Jam fans have taken note of Owen York, as the 13-year old pianist first turned heads with a show-stopping four-hour performance in January for Umphrey’s McGee fans. The popularity for York’s mash-up piano medleys has only grown, and he even got to perform a cover of David Bowie on the floor of Madison Square Garden! Very cool.Today we’re delighted to share a brand new venture for York, as he debuts an instrumental jazz composition entitled “Lotos.” The three-minute piece sees the young pianist tackle an intricate composition in style. Accompanied by British drummer Matt Griffiths, “Lotos” showcases the skills that earned Owen York a seat as the youngest member of Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble, an elite group of musicians from New York and New Jersey.Watch the video of Owen York’s “Lotos,” taken in July at the French Woods Camp in Upstate New York.Be sure to check out York’s YouTube channel for covers and medleys of Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Beck, Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Gorillaz, Outkast, Mashups and more!
On Saturday night, Lotus wrapped up their three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl in spectacular fashion, keeping the momentum going with their third-straight sold-out show with help from Portland, ME favorites, JAW GEMS.The snappy “Wax” is arguably of the band’s best opener, with a bounce that’s easy for the crowd to catch onto. Although it was a standalone, it was far from boring. Next, the band played “Jiggle”, one of the songs off of their 2018 album, Frames Per Second. The lights went down as they dropped into one of their classics, “Livingston Storm”. The band surprised many in the audience from there as they jammed “Livingston” into “Sleep When You’re Dead” before closing the set on a high note with “Jump Off”.The second set was a level up from the first—a prime example of why Lotus is one of the best jamtronica acts in the scene. Opening with a beastly “Juggernaut”, the band instantly had the crowd floored. The set featured two extremely exploratory segments. The first was “Neon Tubes pt. I” > “Lucid Awakening”, featuring a silky smooth transition and a memorable jam out of the pairing’s second half. The ambient psychedelia of “Blue Giant” served as a well-received landing pad for this improvisational exploration.While “Neon Tubes pt. 1” > “Lucid Awakening” was surely a highlight, “Did Fatt” > “Neon Tubes pt. II” was arguably the standout segment of the night, as every band member shined at different moments. After closing with “Shimmer and Out”, Lotus encored with one of their most popular songs, “Spiritualize”.With that, another successful Lotus Brooklyn Bowl run is in the books. Fans from all over the northeast flocked to New York City to see what Lotus would bust out this weekend, and from the looks of it, everybody seemed to be pretty content with the experience. One of the best things about this band is their versatility—that’s one of the things that keeps people coming back.Related: Lotus’ Luke Miller Expresses Elation & Gratitude Ahead Of Red Rocks ThrowdownNext up, Lotus will be in Harrisburg, PA on April 18th and in the nation’s capital on April 19th and 20th. If you didn’t get to see them this past weekend, you should consider making it out to one of their upcoming shows! Check out a list of their upcoming tour dates here.Setlist: Lotus | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/6/19Set 1: Wax, Jiggle, Livingston Storm> Sleep When We Are Dead, Milk & Honey, Jump OffSet 2: Juggernaut, Neon Tubes> Lucid Awakening, Blue Giant, Did Fatt> Neon Tubes Pt. 2, Shimmer And OutEncore: Spiritualize
British Airways (BA) has refused to renew the contract of Paul Spencer, chairman at both of the airline’s pension funds, due to an apparent disagreement over investment policy. Spencer has been chair of the £11.7bn (€16.6bn) New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS) and the £7.3bn Airways Pension Scheme (APS) since 2010 on a five-year contract.The industry veteran also chairs the £40bn BT Pension Scheme and the Rolls-Royce Pension Scheme, some of the UK’s largest corporate pension funds.According to a source close to the trustee board, BA’s decision stemmed from a disagreement between the airline and Spencer and his board over the de-risking of the NAPS. Spencer supported de-risking and a shift towards liability-matching, the source said.However, with fewer growth assets, this would have entailed a reduction in expected return calculations, as well as potentially higher contributions from BA.The NAPS had a deficit of £1.9bn at the end of March 2013, as the scheme currently undergoes its triennial review, with results expected in a few months.The trustees agreed a funding plan with the airline to eliminate the deficit by 2026 that saw £242m in deficit contributions in the year to April 2014.The NAPS opened prior to the airline’s privatisation by the UK government in 1987 and replaced the APS with higher contributions and less generous indexation.Its last annual report to April 2014 said it had around 70% of its assets in equities, private equity, alternatives and property.It also has 25.7% in bonds, 10.9% of which is in index-linked UK Gilts, with around 32% of its 67,000 members actively accruing benefits.Spencer and his board have butted heads with the airline in the past, as British Airways sued its own trustees for offering a discretionary increase in the APS.BA argued that the trustee board lacked the legal right to act without its permission.
“I’m trying to instil in them not to be scared to lose,” he said. “If anyone should be scared to lose then it should be me. But I’m not. “I want to go out on the front foot and, if I die, I die on my sword. “Why do we need to be more pragmatic? I would never be pragmatic. I’ve done it a few times but I don’t like myself for it.” Sherwood knows his status is out of his hands, with the next match with Swansea rumoured to be a crunch game for the former Tottenham boss amid suggestions Villa are lining up his successor. “I can only control what I can do and I remain confident in that,” Sherwood added. “The boys have responded. I need the boys to respond and I think they did and did what I asked them to.” Sherwood pointed to the youth and potential in Villa’s squad and hopes to lead by example, along with their more experienced team-mates. Villa lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Saturday, falling to a seventh loss from nine Premier League games this season and 18th in the table. Sherwood’s future is the subject of speculation, but he wants his team to go on the attack. “I think they look around for inspiration and I’m trying to give as much as I can,” he added. “They would also look at Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Alan Hutton. Certainly, Hutton and (Kieran) Richardson have been at the club for a long time now. “They are looking at them now and seen them experience it for many years, far too many years. “We are in it again and we’ll get through it. If we do, then this group of players will grow. “If you want to play for a big club like Villa then you’ve got to take pressure otherwise play for a smaller club in a lesser league. “I realise that comes with pressures, with the manager as well, and I hope they can see me. I won’t shirk away. “I can take a lot of inspiration from people like Alan Pardew, who was screamed out of town in Newcastle and look at him now.” Press Association Tim Sherwood says he is prepared to “die on my sword” as he tries to encourage Aston Villa to play their way out of trouble.
Ghana’s hopes of playing Olympic Games football for the first time since 2004 will hang on a victory against South Africa in Friday’s 3rd/4th place playoff match in the U-23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.The Black Meteors face South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium to see which team gets the final ticket in Tokyo 2020.Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire already have the other two by virtue of their place in the AFCON final.Ghana suffered a painful 3-2 penalty shootout loss to Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday and they will have make amends and beat South Africa for the place in Tokyo.Head coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has said that he and his technical team have given the players the needed boost for the match and is confident that they will rise above the loss to the Ivorians and attain their objective.“The semifinal defeat is history now. We spoke with the players and they know the importance of this match. There is one last chance to go to the Olympics and we will do everything not to miss it.”His sentiments are shared by team captain, Yaw Yeboah who believes that going to Japan will be the way to reward themselves after going a very challenging qualifying series and the main tournament.“It will be a very complicated and tough match. With all what we’ve done, it will be difficult to leave without anything at all. We will give our best to get this Olympic qualification.”The match kicks off at 2:30pm Ghana time in Cairo and it precedes the final between Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire.
View this post on Instagram We are doing MMA great again in @combateamericas and this week…it’s fight week in #dallastexas go and witness why we have the best ratings, the best live events and why everybody talks about Combate Americas around the world 🌎 #sisisiseeyouthere . . Amigos es Semana de Combate Americas con #combatedallas y nosotros seguimos con la misión de hacer el deporte del #mma grande otra vez y al mismo tiempo seguir dándole al peleador latino el lugar que se merece en nuestro deporte. Los esperamos este viernes 1 de noviembre para que vivan una noche de Mucha Más Acción 👊🏻 . . #albertodelrio #albertoelpatron #doscarasjrA post shared by Alberto El Patron (@prideofmexico) on Oct 29, 2019 at 1:53pm PDTThe promo was El Patron’s way of plucking at both the 45th Commander-in-Chief and Ortiz in one shot … and for good reason.The former WWE superstar and first Mexican WWE champ doesn’t appreciate Trump’s divisiveness, especially in accordance to the portrayal the president paints of Mexicans entering the U.S.“I was born in Mexico, but I was made in America,” El Patron told Sporting News. “I’ve had the privilege of becoming American this year on the day of my birthday, May 25. Of course, I’m proud of being Mexican, I’m proud of being brown, but I love this country. Just like me, there’s millions and millions of people coming to this country to work hard and live the American dream.“But the moment you start pointing fingers and saying this country is this, this country is that, these people are this, these people are that, you make people fight,” he continued. “When you say Mexicans are this and that, you put the people, not just the country, but the people in a really bad place.”The fact that Ortiz, whose father is Mexican, is a proud and open Trump supporter makes El Patron cringe even more. He’s aware of Ortiz appearing on Trump’s former reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but can’t believe that the former UFC champ agrees with the president’s ideals.“I don’t understand why he’s wearing that red hat saying Making America Great Again,” El Patron said of Ortiz donning the MAGA hat. “America has never stopped being great.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“The last time we saw each other, he was wearing a Border Patrol hat,” he added. “He said it was to pay respect to those heroes defending our borders. But why are you doing this when you’re in front of a Mexican that was born in Mexico?”Those political differences helped pave the way for El Patron to face Ortiz in a Combate Americas pay-per-view Saturday night in what has been billed “Tito vs. Alberto: Which side are you on?” The clash will take place at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, right at the U.S.-Mexico border for good measure. The cameras started recording and Alberto El Patron began cutting a promo right on cue as if he were still with the WWE.“Let’s make MMA great again!” he said, his arms crossed, wearing a President Trump-like wig. “That’s what we’re doing in Combate Americas. Titio Ortiz … you and I are going to be facing each other inside la jaula (the cage in Spanish) December the 7th.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year While Saturday is a jam-packed day for combat sports, with Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 happening in Saudi Arabia and the UFC in Washington D.C., Combate has been able to generate plenty of interest with this politically-driven card. Jorge Masvidal, the UFC’s newly-crowned BMF champion, will reportedly be part of Combate’s broadcast booth offering what’s bound to be colorful commentary on Tito vs. Alberto.While El Patron is part of Combate’s front office, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull a Triple H-like move and fight on one of the cards he’s helping to promote.“We’re committed to make this company grow even more,” El Patron said.