Galactic, Chris Robinson, YMSB, Keller & More Highlight Candler Park Fest

first_imgIf you found better music for $20 last weekend, find your local promoter and hug ’em hard, because they’re secretly Santa in disguise. Dead serious.As for Atlanta, Georgia this June 3rd and 4th – our Claus came in the form of Center Stage, Rival Entertainment, and Candler Park Music and Food Festival. Tucked in a green leafy corner of the city’s middle-east side, bands, fans, food, and brews joined in holy matrimony to throw a downright jammin’ time that still leaves echoes ringing through the soul.Bringing together Galactic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Revivalists, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and more out for the weekend (again… $20 freakin’ dollars!?) – the crowd knew exactly what to expect, and still somehow got more than they bargained for. Kicking off with local ATLiens Blair Crimmons & The Hookers, the gauntlet was thrown down for what was about to ensue over the next two days. Usually, the festival opener brings it up slow, easing the crowd into the night’s festivities. That apparently isn’t Blair Crimmons & The Hookers’ kind of hootenanny.Crimmons and his marauders brought the house down with their tasty brand of southern-edged ragtime that left one hearing rasps of Devil Makes Three and more in the back of their mind. A showman and string-thumping banjo player with a fiery band to back – the stage was immediately set for the weekend. Followed by Keller Williams’s bluegrassy tribute to the Grateful Dead, the acoustic raconteur brought the vibe back down easy street with classics like “Shakedown Street”, “Eyes of the World”, “Candyman”, “Friend of the Devil” (with Allie Kral taking the reigns, kicking ass and taking names), “Scarlet Begonias”, and more. Taking the stage next was New Orleans’ own funkaholics, Galactic, swinging the party on into full bore. If you’ve never seen Galactic, do. Hop on board that righteous jazzy funk train at the next stop you can; they’ll make you think that you were born just so you could catch ‘em once. Taking the stage as only they know how, arms hit the heavens and eyes the stage as the musical melee began. Funk, jazz, hip hop, and more – all blended to create a sonic fire in the purest sense of the words. Thus the boogie ensued and sweat dripped from our collective brow as we settled into the night we hoped would happen. Kicking off the second day of festivities were Webster (Candler Park’s own) and Great Peacock followed by fellow Atlanta locals, King Baby. King Baby brought the energy up early with a rockin’ jam feel and soaring organ that warmed into a midday steamer set that undoubtedly earned them scores of new fans throughout the crowd.Lee Fields & The Expressions came next, bringing back the soul of the 60’s with an R&B spectacular that couldn’t have been more perfectly placed. Following up their set was the one and only Yonder Mountain String Band, bringing their signature blend of bluegrass out to the crowd’s delight.New Orleans stalwarts, The Revivalists, quickly followed – dropping rock ‘n’ roll bombs like only they know how. As David Shaw’s incendiary croon drove over the beat, The Revivalists steamrolled through a fiery set that included old and new classics like “BTBD”, “Monster”, “Stand Up”, “Catching Fireflies”, “Amber”, “Wish I Knew You”, “All In The Family”, and more. Closing out the night was none other than Chris Robinson Brotherhood and their laid back southern-sauced jams. Meandering in and out of tunes reminiscent in more ways than one of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson and crew kept the crowd rocking and entranced throughout their entire set.In ways more fitting than words can explain, the Marietta, GA-born musician and crew left the crowd uplifted and ecstatic to end the night’s revelries. All in all, if you’re looking for a quick sum of all parts: Candler Park was a time to remember, plain and simple. Beautiful music, a beautiful city, and beautiful smiling souls to enjoy it with. It felt good. As worldly woes melted in sweet sound, Candler Park Music and Food Festival didn’t disappoint for even a single second. And, if this writer could do it all again, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Neither should you. Photo Recap – All Photos Courtesy of Connor McFadden.last_img read more

Thumbs Up! Sleep No More’s Elegant Masquerade Ball Dazzled on New Year’s Eve

first_imgWhile Applebee’s in Times Square charged partiers $375 to eat boneless buffalo wings and see the ball drop this New Year’s Eve, downtown revelers donned tuxes and gowns to attend a very different (and oddly, less expensive) kind of glittering ball: The King’s Winter Masquerade at the McKittrick Hotel, home of the interactive off-Broadway spectacle Sleep No More. After the evening’s retelling of Macbeth, bellhops and ballerinas performed in the main ballroom and audience members traded in their creepy Sleep No More masks for more elegant masquerade attire. The labyrinthine performance space offered surprises at every turn, including performances by live jazz and rock bands, ice sculptures, a secret rave room, an old-timey photo booth and no shortage of fully stocked open bars. Decked out in royal robes and shimmering white lights, the king and queen mingled with their subjects, who included Amy Poehler, David Cross, Laura Osnes, Amber Tamblyn and John Mulaney, to name a few. When the clock struck 12, confetti and snow rained down on the crowd, and the ballroom transformed into a full-out dance party. And while we hear the Applebee’s soiree ended promptly at midnight, the Sleep No More crowd was still partying hard at 4:00 AM. From now on, there’s only one ball for us on New Year’s Eve, and it’s the royal ball at the McKittrick. See you next year! View Commentslast_img read more

Holiday Spirit Tour guide available

first_imgNapoleon, IN—Are you like me and have fond Christmas memories driving around in December with your parents (whether forced or willingly), looking at all the Christmas lights, and listening to mom sing along to her favorite Christmas carols on the radio.Well, The Napoleon State Bank is excited to present the 2019 Ripley/Decatur County Christmas Light Map. The map was created to promote this fun, family tradition in our own community. They complied several known great locations in the area and did some research to find more to add to the list. The map covers a variety of destinations for the Holiday season – from tree farms and live Nativities, to epic Christmas light displays and where to see Santa. They even went a step further to give this tradition a fun, new twist, 3D viewing glasses! When you put these on and look at Christmas lights, magical holiday shapes appear at each point of light you look at!They would like to invite anyone to stop into your local NSB branch and pick up your Christmas Light Map and viewing glasses while supplies last, then head out on your own family adventure!last_img read more

FIFA Best Coach Award 2017: Zidane, Guardiola, Mourinho & Pochettino Makes 12-Man Shortlist

first_imgOthers are, Leonardo Jardim, Massimiliano Allegri, former Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone and Brazil’s Tite.Voting starts on the 21 August 2017, before a three-man final shortlist will be announced later in September.RelatedFIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”Best Player Award: Ronaldo, Messi And Neymar Make FIFA Shortlist.September 22, 2017In “England”Deschamps Headlines 11-Man Shortlist For Best FIFA Coach AwardJuly 24, 2018In “England” FIFA have announced a 12-man shortlist for the #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach Award 2017, with four Premier League managers making the cut.Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochetino and Antonio Conte, who all manage Premier League sides joined back to back Champions League winner, Zinedine Zidane and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winner, Joachim Low on the list.last_img read more

Debbie tops senior leaderboard with personal best

first_img18 Jun 2013 Debbie tops senior leaderboard with personal best Surrey’s Debbie Richards equalled her personal best with a two-under par 70 to take the first round lead in the English senior women’s stroke play championship at Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club on the Isle of Wight.The Burhill player (image © Leaderboard Photography) is one shot clear of playing partner and former champion, Sue Dye of Cheshire. British senior champion Katherine Russell of Sussex and her predecessor, Felicity Christine of Surrey, are a further stroke behind, after both returned level par scores.Debbie, who won the second flight competition at the English senior women’s amateur championship earlier this year, carried her good form into this event. She started with a pair of birdies, added two more on the 4th and 13th and dropped her only shots on the 15th and 17th, a par three of 220-yards. “I was a bit nervous at that point,” she admitted.“I didn’t know my score while I was playing, but I knew I was doing reasonably well. It’s my best in one of these events and it equals my personal best,” added Debbie, who putted consistently well throughout the round.  “I’ve had a lovely day – but tomorrow is another day!”Playing partner Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) also birdied the first hole on her way to amassing a total of six birdies in her round. “I could have been three or four better, but I’ll take it because playing in a championship isn’t easy,” she said.Sue’s ball striking was impressive and she’s crediting continuous play through the winter: “I normally put my clubs away but last winter I played enough to keep me going and it’s been good.”Defending champion Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) is currently in a share of eighth place after scoring three-over 75, which included four birdies but ended with a double bogey on the last. Janet has already won the English senior amateur title this season.Meanwhile, Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore is hoping for third time lucky tomorrow when she tees up. Last week, she was using her tried and tested driver when the head flew off in mid-swing and hit her on the back of her head. “I’ve still got the lump,” she remarked.She got a replacement and headed to the driving range to practice – but six shots later the head flew off. Today she played with her daughter’s club, but her repaired driver was shipped to Shanklin and Sandown and is ready for use tomorrow.Cath, (Sale) who was a semi-finalist at the senior amateur championship, said:  “I didn’t feel comfortable at all today but hopefully I’ll get my driver going tomorrow and be in some better positions. She took 77 today and shares 11th place.After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to leading 36 players and ties who will play the final round on Thursday.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Olympia School District Education Foundation Announces New Executive Director

first_imgFacebook183Tweet0Pin0submitted by Olympia School District Education FoundationThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is proud to announce the selection of Olympia native Katy Johansson as its first executive director. Johansson, a product of the Olympia School District and an alumna of Capital High School, brings her passion for area schools and experience in K-12 education to the position.Olympia native Katy Johansson is the first executive director for the Olympia School District Education Foundation. JohanssonPhoto courtesy: Olympia School District Education FoundationAs a math intervention paraeducator at Hansen Elementary, Johansson says she has seen the power of the foundation at work in her own school.“I am excited to lead and promote an organization for which I have so much esteem,” said Johansson. “I’ve persuaded teachers on several occasions to apply for a Teaching and Learning grant to purchase books or classroom supplies that Hansen’s PTO could not finance. Last fall, I observed the Principal’s Emergency Fund in action when I accompanied my principal on a grocery shopping trip for a Hansen family in need,” she said. “I’ve heard stories from former Hansen students who, once they move across the street to Marshall, are improving in and liking math – thanks to the foundation’s Middle School Math Tutoring program. And I’ve led fifth-graders on their first-ever hike at Cispus, also funded by OSDEF, “she added.“I truly believe the OSDEF’s programs are enriching and, in many cases, transforming students’ lives.”In addition to her work as a paraeducator, Johansson also serves on the board of the Capital City Marathon Association, the Capital High School Foundation and is a parent volunteer at Hansen Elementary.“We could not be more thrilled to have Katy on board as our first executive director,” said incoming OSDEF Board President Kelsey Christensen-Abel. “Katy brings a unique mix of local roots, first-hand experience in Olympia K-12 classrooms and, most importantly, her enthusiasm for our organization and where we are headed. Her understanding of our school district, along with its teachers and leaders, is a tremendous asset as we look to expand the foundation’s programs.”Johansson will conclude her employment with the district on June 24 and will begin her new position with the foundation on July 1.The Olympia School District Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides programs and services to students and partners with teachers to enhance educational success and promote learning for all Olympia School District students. OSDEF accomplishes this through five different initiatives: the Principal’s Emergency Fund; OSD Teaching & Learning Grants; wreath sales that support outdoor education at Cispus Learning Center; the Middle School Math Tutoring Program; and the Performing Arts Initiative.To learn more about OSDEF and each of these initiatives, follow the foundation on Facebook, on Instagram or visit the website at www.osdef.org.last_img read more