Looking In At The Super Groups And Tributes At This Year’s Catskill Chill Festival

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgWe 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.last_img read more

The kindest cut

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who has sold a home knows a manicured landscape will sellyour property faster and for a higher price. Pruning trees andshrubs adds value to any home landscape.Proper punning produces landscapes with trees and shrubs thatlook natural and accentuate architectural designs. Mosthomeowners are primarily interested in getting the most flowersand maintaining the size and shape of their trees and shrubs. Butthisrequires a basic understanding of how plants grow and flower.For example, forsythias and azaleas set flowers during theprevious summer, so prune them after they flower. If you prunenow, you’re removing flowers or buds waiting to open.The proper pruning technique for these plants, after theybloom, is called thinning. Thinning will encourage a balancegrowth that allows light to penetrate and air to move inside theplant canopy. Plants with open canopies have more flowers andfewer diseases.Crape myrtlesCrape myrtles, like most plants that flower in the summer, setflowers on the current season’s growth. Prune these plants inlate winter to early spring.Assuming there are no more frosts left this winter and youhaven’t already done it, now would be the best time to prunecrape myrtles.Roses seem to like to be pruned. Look for buds with five leafletspointing toward the outside of the canopy — at the axis of thiscompound leaf is the flower bud. So, the more often you prune,the more flowers you’ll have.In the home orchard, pruning will help you establish and maintainproductive trees. One commercial muscadine grower told me that inthe year after she put some pruning coaching to work on hermuscadines, she had “tons of grapes.” Proper pruning can make ahuge difference in yields.Fruit plantsMuscadines can be pruned anytime they’re dormant. Vines pruned inlate winter to early spring are less likely to be damaged bycold. If you let grape vines go unpruned, they tend to produceheavily every other year, but the grapes will be inferior.Fruit tress must be trained in the early years to develop aproductive scaffold. Once the trees mature, prune to increaseproduction and to keep the overall tree vigorous.Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science. Proper pruning willassure that the trees will stay healthy while they produce plentyof fruit.To learn more about pruning fruit and landscape plants, contactthe county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service.last_img read more

America is hurt by drugs, immorality

October 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgToday, many, many folks (too many, in my book) are plied with psychotropic, mind-altering drugs, of which little is known as to the effects. After all, the bottle states, “Do not drive or operate dangerous equipment while on this medication.” Hmmmm?Vehicles, driven while under the influence/drugs/alcohol, are the most dangerous of all. One never finds out what these drivers were on or were supposed to be on — an unfortunate accident. Alcohol is mentioned if drunk driving is involved. Drugs? Never or seldom mentioned. Texting? Hmmmm?It seems to me that these killers should be checked for what medications are in their bodies and this information should be released to the public for discussion. Of late, the over-prescription of pain meds are a tremendous problem and all kept under the wraps of doctor and patient confidentiality. In my book, it seems, it’s kind of like the fox being in charge of the chicken coop.The huge pharmaceutical industry in this country should be held responsible, in some way, for its indiscretions in pursuit of profits. Where the hell is common sense?Leonard MullerGreenfield Center Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What? Again? Some stupid individual killed a bunch of folks, in a church no less? What in hell is wrong in this country? These things have happened in the past, but not with the frequency of late.Crimes of passion have been around forever. I guess it’s a very negative part of our human nature. But that usually doesn’t involve wanton, multiple killing of innocents. What is happening? Guns? Drugs? It used to be that folks were taught right from early youth a vast respect for firearms. I was.My friends and classmates were. Dangerous things, these tools of sporting/practice/hunting/self protection and war. It seems today that much of the media portrays guns in a horrific shoot’em up manner. (Of course, in my day, Western shoot-ups were a TV staple.)center_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Crentsil elected GFA Vice President

August 28, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association today elected Fred Crentsil as the Vice President.Crenstil, an Ex.Co member stood unopposed for the Vice President position.In accordance with the GFA Statutes, the Ex.Co at its meeting on Tuesday, September 25, Crentsil now fills the vacancy left following the passing away of Jordan Anagblah, four months ago.“The GFA is currently strategizing to come with its four-year business plan geared towards making football development in Ghana globally competitive,” Crentsil said.“The strategic focus as envisioned would be a five-tier approach that would deepen and rekindle the future prospects of Ghana football“With the help of my colleagues and friends in Ghana football administration we will drive this agenda forward to continue to enhance the status of Ghana in world football.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Rob Pelinka praises Luke Walton’s ‘coolness’

August 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWalton also found it “obviously nice to have the upper management supporting what you’re doing.”“It gives you the confidence to make the decisions you feel are best for the team,” Walton said. Everyone has been great since we’ve been here. So that hasn’t really been an issue. We know we have a lot of work to do. We have to get the team a lot better.”Walton already spoke with Pelinka “about a bunch of things,” including the dynamic between the front office and the coaching staff.“It’s important we can both be honest with each other even if we don’t agree,” Walton said. “If it’s a basketball decision, I’ll have the ultimate say. If it’s a personnel decision, he’ll have the ultimate say. But we’re going to do that with constant conversation going on and not having to worry about hurting the other guys’ feelings if we disagree on things.”Walton also agreed with an idea Pelinka shared during his introductory news conference.“Why not reach out to some of the titans of business and have them come and enrich the players and give talks?” Pelinka said. “Every agent in the business knows if you could place a client anywhere in the world, especially given the leadership we have in place now, this is the best place.”During the past two seasons as a Golden State assistant, Walton saw the value in Warriors coach Steve Kerr bringing in guest speakers, ranging from the NAVY Seals, authors and NFL personnel.“I love it,” Walton said. “We have a lot of brilliant people that are successful that live in LA. A lot of them are Lakers fans. Whether you’re talking about business, basketball or whatever it is, when you’re successful at something, you can share characteristics and experiences that carry over no matter what the job is.”New opportunity, new goalsThe Lakers signed guard David Nwaba to a second-day 10-day contract on Saturday after liking his defensive intensity. But after averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11.2 minutes through five appearances, the former Los Angeles University High and Cal Poly standout will define success in his second stint in another way.“I have a lot to prove,” Nwaba said. “I don’t feel like I’ve shown everything on defense or on offense. My first term, I was just trying to get used to everything with the plays and playing at this level. I feel more comfortable.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> The results eventually led to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka overseeing the Lakers’ front office. With the Lakers (20-45) entering today’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-42) at Staples Center with the NBA’s second-worst record, Johnson and Pelinka unsurprisingly plan to make additional changes both in personnel and in ideas.Through the Lakers’ frustration amid their fourth consecutive season that will end in missed playoff appearance, however, neither Johnson nor Pelinka found any issue with Lakers’ first-year coach Luke Walton. During his introductory news conference as the Lakers’ new general manager on Friday, Pelinka shared some findings based on informal conversations with his former clients at Landmark Sports Agency and others around the NBA.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Everyone loves you,” Pelinka said. “You have this genuine honesty and coolness about you that just makes every player in the league want you to be their coach.”Walton respectfully disagreed he has won the NBA’s popularity contest.“I don’t think that’s true,” Walton said after practice Saturday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “I’m sure there are a couple of players you can ask on the team that don’t think very highly of me. But it’s nice of them to say.”last_img read more