This January, Jam Cruise 15 set sail, with some of the biggest names in live music aboard, collaborating, and throwing down. While Vulfpeck was originally slated to perform on the boat, when a scheduling change forced the band to back out, Vermont’s Twiddle was tagged in. As is the Jam Cruise way, during Twiddle’s set on January 21st, the group invited guitarist Al Schnier from moe. to join the quartet during a rendition of their feel-good number “Mamunes The Faun.”moe. & Members of Turkuaz Perform “Naive Melody” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot Video]Across the fourteen-minute rendition, the band moves into a jazzy, laid-back, and spacious jam segment, marking a stark contrast from the upbeat chorus of the song. During this jam, the group almost moves into electronic-inspired sounds carried by Ryan Dempsey behind the keys. Eventually, this spacey section builds with urgency to a quick and frenetic peak featuring dueling guitars from Schnier and Twiddle’s resident guitarist Mihali Savoulidis before moving back into the song’s triumphant and lighthearted chorus.Exclusive Videos From moe. And Twiddle’s Summer Camp Secret Set [Watch]The magical musical experience that is Jam Cruise will be setting sails next January, when Jam Cruise 16 takes over the Norwegian Jade from January 17th through 22nd. After it embarks from Miami, Florida, the cruise will round through Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman during its weeklong circuit.As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill. You can check out the video of Twiddle’s performance of “Mamunes The Faun” with Al Schnier below to get stoked for next year’s Jam Cruise, which is bound to have similarly all-star collaborations across its trip. You can check out this year’s massive Jam Cruise lineup here, and get more information about the event on its website here.[Photo: Phierce Photo]
Garrett Clayton & Dove Cameron(Photo: Michael Kovac & Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Two teen favorites are about to make teenage Baltimore swoon. Garrett Clayton and Dove Cameron have joined the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live! as Link Larkin and Amber Von Tussle, respectively. The two Teen Choice Award nominees join an all-star cast, including the recently announced Ariana Grande. The live broadcast is set for December 7.Cameron will play Kristin Chenoweth’s daughter once more as the younger of the Von Tussle clan—the two appeared in the Disney Channel original movie Descendants and the upcoming sequel. She also stars in the network’s series Liv and Maddie, where she met her fiancé, Ryan McCartan. The two recently released their first EP together, titled Negatives.Clayton’s previous small screen musical credits include the Teen Beach Movie series. He also stars as porn star Brent Corrigan in the upcoming biographical drama King Cobra, co-starring and directed by James Franco.The live event will be headlined by newcomer Maddie Baillio, who takes on the role of Tracy Turnblad. The lineup also includes Grande as Penny Pingleton, Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad (reprising his Tony-winning performance from the original production), Martin Short as Wilbur and Derek Hough as Corny Collins.Check out Chenoweth and Cameron performing together in Descendants below! View Comments
A controversial bill overhauling the debt-ridden health sector was voted into law on Wednesday despite the objection of all opposition parties and vehement protests by striking doctors who demonstrated outside Parliament.The legislation was approved, in principle, by ruling PASOK though lawmakers from the main opposition New Democracy party, as well as the Communist Party (KKE), the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) all voted against it. Additional votes on separate provisions of the bill were being carried out late into the night.Opposition from within the ranks of PASOK was limited. One of the most vociferous critics though was Ektoras Nasiokas, a former deputy health minister who claimed that the draft legislation was not comprehensive or bold enough.Health Minister Andreas Loverdos insisted that the reforms were crucial for Greece’s debt-crippled health sector to become viable, noting that Parliament should “celebrate” the arrival of changes that should have been introduced three decades ago.Earlier on Wednesday striking doctors marched from the Health Ministry, where they had been staging a sit-in for more than a week, to Parliament where there were minor scuffles with police who fired small quantities of tear gas to disperse the crowd.The demonstrators were joined by teachers who object to planned reforms for their sector and public transport workers who staged the latest in a series of work stoppages in protest at the streamlining of their services.Pharmacists protesting plans to liberalise their profession called off their action at the end of the day after Loverdos agreed to tweak the legislation outlining the overhaul of their sector. As a result pharmacies were to reopen to the public on Thursday after days of rolling strikes.The outlook for state hospitals, which have been paralysed by the doctors’ protest action, remained unclear late on Wednesday. So far, nearly two weeks of doctors’ strikes have resulted inthe cancellation of nearly 500,000 appointments.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Over the last few years, Marvel superheroes have taken the mainstream by storm. The Iron Man and Avengers films alone have done incredible things for all of the Marvel Universe. With a SHIELD television show on the way and more movies in the pipeline, it’s clear that Marvel isn’t leaving the spotlight anytime soon. Traditionally, the video games that followed these movies has been less than great, but that isn’t going to stop Marvel from trying again. Earlier today Gazillion Entertainment has announced the closed beta registration for the new free to play MMO, Marvel Heroes.Marvel Heroes seems to be set in its own corner of the Marvel Universe, in which Daredevil, Spiderman, Wolverine, The Punisher, and others are totally cool with teaming up to take down the bad guys. In the promo video, The Punisher is ready to clean up the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen with a clear end goal of taking on Kingpin. The video shows off The Punisher and Daredevil taking out the bad guys together, with a special cameo from Deadpool as he runs up behind two armed thugs in suits with a rocket launcher.The game looks like it would make those who closely study the Marvel Universes crazy, but it also looks like a lot of fun.Marvel Heroes was designed by David Brevik, whose fingerprints can be found all over Diablo and Diablo II. The game is described as both an Action RPG and a Free to Play MMO, and obviously you’ll be able to pick your favorite bad guy and roam the streets cracking skulls and getting ready to take down Kingpin.To sign up for the closed Beta, head over to the Marvel Heroes website and sign up. The beta is set to start on October 1 and is expected to run right up to release day.