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We are so excited for this year’s Catskill Chill!With a new venue (take a virtual tour here) and a stacked lineup, 2016 has all the makings of a banner year for The Chill. Mike Gordon will be on site to headline, along with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, and Lettuce. While the headliners are sure to deliver some power-packed jam, Chill’s unique collaborations and tribute sets are what sets them apart. The Chill goes above and beyond to make sure that Chillfam have a weekend that’s jam-packed with music that everyone loves, and this year is no exception.With that in mind, we put together a list of the best collaborations, jams, and tributes set up for this year’s festival. Catskill Chill is coming up in just a few short weeks, from September 23-25 (tickets available here), so don’t miss out!1. Bitches Bloom: tribute to Miles Davis’ legendary album “Bitches Brew” with Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce). Featuring: Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Erick “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), and Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band)This set is truly a dream. Eric “Benny” Bloom joined Lettuce in 2011, and since then he has taken the improvisational music scene by storm. Constantly featured as a highlight at Lettuce shows, Bloom and his battery mate Ryan Zoidis have also played with a long list of established players, constantly adding a funky element to any stage they grace. After participating in the past several super jams at Bonnaroo, Bloom will be sure bring the thunder as he pays tribute to one of his idols, the legendary Miles Davis, and possibly the most influential Jazz record of all time: Bitches Brew. This is the album where Davis introduced Jimi Hendrix-esque psychedelic guitar playing to the jazz scene, acting as a forefather for jazz fusion, so Deitch, Nigel, Shmeeans, Jesus, and Borham should feel right at home paying homage to one of their icons. Do not miss Bitches Bloom, as it’s sure to be the highlight of a weekend filled with them!2. Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven – Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green), Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), and Clay Welch.This collection of musicians is about to take the world by storm. Reed Mathis, formerly of Tea Leaf Green and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, has been working on this project for years, pulling together some of the biggest musicians in the improvisational music scene to contribute to this “Classical Dance Music” record. Finally, Mathis is taking the project on the road, and he’s bringing Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Cochrane McMillan, and Clay Welch along for the ride with him. Electric Beethoven will be making their East Coast debut at the Chill, and we can’t wait to see what they’re all about and which special guests might be waiting in the wings to join them.Electric Beethoven will also be appearing at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive festival this October 22nd, check out more info on the festival by clicking here.Watch a sneak peak of Electric Beethoven from their first ever performance on August 3rd at Terrapin Crossroads3. Dopapod + Turkuaz are… Dopakuaz!Funk yeah! The power duo of Dopapod and Turkuaz can’t seem to get enough of each other, so they’re bringing their Dopakuaz act back for another tribute set at this year’s Catskill Chill. After last year’s Studio 54 theme, the super group will focus on Yacht Rock, so get ready for all of your favorite hits from Hall & Oates, Toto, Kenny Loggins and more. We can’t wait to sing along to “Africa” with all of our friends at The Chill during Dopkuaz’s huge set!Listen to Dopakuaz crush it at last year’s Catskill Chill below.4. Elise Testone’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Ryan Dempsey (Twiddle), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), and Matt Chase.Get ready for a whole lotta love when Elise Testone takes the stage to lead this Led Zeppelin tribute at Catskill Chill. Testone has been killing it over the past year, bringing her show-stopping vocals on the road with shows like her highly regarded tribute to Amy Winehouse. After crushing that tour, Testone prepares to tackle a whole new beast, taking over the Robert Plant role in Zeppelin, while Dempsey, Carubba, Mayer, Gould, and Chase will add some serious power to their already powerful catalog.Watch Elise Testone absolutely crush “Whole Lotta Love” from her time on American Idol below, courtesy of YouTube user sol loein.5. Pink Talking Fish and Kung Fu are… Pink Talking Fu: Prince BowieThis should be awesome! Pink Talking Fish have been taking the scene by storm with their incredible hybrid tribute fusion sets, whipping from one band to another with ease while creating a fun, cohesive set for all in attendance. Kung Fu is one of the tightest, funkiest rock bands on the scene, and Tim Palmieri can seriously shred on the guitar. Combine the two, and expect musical fireworks. Add the deep catalogs of Prince and David Bowie to the mix, and we are already lining up for a spot on the rail to see this unique collaboration in action. “Heroes” into “Kiss”, anyone?Listen to Pink Talking Fish’s cover of “1999” from Nectar’s in Burlington, VT below, and imagine Tim Palmieri up there shredding with them.6. Particle + The Werks are… PartiWerksGet ready to get down with PartiWerks. Steve Molitz and co. will join forces with The Werks to form a funky electronic dance party that we can’t wait to witness in person. Both bands are versatile, can swing from one genre to another with ease, and play incredible and fun covers, so it’ll be a sight to behold when they collaborate at Catskill Chill this September.Watch Particle cover Beck’s “E-Pro” at Bell’s Back Room in 2014 below.7. Chillfam All Stars Play Michael Jackson – Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), Steve Molitz (Particle), Elise Testone, Adrian Tramontano, Rob Somerville (Kung Fu), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Rob Volo (Deep Banana Blackout), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), and Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz)Chillfam, get ready for your All Stars! The festival has put together an excellent group of musicians to pay tribute to Michael Jackson, with Eric Gould of Pink Talking Fish, Steve Molitz of Particle, and Elise Testone all on the bill, as well as Danny Mayer of Eric Krasno Band and both Adrian Tramontano and Rob Somerville from Kung Fu holding down the rhythm section. Add in the fiery vocals of Shira Elias and horn playing from Rob Volo and Chis Brouwers, and you’ve got a great show in the works. With Jackson’s deep catalog to play with, the sky is the limit for this one-time-only performance.7. Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down – Roosevelt Collier, Eli Winderman and Rob Compa (Dopapod) + Michelangelo Carubba and Taylor Shell (Turkuaz).This set has all the makings of a classic Catskill Chill set. Chillfam legends Eli and Rob from Dopapod and Michelangelo and Taylor Shell from Turkuaz will join forces to form the ultimate backing band for the incredible Roosevelt Collier. Collier is an absolute force on the lap pedal steel guitar, and his prowess is sure to be a perfect fit for this super funky tribute to New York.9. ShwizZ and FiKus return as… ShwiKus: Tribute to the BeatlesChillfam know that it’s not a true Catskill Chill without a wild collaboration between festival favorites ShwizZ and FiKus teaming up for a unique collaboration. his year, they’ll be paying homage to the Beatles, and expectations couldn’t be higher for ShwiKus’ annual team-up at The Chill. ShiwiKus is the Walrus! Goo goo g’joob.10. Michelangelo Carubba’s Sunday Sauce – Nicky Cassarino (The Nth Power), Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz (Particle), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)This set will be a true barnburner in the VIP tent. Michaelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz will be leading the way, and he recruited Nicky and Nate from The Nth Power, Roosevelt Coolier, and Steve Molitz for one of the most unique offerings at the festival. “Sunday Sauce” doesn’t give us too much knowledge on what they’ll be playing, but, if Michelangelo’s annual birthday party at The Hall At MP was any indication, fun covers, obscure funk tracks and a whole lot of smiles as Carubba leads the band through a set of fun material.11. The Heavy Pets’ Tribute To The 80sThe Heavy Pets performed this tribute to the 80’s at AURA Music Festival back in March, and it absolutely crushed. Opening with “Electric Avenue”, the band moved through several 80’s tracks like “1999”, “Everybody Wants to Rule The World”, “I Ran”, and “Rock The Casbah”. This set of fun covers should be an excellent fit for Chill’s vibe, and we can’t wait for The Heavy Pets to bring their tribute up north for what’s sure to be a top musical moment of the weekend.Listen to The Heavy Pets Tribute to the 80s from AURA Festival below.We can’t wait for this year’s Catskill Chill! Head here for tickets, and check out the full lineup posted below. read more
A famous Cape Town tourism hot spot has become somewhat of a sunken graveyard for ships as wrecks begin to pile in the busy harbour. Hout Bay Harbour is one of Cape Town’s tourism jewels and thousands come each year to soak up the seaside atmosphere or take a leisurely trip on a ferry. Its big attraction is seal island which is inhabited by thousands of cape fur seals and is a big hit with tourists but unfortunately Hout Bay has seen better days. Thats because the around 17 ships are wrecked inside the habour,some half submerged others fully,all though a potential dangerThe wrecks are clear to see and some are scattered around busy passage ways in the harbor,others seem to face the same fate in the near future. They been building up over the years,some even on top of each other,some have fallen victim to bad weather but most to crime“The wrecks are a bad thing because they are,apart from being unsightly they a navigation hazard,specifically a pollution hazard,they always leak various fluids into the sea and most of the tourists come here to see the wildlife and obviously if wildlife is affected,tourism will drop off.” Robert King, Skipper/Nauticat ChartersHout Bay harbor’s wrecks may be a sight for soar eyes but they could also harm the local economy,if the nearby seal pollution if affected.For now though,wildlife continues to make Hout Bay a big tourism draw card and with the peak holiday season fast approaching,the wrecks are for the time being seen,as just a minor inconvenience. read more
Leora A. Scudder, 96, of Elk River, Minnesota, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.She was born on September 20, 1919 to the late Alvin and Mary (Brennan) Althoff at Bear Branch, IN.She was a member of the Alliance Church in Aurora. During the war Leora worked as a lathe operator for GE and later helped run a store for her husband and brother-in-law before staying at home to raise her children.Leora is survived by her children, Joseph (Nancy Gray) Scudder of Sycamore, IL and Janet (Joe) Swenson of Ramsey, MN; grandsons, Kyle (Julie) and Ryan (Kayla) Swenson; great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Benjamin, Sullivan, Heidi and Laurel.She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Lawrence; brother, William Althoff, and sisters, Orene Campbell and Mildred Jones.Visitation will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at noon with Pastor Dean Greenwood officiating.Burial will take place in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Memorials are suggested to the Alliance Church of Aurora, Gideons International or Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River. read more
In a game where Scott Tolzien, John Clay, James White, Nick Toon and Lance Kendricks all finished with standout performances, there was arguably an even more impressive aspect of the Wisconsin Badgers’ 41-23 defeat of the Minnesota Gophers Saturday.For UW, the strong statistical performance can be traced back to the offensive line.“Everybody wants to turn their attention the the backs, but for us, our offensive line is the key to our success,” Bielema said. “I’ve said this even going back to fall camp, that those guys have established the leadership roles.”What the final stats from Saturday’s battle for Paul Bunyan’s axe do show is that Scott Tolzien was efficient, completing 17-of-23 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions; the running game was stellar, as both Clay and White eclipsed 100 yards and combined for five touchdowns; and the offense as a whole was careful, turning the ball over zero times.“I thought that was the storyline for the game, our inability to tackle, our inability to shut down the run, to slow the running game down in the second half and their ability to run it,” Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said.“You just got to make the plays; you got to stop the run,” Brewster continued. “That’s the basic premise on which we live by defensively, and we certainly didn’t get the job done there in the third quarter. They just ran the ball that well against us, and that’s really disappointing.”However, as Wisconsin moves forward into the toughest part of its schedule – Ohio State and Iowa are next – the depth of the offensive line may prove to be the Badgers’ biggest strength.With guards Bill Nagy filling in at blocking tight end and Ryan Groy seeing time at fullback, Wisconsin has made a point of playing to its strengths. Saturday’s performance may have been the clearest indication of that, as Tolzien was never sacked, the Badgers outgained the Gophers 473-345 (250-96 on the ground) and only three yards were lost on negative plays all game.As the left side of the offensive line remains as good as ever with left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt, the right side will continue to face the most scrutiny. Yet, while center Peter Konz, right guard Kevin Zeitler and right tackle Ricky Wagner all have proven themselves capable, it will be the depth of the line as a whole that pays the biggest dividends for the Badgers as they prepare for the Buckeyes Saturday night.Valai sits; healthy Toon, Gilreath have solid gamesSafety Jay Valai was a surprise absence in Saturday’s game. The senior captain dressed, but did not take the field against Minnesota after sustaining knee and rib injuries last weekend against Michigan State. Shelton Johnson filled in for Valai and finished with three tackles.“Shelton did a great job,” Valai said. “Shelton’s been solid this whole entire year. He’s a smart football player and he’s from Texas, so you know I got love for my brother. Shelton did a great job, and kept going forward, he’s a smart player, he made tackles and he played great coverage.”With arguably the biggest game of Wisconsin’s season on tap, Valai said he will be ready to go next Saturday night as Ohio States comes to Madison in a showdown that could determine the Big Ten title.“Oh yeah, I gotta be [ready],” Valai said. “We’re playing Ohio State here at night, I can’t miss that out for my senior year, so it’s going to be a fun game.”Meanwhile, receivers Toon and David Gilreath had their best games against the Gophers after returning from injuries. Toon missed weeks two through four with a turf toe injury sustained in the season opener at UNLV, but returned last weekend at Michigan State. Yet the Badgers’ No. 1 receiver was disappointing against the Spartans, dropping two key passes and committing one penalty. Against Minnesota, however, Toon recovered by catching six passes for 52 yards.Gilreath also saw limited time against MSU, catching one ball for 14 yards. Saturday, the senior was on the receiving end of two passes for 59 yards, including one 36-yarder. Gilreath also resumed his duties as kick returner.“I don’t even remember the hit, so it never happened to me,” Gilreath said.Late two-point conversion causes controversyAfter White extended the score to 41-16 on a one-yard touchdown run with 6:39 left in the game, Wisconsin eschewed the extra point and attempted a two-point conversion. Tolzien’s pass fell incomplete, so the score remained the same, but Brewster was visibly upset after the game and expressed his frustration at the perceived attempt at running up the score to Bielema as the coaches met after the game.Bielema said after the game that the decision was based on his situational card coaches have on the sideline that determines when two-point conversions should be attempted.“I know Tim wasn’t happy with it,” Bielema said. “You know what, if I’m down by 25 and it’s in the third or fourth quarter, I would call a play knowing that they’re probably going to run a two-point conversion because that’s what the card says.”As Bielema repeatedly referenced his card – which all coaches have – as the reason the decision was made, Moffitt stated it was simply smart football.“That just make sense to me,” Moffitt said. “I don’t think it is trying to take a shot at them or anything like that. I think it is smart football because this game, anything can happen. You saw their offense, tossing it down the field and they could have scored fast. I don’t think coach Bielema or coach Chryst meant any disrespect by it. It is just smart football.” read more
NASCAR lost one of its legends Friday when Junior Johnson died at age 88. Johnson was one of the most successful drivers and team owners in the sport’s early decades, and he was a part of the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Class in 2010. He also attracted a devoted fan base through his backstory of outrunning the law as he hauled moonshine across North Carolina, an endeavor that, in turn, led to him running stock cars. MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019People associated with NASCAR, in reacting to the news of his death, detailed Johnson’s outsize role in building stock car racing into a national sport:NASCAR statement from Jim France on the passing of Junior Johnson. pic.twitter.com/Kg8aaVitxH— NASCAR (@NASCAR) December 20, 2019No one outside the France family has been more instrumental to the growth of Nascar than #JuniorJohnson, who has passed at age 88. A superstar driver, then multi-championship team owner, he brought RJR/Winston to Nascar, vaulting the sport to national prominence.— Mike Joy (@mikejoy500) December 20, 2019Robert Glenn Johnson, Jr.The Last American Hero.What a Legend.Rest easy Junior. https://t.co/NdSokBy8G0— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) December 20, 2019really saddened by the news of the passing of NASCAR pioneer Junior Johnson. it’s been a tough year for the guys from the early days. 😪 pic.twitter.com/Q4hGgOxr3d— Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) December 20, 2019Every aspiring driver needs to know Junior Johnson’s story. RIP the true soul of NASCAR. Built cars to outrun the law. Then, only legends receive pardons from Presidents. pic.twitter.com/M8fbwthL2U— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 21, 2019Junior Johnson was both an all-time great driver and an all-time great owner as well. His legacy will live on in the sport for generations. pic.twitter.com/E7P7osKWBV— Jaret Lundberg (@IceTitan80) December 20, 2019A one of a kind icon. Larger than life on and off the track.I’ve always dreamed of sitting and listening to Junior Johnson tell stories about his career. I can’t even imagine.Thank you Junior, for everything. pic.twitter.com/1ApTjr2bnS— Seth Sharp (@SethSharp35) December 20, 2019Junior Johnson was one of the coolest people who ever lived. Innovator. Bootlegger. Man’s man. American badass of the highest order.The Last American Hero.One of the great pleasures of my career was sitting alongside him @NASCARHall voting days, and listening.Rest easy, sir. pic.twitter.com/RMKfAoi0Bl— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) December 21, 2019My favorite Junior Johnson story was when I personally went to JJs house at 19 years old trying to get a job in the sport. He was mowing his yard, shut his mower off and just told me the best way to do it. It was a moment engraved in my head forever.Hate to lose these legends.— 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐬 (@racechaser1one) December 20, 2019 read more