Page McConnell Sits-In With Russell Batiste In NOLA, Confirms New Vida Blue Album [Videos]

first_imgFrom there, with McConnell on keys, Batiste and Orkestra from Da Hood launched into a classic Vida Blue tune, “Most Events Aren’t Planned”—a tune that Phish debuted during the 13th and final night of their already-legendary Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and reprised during their 2017 summer tour closer at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. From there, the band performed The Meters’ classic 1969 number, “Cissy Strut”, with Russell’s dad, David Paul, on keytar, and Russell invited a few fans in attendance to dance on stage. While the night raged until 4 am or so, Page came out around 11 pm and stayed on for six or seven songs, at points switching to keytar for select numbers. Check out more videos from last night below from Live For Live Music. On Friday night, Phish’s resident chairman of the boards, Page McConnell, made a surprise appearance in New Orleans, performing at a brand-new venue called Elephant Collective—a Burning Man-esque art collective and venue, chock full of art installations and unique lounges—for a summer solstice party dubbed “Afterglow”. Page sat in with Russell Batiste, the famed Crescent City drummer who was also a part of Page’s electronic side trio in the early 2000s, Vida Blue, along with bassist Oteil Burbridge. Vida Blue made headlines again earlier in the year after the Spam Allstars posted that they were looking forward to getting back in the studio with the electronic trio; the Spam Allstars later confirmed they had been recording with McConnell, Burbridge, and Batiste on Instagram.Last night, McConnell found himself performing with Russell Batiste and Orkestra from Da Hood—this lineup of primarily New Orleans-based musicians released an album in 2007 called The Clinic. As noted on the show’s description, the Summer Solstice celebration at Elephant Collective was in part curated by percussionist Damon Batiste, Russell’s brother, making it a family affair for the Batistes, who are a legendary New Orleans musical family. Keeping in this theme, Damon and Russell’s father, keyboardist David Paul Batiste, also joined the all-star crew during the night.To start off the show, Russell Batiste and company performed a few songs with Orkestra from Da Hood to warm up the eager crowd. After a few numbers, Page came out—as noted by Live For Live Music writer, Sam D’arcangelo, “Not a lot of people there knew Page would be there, and most didn’t know who he was when he showed up. There was a contingent of Phish fans at the show, many of whom rushed there quickly after the venue announced Page would be appearing an hour beforehand, but for the most part, people were there for the party in general.”Russell paired the introduction of the Phish keyboardist with a confirmation that a new Vida Blue album was in the works and coming soon. Batiste paired this announcement by noting “I don’t know if I should say it or not, but I’m gonna take my fucking chances ’cause I have nothing to lose, but Vida Blue is coming out with another album!”—marking the first time members of the band itself have officially confirmed their new project.Russell Batiste Introduces Page McConnell & Confirms New Vida Blue Albumlast_img read more

Another Student, Teacher Tests Positive For COVID-19 At Jamestown Public Schools

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Another student and teacher at Jamestown Public Schools have tested positive for COVID-19.School district officials say the student attended Fletcher Elementary School and was last in the building on Tuesday.The teacher, who worked at Jamestown High School, was last in the school building on Thursday, November 5.Officials say the teacher instructs all classes by distance learning. The district is working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to complete contact tracing. They say close contacts will be notified if they may have been exposed.Earlier this week, two other students within the district tested positive for COVID-19.One attended class at Bush Elementary while the other was enrolled at Fletcher Elementary but attended virtually.The district would like parents to know that a confirmed case doesn’t mean that you or your child has been exposed to the individual who has tested positive.If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, significant diarrhea, sore throat or a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C) school officials say contact your health care provider and notify your child’s school health office.Those with questions are asked to contact JPS Coordinator of Health Services Jill Muntz at [email protected] or call her at 716-483-4376. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Training Voyage by Chilean Navy Training Vessel Esmeralda Bolsters Cooperation with Partner Nations

first_imgThe Chilean Navy invites representatives from other branches of the Armed Forces, Carabineros and Investigation Police (PDI), as well as navies from other countries, to participate in these instructional tours. Captain Carlos Fiedler Pinto, Commander of the Esmeralda, told Diálogo, that such tours bolster cooperation and friendship between the Armed Forces of partner nations through “participation with units and personnel in naval exercises inside and outside our territory; the involvement of forces and media in peace operations and UN operations; permanent representatives to international maritime organizations and Navy attachés; operational and educational exchanges for Officers and Enlisted personnel; and through visits by our Naval authorities to different navies and armed forces around the world.” During the mission, the students are receiving lessons in theory and practice that help them perfect their maritime skills in realistic conditions at sea. The training, supervised by the Chilean Navy’s Directorate of Education, provides the students with the opportunity to work with sails, learn how to conduct navigation on the bridge or operate engineering systems in the machine room, navigate by the stars, compose essays on professional topics related to the Navy, and stand guard duty at different control points and stations on the ship. It includes several conferences focusing on fighting new threats from transnational criminal organizations and other illegal groups. Wide array of training activities “You have the privilege and the honor to sail on an old-fashioned barquentine, which will allow you to forge your professional abilities and to live out the camaraderie and discipline of our Navy every day on board,” Bachelet told the students. During its voyage, the ship will also participate in two of the most significant regattas in the world: Sail Bremerhaven on the coast of the North Sea, Germany, and Sail Amsterdam, which involves thousands of sailing vessels, and is held every five years. For six months, the crew of 313 – including 30 women and 15 Ensigns – will participate in the training voyage. They are training with guests from other institutions: Two representatives from the Army, one from the Air Force, one from the Carabineros, one from the PDI, and 10 from foreign navies from countries the ship will visit. The Chilean Navy Training Vessel Esmeralda, also known as the Dama Blanca or White Lady, has launched on a training tour that will visit 11 ports in nine countries. A six-month voyage “This tour is an important milestone in the history of our training vessel. We can claim with pride that 60 generations have learned about the sea and its environment on board this ship, which has left a distinguishing mark on them, as can only be imparted by a sailing training vessel like the one in our Navy.” center_img “We try to give the Ensigns every sort of skill and knowledge so they can acquire leadership and command skills during their careers and become true leaders,” Capt. Fiedler said. “The seamen are introduced to the most technical trades and assignments since they will operate and maintain the equipment and weapons system in the performance of their profession.” The Esmerelda’s first stop was June 7, in Arica, Chile, to participate in the 135th anniversary of the “Assault and Capture of Cape Arica.” It arrived at the bay accompanied by missile crafts Chipana and Angamo; over the weekend, the ship opened its doors to receive hundreds of Arican visitors, who got to know a little more about the principle work conducted by the students who began their instructional tour. President Michelle Bachelet bid farewell to the training vessel on May 29, accompanied by Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez, Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, and other Naval and civilian authorities. It departed on May 31 from the Molo Abrigo pier in Valparaíso, carrying both Ensigns who had recently graduated from the Naval School and Sailors who had successfully completed their training at the Seamen School. Both are training to become future Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs). By Dialogo July 07, 2015 Moving forward, the training vessel’s itinerary includes visits to Willemstadt, Curaçao, on July 1; Rouen, France, on August 4; Bremerhaven, Germany, on August 12; Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 19; London, United Kingdom, on August 26; Lisbon, Portugal, on September 8; Cadiz, Spain, on September 15; Recife, Brazil, on October 13; Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 4; and the Chilean port of Punta Arenas on November 19. It will return to Valparaíso on December 6 after having toured over 40,000 kilometers, spending 138 days at sea and 52 in port, “equivalent to a trip around the world,” said Capt. Fiedler. Training mission promotes cooperation The voyage and other such training missions provide an opportunity to “foster camaraderie and leadership with justice and loyalty,” said retired Captain Javier Erazo Wiegand, who served twice on the crew of the Training Vessel Esmeralda. The first time was in 1984, and the second in 1996, as the ship’s Navigation Officer and assistant to the Commander at the time. last_img read more