Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images Fruition showed their fiery Americana spirit for the fans at The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN last Monday night. While any band can be inspired to bring their best to a packed house of screaming fans on a weekend, it takes a special mindset to deliver the same on a Monday along a lengthy tour. Having just finished an epic run of shows opening for Greensky Bluegrass, Fruition was coming off a wild high that saw them wowing audiences of rabid music lovers and making new fans left and right. They brought that energy onto the next phase of their current tour, a decidedly lower key event that saw them bring that exact same level of passion to a decidedly smaller crowd in a frigid college town on a Monday night during midterms.Make no mistake, Fruition has had incredible success over the last few years. Their appearances on festivals coast to coast, on radio airwaves and nonstop touring schedule have built them an ardent fan base outside of their Pacific Northwest home. By the end of their show, a respectable crowd had gathered at the venue to be both amazed and pulled into an irresistible boogie by the sounds they laid down that night. Simply put, the display of energy this immensely talented and completely dedicated band showed a spirit that was more impressive than any sold out show played to crowds ten times the size.Guitarist and front man of the show opener Tom Hamilton and his band, American Babies, knows full well the dichotomy of playing larger and smaller shows in short succession. As a member of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Hamilton regularly plays to massive crowds of rabid fans before hitting the smaller stages with his more personal project. He brought the same stellar fret board fireworks to the Bluebird stage that he did time and again to the main stages of some of the biggest fests and venues in the country and the fans in attendance loved him for it.His playing style has always had recognizable elements of the late Jerry Garcia, yet he manages to craft a sound wholly unique. The rest of his bandmates back him admirably, particularly his fellow guitarist Justin Mazer who matched Hamilton with his bluesy skills. While he stuck to his own compositions for the majority of the set, Hamilton  couldn’t resist putting his own spin on one of the tunes that dominates his other, higher profile gig, with a scorching take on the Grateful Dead classic “Deal.” The slowly building crowd was most receptive to the bubbling take on the tune, and crowded around the artist as he left the stage to offer high fives and thanks for his work priming the night properly.After Hamilton’s opening set, Fruition geared up for their headlining performance. The band has tirelessly toiled over the last decade to not only make a name for themselves as a performing act but to perfect the song writing skills that make their sound so satisfyingly unique. While all the members of Fruition contribute to the writing process in one form or another the three person front of Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja and Kellen Asebroek are credited with the lions share of the material. The work of these three arms the band with plenty of sonic weapons to be deployed to destroy minds and touch hearts.The venue steadily filled as the band played the first strains of the set opener, “Just One Of Them Nights,” a wry and winsome Anderson tune that makes a lonely and sorrowful mindset still sound like a pleasant moment of contemplation. The sweetness of their voices blended and the melodies from Naja’s mandolin work contrasted with the subject matter, elevating both by design. The band mixes and matches both tone and sentiment, deftly indicating an ability to imbue their music with emotional merit.Songs like “Random Lee” and “Above The Line” continued to prime the pump, but the first true watershed moment of the night was their most well known tune, “Labor Of Love.” Performed with a mad scramble of bodies crashing and thrashing around the stage, the energy coming from Fruition had a visible effect on the crowd as literally everyone in the house, including the noble tenders of the bar, managed to find a way to boogie down. With everyone on the same page the show got kicked up a notch with the heart of the order batting again.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand filming the fun, and has selected a cross section of songs from the evening to showcase the wide variety of sounds and styles that Fruition employs. What is most impressive about the band is the unity of purpose and identity that comes through, no matter who is singing and how heavy or light they are playing. A breathless ballad by Anderson sounds as much like a Fruition song as a rocking ode to illicit snuggling from Naja. That confidence was born of endless nights on the road, and it is well represented in the songs shared below.“I Can’t Stop”“Laydown Blues”“Mountain Annie”“There She Was”Though Fruition played right up to the predetermined cut off without leaving themselves time for a proper encore, the wild cheers and applause drew them back, with suitably humble words of thanks for the reception. Wrapping the night with a spot on take of Led Zeppelin‘s “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” the band hit the accelerator and gleefully burned what fuel they had left in the tank in full glory, leaving themselves literally gasping for air. They did this on a Monday night, just a day removed from playing to a far greater crowd in a much larger city.That level of commitment to purpose, of owning the pure intention of giving their all, night in and night out, is what has made Fruition the national touring act it is today. If they continue turning in performances like they have on this tour, it is what will lead them to one day becoming the “don’t miss” show that, to so many, they already are. Best of all, judging from their friendly time greeting the fans after a few moments to regain their composure, it will be a case of dedicated artists being rewarded for sharing their love.Listen to a wonderful soundboard of the show thanks to the band and their jack of all trades, Terry Lapointe, below:Setlist: Fruition | Bluebird Theater | Bloomington, IN | 2/13/17Set 1: Just One Of Them Nights, Random Lee, Above The Line, Labor Of Love, I Don’t Mind, I Can’t Stop, The Wanter, Blue Light, Laydown Blues, Mountain Annie, There She Was, Santa Fe, Fallin On My Face, I Should Be (On Top of The World), Stickshifts and Safety Belts, Meet Me On The Mountain, Boil Over, Misty Morning/Early Morning Wake Up, BentEncore: The Meaning, Hey Hey What Can I Do (Street Corner Girl)last_img read more

Magpies suspend coach Donachie

first_img The Magpies have launched an investigation into an incident after the Under-21 team’s 2-0 defeat at Sunderland on Monday evening. It is understood the 62-year-old former Scotland international’s conduct is being probed after it was claimed he was involved in an altercation with 19-year-old defender Remie Streete. Newcastle’s loss in the second-string derby came two days after the senior team were beaten 3-0 at home in the Barclays Premier League by the Black Cats. The news of Donachie’s suspension came as manager Alan Pardew prepared to sit down with owner Mike Ashley to plot a way forward for the club. The 52-year-old will send his depleted team into Barclays Premier League battle at Chelsea on Saturday after more tumult on Tyneside. The Magpies sold their best player, Yohan Cabaye, without replacing him, before losing to neighbours Sunderland and then witnessing the departure of controversial director of football Joe Kinnear inside six turbulent days. The transfer window debacle and the derby defeat proved simply too much to take for some fans, one of whom ran on to the pitch to confront Pardew during the Sunderland game, while others have signalled their intention not to renew season tickets. However, asked what his message will be when he meets Ashley to discuss life after Kinnear, the manager said: “My message is always the same, it’s about taking the club forward. “We can’t stand still, we have to go forward, so it gives us an opportunity to do that. “Let’s be honest, it was an emotional game and the fan running on the pitch with a season ticket and all that, that’s what our fans are and they will never take that away from them. “They are passionate, they love the club and the best thing I can try to do is get the best team I can out there to get results for them. “I have no problem with that passion. It comes to the surface. There was a bit of frustration this week with season tickets going forward. “But two years ago, we finished fifth; this year, we are eighth and we have done a brilliant job. “We have lost a great player, we know that, and in the summer hopefully we can bring three or four great players in. Let’s hope so because this club deserves it.” Pardew insisted he was “sad” at Kinnear’s exit – a feeling which was not shared by many on Tyneside – after his reign came to an end a little more than seven months after he was appointed. He left having made only two loan signings in as many transfer windows and with many still wondering what his role was meant to be. The 67-year-old did not carry out any media duties after launching a series of initial salvos – the first came before his appointment had even been officially confirmed – and with Ashley happy to take a back seat, Pardew has found himself having to shoulder that responsibility. The role proved particularly uncomfortable in the wake of the Sunderland game when Pardew was left to field questions about the Cabaye saga, many of which he could not answer. Pardew said: “I have probably been in that position for a long time. I have to carry that responsibility, and I have no problem with that. “I don’t want to talk about other things other than football, if I am honest, but sometimes you do and I give the best answers that I can.” It remains to be seen whether Ashley decides to persist with a director of football, but if he does, Pardew insists he would have no problem with that. He said: “That decision is the board’s, but I have no problem with directors of football. In the modern game, a lot of clubs have directors of football. “There is so much involved in transfers in terms of the other club, agents, the preparation for the bid and the finances that are involved now that it goes way past what we used to do 10 years ago.” Newcastle will travel to Chelsea without key midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has been ruled out of the next two games at least by a hamstring injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse on the sidelines. Newcastle have suspended reserve-team coach Willie Donachie over an allegation that he hit one of his players. Press Associationlast_img read more

Seeding crucial in Syracuse’s game against N.C. State on Friday

first_img Published on October 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Juuso Pasanen lay on the wet grass at SU Soccer Stadium, staring at the blackened sky and into the falling rain. When he limped off the field Tuesday against Hartford, he pulled his jersey over his head. Earlier, he leapt for a header but came down on his side and let out a scream.Late in the game, Ben Polk hobbled around the field after having his feet slide out from under him yet again.“We’re going to have some pretty sore bodies tomorrow,” McIntyre said after a 2-2 tie to Hartford Tuesday.No. 15 Syracuse will limp into its game against North Carolina State (8-3-3, 1-2-3 Atlantic Coast) on Friday, perhaps the most important game it has played this season. Squandering two games against No. 2 North Carolina and No. 4 Clemson has shoved the Orange into an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup that could either vault or plunge SU’s (9-4-2, 2-3-1) seeding for the conference tournament.The Wolfpack trails the Orange in the ACC by just one point with all teams having two conference games left in the regular season. In addition to N.C. State, Louisville and Duke are within one and two points of SU, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Both teams will be looking to win this game to rubberstamp,” McIntyre said of SU’s game against N.C. State as he trailed off, “We need another three points to make the ACC playoffs.”Against UNC, SU allowed two goals in the final 17 minutes after holding a 1-0 lead for over 50 minutes of the game. Despite not getting a goal from midfielder Julian Buescher, McIntrye called Buescher’s performance one of his best this season.Once Tar Heel midfielder Alex Olofson had ripped his shirt off and ran around the field, McIntyre pulled his team together in the postgame huddle, something the team always does. He told his players that they played well, but that it isn’t enough to lose to top teams.“I think we were a little bit unfortunate to come away with nothing tonight,” McIntyre said after SU’s game against UNC.With the ball on Alseth’s foot and 50 seconds on the clock, SU held a tie against Clemson. Tigers forward Kyle Murphy stole the ball from Alseth at midfield, forcing Orange goalie Hendrik Hilpert to run back to the net and get in position. Murphy buried the one-on-one chance.Once the final whistle blew, Alseth peeled the bottom of his jersey and covered his face for a little bit, bending over. The midfielder said he’s made the play many times before. Alseth went to sleep after the game and none of his teammates pointed fingers to blame him for the loss or mentioned the play the next day.The reality is that by blowing both games against North Carolina and Clemson in the last two weeks, SU cost itself at least a win and a tie, a total of four points in the standings. Those four points would tie SU with Notre Dame for fourth in the ACC and a potential shot at a home game in its first ACC tournament matchup this season.SU blew two, one-goal leads against Hartford, injuries piled up — Pasanen and Korab Syla both left the game — and the Orange couldn’t finish it’s chances.“They’ve been wonderful,” McIntyre said of SU, putting the 2-2 tie against Hartford in perspective. “A 7-1-1 nonconference record is a really terrific nonconference.”As good as SU’s nonconference play has been, the Orange will need a bit more to boost itself into postseason play. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Kotoko CEO job one of the biggest in Africa” -Fred Acheampong

first_imgGFA executive council member and former CEO of Ashanti Gold Fredrick Acheampong has acknowledged the Asante Kotoko Chief Executive position as one of the most prestigious on the continent.The Kumasi-based club are currently in the hunt for a Chief Executive Officer following the end of the George Amoako led regime.Acheampong has been reported to be among a pool of candidates the club is looking at to fill the position but he remained evasive when asked about his interest in the job.“Speculations will always  be made but I prefer not to say anything.“The position itself is one of the biggest on the African continent and not just in Ghana alone,” he told Citi Sports.Kotoko are keen to restructure their club in the wake of their recent shortcomings and as part of the process have put in place a new board that have been tasked to form a management committee.last_img read more

2 engineers to be 1st of their kind

first_imgGaudi, who is wrapping up one major class project and a few minor ones before graduating this month, has already landed a job with Northrop Grumman. She will be working on the F-35 fighter fuselage program in Palmdale. “That’s the whole idea of the program – grow your own engineers,” Gaudi said. “The idea is getting engineers who are used to the environment here and who don’t get freaked out when they come here and don’t see any trees.” The degrees will be awarded to Gaudi and Hecker by Fresno State University. Although the two did not have access to the same resources as their counterparts at the main campus, the curriculum was was the same. “It is a full-fledged engineering curriculum,” Hecker said. “It’s not some watered-down version.” The Lancaster University Center is the product of more than seven years of effort to address the region’s need for engineers. In addition to Fresno State, the partners in the effort are Lancaster city government, the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, Antelope Valley College, California State University, Bakersfield, and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. LANCASTER There were lonely classes and long trips for laboratory work, but Rebecca Gaudi and Richard Hecker are about to become the Antelope Valley’s first “homegrown” engineers. Gaudi and Hecker will be the first to earn their bachelor’s degrees from the Lancaster University Center, a collaborative effort among academia, municipal government, the Air Force and NASA to allow students to complete their engineering course work in the Antelope Valley. Gaudi will earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, while Hecker will receive a degree in electrical engineering. The program is structured so students can take their freshman and sophomore courses at Antelope Valley College and then complete their upper-division work at the center, located at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Division Street north of AvenueI. The courses are offered in a mix of classes with a teacher in the classroom and computer-based classes from a distance. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the program is academically the same as at the main campus,” said Jeigh Shelley, a rocket lab researcher who is teaching at the center. “Having the program here is very important. There’s an incredible demand for engineers in the valley.” The center celebrated a major milestone last month when it opened its own mechanical-engineering lab. “We now have all the equipment to run all the laboratories,” Shelley said. “Commuting out of the area is no longer necessary.” For Gaudi, a single mom with two young children, having the center meant she was able to stay with her own mom while getting her education. “I could take care of her, and she could support me,” Gaudi said. “I took all my classes here. I did go to Fresno a handful of times – once to tour a facility for a design project.” For Hecker, there was one semester that required about a dozen trips to Fresno for lab work. Another class required a daylong lab session at Fresno to finish an assignment that couldn’t be done locally at the time. Hecker will take one last trip to Fresno to make a project presentation before graduating this spring. In addition to her Fresno trips, Gaudi also had to do some work one semester at the rocket lab because the center didn’t have the mechanical lab at the time. There are some drawbacks to distance learning. On campus, students have ready access to resources, such as counseling and support groups. “At a remote location, you are on your own,” Hecker said. There were also some lonely classes for both Gaudi and Hecker. “When I started the program, 90percent of the time I was the only student taking the class,” Hecker said. “I was taking classes with no one around.” Gaudi said in the majority of her classes she was either alone or with one other student. The biggest class had five students. The center currently has 13 students. “I’m happy the opportunity was here for me, and I hope it’s here for generations of engineers to come,” Hecker said. [email protected] (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Resident claims City is taking a “passive” approach to boundary extension consultation

first_imgSince it was announced that the City was looking into another boundary extension proposal in June, Giesbrecht and fellow Fort St. John resident Lisa Boda have taken it upon themselves to contact the property owners, and now have 74 signed position papers indicating whether they are in favour or opposed to the proposal. Of those 74, Giesbrecht says 92 per cent are in opposition. “Clearly they’re going to have a lot of work to change their proposal if they want those no’s to yes’ because so many businesses and families are opposed to it,” he maintains. “It seems to me very clear that they don’t want to get the views of very many landowners because they know that they have to submit those to the [Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development], and the Ministry takes them very seriously,” he argues. The papers were received by Director of Legislative and Administrative Services Janet Prestley this afternoon, and will be attached to the administration report being prepared for the October 28 City Council meeting. Giesbrecht wanted to present the papers as a delegation at the next meeting, a request that was denied by city staff. – Advertisement -Prestley says receiving feedback from a delegation is not part of the process that was approved by the Ministry, and an option that wasn’t presented to other affected property owners. However, Giesbrecht argues it’s yet another move to do the bare minimum in consultation. “I’m worried that they’re trying to manage the input and the consultation process so much to keep out those people that are opposed. “The process is passive, and so we can’t just say to landowners, ‘Contact the City to make your view heard,’” he argues. “They’re busy! You need to actively talk to them, bring them the form, and say, ‘Can you give us your feedback? What do you think?’ and they’ll do it.” Advertisement The City has held two public meetings on the matter, and sent out its own “formal” response form to landowners, which asked for comments, in addition to their position. Mayor Lori Ackerman revealed Wednesday that only 23 property owners representing 56 pieces of land have responded, with a deadline of October 15th in order to be included in the report, before City Council decides whether to submit an application to the Ministry.last_img read more

Whats the difference between volunteering and bei

first_imgWhat’s the difference between volunteering and being denied boarding?First thing – whether you volunteer or have no choice, the airline must let you choose a different flight or give you the option of a refund.If you volunteer to give up your seat (also known as ‘being bumped’), it’s up to you and the airline to decide on compensation. They might also throw in a few extras, such as vouchers or cash, to make the wait at the airport a little easier but this depends very much on the airline.How much compensation would I get if I’m denied boarding?If it’s not your choice, you are entitled to compensation depending on the length of the flight you’ve been bumped from and the new flight you’ve been offered.For flights that cover less then 1,500kmFor delays less than two hours, you’ll get €125If it’s longer than two hours, you’ll get €250For flights that cover 1,500km to 3,500kmFor delays less than three hours, you’ll get €200If it’s longer than three hours, you’ll get €400For flights than cover 3,500kmFor delays less than four hours, you’ll get €300If it’s longer than four hours, you’ll get €600 Why do airlines overbook flights?It can be for a number of reasons ranging from airlines booking more people than seats because not everyone shows up right to them using a smaller plane than anticipated. Oh, so the plane is overbooked. What happens now?If this happens, then the Denied Boarding Regulation asks that said airline must ask for people to volunteer to give up their seat in exchange for benefits. If no one volunteers, then they can deny boarding to passengers against their will. This is when things get a little tricky.How do they decided who gets to stay on the plane?Priority will always be given to persons with reduced mobility and anyone flying with them. And if I want to avoid being bumped…?Check-in earlySome airlines tend to go with the people who paid the least for their flight, but sometimes they pick on the folk who arrived a little late at the gate or checked-in last.Board when your row is calledIf you hear your row being called, don’t wait for the queue to go down. If they don’t know you’re there by the time they move onto the next, they might think you’re a no-show.Become a frequent-flyerYeah, so this one is easier said than done, but if you’re known to fly a lot with an airline, they’re less likely to bump you from a flight.Pick an off-peak flightAgain this isn’t something that everyone has the luxury of doing, but if you can avoid flying when it’s busier then the flight probably won’t be overbooked.Read those pesky T&CsThey’re not fun, they’re usually in stupidly small fonts and most seem to be written in gobbledegook, but it’s full of important info which will let you know that airlines policy before the bumping happens. As the Boy Scouts would say – always be prepared.Book with an airline that doesn’t over sellJetBlue are very much against overbooking of flights. So much so that they even have a policy in place to make sure they don’t do it.Fly business or first classThis one is a little out there but if you can afford it then it drastically lowers your odds of being bumped. Need to find an alternative flight? Search here:ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more