Robert Randolph And The Family Band Testify That They’ve “Got Soul” At Gramercy Theatre [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Robert Randolph and the Family Band | Gramercy Theatre | New York, NY | 4/26/17 | Photos by Stephen Olker Last night, Robert Randolph and the Family Band continued their current tour behind their newly released album Got Soul with a gig at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. Randolph, a noted master of the “sacred steel” guitar, turned the concert hall into the Church of Soul and the crowd into his congregation as he played preacher–conducting the ceremony with searing rock riffs and compelling his talented bandmates to testify! Dressed in a sharp silver-lapelled suit jacket, Randolph led the evening’s skilled Family Band lineup through a fiery performance. The evening was heavy on tried-and-true rock-and-roll covers and newer material from Got Soul, in addition to a show-closing selection from the band’s 2002 debut live album Live At The Wetlands.The set had a loose, improvisational feel, and for good reason: second guitarist Dean James, who led the band on vocals through a cover of The Band‘s “Up On Cripple Creek,” was a temporary addition to the lineup—Randolph found the guitarist via Instagram and invited him out to play some dates. Robert’s cousin “Little” Steve Ladson, who played an excellent performance on guitar (and sang a cover of Bill Withers‘ “Use Me Up”), usually serves as the band’s bassist. He and Rayfield “Ray Ray” Holloman, the band’s regular guitarist, swapped roles for the night—just for fun, it would appear—and both played so well that the uninitiated likely couldn’t tell that anything was amiss. Keyboardist Kasey Squares and vocalist Lanesha Randolph turned in top-notch performances as well, each adding texture to the electric exhibition. Randolph even welcomed an energetic three-piece horn section (two trombones, one sax) to join him for a pair of Got Soul originals. Randolph’s enthusiasm and his pleas for “somethin’ funky” from the brass-men were so contagious that all three were jumping and dancing by the end of the sit-in.As always, Randolph brimmed with rockstar mystique and charismatic swagger—playing through a broken string like he didn’t even miss it, standing on his chair, and wrestling with his signature instrument. The soul flowed through him like electricity through holy water. Along with the Band and Withers covers, Randolph and company delivered an instrumental run through Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs” and a particularly lovely solo jam on Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely,” after the rest of the band had left the stage one by one for the show’s end.However, while the covers were fun, the band showed their true powers through their original material, with tunes like “I Want It” and “Got Soul” exuding the raw, emotional, joyous, guitar-fuzz cacophony for which Randolph has become widely known. The show ended with Randolph preaching instructions to the crowd as he played his final notes: “Somebody feel wonderful in here!” And as if by magic—or the grace of soul—the crowd heard him, and abided.Check out a gallery of photos from the performance below, courtesy of photographer Stephen Olker. You can also watch Live For Live Music‘s Facebook Live Got Soul Digital Release Party with Robert Randolph below, featuring live fan Q&A, an impromptu “Voodoo Child” jam with album songwriting collaborator Eric Krasno, and a live performance of Got Soul single “I Want It.”Robert Randolph and the Family Band continue their Got Soul Tour this weekend with performances at Hopewell, VA’s Beacon Theatre tonight, Southside Arts and Music Fest in Bethlehem, PA tomorrow (Friday, April 28th), and Portland, ME’s Aura on Saturday (April 29th). For a full list of upcoming shows, or to purchase tickets, head Randolph’s website.last_img read more

Rules panel asks court to remove DNA deadlines

first_imgRules panel asks court to remove DNA deadlines Rules panel asks court to remove DNA deadlines Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to remove the deadline for convicted inmates to request DNA testing in an effort to prove their innocence.Meeting 22 days before that deadline was set to expire, the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, on September 9 at The Florida Bar’s General Meeting, voted to file an emergency petition with the court. That petition, asking the justices to remove the testing time limit, was scheduled to go to the Bar’s Executive Committee for its review after this Bar News went to press, and then be filed with the court.More than 1,000 inmates are still being screened to see if their case fits within the DNA testing guidelines.The vote, which was 23-0 with one abstention, came after the committee heard Bar President Alan Bookman and President-elect Hank Coxe explain that the Bar supported that or any other measure that would free an innocent person from prison.“This was a rule passed by this committee, and at the time (in 2003) this committee voted to put a two-year sunset provision in the rule,” said committee Chair George Tragos. “The provision automatically terminates on October 1 of this year. Many things have happened in the interim, including the governor ordering the biological evidence be preserved.”Those events, he added, also include some dramatic cases where DNA evidence has freed inmates, including two cases where the defendants, who had been convicted of rape, were exonerated after more than two decades each in prison.Coxe said he and Bookman met with both legislative leaders and with the governor’s general counsel, Raquel Rodriguez, and found support for the availability of DNA testing.“Raquel Rodriguez’s words were, ‘Neither I nor the governor can tolerate that an innocent person is in prison,’” Coxe said. “The Bar Board of Governors is of the position, just like Rocky Rodriquez, that innocent people in our prisons is intolerable.”He noted that the Board of Governors generally has become more involved in criminal justice issues in recent years, instead of concentrating mostly on civil matters.When the rules committee acted two years ago, it became part of a debate between the court system and the legislature over the court’s rule-making authority and whether it had exceeded procedural matters and was encroaching on substantive matters. Committee members then said the deadline was a procedural issue.“We are sensitive to the conflict and tension versus rule and statute as a solution,” Coxe said. “We are aware of this committee’s history and the position you took two years ago.“The Florida Bar would support whatever it took to keep innocent people from sitting in prison, whatever the means. We support the committee in that effort and we support the legislature on that issue.. . . Everyone has the sense there is no question what the right result is; it’s how you get there.”He read the recent legislative position approved by the Board of Governors. It says that the Bar supports making a permanent part of the criminal justice system a way for those in prison to seek DNA testing to prove their innocence.While legislators in both the House and Senate are preparing bills, those are not likely to be heard until next spring during the 2006 Regular Session.Tragos prepared the amendment, which simply repeated the language already in the Rule 3.853(d) but omitted any references to the October 1, 2005, deadline. More than 1,000 inmates seeking the testing still wait to have their requests screened to see if they qualify and if evidence in their cases is still available.Even committee members who opposed the DNA rule two years ago supported the action. Miami-Dade County Assistant State Attorney Abe Laeser said his previous objection was based on the rule would require local governments to expend money to preserve evidence and hence exceeded its authority. But now since Gov. Jeb Bush has ordered the evidence preserved, that issue is moot, he said.“The economic condition has basically disappeared,” he said. Joking about his reputation as prosecutor, Laeser added, “Even I don’t like the idea of really, really innocent people sitting in the hoosegow.”Committee member Scott Fingerhut said if the committee failed to act that he and another attorney, who are representing about 200 of the inmates seeking testing, would have filed a petition with the court to extend or eliminate the deadline.“It’s not like nothing will happen, but coming from us, it will have a far greater impact,” he said.Tragos said the change will be submitted as an out-of-cycle rule amendment to the court, with a request to expedite its review.Jenny Greenberg, director of the Florida Innocence Initiative, watched the rule debate and praised the action.“It means that, pending Florida Supreme Court action, that the rights of innocent inmates to seek DNA evidence to prove their innocence will still be alive in Florida,” she said.The rule amendment will be reviewed by the Bar’s Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Board of Governors, before it goes to the court. 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Four Syracuse players named to All-ACC team

first_img Published on April 26, 2018 at 11:46 am Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco No. 12 Syracuse’s Nick Mellen, Brett Kennedy, Jamie Trimboli and Nate Solomon were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, the league announced Thursday morning. It was the first time each of the four players earned conference honors.Mellen, a redshirt sophomore close defender and preseason All-American, is assigned the opposing team’s top attack each game. He has held his own, limiting all 12 of his opponents to a point below their season averages. Mellen leads the Orange with 15 caused turnovers, ranks third with 24 ground balls and is the only close defender to have started in all 12 games this season for SU.Kennedy, who is primarily a long-stick midfielder, filled in at close defense when Tyson Bomberry missed four games earlier this season with injury. In his first career start he scored two transition goals in a narrow 12-11 win over Virginia on March 4. Kennedy is also often slotted on the wing during faceoffs. The redshirt freshman ranks second on the team with 33 ground balls and third with nine caused turnovers.Trimboli is the veteran on the first midfield line alongside two freshmen despite being a sophomore. He has become the go-to option from up top, scoring 16 goals and adding nine assists. Trimboli scored the game-winner against Duke this season.Solomon, a junior attack, ranks second on the team with 19 goals and 31 points. He is the most experienced starter on Syracuse’s offense having played in head coach John Desko’s system for two seasons before 2018. Solomon has scooped 19 ground balls and posts a 43.2 shooting percentage for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 1 seed Syracuse will play No. 4 seed Virginia on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the second game of the ACC tournament. The Orange (7-5, 4-0 ACC) will look to avoid an early exit from the Tournament, as it fell in the opening round to North Carolina last year.2018 ACC Men’s Lacrosse All-ACC TeamA – Justin Guterding – DukeA – Chris Cloutier – North CarolinaA – Brendan Gleason – Notre DameA – Nate Solomon – SyracuseA – Michael Kraus – VirginiaM – Brad Smith – DukeM – Bryan Constabile – Notre DameM – Jamie Trimboli – SyracuseM – Dox Aitken – VirginiaD – Cade Van Raaphorst – DukeD – Nick Mellen – SyracuseD – Brett Kennedy – SyracuseSSDM – Carlson Milikin – Notre DameSSDM – Drew Schantz – Notre DameLSM – John Sexton – Notre DameLSM – Jack Rowlett – North CarolinaF/O – Joe Stein – DukeG – Danny Fowler – Duke Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more