Last Thursday night, Oteil Burbridge, former bassist for the Allman Brothers Band and current low-end master for Dead & Company, brought an all-star collection of friends including Jason Crosby, Scott Metzger, Alfreda Gerald, John Kimock, John Kadlecik, Weedie Braimah to the Suwannee Roots Revival to kick the party off in style. After the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park narrowly avoided the full brunt of Hurricane Michael and hastily built the entire festival, from scratch, in under eight hours, everyone—from the bands to the fans to the production staff—was just happy to even have the party at all. That shared energy and relief mixed with love, hope and dissipated tension came together to create the perfect atmosphere for the loose, soulful sounds laid down by Oteil & Friends.It’s rare to see such balance and across-the-board excellence at a “& Friends” show, but if anyone would be able to put together such a cohesive unit, it’s Oteil. His experience playing in larger-scale bands like the Allman Brothers and Dead & Company has clearly won him the skills to fit the many moving parts together, ensuring that everyone on stage has time to shine. Guitarists Kadlecik and Crosby clearly know their ways around Dead tunes thanks to John K’s history with Dark Star Orchestra & Furthur and Crosby’s ongoing role with Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Family, among other various Grateful gigs. The percussion section of Weedie and John Kimock had the show’s rhythm well in hand, and their feature turn during “Time Is Free” was astounding. You can check that out below!As impressive as the previously mentioned folks were, singer Alfreda Gerald was seemingly on another level all night long. Channelling the vocal chops of the late Aretha Franklin and the energy of a runaway train, she hit each mark and note with such precision, power and soul that it was hard to take your eyes off her. In fact, if it was anyone other than a player of Oteil’s skill and stage presence at the helm, she surely would have stolen the show entirely.There isn’t much to say about Oteil Burbridge that hasn’t been said time and again by hundreds of admirers throughout the years. His playing is intimately emotional. You feel his joy, you feel his sorrow, and you feel it in precisely the manner and the amount in which he intends you to experience it. His passion and joy to simply be playing, to share his love with you, is like an inexorable tide…he simply sweeps you away on a deep resonant frequency.The last notes sounded and the crowd’s pleas for an encore was among the most heartfelt the park has ever heard. As far as a night one headlining stint goes, you can neither ask nor hope for more than Burbridge gave at Roots Revival. Oteil’s ear-to-ear grin at the end said all it needed to say!Below, you can check out some clips from the show courtesy of our own Rex-A-Vision. For more information on Oteil Burbridge’s upcoming shows with various different projects, head to his website.Oteil & Friends – “Time Is Free”Oteil & Friends – “Tore Up”Oteil & Friends – “Run For The Roses”Oteil & Friends – “The Weight”
Ski film legend Warren Miller’s latest flick, Children of Winter, features much of the expected big air action. But this one jumps around the world with a diverse cast of characters to not only show off chops but also expose the fun side of playing on the mountain in winter. Former World Cup speedster Daron Rahlves hits the Alps in Austria but is also filmed at Sun Valley, Idaho, with Colby West and Seth Wescott, who play in the half-pipe, while Michael Franti provides the après-ski soundtrack. He’s not the only musician featured. At Okemo in Vermont, Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard rides with friends Eric Fawcett of N.E.R.D, Adam Gardner of Guster, and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies, before the boys jam in an impromptu classic rock cover band. Other cool footage includes Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley meeting up with former opponent Takehiro Sakamoto in the Japanese Alps.
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Jokowi expressed his disappointment about a report by the COVID-19 task force that 70 percent of residents were still disobeying health protocols, such as failing to wear masks in public.Jokowi stressed the importance of controlling the disease’s transmission within Surabaya and its satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik.Based on a Wednesday report by the East Java COVID-19 task force, Surabaya has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the province with 4,962 cases, followed by the regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik with 1,287 and 534 cases, respectively.Read also: Surabaya urged to reimpose PSBB as infection rates soar“Surabaya can’t control this outbreak alone. Gresik, Sidoarjo and other cities should also be involved in one [unified] system of management because the mobility of people is not limited to Surabaya.”The President suggested that governors and mayors refer to scientific data prior to making COVID-19 policies. “Ask for opinions from scientists, epidemiologists and other experts. Don’t make policies without consulting experts.”Despite the province’s continuing struggle to control the virus, East Java ended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya on June 8 and began a “new normal” phase. (trn)Topics : The President urged COVID-19 task forces at the provincial, regency and municipal levels to cooperate and coordinate to contain the spread of the disease in the region.On Thursday, 247 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in East Java, bringing the total official case tally to 10,545. The province is now slightly behind Jakarta, which has recorded a total of 10,600 cases.Read also: Banjarmasin, Surabaya record highest COVID-19 mortality ratesJokowi said East Java was currently recording the highest daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases of any province in the nation. “However, what keeps us optimistic is the fact that the region also has a good recovery rate, at 31 percent.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged the East Java administration to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region within two weeks.On Thursday, Jokowi visited Surabaya and other cities in East Java, which has become the country’s COVID-19 epicenter after Jakarta. It is his first regional working visit as the government transitions into the so-called new normal period.“I demand integrated and serious controls from all institutions in the region […] so we can handle and lower the number of confirmed cases […] within two weeks,” the President said during a visit to the East Java COVID-19 task force headquarters in the Grahadi building in Surabaya.
Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Manolo Gabbiadini react to their team’s elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)ROME — The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart.The lingering problems affecting Italy’s domestic league might just be the reason for the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Complicated laws and a lack of funding have prevented clubs from building new stadiums. In 2014, the American owners of Roma presented plans for a new stadium but haven’t been able to break ground yet due to a series of bureaucratic delays.“It’s time to make choices that perhaps in the past people didn’t have the courage to make,” Italian Sports Minister Luca Lotti said. “This world needs to be revised from the youth levels on up to Serie A.”Although Italy is no longer the draw it was once for the best in the world, it still has a large contingent of foreign-born players. And that is stunting the development of the country’s talent.Juventus has been the Champions League runner-up in two of the past three seasons, but the Turin squad has heavily relied on Argentine forwards for its success: Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.Federico Bernardeschi, one of Italy’s most talented young forwards, joined Juventus in a 40 million euro ($47 million) transfer this season but has been largely relegated to the bench. So it’s no wonder that Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura used Bernardeschi only in a bench role in the playoff loss to Sweden on Monday.The only Italian who starts for Serie A leader Napoli is winger Lorenzo Insigne, who was also reduced to abench role under Ventura in a widely criticized decision.Meanwhile, Napoli’s Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho was given his first competitive start for Italy in the second leg of the playoff. Eder, another Brazilian-born player, appeared in the first leg.With captain Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi having announced their international retirements, Italy needs a new generation of Azzurri to step up.And the younger players need space in an improved Serie A to become competitive. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Japan wary of Gilas’ speed, offense Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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That was also the year of the “Calciopoli” refereeing scandal that saw Juventus stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated to the second division as punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneA number of top players left Juventus after the scandal and the “Old Lady” of Italian soccer required half a dozen years to recover.In the meantime, the Premier League emerged as the sport’s richest domestic competition while Italy was eliminated in the first round of the last two World Cups. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Premier League is where former Italy coach Antonio Conte now manages at Chelsea, having won the league in his first season. It’s where Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini also won titles at Chelsea and Manchester City, respectively.Fabio Capello coached England from 2008-12 and said he would never be interested in leading Italy’snational team.Any Italian coach who moves to England raves about the facilities there and the packed stadiums. It’s the complete opposite of Serie A, where most of the big squads play in dilapidated stadiums that were last renovated for the 1990 World Cup — the last major tournament that Italy hosted.Of Italy’s six biggest clubs — Juventus, Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Lazio and Napoli — only Juventus has a new stadium that it operates on its own.Milan and Inter play in the city-run San Siro, Roma and Lazio play in the Stadio Olimpico run by the Olympic committee and Napoli plays in the crumbling San Paolo Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View comments