Load 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.
Concepcion police station chief Major Jonah Galicha said they have yetto identify the suspects who shot dead the 27-year-old resident Ricjo JansenBatica – a caretaker and security guard of Iyang Beach Resorts. Galicha said the investigation was difficult due to the refusal ofBatica’s family to cooperate with the authorities. Batica was once detained in the Concepcion municipal police station forfrustrated homicide and physical injury charges. He was also a newly-identifieddrug suspect, Galicha added. According to police investigators, Batica was inside the resort whentwo unidentified motorcycle-riding men peppered him with bullets around 11:30p.m. on Dec. 5. He was able to run but one of the suspects pursued him and shothim on the neck. Four empty shells of a .45-caliber pistol were recovered from the crimescene, police said. ILOILO City – The police are looking at personal grudge or illegal drugsas the motives behind the killing of a resort caretaker in Barangay Poblacion,Concepcion, Iloilo. “The victim’s family refused to give us information that would help inour investigation. They are uncooperative, but we continue to look for witnessesthat could give us facial features of the suspects,” added Galicha. “We are focusing into two possible angles as to why the victim waskilled, it might be over an old grudge and in relation to illegal drugs. Damo ni siya kaso, may gin sumbag kag maygin buno amo na nakita namon nga record,” Galicha said. Batica has received death threats before the incident, according toreports./PN
The largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths.“As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part. Associated Press ___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020.The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021. ___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.”The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___ The Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, announced in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled through Sept. 2. About 150 students have tested positive.Notre Dame is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.The Fighting Irish football program announced last week there have been four positive test results for COVID-19 out of 619 tests done since players returned to campus in June.___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off as well in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus. Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic.The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.” Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season.Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged. The Latest: Notre Dame cancels football practice August 19, 2020
The inaugural season of the Overwatch League is quickly approaching its endgame, so naturally, sights are being set on the upcoming second season. With this in mind, Blizzard has released the rules behind how rosters will be constructed moving forward.On August 1st, the signing window will be opened for teams to negotiate extensions with players already signed to them, or for their respective Overwatch Contenders players to be signed. This is also the date on which player trades can be made from.Official agreements from the inaugural season end on September 9th, meaning any players that aren’t under a contract at this point will become free agents. The exclusive window for expansion teams to sign free agents start from this date also, ending October 7th.October 8th is the day in which the signing window for free agents opens for all teams, so if players are still yet to be selected by expansion teams then they become available for the teams that competed in the first season.By December 1st, each team must have at least eight players signed under contract. Despite this, teams are still able to sign or trade players throughout the upcoming season until a final deadline which has not yet been specified. Players who turn 18 years of age before this deadline are eligible to be signed and compete in the League, too.Starting with this next season, the terms of player’s agreements “will no longer be fixed at one year with an additional one-year option.” Instead, players can negotiate contracts with teams that last up to three years.Another interesting development is the option of having “two-way players”. This means it’s possible that a player can compete for both an Overwatch League team and an Overwatch Contenders team. There are more details surrounding the stipulations of such a move here.Esports Insider says: The rules and dates surrounding renewing contracts and trading players all seem relatively fair, but it’s the two-way player rule and the three-year contract implementation that grab our attention the most. It’s also nice to see that expansion teams have an exclusive window to sign players.Sign up to our newsletter!
NBA wrap: Rockets end 76ers’ 28-game, 100-point streak in win “I don’t understand it. It’s a piece of s— being on that floor. We’re giving everything we got. We’re playing hard. We’re getting grabbed, we’re getting scratched, clawed, held, shoved. And there’s nothing for it. The officials just get to walk out, and there’s nothing that penalizes them for not officiating the game the right way.”I come out here and I do my job, and that’s to play and be a professional. I don’t know if it’s [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver that’s got to [look into] this. We expect the officiating to be professional as well.”It’s just got to be called right. When we step on that floor, we [have] got to feel like we are going to get a fair shot, a fair chance.”Thunder’s Paul George blasts off on referees after fouling out in loss to Clippers pic.twitter.com/rYnBCqm9bv— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 9, 2019George acknowledged he was likely to be fined for his comments, adding: “I’m going to lose money on this. We speak up, we lose money. There’s nothing that I can do to change that. It is what it is. There’s gotta be a change, but there’s nothing that I can do.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his team was guilty of “too much fouling.””Our guys are playing hard and competing,” Donovan said, per ESPN, “but there is no reason for Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 times”We’ve got to know that. Our guys are playing really hard and are really competing, but we are fouling too much away from the ball when we don’t have to.” “It’s bad officiating. I’m sorry, it’s just bad officiating,” a clearly infuriated George told reporters. “We don’t get a fair whistle. We haven’t gotten a fair whistle all year. Somebody’s got to look into this.”It’s getting out of hand, where we somehow just walk teams to the line. And there’s nobody that gets more contact. If I don’t speak for myself, I speak for Russ. There’s nobody that gets more contact than Russ going to the basket. And it’s just crazy. Related News Kawhi Leonard not interested in joining LeBron James, Lakers, report says Los Angeles was 31 of 46 from the free-throw line, with Williams making 10 of 15. Williams finished with a game-high 40 points in 34 minutes off the bench.The Thunder shot 26 free throws, making 17. Paul George launched into a lengthy attack on officiating in the NBA after the Thunder’s loss Friday to the Clippers, stating: “Somebody’s got to look into this.”George, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams all fouled out in the last four minutes of the game as Oklahoma City went down 118-110.