April 15, 2021

Buddy Guy Brings The Blues Back To Life At The Novo In Los Angeles

first_imgPhoto: Brandon Weil Load remaining images In today’s music landscape, the blues is both everywhere and nowhere—well, almost nowhere. Strains of what is arguably America’s most consequential contribution to world music can be found in places both obvious (rhythm and blues, rock, country) and not so obvious (hip-hop, electronic dance music).But the rolls of honest-to-goodness bluesmen and blueswomen are slim, and thin each year.In 2015, B.B. King, 89, and Wendell Holmes, 71, both passed. 2016 claimed Prince, 57, and Maurice White, 74, whose respective repertoires were offshoots of roots that trace back to the Delta. Come 2017, two of the greats who paved the way from the blues to rock n’ roll—Chuck Berry, 90, and Fats Domino, 89—went knocking on heaven’s door.Those losses have hardly been attended by the requisite replenishing of their ranks. Guitarists from John Mayer to Gary Clark Jr., Son Little to Dan Auerbach, Derek Trucks to Jack White have done their part to fill the void. But even their extraordinary efforts and talents have only done so much to keep the music alive, to make sure the blues has its own story to tell beyond the inheritance it has left to its musical descendants.Which makes what happened at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles on a pleasant mid-March night not only revelatory in its own right, but vital to the very existence of the blues.That was evident as soon as Buddy Guy strolled onstage on Sunday night. The 81-year-old patriarch of Chicago blues bypassed opening pleasantries and dove straight into a ripping solo to triumphantly declare “Damn Right, I Got The Blues.”“If you don’t like the blues,” he told the audience at the 2,300-seat theater, “you shouldn’t have called me.”Nobody there seemed anything less than thrilled to see Buddy in all his rocking, raunchy, age-defying glory. The whole front section stood and cooed through “Hoochie Coochie Man,” egged on by (and egging on) Guy’s erotic embrace of his guitar. Their support had Buddy blustering after “She’s Nineteen Years Old,” like a sailor fresh off the boat, “Y’all gonna make me play all fucking night. I don’t care.”Granted, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows between the octogenarian and his adoring fans. When the crowd flubbed the lyrics to “Hoochie Coochie Man”, he let them know about it, with plenty of profanity as well as praise…for an audience in Tokyo that knew the words better.By and large, though, Buddy was there to give attendees young and old more than a taste of America’s musical foundations. He painted a portrait of a musical Renaissance Man whose career carried him from the Bayou to the Windy City and on to every other place where music is treasured.With a hat that read “Buddy Guy, Our Friend For Life” and the initials “BG” glimmering from his guitar strap, he regaled a receptive audience with tales told with both his tunes and his words. He sang of what it was like going back to Louisiana on “That’s My Home”, shared his mother’s wisdom that physical beauty is only “Skin Deep”, and flashed back to recording with Chicago blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson before bounding into “Who’s Making Love”. He shared stories of playing at a Stanford fraternity in the 1960s, where he wasn’t paid but was appreciative to have been offered a place to stay, and of bringing his Muddy Waters record to school in hopes of scoring music lessons.But Buddy didn’t stay stuck in his own past. He shared his interpretations of where the blues went, from its blossoming with John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” and King’s “Sweet 16” to subsequent distillations through the Rolling Stone’s “Satisfaction,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” and Cream’s “Strange Brew.”He also acknowledged, both explicitly and implicitly, how changing attitudes in the wider world had altered his own. He credited the rise of hip-hop for his frequent cursing, and gave a nod to the #MeToo movement when, before some particularly edgy tunes (including Johnnie Taylor’s “Cheaper to Keep Her”), he reminded all within earshot that “I didn’t write these fucking songs. I’m just playing them.”Throughout a raucous romp that raged well past the designated 10:30 p.m. stop time, he channeled guitar savants from Hendrix to Tom Morello in showing off all the different ways to play. He plucked his string with a drumstick and strummed with a towel during a rendition of Little Milton’s “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” used his teeth to find tones during his brief ode to Jimi and rubbed the frets across his rear end while turning out his version of “Sunshine Of Your Love.”His most important work, though, wasn’t entirely what he did on stage. Buddy played his own classic, “Someone Else Is Steppin’ In,” while slipping out to the audience. He shuffled all the way to the bar on the opposite end of the venue, where revelers could experience his artistry up close, before circling back around to the front of the house.Along the way, he found a friend in the crowd: a seven-year-old named Quinn, who came equipped with his own guitar. Buddy invited Quinn onto the stage, where he showed the kid some tricks as they played Stevie Ray Vaughan’s standard “Pride and Joy.” “Whatever stage you be on from now on,” Buddy told Quinn, “put it on.”That same advice applied just as well to Buddy’s opener, Brandy Zdan. The Canadian rocker interrupted a run of her own plucky punk-ish songs, among them “More of a Man Than Me” and “I Want Your Trouble,” to show off her own eight-bar blues prowess with a riveting interpretation of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”In truth, Buddy’s message was one for the masses, the youth included. He won’t be around forever to captivate and inspire on behalf of the blues. Someday, he will go the way of so many of his contemporaries. The blues can survive on the brilliant efforts of the genre’s current, aforementioned heirs. But for the blues to thrive, to find renewed life in forms of music that have yet to be invented, its proprietors must extend a wider, deeper reach across times and places and generations. It’s a commendable, perhaps necessary effort that Buddy began when he moved from Baton Rouge to Chicago in 1957 and has continued in the six decades since then. With any luck, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will find, if not forge, more than a few musical scions before his playing days are done, to ensure that the thread shared by seemingly all American music still has a distinguishable presence within the planet’s ever-expanding sonic tapestry.Check out the gallery below, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.Buddy Guy | The Nova | Los Angeles, CA | 3/10/18 | Photos: Brandon Weillast_img read more

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Rory O’Malley & More Enlisted for Nerds, A Musical Dot-Comedy on B’way

first_img Nerds, A Musical Dot-Comedy View Comments Rory O’Malley & Bryan Fenkart (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Showscenter_img The geeks are now in place! Tony nominee Rory O’Malley and Bryan Fenkart have boarded the cast of Nerds, A Musical Dot-Comedy as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, respectively. Also on board are Patti Murin, Lindsay Mendez, Benny Elledge, Rob Morrison and Kevin Pariseau. Directed by Casey Hushion and choreographed by Josh Bergasse, the new tuner is set to begin previews on April 1 and will officially open on April 21 at the Longacre Theatre.O’Malley earned a Tony nod for his performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon. His additional credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Nobody Loves You. Fenkart made his Broadway debut in Memphis. He recently appeared in Diner at the Signature Theater in Virginia.Murin, who takes on the role of Sally, has appeared in Lysistrata Jones and Xanadu on Broadway and in Wicked on tour. Mendez, who will play Myrtle, has previously starred in Wicked on Broadway and Dogfight off-Broadway. Nerds will mark Elledge’s Broadway debut; he will portray Steve Wozniak in the new musical. Morrison, set to play Paul Allen, also makes his Broadway debut in Nerds. Pariseau’s previous credits include Legally Blonde, Slut and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; he takes on the role of Tom Watson.The cast will also feature Tracee Beazer, Pierce Cassedy, Luther Creek, Joshua Franklin, Katie Lee Hill, Raymond J. Lee and Methany Moore.Another crucial cast member: you, by way of app integrations before and after the show and during intermission. The social interaction will allow theatergoers to chat with fellow audience members, choose the show’s ending and more.Featuring a book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner and music by Hal Goldberg, Nerds tells the story of the rise of computer technology and the two men that made it all possible—Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The production follows the founding fathers of personal computing as they transform from nerds to billionaires.Nerds previously ran in 2013 at North Carolina Theatre’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, with Stanley Bahorek as Bill Gates, Darren Ritchie as Steve Jobs, Diana DeGarmo as Sally and Leslie Kritzer as Myrtle, under the direction of Marc Bruni. from $39last_img read more

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Plant Growth Regulators

first_imgA University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agronomist says managing vegetative growth is key for cotton farmers. Yields and profits may be at risk without the use of plant growth regulators (PGRs). A PGR is chemical compound that limits the vegetative growth of a plant — in this case, cotton. Managing the plant’s growth is often necessary because of Georgia’s environment, climate and the growth characteristics of varieties used by growers, said Jared Whitaker, a crop and soil scientist with UGA Extension. “In Georgia, we’ve got a relatively long growing season,” Whitaker said. “In most cases, we do an excellent job of providing the plant what it needs in regard to soil fertility and irrigation, if available. We know that this situation sets up good yield potential but often creates more vegetative growth than needed and wanted. When uncontrolled, excessive vegetative growth can delay maturity and make the canopy too large and thick.”“With this excessive growth (often referred to as rank cotton), there can be issues with boll rot and more potential for target leaf spot disease,” Whitaker said. “It’s more difficult for spray to penetrate into the canopy and it can make harvest more difficult and slow.” Whitaker said boll rot could be a big concern in rank cotton. An overgrown plant increases the potential for high moisture down in the canopy. When bolls crack open slowly, they rend up retaining too much moisture, setting the stage for rot and potentially significant yield loss. Many factors to consider before applicationWhitaker said multiple factors have to be considered when applying PGRs, including temperature, soil moisture, irrigation and field history. The PGR needs also vary among different cotton varieties. For several years, up to 85 percent of cotton planted in Georgia was the variety DP 555 BR, an aggressively growing cotton requiring intensive PGR management. UGA cotton experts and Georgia farmers knew the variety very well and knew how to manage it best. However, that variety is no longer available, and farmers have worked to fill that void with a diverse collection of varieties. These varieties all have different growth characteristics and PGR needs. Some grow aggressively and require heavy management. However, some are sensitive to growth regulators, and farmers risk overusing PGRs and damaging their yields, Whitaker said. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, cotton generated $1.2 billion in Georgia in 2014 and accounted for 42 percent of the state’s row and forage crops. “What we try to do is manage growth, but what we don’t want to do is overdo it,” he said. “Ultimately, if we overdo it, we can potentially limit plant growth and end up with too few fruiting positions to maximize yield. Our hot and humid environment along with unpredictable rainfall patterns tend to limit fruit retention, so we often need a large plant to have enough positions in order to reach optimum yield potential.”Plant growth regulators are generally applied more than once per year and up to three or four times during the growing season. Whitaker has conducted a significant amount of research with PGRs and new cotton varieties to see which methods work best. More detailed information can be found at the UGA cotton website or by contacting UGA Extension agents at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. last_img read more

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Navies of Colombia and Brazil Start Joint Exercises

first_img The Navies of Colombia and Brazil started combined exercises including: search and rescue, maritime interdiction, communications, boarding, and other maneuvers in the Caribbean, on October 1, according to a military statement released in Bogotá. By Dialogo October 03, 2012 Operation Cobra performs different international operations with the Colombian Navy to increase the readiness and training of ships and crews. The ship will join the Colombian frigate ARC Caldas in the joint training called Operation Cobra. center_img The Brazilian Navy Ship Greenhalgh, one of the most emblematic and famous ships to have participated in the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS, arrived in the port of Cartagena for the drills. So far this year, there have been similar operations performed with the Netherlands and France.last_img read more

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U.S. merchants behind in online consumer authentication

first_imgby: Brian DayWith U.S. online sales forecast to reach more than $320 billion by 2016, it’s clear Americans are becoming more comfortable shopping online with each passing year. The same appears to be true for consumers across the globe, with eMarketer predicting worldwide ecommerce sales to total $1.5 trillion this year.Making these sales secure is a hot-button issue for many in the payments industry, and increasingly, the consumer. Online authentication methods, such as Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode were introduced a number of years ago as an additional layer of security for online transactions. Created as fraud-prevention tools, these methods require online shoppers to securely verify their identity for safer ecommerce transactions.Interestingly, a recent report found only 57 percent of online merchants are using consumer authentication technology on their websites. Of those retailers who do not employ a consumer authentication method, 20 percent listed fear of losing the sale as their number one reason for not requiring it. Thirteen percent were concerned about creating a negative shopping experience, and 10 percent simply wanted nothing to do with consumer authentication.The Cardinal Commerce report, Use of Consumer Authentication in eCommerce: Annual Survey, 2014, concluded North American retailers, in particular, have fallen behind global merchants in requiring authentication. Fewer than half (43 percent) of North American merchants are enrolled in at least one consumer authentication program, while 60 percent of online merchants outside North America employ some sort of authentication method.Education is a key component to increased merchant adoption of consumer authentication methods. The report offers evidence that the “fear factor” can be overcome by the “happiness factor” authentication-using merchants have expressed. Specifically, 81 percent of retailers polled expressed satisfaction with the authentication solutions they use. Additionally, 57 percent of merchants said using authentication had no effect on sales conversion, either positive or negative; and 21 percent indicated it had a positive effect on sales. Lastly, 59 percent of retailers worldwide said authentication resulted in fewer chargebacks; 65 percent said it had neither a positive nor negative impact on the user experience; and 13 percent indicated it improved the shopping experience. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Auto financing flex

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers are increasingly looking for greater flexibility in financing their vehicles. As an example, some like residual financing, such as the balloon lending program credit unions can offer as an alternative to traditional leasing or loan programs through Auto Financial Group. This program reduces consumers’ monthly payments by letting them pay off just a part of the principal during the term of the financing. When all the payments are made, the borrower pays the lender a lump sum or “balloon payment” for the difference.According to Experian Automotive, all types of leasing, including residual-based financing, have grown from 24 percent to 31 percent over the last five years.This is not surprising when you consider that Experian Automotive also finds the average auto loan amount has increased 16 percent since 2011. In 2011 the average was $25,873, while today the average loan amount has increased to $30,032. Some consumers are unable or unwilling to purchase a new vehicle and are looking to financial institutions for financing options.In all of this, used cars, including certified pre-owned vehicles, have become an attractive option for consumers looking to lower their monthly payments and shorten their terms. According to a recent survey by Swapalease.com, an online car lease marketplace, 78 percent of drivers said they would consider using lease options, including residual-based financing, for their purchase of a used car or truck. continue reading »last_img read more

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Planning, post-Equifax

first_imgWith the personal information of up to 143 million consumers stolen, the Equifax data breach is believed to be the worst of all time. The stolen information is personal credit bureau data that lasts a consumers’ entire lifetime. Fraudsters have Social Security numbers, addresses, drivers’ licenses, dates of birth and credit cards, all pieces of information we rely on to confirm identity. Now that information can be bought and sold many times—and used to defraud banks, credit unions and consumers for years.Naturally, if fraudsters have so much identifying information on consumers and members, that means the foundation that banks and credit unions use to control new account fraud or application fraud is badly damaged. Fraud departments will need to change.Impact to Fraud DepartmentsExpect an increase of better and well-disguised fraud attempts. Therefore, fraud prevention and mitigation tools that worked in the past may not work anymore. How should your fraud department plan for the next 12 to 24 months? Following are five practical ways fraud managers can effectively plan for in the aftermath of the breach. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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For some, fireworks celebrations are not joyous, they’re traumatic

first_img“We’re seeing PTSD come out 50 years later for Vietnam veterans. Never had any problems, and then all of a sudden some incident will bring it out,” said Margolius. “Those who have been through combat, who have heard all the loud noises and so forth, it just brings that back to them,” said Margolius. Even for veterans who haven’t been formally diagnosed with PTSD, it only takes one sound to cause a trigger. The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group says there are about 14,000 veterans in Broome County, and about 100,000 veterans across the entire Southern Tier. “If their neighbors are shooting off fireworks, they’ll try to hide in the basement or something like that. Put in earplugs, or listen to loud music,” said Margolius. For veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a firework setting off can have triggering effects. “I know a number of veterans who not only have PTSD, but are very, very skiddish about fireworks,” said Southern Tier Veterans Support Group President Ben Margolius. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 30 percent of Vietnam veterans experience PTSD at some point during their lifetime. Veterans in the Gulf War are at about 12 percent. (WBNG) — On the holiday meant to celebrate America’s freedom, it can often be a terrifying experience for those who fought for that same freedom. Fireworks are often the stars of the show on the Fourth of July, but for veterans, it can be a nightmare. last_img read more

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Pavilions during OEEC

first_imgThe Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) provides the platform to meet new prospects and strengthen relationships with other leading industry players.With a strong percentage of stands already sold, this edition is gearing up nicely.OEEC will also be welcoming the following international pavilions: Iran, Italy, Scotland, Norway, the United Kingdom, China, and the Netherlands.With oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy all assembling at this event, which creates the ideal place to display your products and services to the world. Based on its track record, OEEC expects to attract over 12,000 offshore professionals representing around 100 nationalities and over 650 key players from the offshore industry exhibiting at the show.Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is one of Europe’s leading offshore energy events. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition, OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy. OEEC 2017 will be held at Amsterdam RAI on October 9, 10, 11, 2017.For more information head to www.offshore-energy.biz.last_img read more

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Tulip Oil brings online Q10 gas development in Dutch North Sea

first_imgDutch privately-held exploration and production operator Tulip Oil has started gas production from its Q10 offshore gas development in the Dutch North Sea.According to the company’s statement, the initial gas production from the well QA-01 started on Friday, February 15, 2019, to be processed at TAQA P15 platform before being sold to market.The production started just 12 months after taking the final investment decision (FID) on the project.Imad Mohsen, Chief Executive Officer stated: “Following one of the largest gas finds in the last decade in the Dutch North Sea, Tulip has demonstrated it can also successfully execute the largest natural gas project in Holland in 2018, with a perfect safety record, excellent quality while using best in class contractors that have delivered at unheard of cost and schedule.“Throughout the process we benefited from the support of our equity and bond investors as well as the full technical and financial backing of our JV partner, State-owned Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN).“We were aiming to be the benchmark to beat for finding and developing hydrocarbons in the future.”The development required the installation of a 42km pipeline by Allseas from the Q10A location to the P15d platform for export, which was installed just six months after the FID. The unmanned offshore platform was built by Heerema Fabrication Group and installed offshore in December 2018 using Deme Apollo vessel.In additional to the first discovery well Q10A-01, which has been put on production, up to four additional wells are being drilled by Borr rig, Prospector-1. Production will be ramped up slowly as these wells are put on stream.“Tulip has delivered as promised to our investors, bondholders and our joint venture partner Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN). Finishing ahead of schedule and on budget is a great achievement and Q10-A will be the cornerstone production and cash generator for the company’s future growth,” stated Martin Bell, Chief Finance Officer.The Q10 gas field was discovered in 2015 and lies 20km offshore the Netherlands in a shallow water environment. Tulip Oil owns a 60% interest in the Q07a/Q10 block and is the operator. Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN) holds the remaining interest.last_img read more

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