Over the weekend, Warren Haynes hosted his annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. To kick the weekend off, festivities began on Thursday night with a sensational lineup of musicians for the Christmas Pre-Jam at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir hosted guitarist Tom Hamilton, pianist Holly Bowling, bassist Don Was, and drummer Duane Trucks for an intimate night to remember before the weekend took off. The musicians sifted through classics by The Band, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and a few Weir originals. The evening closed with an encore featuring Warren Haynes for an unforgettable “Touch of Grey”.Thanks to Chris from Jam Buzz for documenting this extravagent performance, which you can listen to below:Setlist | Bob Weir & Friends | 12/9/16 | Asheville, NCSet: When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Only A River*, Loose Lucy*, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Ghost Towns, Friend Of The Devil, Tennessee Jed, Touch Of Grey*** Weir acoustic solo** With Warren Haynes[Photo via Ray Tucker on Facebook]
The 10th annual Founders Fest is going down in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 17, 2017. Hosted by Founders Brewing Co, the one-day event will see performances from Umphrey’s McGee, Mustard Plug, The Accidentals, a special set by The FBC All-Stars (employees from Founders Brewing Co.), with set break music from DJ Omega Supreme.The 21+ street festival event serves to celebrate beer and music from 3PM-11PM. Tickets go on sale April 14 at 11AM ET right here. Check out the lineup below:[Cover Photo by Paul Citone]
According to the ACE index, September of this year was the most active month for Atlantic hurricanes on record, with Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria and Category 4 Hurricane Jose falling during the month—Hurricane Harvey was not included in the statistic, as it began at the very tail-end of August. Many communities are still recovering from these devastating storms and will be for the coming months and years as they return to their homes and begin to rebuild. Though the destruction has been tragic, it has also served as a way for people across the country to come together to support those affected by the tragedy. In keeping with this theme of standing together in the face of catastrophe, yesterday, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced that all five living former U.S. presidents will appear at a hurricane relief concert on October 21st at the Reed Arena at Texas A&M University.Bruce Springsteen Releases New Live ’78 Album To Benefit Hurricane Relief EffortsFormer presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter have all signed on to participate in the benefit concert dubbed Deep From The Heart: The One America Appeal. Eschewing notions of conventional bipartisanship, the five ex-presidents, alternatingly representing the Democratic and Republican parties, came together following the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, with the ex-POTUSes releasing a video in early September calling on Americans to help out. Deep From The Heart: The One America Appeal is the next step in this collaboration of former leaders of the US, though the benefit will expand its efforts to also support those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.The Main Squeeze Release Live Album To Benefit Salvation Army Hurricane Relief FundIn addition to appearances by Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Carter, the benefit concert will also feature musicians (primarily those of the country genre) like ALABAMA, the Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams, Cassadee Pope, and Stephanie Quayle, with country star Lee Greenwood emceeing the event. All of the money raised by ticket sales will be donated to storm victims through a number of charities, including Houston Harvey Relief Fund, Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, and The Fund for the Virgin Islands.Watch Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, And Lupe Fiasco Team Up At Robert Glasper’s Hurricane BenefitAs former President George H.W. Bush said in a statement, “The 43rd President and I, and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal,’ are very grateful to these wonderful performers—some of them old friends, some of them new—for giving their time and talent to help the urgent cause of hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. It’s important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we’re with them for the long haul.”[H/T CNN]
On August 8th, 1969, The Beatles took a stroll across the street outside London’s EMI Studios to shoot the cover photo for their magnum opus, 1969’s Abbey Road. Earlier today, nearly 49 years later, McCartney recreated the iconic image as he strode into the building—now known as Abbey Road Studios—for a surprise gig today. Watch Paul McCartney cross Abbey Road in the clip below, posted to his Instagram: This appearance comes as Paul McCartney begins to prime the engines for a big year ahead. In June, Sir Paul announced his newest solo LP, Egypt Station, set to be released on September 7th via Capitol Records. He also released a pair of singles from the upcoming album, “I Don’t Know” and “Come To Me”. Earlier this month, McCartney announced a four-night Canadian run this September, the first dates on his new ‘Freshen Up’ Tour. In the ensuing weeks, McCartney has announced several more Freshen Up dates, including stops in Poland, Austria, England, and Scotland in December. While the Canadian dates mark the only announced North American shows as of now, the timing of the confirmed concerts (Canada in the fall, Europe in the winter), seem to indicate that McCartney has carved out some time for a trek through the States this fall.The former member of The Beatles recently joined late-night TV host James Corden for a drive around his native Liverpool, England for an emotional edition of Carpool Karaoke that’s well worth the watch. Check out the full video of Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke segment here.For more information on Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, or to keep an out for updates on his ‘Freshen Up’ Tour, head over to his website.
Drive-By Truckers founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have announced they will hit the road as a duo this spring, touring together as Dimmer Twins. The name Dimmer Twins is a nod to the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who are sometimes referred to as the “Glimmer Twins.” This stripped-down duo setting will feature original solo and duo material written by Hood and Cooley, as well as some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written over the years.Dimmer Twins will begin their spring tour on the East Coast, starting things off with a show at Savannah, GA’s Savannah Music Festival on April 11th, before stops at Asheville, NC’s Grey Eagle (4/12 & 4/13); Annapolis, MD’s Rams Head Live (4/15); Sellersville, PA’s Sellersville Theater (4/16); South Orange, NJ’s SOPAC (4/17); Port Washington, NY’s Landmark on Main Street (4/18); Albany, NY’s The Egg (4/19); and Tarrytown, NY’s Tarrytown Music Hall on April 20th.The duo will then head west with shows at Portland, OR’s Rev Hall (5/9); Seattle, WA’s Tractor Tavern (5/10 & 5/11); Eugene, OR’s WOW Hall (5/12); Berkeley, CA’s Freight & Salvage (5/15); San Francisco, CA’s Swedish American Hall (5/16); and will wrap things up with a tour closing two-night run at Los Angeles, CA’s Largo on May 17th and 18th.A Dimmer Twins fan pre-sale is currently underway here, with a general on-sale beginning this Friday, January 18th.For ticketing and more information head to the duo’s website.Dimmer Twins Spring Tour Dates:4.11 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival4.12 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle4.13 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle4.15 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Live4.16 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater4.17 – South Orange, NJ – SOPAC4.18 – Port Washington, NY – Landmark on Main Street4.19 – Albany, NY – The Egg4.20 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall5.9 – Portland, OR – Rev Hall5.10 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern5.11 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern5.12 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall5.15 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage5.16 – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall5.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo5.18 – Los Angeles, CA – LargoView All Tour Dates
Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, recently announced his plans to open a music venue in downtown Denver, where patrons will be allowed and encouraged to use marijuana with no threat of security. Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge will officially open its doors with an exclusive members-only event on Friday, April 5th, followed by the general public unveiling on Saturday, April 6th.Officially named Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge @ V&P, the new music venue and lounge will open at Vape & Play’s 1753 S. Broadway location along Denver’s infamous “Green Mile” stretch of dispensaries. The venue will allow patrons to bring in and consume their own legally purchased or homegrown marijuana, however, the venue will not sell marijuana or alcohol. According to Jambase, the new venue will feature ongoing event series including Stoner Cinema, “Deaner’s Denver Jam,” The Devil’s Lettuce Comedy Show, and The Saturday Morning Cartoons & Cannabis Jam.Dean Ween explains in a statement,The HPL will be a geographic extension of my living room, my studio, and my man-cave. Being a man of impeccable tastes, I feel positive that it will serve your entertainment needs as well and make for a great hang. My mission statement and overall goal for the HPL is to re-create my personal happy place — rooms where there is something compelling available to touch, smell, stare at, or listen to at all times.Daily passes to Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge will run fans $10, which covers entrance into the intimate lounge area featuring a “bong/rig library” and free video games. Weekly passes will be available for $50, while monthly memberships cost $150 and include access to members-only events and early-bird and discounted tickets to premium and off-site events.Monthly memberships go on sale this Friday, March 22nd, while daily and weekly passes go on sale April 1st. Monthly members will be guaranteed entrance to the venue’s grand opening celebration on April 5th, as well as a VIP pre-party for the annual 4/20 Puff Ball.Head to Dean Wean’s Honey Pot Lounge’s website for more information,Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, recently announced his plans to open a music venue in downtown Denver, where patrons will be allowed and encouraged to use marijuana with no threat of security. Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge will officially open its doors with an exclusive members-only event on Friday, April 5th, followed by the general public unveiling on Saturday, April 6th.,Dean Ween explains in a statement,The HPL will be a geographic extension of my living room, my studio, and my man-cave. Being a man of impeccable tastes, I feel positive that it will serve your entertainment needs as well and make for a great hang. My mission statement and overall goal for the HPL is to re-create my personal happy place — rooms where there is something compelling available to touch, smell, stare at, or listen to at all times.Daily passes to Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge will run fans $10, which covers entrance into the intimate lounge area featuring a “bong/rig library” and free video games. Weekly passes will be available for $50, while monthly memberships cost $150 and include access to members-only events and early-bird and discounted tickets to premium and off-site events.Monthly memberships go on sale this Friday, March 22nd, while daily and weekly passes go on sale April 1st. Monthly members will be guaranteed entrance to the venue’s grand opening celebration on April 5th, as well as a VIP pre-party for the annual 4/20 Puff Ball.Head to Dean Wean’s Honey Pot Lounge’s website for more information
Read Full Story A new report by a study group from the Center for a New American Security is calling for a dramatic and ambitious expansion of ties between the U.S. and India. The study group was co-chaired by former Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns, who heads the Future of Diplomacy Project in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.The report, issued on Wednesday in Washington in advance of President Obama’s planned state visit to India in November, says the initiatives led by Presidents Clinton and Bush appear to have stalled, and despite some recent steps to try to break the inertia, “there remains a sense among observers in both countries that this critical relationship is falling short of its promise.”Study group member Daniel Twining, an Asia expert and former administration adviser on South Asia policy, wrote in the “Shadow Government” blog on the Foreign Policy website that the bipartisan CNAS project is “an important report laying out a concrete vision and action agenda for the future of U.S-India relations [that] seeks to provide a blueprint for the Obama administration as it considers how to reinvigorate relations with India, which have drifted over the past 22 months.”The report declares:“The transformation of U.S. ties with New Delhi over the past 10 years, led by Presidents Clinton and Bush, stands as one of the most significant triumphs of recent American foreign policy. It has also been a bipartisan success… Many prominent Indians and Americans, however, now fear this rapid expansion of ties has stalled. Past projects remain incomplete, few new ideas have been embraced by both sides, and the forward momentum that characterized recent cooperation has subsided. The Obama administration has taken significant steps to break through this inertia, including with its Strategic Dialogue this spring and President Obama’s planned state visit to India in November 2010. Yet there remains a sense among observers in both countries that this critical relationship is falling short of its promise.”As undersecretary of state from 2005 to 2008, Burns played a key role in turning the long-troubled US-Indian relationship into a partnership that changes the political landscape in South Asia and acknowledges India’s role as the world’s largest democracy. Burns, now Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, led negotiations on the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement.Read the full report, Natural Allies: A Blueprint for the Future of U.S.-India Relations.
Like any good summer sports league, Harvard’s Rhino Cup volleyball tournament features sun, sand, sweat … and scientists.For more than 20 years, the inhabitants of Harvard’s labs have ducked outside after Commencement, playing weekly games through the end of August.Science comes first for most of the year, but when warm weather rolls around, wins and losses on the volleyball court give lab results a run for their money.“You get ‘street cred’ in our department from your volleyball record and your teaching scores. We’re highly competitive on both fronts,” said John Rinn, assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, after a steamy mid-August game. He looked at David Kelley, the tall postdoc standing next to him, and quipped, “I hired him for his net skills.”The hourlong weekly games build camaraderie among lab members, Rinn said, giving them a break from their work hunting for new human genes, as well as a bit of exercise.“For us, it’s kind of a lab outing once a week,” said Rinn. “I moved to this campus two years ago, and this is one of the best parts about it, the interface with all the different labs in a fun and competitive way.”Rhino League Commissioner Lance Schumacher, a technician with Harvard’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, recalls seeing the volleyball court on the way to his job interview and describes something akin to love at first sight.“I walked through the alleyway and saw the court. I said, I better get this job,” Schumacher said.The league’s murky origins stretch back to an ’80s community-building effort by Cabot Professor of Biology Richard Losick, whose group played teams from other labs on a rough court in the Biological Laboratories’ courtyard.Michelle Chantries goes for a save at the Rhino Cup volleyball league game where scientists compete for the Rhino Cup, named for the statues that grace the courtyard of the Biological Laboratories.“My lab’s best year was when we had some undergraduate ringers, but we have never won the cup, to my frustration,” said Losick, who still fields a team. “When I was younger, I used to play, but now I volunteer my services to the opposition. They never accept.”The league, named after the life-sized bronze rhino statues that have flanked the Bio Labs’ entrance since 1937, is open to all Harvard ID holders and includes a significant part of Harvard’s Cambridge-based scientific community, with 300 to 400 participants on 39 teams. The league remains dominated, however, by teams from the chemistry and biology labs in the buildings nearby.After weeks of regular season play, teams this month are deep into the double-elimination playoffs. The last four teams standing will face off in the finals on Aug. 29, with the winner getting the Rhino Cup, which shows the animal perched on a lab cylinder while balancing a volleyball on its horn.As commissioner, Schumacher — who wants to have his title changed to Rhino League “Czar” — manages the complex schedule and settles disputes, with an eye more toward fairness and fun than hard-core competition.“It’s Harvard,” Schumacher said. “They’re not athletes, they’re geniuses.”Most of the league’s rules have grown organically, in response to complaints over the years, Schumacher said. Games are played by pre-1999 rules, with scores to 15 and only the serving team able to score points. To even out competition, different divisions were established to separate teams more interested in competition from those mainly interested in fun. To keep the four- or five-games-a-day schedule running smoothly, the games go on rain or shine — unless there’s lightning. And to keep teams from bringing in ringers, players have to hold that Harvard ID, though there’s one exception: Past players are always welcome.“Once rhino, always rhino,” Schumacher said.Rhino Cup playoffs continue today through Aug. 29. For more information, including teams and times.
A new online visualization tool designed to help users see connections between faculty, academic programs, and research and teaching areas has been deployed on the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) website.A defining characteristic of SEAS is the interconnectedness of teaching and research areas. It is organized around broad and overlapping areas, but has no traditional departments.The tool allows for graduate students or prospective industry collaborators to quickly identify SEAS faculty members who conduct research in a particular field. In addition, individuals interested in one of the degree programs can see how it corresponds to different research areas and the faculty who teach in that program.“Those who work and study at SEAS experience on a daily basis the web of connections across areas, programs, and faculty,” said SEAS Dean, Cherry A. Murray. “The new visualization tool graphically illustrates those connections, and by extension helps users imagine their own place within SEAS.” Read Full Story
The New Hampshire primary, long considered the official kickoff of the presidential campaign season, is still more than a year away. But after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s surprise announcement last week that he would not seek the Republican nomination again sent his would-be rivals and the media into a scramble, it’s clear that the “invisible primary,” the behind-the-scenes jockeying for key donors and advisers before a run, is well underway.Just don’t put much stock in polling that purports to predict the Republican and Democratic parties’ nominees or who will win the election in 2016.“The polls have no value,” said Peter D. Hart, a leading public-opinion analyst and chairman of Hart Research Associates, which conducts the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Incremental movements in favor of one candidate over another, especially in a large primary field, don’t tell much about what voters will do on that faraway Election Day.“It’s really the shiny object that they’re going for. We all remember the hour and a half that Herman Cain was going to be our next president,” Hart joked Tuesday during a talk at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.But it’s not too early to gauge how potential voters are feeling or assess how the likely candidates on both sides might fare. Last month, Hart conducted a news-making focus group in Aurora, Colo., to get a read on the country’s mood on the issues that may factor into the 2016 election, and the candidates who will have to address them.“What’s striking at this stage [is that] anger appears much closer to surface than in the past,” said Hart, who teaches at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.Creating jobs, defeating the Islamic State, and reducing the deficit were the top priorities for Republicans and independents, while Democrats said reducing economic inequality was more critical than the deficit, his study said.“One of the things that emerged out of this is just how much Americans hate the government and hate Congress, particularly,” Hart said. There is “tremendous distrust, unhappiness,” and a belief that Washington doesn’t know or care about the economic struggles of ordinary citizens. “It bothers people, it frustrates them, it just makes them feel very, very uncertain,” he said.Another surprising finding, Hart said, was the strong, even bipartisan interest in U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. The former Harvard Law School professor, a progressive Democrat, has repeatedly said she isn’t running for president. But those interviewed said she best understood their outrage over a Washington that seems to work mostly for the wealthy.“Elizabeth Warren is perfect on one issue for an awful lot of Americans,” he said. But whether voters would see her as perfect on a host of other issues, such as foreign policy, or in the role of commander in chief is another matter: “That I don’t know.”If she ran, Hart said, Warren shows potential to be a galvanizing dark horse like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., “electric and different enough that you don’t know where it would go. Now, do I think she’d get in? No. But she has clearly hit a vein in much the same way as Robert Kennedy … hit in 1968.”Asked by Shorenstein Center Director Alex Jones to handicap the field today, Hart said, “The betting odds would have to be Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, if you just had to pick at this stage. Would I bet? No.”Given the historic pattern of midterm elections indicating which way voters are leaning during the sixth year of two-term presidencies, Hart gives Republicans the edge over Democrats in 2016.Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has both pluses and minuses from her decades in the political arena. “Hillary’s campaign will be bigger than life, and everyone will have an opinion on that,” Hart said.Former President Bill Clinton is unlikely to cast the same shadow over her campaign as he did in 2008. “You could say … eight years ago, her husband could be both an asset and a liability. At this state of the game, I think he’s 100 percent asset,” Hart said.On the other hand, Jeb Bush has been out of the public eye for 12 years and has not yet separated himself from his brother, George W. Bush, or his father, George H.W. Bush, both former presidents.“Jeb is not defined enough … A lot needs to be filled in,” Hart said. Working in Jeb Bush’s favor is that his 2016 strategy centers on a positive message about the country’s identity and future, not simply partisan score-settling or reopening old wounds. “It is a pretty smart way to talk to the American public,” Hart said. “It’s consensus versus confrontation.”Peter D. Hart: The Voters Speak Out: Expectations for 2016 | Shorenstein CenterSpeaker series with Peter D. Hart, chairman of Hart Research Associates.