Last night, Umphrey’s McGee threw an excellent party for their tour-closing show at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, with SunSquabi again providing support and warming up the crowd with their patented Colorado electro-funk. Umphrey’s headlining performance was filled with all sorts of curiosities, nuances, and unique UM minutia that really showed that the band’s sum is greater than all parts, making for a show that will be talked about for many years by the Umphreaks in attendance.Umphrey’s McGee Fits Double Pink Floyd Cover Into “1348” Sandwich In Wisconsin [Photos]Umphrey’s wasted no time in starting the show, opening with a straight-away “Educated Guess”—no “Jazz Odyssey”, no jamming, just conventional power chords. “Spires” had some good jams, and it gave way to a tasty segment of “Out of Order” and a rare “Space Funk Booty”. The elegiac and underplayed “Weight Around” provided a powerful breather before the set closed with a heavy “Puppet String”, with the crowd bobbing their head in unison during the choruses of the tune. Umphrey’s McGee’s first set was standard good.Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s first-set opener, “Educated Guess” here.However, Umphrey’s McGee’s second set was absolute fire, with the band deciding to cut loose and not to hold back. The looseness and camaraderie of the band were on full display, which translated to a great vibe for the rest of the show. The set itself didn’t go as planned, as there were multiple changes to the setlist. Normally, when the band ends up cutting “Nopener”, “Nothing Too Fancy”, and “Pay the Snucka”, fans are going to be disappointed. However, what UM ended up playing couldn’t have been any better, and all songs in the second set got a proper treatment.“Dump City” started the second set off on a rather psychedelic path. “Nopener” was cut in favor of “Resolution,” and it’s replacement offered a true improvisational journey with a couple distinct jams, including one based around Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” before the majority of the band cut out to allow guitarist Jake Cinninger a chance to take the jam in a harder and darker direction with a metal-inspired vibe. Eventually, the other guitarist Brendan Bayliss brought “Resolution” back to a more melodic ending, which was easily his best solo of the weekend.Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s second-set opener, “Dump City” here.The instrumental “Professor Wormbog” followed and clocked in at over ten minutes. For this version, after what would normally be the last chorus of the song, Umphrey’s McGee ran through the whole song again at quadruple the speed, adding a one-minute version of the song after the original rendition. “I Ran” was a great cover that began with a “Celtic Alleluia” intro. Cinninger was blabbering lovingly about keyboardist Joel Cummins, and the bromance displayed during this intro was highly entertaining. A solid version of “August” closed out the set, complete with a keys jam that featured Cinninger alongside Cummins. It was great and, in retrospect, an obvious foreshadowing of the encore.Umphrey’s McGee played an amazing show, but they definitely saved the best for last. Joel was the first to walk out on the stage for the encore, but he immediately walked to Bayliss’ spot and donned a guitar. The rest of the band followed, all heading to different instruments—Andy Farag took over the drumset, Cinninger manned the keys, Ryan Stasik and Cummins rocked guitars, Bayliss wielded the bass, and Kris Myers took the spotlight with the microphone.Despite being stationed at different instruments, the members of Umphrey’s McGee proceeded to flawlessly execute a raging rendition of The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” and the grins on all their faces proved that they were possibly having the most fun out of anybody in the venue. It’s hard to pick one, but I would have to say the MVP of the encore was Joel. He was having way too much fun rocking the guitar, and despite not playing the keys, he was not of his element at all and looked like a regular rock guitarist up there.“Sabotage” [Video: Marian Moon]With a full instrument switch in gear, the band thanked the crowd and ended the tour. The show, especially the encore, will undoubtedly go down in Umphrey’s McGee lore. The band will next be playing in Colorado for their New Year’s run. Last night, the band showed they’re ready to close out 2017 with a bang.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 11/4/2017Set One: Educated Guess, Spires, Out of Order, Space Funk Booty, Hangover, Mullet (Over), The Weight Around, Puppet StringSet Two: Dump City, Resolution, Stinko’s Ascension, Professor Wormbog, I Ran, AugustEncore: Sabotage Umphrey’s McGee | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 11/4/2017 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images
CARICOM Secretary-General Mr. Irwin LaRoque. GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secretary-general Irwin LaRocque has called on the United Nations secretary-general Ban ki Moon to provide further sustainable and long term assistance to the earthquake ravaged member state of Haiti LaRocque met with the UN secretary-general on Sunday, ahead of the opening of the 66th United Nations General Assembly on chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and outlined several Community issues for which UN attention was needed, chief of which was support for the recovery process in Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake on 12 January 2010. The CARICOM secretary-general expressed the Community’s appreciation for what he described as the United Nation’s “swift response to Haiti” following the earthquake, but hastened to point out that significant humanitarian challenges remained in Haiti. Those include the ongoing cholera epidemic, the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters, the steady rise in food and fuel prices, all of which, the CARICOM secretary-general stated, were intensifying the hardship being experienced by the Haitian people. He stressed the importance of sustained support for Haiti noting the need for international solidarity beyond the crisis. LaRocque reiterated the call on the international community to make good on its pledges to Haiti expeditiously, and to ensure that all expenditure redounded to the direct benefit of the Haitian people. This call was made previously by CARICOM heads of government special representative to Haiti, P J Patterson. The CARICOM secretary-general also recorded the Community’s appreciation for the role being played by MINUSTAH in Haiti and acknowledged the fact that the UN secretary general had requested a one-year extension for MINUSTAH. Notwithstanding this extension, the CARICOM secretary-general urged that “MINUSTAH’s renewed mandate be amended to include a greater developmental role in Haiti’s reconstruction process, and that consideration be given to ensuring that the Government and people of Haiti were assisted, to the extent required, in providing for their needs in terms of security and stability.” UN secretary-general reiterated his full support for the reconstruction and recovery process in Haiti and urged member states to honour their pledges.Caribbean News Now 17 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional CARICOM secretary-general asks UN for continued support to Haiti by: – September 23, 2011 Share Tweet Share
Lonzo Ball took another step to further his separation from his family’s label, Big Baller Brand.The Lakers guard confirmed that he has transformed his Big Baller Brand tattoo, which featured red and black lettering of “BBB,” with a new design of back-and-red dice, according to ESPN . Ball’s tattoo artist, Herchell Carrasco, shared images of the guard’s arm with before-and-after pictures of the tattoo. Lakers G Lonzo Ball leaves Big Baller Brand, hints at Nike deal View this post on Instagram Covered up “BBB” Tattoo Today, Roll with the Winners 🏆 @ZoA post shared by Herchell L Carrasco (@rockrollg) on Mar 26, 2019 at 7:35pm PDTBall had been covering the tattoo with tape during games to avoid being fined for breaking NBA rules prohibiting players from displaying commercial logos on their bodies. Related News The photos come amid a falling out between the Lakers guard and Big Baller Brand co-owner Alan Foster. Ball cut ties with Foster after there were concerns Foster was connected to the $1.5 million that went missing from Ball’s personal and business accounts, ESPN reported. Foster is a friend of Ball’s father, LaVar, and owns 16.3 percent of the company, but the Ball family believes Foster used them to “enrich” himself. Ball dealt with multiple injuries this season, including ankle issues, and he revealed the Lakers previously asked him if his Big Baller Brand shoes were to blame for his ankle injury. “Yeah, they talked to me,” Lonzo Ball told ESPN . “They asked me about it, and I told ’em, ‘I feel comfortable. If I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t play in ’em. If I didn’t play in [his signature BBB shoes], I’d play in Kobe [Bryant’s signature Nike shoe]. I work out in [LeBron James’ signature Nike shoe], but that’s because they’re heavier.”Ball, who has been shut down for the season, hasn’t played since Jan. 19. He averaged 9.9 points with 5.3 rebound and 5.4 assists in 47 games this season.