Mitchell scores 27, Jazz rout short-handed Nets 118-88

first_img Associated Press Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and the Utah Jazz routed the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 118-88 on Wednesday night.Bojan Bogdanovic made 4 of 6 3-point attempts and scored 18 for the Jazz, who have won four of five.Alize Johnson, who was signed to a 10-day contract on Monday, had a career-high 23 points and 15 rebounds. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot added 12 for Brooklyn. The Nets James Harden was sidelined with a sore neck. March 25, 2021 /Sports News – Local Mitchell scores 27, Jazz rout short-handed Nets 118-88last_img read more

Mississippi DAR State Regent Visits Virginia-Class Submarine USS Mississippi

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Mississippi DAR State Regent Visits Virginia-Class Submarine USS Mississippi View post tag: Regent The Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution State Regent travelled more than 1,250 miles to meet with the crew of the Virginia-class submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) to present a hand-crafted silver tray on behalf of her state’s historical organization, Jan. 17.Janet Whittington has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Mississippi for the past 28 years.As a way to connect the DAR with their state’s namesake boat, Whittington presented the silver tray to Capt. John McGrath, commanding officer, USS Mississippi.“We have a long history of supporting all of the former USS Mississippi’s,” said Whittington. “Our forbearers in the DAR were there, for example, when the second USS Mississippi sailed up the Mississippi River.”Whittington’s visit is a repeat of history of sorts, according to the state regent. When the second USS Mississippi travelled up the Mississippi River in May 1909, the ship, during a port visit, received a candelabra from the Daughters of the American Revolution, according to Whittington.“Today’s visit is another way to connect our state’s proud history of supporting their namesake ships,” said Whittington.The silver tray was hand-made by Markham J. Frankel, master silversmith. The tray was specifically measured to fit perfectly in the wardroom of USS Mississippi.“On behalf of the crew of USS Mississippi we are honored to receive the hand-crafted silver tray from the Daughters of the American Revolution,” said McGrath. “It will serve as a beautiful reminder of our naval heritage as well as the unwavering support of our many friends in the state of Mississippi.”The former namesake ships to carry the Magnolia state’s name included a paddle frigate commissioned in 1841; the second was the USS Mississippi (BB-23), a 13,000-ton battleship which was commissioned in 1908 and sailed to join the Great White Fleet Feb. 10, 1909 as it returned from its famous world cruise; the third ship to share the namesake name was USS Mississippi (BB 41) when she was commissioned in 1917; and the fourth, USS Mississippi (CGN 40), to share the namesake name was a guided missile cruiser commissioned in 1978.The fifth USS Mississippi was commissioned in its namesake state June 2, 2012 in Pascagoula.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 18, 2013; Image: US Navy January 18, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Dar View post tag: Virginia-Class View post tag: submarine View post tag: Mississippi View post tag: USS Training & Education Mississippi DAR State Regent Visits Virginia-Class Submarine USS Mississippi View post tag: Navy View post tag: State View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: visits Share this articlelast_img read more

Balloting Open for New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches

first_imgNew Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey lacks one important thing: Ocean City voters.Consider the fact that (gasp) “the Wildwoods” have been named “Top Beach” in four of the five years the contest has been held. Ocean City won in 2009.New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Coastal Research Center introduced the survey in 2008 to “inspire pride in and stewardship of New Jersey’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns.”VOTE FOR OCEAN CITY IN THIS YEAR’S CONTEST.The contest is decided by online voters who are prevented from voting more than once. Balloting runs from President’s Day weekend through the end of April, and winners are announced in late May.This year, voters choose their top towns in three categories: Day Trips, Ecotourism and Family Vacations. Voters area asked to consider accommodations and amenities as they cast ballots. The four municipalities of “The Wildwoods” are listed separately this year.See winners of the Top Ten Beaches title from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The contest was not held in 2013 as beach towns in New Jersey recovered from Superstorm Sandy, but a calendar photo contest was held instead..The contest this year “rolled local art, tourism, environmental education, recycling and water conservation into one cool, colorful project,” the 2014 NJ Top Ten Beaches Rain Barrel Art Project.last_img read more

More details on a Goshen shooting that injured three

first_img Pinterest By Jon Zimney – June 18, 2020 0 326 Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook More details on a Goshen shooting that injured three WhatsApp 18 year old Christopher Landeros says that he was trying to protect a friend when he opened fire June 11th on South 10th St. Exactly what happened is still unclear, but Landeros has already been hit with various charges of aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness, and carrying a handgun without a license.The Elkhart Truth reports that of the victims a 15 year old girl was released shortly after treatment, a 25 year old man had a bullet lodged in his thigh, and a 20 year old man had to undergo major surgery and receive a transfusion for blood loss. Previous articleFour Winds Invitational rescheduled for SeptemberNext articleHowe Military Academy sold off Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary welcomes new UN Commissioner for Human Rights

first_img Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: I would like to warmly congratulate Michelle Bachelet on her appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UK strongly supports the Office of the High Commissioner in its efforts to promote and protect human rights throughout the world, and to strengthen the ability of the UN system as a whole to respond to human rights situations of concern. Michelle Bachelet has extensive experience of the UN, and a long history of working to promote human rights, including as the founding Executive Director of UN Women. We wish her every success and look forward to working with her. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein for the invaluable contributions he has made in his role as High Commissioner, speaking up tirelessly for the victims of human rights abuses, and holding nations that commit serious and systematic violations against their citizens to account. Email [email protected] For journalists Further information Media enquirieslast_img read more

Tesco rumoured to be selling off Euphorium and Harris + Hoole

first_imgTesco is reportedly on the verge of selling its offshoots Euphorium Bakery and the coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole.It bought the remaining stake in the bakery business last April, saying: “Euphorium is a great brand and where we have extended it into stores, it has proved really popular with customers. Our priorities remain the colleagues working for Euphorium and providing a great service to customers”However, British Baker understood at the time it only purchased the remaining stake in the bakery in a bid to honour a “gentleman’s agreement”. The challenged supermarket retailer also bought the remaining 51% stake in Harris + Hoole in February of this year for an undisclosed sum.Now, however, Sky News has reported Tesco is drawing up a list of loss-making businesses that it wants to sell including its garden centre chain Dobbies and is quoting unnamed sources. Tesco has not denied the report, but instead told British Baker: “We wouldn’t comment on rumour and speculation.”Philip ClarkeHarris + Hoole and Euphorium were originally bought by Philip Clarke, current chief executive Dave Lewis’ immediate predecessor, in a bid to diversify the retailer’s appeal to customers and find ways of utilising excess space.Euphorium was founded by Daniel Bear in Islington in 1999. The supermarket giant first twinned with the bakery chain in October 2012 when it opened a concession in its Kensington store. The following year it bought a larger stake in the company and began a rollout of the brand in its stores.City analysts expect Tesco to report roughly £450m in profit for last year, compared to its record £6.4bn loss in 2014, when it reveals its preliminary results on Wednesday.It may also announce its first quarterly rise in like-for-like sales for more than three years.last_img read more

Labors of love for scholar at heart

first_imgReclining in a black leather chair with his feet on an ottoman, Leo Damrosch has the relaxed air of a man six years into retirement.But don’t be fooled. There’s no time for golf or crossword puzzles for Damrosch, who is still doing serious scholarship, and enjoying every minute of it.“Retirement’s going really well,” he said, speaking in his faculty study room at Widener Library. “I was just dying to have enough time to do research and writing. Now I get to do the things I’ve always liked doing without the administrative duties that took up my time.”Since adding emeritus to his title as Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Damrosch has won a National Book Critics Circle award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World.” More recently, “Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake,” his study of the English poet and engraver, made this year’s shortlist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism.Along with research and writing, the 75-year-old is still working with students. For the Harvard Summer School he’ll teach “The Rise of the Novel” and “The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self,” which he also teaches at Harvard Extension School. He draws particular satisfaction from connecting with high school students who manage to keep pace in college-level courses.“The Summer School produces these jewels,” he said. “They work extra hard and are very grateful.”In his Widener study, Damrosch works alongside his collection of miniature airplanes and photographs of a long-ago trip to his native Philippines. Interred in Los Baños prison camp in Luzon during World War II, Damrosch and his family were liberated in 1945. Five years later, they moved to the United States, making their home in small-town Maine.“I don’t have enough of a personal story,” he said, asked when he would write his own biography. “I don’t have a hook. I last went to the Philippines with my father when I was in my 30s, and that was a wonderful experience. But my own memories from childhood aren’t enough for a book.”He joined the English faculty at Harvard in 1989, but Damrosch, who held the department chair from 1993-98 and served as acting chair in 2007, felt as if he “never had enough time.” Now that he has no official department duties, Damrosch gets to do what he’s “always liked doing,” which included his research on “Eternity’s Sunrise.”“Blake is an original genius,” he said. “This book is intended to introduce him to general readers, and couldn’t have been written 30 years ago. Back then, art critics and literary scholars didn’t interact much. But more recently, gifted scholar-printmakers have done wonderful work, helping us to understand how his images were created and printed.”Damrosch knew his book had to include first-rate illustrations, a belief shared by his editor at Yale University Press, who ensured that “Eternity’s Sunrise” included 40 color reproductions. A Washington Post review praised the book for its “intricate analysis of the relation between Blake’s verse and his vivid paintings and etchings.”Next up for Damrosch, besides teaching fall and spring courses at the Extension School, will be more work on a book to be titled “Jamie and Sam: Boswell, Johnson, and the Club.” Damrosch describes it as “a group portrait during an extraordinary historical moment,” featuring writers and thinkers such as Edmund Burke, Edward Gibbon, Oliver Goldsmith, and Adam Smith.“Many people are reluctant to retire,” he said. “Their sense of self is invested in their academic position — not in a selfish way. I’ve been fortunate in being able to go on doing what I most enjoyed in academic life — teaching and writing — with more time to devote to them than I used to have.”last_img read more

New location in Duncan Student Center allows career services to expand

first_imgIn addition to the numerous dining options, improved workout facilities and expanded study space in the new Duncan Student Center, the building also houses the Center for Career Development on the fifth floor. Previously located on the first two floors of Flanner Hall, the Department for Career Services is now centrally located on campus and easily accessible for students. Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding cited the Career Center’s new location along with many other aspects of student life as one of the biggest advantages of the new student center.“To have the Career Center and the Center for Career Development right upstairs rather than across campus … bringing together all of these different elements, for us, is part of the exciting piece to things that had previously really been scattered across campus,” she said in an interview Jan. 15.Julie Gray, associate director of career operations, said the move has allowed the department to operate more effectively due to the increased amount of space available to it.“In the past, especially during the fall semester, we would often have to kick staff out of the second floor offices because there simply wasn’t enough room,” Gray said. With 36 interview rooms, 11 conference rooms that can hold up to 16 people and one training room that holds about 60 people, there is ample room for the next wave of recruitment in the new location, Gray said.The Career Center also houses eight virtual interview rooms along the east wall that feature Zoom technology. Gray said employers would often come to campus with a full slate of interviews but still miss out on a qualified candidate. These new interview spaces, she said, will enable them to also network with students abroad in the same trip to Notre Dame’s campus. Hoffmann Harding said the improved technology came as a result of student feedback during the planning process of the Duncan Student Center.“The types of interviews that students are now getting from employers — so the increased need for technology and the ability to Skype or talk remotely to employers [came from students],” she said. “And actually, during peak study times, the addition of the need for study space. So we’ve designed the fifth floor in a way that the offices can be separable from the interview center, which can be open during peak times for student study space. And that’s new, that’s different and it’s accessible because now it’s in a building that students frequent — we hope — during the day and even into the evening.”This newly-available space, Gray said, highlights the purpose of the Center for Career Development as well as the Duncan Student Center.“This is a student center, and we want this to be student-focused,” she said. “These next few months, we’ll be working [to] optimize this space and hopefully create a better environment for students and employers.”Gray said the new centralized space has also allowed the department to integrate the various stages of education and career building, as the undergraduate, graduate and Mendoza graduate students are “all under student affairs.” This integrated method, she said, is largely due to an initiative the department took on several years ago to shift the emphasis on students’ approaches to career searches from major onto industry. “We have career counselors that are liaisons to each of the different colleges,” Gray said. “It doesn’t matter what your major is, it doesn’t dictate what you do. We try to focus on a student’s passions and strengths and how we can translate those into the workforce.”News Editor Courtney Becker contributed to this story.Tags: Career Center, Center for Career and Development, duncan student center, Notre Dame Career Centerlast_img read more

Vermont Governor Douglas will not seek re-election

first_imgFour-term Vermont Governor James Douglas said today at a morning press conference that he will not seek re-election in 2010. He added that he does not intend to run for another political office. The unexpected news caught the state by surprise. The governor did not take questions, but said he would not be an “absentee landlord” for the duration of his term. The man known for his gentlemanly ways was famous for his political success as a Republican in what became a Democratic state and for his fabulous gift for remembering people’s names. After a tight race against then Lieutenant Governor Doug Racine in 2002, he has breezed to victory in every subsequent election, as he had for most of his political career. A Massachusetts native, he was first elected to the state Legislature in 1972 right out of Middlebury College. He has had long tenures as both Secretary of State and Treasurer, meeting scant opposition. The only major stumble in his political career was a loss to Patrick Leahy for US Senate in 1992.”But as any farmer knows, after many years working sun up to sun down, seven days a week there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching. After 36 years as a public servant, 28 of those years in statewide office, with what will be eight years as Governor and through 15 statewide elections I will have held center stage long enough for any leader. I will not seek another term as Governor of Vermont.”In response to the news, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie said: I honor Governor Douglas today, and thank him for three decades of outstanding service to the people of Vermont. I would also like to thank his wife, Dorothy, and his entire family for living with the high demands that come with public service.As far as the remaining 16 months of the governor’s term, Dubie said, The unprecedented economic challenges that we now face as a state require that we all focus on working together, administration and legislature, in good faith, for the future of our state and its people. It s what the people of Vermont deserve and expect from us.On the subject of his own political plans, Dubie clearly left the door open for a run for governor himself, saying, The governor s announcement today changes the political landscape in Vermont. As Vermonters reflect on this new landscape, I will contemplate my options. Right now, I will focus on doing my job. I will discuss my plans when the time is right.Several Democrats have lined up as potential successors, including Racine, now in the state Senate and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz. Other than Dubie, there would not be a clear Republican candidate at this point.Markowitz said, “I want to congratulate and applaud Jim Douglas for his years of service to the state.  Douglas is a Vermonter who has devoted his life to public service.  Vermonters, regardless of political party, should honor him for his commitment to serving the state for all of these years.  I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”Vermont Chamber of Commerce President Betsy Bishop, who served in the Douglas Administration since the beginning, most recently as commissioner of Economic Development Department, said, “This certainly changes the political landscape in Vermont. The Vermont Chamber will continue to work with Governor Douglas on key business issues, like lower energy cost, unemployment insurance trust fund and health care.”Governor Douglas has been a wonderful partner and friend of Québec, said Québec Premier Jean Charest. Under his leadership, Charest said, relations between Québec and Vermont have thrived as never before. Meetings have been held every year at the highest levels.”Over his four terms, the Governor has not only contributed enormously to his state, but has also infused Québec Vermont relations with a unique focus and energy. We have worked together as a team for many years on many important international issues. He has been not only a great friend of Québec, but also a personal friend, and I am sorry to hear today of his pending departure,” said the Premier.Cooperation between Québec and Vermont has taken many forms, including joint efforts to preserve water quality in Lake Champlain, Missisquoi Bay, and Lake Memphrémagog, initiatives in green and renewable energy, and implementation of the Driver s License Plus. Recently the Premier and governor both spoke out in favor of heighted economic trade free from protectionism. Governor Douglas’ Statement. August 27, 2009. 11 am.”I want to thank all of you for coming this morning.I especially want to thank the members of my Administration for being here, as well as my staff.Since January 1973, after I was first elected to the Vermont House, I ve been making the trip over the Appalachian Gap from my home in Middlebury to serve the people in Montpelier.I ve traversed that pass at all hours, in all seasons, through rain, snow and sun. On a clear day, I can look west over the Champlain basin and east toward the Connecticut River valley, out across the breadth of this place that is like no other. And each time I reach the top, I am reminded of the sturdy shoulders of our people as strong and as solid as the hills and my hope for Vermont is renewed.Through my years in public service, I have had the great opportunity to share with my fellow Vermonters their proud achievements and the joys of daily life in Vermont: the opening of a new business in St. Johnsbury, pancakes with little leaguers in Starksboro, celebrating our traditions with farmers and sugarmakers at Dairy Days and the Maple Festival, waving the green flag at Thunder Road, and helping to welcome home a local hero, Captain Richard Phillips.The rewards of this job are many, like joining hands in service to help improve the lives of our friends and neighbors: delivering meals to homebound seniors in Orange County, celebrating National Night Out in South Burlington, marching to Prevent Child Abuse in Montpelier, splitting wood to heat needy homes in Springfield, or helping to load nearly 70 18-wheelers with donated goods bound for the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.And it s an honor to be with Vermonters during their times of trial and hardship: touring the devastations from floods, storms and fires, meeting with employees after a plant closure, or holding the hand of a Gold Star Mother or Wife.These occasions have given me the opportunity to speak with Vermonters, to hear their fears and troubles, their hopes and ideas. I ve brought them back with me to Montpelier where government has responded.We ve charted a course for our state that will bring good job opportunities, more affordable homes, safer communities and clean air and water.I ve made health care reform a priority reaching across party lines to get the job done because it continues to be a burden on the pocketbooks of hard-working Vermonters. We implemented the Blueprint for Health to help people lead healthier lives and reduce health care costs. Because of our first-of-its-kind Global Commitment waiver, we are a leader in forward-thinking, innovative health system reform. And Catamount Health is bringing health care within reach of more Vermonters.As Chairman of the National Governors Association I m taking our successes to Washington to demonstrate how real reform can be achieved.I ve pushed to make higher education more affordable through Promise Scholarships and the Next Generation Initiative so young people can go to school here, lead the next wave of innovation in our state and create new economic opportunities.A steady and reliable infrastructure is essential if we are going to compete in a changing economy. The e-State initiative will ensure that all Vermonters have access to broadband and cell service. And our efforts to increase and target investments in our roads, rails, bridges and culverts have been critical.The actions we ve taken to prevent and treat drug abuse; combat sexual violence; and support law enforcement, fire fighters, first responders and other public safety professionals, are making our communities safer.I am proud to carry on Vermont s long-held commitment to our environment. We ve taken bold steps to clean up Lake Champlain and other impaired waterways. We ve fought to keep our air clean, even if it meant fighting Washington and the automobile industry on emissions standards. We were a leader in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, because passing along a healthy environment to the next generation requires reaching outside our borders and working with our neighbors in the region and, indeed, around the world.And I ve fought to hold the line on taxes and spending, so that we can sustain the necessary functions of government for future generations and encourage new economic opportunities. Fiscal responsibility is at the core of the Vermont ethic as we face budget challenges resulting from the global recession, Vermonters deserve to see their money spent wisely and their government managed efficiently.There is no doubt that over the past seven years we have accomplished much. We ve seen this state through some tough times in our nation s history and I will continue to work day and night so that we emerge stronger than before.I am so proud of what we have accomplished. And yet there will always be more to do.The work of democracy is an abiding, beautiful struggle just as it should be. This land, our freedom, our liberty was not easily won and so it is worth the sacrifice we must give to maintain it. It rightly demands our hard work, perpetual motion, and an endless flow of human energy and high ideals the very lifeblood of the Vermont soul. All across our state from armories to local food pantries, from town halls to under this golden dome Vermonters give deeply and selflessly, each singular act of service renewing the promise of Vermont.It has been the great privilege of my life to serve the people of this state that I love so well. I have been profoundly humbled by their faith and support in me.But as any farmer knows, after many years working sun up to sun down, seven days a week there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching. After 36 years as a public servant, 28 of those years in statewide office, with what will be eight years as Governor and through 15 statewide elections I will have held center stage long enough for any leader. I will not seek another term as Governor of Vermont.My service to this state will not end with the governorship. Whether I m in the corner office or my home office, I will always strive to do what I can to make better this great state.But I am also ready to write a new chapter in my life. When I first took my seat as the Representative from Middlebury in 1973, I was a young man right out of college. With some very good fortune, I met and married Dorothy, soon we were raising two extraordinary boys, and now one of my sons has a son of his own our first grandchild: Timothy James Douglas. A new generation has a way of putting things into perspective.I know there will be some speculation as to what is next, so I want to lay a few questions to rest immediately. I am not running for President. Dorothy has a divorce lawyer on speed dial if I ever utter that crazy idea.I m not running for the US Senate, the US House or any other statewide office in 2010.However, for the next 16 months, I am running state government.Those who presume there will be an absentee landlord in the corner office will be mistaken. I will focus as intensely as I always do on the needs of Vermonters. And I will continue to fight everyday to put this state on firm footing. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels.I will continue the good work that my Administration has done to advance an Agenda of Affordability an agenda centered on growing good-paying jobs while protecting our cherished natural resources.This is a historic time for our state. Vermont has been hit hard by the global recession. Businesses, families and even state government have felt the impact of a shrinking economy.That is why we must act responsibly to rein in state spending to ensure that Vermonters can continue to fund the programs and services we are all so proud to support especially those for the frail and neediest. In order to do that, we must build and pass budgets that are sustainable for the long term.I will continue to fight for working Vermonters and small business owners who struggle to make ends meet by resisting efforts to raise taxes to grow government and increase spending.As I always have but now let there be no doubt I will fight to do what is best for Vermont and devote my full energy to guiding this great state toward a more prosperous future.At another hour, in another place, there will be plenty of time for remembrances and time to look back. Now it is time to look ahead to the next legislative session and budget cycle, because, as I ve said before, the choices we make today as our state struggles under the weight of this recession will have a lasting and real impact on how quickly we recover.There will also be a time and a place for the long list of thank yous, but for today, there are just a few. My thanks to Dorothy for her love, devotion, and unconditional support over the years.I want to thank my Administration for your dedication to serving the public and for making government more responsive.I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Dubie for his friendship, support and leadership.And to the people of Vermont, thank you for your continued confidence. I especially want to thank of you have who have offered ideas, concerns, frustrations and encouragement to me in my travels over the years. You have given state government a truly people-driven direction and focus. Thank you for the tremendous privilege of allowing me to serve.And with that, I d like to ask my team to get back to work! We ve got a lot to do.”last_img read more

Bronze Radio Return: Throwback, Look Forward

first_imgChances are, even if you’re not familiar with Bronze Radio Return, you’ve heard one of the band’s songs. The ubiquitous “Shake, Shake, Shake” from the 2011 album of the same name has reached ears around the world, thanks to placement in TV shows and commercials, including a global campaign for the Nissan Leaf.“There was a day and age when that was viewed as selling out, but in the current climate of the music industry, it’s a vehicle that works well,” says band front man Chris Henderson.Despite using mainstream outlets, the sextet’s celebratory roots-based sound comes from a pure place.  The group’s name was derived from a bronze-colored radio that Henderson listened to in his father’s art studio in Maine. It’s where he heard many forms of traditional American music, including blues, jazz, and country. When the band formed, they realized similar influences informed the sound they were crafting.“Essentially it’s the return of all of our bronze radios,” Henderson explains. “It’s those early influences and how they shape the way we still look at music.”Henderson formed the group back in 2007 after attending the Hartt School of Music, a well-respected conservatory in Connecticut. The band includes Rob Griffith on drums, Craig Struble on banjo and harmonica, bassist Bob Tanen, keyboardist Matt Warner, and Patrick Fetkowitz on lead guitar. They deliver colorful folk rock with an alternative edge, highlighted by joyful harmonies and anthemic hooks similar to Mumford and Sons. Banjo rolls keep pop melodies grounded, while the best energy often comes from the band members stomping and clapping in unison.“The chemistry comes from spending long hours together—both in the van and on stage,” Henderson adds. “In addition to playing music together, we listen to music together and all have open minds. We work together as democracy and stay open to each other’s ideas.”The group has earned plenty of fans on the road through relentless touring. In addition to high-energy club shows, the group has opened for the likes of John Mayer, Grace Potter, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. But unlike many young acts of the day, the members of Bronze Radio Return also enjoy crafting new work in the studio. The band’s third full-length album, the recently released Up, On & Over, was made during a five-week retreat to the foothills of the Blue Ridge. The group likes solitude when recording, and they found it at White Star Sound, a studio located on a historic farm in Louisa, Va., just outside of Charlottesville. Tucked down several miles of dirt road, the studio offered little to do but work on the record, play ping pong, and drink whiskey. In the remote setting the band stayed focused and knocked out 15 new songs, including the uplifting front porch-flavored lead single “Further On.”The new song has already found a home on TV, used during the PGA Tour’s national ad campaign that featured Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But the plan is to get this new material out to people night after night on the road. The band will embark on a national tour this fall that starts with two dates at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion on September 21 and 22.“We just want more ears on the music,” Henderson says.You can stream a track from Bronze Radio Return as part of our July Trail Mix Free Music Playlist.Syndicate’s New GrooveThis month North Carolina roots rock favorites Acoustic Syndicate will release their first new album in nearly a decade. Rooftop Garden marks a steady comeback for the band that dominated the regional club and theater circuit in the early 2000s but called it quits in 2005 so brothers Bryon and Fitz McMurry and their cousin Steve McMurry could focus on different work, including managing the family’s farm in Cleveland County, N.C. Gradually, in the past few years, the band has started playing an increasing number of shows, and with the recent addition of dobro ace Billy Cardine, the group has found new momentum. The album’s lead single, “Heroes,” has a familiar Syndicate sound—driving rock rhythm, intricate banjo rolls and soaring harmonies that highlight the chemistry of familial bonds. With the new release, the band has plans to tour extensively this fall, including a top billing at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, N.C., on October 18.last_img read more