Dopapod, Kung Fu, & FiKus – Highline Ballroom – 2/21/13The Highline Ballroom played host to a triple bill of intense electro-rock grooves and lethal funk last Thursday night. Opening band FiKus and co-headlining acts Kung Fu and Dopapod treated fans to a dance fueled scorcher, easily one of the highlights of the year thus far. Kunga-Pod-ikus, Dopa-Fu, or Fupa-Pod-Ikus… any name you choose, it still equals AWESOME.Fikus @ Highline BallroomWhen I think of the band FiKus, the first thing that comes to mind is presence. With an innate stage presence exuding from each of its five members, the group creates an infectious energy that passes right from the stage to the dance floor. Apparently there are plenty of FiKus faithful who are already aware of this, because when the band took the stage real early at 8pm the room was already significantly filled with fan’s ready to let loose. As expected, the band brought their signature style of “Electro-Funkadelic Hip Rock” full throttle. The set was a combination of tracks from their two 2011 EP’s Mover Shaker and Plus+, along with a couple of new tunes as well. “Big Booty Bounce” as well as “Nightwalker” were two such songs. Besides being particular standouts, they assured me that this band will only get better and better as they continue to rise up in the scene with a quickness.Fikus @ Higline BallroomFiKus (Setlist):JimJones > Cool Refrigerator > Something Stanky > Nightwalker > Michael Phelps > Big Booty BounceKung Fu @ Highline BallroomConnecticut funk powerhouse Kung Fu was the 2nd installment of the night. After seeing and hearing their performances (including a tribute set to Stevie Wonder) from Aura Music and Arts Festival earlier this month this writer was as amped as anyone in the room to wear off the soles from my shoes. If you don’t know by now, this band absolutely rages and tonight was no different. The nearly two hour set showcased the extreme talent of all five of its members. It seems that every time I see this band, a different member astounds me. Some nights it’s the tight sax playing of Robert Somerville, other nights it might be Todd Stoops on the keys, Chris DeAngelis with the Bass, or Adrian Tramontano at the drum kit. On this night it was most definitely the insane display of guitar prowess put on by Tim Palmieri. He was clearly in the driver’s seat throughout the set bringing fans to a whole different plane and back again on several occasions. Set standouts included “Stepping’ In It”, “Bopcorn”, and “Gung Ho”.Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu @ Highline BallroomKung Fu (Setlist):The Hammer, Steppin’ In It, Chakrabarty Overdrive, Bopcorn, God Made Me Funky, Barometric Weather, Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On, Do The Right Thing, S’All Good, Gung Ho, Hollywood Kisses, Bringin’ Up The RearDopapod @ Highline BallroomLeaving the crowd riled up and panting for more, Kung Fu made way for Brooklyn’s own Dopapod to follow suit. With their winter tour in full swing the foursome raged a two hour set of their own that kept the fire in the room blazing. One song after the next, Dopapod brought an intense level of energy to the crowd. Playing in support of their newest album Redivider, the guys kept the setlist well rounded, only having played three tracks from the new release. Rob Compa continues to astound with the guitar, while ‘Fro’ Evans (Drums), Eli Winderman (Keyboards), Chuck Jones (Bass), and lighting and sound engineer Luke Stratton are all in perfect sync, playing and feeding off each other. Between the unbelievable music and the hypnotic lighting I believe some fans might not have even remembered their own names when all was said and done.Dopapod & Kung Fu @ Highline BallroomDopapod (Setlist)Psycho Nature, Off The Cuff, Onionhead, Ellemenno *, Priorities @, Nuggy Jawson, Weird Charlie (Part 2) > Trapper Keeper, Bats In The Cave @, Braindead, We Are Not Alone > Weird Charlie (Part 1)As was promised, the night came to a close with one hell of an encore. With all members of both Kung Fu and Dopapod joining the stage, a super group was formed for what was about to be a super jam! First was a twelve minute cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money”. This was the first time playing this song but you would never know it. Every member of the super group was on point and the crowd was going nutty for it. This segued into a lengthy jammed out “Got to Get Your Own” (Kung Fu song) to close out the night.Encore (Dopa-Fu):Money$ > Got To Get Your Own#@-by Andre ReddyFor Fikus EPs and tour dates please visit www.fikusband.comYou can stream or download the Kung Fu set from Highline Ballroom below:For Kung Fu album and Tour dates please visit www.kungfumusic.comYou can stream or download the Dopapod set from Highline Ballroom below:For Dopapod album and tour dates please visit www.dopapod.com(Photos courtesy of Courtney Stapleford)
Anybody that is familiar with Umphrey’s McGee, and has seen a live show of theirs, knows that the band can pull off some very heavy rock. Yet, at the same time, their mastery of weaving in and out of genres effortlessly is something that has made their live shows the unforgettable experiences that they have become known for. Since 2011′s Death by Stereo, the band has been touring heavily, writing new material, and laying down some tracks in the studio for a release 2014 release. Currently on tour with STS9, keyboardist Joel Cummins recently sat down with RVA Mag to discuss the new material, the direction the band is taking, and golf. When asked about the band’s style, Cummins had this to say:“I feel like we’re a band that’s influenced by 70’s progressive rock more so than most bands out there touring. So that little bit of a heavier edge really defines what we like to do, along with the improvisational aspects of what we do live and just the unpredictability and the variety of being able to approach a show every single night and try and do something completely different than what we’ve ever done before. Which I think keeps us on our feet and keeps the listening fan base engaged because they have no idea what’s coming from night to night.”When asked about the new album/material, when compared to Death by Stereo:“Well, with Death by Stereo, we were kind of considering putting out a few EPs for a while because we had sort of a funkier electronic sound with a few of the tracks and then we had kind of a heavier rock feel [on others]. So for this one we took a lot of our songs, and some of the newer things, that were more in that heavier rock vein. We definitely decided that we wanted to create something where the songs were a little more related than with Death by Stereo. With Death by Stereo we really focused on each individual song and weren’t really too concerned about creating more of an overall vibe. For this one we wanted to explore that. We have a few more up-tempo, dancier, songs that we definitely could have recorded as well but we decided to wait on those, so that’ll probably be kind of the direction of the next release, whenever that is.”On what happens when he is having problems with his short game (members of Umph and STS9 have been playing together often while on tour):“I tend to throw the putter, in kind of a helicopter style, but I have a few that I’ve broken over my knee, depending on how strong I’m feeling that day. I’m a pretty happy golfer. Those guys are all honestly really good golfers, it’s been a bunch fun. We’ve been going out with like two groups of people probably every other day and gotten to play some awesome courses as well as well as gotten to play some music.”Cummins went on to say that Umphrey’s currently has sixteen tracks, nine of which they have played live, and the other seven that are completely new and have yet to be debuted. These guys are truly one of the hardest working bands in the business.Check out this video of Umphrey’s covering Pink Floyd’s “In The Flesh>Another Brick in the Wall” at Bear Creek:[via Jambase.com]
After recently making headlines with Coachella and Gov Ball announcements, hip hop duo OutKast is back in the spotlight with their latest announcement. Straight from the Facebook itself:Outkast will return to the stage with a full festival run of over 40 dates to celebrate 20 years since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik!“Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast.” – Andre 3000“I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans – stank you smelly much, this is for y’all!” – Big BoiStay tuned for dates! #Outkast20 – Team OutkastA later press release noted that these 40 dates would be scheduled internationally, allowing the whole wide world to experience the joy of OutKast. We’ll be sure to update this story when the full schedule is released.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
The famed Police drummer Stewart Copeland knows how to put a proper ensemble together. He recently joined forces with Rush’s Neil Peart, Tool’s Danny Carey, South Park co-creator Matt Stone, and Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell for his Super Groove jam session series at The Sacred Grove. Copeland released a 4-minute video clip, “A Little More Noise”, through his personal YouTube account for the world to enjoy.Stewart Copeland commented on the epic session in his video description. “Some new drums arrived so Peart and Carey came over to lay heavy hands upon them. Scannell and I banged out any old riffs while Stone chimed the gongs. Couple days later four MORE drummers dropped by and took up the horns. The piano was an afterthought.” The group was also joined by musicians Mike Dolbear, Thomas Lang, Dave Elich, and Aaron Sterling.The clip starts out with Peart asking if the group was ready to make “a little more noise.” The line is echoed throughout the video as the jam jumps into a funky groove. I highly recommend giving this video a quick watch as a way to temporarily break out of those mid-week blues. -Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa)
Very inspiring, hospitable yellow drenched record co. Third Man RecordsPosted by Mike Gordon on Monday, August 3, 2015 Phish is performing in Nashville, TN tomorrow night, but with a night off, it seems bassist Mike Gordon did some music work of his own. Gordon stopped by the famous Third Man Records, owned and operated by Jack White, and recorded a single in the studio’s infamous record booth.He shared the following post to his social media accounts: We’re not familiar with the track listed on the cover, “Head Butter Knife”, but Tessa is Mike Gordon’s daughter. Considering all the new material Phish has been playing, who knows what to expect on tour.Also, it seems Gordo got a matching yellow manicure for his new record.For those unaware, guitarist Jack White has a phone booth-sized recording studio that presses tracks immediately onto vinyl. The Third Man Record Booth has been used by the likes of Neil Young, Weird Al, and many more.As fans of both Phish and Jack White, it’s very cool to see these scenes intersecting.
The Hall At MP is getting some NOLA lovin’ in October! Between Kermit Ruffins’ three-night stand at the venue, as well as Flow Tribe’s funky throwdown, prepare to let the good times roll in Brooklyn.Not only will The Hall At MP have authentic New Orleans music, but the venue will play host to some serious NOLA cuisine too! Catered by chef Michael Psilakis, the full NOLA menu contains a number of creole classics, including po’boys, jambalaya, and some delicious seafood options. Yum!Of course, the music for each of these four shows is sure to be top notch. Kermit Ruffins is playing from October 8th through the 10th, performing a Louis Armstrong tribute each night. Louis Armstrong is a veritable American legend, so this is sure to be an incredible performance experience. Ruffins will be joined by his band of talented musicians, including Yoshitaka Tsuji, Kevin Morris and Shannon Powell. Tickets for each of the four shows are available here.Coming up hot from New Orleans, Flow Tribe will keep up the good time NOLA vibes at The Hall at MP on October 16th. This group is undeniably funky and they’re on the rise, so be sure to catch them while they’re hot. The six-piece group plays an eclectic mix of funk, rock, and blues, all with some psychedelic overtones, and we can’t wait to hear them bring their finest! Tickets are available here.Don’t miss out on this exciting taste of New Orleans in New York, all at the Hall At MP!Show Info:The Hall At MP10/8-10/10 // Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute To New OrleansTickets Here10/16 // Flow TribeTickets HereWin (2) Tickets to Kermit Ruffins and Flow Tribe:
According to multiple sources, including an article in the Wall Street Journal, it appears as though Coldplay will be headlining the Superbowl halftime festivities. The band will reportedly feature special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars, both of who have appeared as headliners in the last few years.The formal announcement from the NFL is slated to appear tonight, but the news is essentially confirmed. Coldplay will be the first band to grace the Superbowl stage since The Who in 2010, as the group gears up to release their new album, A Head Full Of Dreams, tomorrow night. Beyonce is a featured vocalist on the album track “Hymn For The Weekend.”The Superbowl is set to take place on February 7th, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.Of course, after the Red Hot Chili Peppers had to apologize for their mimed performance of “Give It Away” at the Halftime show in 2014, we do realize that the Superbowl slot may not technically be “live music.” Still, we felt you’d want to know who was performing at the most-watched musical event in America.Our condolences to anyone who signed the petition for the Grateful Dead to perform.
When jam band moe. announced the lineup for their annual Tropical Throe.down festival, the inclusion of Medeski Martin & Wood certainly caught everyone’s eye. 2016 marks the band’s 25th anniversary, and they got things off on the right foot. With three sets over three consecutive nights at the beautiful Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, MMW let loose with their patented brand of free jazz improvisation.Fortunately, as Little Feat was also performing at the festival, that band’s archivist Chris Cafiero was on hand filming all of the sets, alongside another taper Steve Wilner. The multi-camera angles really present a dynamic performance, showing MMW throwing it down along the waves!Thanks to FunkIt Blog, watch all three videos and see the setlists below:Setlist: Medeski Martin & Wood at Jewel Paradise Cove Resort, Runaway Bay, Jamaica – 1/11/16Sorrow [David Bowie / The McCoys cover] > Lonely Avenue [Ray Charles cover] > Think > Improv > Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus, Gonzo [James Booker cover]Setlist: Medeski Martin & Wood at Jewel Paradise Cove Resort, Runaway Bay, Jamaica – 1/12/16Improv > Coconut Boogaloo > Henduck > Improv > ShackmanSetlist: Medeski Martin & Wood at Jewel Paradise Cove Resort, Runaway Bay, Jamaica – 1/13/16Chinoiserie [Duke Ellington cover], Just Like I Pictured It, Night Marchers > Improv > Wiggly’s Way, Brigas Nunca Mais [Antonio Carlos Jobim / Elis Regina cover], Heaven On Earth [Larry Young cover]
JEMS.com Editor’s Note: A new group of students involved in the Junior Paramedic Program graduated July 11, 2008. Learn about this program below. For a group of high school students in”žHonolulu with an interest in emergency medicine, paradise just got more exciting. The four-week course involves almost 120 hours of various practical, leadership and team-building activities. The Junior Paramedics learn medical skills necessary to provide basic first aid, as well as cervical spinal immobilization, oxygen administration and advanced bandaging. They apply their knowledge and skills during outdoor hikes that include “patient” encounters. So how did the program get started and how successful has it been in the long run? Two of the original Junior Paramedics (from the class of 2005) participated in the program for their third year. One Junior Paramedic assisted in the emergency delivery of a baby in the car en route to the hospital. More important than the growing popularity of the program is its lasting effect on the students. After graduation, the teens remain active by volunteering hundreds of hours in community service. They_re regularly called upon to provide ambulance demonstrations, blood pressure screenings and basic first aid at various community events around O_ahu. Beyond this training, the Junior Paramedics learn life and career lessons by attending a special presentation by the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. The focus of this event is twofold: drug awareness and career choices in the medical field. Although the two topics may seem unrelated, the teens learn about the negative impact of drug abuse and the positive impact of a career in the medical field. Forty-five high school students are currently enrolled in the Junior Paramedic Program implemented by the City and County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department and Emergency Medical Services Division. The program is an intensive summer training course open to teenagers aged 14 through 18 who have completed their freshman year in high school. Overall, the program has shown young adults that EMS is an exciting and rewarding profession. With funding from various grants and with the volunteerism by EMTs and paramedics to mentor these students, Honolulu EMS looks forward to continued development and success of the Junior Paramedic Program.Patty Dukesis the chief of the EMS Division within the City and County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department and is an EMS clinical adjunct faculty member at the University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College. She also serves on the JEMS editorial board. Contact her at”ž[email protected] The students also participate in field activities with other public safety agencies. The train in water rescue with Ocean Safety Division lifeguards, rappel with Honolulu Fire Department rescue specialists, study laws affecting teenagers and learn arrest tactics with Honolulu Police Department officers, learn about hazmat and automobile extrication with Pearl Harbor Federal Fire Department paramedics, and study C-17 and aircraft rescue with Hickam Air Force Base Fire and EMS paramedics. Straub Clinic and Hospital, a sponsor for the program,also presents training in the cardiology and burn specialty areas. In 2006, the program grew to 25 participants from all over the island. This year, the class size nearly doubled, with many other requests wait-listed. Upon successful completion of their course, Junior Paramedics receive certification from the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Basic Heartsaver First Aid, and DOT Standard First Responder. In June 2007, the City and County of Honolulu EMS hired our first Junior Paramedic “graduate” (from the class of 2005) after he completed the Kapiolani Community College-EMS Emergency Medical Technician program and became a certified State of Hawaii EMT-B. A second Junior Paramedic has been accepted into the KCC-EMS EMT program and begins classes in the fall. A third Junior Paramedic was accepted into a mainland university and will be majoring in EMS. The program began in June 2005 with a class of 21 students ranging in age from 14 to 18 were enrolled in the program. Paramedic Ian Santee developed the program and serves as the coordinator under the guidance of the chief of EMS (myself) and Director Elizabeth “Libby” Char, MD.
The five-year-old Iraq conflict is America’s first “credit card war.” And like anyone who has run up a huge credit card bill knows, a credit card debt can turn into a crushing burden with long-term consequences. This, too, will be a legacy of the Iraq War.That was the sobering assessment of an April 2 seminar at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government as presenters — who included an Iraq veteran — attempted to estimate the true cost of the Iraq War both in dollars and in human lives.“There were two decisions in this war: one, to go into Iraq in the first place,” said Linda J. Bilmes, Kennedy School lecturer in public policy. The second was that “we would fund this war by borrowing — putting the whole thing on the credit card. This is the first war in American history that has been funded this way.”Contrary to long-standing impressions that “wars are good for the economy,” the Iraq conflict will have multiple negative economic effects both on the micro and macro level, claimed Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University economics professor and Nobel Prize winner. “This war has been a particularly bad war for the economy.” Oil prices have increased, and resources that could have been spent here went elsewhere, Stiglitz said. Moreover, “this war has been totally funded by deficits, and deficits do have consequences.”Prewar estimates put the cost at $50 billion, but already close to $1 trillion has been spent on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with no end in sight, Stiglitz said. The real tally is reflected in the title of Stiglitz and Bilmes’ new book, “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict” (W.W. Norton, 2008).Costs, they say, that don’t get national attention include long-term disability and medical care for veterans; the cost of “military reset,” that is, replenishing military equipment; and restoring military personnel to prewar strength, Bilmes said.Additionally, there has been “almost a deliberate attempt to shift costs outside the military,” Stiglitz asserted, citing the example of body armor bought by families of soldiers. Bilmes noted that only when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld left office in 2006, did the military start the shift from Humvees to Mwraps, or armored vehicles with V-shaped bottoms that, while more expensive, were more resistant to roadside bombs.Moreover, panelists contend, returning soldiers have not been given the financial support they should have earned. “One of the things the administration has done is to systematically underfund the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Stiglitz said. As late as 2006, the VA was basing its funding requests on prewar data. “That, of course, meant that many people weren’t getting the treatment that they had been promised.”Paul Rieckoff, who served as an infantry platoon leader in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, spoke of veterans waiting for or denied services for physical and mental conditions. Already, about 1,000 Iraqi vets are homeless, he said.“Not everyone coming home is missing a limb, not everyone coming home has post-traumatic stress disorder, but no one comes home unchanged,” he said.Rieckoff, who founded the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said that while returning vets are personally treated with respect even by those opposing the war, “the country’s mindset was not shifted to understand this high number of folks would be coming home with issues associated with their service.”“Do we want to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam?”Rieckoff is pushing for a new G.I. Bill, which, he said, would cost “$4 billion. That’s what we spend in Iraq in a week.” Studies of the G.I. Bill of the post-World War II era showed that “every dollar spent returned $7 to the economy” in increased productivity, Rieckoff said.Other war costs are difficult to access. There is, for example, the “cost of the lost economic contribution from those who have died in the conflict,” Bilmes said. And while the book concentrated on American costs, the loss of Iraqi lives should be considered, the panelists said. Other factors included the use of private security companies in Iraq, which do not further the overall American goal of winning the “hearts and minds” of the Iraqi people, Stiglitz said.The war’s true cost should color the national debate over whether — or when — to withdraw from Iraq, particularly if chaos in Iraqi society will inevitably result, Bilmes and Stiglitz said.During the Q&A period, Michael Brower, a retired political economic government teacher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technololgy and Brandeis, raised additional issues. “The damage to our reputation is enormous — you can’t quantify that,” he said.James K. Hammitt, director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, asked whether accurate prewar studies of the war’s cost had been made, and what could be learned from them now.Stiglitz said that a 2002 study by William Nordhaus of Yale University did accurately identify at least some probable cost factors and that his work should have been examined in the long run-up to the Iraq invasion.