick lead on the start. Johnny Whitman, Marcus Yarie, Dan Wirth and Mike Mashl dropped in behind.The top three spread out and the rest of the field bunched behind before a lap 10 caution reset the field. Wedelstadt lost his lead with Whitman, Yarie, Mike Mullen, from mid-pack, Tim Robbins, Eddie Muenster and Mashl behind him for the restart.Mullen worked to the inside of Whitman and after a couple laps was able to move into the runner-up spot, with Yarie advancing into third. Mullen continued to reel in the leader and used the inside line again on lap 14 to take the lead. Once in front, Mullen pulled away leaving the battle for second.Mullen captured the opening night feature for the second year in a row. Whitman prevailed in the tight race for the runner-up spot with Yarie taking third.Jeff Steenberger grabbed the lead from the pole at the start of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Jeff Schmuhl, Jon Schultz, Wyatt Block, Zach McKinnon and Tom Schneider hooked up behind.The lone caution appeared on lap seven and Steenberger again held the lead with Schmuhl, Block, Kevin Bethke, Schneider and Schultz tight behind. Steenberger opened a slight lead and held off Schmuhl to win his first Speedzone feature since June 7 2013. Right behind in third was Block.
Italy extended their unbeaten run under manager Giampiero Ventura to nine games after a convincing 3-0 win over Uruguay on Wednesday night.Jose Gimenez’s incredible own-goal gave the Azzurri an early lead before Eder’s late strike and a Daniele De Rossi penalty in injury time sealed a comfortable win for the Italians.But the highlight of the evening undoubtedly came from Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez, who spectacularly volleyed the ball into his own net – much to the amusement of Andrea Belotti.Watch Gimenez’s wonder goal below… 1 The Atletico Madrid man put the Azzurri ahead with a wonder strike