Cris Jacobs Celebrates New Album Release With A Rocker In DC [Audio/Recap]

first_imgGypsy 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.last_img read more

Mixed Mesut Ozil messages and the mistakes Arsenal manager Unai Emery keeps making

first_imgMixed Mesut Ozil messages and the mistakes Arsenal manager Unai Emery keeps making Oliver Young-MylesFriday 15 Feb 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link792Shares Sead Kolasinac was Arsenal’s chief creator against BATE (Getty Images)Relying solely on Kolasinac and an out-of-position Ainley Maitland-Niles on the opposite flank to carve out chances for your strikers isn’t a strategy that smacks of long-term planning and the lack of variety in their build-up play makes Arsenal one-dimensional and relatively easy to defend against. That Emery took both of them off against BATE, therefore, was rather puzzling.The return to fitness of Henrikh Mkhitaryan is timely with the Armenian creating three chances against BATE but the Armenian has generally flattered to deceive during his time at the Emirates and needs greater consistency to become a sustained attacking threat.When Emery arrived last summer, he stated: ‘We want every player to create things and find things when they’re on the ball.’ At present, if Kolasinac isn’t creating anything, there aren’t many others stepping up to the plate.AdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityStockpiling team selections with defendersReally, this is a consequence of the previous two problems mentioned. If Emery is reluctant to use either Ozil or Ramsey, his attacking midfield options are reduced to the inconsistent pair of Alex Iwobi and Mkhitaryan. Denis Suarez is yet to put forward his case for more regular action, meanwhile.Torreira has a couple of goals and assists in the Premier League this season but his talents are better suited to the middle third of the pitch where he can break up opposition attacks and set his team on the offensive. Guendouzi is more of a passer and even less of an attacking presence, with zero goals and zero assists to his name so far.There have been occasions where those two have been deployed in a three-man midfield alongside Xhaka, who while much-improved this season, is also more of a sitting midfielder than an attack-minded one, the odd wonder-goal from distance aside. Advertisement Arsenal slumped to a disappointing defeat in Belarus (Getty Images)Arsenal have suffered disappointing defeats during Unai Emery’s time in charge but none have been as demoralising as Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Belarussian side BATE Borisov in the Europa League.Despite their iffy form of late, Arsenal were overwhelming favourites to beat a team that hadn’t played a competitive game in nine weeks and who had never won a knockout game in European competition in their history.Even Chelsea, hardly in great shape themselves at present, managed to beat BATE home and away during the group stages. It was a dismal evening for Arsenal and one exacerbated by Alexandre Lacazette’s needless sending off in the closing stages for flinging an elbow into Aleksandar Filipovic’s face. Mesut Ozil has found playing time limited under Unai Emery (Getty Images)Emery downplayed the significance of Ozil’s omission against BATE by suggesting that the team didn’t need him when beating relegation certainties Huddersfield 2-1 in the Premier League at the weekend. ‘Last week we won and we played with the same players,’ he said.That argument would stand up better had Arsenal been winning every game without Ozil but considering their form since the start of December has been patchy to say the least, it doesn’t really hold true. Ozil’s non-participation has left Arsenal fans baffled.Ozil has only featured twice since Boxing Day and while his propensity to be ‘ill’ during his time with the club has been maddening at times, so too has Emery’s rationale for leaving him out. The fans deserve to know why arguably their best player isn’t deemed good enough for a team that has been struggling.AdvertisementAdvertisementOver-reliance on wing-backsWith Emery neglecting to select Ozil and restricting Aaron Ramsey to a peripheral role with the Welshman on his way to Juventus in the summer, Arsenal lack creativity in midfield with Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira renowned more for their tenacity and ball retention skills than their ability to split opposing defences.That has meant that virtually all of Arsenal’s chances of late have been fashioned from their wing-backs in wide areas, in particular through the Bosnian man-mountain Sead Kolasinac, who ranks second only to Ozil for chances created per game in the league for Arsenal with 1.6 (to the German’s 1.8).Virtually Arsenal’s entire attacking threat against BATE came down their left flank with Kolasinac creating seven of their 11 chances throughout the game. That statistic is even more remarkable when you consider that he was substituted 15 minutes from the end.center_img Advertisement Arsenal had a night to forget in Belarus (Getty Images)Martin Keown who was on pundit duty for BT Sport, labelled it the ‘worst performance’ of Emery’s reign so far and in this instance such a statement from a former player wasn’t laced with OTT hyperbole. In fact, it was a rather accurate summation of the events.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe thing is, as bad as the result was, it wasn’t exactly an anomalous performance. Even during Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run that spanned from August through to December, Emery’s team had demonstrated vulnerability at times. Since that run was ended by Southampton, Arsenal have lost half of their 14 matches in all competitions.Having exited both domestic cup competitions in meek fashion and looking outsiders to finish in the top four, Arsenal’s season is in danger of meandering towards a disappointing conclusion and Emery has shown little sign of arresting their slump in recent weeks by making the same mistakes over again.Mixed messages over Mesut OzilMesut Ozil reached a personal milestone for Arsenal last night, however, it wasn’t a particularly memorable one for the World Cup winner. His latest absence from Emery’s squad meant that since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, he has now missed a century of games for the club.It is remarkable to think that Ozil hasn’t featured in almost a third of Arsenal’s matches (100 out of a possible 313) during his five and a half years in north London, particularly when his only major injury during that time was a ruptured knee ligament that ruled him out for three months back in 2014.The ‘will he, won’t he’ soap opera surrounding Ozil’s potential involvement for Arsenal this season is bordering on farcical with Emery coming up with a plethora of excuses to explain why his highest-earning player isn’t deemed good enough to make an 18-man matchday squad. Comment Matteo Guendouzi has failed to score or assist in the Premier League this season (Getty Images)Furthermore, Emery’s insistence on playing a system that accommodates wing-backs in order to create chances, leads itself to selecting a back three formation which has rarely appeared to suit Arsenal’s defenders.By selecting three central defenders along with two or three predominantly defensive midfielders, Emery’s team lacks imagination in the final third with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette both starved of top quality service.That was the case against Manchester City a fortnight ago when the pair had one effort on goal between them and while taking a more conservative approach to normal at the Etihad is understandable given the manner in which they can tear teams apart, doing so against lesser opponents is less so.AdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? 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Federer undergoes knee surgery, will miss French Open

first_img “My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” said the world number three who reached the Roland Garros semi-finals last year. Read Also: Tennis: Federer, Nadal play to record crowd in Cape Town “I hoped it would go away, but after an examination and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.” “After the surgery the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. “I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on grass!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Roger Federer has undergone surgery to resolve a longstanding knee problem and said Thursday he would be out of action until after the French Open. The 20-times grand slam winner revealed on his Facebook account that he underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday and would miss a string of tournaments including the May 24-June 7 French Open. Switzerland’s Roger Federer pictured after beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal during an exhibition match in Cape Town on February 7 “As a result, I will miss Dubai, India Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open,” he said. The 38-year-old explained that he had intended to avoid surgery if possible but the knee problem refused to go away.Advertisement Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their Kids6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever Made10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericalcenter_img Loading… last_img read more