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

Gov’t Mule Welcomes Dave Grohl At Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam, Reprises Collab For Snowed-In Surprise Sunday Show [Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Doug Siegel; from Xmas Jam 2018 Photo: Doug Siegel Warren Haynes and a number of special guests returned to the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday evening for the second of two nights of the guitarist’s 30th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. To add to the weekend’s celebratory drama, a rare snowstorm in the Asheville area prohibited many of Saturday’s Christmas Jam performers from leaving as scheduled. The predicament led to Warren and several of his talented friends returning to the nearby Orange Peel—where their pre-jam was held on Thursday—for a surprise, cover-filled pop-up concert on Sunday night.Night one of Christmas jam on Friday saw Haynes and Gov’t Mule channel their inner Pink Floyd with a full headlining set as their common alter-ego, Dark Side of the Mule. Saturday’s festivities picked up right where Warren and company left off on Friday, beginning with the guitarist reuniting with his old friends as part of the 45 Cherry Band. The live band included a mix of musicians who played at the very first Christmas Jam back in 1988, which took place at an Asheville club named 45 Cherry. The band would play through a few tunes before Jeff Anders joined in for a cover of U2‘s “One”. Next, Philip Ashley came on to play on Haynes-penned latter day Allman Brothers Band hit, “Soulshine”. The festivities continued with a performance from Joe Bonamassa, who jammed out to his own “If Heartaches Were Nickels” before giving fans a mix of classic rock covers from Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, and Cream.Jim James‘ performance followed shortly thereafter, with the My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist returning after his impressive showing on Friday to play some of the songs off his recent solo album, Uniform Distortion. Joanne Shaw Taylor followed with a trio that also included drummer Rocky Lindsley and bassist Johnny Jump. The three appropriately played a trio of songs, ending with a cover of Freddie King‘s blues power anthem, “Goin’ Down”.Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl took the stage next, beginning with the live debut of his lengthy “PLAY” instrumental. Grohl continued jamming with a sit-in from Haynes that saw the two rock heroes lead the way on a cover of the Foo’s “Times Like These”. Grohl would go on to repay the favor during Gov’t Mule’s headlining set, during which he joined the quartet for a killer cover of Neil Young‘s rock and roll anthem, “Rockin’ In The Free World”, featuring a mid-song interlude of Band Of Gypsys’ “Machine Gun”.Eric Church also took the stage as the evening continued for a mix of solo acoustic and full band performance. Some of the solo songs Church performed for his fellow North Carolinians included “Desperate Man” and “Record Year”. Church continued with full band covers of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”, and The Band‘s beloved classic, “The Weight”.Finally, Gov’t Mule capped the memorable night with a headlining set including “Thorazine Shuffle”, “Revolution Come, Revolution Go”, “Million Miles From Yesterday”, “Dreams & Songs”, “Red Baron”, the Grohl-assisted Neil Young cover, and a set-closing “Mule” with the help of Audley Freed and Ron Holloway.Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl – “Rockin’ In The Free World” (Neil Young cover) – 12/8/2018Sunday’s weather-induced pop-up show may have caught fans and Asheville residents by complete surprise, but Gov’t Mule and Grohl (on both drums and guitar) made sure that fans stuck in the city would have as much fun as possible with a two-set, 13-song performance that included covers of songs by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Tom Petty, just to name a few. The show began with another live rendition of Grohl’s instrumental marathon, “PLAY”, before continuing with covers of Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and Tom Petty’s southern rock masterpiece, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”. Set continued with more covers including Nirvana’s 90s grunge ballad. “All Apologies”, Petty’s “Breakdown”, and The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” with Jimmy Vivino on guitar before closing out with The Rolling Stones‘ “Bitch”.Sunday’s second Gov’t Mule + Dave Grohl set kept the moving with more fan-favorite covers, as the band began with Temple of the Dog‘s “Hunger Strike” before tearing into a cover of Traffic‘s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and transitioning right back into “Hunger Strike”. The augmented band continued their classic rock run with a cover of The Who‘s “Eminence Front”, followed by a return to Zeppelin for their hypnotizing psych-rock power ballad, “No Quarter”. Finally, the was rounde out with one last cover of the evening in Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Simple Man”.You can watch videos from the surprise Sunday performance below:Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” [Led Zeppelin cover] – 12/9/2018[Video: Tom Libera]Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl – “You Don’t Know How It Feels” [Tom Petty cover] – 12/9/2018[Video: Tom Libera]Gov’t Mule with Dave Grohl + Jimmy Vivino – “Helter Skelter” [The Beatles cover] – 12/9/2018[Video: Tom Libera]This weekend turned out to be quite the marathon of great rock and jam performances by Warren and company, making for a fitting 30th anniversary of his Asheville benefit show for his hometown community. Fans can catch Haynes early next year when he heads down to Runaway Bay, Jamaica for the 10th running of his annual Island Exodus destination event featuring performances from Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, and more. Tickets and information for the snowbird-friendly music event in late January can be found and purchased here.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | U.S. Cellular Center | Asheville, NC | 12/8/2018Set: Rockin’ In The Free World (Neil Young cover with Dave Grohl) > Machine Gun Jam (Band of Gypsies cover) > Rockin’ In The Free World, Thorazine Shuffle, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Million Miles From Yesterday (with Machan Taylor + Mini Carlsson), Dreams & Songs (with Machan Taylor + Mini Carlsson), Red Baron (with Mike Barnes + Ron Holloway), Mule (with Audley Freed + Ron Holloway)Setlist: Gov’t Mule + Dave Grohl | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC | 12/9/2018Set One:Play (Dave Grohl cover), Since I’ve Been Loving Your (Led Zeppelin cover), You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty cover), All Apologies (Nirvana cover), Breakdown (Tom Petty cover), Helter Skelter (Beatles cover with Jimmy Vivino), Bitch (Rolling Stones cover)Set Two: Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog cover), Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic cover) > Hunger Strike, Eminence Front (The Who cover), No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)Encore: Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)View Setlists[H/T JamBuzz, JamBase] Photo: Doug Siegel; from Xmas Jam 2018last_img read more

Equity holdings boost returns at Finland’s Etera

first_imgFinland’s Etera saw its listed equity portfolio boost returns for the first half of 2015 to 3.7%, as its solvency level continued to recover.The pension mutual said assets under management were approaching €6bn by the end of June, while year-to-date returns rose further to 4.2% when taking into account results from July.Stefan Björkman, the provider’s managing director, praised its continued active investment in domestic markets, highlighting its stakes in property and corporate bonds. Currently, 40% of Etera’s assets are invested in Finland.Listed equities were the provider’s best performer during the first six months of the year, retuning 8.5% compared to 9.6% for the first half of 2014. However, returns from equities as a whole outpaced 2014’s results by 0.9 percentage points, standing at 7.8. Its fixed income portfolio remained flat, returning 2.4%, while property dropped slightly year-on-year to return 2%.The mutual also continued to see improvements to its solvency level after questions over its future viability as a standalone entity emerged in late 2013.At the time, Etera reported a solvency level of 16.2%, which has improved to 17.2% by the end of June.Rival pension provider Ilmarinen saw returns of 6.2% over the first six months of the year, and Varma reported returns of 4.3%.last_img read more

BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders

first_img StumbleUpon Submit ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) continues to pressure the government on delivering clarity to the UK casino sector and its workforce, following the disappointing news that casino venues will not be allowed to reopen this July.Branded in the same category as nightclubs, England’s casino venues were told to remain in lockdown, and given no indication as to their future schedules – a decision that has wreaked havoc on a sector employing 14,000 staff.This weekend, the BGC published a statement by Matt Rudd, the General Manager of the Grosvenor Casino in Broad Street, Birmingham, in which he described the real-life consequences facing venue management and effected staff.“I’m the General Manager of our Grosvenor Broad Street casino in Birmingham and have worked here for the past six years. I’ve seen a lot of change in that time, but the past few months have been the most challenging of the lot. On top of that, the past few days and weeks have been among the most perplexing as I’ve watched other venues reopen their doors.” Rudd’s statement read.Having placed 74 Broad Street staff on furlough, Rudd addressed the dire choices being made by casino venues managers across the land, seeking to mitigate the financial damages of the coronavirus pandemic.Despite facing hardships, Rudd highlighted the community work undertaken by Grosvenor venues in supporting NHS frontline staff, emergency services and further vulnerable groups, providing and delivering hot meals through Rank Group’s arrangement with the Blue Light Card scheme.“My casino is very much part of the local community; lockdown didn’t change that – it simply gave us a new way of showcasing our community values” Rudd stated. .Working through unprecedented times, Rudd detailed overseeing a near four months of diligent work ensuring that his casino would be the safest venue for the general public on Broad Street.During lockdown, Rudd and part-time colleagues would implement comprehensive changes to the casino layout and safety provisions, fitting social distancing measurements and signage, and the installation of Perspex dividers on gaming tables, slots and electronic roulette terminals.Additional precautions saw Rudd install hand sanitisers across the venue, whilst training colleagues on further customer care procedures and cleaning standards to ensure his casino was ‘covid-secure’.“I’ve taken the opportunity to look around what else is happening here in Birmingham and am delighted that we appear to have gone the extra distance to ensure that customers will receive the safest possible welcome and experience when we’re finally allowed to unlock our doors.”“We love working here on Broad Street and we’re straining at the leash to get back to giving our customers a safe and enjoyable experience. I can’t escape the fact that by virtue of remaining closed, we’re delivering no tax receipts to the Government. We’re reliant on the furlough scheme and we’re not really contributing to the vibrancy of the local entertainment scene in this part of the city. That’s what we’re about and it is what we miss most.”Rudd’s statement follows, the BGC publishing its open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, stating that the Treasury could not afford to maintain a sector that contributed weekly tax revenues of £5.8 million in the sidelines, as the government plans its economic recovery.last_img read more

Strong leadership enhances bilateral relations with Turkey UK envoy says

first_imgLondon best pest control Relations between Turkey and the U.K. have been thriving recently thanks to the significant efforts of two leaders, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Theresa May, the U.K.’s Ambassador to Ankara Dominick Chilcott said Thursday. “It is also obviously in our interests for British-Turkish relations to be strong and, under the political leadership of President Erdogan and Theresa May, relations between Turkey and the United Kingdom have flourished in recent years,” Chilcott said at an event organized in Ankara to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.“As the international environment grows ever more challenging, good friends should stick together,” he added. In 2018, the trade volume between the two countries reached almost $20 billion, and the number of British tourists visiting Turkey passed 2 million, a jump of nearly 40 percent compared to 2017.Chilcott said the U.K.’s diversity encompasses about 300,000 Turks who have chosen to make the U.K. their home. “And it includes 3 million British Muslims, including some very prominent figures such as the mayor of London and the home secretary,” he added. The British envoy also emphasized that the openness to the outside world is a crucial part of “Britain’s complicated identity,” and the country will continue to be an outward looking, internationally engaged country after Brexit.Chilcott also gave an interview to Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday, where he said Turkey’s membership in the European Union would contribute greatly to both sides. “Turkey’s accession process and the membership process are stalled at the moment. It’s not going anywhere, and for now, it’s hard to be optimistic,” he said.Stressing that the current lack of progress had nothing to do with Turkey’s culture, size or geographical position, Chilcott pointed out that Turkey was an indispensable and powerful ally of the EU but emphasized that both sides needed to make certain changes for the current partnerships to continue.“In principle, there is no reason why Turkey should not become a member state. It would be a very successful state of the EU, make a big contribution and benefit hugely from EU membership,” he said.Since 1987, Turkey has been trying to obtain full EU membership. For that end, many reforms were made in Turkey’s domestic policies. Despite this, it has experienced many ups and downs in recent years, as the EU has frequently accused Turkey of drifting away from European values and democracy. EU membership remains a top strategic goal for Turkey even though the accession talks, formally launched in 2004, have been stalled for years due to the objections of the Greek Cypriot administration on the divided island of Cyprus as well as opposition from Germany and France. The British envoy also underlined that the EU’s current contributions were only a small part of the cost Turkey already bears in the refugee crisis. “With 3.6 million Syrian refugees and half a million refugees from other countries, Turkey carries a huge burden. Everybody in the international community should be grateful for all the efforts Turkey makes,” he said.Ankara and Brussels signed an agreement in 2016 to find a solution to the influx of refugees heading to the union. According to the deal, Turkey was promised a total of 6 billion euros ($6.79 billion) in financial aid, which was initially designed to be given to the country in two stages and be used by the Turkish government to finance projects for Syrian refugees. Visa-free travel for Turkish citizens was also promised to be provided under the agreement. Despite significant developments in the control of migration traffic, the EU could not deliver on the visa commitments stated in the deal.last_img read more