Last night, Athens, GA rockers Widespread Panic continued their Fall Tour with their second and final performance at the newly opened Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. The same rowdy crowd that was there Friday night was back again and then some, as the scene on the boardwalk seemed virtually twice as big as the night before. The cool ocean breeze that swept over the beach pre-show was a welcome change after Friday’s swampy heat, and as a beautiful sunset painted the skies above the venue, a rainbow appeared over Coney Island’s iconic carnival rides.With the breathtaking views–and the strength of Friday’s performance–the audience was already buzzing when the band took the stage. From the opening “Disco”, the band made their intentions clear–tonight was going to be a classic dance party. Fourteen of the twenty songs performed were debuted by the band in 1990 or before, making for a show stacked with early Panic and well-loved cover staples (“Stop~Go”, “C. Brown”, “Conrad”, “Pigeons”, “Driving Song”, and “Tie Your Shoes”: 1986; “Arleen”, “Genesis”, and “Bowlegged Woman”: 1987; “Disco”, and “Jack”: 1988; “Rock”: 1989; “Fishwater” and “Ribs and Whiskey”: 1990).“Disco” dissolved into a spacey, Jimmy Herring-led outro jam. Next, the band launched into a well-executed three-song sequence, flowing seamlessly from “Stop~Go” into “Rock” into “Heroes” without skipping a beat. Another three-song run followed, as “Airplane” kept up the energy in the room before segueing into fan-favorite Winston Riley cover “Arleen” and, finally, into the anthemic “C. Brown”. An emotional “Genesis” came next, before a ripping “Conrad”, put an exclamation point on a top-notch first set.The band kicked off Set 2 with Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Tail Dragger”, a staple of the band’s setlists over the last five years. From there on, Widespread Panic launched into the stratosphere and never looked back, putting on a truly memorable set for the Brooklyn crowd. An excellent “Pigeons” got the ball rolling before segueing into “Jack”. “Driving Song” materialized out of “Jack” to roaring approval from the audience, and segued into an extended “Tie Your Shoes”, which the band brought to a raucous peak before diving into “Pilgrims”. While keyboardist “Jo Jo” Herman was notably “on” all night, “Pilgrims” was where his funky keyboard grooves shined the brightest, propelling some locked-in improvisation that eventually made its way back to a “Driving Song” reprise.Next, singer-guitarist John Bell drove the ladies in the audience crazy (and–lets be honest–the guys too) with a steamy rendition of Tom Waits‘ “Goin’ Out West”, before a rowdy “Fishwater” > “Bowlegged Woman” > “Fishwater” sandwich brought the set to a close.Any devoted fan of any band is well-acquainted with the idea of a “piss break song.” Of course, you hope that every song at a show will be so incredible that you can’t look away, but sometimes nature calls, and a so-so tune can be a greatly appreciated window to take care of business. Last night, Panic caught fire as soon as they hit the stage, and stayed red-hot ’til the final notes rang out. Coney Island Night 2 had no “piss breaks” to speak of, and the ecstatic crowd happily “held it”–transfixed by a band performing at the top of their game.Finally, the band returned for a two-song encore to cap off a stellar weekend on the boardwalk, with the whole theater singing along to “Ribs and Whiskey” and the Talking Heads‘ “Life During Wartime”. After getting their footing in D.C. this past week, Panic truly hit their stride in Brooklyn this weekend. With Fall Tour 2016 heating up, you can expect the band to ride this wave of momentum as they make their way to Philadelphia’s Mann Center tonight.You can watch fan-shot video of “Heroes” and “Pigeons” below, courtesy of YouTube user danfro.“Heroes”“Pigeons”Check out the full setlist below, via PanicStream.9/10/16 – Widespread Panic | Ford Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk | Brooklyn, NYSet 1: Disco, Stop~Go > Rock > Heroes, Airplane > Arleen^ > C. Brown, Genesis^^, Conrad (80 mins)Set 2: Tail Dragger*, Pigeons > Jack > Driving Song > Tie Your Shoes > Pilgrims > Driving Song, Goin’ Out West** > Fishwater > Bowlegged Woman > Fishwater (78 mins)Encore: Ribs and Whiskey, Life During Wartime*** (14 mins)Notes: ^General Echo cover; ^^Jorma Kaukonen cover; *Howlin’ Wolf cover; **Tom Waits cover; ***Talking Heads cover
Organisers of the Delta State Principals’ Cup have expressed readiness for the final match Day of the competition slated for Monday, April 1.The final of the event is billed to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba on Monday and the Head of the Organizing team, Tony Pemu, said yesterday that all was set for the final.Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the state was ready to make the final a classic of sort. Ebie who is also the head of the Local Organising Committee maintained that the tournament had been very explosive from the beginning“The players have displayed so much knowledge of the game and we expect that the teams in the final will give us much to cheer. As organisers we are planning to stage a classical show,” Ebie noted.Pemu said the Local Organising Committee and the organizing team have been working round the clock to perfect all plans for the final.“We had a very colouful final event in the first and second edition of competition. I expect this to be very interesting as well.“Everything needed to make the event memorable for the players and spectators have been put in place. We thank the sponsors and the government of Delta State for the support all through the event.”Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa will lead some members of his executive cabinet to the match just as topshots of the sponsors, Zenith Bank are also expected to be at the Stephen Keshi Stadium to cheer the young footballers competing for honours.Obule Integrated School, Sapele and Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku will compete for honours in the final while Ekpan Secondary School and Comprehensive Secondary School will fight for bronze in the third place shortly before the final.The final of the competition originally scheduled for February 15 this year was moved due to the general elections and the involvement of the state in the series of international games at the venue.Former international, Victor Ikpeba, is expected to lead other top former Eagles stars to the venue for this developmental tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
New cricket board secretary Sanjay Jagdale is quite clear about his priorities. One of his top priorities is to push for organising “good tours” for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams so as to build a strong bench for the senior national side.Jagdale, who is aware of the available young talent as he looked after junior cricket as joint secretary and convened the selection committee meetings till recently, wants matches on these tours to be played on different kinds of pitches to help players improve their skills.The Indore-based Jagdale has taken over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a crucial stage vis–vis the imminent transition in the national team.Soon senior pros like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan would be on their way out and the selectors will have to find com-petent youngsters to step in.That’s why Jagdale wants to organise meaningful junior tours that would throw up youngsters who could slip comfortably into those big shoes.”The BCCI is a well organised and well structured body. Whatever scope of improvement is there, I would like to organise tours for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams with an eye on the future,” Jagdale, who turns 61 on Thursday, told MAIL TODAY in an interview.”I want these to be good tours, which are given more weightage, as preparation is a long-term process.”These tours will help build the bench strength for the senior team and also take care of the fitness-related issues. I’ll try and see that the unfortunate England tour is not repeated.” A former Madhya Pradesh captain, Jagdale, however, felt that tours like England, where the Indian team failed to win a Test or a One-day International or the lone Twenty20 International, happen rarely.advertisementHe said that players are the best judges of their injuries and illnesses, and that they will have to be honest about it. “Ultimately, it comes down to the individual, even if you have physiotherapists accompanying the team. In tennis, if Novak Djokovic gets spasms, he will have to decide if he can play the next tournament or rest,” he said.”I feel most of the players are honest. But still situations like the recent one can be avoided.There’s no foolproof formula to avoid injuries.” A former national selector, Jagdale said that the recent accomplishments of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team were the maximum that a side could achieve.”The team was No. 1 in Test cricket and it won the World Cup. You can’t go higher than where we were two months ago.Most of the credit for that should go to the players,” he averred.Despite that Jagdale is keen to unearth players that would add muscle to the bench. “I want to focus on India ‘A’ tours, which have produced players like Virat Kohli. I believe we are at a crucial stage (of transition) and we have to keep an eye on the future,” he stressed.”There’s talent, but talent alone is not enough. What you do with the talent is important – like how you apply yourself to the game, how much hard work you can put in, and how much can you sacrifice.” Jagdale feels the Vizzy Trophy all-India inter-varsity tournament has been a source of throwing up talented youngsters.But sadly the tournament was not played last season. The BCCI promised to organise it this season before backing out.Now, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) says it will revive it.”BCCI tried our best to help the AIU financially. The University Sports Board will have to come up with some strong ideas. We are open to it. If they come up with something constructive we’ll think about it again,” said Jagdale, himself a product of university cricket.Jagdale pointed out that Sunil Gavaskar too was spotted while in school.He made his Ranji Trophy debut largely on the basis of his heavy scores during the Indian schools team’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1970.”Immediately after Sunil scored a double century there he was called midway to Mumbai and made his Ranji Trophy debut,” recalled Jagdale, a member of that team.
KEMPTVILLE, Ont. — A byelection candidate Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau stumped for in eastern Ontario Tuesday says she believes their party is gaining momentum in territory the Conservatives have owned for 14 years.On a quick afternoon outing, Trudeau and Mary Jean McFall first greeted supporters at a coffee shop in Kemptville, just south of Ottawa, where about 75 people in an overflow crowd waited outside in damp snow for selfies and handshakes.Standing on a chair and speaking to about 50 supporters inside the crammed Geronimo coffee house, Trudeau said this is a good time to talk about the community and the country’s futures. He said in Canadian and global politics alike, people are emphasizing how we’re different from each other, but politics should be about bringing people together.For her part, McFall thanked Trudeau for coming to the riding, calling him the Liberals’ “fearless leader.”But a win in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes would take a big reversal of the Liberals’ recent fortunes there.The riding was previously held by Gord Brown, a Conservative MP who died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this year. He’d won the seat comfortably in every election since 2004; McFall gave him his closest race in the 2015 campaign but still lost by almost 4,000 votes. The Tories are running local councillor and party activist Michael Barrett in Brown’s place.After less than half an hour in Kemptville, Trudeau and McFall moved on to Richard’s Coffeehouse down the highway in Brockville, a town on the St. Lawrence River where McFall was once a councillor herself. (More recently, since the Liberals won power but she didn’t win a seat, she was chief of staff to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.)A few protesters awaited, demanding changes to foster care. There were also signs in a window across the street that showed a General Motors logo and expressed support for the automaker in Canada.“We are so energized that Justin Trudeau came into our riding,” McFall said in Brockville, adding that she believes the Liberals have gained momentum in the region.Richard’s Coffeehouse was crowded enough that not all the selfie-seekers could get one. One lamented she couldn’t make her way to the front of the crowd to see Trudeau — but she figured she’d only make that kind of effort for Elvis Presley or Barack Obama.Within minutes, Trudeau was gone again, back to Ottawa for an evening reception.Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press