Gypsy Sally’s hosted a release party for Cris Jacobs Band‘s new album, Dust to Gold on Friday, November 4th in Washington, DC. Jacobs, a local favorite and the former front man of The Bridge, has had what the Washington Post dubbed “an inspired year.” Shortly before beginning work on the album, he learned he would be a father and welcomed his daughter into the world only three weeks before Dust to Gold was released.Jacobs has become a staple at the Georgetown waterfront venue, with frequent performances both with his own group and other projects, like Everyone Orchestra and his annual “A Very Jerry Christmas” shows. The band seems to have settled into a consistent lineup, with Jacobs joined at Gypsy Sally’s by the same crew he recorded the album with; Jonathan Sloane backing up guitar, Todd Herrington on bass, and Dusty Ray Simmons on drums.They were thrown a curveball when Jacobs’ cigar box guitar (quite literally three strings stretched over a cigar box) stopped working. They’ve never played “Bone Digger” or “Turn into Gold” without it before, but the crowd was into it and those songs became the highlight of the night. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, grab your six string and rip a mean solo.Thanks to taper, Will Urquhart, you can check out soundboard recordings of their full set.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Lydia Wheeler Credit Unions want to be excluded from new protections for military members borrowing money.Earlier this year, the Department of Defense proposed expanding the Military Lending Act (MLA) to cover more types of credit. The MLA caps annual interest rates for service members at 36 percent on certain consumer credit products.In a letter to the DOD, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and four other credit union trade associations said credit union are not the perpetrator and should be excluded from the proposal to amend the rules on Limitations on Terms of Consumer Credit Extended to Service Members and Dependents, which implements the MLA.“The increased costs and unintended consequences of the proposal, especially on smaller credit unions, could negatively impact the delivery of high quality reasonably priced financial products and services to our troops, their families, and their dependents,” said the letter, which was signed by the African-American Credit Union Coalition, the Credit Union National Association, the Defense Credit Union Council and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors, in addition to the NAFCU.“From our perspective as credit unions’ advocates, any changes to the current rules should curtail and eliminate the unscrupulous business practices of organizations targeting our military personnel—and not harm credit unions that are dedicated to the financial well-being of their member-owners.” continue reading »
CLEAR LAKE — The City Council in Clear Lake tonight will consider awarding the contract for improvements to North 32nd Street, which could lead to major development on the east side of the community. McKiness Excavating of Mason City submitted the lowest, responsive, responsible bid for the project for just over $1.75 million.City Administrator Scott Flory says it will create some economic development opportunities for the community. “It’s going to open up a significant area for future economic development there. Obviously it’s proximity to Interstate 35, the 194 interchange. We think it’s got terrific potential there for Clear Lake for a lot of things.”Flory says the improvements to North 32nd Street will start about 375 feet north of the intersection of State Highway 122, which is the intersection where Kwik Star is located. He says the project includes pavement removal; sanitary sewer mains & manholes; water main improvements; storm sewer; street lighting; and 1625 feet in length of Portland Cement Concrete, 37 feet wide and eight inches thick.City officials are working on a preliminary development agreement and letter of intent for a large-scale hotel & conference center that possibly could be placed in the area of the North 32nd Street project.The council meets tonight at 6 o’clock at City Hall.