Once people get the chance to see Brad Parsons, the Portland-based singer-songwriter, they don’t easily forget him. As an Artist-At-Large for both Winter WonderGrass and the Northwest String Summit this year, Parsons has been enrapturing audiences across the country with his almost-unreal powerhouse of a voice and his genre-bending blend of psychedelic rock and Americana. And, it’s not just his steadily growing fan base that knows that he’s got something special going on. The former member of Horse Feathers gets a lot of love from other musicians, including being tapped as a special guest for Fruition for last year’s Jam Cruise.To get folks excited about the upcoming debut of his new full-length album, Hold True, in January, Parsons is previewing a track off it, “Stay Close,” before it becomes available to the public on digital stores tomorrow. The bluesy song showcases Brad’s soulful vocals and skills on the guitar and keys, and also features Fruition’s Tyler Thompson on drums and vocals, Jeff Leonard on bass, and Jay Cobb Anderson on electric guitar.Listen to the previously unreleased track, “Stay Close,” below.Make sure to keep an eye out for the full release of his album, Hold True, which features members of Fruition, Trout Steak Revival, and the Drunken Hearts.In addition to a tour in the works to accompany the album drop, friends in the Pacific Northwest can check Brad Parsons out with the Lil’ Smokies and Head for the Hills tonight at the Star Theater in Portland. He and the Lil’ Smokies will continue onto the Green Frog in Bellingham, WA on Friday and the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA on Saturday.
78-year-old screen icon Diahann Carroll has withdrawn from the upcoming Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun midway through rehearsals, with LaTanya Richardson Jackson now taking over the role of Lena Younger. Interestingly, 64-year-old Jackson is only five years older than leading man Denzel Washington, who will play her son, Walter Lee Younger.The Kenny Leon production of the Lorraine Hansberry masterpiece has skewed older in its casting from the start. At 59, Washington is more senior than Broadway’s previous Walters, 34-year-old Sean Combs in the 2004 revival and 32-year-old Sidney Poiter in the 1959 original. And in the role of Lena Younger, Phylicia Rashad was 55 when she earned a Tony in the revival and original star Claudia McNeil was only 41 when she originated the role opposite Poitier!Jackson, who is married to screen and stage star Samuel Jackson, was seen on Broadway in the 2009 revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Off-Broadway credits include Love, Loss and What I Wore, For Colored Girls…, Elliot Loves and From the Mississippi Delta. In addition, she has dozens of film and TV credits.A Raisin in the Sun will start performances on March 8 at the Barrymore Theatre, with opening night set for April 3. The limited run is set to end on June 15. In addition to Washington and Jackson, the cast features Tony winner Anika Noni Rose and Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo, who will make her Broadway debut as Washington’s wife, Ruth.Get your tickets now for this one. No, seriously! View Comments Diahann Carroll Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Star Files A Raisin in the Sun Related Shows LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Central Vermont reports second quarter earnings RUTLAND – Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) has reported consolidated second quarter earnings of$3.5 million, or 27 cents per basic and diluted share of common stock. This compares to second quarter2003 earnings of $5.1 million, or 40 cents per basic and diluted share of common stock.For the first six months of 2004, CV reported earnings of $13.9 million, or $1.10 per basic and $1.09 per dilutedshare of common stock, a $3.8 million increase from a year ago. Earnings for the first six months of 2003 totaled$10.1 million, or 80 cents per basic and 79 cents per diluted share of common stock.On Jan. 1, 2004, subsidiary Connecticut Valley Electric Company (“CVEC”) completed the sale of substantiallyall of its plant assets and franchise. In the second quarter of 2003, when the sale became probable, CVEC’soperations were required to be presented in the financial statements as discontinued operations. Net income fromdiscontinued operations for the first six months of 2004 amounted to $12.3 million, reflecting a gain, net of tax, of$12.3 million, or $1.02 per basic and $1.01 per diluted share of common stock. Second quarter 2004 net incomefrom discontinued operations amounted to 1 cent per basic and diluted share of common stock. This compares to2003 net income from discontinued operations of 2 cents and 6 cents per basic and diluted share of common stockfor the second quarter and first six months.For accounting purposes, components of the CVEC transaction are recorded in both continuing and discontinuedoperations in the consolidated income statement. In addition to the gain on the asset sale, described above, CVrecorded a loss on power costs, net of tax, of $8.4 million relating to termination of the power contract betweenCV and CVEC. When the two accounting transactions are combined to assess the total impact of the sale, theresult is a favorable net impact of $3.9 million, or 32 cents per basic and diluted share of common stock.Quarterly Performance SummaryUtility Business – Continuing OperationsOperating revenues decreased $6 million, pre-tax, in the second quarter of 2004 compared to the same periodin 2003, primarily due to the following factors:” The Jan. 1, 2004 termination of the power contract with CVEC decreased revenue by $2.4 million.” Resale sales decreased $4.3 million primarily due to fewer mWh available for resale. The volumedecrease resulted from second quarter 2004 scheduled nuclear plant outages at Vermont Yankee andMillstone Unit #3, and a 19-day unscheduled outage at Vermont Yankee beginning June 18, partiallyoffset by additional mWh available for resale due to the termination of the power contract with CVEC.” Retail and firm sales increased $0.5 million due to increased sales volume, and other operating revenuesincreased $0.2 million.Purchased power expense decreased $3.1 million, pre-tax, in the second quarter of 2004 compared to the sameperiod in 2003 as a result of the following factors:” Power purchases primarily under long-term contracts decreased $8.8 million, due to a scheduled outage atVermont Yankee in April 2004 and a 19-day unscheduled outage at Vermont Yankee beginning June 18due to a transformer fire at the plant, and lower deliveries under the Hydro-Quebec contract.