Brooklyn’s instrumental powerhouse The Budos Band will host their own hometown New Year’s gigs with a double date of shows at the Knitting Factory on Saturday, December 30th, and Sunday, December 31st. Musically, The Budos Band draws its unique sound from an amalgamation of influences, such as Ethiopian afrobeat, soul, funk, psychedelic rock, and even some prog-metal stylings. On stage, the band is a force to be reckoned with, bordering on the brink of mainly organized chaos, though always keeping a natural ebb and flow that keeps listeners grooving in some way, shape, or form. (More information on The Budos Band’s upcoming NYE run can be found here).Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats And The Budos Band Hit Red Rocks For First Of Two Nights [Photos]Back in 2005, The Budos Band landed a spot on funk and soul label Daptone Records—a label that has had the privilege of sharing the music of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, The Sugarman 3, Antibalas, and more—with their self-titled debut album. With the release of 2014’s Burnt Offering, “The band embraced the thick, Lo-Fi grunginess of 60’s era Blues and Rock albums, leaning heavily on fuzz boxes and echo to color the palate of the album.” The group has toured around the world, shared the stage with the unforgettable talent Charles Bradley on several occasions, and now carry the torch for Daptone Records with the untimely passings of both Bradley and Sharon Jones over the last year.The Budos Band with Charles Bradley, “Heart of Gold”[via Tim McG Photography & Video]Joining The Budos Band for their upcoming two-night Knitting Factory New Year’s Eve run will be Electric Citizen, The Nude Party, Evolfo, DJ Mikey Post, as well as a just announced special Sunflower Bean DJ Set on the 31st. Electric Citizen hails from Cincinnati, OH and is straight up, in-your-face rock and roll led by the incredible vocals of lead singer Laura Dolan.Electric Citizen, “Light Years Beyond”[via RidingEasy Records]The Nude Party is self-described “boner pop”—yes, you read that correctly—and clearly take life very seriously, as can be seen in their video (and possibly the greatest music videos of all time) for “Time To Go”.The Nude Party, “Time To Go”[via The Nude Party]Brooklyn’s own garage-soul act Evolfo will keep things local and is poised to make some serious moves of their own after releasing their latest album Last of the Acid Cowboys earlier this year.Evolfo, “Last Of The Acid Cowboys”[via Sofar Sounds]Tickets for the upcoming two-night Knitting Factory run are currently on-sale. Purchase tickets for December 30th here, and for December 31st here. A limited amount of two-night passes are available via Ticketweb. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
A few weeks ago, Ween added to their summer touring schedule, announcing a number of new shows in late July in Ohio and the Northeast. Today, the band has added to its upcoming tour dates, announcing a pair of shows at Edgefield Concerts in Troutdale, Oregon, a venue located just east of Portland. The group will head to the West Coast for the two-night run in August, with the shows on August 17th and 18th marketed as “An Evening With Ween.”The band, which consists of Gene and Dean Ween alongside longtime band members Claude Coleman, Jr. (drums), Dave Dreiwitz (bass) and Glenn McClelland (keyboards), had previously announced a June run through Missouri and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.As the band continues to add tour dates sporadically, here’s to hoping that these dates hint at the coming announcement of a full-fledged West Coast tour in the late summer. Tickets for Ween’s upcoming August 17th and August 18th performance at Edgefield go on sale on Friday, April 20th, at 10 a.m. (PT) via Ticketfly.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Jim James have announced their plans for a joint 2019 summer tour.The 8-date summer run will begin on June 21st at Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT. From there, the two acts will make their way to Bonner, MT (6/22); Seattle, WA (6/24); Vancouver, BC (6/25); Portland, OR (6/27); Anaheim, CA (7/2); Los Angeles, CA (7/3); and Paso Robles, CA (7/5).As James noted in his announcement of the tour on Instagram,friends! for over 150 years, the firm of claypool and lennon has been providing clients with only the finest in rock and roll delirium and stark raving madness. this summer i am excited and honored to say that we will be teaming up to offer a brand new twist on one of the most time tested and proven methods for inducing beautifully swirling and whirling delightfully delicious delirium: the healing power of rock and roll!As Les Claypool adds in a press release,Tour pairing is often a challenge in my world but I think we have a good package with The Delirium and Jim James. Jim’s music, from my perspective, is palatable to the masses yet has just enough eclecticism to keep an oddball like me intrigued. I look forward to shambling around the country with him.The tour will see The Claypool Lennon Delirium, led by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, continue to support their brand-new sophomore release, South of Reality. James will continue to support his robust 2018 album, Uniform Distortion, and its stripped-down sister album, Uniform Clarity.A special fan pre-sale including VIP upgrade options will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time.Pre-sales begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th at 10 a.m. local time. Local presales follow on Thursday, March 7th at 10 a.m. local time-. All presales conclude Thursday, March 7th at 10 p.m. All remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time. In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James + Claypool Lennon Delirium summer 2019 tour will benefit My Morning Jacket‘s Waterfall Project, this time benefitting the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.For more information on the upcoming Jim James and Claypool Lennon Delirium tour, head to James’ website here or the Delirium’s website here.
By Aaron LancasterUniversity of GeorgiaThinking “green” on the orange-and-black holiday isn’t always ourfirst notion. But Halloween doesn’t have to be a parade ofplastic decorations headed for crowded landfills. It can remindus of easy ways we can reduce waste year-round.Community costumes. Rather thanbuy a costume your child (or you)will wear once and throw away, make one out of clothes youalready have. Thrift stores and yard sales often have low-costclothing and items suitable for costumes, too. And after theholiday, donate usable clothes and accessories to day carecenters, schools or community theaters.Bag it. Decorate paper grocerysacks with nontoxic paint tocreate your own trick-or-treat bags. Or use canvas bags,pillowcases or reusable buckets to collect goodies year afteryear.Bio decor. Nature intended forapples to be eaten. But you cantransform any you didn’t eat into spooky shrunken heads for yourholiday decor. All you need are some apples, whole cloves, a fewgrains of rice, a cup of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt.Peel the apples, and coat them with the lemon juice and salt toprevent them from browning. Then carefully carve a face into thefruit with a peeler or knife. Insert cloves into the carved eyesocket to make beady eyes. Rice creates the teeth.Put the apples somewhere dry and warm for one to two weeks, andwatch them shrink and distort. If time is short, put them in anoven at a very low temperature.Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate. ReuseHalloween decorations from yearto year. Properly storing decorations not only reduces waste andsaves money, but also preserves the personal value steeped inthese items.Keep it simple. Choose Halloweentreats that use the least amountof packaging or useable items like pencils, pens, small toys orcoins.Teach your children well. Candywrappers often litterneighborhoods after Halloween. Litter is ugly. It’s costly toclean up, too, and could cause ecologically important creaturesto die needlessly after mistakenly eating plastic and other trash.Enjoy the season. Walk, ride abike or use public transportationto Halloween parties or trick-or-treating. If you have to drive,carpool to help reduce traffic and air pollution.Eco-Lanterns. Use rechargeablebatteries to power flashlights,lanterns and decorations to reduce the amount of harmfulmaterials you throw away. They will save money in the long run.Even better are hand-crank and magnetic flashlights, which don’tneed batteries at all. You can order them from catalogs.Discarded batteries produce most of the heavy metals found inhousehold trash. Lead, arsenic, zinc, cadmium, copper and mercurycan be harmful to humans and wildlife.Great Pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds fromjack-o’-lanterns create a tastysnack for two- and four-legged critters alike. Carefully washpumpkin seeds to remove the clinging, fibrous pumpkin tissue. Setthem outside in a sunny place to feed wildlife.For humans, dry pumpkin seed treats in the sun, a dehydrator (1to 2 hours at 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit) or an oven (on “warm”for 3 to 4 hours). Stir them often to avoid scorching them.Once the seeds are dry, toss them with oil, salt and otherseasonings. Roast them in a preheated oven at 250 degrees for 10to 15 minutes.Hollowed-out pumpkins filled with ears of Indian corn, seeds,apple cores and skins and cleaned pumpkin seeds make a festivefeast for wildlife.After Halloween. Recycle pumpkins,shrunken apple heads, strawused for scarecrows, hay bales and any other organic material incompost piles.Compost improves the texture and quality of poor soils whilereducing waste. Backyard bins are much more efficient thanbagging leaves for collection.Contact your county Extension Service to learn more aboutcomposting. Or check the on-line publication at www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/c816-w.html.(Aaron Lancaster is a Bibb County Extension agent with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
Thinking about changing careers? Interested in learning more about the health care field? If so, the Champlain Valley Health Careers Showcase has just the information you need to get started.Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, this free event will offer information about dozens of health occupations, many of which are currently experiencing staffing shortages. Employers, educators, health care workers, and representatives of professional organizations will be on hand to discuss the requirements for entering various health care careers and the rewards and challenges of working in this growing field.The event will feature two panel discussions, “Employment Opportunities & the Employee Perspective,” at 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m., and “Education, the Student Perspective & Financial Aid,” at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Exhibits will cover fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, medical technology, radiology, medical records, and alternative medicine.The showcase is sponsored by the Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center, Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont, Vermont Adult Learning, and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. For more information, call 1-800-642-3177 or visit www.vsac.org(link is external).