TAZ Joins Marcus King Band For Allmans Cover & More At “Family Reunion” [Photos/Video]

first_imgThis past weekend from October 6th-7th at Pisgah Brewing Co in Black Mountain, NC, red-hot “psychedelic southern rock” stars The Marcus King Band hosted their first ever two-day festival, dubbed the Marcus King Band Family Reunion. In addition to two headlining sets from MKB, the event brought together an eclectic group of artists ranging from legends pushing 70 to youthful prodigies like King himself (the youngest, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, rounded out the low end of the spectrum at the ripe age 14). But age seemed to be of little importance at the Marcus King Band Family Reunion. All that mattered was whether your chops, and judging from the results, its clear that this inter-generational gathering of musicians meant business, top to bottom.The “family” aspect of the inaugural Family Reunion event remained at the forefront of the festivities throughout the weekend, as guest sit-ins abounded. On Friday night, Marcus and company were joined by both Marcus’ father Marvin King (an acclaimed guitarist in his own right) and founding Allman Brothers Band percussionist Jaimoe for a pair of songs including a searing rendition of the Allmans’ “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.”The collaborations ramped up from there for Saturday’s jam-packed schedule, which featured excitedly-received sets from People’s Blues of Richmond, Muddy Magnolias, Ron Holloway Band, and more. Marcus came out to join The Revivalists’ Dave Shaw for his solo set. TAZ made good on his “Artist-at-large” billing, as he also came out to sit in with Shaw, as well as George Porter Jr.’s Runnin Pardners. Marcus King Band Family Reunion ft. TAZ, George Porter Jr., Dave Shaw, Muddy Magnolias, Marvin King | Pigsah Brewing Co. | Black Mountain, NC | 10/6-7/17 | Photos by Bob Forte [Photos – Bob Forte]However, it was TAZ’s appearance with the host band that produced some of the day’s most memorable highlights. As Brandon said in a FB post ahead of the headlining Marcus King Band & Family set on Saturday evening (along with a photo of the two young guitarists), “It’s about to go down!!!! Getting ready to hit the stage with The Marcus King Band — Thank you Marcus King for inviting me to play with you and your band. I always hoped this day would come.  #OneLove #BlessedBeyondMeasure”The Marcus King Band & Family performance served as the weekend’s centerpiece, as the band had settled in and was playing at the top of their game. MKB also welcomed a slew of sit-ins over the course of the nearly three-hour long set, including a particularly memorable rendition of the Allmans’ “Dreams” featuring fiery back-and-forth between the King and Niederauer. Taz’s guest sit-in marked the first time these two young guitar luminaries had connected onstage, and the results were as entrancing as one might hope. With young talents like these two on the rise, the future looks bright for the craft of live music.Watch Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer join the Marcus King Band for a cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Dreams” at the inaugural Marcus King Band Family Reunion below (via YouTube user Patrick Cullum; video h/t ShowTheShow)Finally, to cap the set, Ron Holloway, David Shaw, Taz and George Porter returned to the stage for the big finale, as the “family” all gathered to play together one more time.[Photo – Bob Forte]Below you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the inaugural Marcus King Band Family Reunion courtesy of photographer Bob Forte (Instagram: @40_photography). You can also Listen to full audio of Marcus King Band’s 10/6/17 set via taper Gordon Wilson, and check out an assortment of clips and photos from the weekend below:center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Red Sneakers Foundation Brings Nut Allergy Awareness To Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two teams of children wore red sneakers during a special soccer game in West Palm Beach, Fla. on December 10th to honor a star player who could not join them, but whose fondness for that color footwear was part of his lasting legacy.Oakley Debbs, an 11-year-old West Palm Beach boy, had died on Thanksgiving Day from an allergic reaction to nuts. Red sneakers were the only shoes he liked to wear.In his memory, his parents created the Red Sneakers Foundation to spread awareness of the dangers of nut allergies through educational programs, research and public policy initiatives.On Long Island, where Debbs occasionally spent his summers, students, teachers and parents at the Portledge School in Locust Valley celebrated Red Sneaker Day on December 2.They all wore his favorite color, too.Jack Fentress, a Portledge sixth-grader who’d befriended Debbs here, was overwhelmed by the support of his schoolmates for his friend, whom many of them had never met.“I’m really glad so many kids at school are supporting him,” said Fentress. “I’m really sad that he had to pass away and I’ll miss him a lot.”Students at Portledge School in Locust Valley wore red sneakers on Dec. 2 in remembrance of 11-year-old Oakley Debbs, who died of an allergy to nuts, and to raise awareness about the dangers posed by food allergies.Food allergies, particularly nut allergies, affect approximately 15 million Americans and about one in every 13 children, according to Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE), a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about such food allergies, at foodallergy.org. Anaphylaxis, the allergic reaction that caused Debb’s death, can be fatal if not immediately treated with epinephrine. In Debb’s case, the risk was compounded by his asthma. His previous allergic reactions had been successfully treated with Benadryl. This time, when his parents gave him that medication, his symptoms subsided, but it wasn’t enough to save his life.Portledge mom Jami Friedman could sympathize with Debb’s distraught parents.“Our oldest son has life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs, tree nuts and sesame, as well as asthma,” she said, “so this is a fear we live with on a daily basis. The Red Sneaker Foundation is a beautiful way to honor this young boy and bring awareness to the allergy epidemic.”Severe food allergies have increased nearly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, but researchers do not have conclusive explanations for the cause, according to FARE. In memory of Oakley Debbs, The Red Sneakers Foundation is doing its part to inform the public and educate parents, children and physicians about the growing dangers of severe food allergies.The group’s hope is that one day red sneakers will come to symbolize this cause nationwide. For more on how to lend support and learn about upcoming Red Sneakers Days across the country, visit Red Sneaker Foundation’s Facebook page at facebook.com/redsneakersforoakley.Featured Photo: Students at Portledge School in Locust Valley celebrated Red Sneakers Day on Dec. 2, wearing red sneakers to honor the life of 11-year-old Oakley Debbs, who died from an allergic reaction to nuts, and to raise awareness about food allergies.last_img read more

Asia stocks set to rise on upbeat data, focus on China PMI

first_imgAsian markets were poised to follow Wall Street’s firm lead on Tuesday as the sentiment boost from upbeat US data outweighed the threat of rising COVID-19 infections in the world’s largest economy.Investors cheered strong US housing data that showed a bounce back in home sales, and are anticipating positive jobs data later this week as the US jobs numbers are expected to tick up as people head back to work.“Overnight moves in markets were not large but one does get the distinct impression that markets have got it both ways – with equities rallying on rebounding data and bonds rallying on dismal COVID-19 news,” said ANZ Research analyst Rahul Khare. Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures rose 1.15 percent while Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures ticked up 0.11 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures climbed 0.62 percent.In Asia, investor focus will be on China’s official purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which is expected to show factory activity grew for a fourth straight month in June albeit at a slower pace, raising concerns the recovery in the world’s second-largest economy may be stalling.A recent resurgence in coronavirus infections had caused some investors to doubt the strength of a rebound in global economic activity.However, gains in equities, long-term yields, and oil futures suggest the majority of investors remain optimistic about the long-term prospects for growth. Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide rose past 10 million and deaths surpassed 500,000 on over the weekend. The bulk of new cases were reported in the United States and Latin America, stoking fears that the outbreak could stall economic recoveries just as lockdowns begin to ease.MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe rose 0.72 percent during Monday trading fueled by gains on Wall Street. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.32 percent, the S&P 500 gained 1.47 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.2 percent.US Treasuries were little changed after Monday trading as the intervention by the Federal Reserve Bank kept yields stable.In currency markets, the dollar held onto gains against the yen and the Swiss franc as the recent increase in coronavirus cases supported safe-haven demand for the greenback.China’s yuan held steady at 7.0752 per dollar in the offshore market as traders braced for China’s PMI.In oil markets, Brent crude contracts were unchanged at US$41.71 per barrel.Topics :last_img read more

AFCON 2015:Ghana to play Togo and Guinea in qualifiers

first_imgGhana have been drawn against neighbours, Togo in the same group for the final round of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Morocco.The Black Stars are also paired with Guinea after Sunday’s draw in Cairo. The fourth team will be determined after the second round qualifiers.The 30th edition of AFCON will be played from 17 January through to 8 February 2015.Group winners and runner-up of each group plus the third-best team will join hosts Morocco for the final tournament.Group ANigeriaSouth AfricaSudanWinner of Match 37/38 Group BMaliAlgeriaEthiopiaWinner of Match 43/44Group CBurkina FasoAngolaGabonWinner of Match 33/34Group D Cote d’IvoireCameroonDR CongoWinner Match 41/42Group EGhanaTogoGuineaWinner Match 35/36Group FZambiaCape VerdeNigerWinner Match 45/46 Group GTunisiaEgyptSenegalWinner Match 39/40last_img read more

Garrett Richards dominates for Angels, but 5th straight loss drops them 3½ back of Twins

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Gurriel’s homer proved to be all the game’s scoring. The Angels had a shot in the ninth, after a leadoff single by pinch-hitter Ben Revere and a walk by Kole Calhoun. But Mike Trout hit into a double play and Justin Upton popped out.The Angels’ fifth straight defeat, equaling their season-worst, dropped them 3½ games behind the Minnesota Twins in the race for the second American League wild card spot, with nine games to play. The Angels (76-77) are under .500 for the first time since Aug. 9.Ironically, the Angels are 7-12 in September, a month that began with the additions of Upton, Brandon Phillips … and Richards.Richards, who was out five months with biceps nerve irritation, has delivered all the Angels could have hoped. In four starts, he has allowed four earned runs in 19⅓ innings, a 1.86 ERA. He’s struck out 20 and walked three.“I can’t help but think, I haven’t been here the whole year,” Richards said. “I’m trying to make the most of it now. These guys have been battling all year and that’s why we’re in the position we’re in. … Now that I’m able to contribute, I just try to go out and give them everything I got.”Which was, in his mind, more than just 85 pitches and six innings.“I always want more,” said Richards, who retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. “I felt good there at the end. I definitely felt like I could keep going, but what are you going to do?”Richards said Scioscia told him as soon as he came off the field that his night was over.“He had his mind made up,” Richards said. “He’s the manager. I’m not going to argue with him.”While the decision to pull Richards at that time might have frustrated Angels fans, it’s hard to expect to win a game with only two hits. Calhoun led off the game with a single, and the Angels managed just two more walks in seven innings against Justin Verlander.“We didn’t get too many good looks at him,” Scioscia said. “He did what he did against us last time (eight shutout innings)…. He’s throwing the ball very well for those guys.” PreviousThe Angels’ Ben Revere is tagged out by the Astros’ Alex Bregman after being caught in a rundown during the ninth inning of a baseball Friday’s game in Houston. The Astros won, 3-0. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel (10) celebrate after hitting a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander, left, throws to Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) reacts after striking out as home plate umpire Dan Iassogna makes the call during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman throws to first for the out after fielding a ground ball by Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) avoids Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (9) before throwing to first to complete a double play during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. Upton was out at second and Albert Pujols was out at first. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, left, ejects Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez (9) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (14) and Marwin Gonzalez (9) argue with home plate umpire Dan Iassogna (58) after Gonzalez was called out on strikes during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. Hinch and Gonzalez were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, center right, and Marwin Gonzalez, center, argue with home plate umpire Dan Iassogna (58) after Gonzalez was called out on strikes during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. Hinch and Gonzalez were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel (10) celebrates with Alex Bregman (2) and Brian McCann (16) after hitting a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Angels’ Ben Revere is tagged out by the Astros’ Alex Bregman after being caught in a rundown during the ninth inning of a baseball Friday’s game in Houston. The Astros won, 3-0. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel (10) celebrate after hitting a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 14Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel (10) celebrate after hitting a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ExpandHOUSTON — The Angels’ 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night was a cruel reminder of what could have been, one that pushed the Angels a little closer to end of their postseason dreams.Garrett Richards pitched six brilliant innings, leaving Angels fans to wonder what the season might have been like if he hadn’t missed five months.But because Richards did miss those five months, and has been trying to rebuild his arm while pitching in major league games, Mike Scioscia pulled him after 85 pitches. It was just about the expected total after he had thrown 52, 63 and 74 in his previous three starts.“There was definitely a range we were trying to step him up into,” Scioscia said. “He might have (been able to start the seventh) and had a couple pitches left, but you don’t want to find out on the back side it was too much. One of the things you want to monitor is how they come out of their outing and where they are.” So Scioscia turned the game over to Yusmeiro Petit, who had been one of their best relievers all season. Petit, however, has slumped at the worst time. In the seventh inning, he gave up a three-run homer to Yuli Gurriel, the second straight outing in which he’d let a game get away. “Y has been so good,” Scioscia said. “He left a fastball over the heart of the plate and Gurriel didn’t miss it. He had a little issue with command tonight.”last_img read more