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Members Of The Motet, Big G, and Kyle Hollingsworth Band Pay Homage To Herbie Hancock In Colorado

first_imgThis past Thursday night at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO, the funk gauntlet was thrown down, as Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), along with Dave Watts, Joey Porter, and Garrett Sayers (of The Motet), and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) paid tribute to one of the masters of jazz-funk and fusion, none other than Herbie Hancock. As Porter told the crowd, “This is our favorite music to play,” it was quickly realized early on in the first set that his statement was no lie, with the group putting on a collaborative clinic.The two-set show consisted of classic tracks such as “Heartbeat” (from 1975’s Man-Child), “Sunlight” (from the 1978 album of the same name), “Actual Proof” (off of 1974’s Thrust), and “Tell Everybody” (1979’s Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now), among others. Each member of the group displayed the skills necessary to pay homage to one of the OG’s in the jazz-funk scene, which is no easy feat. Porter utilized every key and knob on his setup, while Dom went off on some nasty sax solos. Watts and Sayers are undeniably one of the best rhythm units in the scene today, and Schwindt is essentially the sleeper of the group. He is straight filthy on guitar and deserves way more recognition than what he gets.The crowd responded to the two-set tribute with plenty of moving, grooving, and a whole lot of sweat. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night. The group plays Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with Casey Russell’s Soul Shack tonight, July 29th (purchase tickets here). Check out video from the Aggie show, including video of the band performing the classic 1975 track “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” below:last_img read more

Down’s syndrome advocacy call on Jacinda Arden to confirm time limit for disability abortion

first_imgDown’s syndrome advocacy call on Jacinda Arden to confirm time limit for disability abortion will not be lifted and for Labour Party chief of staff to apologise for threatening action against groupMedia Release – Saving Downs 7 September 2017Family First Comment: Once again, an important call being made…“Down’s syndrome advocacy group Saving Downs are calling on Jacinda Arden to confirm that her pledge to change New Zealand’s abortion laws will not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortion…  In the handful of jurisdictions that have decriminalised abortion – China, Vietnam, Canada and two states in Australia – gestational time limits for disability-selective abortions have been removed and abortion for babies with disabilities are available right up to birth. The main group who have been lobbying for the introduction of the policy, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, have made it clear that they want to introduce abortion right up 40 weeks for children who have disabilities. Saving Downs have spoken to the Labour Party on this issue but they refused to give any confirmation that decriminalisation would not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortions.”Down’s syndrome advocacy group Saving Downs are calling on Jacinda Arden to confirm that her pledge to change New Zealand’s abortion laws will not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortion and for Labour Party chief of staff Neale Jones to apologise for threatening action against the group for voicing their concerns on this issue.In a televised leaders debate earlier this week, Arden pledged to decriminalise abortion saying that abortion “shouldn’t be in the Crimes Act”. She has repeated this in a follow-up statement to the media on Tuesday, but has yet to confirm that she will not be changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortions.The current New Zealand 20 week limit for disability selective abortions is contained in section 187A of the Crimes Act. In the handful of jurisdictions that have decriminalised abortion – China, Vietnam, Canada and two states in Australia – gestational time limits for disability-selective abortions have been removed and abortion for babies with disabilities are available right up to birth. The main group who have been lobbying for the introduction of the policy, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, have made it clear that they want to introduce abortion right up 40 weeks for children who have disabilities.Saving Downs have spoken to the Labour Party on this issue but they refused to give any confirmation that decriminalisation would not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortions.Instead in a phone call on Tuesday evening the group were threatened by Labour chief of staff, Neale Jones, with action for publicly voicing their concerns about Arden’s abortion decriminalisation pledge and the implications it could have for people with Down’s syndrome and their families.Mike Sullivan, head of Down’s syndrome advocacy group Saving Downs and father of Rebecca who has Down’s syndrome said:“All we are asking for here is a simple confirmation from Jacinda Arden that her policy will not be changing the current 20-week limit for disability-selective abortions. We need clarification on this as in every other jurisdiction that has decriminalised abortion, gestational time limits for disability-selective abortions have been removed and abortion for babies with disabilities are available right up to birth. Our families deserve to know where the Labour Party stands on this ahead of the election.”“We have asked Labour chief of staff Neil Jones for confirmation on this. He refused and instead threatened action against Saving Downs regarding our press release and social media posts on this issue. It’s disappointing to see that the Labour Party are trying to bully us into silence over genuine concerns we have about this policy and the implications it would have for people with disabilities and their families.”ENDSlast_img read more

USC baseball falls in its final series of 2018 season

first_imgTrojan Baseball closed out its 2018 regular season by dropping two out of three games to the Cal State Northridge Matadors at Dedeaux Field last weekend. Junior infielder Dillon Paulson totalled 10 home runs in his 2018 season. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanIn Thursday’s series opener, the Trojans fell to the Matadors 1-2 in a 10-inning affair. Both teams scored in the second inning. The Trojans immediately responded to the Matadors’ score with a run from junior third baseman Brandon Perez off a groundout to tie the game. The 1-1 score would hold into extra innings.In the 10th inning, CSUN redshirt junior outfielder Joey Cooper opened the inning with a single to right field. He would advance to second base on a sacrifice bunt and proceed to third on a groundout. A Trojan throwing error allowed Cooper to advance across the plate, granting the 2-1 lead to CSUN. Consequently, the Trojans were unable to match the Matadors score in the bottom of the 10th inning.USC freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt threw 7.1 innings, to be relieved by fellow freshman pitcher John Beller. CSUN junior pitcher Walker Armstrong tossed the first 7.0 innings, and senior Hayden Shenefield pitched for the rest of the game.USC looked to turn the series around on Friday night with a second chance against the Matadors. CSUN drew first blood in the first inning with a five-run performance that the Men of Troy could not match. Senior left fielder Albee Weiss hit a two-run home run that contributed to CSUN’s early dominating lead. Trojan junior starter Quentin Longrie was replaced by freshman Isaac Esqueda for 4 innings, followed by sophomore Chris Clarke who finished the game. USC tried to fight against its first inning deficit but only mustered one run in the second inning and two runs in the third inning. The Men of Troy ultimately fell 3-9 in game two. On Saturday, the Trojans took advantage of their third and final chance by defeating the Matadors 8-4 on senior day. The offense was headlined by junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar’s three-run homer and junior first baseman Dillon Paulson’s two home runs.Redshirt sophomore Kaleb Murphy contributed to the win with a two-run single to knot the score in the fifth inning. Junior pitcher Solomon Bates dominated on the mound for 7.0 innings. Wegman threw the eighth inning, making his first appearance in about 11 weeks, followed by Beller, who tossed the final inning to close the win for Bates.“It’s been huge going out on Sundays and being able to salvage series or even win series with [Bates],” Paulson said. “He’s given us his all the whole year and it was nothing different today.”USC concluded its 2018 season with a 26-28 record. This marks the third straight season that the Trojan ball club has failed to achieve a winning record. However, the team’s young roster looks hopeful for the upcoming 2019 season.“It was a great way to send [the seniors] off with a win,” head coach Dan Hubbs said after the game. “Our guys are learning how to win. It’s a young staff and that bodes well moving forward. The guys know they need to get a little bit stronger to withstand the whole season. I’m excited for the future of the program. Big things are coming.”last_img read more

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