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]
Many homeowners desire a low-maintenance landscape, but don’t know how to achieve that goal. Following these recommendations from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will help you create an easy-to-maintain, beautiful landscape. The first step is to choose a hardy grass. When it comes to lawns, centipedegrass is low-maintenance and requires less frequent mowing and fertilization than Bermudagrass or St. Augustinegrass. The second step to a low-maintenance landscape is to plant a row of shrubs around the house or foundation. Finally, you may want to add a hedge to provide some privacy. A popular project for some home gardeners is reducing grassy lawn areas and problem spots by incorporating natural areas under trees. A poor stand of grass under trees is primarily caused by too much shade and tree root competition. Centipedegrass and Bermudagrass will not perform well in these shady areas. The easiest way to reduce this problem is by adding 3 to 4 inches of mulch such as pine straw, pine bark or hardwood bark under the trees. Although the area should appear natural, it should not detract from the overall landscape appearance. Mulch at least half of the drip-lineAllow existing trees to influence the landscape design. Do not be conservative with the mulch or make the area too small by cutting the boundaries too close to the tree trunks. Incorporate at least half of the drip-line area for large trees and all of this space for smaller trees. Choose mulch that cannot be easily disturbed by wind or erosion and that will define the area with a crisp boundary. Take care not to have grass growing into the mulch or mulch spilling over onto the grass.Free-flowing curves can make maintenance around these natural areas easier. Try not to create boundaries that project too abruptly. They will not appear natural and are hard to maintain. And, do not make curves so sharp that they cannot be easily mowed around. Before spreading mulch, remove all grass and perennial weeds. Identify the weeds and eradicate them physically or chemically. Several herbicides are effective for home use on most weeds or grasses. Be sure to read and follow label directions carefully.Match mulch to treeTo decide which type of mulch to use, look at the existing trees in the landscape. For example, add a 3 to 4 inch layer of pine straw under pine trees. When new needles and leaves fall they will add to the mulch and complement the area. Mulching the areas under trees also means there is no reason to rake and remove leaves. As leaves and mulch break down they add valuable organic matter to the soil and will provide a healthier environment for trees and shrubs. Many gardeners also like to add plants in the natural area. Perennials and low-growing, shade-loving annuals may be added to the outside edges to complete the design. With a little bit of planning and creativity, creating natural areas in your landscape can add beauty and reduce the time required to maintain your yard – leaving more time for you to enjoy it.