Warren Haynes Brings Bluegrass To The Capitol Theatre

first_imgWarren Haynes has been a busy man this year.  Not only has he performed all over the festival circuit this past summer, but he recently released his third solo album, Ashes and Dust.  Last night at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, he introduced his inviting musical experience, full of bluegrass and Americana. The backdrop of the stage had a rock wall appearance, and the colors were ever-changing.  ChessBoxer, who later joined Haynes’ on stage, opened the evening.  This folk group from Nashville, TN brought the audience on a musical adventure with their crisp bluegrass sound. This three man band featured Matt Menefee on banjo, Royal Masat on upright bass, and Ross Holmes on fiddle.  They wandered around tones filled with heavy fiddle picking to heavier grooves which pounded out energy that touched deep into your soul.  They were a musical appetizer that got the audience into the bluegrass/folk theme of the evening.  ChessBoxer’s ‘Apollo’ EP Is Bluegrass At Its Most RighteousChris Stapleton, former member of the Grammy nominated bluegrass group, The SteelDrivers, took the stage next.  His deep, soulful voice took the audience on a ride of emotions.  He wound around alt-country tones to a touch of blues and into a country beat throughout his set. His guitar was like a glass of aged whiskey in his hands, as he took his time on slower beats but made it well worth the wait to enjoy. He would then barrel into solid chunks of rock and lay down the energy like nobody’s business. Blood, sweat and tears went into every note throughout his set.  If you haven’t seen Stapleton perform live, run right out and catch his next show.  You will not be disappointed. Warren Haynes and the Ashes & Dust Band, featuring Jeff Sipe (of Leftover Salmon) and ChessBoxer, took the stage and opened up with an Allman Brothers favorite, “Blue Sky”. The opener took a step out of the Allman’s realm for a moment and threw in a nice mix of banjo, along with fiddle, that took over the meat of the song and carried the energy.  The fiddle rosin was getting a good workout throughout the evening, as the strings danced up a storm.  The energy was then tossed over to Haynes’ to carry the dance before the fiddle and guitar played in sync before bringing the song to a close.  It was a high energy start to the set.  The set was packed with varied tones, from the touch of Spanish flair “Patchwork Quilt”, to a slide guitar heavy “One More Cup of Coffee” to a bluegrass “Is It Me or You”. “Coal Tattoo” was a full on immersion in bluegrass love, with the banjo, mandolin, fiddle and upright bass jamming out mid-song. “Instrumental Illness” had jazzy undertones, as each performer danced around the rhythms and showed off their individual talents, followed by a drum solo by Sipe.  The encore included Stapleton joining on stage during “In The Pines”.  The evening closed with a high energy rendition of the Allman Brothers classic, “Jessica”.The music hit all genres during the evening, with a touch of jazz, soulful bluegrass and high energy solos.  Haynes took a step out of his usual role and really changed things up with the evenings performance.  Individual musicians also busted it out solo and provided nuggets of musical treats.  The fiddle and bass created a swirling sensation of psychedelic energy with just these two bluegrass instruments, in tandem with the guitars and electric banjo.  Overall, the evenings performances were a musical delight by taking the audience out of the urban setting and sending them into the throws of an Appalachia jam session.Upcoming tour dates can be found on the Warren Haynes website, and his full setlist can be seen below:Setlist: Warren Haynes and the Ashes & Dust Band at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 10/1/15Blue Sky, Patchwork Quilt, One More Cup Of Coffee, Is It Me Or You, Company Man, Dusk Till Dawn, Coal Tattoo, You Ain’t Going Nowhere, Stranded In Self-Pity, Ophelia, Skin It Back >No Celebration > Instrumental Illness (with Hottentot tease) > Drums > Spots Of Time (Norwegian Wood tease) Encore: In The Pines (with Chris Stapleton), JessicaPhotography by Sam Shinault, written by Sarah Bourquelast_img read more

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Must Watch: Chris Froome Becomes the First Man To Bike the Channel Tunnel

first_img100 meters under the sea, Chris Froome recently became the first man to blast the 33.46 mi (53.85 km) from England to France through the Channel Tunnel. The service tunnel used is one of the most high security sites in the UK and France, and it took six months for Jaguar and Team Sky to organize the video shoot.Drop past the break for the awesome footage. A previous Tour de France Winner, and hopeful for this year, he completed the ride in 55 minutes, reaching speeds of up to ~40mph (65 km/h). For comparison, the Eurostar takes roughly 35 minutes to travel the tunnel and hits 100mph, while commercial ferry trips last ~90min.About the experience, Froome said:“Cycling under the sea was an incredible experience. Opportunities to become the first person in the world to achieve these kind of feats are extremely rare nowadays, especially as a pro-cyclist.”Just in case you’re listening Jaguar, thanks for the great advertising campaign, and could you please bring the XF Wagon to the US (in a manual, or maybe a diesel?).last_img read more

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Dominica to benefit from CDB funds

first_img 222 Views   no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica to benefit from CDB funds by: CMC – December 13, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it has approved US$10 million for projects under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8) in several Caribbean countries.The CDB said that Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the Turks and Caicos Islands will benefit from the latest disbursement. It said that the governments will provide counterpart funding of US$546,000 under the BNTF 8, whose key emphasis will be improved access to quality education; human resource development; water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage enhancement in low-income, vulnerable communities.“There has also been a progressive shift from a focus on infrastructure development managed by central government to community managed sub-projects. Increased investments have been made to improve basic infrastructure and services and increase the potential for economic activity through skills training, capacity building and institutional development support,” the CDB said.The BNTF programme, which began in 1979, is a grant-funded poverty reduction programme managed by CDB which serves 10 countries.Its mission is to empower and equip communities with necessary resources, and improve their access to basic public services.“Regionally, more than US$300 million has been spent to date on projects which have benefitted more than 2.6 million people living in the poorest communities in these countries,” the CDB said.last_img read more

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