Today, multiple Grammy-winning Nashville bluesman Keb’ Mo’ has shared a new live video featuring the powerfully versatile Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and fellow Grammy-winner Christian McBride. The video sees Mo’ take the reigns, playing guitar and singing on slinky jazz-blues jaunt “France”, which appeared on his 2004 release, Keep It Simple. The performance sees Mo lead the way with his charismatic stage presence as Hartswick adds trumpet fills and McBride holds down the rhythm section and takes some impressive solos on the upright bass. The video was recorded at The Station Inn in Nashville, TN. You can check out the new video below, and find a list of Keb’ Mo’s upcoming tour dates here.Keb’ Mo’ w/ Jennifer Hartswick, Christian McBride – “France”[Video: Night Owl]Jennifer Hartswick recently announced the coming release of latest solo LP, Nexus, which features contributions from McBride as well as frequent collaborator and The Nth Power member Nick Cassarino. As the album announcement noted, on Nexus, Hartswick delivers “a powerful and vulnerable performance from the depths of her soul.” The album’s official release will coincide with the tour’s opening night on September 7th at Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio. Nexus is available for pre-order now via Jennifer Hartswick’s website on vinyl along with various custom merch packages.Hartswick will also head out on tour with Cassarino and a variety of other projects this fall in support of the new release. The tour will make stops at various clubs and festivals across the country this September and October including newly confirmed performances in Ohio, Washington, Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts in addition to previously scheduled stops at David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, Sweetwater In The Sun, and Suwannee Hulaween. For more information, or to check out a full list of upcoming dates, head to Hartswick’s website.[H/T JamBase]
Highline Ballroom in New York City is slated to close its doors for good in the coming weeks. The announcement came earlier this month when its owners revealed that the landlords of the building in which the music venue and two-level event space sits will not be renewing their lease going forward. It only makes sense, however, that if you’re going to go out, it’s at least worth going out with a bang.That appears to be the case for the final days of Highline Ballroom, which has existed in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for the last 12 years. The venue announced on Monday that their final show will take place early next month on February 5th, with a headlining performance from The Roots.Tickets for the final event starring the popular alternative hip-hop group will run at a manageable $40, and presumably go on sale this Friday, February 1st, although there’s no specific on-sale information on the event page as of Tuesday morning.Seeing The Roots listed as the final performers at Highline Ballroom does come as somewhat of a surprise considering the band isn’t even originally from New York City. Though, the band has managed to make New York City their home away from home in recent years. Back in 2016, the group established an NYC edition of their Roots Picnic with the two-day festival coming to Bryant Park and featured performances from Dave Chappelle, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and more. The band has been primarily headquartered in New York City since 2009 when they were named the house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Highline Ballroom management did reveal that they’re looking into the possibility of reopening the venue at a different location within the Chelsea and Meatpacking District areas of lower Manhattan, although fans shouldn’t hold their breath on an announcement coming anytime soon.Speaking of reopenings, another local New York City venue, Webster Hall, also announced recently that will reopening its doors at some point later this year following some serious renovations which began back in August 2017. So New Yorkers at least have that going for them, which is nice.
Electric Beethoven has unveiled a new single today “The Fifth”, via Eddie Roberts’ new record label and multi-media platform Color Red. The release marks the first for Color Red’s new artist “Session Series”, as Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch, and Josh Raymer put their funky spin on Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony”.Electric Beethoven’s new tune “The Fifth” was recorded by Mike Tallman at Color Red Studios in Denver, mixed by Jeff Franca, and produced by Mathis.Reed Mathis shared his thoughts on “The Fifth”. He explains,Electric Beethoven is four close friends who like to improvise together in the groove, and enjoy inhabiting the songwriting of Beethoven. Our goal is to call back to Earth the ghosts that lie dormant in these old tunes. Kinda sounds like MMW, but less avant & with prettier melodies…..Closer to instrumental Beastie Boys. This song “The Fifth” turned out exactly as I’d hoped……funky, moody, stoney, and you wanna start it over every time you get to the end.Color Red adds,What would happen if Beethoven were to present lead sheets to an all-star lineup of the heaviest hitters on today’s jam scene? Reed Mathis conquers the task in his fresh approach to tackling Beethoven’s 5th Symphony aptly titled “The Fifth.” Dubby textures pave the way for blissful organ fills and canonic improvisation. The true beauty in Mathis’ interpretation lies in both spatial and textural awareness of all moving parts—all musicians are free to craft their role within the song without ever “soloing” or blandly noodling over the rhythm section. Tension and release is epitomized in a pensive breakdown before pivoting back to the iconic “A” section that simmers down with the intent to make the audience resonate with a brand new sonic experience unlike anything else. “Fate knocking at your door”….that’s how the iconic opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th were described when they were first heard 200 years ago. No one could have known that fate would lead to the irresistible groove of Electric Beethoven.Listen to Electric Beethoven’s new tune “The Fifth” below:Electric Beethoven – “The Fifth”[Video: Color Red]
Telluride, Colorado’s RIDE Festival will return for its eighth annual event in 2019, which also marks the festival’s first year expanding to three days. Slated to go down on July 12th, 13th, and 14th at Telluride’s Town Park, this year will see RIDE Festival welcome Athens, GA rockers and Telluride favorites Widespread Panic as their headliner for the first two nights, plus an additional headlining performance from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Friday night’s Widespread Panic show marks this year’s newest addition to the festival, held on the Fred Shellman Memorial stage.RIDE Festival 2019 will also feature appearances by Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Rose Hill Drive, Black Pistol Fire, BIG Something, The Temperance Movement, Dorothy, The Shelters, Los Colognes, Pony Bradshaw, Thunderpussy, The Commonheart, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, The Yawpers, and Heavy Diamond Ring.After the festival ends each evening, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a plethora of NightRIDE programming featuring special musical events held at Telluride’s favorite venues and bars throughout the downtown area. All NightRIDE shows are free for all RIDE Festival pass holders, except for those held at Sheridan Opera House. Tickets for the Sheridan Opera House shows can be purchased through the festival’s website here.There’s something magical about Telluride that is unavoidable upon first sight. Celebrated for its rugged and expansive ski terrain, majestic mountains, hiking, breweries, rivers and waterfalls, and panoramic views, the tiny historic mining town-turned-tourist-hot-spot is one of Colorado’s most renowned mountain towns. Known to music aficionados, the annual RIDE Festival draws 8,000+ fans to the picturesque Telluride Town Park to experience seasoned and emerging performers in an intimate setting unlike any other.Ticket holders will have the option to rent a traditional mountain lodge, condo, or townhome during their visit, or stay in one of the scenic camping spots located adjacent to the festival grounds. Limited lodging is available for the annual event, so fans are encouraged to secure accommodations early.You can purchase tickets for the eighth annual RIDE Festival here, and learn more information about the festival on its website.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Passes With Camping:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
On May 17th–19th, Oregon State University will host an academic conference dedicated to the music, culture, and philosophy of Phish.The conference is being organized by Stephanie Jenkins, an assistant professor of philosophy at the university. She has been a Phish fan since 1995, saw her first show in 2003, and has attended roughly 150 shows in the years since. Jenkins has taught a variety of classes about the philosophy of Phish since joining the Oregon State faculty in 2012. She’s also taken students to Phish shows at The Gorge as part of her classes and held public philosophy events at concerts.“I was always interested in the connection between Phish and philosophy,” Jenkins explains in a press release. “I just didn’t think it was something I was allowed to do. But I have really supportive colleagues here at Oregon State. They encouraged me to develop the class and that has now led to the conference.”Related: The Case For An Academic Examination Of Phish FandomThe conference will include more than 50 presentations from researchers hailing from more than 20 states in addition to Canada. Presentation titles include: “Phish’s Improvisation in Light of Talmudic Scholastic Practice,” “‘This Your First Show?’: White Racism and Subcultural Capital in the Phish Community” and “The Neuroscience of the Jam: A research paradigm to study brain inactivity underlying improvisation in Phish.”Jenkins herself will also give a presentation at the Phish Studies Conference, as will co-organizer Natalie Dollar, an associate professor of speech communication at Oregon State University, Cascades. Dollar is also a longtime Phish fan and has conducted academic research on the Grateful Dead.In addition to the research presentations, the conference will feature a number of discussion panels. Two students who took Jenkins’ Phish class last summer—Lynnea Fredrickson, an OSU-Cascades student, and Michael Moran-Kay, a philosophy major at OSU-Corvallis—will speak as part of a “Student Scholar Panel.”Two different “Community Panels” will also include various prominent members of the extended Phish community. A question-and-answer panel will feature board members of the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit organization run by Phish fan volunteers that raises funds for music education programs. Speakers on the panel include Scott Marks, David “ZZYZX” Steinberg, Charlie Dirksen, Ellis Godard, and Brian Feller.Benjy Eisen, a music writer and co-author of Bill Kreutzmann biography Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, will host both a panel and a book signing session at the conference.In addition to the various presentations and panels, the Phish Studies Conference will include an exhibition fair featuring opportunities for businesses and artists from the Phish community to display, promote, and sell their work (Shakedown, anyone?). The conference will also include an art show, “Below The Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest,” featuring promotional materials and fan-made artwork tracing the band’s growth in the region over the past three decades.The conference will also feature a soft premiere screening of the forthcoming documentary, We’ve Got It Simple, “a film by, for, and about Phish fans.” The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Michael Ryan Lawrence.To round things out, Eugene-based band Left on Wilson will perform a live show on Friday, May 17th at the nearby Demaggio New York Pizza in Corvallis. The concert is free for registered conference attendees.Registration is now open for the conference. The early registration rate is $125 for the weekend and includes admissions to all conference events. Day passes will be available for $75.Find out more about the Phish Studies Conference on the event website here. You can also check out the Ryan Kerrigan-designed artwork for the conference below.
Andre Akpan ’10, who led the No. 10-ranked Harvard men’s soccer team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, has been named one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which honors the top Division I college soccer player in the country. This year’s winner will be announced on Jan. 8, 2010, at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis.The senior co-captain, who is first in points, assists, and tied for first in goals scored all-time at Harvard, was crowned Ivy Player of the Year on Nov. 17 and is the first Crimson player to be named a finalist for the award.In addition to being named a Hermann Trophy finalist, Akpan was also named to the College Soccer News All-America first team on Dec. 14 and was invited to attend the 2010 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine (Jan. 8-12), joining teammate Kwaku Nyamekye ’10.
Spring is in the air. Along with that seasonal shift, the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI) is launching a fresh series of SmartTALK Family Events in the Boston Public Schools. The events help kindergarteners to fifth-graders, their families, school staff, and partners learn more about games and strategies that support academic success during out-of-school time.The motto on the nearby copies of the trivia-style children’s game “Brain Quest” reflected the program’s goal. “It’s OK to be smart!” captured the essence of the community outreach effort, which recently drew nearly 20 staff members from Harvard Public Affairs and Communications to a warehouse near HASI’s Allston headquarters to turn the stacks of math and language arts games into 1,800 SmartTALK learning kits.The kits, containing grade-appropriate games and bilingual English-Spanish “how-to” guides, are an essential element of the Family Events. With the next round of 18 sessions kicking off early this month, the staffers were working that day against the clock. The games included “Rattatat Kat,” along with “Blink” and “Fraction Power,” two math-based card games. Some staffers opened the boxes, and others worked on assembling the kits.The SmartTALK Family Events are part of Harvard’s effort to support out-of-school learning in nine Boston-area Step UP schools. Step UP is a collaboration among local universities and Boston schools that promotes student achievement. Harvard is a founding member of Step UP and has been offering after-school program support, learning materials, and professional development at the schools for the past three years.“The missing link of our work was connecting back to families,” said Paige Lewin, HASI associate director. According to Lewin, the new SmartTALK Family Events programming also aligns with the work of Karen Mapp, the Harvard Graduate School of Education lecturer who advocates engaging parents in their children’s academic work to support achievement.“Asking families to come to a bake sale is not as effective as getting families involved in the learning of their children,” said Lewin. “At the Family Events, we’ll give families tools they can use to support ‘quality’ or ‘smart’ talk at home.”By the end of the afternoon, volunteers had converted the pile of boxes that had lined the warehouse into 729 Family Events kits, and had organized the remaining materials for quick assembly.“That put a dent in it,” said Lewin. “Only 1,000 more kits to go.”
The world is unlikely to reach the international goals set to reduce malnutrition or maternal and child mortality by 2015, authorities on global health and nutrition say. They believe that improving child nutrition is a key way to lessen all three.Experts gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health Wednesday (April 14) for a symposium presented by the Harvard Nutrition and Global Health Program at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health. The daylong session drew authorities from around the world to discuss how to improve nutrition and how that would influence areas beyond public health, such as education and the economy.The event was hosted by Wafaie Fawzi, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, and Christopher Duggan, associate professor of nutrition and of pediatrics.Nutrition Department chair Walter Willett introduced the session by outlining the eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted at a United Nations summit in 2000. The symposium focused on three of the eight goals: halving extreme malnutrition and poverty, and reducing child and maternal mortality. The other goals include guaranteeing universal primary education; gender equality; fighting AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; protecting the environment; and developing a global partnership for development.Willett said each goal tackles an area of enormous challenge, but nutrition plays a role in achieving all of them. Though some nations, particularly those in East Asia and Latin America, have made progress toward achieving the goals, nations in Africa and South Asia have made little progress.“It’s pretty clear we’re headed for a major shortfall on many of these goals,” Willett said.In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the percent of the population that is hungry slipped from 1990-92 to 2004-06, falling from 32 to 28 percent. But that number rose again, to 29 percent in 2008. In 1990, more than half of the children in South Asia were underweight. That number fell a bit by 2007, but still stood at 48 percent.Willett cautioned, however, that improving nutrition in the early years is not the end of the battle. Mexico, he said, successfully reduced its childhood mortality from undernutrition and infectious diseases, but has seen a rise in chronic diseases to the point where diabetes is the leading cause of death.Mickey Chopra, chief of health for UNICEF, said the Millennium Development Goals were adopted not out of some concept of charity flowing from rich to poor countries, but rather out of a broader sense of social justice. Today, 195 million children under age 5 in the developing world have stunted growth. Not surprisingly, he said, countries with high levels of child malnutrition also have high levels of child mortality.Chopra said that the first 1,000 days of life — roughly from conception through age 2 — are the most critical in avoiding malnutrition. Knowing that fact means interventions can be designed and prioritized to the best effect. Some countries such as Nepal and Malawi, though they have continued to experience economic and political hardships, still have been able to make progress toward the goals, through shifting priorities and targeted programs.But while some countries have progressed without major infusions of cash, Chopra said that most will need to increase spending on health care to improve their situations. Fifty-seven countries have critical shortages of doctors, nurses, and midwives.“It’s going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve the goals without increasing money spent on health,” Chopra said.Meera Shekar, lead health and nutrition specialist at the World Bank, said India is a particularly troublesome spot. It appears unlikely that India will achieve the malnutrition development goal by 2015. But even if it did, it would only reach the level where many African countries are today, she said. Malnutrition rates in South Asian countries, she said, are nearly double those in some African countries. Statistics show that many underweight children in South Asia were already small when born, meaning that interventions in the womb might be important.It is generally accepted that poverty can lead to malnutrition, but malnutrition, in turn, can lead to poverty, Shekar said. Malnutrition leads to an average .7 grade loss in schooling and a seven-month delay in entering school. It eventually leads to a 10 percent or greater loss in lifetime earnings.
Read Full Story Children in the U.S. whose activity choices, interests, and pretend play before age 11 fall outside those typically expressed by their biological sex face increased risk of being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused, and of suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by early adulthood, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first study to use a population-based sample to look at gender nonconformity as a risk factor for abuse.The study was published online February 20, 2012 and will appear in the March 2012 print issue of Pediatrics.“The abuse we examined was mostly perpetrated by parents or other adults in the home. Parents need to be aware that discrimination against gender nonconformity affects one in ten kids, affects kids at a very young age, and has lasting impacts on health,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, a research associate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH.PTSD has been linked to risky behavior such as engaging in unprotected sex, and also to physical symptoms such as cardiovascular problems and chronic pain.The researchers, led by Roberts and senior author S. Bryn Austin, associate professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH, and in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, examined questionnaire data gathered from nearly 9,000 young adults (average age 23) who enrolled in the longitudinal Growing Up Today study in 1996.
Read Full Story The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has failed to boost the nutritional value of food purchased and consumed by recipients or to improve food security (ensuring participants have food to meet household needs), according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. New policies, programs, and nutrition education initiatives are needed to encourage SNAP participants to buy more fruits, vegetables, and other healthier choices instead of choosing less-healthy options such as sugar sweetened beverages, sweets, and highly processed grains, to improve their health and well-being.The study was published online in the November 18, 2013, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and will appear in the June/July 2014 print edition.Formerly known as the Food Stamp program, SNAP is designed to provide financial support to low-income people so they can purchase healthier foods. The program costs U.S. taxpayer $80 billion annually and, in 2012, served nearly 45 million people. The benefits can be used to purchase all foods, except alcohol, supplements, and prepared warm foods.