Improv/Prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee stopped at The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT last night, and they were celebrating guitarist Brendan Bayliss turning the big 4-0. Umphrey’s was formed as a college band, so that they are still plugging away and playing packed rooms all these years later must be incredible for the Chicago-based rockers.Umphrey’s kicked off set on with a run from their intro song “Lucid State” into multi-part progressive rocker “Educated Guess”. Following that up with the rare ballad “Passing”, the band then kept things going with a huge “Domino Theory”. The set featured a couple of older UM songs in “Syncopated Strangers”, “The Fussy Dutchman”, and a pulsating version of “Morning Song”. Set one ended with a cover of Modest Mouse‘s “The Good Times Are Killing Me”, which found Bayliss on acoustic guitar. The band had only played the song once before, at a show where fans curated the setlist back in 2012.Following a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage with an epic “JaJunk” > “Upward” > “JaJunk” segment that immediately brought the energy back up. With a quick run through the rockin’ ballad “Loose Ends”, Umphrey’s then busted out the uptempo progressive song “Crucial Taunt” for the first time in 205 shows. The end of the show found the band in fine form, as they moved from jam launchpad “Utopian Fir” into a rare cover of “Driven To Tears” by The Police, before bringing things to a close with a dance-heavy version of electronic rager “The Triplewide”.For the encore, Umphrey’s played one of their most classic Bayliss-written tunes, “All In Time”, which featured the “Gravity’s Real” lyrical Jimmy Stewart segment that fans absolutely adore. Only played a handful of times by the band, the rare fan-favorite was the perfect way to end a night in celebration of Mr. Brendan Bayliss.In honor of the guitarist/lyricist’s birthday, the band presented him with a custom Chicago Cubs jersey with his name and the number “40” written on the back, which they showcased to the crowd at one point while toasting Bayliss on the stage. See below for the jersey the band gave Bayliss, as well as the full setlist from last night’s show at the Higher Ground, courtesy of allthings.umphrey’s.com. Umphrey’s McGee | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 8/11/2016Set 1: Lucid State > Educated Guess, Passing, Domino Theory, Syncopated Strangers > Final Word > Syncopated Strangers, The Fussy Dutchman, Morning Song, Gone for Good, The Good Times Are Killing MeSet 2: JaJunk > Upward > JaJunk, Loose Ends, Crucial Taunt, Utopian Fir > Driven to Tears > The Triple WideEncore: All In Time > Gravity’s Real > All In Time with Joel on vocals with Brendan on acoustic guitar[photo via @soundslike_age]
The Northern Pastors Fellowship, in collaboration with the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches led a march through the streets of Portsmouth on Sunday, February 9, 2014 to express their disapproval of a concert featuring Jamaican dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta.Tommy Lee Sparta, who refers to himself as “Uncle Demon”, is expected to headline a concert at the Arbeedee Cinema in Portsmouth on Sunday, February 16, 2014. The concert will also feature the Triple Kay Band and other Dominican singers.“We wanted to express our disapproval of the lyrics of the songs of Tommy Lee and also we want to make it clear that this young man converging on our soil is pretty much giving endorsement to his lyrics,” president of the Northern Pastors Association Joseph Benjamin told Dominica Vibes on Monday, February 10.According to the Pastor, while Tommy Lee has said that ‘Uncle Demon’ is merely a stage name, he is aware of the characteristics of demons.Benjamin added that the Associations are “totally against” Sparta’s lyrics especially in his song entitled ‘Shook’, which includes diabolical characteristics.“When you’re actually saying that you’re coming into the youth and the youth have got to be your messengers and that you are summoning legions to rise up I mean this is satanic worship, this is demonic incantation”. Video of the march in Portsmouth compliments BRBP TV: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkqh1BAdyVE&list=PL75D47694C11F047C[/youtube]He said when those incantations (chants) are released, “what happens is that we open doors for demons to enter our country, to enter our land”.The Pastor noted that the church has to take a stand and ensure that their voices are heard.“We have no problem with Tommy Lee. As far as we are concerned we love him, we are praying for him and we are believing God to touch his life, that his eyes would be opened”.“There is no way we can sit back and allow our young people, the authorities that be, our responsible men in the community of Dominica to endorse for this young man to be what we call a role model for our young people,” Benjamin said.Prior to organizing and hosting the march, Benjamin said they met with organizer of the concert, Cabral Douglas and told him of the spiritual implication that endorsing and bringing Sparta here to perform has.He said Douglas explained to them that it is a business decision and allowing Sparta to feature at the concert will bring finances to the young people who have expressed frustration at not being able to find employment.“How can one day of money in someone’s hands really break the cycle of frustration because of unemployment? It doesn’t make sense,” Benjamin stated. He described yesterday’s march as a success because the Church made a statement and noted that they will continue to pray.“We will be sitting down and analyzing and planning and whatever it is we think in our heart is the right thing to do we will continue to do,” Benjamin said.Sparta, whose real name is Leeroy Junior Russell, 26, was arrested on February 3 in his homeland Jamaica in connection with a lottery scam.His attorney Bert Samuels told Jamaica Observer on Saturday, February 8 that his client has not been charged but is in police custody being questioned. Samuels, however was unable to say when he would be released.Sparta, who appeared on the music scene in 2011, has been accused of the glorification of Satanism and demonism during his performances.He is known for songs including Warn Dem, Grave Yard, Uncle Demon, Nuh Fear Dem, Daddy Devil and Psycho.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share 456 Views 5 comments Sharing is caring! Share Share EntertainmentFaithLifestyleLocalNews Dominican churches march against Tommy Lee by: – February 10, 2014
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and the delegation continued the economic development trip this week in Brussels, meeting with business leaders and government officials with ties to Belgium and the European Union.“I’ve told every governor I’ve met that Brussels should be their launching pad to Europe. Governor Holcomb is the first governor to take me up on that,”said U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Ronald J. Gidwitz. “Indiana will benefit for many years because of Holcomb’s strategic international engagement efforts.”The delegation joined AmCham EU and representatives of its 160-company membership, which spans across the 28 Member Countries of the European Union, to share key benefits of doing business in Indiana, from its pro-growth business climate to its central location and robust infrastructure network.This marks Gov. Holcomb’s fourth international economic development trip to Europe, which supports 450 business facilities in Indiana and more than 113,200 Hoosier jobs, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the state’s jobs supported by foreign direct investment. The delegation also traveled to Germany to meet with business executives and government officials.