STS9 Rejoins Planet Earth For 20th Red Rocks Performance [Review/Video/Pics]

first_imgAs the mission control board communicated to those in attendance the successful re-entry of STS9 into Earth’s atmosphere, each band member walked out on the stage Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre donning a space helmet for what would be the group’s 20th performance at the legendary Colorado venue. No small feat, and something that was clearly not lost on the gentlemen and lady of STS9.As the band went into a first-time played “Supercluster”, the opening track from their recent release The Universe Inside, led by Alana Rocklin‘s uber-funky bass bombs, you could tell the band was locked in from the first note. “Out of this World” finished the album’s 1-2 punch, with guitarist Hunter Brown experiencing some minor technical difficulties. Zach Velmer and company then took it way back to 1999 with a beautifully played “Frequencies 2 – 3”, which was part of the live Brown Album when the band simply went by Sector 9.Special guest vocalist Maureen Murphy was a fitting addition to the show, as the singer joined STS9 on a cover of The Isley Brothers‘ “Between The Sheets”, with many in the crowd singing the chorus to Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Big Poppa”, bringing some of that East Coast flavor to the mountains. That led into an Artifact-era gem in “ReEmergence”, which witnessed some deft tickling of the ivories by keyboardist David Phipps, before segueing back into the final notes of “Between The Sheets”. “Vibyl” saw STS9 drop into a downtempo glitchy jam of Grandmaster Flash‘s “The Message”, before ending the set proper with “New Dawn, New Day” and the echoing melodic tones of Brown’s guitar creating a dreamscape that would lead into set break.“Simulator” opened the second set, and saw Saxton Waller‘s light show take things to a whole other level, with an array of beautiful colors creating something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. All the stage needed was a monolith, and anybody would have been fooled into thinking they were in the middle of a Kubrick mind-fuck. Another old-school joint in “Grow” was straight out of a smooth jazz handbook, taking you on the greatest elevator ride of your life.We saw two more debuts from The Universe Inside sandwiched in between “The Rabble” and “Blu Mood”with “Elsewhere” and “Sun, Moon and Stars”, the latter of which featured Murphy on vocals once again, taking the STS9-nauts into a realm ruled by futuristic disco funk. Needless to say, “MOD > Modular Improv > MOD was straight filth that had people getting down and slapping the floor.New(ish) number “World Go Round”, which appears on Universe and has been in the live rotation for a couple of years now, ended the second set, leaving mouths agape to be picked up at a later time. For the encore, Artifact number “Better Day” led into the debut of “Light Years” to put a rather tasteful, ethereal touch to the end of what was a truly memorable 20th Red Rocks performance for STS9. Congratulations to the band on such an incredible accomplishment!The group will conclude their two-night stand at the Rocks tonight. Check out full video of the show, courtesy of J Mar:[all photos courtesy of Aaron Bradley Photo]Setlist: STS9 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 9/9/16SET I:Supercluster(*#) –Out of this World(*%) –Frequencies 2 – 3To The WorldMarchGobnugget –Between the Sheets($&) –Reemergence –Between the SheetsVibyl(@)New Dawn, New DaySET II:Simulator –GrowThe Rabble –Call Jam –The RabbleElsewhere(*)Sun, Moon and Stars($*)Blu Mood –MOD –Modular Improv –MODWorld Go RoundENCORE:Better Day($!)Light Years(*)Show Notes:* = first time played# = band wearing space helmets% = HB technical difficulties throughout song$ = w/ Maureen Murphy on vocals& = Isley Brothers [email protected] = extended jam of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”? = Modular Jam! = Alana on Stand Up Basslast_img read more

Maynard’s Modified pays tribute to those who served

first_imgWYALUSING, Pa. – Jake Maynard is driving a dream while paying tribute to the men and women who have served our country in all branches of the armed forces.The 18-year-old from Wyalusing, Pa., is the driver of an award-winning IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified with a military theme.Names of 123 service members dating from the Civil War through Operation Enduring Freedom are listed on “dogs tags” on the body of the car.An eagle and American flag are on each door panel and POW/MIA banners on the side panels. Conflicts dating from the Civil War to operation Enduring Freedom are inset in the car numbers.“This is our way of saying thanks to all service men and women who kept us free,” said Maynard. “We want them to know how much we appreciate and care about them.”“What I’d like to do most is to come out to Iowa and race it at Super Nationals,” he added, “but that won’t happen this year. I’ll be starting my freshman year at the University of Northwest Ohio.”The Dirt Works chassis is owned by Maynard’s father Billy. He had the original idea for the tribute car and his Graphix By Billy designed, produced and installed the graphics.The car went on to receive both the Bob Whitman Memorial Best In Show and Jan Billings Memo­rial Best Appearing IMCA Modified awards at the Southern Tier Speedworld Show in Johnson City, N.Y., earlier this month.“My dad, mom and I had just been sitting in the living room, watching TV, when dad said ‘How about we do a military tribute car?” Maynard recalled. “I said that sounded like a good idea and mom said she’d never seen one with dog tags.”Needing to get the design done, the Maynards set a deadline date of three weeks, then went to Facebook and a local racing forum asking for submission of names of service men and women.“We decided to do a military tribute theme on the car to honor not just the injured, but all men and women, past and present, who have served in our nation’s military,” explained Billy Maynard. “We wanted it to represent all branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard), as well as all conflicts our country has been involved in.”“Many people included stories about those whose names they submitted. Some were killed in action and some are missing in action,” he added. “The father of a soldier killed in Iraq in 2006 sent us replicas of his son’s dog tags to hang in the car for luck.”News about the tribute car spread with the publication of stories in racing and other media. The Maynards were also asked about displaying the car at a local American Legion Post event as well as during the largest Volunteer Firemens’ Carnival in the area.“We announced on Facebook and the giveaway of four tickets to the fall night race for the Sprint Cup Series in Richmond, Va. Only past or present service men and women may enter and there is no cost for them to do so,” Billy Maynard said. “More information is on our Face­book page, MEI Motorsports, as well as in the racing discussion section on”We are proud to honor those who have served and to do this ticket giveaway as a way of saying thank you,” he continued. “We are also proud to say we are IMCA Modified competitors. We love this division so much that we have no desire to race anything else … it’s this, or nothing. We be­lieve in the IMCA philosophy and approach to the rules. The organization is very well run and does a terrific job of giving back to the racers.”Team MEI’s home track is Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y. They may also hit a cou­ple shows at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., and Clinton County Raceway in Lock Haven.The car was purchased out of North Carolina two years ago and has an interesting history dating from the day the Maynards drove through tornado warnings to pick it up in Virginia.“The design was chosen to highlight the details and the response has just been great,” Maynard said, noting that four of the service men listed are relatives. “It’s made us feel pretty good as a team and as a family. The first time I saw an IMCA Modified I knew I wanted to drive one. Now I guess I’m driving a dream.”In addition to Graphix By Billy, Maynard is sponsored by Forbes Machine Shop and The Barber­shop, also of Wysox; Beers Motors and S & A Construction, both of Athens; Wyalusing Collision Repair; Ayers Chiropractic of Tunkhannock; Horizon Powder Coating of Williamsport; Diamond Ed Carbs of Rome; J Orishack Seal Coating and D & J Fotos, both of Monroeton; and Flying Cow Bakery, A.C. Smith NAPA Auto Parts and M & J Photos, all of Towanda. The body is from Performance Bodies in Cedar Falls, Iowa.His crew includes his parents Bill and Darlene, brother Mitchell, grandfather Neil Brown, uncle John Maynard, girlfriend JaLynn MacNelley, Mike Benjamin and Ken Murphy.last_img read more

Nightly lane closures planned this week on I-74 between S.R. 101 and Ohio state line

first_imgDearborn County—INDOT contractor John R. Jurgensen Company will continue patching work this week for the $20.3 million asphalt resurfacing project on I-74 in Dearborn County that began last month.Nightly lane closures begin tonight through Wednesday for patching and repair operations in both east and westbound lanes from S.R. 101 to the Ohio state line. Closures will begin at 9 p.m. each evening and will be removed by 5 a.m. the next morning.Monday, September 23 (tonight, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.):WB left lane closed between MM 164 to MM 160WB left lane closure extended from MM 160 to MM 156 (adjacent to current I-74 reconstruction project)EB left lane closure extended from MM 156 to MM 160 (adjacent to current I-74 reconstruction project)Tuesday, September 24 (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.):WB right lane closure extended from MM 160 to MM 156 (adjacent to current I-74 reconstruction project)EB right lane closure extended from MM 156 to MM 160 (adjacent to current I-74 reconstruction project)EB right lane closed between MM 160 to MM 164WB left lane closed from the Ohio state line to MM 169Wednesday, September 25:Various lane closures from S.R. 101 to Ohio state line, areas not yet patched/repaired on Monday or TuesdayThe contractor is utilizing a queue-detection system with four sensors and a portable message board to notify westbound I-74 traffic entering Indiana from Ohio of slowed or stopped traffic ahead.Travelers are urged to slow down and exercise caution in and near the work zone.Patching will be complete later this fall. Milling and paving is scheduled to begin in July 2020. All work is weather dependent.last_img read more

GOP unveils ethics changes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Eager to shake off the shadow of corruption cast by recent lobbying and bribery scandals, Republicans unveiled sweeping ethics changes Tuesday that would limit politicians’ perks and could fundamentally change the tactics special-interest groups use on Capitol Hill. The proposal, spearheaded by Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, would ban lawmakers from accepting all corporate-sponsored trips; prohibit all but inconsequential gifts like baseball caps and T-shirts; and force lawmakers convicted of felonies to forfeit their congressional pensions. Dreier said GOP leaders also plan to make former House members wait two years before registering as lobbyists, instead of the current one year; and plan to pass separate legislation the day Congress returns to work Feb. 1 blocking former lawmakers who now work as lobbyists from the House floor and the congressional gymnasium. “I believe that this is a very, very, very exciting opportunity for us,” Dreier said. House Speaker Dennis Hastert noted that ethics concerns raised by the guilty pleas of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., involved violations of existing rules. But, he said, “I believe that to regain the trust of the American people that this institution must go further than prosecuting the bad actors.” He and Dreier said they hope to enact a comprehensive package by early March. Hastert said House Republicans also will consider limiting or abolishing “earmarks,” the pork-barrel spending often quietly slipped into laws at the last minute, and vowed to take on tax-exempt political interest groups called 527s that can accept unlimited contributions. “The real key to this issue is, of course, enhanced disclosure, transparency and accountability,” Dreier said. “We are going to place much more of the onus on the lobbying community.” Democrats, who will present their own ethics reform package today, accused Republicans of sidestepping their own responsibility by shifting the blame onto lobbyists. “The very Republican members of Congress who put America up for sale to the highest bidder have neither the ability, nor the credibility, to lead us in a new direction,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the leading Democrat on the House Rules Committee, which Dreier chairs. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said many of the Republican reforms make sense, but noted that Hastert would have to approve every taxpayer-funded trip under the proposed reforms. He said Democrats need some assurance that the power will not be wielded with partisanship and suggested members be allow to use a small portion of their budget for travel. “We have to make sure we don’t invest more power in Hastert and call that ethics,” Sherman said. He and other Democrats and political analysts also criticized Republicans for ignoring campaign finance reform. “I think that they’re skirting the main part of the issue, which is the involvement of lobbyists in financing campaigns,” Sherman said. Added Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, “There’s nothing about campaign finance, and most of the money that’s involved is campaign money, not trips.” He called the proposal to ban lobbyists who once served in the House from the floor and the gym as a “feel-good thing” and said the extension of the waiting period for registering will make the current seamless transition from politicians to influence-peddler more cumbersome, but not impossible. Indeed, asked if he will ban lobbyist spouses of former lawmakers from the House floor or gym, Dreier said he had not thought about that. In the Senate, John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said they will propose reforms that include bans on private travel and eliminating earmarks. “We’ve reached a tipping point now where the American people are saying `enough,”‘ McCain said. Lobbyists are already banned from paying for trips, but approved interest groups and think tanks can finance travel for speeches, meetings and fact-finding trips. Lawmakers also can now accept only gifts valued at under $50, with a ceiling of $100 from any one individual per year. Under the new rules, gifts worth more than $20 would be off-limits. Said Stern, “These are all steps in the right direction. It’s certainly much better than it was a year ago. Unfortunately, it shows that scandal drives reform.” [email protected] (202) 662-8731last_img