The Sam Bush Band Honors Leon Russell, Welcomes Guests At The Boulder Theater

first_imgAfter a lengthy break from The Boulder Theater, the Sam Bush Band made a triumphant, raucous return on Friday night, February 24th. The Energizer Bunny of bluegrass started things out in typical fashion, unleashing a pair of lively bluegrass tunes, “Play By Your Own Rules” and “Transcendental Meditation Blues,” off of his new album, Storyman, to get the crowd moving. With little to prove to his devoted audience, Bush sat back and let his band members shine during the first few songs, particularly banjo player extraordinaire Scott Vestal. Bush took a short break before the next song, introducing it as one of his favorite songs by the late Leon Russell, an early bandmate of his during New Grass Revival’s stint as Leon’s backing band. The band played “One More Love Song” beautifully true to the original, with Bush pouring his heart out in two particularly poignant mandolin solos. It’s often hard to recall all of the great artists Leon Russell collaborated with, but Bush made sure the fans remembered their work together, following up the popular cover with a lesser-known New Grass Revival song.The sprawling set continued with a loose, funky take on Allen Toussaint’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley.” Made famous by Robert Palmer, and more recently, Phish, the comfortable and familiar groove launched the crowd into an all-out dance party. A couple songs later, the band dusted off the old fan favorite, “Circles Around Me,” leading a nostalgic, all-out singalong to a song that hits close to home for many Coloradans. Grinding on, Bush continued to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music, playing some impeccable slide mandolin on “Old Joe Clark,” an old mountain ballad made famous by Woody Guthrie, Flatt & Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs among others. The traditional bluegrass tune quickly slipped into the hard driving newgrass that Bush is famous for, before morphing into an apparent, though elusive, Led Zeppelin tease. Using the heavy rhythm foundation provided by bassist Todd Parks and drummer Chris Brown, the band segued right into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and then kept on going straight into Rare Earth’s classic “I Just Want to Celebrate.” Finally, and flawlessly, the band returned to “Old Joe Clark” to bring the set to an epic, jaw-dropping close.For the encore, Sam brought out two additional friends, guitarists Chris Daniels and Steve Kovalcheck. Now largely electric, the group ripped through “Speak of the Devil” from the album Ice Caps, Peaks of Telluride, while also candidly reminding all of us to make the annual pilgrimages to Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass. Each guitarist, and of course Bush, took a handful of raw, bluesy solos, stretching the song well beyond its usual form. To top it all off, the band treated the audience to a rare cover of Bob Marley’s anthem, “One Love.” With so much doubt and uncertainty throughout the country right now, this seemed a fitting final song. Bush laid down a juicy, reggae-tinged solo before giving his guitarist, Stephen Mougin, as well as Chris Daniels, Scott Vestal, and Steve Tomalchek all one last chance to let it out, and that they did. All in all, the Sam Bush Band managed to deliver an absolute barn-burner to a town that had been itching to see the King of Telluride and his court of pickers for far too long. Catch the Sam Bush Band at the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 15th-18th, 2017, and at Lyons, Colorado’s 45th Annual RockyGrass Festival, July 28th-30th, 2017. Check out additional tour dates below, as well a gallery of photos, courtesy of C.B. Klein.Sam Bush Band Tour DatesFebruary 28th Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MOMarch 1st    Old Rock House, St. Louis, MOMarch 2nd    Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, ILMarch 4th Denison Bluegrass Festival, Granville, OHMarch 17th The Lyric Theatre, Birmingham, ALMarch 18th Anastasia Music Festival (March 16-18), St Augustine, FLMar 31st WinterWonderGrass Tahoe (March 31-April 2), Olympic Valley, CAApr 20th Old Settler’s Music Festival (April 20-23), Driftwood, TXApr 22nd The Kessler, Dallas, TXApr 27th MerleFest (April 27-30), Wilkesboro, NCJun 8th Blue Ox Music Festival (June 8-10), Eau Claire, WI Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Texas looks to end streak vs TCU

first_img Associated Press February 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTCU (14-11, 5-7) vs. Texas (14-11, 4-8)Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: TCU looks to extend Texas’s conference losing streak to five games. Texas’ last Big 12 win came against the Iowa State Cyclones 72-68 on Feb. 1. TCU knocked off Kansas State by 11 at home in its last outing. Texas looks to end streak vs TCUcenter_img SAVVY SENIORS: TCU’s Desmond Bane, Jaire Grayer and Edric Dennis Jr. have collectively scored 44 percent of the team’s points this season, including 44 percent of all Horned Frogs scoring over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Bane has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all TCU field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 17 field goals and 12 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: The Longhorns are 5-0 when they record eight or more steals and 9-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Horned Frogs are 7-0 when they make 10 or more 3-pointers and 7-11 when the team hits fewer than 10 from long range.COLD SPELL: TCU has lost its last six road games, scoring 55 points, while allowing 78.3 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Both TCU and Texas are ranked at the top of the Big 12 when it comes to 3-point shooting. The Horned Frogs are ranked first in the conference with 8.6 3-pointers made per game this season while the Longhorns are ranked second at eight per game. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has extended its righ

first_imgSports broadcaster Eurosport has extended its rights deal with the International Ski Federation (FIS) for a range of skiing events.The new deal runs through the 2015/16 season and covers FIS World Cup events as well as ski jumping, cross country and freestyle skiing events.
The new deal gives Eurosport live TV rights across its European and Asia n footprint and online rights allowing it to show live FIS World Cup coverage on its online Eurosport Player.last_img

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Poland has

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has launched the full Horizon advanced TV platform, with a DVR-enabled, internet-connected set-top. The launch follows a trial amongst a group of selected customers in December. The platform is now commercially available, offering the ability to record up to four programmes at once and remote recording via the Horizon Go application, as well as access on TV screens to social media sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.The platform will be available as part of the Horizon Select package from PLN149 a month (€35), including internet acces at speeds of up to 120Mbps and access to the MyPrime on-demand service. Triple-play packages start from PLN159. UPC Poland is offering the service at a 50% discount for a promotional period.UPC Poland had had previously launched the Horizon Go mobile TV version of the platform.last_img