On the heels of CID Entertainment being acquired by PrimeSport, the elite travel and VIP company has announced another all-inclusive event at the Barceló Maya resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico. Adding to the already-existing roster of Phish, LCD Soundsystem, Luke Bryan, and Mad Decent destination festivals at the Barceló, this newly-announced four-night event will feature Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds.The beloved acoustic duo will perform three sets throughout the event, which will take place February 23-25, 2017. Dave Matthews Band recently capped off their 25th anniversary tour and announced that they would be taking at least one year off the road, so this announcement must come as a welcome surprise for all DMB fans.More details about the newly-announced event can be found here.
Monophonics are officially back! Today, the band announces their upcoming Mirrors EP and a supporting tour through the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Mirrors–the band’s first release since 2015’s Sound of Sinning, available now to pre-order–is comprised of six rare covers, fusing the complementary and explosive soul, rock, and funk influences of the Bay Area’s psychedelic soul sound. The first single, “My Heart Cries”, featuring Tiffany Austin, is available today.“We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist, and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explained in a press release. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.” He continues, “It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool.” Even the familiar tunes receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals on Mirrors, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs.As a press release detailed, here is a rundown of Monophonics’ upcoming Mirrors EP:The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invincibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with backup vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul. The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.Listen to “My Heart Cries” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out this previously-released music video for “My Heart Cries” by The Invincibles, featuring vocals by Nicole Smith:Catch the band on the road this spring to hear some of these songs, favorites, and new tunes from their forthcoming EP. Get hyped with this tour video, followed by a complete itinerary, below.MONOPHONICS TOUR DATES02-06 @ HiFi Music Hall – Eugene, OR02-07 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR02-08 @ Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA02-09 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR02-10 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-11 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-16 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-17 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-18 @ Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV02-21 @ The Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT02-22 @ Rialto Bozeman – Bozeman, MT02-24 @ Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO03-02 @ Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar – Steamboat Springs, CO03-03 @ Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO03-08 @ Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO03-09 @ Paradise Theatre – Paonia, CO03-10 @ Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, COEnter To Win A Pair Of Tix To Denver + A Copy Of Mirrors On Vinyl!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Anglian Water said that the various unions had accepted its pensions package relating to its £2bn (€2.2bn) scheme on 16 March following a recent email ballot of 2,000 workers.“Our obligation is to provide an equitable, fair and financially sustainable pension for all our employees, and a bill that is affordable for customers,” a spokesperson for the company said. “This is something that simply wouldn’t be possible given the escalating costs of our old DB scheme.”A spokesperson for United Utilities – which runs a roughly £3.9bn DB scheme – said the unions had helped to form the final version of the company’s replacement scheme.“Rather than scrap the defined benefit scheme as planned, we agreed to introduce a hybrid scheme, which will cost us considerably more,” the spokesperson said. “So, we have made considerable concessions already and hope that the unions will show a similar desire to compromise.” The UK’s largest trade union has stepped up its lobbying efforts this week to prevent the closure of some of the final remaining defined benefit (DB) schemes offered by UK companies.Unite, which has more than 1.4m members, has backed an investigation by parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee into the decisions by Anglian Water and United Utilities to close their respective DB plans.The union said it was concerned that the companies’ profits were “heavily skewed towards the shareholders” and warned that the closures could see staff lose as much as £100,000 from their overall pension pots.Peter McIntosh, acting national officer for energy and utilities at the union, said: “A line in the sand needs to be drawn, otherwise the pensions of thousands of water workers will be seriously eroded by shareholder-obsessed bosses.” Source: BentleyBentley, maker of the Continental luxury car, wants to close its DB scheme Frank Field MPOn 28 March, Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, wrote to water regulator Ofwat demanding clarity on the pension issues.In his letter, Field asked for Ofwat’s view of “the proposals by Anglian Water and United Utilities to close their defined benefit pension plans while continuing to make large distributions to shareholders”.Ofwat said it would respond soon to Field’s enquiry.Bentley staff threaten strike action over DB closureIn a separate development this week, Unite announced its support on Tuesday for the decision by union members at Bentley Motors’ Crewe headquarters to opt for industrial action in the face of moves to close the luxury carmaker’s DB scheme.According to the union – which dubbed Bentley “pension snatchers” – 98% of its members voted in favour of going out on strike.“This massive vote in favour of action demonstrates the anger and strength of feeling among workers over Bentley’s pension proposals, which could result in workers losing thousands of pounds in retirement income,” said Phil Morgan, Unite regional officer.The closure of the scheme will hit the 1,200 workers who remain part of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Pension Fund (RRBPF).In a statement, Bentley said that the RRBPF consultation process had “not been an easy step to take”.The company added: “We are looking at this now because of the significant growth in the deficit to over £500m in the last two years. We are fully committed to funding this deficit, which poses a significant financial challenge to our business. “While no decisions have yet been taken, we have to manage risk and ensure the sustainable future of the company and our colleagues.”
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoTen days after Barry Alvarez called him the “most versatile of all the backs that I’ve had,” junior running back Brian Calhoun announced that he would not be the first premier back to play under new UW head coach Bret Bielema.Instead, the former Oak Creek, Wis., prep star will take his talent to the professional ranks, opting to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.”It was a difficult decision, but it has been done with a lot of forethought, a lot of research, counsel, prayer and help from my family,” Calhoun said at a press conference Jan. 12.After spending his freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of Colorado, Calhoun spent the 2004 football season on the Badgers’ scout team, sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules.In 2005, he became Wisconsin’s workhorse and gave Badger fans a season to remember. He became just the second player in NCAA history to rush for at least 1,500 yards (he had 1,636) and garner more than 500 receiving yards (Calhoun compiled 571 yards).”Obviously, I wanted Brian back for another year, but the biggest thing he had to do was take into account everything that he had learned and [the] information he had gathered,” Bielema said. “No matter how much time he spent here at the University of Wisconsin, the one thing that can never be taken away is the accomplishments.”Calhoun fielded questions about whether or not he would leave the program early since the beginning of the season, and the speculation only increased as the season came to a close.But after a 30-carry, 213-yard, one-touchdown performance against Auburn, earning him Capital One Bowl MVP honors, Calhoun had all but made his decision.”It’s been a pretty good year,” said Calhoun, who didn’t even begin playing football until his freshman year of high school. “For me to go out that way and to send Coach Alvarez out on a good note like that, I think that was kind of the nail in the coffin.”Calhoun made the decision official after consulting many avenues, including Alvarez, Bielema, his family, former Colorado running back coach Eric Bienemy and former teammate and current NFL back Chris Brown.”I tried to gather as much information as possible as far as what they thought I should do, and maybe their opinion [on] if I was ready for that next step,” Calhoun said. “I think it was the right choice and time for me to make that jump.””The thing that I really am happy about is that I think this is something that was thought out for a long period of time,” Bielema said.Maybe the biggest surprise in gathering that information was that Bienemy — the main reason Calhoun went to Colorado after high school — advised him to stay in school for one more year, and that Calhoun opted not to take that recommendation.”We talked on three or four occasions, and I disagree with him, obviously, but he supported me whatever decision I made,” Calhoun said. “He just felt like another year under my belt could help me.”Calhoun said that if he thought that he was going to be taken in the second day of the draft — rounds four through seven — he would not have left early. With a variety of running backs in the draft, including Reggie Bush and LenDale White, there has been some debate as to how high Calhoun would go in the draft, which begins April 29.Calhoun’s father, Andrew, said he is well aware of how his son’s numbers stack up to the likes of Bush, who is expected to be the top pick.”The stats are there. If you look at it statistically, only in rushing and receiving categories, you’ll find out that there’s 11 yards that separate him and Bush,” Andrew Calhoun said.Of course, his stock could rise or fall depending on his performance at the NFL combine, which will be held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.Calhoun’s departure — coupled with the indefinite suspension of junior Booker Stanley, who faces three felony charges after a Dec. 21 incident — will leave Wisconsin with a significant gap in experience at the running back position.Jamil Walker and Dywon Rowan could be the only backs with any game experience, though their carries have been few and far between. UW may also rely on the emergence of P.J. Hill, Dion Foster and Jerry Butler, a trio of redshirt freshmen.Bielema begins hiring staff: Amid Calhoun’s exit, Bielema began selecting his assistant coaches, starting with the re-hiring of wide receivers’ coach Henry Mason, who has been with the program since 1995.Bielema also announced the hiring of Kerry Cooks as his defensive backs coach. Cooks coached at Minnesota last year and was on staff with Bielema at Kansas State in 2003.”I’m very excited to be here,” Cooks said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Bret … and I love his energy. I think it’s a great opportunity to learn from a great, young head coach.”Bielema will announce the rest of his staff in the coming weeks and said it is a tricky situation with many current assistants recruiting for their current programs. Official signing day for incoming recruits is Feb. 1.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe proverbial monkey is finally off Kyle Turris’ back.With a goal three minutes into the third period of Saturdaynight’s matchup against St. Cloud State, Turris broke a streak of nine gameswithout scoring a goal. If that slump doesn’t seem too daunting, consider howTurris started the season.Coming to Wisconsin with the most preseason hype of anyplayer in recent memory — he was the No. 3 overall pick by Phoenix in the NHL EntryDraft — Turris didn’t disappoint early in the year. Through the team’s firstfour games, the freshman from British Columbia netted five goals, tallied sevenassists and at one point led the nation in scoring.But then the WCHA season started, and the freshman phenom’storrid pace cooled down. He managed to record just four assists through ninegames and had five games in which he didn’t score a single point.So it came as no surprise to see Turris get a bit moreexcited Saturday than after any of his previous goals.”It feels really good,” Turris said of his goal. “It wasjust a matter of time.”Turris jumped around between a few different lineupsSaturday, starting the night off on the top line with Ben Street and PodgeTurnbull, but he skated with Michael Davies and Aaron Bendickson when he scoredin the third. The movement between lines allowed Turris to fire off agame-high seven shots on goal, including three in the final period.”I was getting lots of shots, I was hitting posts,” Turrissaid. “I was getting lots of great passes from [Street] and Bendickson andPodge and Davies.”Finally, one of those shots went in. Bendickson and DavisDrewiske were credited with the assist as Turris beat St. Cloud State netminderJase Weslosky to tie the game up at 3-3. Josh Engel would later add his secondgoal of the game to give Wisconsin a 4-3 win.”I think it was lucky,” Turris said. “It kind of wentthrough his arm. I just tried to throw everything on net, tonight especially.”After the goal, the entire Wisconsin bench jumped up incelebration, all knowing the pressure Turris had relieved with his goal.”I think all you need to do is look at the bench after hescored,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “His teammates were still pounding him onhis shoulder pads.”Eaves said Turris’ teammates empathized with the freshman,as they have all been through ups and downs in their careers.”That’s a nice weight to be lifted off his shoulders,” Eavessaid. “His teammates feel for him, because they know that he’s a gifted playerand they … have all gone through similar kinds of slumps like that. For anoffensive guy, it’s a struggle.””Kyle is a great player,” said forward Josh Engel, whorecorded two goals in Saturday’s win. “He’s going to be one of those greatplayers in the NHL, too.”Perhaps another reason for the Badgers’ celebration afterthe goal was what it meant for them as a team. When Turris has found the netthis season, Wisconsin is 4-1. When Turris is held without a goal, UW is just3-5-1.”They were really happy for him,” Eaves said. “They know,too, that if Kyle’s being productive, we have a better chance of beingsuccessful on the ice.”Turris’ score came at a crucial time in Saturday’s game.After jumping ahead to an early 1-0 lead, UW eventually fell behind 3-2 headinginto the final period. For a team that had recorded just one sweep prior to theseries, Eaves knew the third period would be the biggest of the weekend.”This is our sixth period. This is the period when you growas a player,” Eaves said. “If you want to become a champion player or achampionship-caliber team, this is the period where you have to show yourworth.”With his goal to tie the game, Turris certainly showed hisworth and reminded fans why he was so highly touted coming into the season. Andfor Turris, he hopes the goal is a sign of things to come.”I just got lucky on one, so hopefully they’ll start cominga bit easier,” Turris said.
Related Stories Boeheim doesn’t discuss NCAA hearing at ACC media day, touches on rules of commentingACC will send representative to Syracuse’s NCAA hearing, Swofford confirmsSyracuse basketball expected to finish 5th in ACC; no players receive preseason ACC honorsJerami Grant: Brother Jerian, former teammates Robinson, Cook discuss Grant’s status heading into rookie seasonLouisville makes 1st appearance as ACC team at media day Published on October 29, 2014 at 11:22 am Contact Jesse: [email protected]du | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Robinson and Jerami Grant hung out but didn’t get to work out together this summer. The two didn’t coordinate their workouts so Robinson didn’t get to see how Grant — a former Syracuse forward who averaged 12.1 points per game last season — is recovering from an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for the start of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers.But Robinson and Grant discussed Grant’s path to professional basketball over the summer and Robinson said his former high school teammate is just itching to get onto the court.“I pretty much talk to Jerami every day. He’s doing well, should be back in a week or so,” said Robinson, a junior guard at Pittsburgh, at Atlantic Coast Conference media day on Wednesday. “He’s frustrated because he knows he wants to be out there, but he knows he can’t rush it back.”Robinson wasn’t Grant’s only former DeMatha Catholic (Maryland) High School teammate at media day, as his brother Jerian Grant represented Notre Dame and senior guard Quinn Cook was there with Duke. Jerian echoed Robinson’s projection of a “week or two” for Jerami’s return and said that wanting to prove he was worthy of a first-round pick is adding to the frustration of not being on the court.“He felt like he was a first-round talent, so he’s just out there to prove that he was,” Jerian said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter foregoing his final two years of eligibility with the Orange, Grant fell to Philadelphia at the 39th pick in the second round. The 76ers open their season in Indiana on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Grant is on the roster with former SU teammate and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams.But he won’t be playing just yet and according to multiple reports he’s considering spending time in the NBA’s Developmental League to get back to full strength.Grant missed time as a sophomore with SU last season with a back injury and couldn’t play in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for the Team USA Under-19 team due to mononucleosis.Because they’ve seen him claw back before, Jerian, Robinson and Cook all said they wouldn’t be surprised if Grant was back ahead of schedule and working himself into the rotation in Philadelphia.“He’s just working to get out there and it might set him back a little bit,” said Cook, who’s been playing with Grant since the two were 7 years old. “But at the same time, he’s living his dream right now.” Comments