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

Art. V glitch bill in the works

first_img Art. V glitch bill in the works A bill to fix remaining problems — including a ticklish dispute between chief circuit judges and court clerks — with the legislature’s taking over more funding of trial courts has cleared a key committee in the Florida Legislature.HB 1935, drafted in the House Judiciary Committee, cleared the Justice Appropriation Committee on April 15 and was sent to the House Justice Council.“The House bill has some language that addresses the implementation issues that have arisen between the courts and the clerks of court,” said State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. “They are creating language that allowed the chief judge, after consultation with the clerk, to determine the priority of services provided to the courts by the clerks.“There is also language that if for some reason a clerk feels it is not appropriate to continue a certain service, they cannot discontinue that service without the agreement of the chief judge or without a year’s notice to the court, so the court has an opportunity to go to the legislature to request funding.”That language is a result of judges’ saying they have little control over clerks when they perform their court-supporting functions and in some cases that was affecting operation of the courts.An amendment to the Rules of Judicial Administration was proposed last year to address that, but the Board of Governors in August refused to endorse it after some lawmakers advised it was a matter best left to the legislature. The committee ultimately did not send the rule amendment to the Supreme Court.Other parts of the bill, according to sponsor Rep. David Simmons, R-Alamonte Springs, address other problems that have come up, including determining indigency for people seeking public defenders or to waive filing and court fees.Other changes include giving clerks another year, until 2007, to remove Social Security numbers from public court records, repealing the Indigency Services Advisory Board, and allowing the payment of experts when they are appointed by the court.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, said he was working on an amendment to allow partial payment for private attorneys appointed as defense counsel so they won’t have to wait until the end of a long case before they receive any compensation. He said that would be offered at a later date.Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, said he hoped the bill would be amended later to change the penalty for lying on an indigency application from a misdemeanor to a felony.“It’s one thing to have someone commit a crime, but then to use our money and our taxpayers’ money when they have adequate means. . . that’s pretty despicable,” he said. Measure also deals with dispute between clerks and chief judges Art. V glitch bill in the works May 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup S’finals Hold Wednesday

first_imgThe semifinals of the Delta State Principals’ Cup Football Competition, a developmental tournament for Secondary Schools and sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in two different centres in the state.The competition revived three years ago courtesy of a partnership arrangement between Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration and Zenith Bank started in September with over 850 schools participating from the preliminary stage. After tough battles at the local government level, 25 teams competed in the zonal stage which produced the quarterfinalists.On Wednesday at the Kwale Township Stadium, Zappa Secondary School, Asaba from Oshimili South LG will clash with Destiny Secondary School from Ughelli North LG in one of the semifinal ties.In the second semis slated for the Ughelli Township Stadium, College of Commerce from Warri South LG will tango with Okotie-Eboh Government School from the Sapele LG in an encounter that promises to be explosive due to the previous run of both sides in the competition.According to the Head of Technical Committee of the competition, Lucky Sunday, the two matches will start on Wednesday at 2pm in Kwale and Ughelli respectively.Sunday said the four teams would still undergo a screening process before match day since the organisers are keen to ensure a true winner emerges from the competition.The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education in Delta State, Chief Patrick Ukah, at the weekend applauded the standard of the competition so far.Ukah said: “This is an exciting competition with the young lads exhibiting their talents and so we are happy with the high standard displayed so far.“We expect more from the semis on Wednesday as there will also be huge excitement as the event gets to its climax.”The final of the competition is scheduled to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on November 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more