Fresh of his recent Grammy domination, British pop singer Sam Smith has revealed a string of US tour dates that span much of July and August. The dates focus mostly on the Midwest and Southern regions. Tickets go on sale February 27.Sam Smith Summer 2015 Tour Dates7/17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival7/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena7/20 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena7/21 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena7/23 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena7/24 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion7/26 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival7/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center/Cleveland State University7/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center7/30 – St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena8/4 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre8/5 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center8/7 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival8/8 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre8/11- San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center8/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena8/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center8/15 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center8/17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
BUY TICKETS: See the races at TexasKevin Harvick will run the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on June 24 at Sonoma Raceway, the driver announced via his SiriusXM Radio Show “Happy Hours” on Tuesday night. “(I’m) going to be the old guy that shows up,” said Harvick, who will fittingly pilot the No. 4 ride. “I have fun when I go do those events. You’d love to win and you want to go out and do that obviously to be competitive, but it’s really, it’s just a series that gave me several breaks and several opportunities to showcase what I did as a kid.” Harvick hasn’t raced a fulltime season in the K&N Pro Series West since 1997. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver last raced in the series in 2007 at Iowa, where he celebrated his seventh series win. He said he wants to shine some light on a series where young drivers have to go through many ranks to eventually be successful in racing. “It’s hard for young kids to come up,” Harvick said. “So, if we can go out there and have fun and bring the west series some exposure and bring some attention to that, that would really be my main goal; to bring some attention to the race, the competitors, all the people that are a part of that series.”Harvick will head to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Sunday, April 9, 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 12-member soul outfit led by Southern rock power couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, announced the 2020 return of their sixth-annual Wheels Of Soul tour. The tour will once again see the band hit amphitheaters across the country with two other groups that TTB believes exemplify the best in the modern soul movement. This coming summer the band will tour with St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Gabe Dixon, who will be working a double shift as he opens the show with his trio, then comes back out to play keyboards as a regular touring member of TTB. Over the past five summers, the Wheels Of Soul tour has seen TTB play alongside such acts as The Wood Brothers, Los Lobos, The Marcus King Band and many more, often resulting in surprise sit-ins and unexpected covers.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band And The Wheels Of Soul Tour Welcome John Medeski At Red Rocks [Photos/Videos]The five-week tour will kick off June 26th in TTB’s hometown of Jacksonville, FL before the band makes their way around the entire country, with a tour-closing two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO July 31st and August 1st. A press release from the band notes, however, that there are additional dates to be announced, which could mean the band has some festival appearances that are yet to be revealed.“We’ve talked about having St. Paul and The Broken Bones out with us before,” Derek Trucks said. “Their sound is fantastic and certainly a natural fit for Wheels of Soul. And we enjoy the fun of touring and collaborating with another big band. Adding Gabe to the bill was a no brainer. He’s insanely talented and it will be a privilege to be able to showcase what he can do.”Tickets for the majority of the shows will go on sale on December 13th and will be available to purchase here. You can read a full list of dates for the summer 2020 return of the Tedeschi Trucks Band Wheels Of Soul tour below.Wheels Of Soul Tour 2020* (ft. Tedeschi Trucks Band, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, and Gabe Dixon):June 26 — Jacksonville, FL Daily’s PlaceJune 27 — Orange Beach, AL The Wharf AmphitheaterJune 28 — Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa AmphitheaterJuly 1 — Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PACJuly 2 — Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 3 — Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire PavilionJuly 5 — Essex Junction, VT Midway LawnJuly 7 — Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing ArtsJuly 10 — Charlotte, NC PNC Music PavilionJuly 11 — Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut CreekJuly 12 — Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The HeightsJuly 14 — Lewiston, NY ArtparkJuly 15 — Detroit, MI Fox TheatreJuly 18 — New Haven, CT Westville Music BowlJuly 19 — Patchogue, NY Great South Bay Music FestivalJuly 24 — Atlanta, GA Fox TheatreJuly 25 — Atlanta, GA Fox TheatreJuly 26 — Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at RiverbendJuly 28 — Indianapolis, IN The Amphitheater at White River State ParkJuly 31 — Morrison, CO Red Rocks AmphitheatreAugust 1 — Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre* Additional dates to be announced.View All Tour Dates
Load remaining images Papadosio played their first show of 2020 at the Belly Up, high in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen, CO on Wednesday.Related: Backwoods At Mulberry Mountain Announces Initial 2020 Lineup: The Devil Makes Three, Papadosio, Steel Pulse, More Fresh off their two-night sold-out ‘Holidosio’ celebration at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC at the end of last month, Dosio was ready to bring their livetronica sound to the good people of Colorado after the Denver dream-rock trio, Evanoff, opened the show.Getting back to their usual performance style, Papadosio performed one lengthy set as opposed to the two-set shows they played in Asheville. Staples like “Geoglyph” and “The Plug” joined lengthy improv sections and the fan-favorite “Curve Jam”.Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from Wednesday’s show at Belly Up courtesy of photographer Jason Myers.Papadosio’s tour continues tomorrow (1/10) at Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO. They will play another show at the same venue the following night (1/11). Head to the band’s official website for more information.Setlist: Papadosio | Belly Up | Aspen, CO | 1/8/20Set: Geoglyph, The Plug > Johnny Peppas > The Plug, Catalyst, Cloud Found > Ear to Ear > And This Is What He Thought > Curve Jam, Garden, CueEncore: VactrollioPapadosio | Belly Up | Aspen, CO | 1/8/20 | Photos: Jason Myers
[Originally published 9/12/16] Today would have marked the 68th birthday of Rush drummer Neil Peart, unequivocally considered to be one of the best rhythm makers in all of music. Peart’s ability to pour powerful energy into complex and unusual meters is what defined his style, especially in a progressive rock outfit like Rush. With so many musically-trained listeners tuning into the Rush catalog, it’s no surprise that Peart is considered one of the best.Influenced by hard rock drummers like Keith Moon and John Bonham, Peart descends from that tradition with an incredible stamina. He set himself apart, however, by leading his band through atypical time signatures, making it look easy with precision technique.Of course, any Rush show would feature an opportunity for Peart to take center stage with a balls-to-the-wall drum solo. Nobody did it like Neil.Watch these crazy drum solos below, and join us in wishing Neil Peart a very happy birthday!
Those checks are proving reassuring. But since extremely rare problems might not turn up even in large tests, the vaccines still are being monitored. The U.S. and British governments and the European Medicines Agency track reports filed by health workers and the public about suspected side effects. Extra scrutiny in the U.S. includes tracking insurance claims for red flags. And U.S. vaccine recipients can sign up for a program that sends text messages to see if they’re feeling side effects. People are supposed to wait around for a short time after vaccination in case they have a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Such incidents so far have been rare, with between 2 and 5 anaphylaxis reports for every million vaccine doses in the first weeks of U.S. inoculations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists look for safety issues during the testing phase and continue their monitoring as shots roll out around the world. So far, the only serious warning to emerge is a rare risk of severe allergic reactions. How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe? Different types of COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized and it’s possible side effects will differ for each — although there’s more public data on the vaccines being rolled out in Western countries than elsewhere. Countries also vary in their vaccine standards, with some allowing the use of shots before final-stage testing involving large numbers of volunteers. Officials expected to receive reports of health problems, even deaths, that occur just by chance in the days or weeks after vaccination, given the huge numbers of people, including the frail elderly, getting inoculated. But in the U.S., Britain and European Union, regulators required any vaccine to be tested in tens of thousands of people before distribution. So far, the U.S. is using shots from Pfizer and Moderna, while Britain and Europe have cleared those plus the AstraZeneca vaccine. How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin) By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer Those companies’ large studies found that common side effects were minor and typical of the immune system revving up: soreness in the arm, fever and flu-like symptoms including fatigue, chills and headache. Deaths and other serious events are investigated to see if the vaccine played a role. Authorities consider the person’s overall health and how often the reported condition occurs without vaccination. With more than 52 million vaccine doses administered in the U.S. by mid-February, the CDC said it hasn’t detected any patterns in deaths that signal a safety problem.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo Colombian groups were nominated in February for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their extraordinary commitment to nonviolence in the midst of the country’s 50-year-old conflict and for their example of organized efforts by many Colombians to end that conflict justly and without violence…The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó and the Association of Indigenous Townships of Northern Cauca (ACIN) have responded both nonviolently and creatively to avoid becoming enmeshed in the conflict while protecting their communities and their land.San José de Apartadó declared itself a peace community in 1997. The 1,300 rural villagers pledged not to engage in war, either directly or indirectly, and to look for peaceful and negotiated solutions to the conflict. This declaration caused the armed groups to see them as aiding the “enemy” and brought on numerous attacks and killings despite the flying of white flags. These attacks forced many living in San José de Apartadó to seek refuge in a nearby village to avoid further attacks and persecution.In 2005, the Inter-American Court for Human Rights ruled that the Colombian government was obligated to “safeguard the right to life, personal integrity, security, freedom of movement, dignity, and respect of each individual domicile” of the residents of San José de Apartadó.The second group nominated was the Association of Indigenous Townships of Northern Cauca (ACIN), a grassroots organization of the Nasa people, whose members describe themselves as “communities in peaceful resistance.”Founded in 1994, ACIN strengthens the ability of indigenous townships, with their combined population of 250,000, to negotiate with both the Colombian state, armed groups and the economic interests of landholders. ACIN also supports the communities in creating nonviolent mechanisms of self-protection such as developing security procedures, strengthening community organization, promoting sustainable agriculture projects, and developing national and international ties to other groups. ACIN has received Colombia’s National Peace Prize on two occasions and the United Nations’ Equator Prize for outstanding development projects.Northern Cauca is rich in minerals and provides one-third of the water resources needed to irrigate Colombia’s sugar crop. These abundant resources, combined with their strategic location, have made the region a prime site for commercial interests that have attempted to drive people from the land to make way for development projects.Through the work of ACIN, Nasa communities can respond collectively to disputes or to threats of violence from the country’s various armed factions and resist external pressure to side with any of Colombia’s armed actors. Over the course of the conflict many leaders have been assassinated and threatened. In 2005, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ruled that nine of ACIN’s leaders be granted protective measures and that the government investigate threats against them.The Friends (Quakers) Nominated the Two Peace GroupsThe Nobel nomination was submitted by The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker humanitarian service organization. Like the Quakers, traditional Nasa teachings reflect abstaining from violence.ACIN’s resistance to war is rooted in traditional Nasa teachings, which say all actions affect the balance on which life and well-being depend. Therefore all activities must protect life and strengthen the culture. This commitment includes protecting the land and its resources, asserting the communities’ rights in order to defend their autonomy, while avoiding all violence.The Indigenous Guard is an example of how ACIN has responded to the conflict. The Guard is an organized, unarmed group of 7,000 men and women who volunteer to protect Nasa communities. Carrying with them only a staff to symbolize their office, members of the Guard reject the intrusion of armed factions into indigenous territories and refuse any form of support from armed groups. The Guard has also been a recipient of Colombia’s National Peace Prize.“We’ve had to confront the guerrilla, the paramilitary, the army, and the police — and we’ve been successful. Before, an armed group would come into our community, and because we had no protection, the people would flee. They would become displaced. The armed groups would say, ‘If you don’t leave, we’ll kill you,’” said one founding member of the Guard.In 1947, the American Friends Service Committee, along with their British counterpart, received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Quakers worldwide for humanitarian service during and after two world wars. AFSC has its national headquarters in Philadelphia and offices in 22 countries.The AFSC includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn 84 year-old tinkerer has invented many useful items that have won rave reviews from friends and family, but were rejected by every company and investor.“Everywhere I’d go I’d get rejected,” said George Weiss. “I just couldn’t get a foot in the door.”But all that changed when a small company agreed to invest in a word game Weiss came up with called “Dabble,” which is now sold in 50 stores nationwide and won the 2011 Game of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine.(READ the story from Today, at MSNBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
(READ the story at MSNBC)Thanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the story to our Facebook page! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePeter Shankman was shocked after he jokingly Tweeted that he had survived a bad travel day and was “starving” on an airplane, wishing for a Morton’s steak.The nearest Morton’s was over 20 miles away from the airport. Yet, someone at the company’s corporate offices had seen his tweet, ordered the meal, and had someone drive over 20 miles to deliver it. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Donald Trump elected President of the United States — Nov. 9, 2016In the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016, Donald Trump officially defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th U.S. President. The reactions of students ranged from excitement to shock to fear. In the aftermath of the election, students formed a new student group at the University, We Stand For.Vice President Mike Pence as 2017 Commencement Speaker prompts walkout — May 21, 2017Vice President Mike Pence gave the Notre Dame commencement speech on May 21, 2017, prompting approximately 100 graduates to walk out of the ceremony in protest. The walkout was organized by We Stand For, a social-justice oriented student group. Reactions to the walkout were mixed and the event attracted national news coverage.University announces changes to contraceptive coverage policy — Oct. 27, 2017The University announced Oct. 27, 2017 it would no longer cover contraceptives through its third-party, government-funded insurer. On Nov. 7, 2017, it reversed these changes and said its third-party insurers would continue to cover contraception. On Feb. 7, 2018, Notre Dame announced it would abandon its third-party coverage and pay for coverage of “simple contraceptives” through its own health plan.Campus crossroads project completed — Jan. 15, 2018After four years of construction, the $400 million Campus Crossroads project was completed with the opening of the Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall. The purpose of the project was to centralize every element of campus life in one location and included new classrooms, recreational facilities, meeting rooms and a student center.Columbus murals to no longer be on full display — Jan. 20, 2019On Jan. 20, Fr. Jenkins announced Notre Dame would cover the Columbus murals, a series of 19th-century paintings by Italian artist Luigi Gregori on display in the Main Building. The murals, which depict the life and work of Christopher Columbus, were criticized for years for their depiction of Columbus as a savior figure to Native Americans. In a statement to the student body, Jenkins said the murals would soon be covered with a ”woven material,” but that high-resolution photographs of the paintings would eventually be displayed in an environment more conducive to consideration elsewhere on campus.Polar Vortex: Tri-campus community closes as temperatures near record lows — Jan. 29-31, 2019The tri-campus community canceled classes when sub-zero temperatures swept the Midwest the week of Jan. 28. Notre Dame closed from 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and reopened 1 p.m. Jan. 31. Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross closed from Jan. 29-31, reopening on Feb. 1. During the vortex, Holy Cross lost power from approximately 6:25 a.m. to noon Jan. 30. Notre Dame experienced a number of pipe bursts and other leaks following the vortex. The last time the tri-campus community closed due to winter weather was Jan. 27-28, 2014.Notre Dame stops using coal for energy — Oct. 14, 2019As a direct result of the Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy, a multi-pronged plan for a more sustainable campus initiated by the University in 2015, the campus power plant phased out burning coal a year ahead of schedule. In order to facilitate the transition from coal, a new gas line was built to complement the original line in the power plant, and the oil storage capacity was doubled. In addition, the University elected to invest $113 million in renewable energy projects shortly after announcing the five-year plan to cease burning coal, which included the creation of a hydroelectric plant on St. Joseph River, a geothermal system and a new thermal energy East Plant. The University’s sustainability plan looks almost 50 years in the future, spearheading more projects and initiatives to allow Notre Dame to become carbon neutral by 2050.University cancels in-person classes, suspends all study abroad programs due to COVID-19 concerns — March 11, 2020Saint Mary’s extends spring break to March 20, suspends all in-person classes while providing option to return to campus — March 11, 2020Holy Cross moves to distance learning until April 13 — March 11, 2020On March 11, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross announced the suspension of all in-person classes until at least April 13, replacing all courses with virtual teaching and other alternative learning options. All University and College-sponsored international programs were also canceled, and students and U.S.-based faculty were directed to return home as soon as possible. Notre Dame undergraduate residence halls were to remain open only to students approved to remain on campus. While Saint Mary’s students were originally allowed to return to live in their residence halls, the option was revoked on March 13 except for students who received special permission. By March 18, Notre Dame extended the cancellation of classes to the end of the spring semester, pro-rating students for room and board. Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross followed on March 19. Holy Cross announced plans to prorate room and board costs, while Saint Mary’s is providing grants to students to cover a partial room and board refund. At Notre Dame, the 253 students living in on-campus residences were instructed to return to their permanent homes as quickly as possible. Saint Mary’s students who were originally authorized to remain in their rooms. On March 30, Jenkins announced commencement for the Notre Dame class of 2020 will be held virtually, and seniors will be invited back to campus Memorial Day weekend 2021 to celebrate their graduation. Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross plan to hold in-person ceremonies in the fall of 2020. Tags: 2020 commencement, commencement edition 2020, Donald Trump, Jan Cerevelli Major headlines in the last four years Jan Cervelli resigns as President of Saint Mary’s, files civil suit against CollegeOn Oct. 5, 2018, Jan Cervelli resigned from her position as president of Saint Mary’s — just under two years after her official inauguration on Nov. 12, 2016. In an Observer article from Oct. 8, 2018, Board of Trustees chair Mary Burke said it was “[Cervelli’s] decision alone to resign.”Cervelli filed a civil suit against Saint Mary’s on March 12, 2019, stating members of the College’s Board of Trustees pressured her to resign and did not honor a settlement agreement that would allow Cervelli to stay at Saint Mary’s as a tenured professor.On March 22, 2019, the College filed a counterclaim response to Cervelli’s lawsuit. Cervelli filed a response to their counterclaim on April 4.This past spring semester though Cervelli taught four courses at the College — a Design Lab I course within the Art Department and three classes within the College’s Environmental Studies program.7 students, 1 rector lost in four yearsIn 2016, Notre Dame lost two students. Third-year law student Karabo Moleah, 26, died March 31 in Philadelphia while studying in the Law School’s Washington D.C. program. His friends remember his questioning nature and intelligence.On March 9, junior Theresa Sagartz was found dead in her off-campus residence from natural causes related to a chronic medical condition. A third-generation member of the Notre Dame community, her friends and family remember her as adventurous, self-assured and generous with her time.In 2017, Notre Dame lost two students. First-year law student Travis McElmurry, who was dual-enrolled at the business school, died March 12 in his off-campus residence. His friends said he had an easygoing nature and loved his dog.On March 31, former undergraduate student Edward Lim died at his home in Cincinnati. His friends said Lim had made a significant impact during his time at the University and remembered his love for music, philosophy and the Notre Dame Chorale.Notre Dame lost one rector in 2018. On Feb. 7, Sister Mary McNamara, the rector of Breen-Phillips (BP) Hall, died from complications related to a stroke. Sister McNamara’s loved ones said she found her dream job as the rector of BP. She was remembered for her sense of humor and her commitment to her ministry.In 2019, Notre Dame lost one student. Shortly after he graduated, Chris Westdyk died June 3 after a long battle with cancer. Westdyk was very involved in his dorm, Stanford Hall, serving as a two-time Welcome Weekend ambassador, designer of the Stanford flag and a resident assistant. His friends remember his strong sense of humility and his hardworking nature.In 2020, the tri-campus community lost two students. On Jan 24, senior Annrose Jerry was found dead in St. Mary’s Lake after she was reported missing three days prior. A member of the Folk Choir, her friends remember her for her love of music and her selflessness.On March 12, Saint Mary’s senior Isabelle Melchor died. Melchor was a global studies major and deeply involved at the College. A professor remembered her as inspirational, saying Melchor was always quick to smile despite her health struggles.