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  • Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Welcome Steve Kimock, Tal Wilkenfeld, Guest Horns In Tour Finale [Full Video]

    first_imgA spirited run through “Black-Throated Wind” saw Weir welcome saxophonist Kenny Brooks and trumpeter Reggie Pittman to the fold for the first time on the night. After the tune, Bob Weir thanked the Monday night crowd. “Thanks for your kind attention,” he noted. “How’re y’all doin’ out there tonight? Y’all having fun? Of course you are. This next one’s a true story. It’s about a girl I know, but everybody knows one of these girls. And it’s just a little advice for her…” The girl in question was “Odessa”, the big-mouthed heroine of RatDog lore, who made just her second appearance of the tour. To close out set one, Weir brought out Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld for an unusual one-two punch of “Scarlett Begonias” and “Cassidy”, the latter featuring Kimock on guitar. As Cassidy finished, Weir encouraged those in attendance to donate to victims of the devastating fires that engulfed California this week. On Monday night, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros closed out their first-ever tour with a bang at New York’s storied Beacon Theatre. While Bob Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was‘ first night at The Beacon highlighted the core trio’s abilities as a unit, the final night of the tour was all about getting their friends involved, as a rotating cast of guests joined the band throughout the show.The performance began with Weir/John Perry Barlow classic “The Music Never Stopped” before segueing smoothly into Rob Wasserman‘s “Easy Answers” with help from the first guest of the evening, guitarist Steve Kimock. “Easy Answers” found its way back into a brief reprise of “The Music Never Stopped” as Kimock left the stage. Next up was a cover of Bobby Darin‘s deceptively upbeat “Artificial Flowers”, marking just the second rendition of the vocal standard this tour. Blue Mountain track “Only A River” followed, featuring another appearance by Kimock. When Weir and company returned to the stage for set two, the once again had Brooks and Pittman in tow. The pair would remain onstage for the duration of the seamless set two. As they slid into their “Even So”, Weir noted, “We’re gonna start off with a ballad, which hardly anyone ever does. Probably for good reason.” The song’s appropriate lyrics (“Bad news, the wolfman’s at the door”) set a smokey tone for what would become a remarkable set.Yet another RatDog tune came next in “October Queen”, followed by a soaring rendition of “Bird Song” and a jazz-inflected run through “Eternity”. “Eternity” eventually bled into “The Other One” as Kimock once again entered the fold, where he’d remain for the rest of the show. An emotional reading of “Days Between” succeded “The Other One” before a celebratory “Turn On Your Love Light” rounded out the set. Finally, Wilkenfeld rejoined the band for the encore, helping the trio-turned-sextet through a powerful “Ripple” > “Brokedown Palace” encore.With that, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ first-ever tour has reached its conclusion. From here, Weir has a few weeks off before heading to Hawaii on New Year’s Eve to join Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., and more for Billy’s “Rising Up To Paradise” benefit.Thank you, Bobby, Jay, and Don, for a real good time this fall.You can watch full crowd-shot video of Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ tour finale at The Beacon below:Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – 11/19/18 – Set One[Video: rdeal1999]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – 11/19/18 – Set Two[Video: rdeal1999]Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 11/19/18Set One: The Music Never Stopped > Easy Answers* > The Music Never Stopped (Reprise), Artificial Flowers, Only A River*, Black-Throated Wind#, Odessa*#, Scarlet Begonias^ > Cassidy*^Set Two: Even So# > October Queen# > Bird Song# > Eternity# > The Other One#* > Days Between#* > Turn On Your Love Light#*Encore: Ripple*^ > Brokedown Palace*^Notes:*with Steve Kimock (guitar)^with Tal Wilkenfeld (bass)#with Kenny Brooks, Reggie Pittman (sax, trumpet)last_img read more

  • Minister Norton anxious to implement comprehensive sports plan

    first_imgDR George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion, seems to have a master plan on how he intends to change the landscape of sports in Guyana since taking charge of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport on September 1.Norton, who also served as Minister of Public Health after a change of Government in 2005, is no stranger to sports in Guyana, with his exploits in football, athletics, swimming and other areas of sports being well documented.Upon adding sports as an area of control to his portfolio in the President David Granger-led government, Norton had spoken on many occasions about how excited he was to finally be in a position to serve in the capacity of his passion.On Wednesday, speaking exclusively with Chronicle Sport, the former Health Minister said “what we need to do is to make certain that all the budgetary allocations given for sports, be spent for and spent in time for the 2017 (budget).”Norton’s predecessor Nicolette Henry, who now heads the Ministry of Education, was criticised for her obvious lack of interest in sports and at a meeting with her staff to announce her move to the ‘Brickdam Office’ confessed to not placing emphasis on sports as she did on culture and youth.“I would hate to ever think that we will have to return moneys to the consolidated funds that were earmarked for sports, because from this time of the year, we’ve already started preparing a budget for 2018, but whatever was in that budget for 2017, my immediate goal is to spend it; make certain that we use the money for what it was earmarked for,” said Dr Norton.The Sport Minister further noted, “the second instance, I would want to see if we can try to make all the sporting facilities functional that are available. In other words, if we have a ground, it must be in a condition that our sports team can make use of.”“I would really want a national team to be a true representation of the Guyanese population because I think we have the skills, even though it’s not completely harnessed in the sense that everyone is given that opportunity. I want to ensure that everyone in Guyana is given an equal opportunity to be exposed,” Norton pointed out.Expenditure in sports, the ministry received $536,979,000 for 2017, compared to $295,460,000 it received for this year.It means that sports got $241,519,000 more than it received in 2016, representing an increase of 82 percent for the Department. In addition, the National Sports Commission (NSC) was awarded $215,000,000 compared to $178,699,000 this year Current Expenditure.The NSC, under Director Christopher Jones, also enjoyed an increase of $36,301,000 – a 20% boost from their previous budget allocation. … Looking to make full use of budgetary allocationlast_img read more

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