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first_imgBack in Brooklyn for their second year, the Vulf has officially landed. Kicking off the first evening of their three-night run at the famed Brooklyn Bowl, with proper fist-pumps galore, the LA-based, Michigan-transplants returned to the stage after an impressive SummerStage debut last night. To follow up the sweet summer evening in Central Park would have been a difficult task for most, especially considering their tight and narrow songbook, but fans of Vulfpeck were treated nonetheless to yet another incredible evening of music.For the second night in a row, the four-piece rhythm section featured some of their musical idols and frequent collaborators, including guitarist Cory Wong, keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Joey Dosik, percussion master Richie Rodriguez, trombonist Melissa Gardiner, vocal powerhouse Antwaun Stanley, and of course (drum roll, please), Bernard Purdie. Pretty Purdie has been a lifelong musical icon to those hailing from Vulf Records, so to play together – for several nights in a row – was an obvious honor for all those involved.Only the real Vulf-freaks got Brooklyn Bowl tickets during the few minutes they remained on-sale following the run’s initial announce. The evening’s ceremony began with a “Speed Walker” > “Sky Mall” narrative, with Cory Wong immediately taking his place as an obvious “should-be” member of the band, earning his position to remain on stage throughout the entire set.The night was moving at a comfortable speed, progressing in levels similar to a video game, 1…2…3…! before “Fugue State” showed up to roll the dice into another Woody Goss classic, “The Birdwatcher.”The anthemic “Rango” screamer showcased another heavy Wong highlight, proving his seriously spec-strat-ular musical prowess before the crowd joined in for some Theo Katzman-led bee-bop, scooby-doo’s. It wasn’t long before “Christmas in BK” became a venue-wide chant – bringing the collective energy in the room to its first real peak.Bernard Purdie was then introduced by a room full of chanting lovers, for Steely Dan‘s classic “Kid Charlemagne” with Katzman doing an admirable job imitating Donald Fagen on vocals, while also keeping perfect harmony with Wong to re-create Larry Carlton’s famous guitar solo. Rodriguez added his impressive fills throughout, confirming his two-year residency with Vulfpeck NYC shows and seat on 2015’s Thrill of the Arts. The feel good attitude was contagious as all getout, with shoulder snaps all around as the band spread their smiles of gratitude in playing alongside the drummer responsible for the original recording itself.Joey Dosik, the true “Game Winner”, joined the stage to lead through his tune with the band that helped popularize it. A fantastic sing-a-long for all members of the Vulfpack, now featured on their newest shirts of merchandise, and perhaps a slight inspiration to their upcoming album title The Beautiful Game (due out October 17th). The undeniable musical charm of the LA-based songwriter was an important member of the night, as he also performed in the opening slot in support of his recently-released Game Winner EP.With Purdie still on stage, Stratton called the drummer out to perform his legendary “Purdie Shuffle,” leading directly into “Something” by The Beatles, which was performed live only once previously on the night before. It was a true magical moment, as Vulfpeck surrounded themselves with the exact players needed to take their musicianship to an obvious next level.Dosik remained on the stage for another cover, The Jackson 5‘s “Never Can Say Goodbye”, before signaling the final drum kick – subsequently leading every musician in the room to dramatically fall to their knees in gratuitous awes of the legend before them. The expressions across the stage were priceless, as the lyrics changed slightly to fit the admiration of the shufflin’ hero in the back.Soon after, Mrs. Alice Stratton – the mother of Vulf Mon – joined the stage to provide a tutorial of the official “Funky Duck” dance. Watch how it all went down below, featuring Antwaun Stanley on vocals and the fabulously funky Melissa Gardiner on trombone:Stanley stuck around for his famous “1612”, providing the code to everyone’s heart before surprising fans with their favorite Stevie Wonder cover of “Boogie On Reggae Woman”, featuring Katzman on the talkbox and another Wong shred-confirmation.“Wait For The Moment”, Stanley’s first big dig from 2013’s My First Car was another moment for Vulf-fanatics, as they reminisced to past times spent on the Internet watching the geniuses before they’d explode. It was a true sing-a-long from the heart, with a pulsating trombone from Gardiner to follow the piano’s typically closing notes. The conclusion of the song ultimately ended in a classically-trained “jam”, of which Jack explained, “oh, this is a conference call now” in reference to the musical communication happening between the improvisational players.The crowd was once again given the opportunity to join in on the “Back Pocket” sing-a-long, dividing the room into vocal sections that ultimately harmonized a vibrational energy so thick that it had the potential to start an actual fire. As if it wasn’t hot enough, Gardiner joined in for a show-stopping trombone solo – literally. The band lost themselves for a second, having to stop the music completely to relocate their place – and like true professionals, they used the time to provide a teaching moment to the audience of music appreciators. The Pocket resumed and it continued to broaden.Then there was “Beastly”… Can I get a hallelujah for Joe Dart? With bass lines soaring from traditional 60’s Motown to a neck-breaking, head-snapping, and rip-roaring, almost psychedelic funkitude, the world must wonder how many love letters he has in his back pocket (a pocket so deep, you can practically drown in it).“Outro” closed the night with the return of Joey Dosik – only this time, he stood impressively with the alto saxophone, a necessity to the 2012 Vollmilch opener. The band clearly planted a seed when they played the Bowl last year, and its starting to bud into something truly special. Jack Stratton, the true bandleader, the Vulf Mon, the rotating instrumental genius, the one with the jokes, the one who can jump super high, the absolute mind-keeper of the entire operation, closed the night with the final bow – as the crowd. went. meltingly. wild.The machine is well-greased and ready to go for a night two tonight, with a promise of many special guests. See you there.Thanks to taper Eric McRoberts, we can stream some full audio from last night’s exciting Brooklyn Bowl run opener. Check out the full stream here, and see below for a beautiful gallery of images as taken by Patrick Hughes/Faces of Festivals. Enjoy the grooves!Setlist: Vulfpeck at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 9/8/16Speed Walker/ Sky Mall, Fugue State, Birdwatcher, Rango, Christmas in LA, Kid Charlemagne, Game Winner, Something, Never Can Say Goodbye, Funky Duck, 1612, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Outro[4k videos via LazyLightning55a] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgThe Islamic State (ISIS) has strengthened its grip in its Libyan stronghold Sirte as new recruits and foreign fighters join its ranks while world attention focuses on Iraq and Syria.Experts and sources in Libya say Sirte has become a new focal point for the militant group as it comes under increasing pressure in its traditional Iraqi and Syrian power bases.“It is clear ‘ISIS central’ made an investment on Libya a long time ago,” in a strategy dating back almost two years, said Mattia Toaldo, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “Foreign fighters from North Africa are increasingly flocking to Sirte rather than going all the way to Syria.”Exploiting the chaos in Libya as rival militias and governments battled for power, Daesh seized Sirte in June, beheading and putting on crosses the bodies of militiamen who had been fighting them in the coastal city.Officials in the army loyal to the internationally recognised authorities in the east say Sirte, the hometown of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has become a destination of choice for new recruits.“Sirte is now the center … where new recruits are trained and instructed in the ideology of ISIS,” said Mohammad Hijazi, a spokesman for the military led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar.“Hundreds of foreign fighters have flowed in from Tunisia, Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria to be trained and ready to carry out attacks in other countries,” said an army colonel who spoke on condition of anonymity.A Foreign Ministry source said the number of Daesh recruits in Sirte was “several thousand” and growing, thanks to the “pressure” the militants are being put under in Iraq and Syria. Another government official said the “strikes against Daesh [in Iraq and Syria] could force it to relocate its leaders and command centres to Libya.”The United Nations, in a report issued Tuesday, estimated that the number of Daesh fighters in Libya is 2,000 to 3,000, including 1,500 in Sirte.“Everything has changed in Sirte. Daesh fighters roam the streets as though at home,” a former leader in Sirte’s local council said.“They do checks to make sure people aren’t skipping prayers and enforce Shariah law, and women are rarely seen” in public, said the former official who fled to Misrata, located halfway along the coast to the Libyan capital.The group strives to give the impression that life in Sirte is normal, staging events to publicise the opening of new bakeries or butcher shops while distributing videos of punitive amputations.“Islamic State [Daesh] recognises that the chaotic situation in Libya offers it the opportunity to develop its influence network,” risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft said.“It is likely to be able to maintain a substantial presence that supports its network across the region for as long as the civil war persists.”“It is clear ‘ISIS central’ made an investment on Libya a long time ago,” in a strategy dating back almost two years, said Mattia Toaldo, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.“Foreign fighters from North Africa are increasingly flocking to Sirte rather than going all the way to Syria.”Exploiting the chaos in Libya as rival militias and governments battled for power, ISIS seized Sirte in June, beheading and putting on crosses the bodies of militiamen who had been fighting them in the coastal city.Officials in the army loyal to the internationally recognised authorities in the east say Sirte, the hometown of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has become a destination of choice for new recruits.“Sirte is now the centre… where new recruits are trained and instructed in the ideology of ISIS,” said Mohamed Hijazi, a spokesperson for the military led by General Khalifa Haftar.“Hundreds of foreign fighters have flowed in from Tunisia, Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria to be trained and ready to carry out attacks in other countries,” said an army colonel who spoke on condition of anonymity.A foreign ministry source said the number of ISIS recruits in Sirte was “several thousand” and growing, thanks to the “pressure” the jihadists are being put under in Iraq and Syria.Another government official, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, said the “strikes against Daesh (in Iraq and Syria) could force it to relocate its leaders and command centres to Libya.”The United Nations, in a report issued on Tuesday, estimated that the number of ISIS fighters in Libya is 2 000 to 3 000, including 1 500 in Sirte.last_img read more

US pledges support for Guyana’s development

January 12, 2020 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_imgUS Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchThe governments of Guyana and the United States of America (USA) have once again pledged their commitment to support and cooperation, as they aim to strengthen bilateral agreements with each other.This message was conveyed during a reception at the US Ambassador’s residence on Friday evening to celebrate the country’s 243rd Independence Anniversary.President David Granger – whose Administration is now a caretaker Government following the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling that it was toppled after the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018 – who delivered remarks at the event, recognised that the two countries have shared excellent relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties back in 1966.“Our countries have cultivated a strong, stable and sound relationship over the past 53 years. Guyanese are bound by history, kinship and friendship to the USA, the largest economy and the third-largest country in the world. Guyana and the USA have founded their friendship on the principles of mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security” the President said.On that note, the Head of State highlighted the numerous cooperation programmes and investments made by the United States, which have contributed to the country’s national development and social change. In addition, the President underscored that Guyana looks forward to continued cooperation with the country as it is a significant trade and investment partner.Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch pledged her country’s continued support and cooperation in Guyana’s future development.“We continue to collaborate with Guyana in preparation for this new days; partnering on the security front to make Guyana safer and more secure; partnering on the governance front to improve transparency and accountability and to reduce corruption; partnering on the economic front to increase trade and US investments in Guyana. Our partnership will continue to thrive and be successful with strong US and Guyanese leadership,” she explained.The Ambassador also used the opportunity to urge all of the country’s leaders to play their role in ensuring that Guyana is positioned for success.“I urge all Guyanese, Government officials, leaders and members of the Opposition, civil society and youth to help your country on its journey to success,” Lynch asserted.The event was attended by both members of the now caretaker Government and the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – along with members of the diplomatic community and civil society.last_img read more

first_imgA convicted sex offender who rubbed his erect penis off a young woman’s leg in a busy Donegal nightclub has been ordered to undergo treatment.William Friel, 63, from Dunaff, Clonmany admitted to the assault which occurred on the 17th of May 2014. Friel, who is a well-known GAA official couldn’t explain his actions on the night in question and said he was simply ‘overcome’ at the time he committed the sexual assault. Judge Paul Kelly commended the victim  who wishes to remain anonymous – for the way she conducted herself during the case.At a previous court hearing regarding this sexual assault – the case was adjourned so a detailed probation report could be complied on Mr Friel.At today’s sitting Judge Paul Kelly endorsed the findings of the probation report and imposed a 12-month probation supervision sentence.He also instructed Mr Friel to undergo treatment for his offending behaviour.MAN WHO RUBBED HIS PENIS OFF WOMAN’S LEG IN DONEGAL NIGHTCLUB GIVEN PROBATION was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsnewslast_img read more