Guild and online agent easyProperty merge in £60m deal

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Guild and online agent easyProperty merge in £60m deal previous nextAssociations & BodiesGuild and online agent easyProperty merge in £60m dealGuild and Fine & Country parent company join forces to form hybrid organisation.Nigel Lewis8th June 201702,384 Views The Guild of Property Professionals has struck a £60m deal with online agent easyProperty.com to enable its 5,000 members to use the website’s online sales and lettings packages.The deal, which will complete later this month, also merges the Guild’s parent company GPEA, which also owns 300-branch network Fine & Country, with easyProperty, to be called e-Prop Services.The new company will be headed up by GPEA executive director Jon Cooke(pictured, below) who will also be CEO of e-Prop, while easyProperty founder Rob Elice (pictured, left) will remain with easyProperty.He says the Guild and Fine & Country members will be able to target a wider range of sellers and in particular those at the lower end of the market, who are largely the price-sensitive bread and butter of the online agents.“This deal allows our independent agents to offer more consumer choice with sales and lettings products catering to both the do-it-yourself and the do-it-for-me vendor and landlord preferences.“We recognise the market requires and demands both online products and traditional methods. What I’d like to stress is this newly merged business is the convergence of traditional estate agency and online.“Effectively we are providing independent agents the ability to compete with products targeting each consumer demographic. At the same time, licencees will have full autonomy and flexibility to not only benefit from upfront revenue streams but take advantage of potential lead-generation into their core brand. In the coming months we will be launching the new easyProperty website as well as a new, national brand marketing campaign.”Monthly licenceMembers will be able to access the service through a monthly licence, he said.The move is an unusual one because online agents such as easyProperty have, until now, pitched themselves as an alternative to traditional agents.But Cooke says he now thinks online and traditional methods can work together, saying the merged business was “the convergence of traditional estate agency and online”.Malcolm Lindley, co-founder of the Guild of Property Professionals and now chairman of e-Prop, says: “Certainly the landscape of our industry is changing.  Our clients require more choice, more flexibility, different ways of accessing our services, transparency and value.“The strength of the ‘easy’ brand will provide the platform for us to defensively and aggressively continue to protect our independent agents’ market share.”EasypropertyThe EasyProperty/Guild deal is also a reflection of the increasingly frantic effort among many independent and corporate agents to offer both traditional and online-only models to their customers.As Cooke points out, it’s also in effect a similar commercial play to Countrywide’s recent digital roll-out, and Savills heavy investment in YOPA, although the Guild digital merger deal clearly has pretension to take on Purplebricks and set up a network of local experts.EasyProperty is one of the best-funded online agents after Purplebrikcs and in April 2017 its full-year financials revealed that, as well as raising just under £40m from investors, it lost £11.4 million in 2016, more than its losses in 2015 of £6.8 million.Revenue during 2016 was £874,000, which lead one proptech commentator to wonder how so much money could be spent “with such little market traction”, said Mike Delprete.The deal is being backed by fund manager Toscafund Asset Management, which has offices in London, Manchester and the US. June 8, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Putin launches 4 ballistic missiles at nuclear forces drill

first_img October 27, 2017 View post tag: Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin took part in a nuclear forces drill, personally launching four ballistic missiles, the Russian defense ministry said October 27.The drill itself took place on Thursday and involved all three legs of the Russian nuclear triad.Units of Strategic Missile Forces control centers, crews of ballistic missile submarines of the Northern and Pacific Fleets as well as long-range strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces took part in training missions.A Pacific Fleet submarine fired two ballistic missiles from the Okhotsk Sea at the Chizha range in the Arkhangelsk region while a Northern Fleet submarine fired a ballistic missile at the Kura range. The names of submarines participating in the drill were not revealed.Tu-160, Tu-95MS, and Tu-22M3 bombers took off from the Ukrainka, Engels, and Shaikovka airfields firing cruise missiles at ground targets located on training ranges in Kura (Kamchatka), Pemboy (Komi), and Terekta (Kazakhstan).Strategic Missile Forces fired a Topol missile from the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome at the Kura range.The exercise was deemed a success by the defense ministry which said the missiles hit all the designated targets. View post tag: Bulava View post tag: Russian Navy Share this articlecenter_img Putin launches 4 ballistic missiles during Russian nuclear forces drill Authorities View post tag: SSBN Back to overview,Home naval-today Putin launches 4 ballistic missiles during Russian nuclear forces drill last_img read more

Oxford to expand access programmes after data release

first_imgOxford University is to expand its UNIQ programme following newly released data showing continuing problems with access.The scheme, which provides spring and summer schools for students from under-represented backgrounds, will increase its intake by 50% from next year.Students who apply through the scheme have a 14% greater likelihood of gaining a place at Oxford.The announcement of the scheme’s expansion comes after a release of access data by the University showed that 17 of the top 20 schools for Oxford admissions are fee-paying.VC Louise Richardson praised the move.Vice chancellor, Louise Richardson, said: “UNIQ is a wonderful example of what can happen when bright students are given the chance to realise their potential, increase their confidence and raise their aspirations. These 500 extra places will enable even more young women and men to see for themselves that an Oxford education is within their reach.”The expansion will be funded by £75 million donations from the University and Sir Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman. Heyman and Moritz already fund a scholarship which the University announced would be expanded to every new student from a UK household earning £16,000 or less.Sir Michael Moritz said: “We’re delighted that our £75 milllion gift, coupled with matched funding of £75 million from the University, has been able to generate additional funds to support an expanded UNIQ scheme.“UNIQ has an outstanding track record in lifting the success rate of applicants to Oxford from disadvantaged backgrounds, exactly the groups that out gift is aimed at.“We’re equally pleased to see the Moritz-Heyman scholarships expand to build on the success of the last six years and become available to all UK students from households with an annual income of £16,000 or less.”5,500 students have used the programme since it launched in 2010. 1250 of those have gained places on Oxford courses.last_img read more

Prince’s Band The Revolution Announce Reunion Shows

first_imgFor Prince fans in Colorado, don’t miss When Doves Cry – A Special Tribute to Prince this Friday, July 8th, featuring members of The Disco Biscuits, The Motet & more w/ Mikey Thunder at Cervantes’ Masterpiece in Denver, CO. With Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Dave Watts (The Motet), Gabriel Mervine (The Motet), Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Nephrok (The Nephrok All-Stars), Cory Baker, Tanya Shylock and Emily Clark all performing, this is going to be a great night of music!Tickets and more information can be found here! Backing the late great Prince from 1979-1986, The Revolution was an integral component to some of The Purple One’s biggest hits. Though the band existed in many forms during that time period, The Revolution rose to fame during the Purple Rain era, and made a name for themselves with some truly classic music.The band’s famed lineup recently told fans that they were going to reunite to celebrate Prince’s life, and the band has made good on their promise. With Wendy, Lisa, Brownmark, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z. all scheduled to perform, as well as special guests Dez Dickerson and Andre Cymone involved too, the band will hit the famed First Avenue venue on September 2nd and 3rd.The Revolution released a statement, saying, “With profound loss and apocalyptic grief, we, along with the world, mourned Prince upon the news of his passing. After seeing the response outside of First Avenue and around the rest of the world’s monuments, we, as The Revolution – Wendy, Lisa, Brownmark, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z -­‐ have decided to pay tribute to Prince at home in the city of Minneapolis.”Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 8th, at 11 AM Central Time. last_img read more

Breaking Down All 19 Performances At Brooklyn Comes Alive 2016 [Setlists/Photos/Recap]

first_imgOn October 22nd, the musical celebration that is Brooklyn Comes Alive returned to Williamsburg. The one-day festival, which took place at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and The Hall at MP, brought over fifty musicians together to in unique super groups, all connected by the driving force of spontaneity. Whether you like funk, soul, dance music, hip hop, or classical music, there was something for everything at Brooklyn Comes Alive, and fans packed each venue for hours on end to catch their favorite artists letting loose.The day began with a brunch at MP Taverna (the restaurant attached to The Hall) that featured a themed menu with themed food items named after musicians on the lineup. You could choose between the “Holly Hummus” (named after Holly Bowling, the “Hannburger” (named after Jason Hann), the “All Bro Salad” (named after the All Brothers Band), the “Coomes Shroom Fritatta” (named after Jesus and Tyler Coomes), “Eggs Benny Bloom” (named after Eric “Benny” Bloom), and you could even order a side of “Hash Brownsteins” (named after Marc Brownstein). Event sponsor Rakka Chocolates also paired with MP Taverna to create a signature brunch item, “Nth Power Pancakes”, which featured pieces of their apple pie chocolate bar. Yum!Holly Bowling – 12:30 PM @ The Hall at MPAs fans were waiting for their food to come out, Holly Bowling took the stage for the first set of the day. The Hall opened a few hours before Music Hall and Brooklyn Bowl, so the crowd was pretty packed in for Bowling’s beautiful set. For anyone who hasn’t seen Bowling before, she takes songs from Phish and the Grateful Dead and transforms them into classical piano masterpieces. Opening with standalone versions of Phish’s “The Curtain With” and the Dead’s “Row Jimmy”, the real fireworks began with “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”. This kicked off a huge segment that ran from “ASIHTOS” into “Bid Song”, before Bowling dropped into “Piper”. “Piper” flowed into a gorgeous take on the famous “Terrapin Station Suite”, which eventually transformed into “The Other One”, with Bowling combining elements of both “Terrapin” and “The Other One” to create a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the material. “Cryptical Envelopment” continued the non-stop musical attack, and a standout version of “The Squirming Coil” followed. Finally, Bowling took a short breather, giving time for Elise Testone to take the stage to provide vocals on Bowling’s first ever take on “Sugaree”, putting an excellent cap on her set.Setlist: The Curtain With, Row Jimmy, A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing > Bird Song > Piper* > Terrapin Station Suite** > The Other One *** > Cryptical Envelopment > Squirming Coil, Sugaree #$# first time performed by Holly* w/ ASIHTOS Mashup** w/ Bird Song tease*** w/ Terrapin Mashup$ w/ Elise TestoneOrgan Freeman – 2:00 PM @ The Hall at MPNext up, L.A.-based jazz-upstarts Organ Freeman performed one of their first ever sets on the East Coast. The band gave a master class in improv, with all three members locked in for a full set of funky jazz fusion. The band gave off a Soulive-meets-Vulfpeck-meets-Snarky-Puppy kind of vibe. After seeing them perform at BCA, fans new and old should be excited to see them busting out of their shell in the coming months.Setlist: Untitled #1, Verve, We’re On Our Way, You Said You Quit Drinkin’, Only If You Mean It, Untitled #2, Change For A Nickel, Putin And I Get Along Fantastic, Untitled #3, Go By Richard, Not By DickTim Palmieri & Friends – 3:45 PM @ The Hall at MPTim Palmieri & Friends were the final “brunch” act, and they delivered a set filled with covers and excellent vibes. His “friends” were comprised of Alan Evans of Soulive on drums, Dan Edinberg of The Stepkids on bass, Jen Durkin on vocals, and Rob Somerville of Kung Fu and Deep Banana Blackout on keys. The set was jam-packed with deep-cut funk covers, providing a high-energy vibe that served as the perfect appetizer for the meat of the festival that was still to come. Highlights of the set include the opening trio of  Funkadelic‘s “Can You Get To That” into Jeff Beck‘s “Constipated Duck” into Cheech & Chong‘s “Earache My Eye”, a performance of “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)” by Steely Dan, and a raging one-two punch of “If You Got Funk, You Got Style” by Funkadelic that transformed into “Get the Funk Out Ma Face” by The Brothers Johnson.Setlist: Can You Get To That (Funkadelic Cover) > Constipated Duck (Jeff Beck Cover) > Earache My Eye (Cheech & Chong Cover), What So Never the Dance (Bootsy Collins cover), Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me) (Steely Dan Cover), Earth > Eternity’s Breath Part 1 (Mahavishnu Orchestra)> A Friend Forever, Fifty-Fifty (Frank Zappa Cover), If You Got Funk, You Got Style (Funkadelic) >, Get the Funk Out Ma Face (The Brothers Johnson Cover)> Upside Down > Everybody’s Everything (Sanatana Cover), The Price is RightDJ Logic, Scotty Zwang, Steve Molitz & Luke Bemand – 4:00 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgAt 4:00pm, The Music Hall of Williamsburg finally opened up, giving The Hall at MP’s packed crowd some breathing room. DJ Logic started things off with an interesting set with Scotty Zwang, Steve Molitz, and Luke Bemand. With the exception of Daft Punk‘s “Da Funk” mid set, the entire show was improvised. This was the first super group of the day, and the almost-fully-improvised nature of the show was a great way to kick off the day at Music Hall.Setlist: All improv jamming, with the exception of Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” jam in the middle of the set.Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven (Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, Jay Lane, Clay Welch) – 5:15 PM @ The Hall at MPReed Mathis & Electric Beethoven brought their highly-anticipated Electronic Classical Music to The Hall at MP. The band, which is rounded out by Todd Stoops, Jay Lane, and Clay Welch, were joined by Jason Hann on percussion for the entire two-hour performance. They performed selections from Beethoven‘s 3rd and 6th Symphonies, heavily improvising along the way. The line for this show stretched around the block as it seemed everyone wanted to experience the first Electric Beethoven show in New York. The Disco Biscuits‘ Aron Magner joined in on “Shepherds’ Song”, and Skerik added saxophone to “Thunderstorm”, rounding out an impressive performance that left an excellent first impression on the Brooklyn Comes Alive crowd.Listen to the soundboard recording of “Finale” below.Setlist: Finale, Shepherds’ Song feat. Aron Magner, Thunderstorm feat. SkerikNotes: Selections from Beethoven’s 3rd and 6th Symphonies. 3 songs in 2 hours. Jason Hann played on entire set.Ripe – 6:00 PM @ Brooklyn BowlWhile Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits performed a DJ set at Music Hall, Boston power-funk band Ripe turned in a strong performance as the opening act at Brooklyn Bowl. Ripe are an energetic young band, and its seven members lock in to create a huge sound. Besides originals like “Talk to the Moon”, “Rumpus”, and “Border Patrol”, the band turned in a few awesome covers, including “Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Lion King, and “On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding. They closed their set by inviting Courtney J Mell Smith of  The Nth Power to the stage for a stirring rendition of their song, “Caralee”.Setlist: Brother Sky, Flipside, Talk to the Moon, Rumpus, Little Lighter, Young Tom Rose, Border Patrol, I Just Can’t Wait to be King (Lion King Cover), Goon Squad, On My Mind** (Ellie Goulding cover), Caralee**** w/ Courtney from Nth PowerTribute to J Dilla (Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Nate Edgar, Stu Brooks, Maurice Brown, Chauncey Yearwood) – 6:15 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgThe super-group fun started at 6:15pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg with the Tribute To J Dilla. The band was led by Borahm Lee on keys and production, with Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Nate Edgar, Stu Brooks, Maurice Brown, and Chauncey Yearwood all in the mix for this unique tribute set. J Dilla is responsible for many incredible 90s hip-hop beats, and this was an opportunity to trot the best of them out in honor of the late beat master. The set was a tremendous success, with tons of nostalgia thrown in the mix as the band re-created many of Dilla’s most masterful beats.The All Brothers Band (Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans & Alan Evans) – 7:45 @ The Hall at MPMeanwhile, at The Hall at MP, a first-time-ever performance of the All Brothers Band was going down. This band brought two pairs of musical brothers–Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans–together for a debut performance of their funky new project. The show drew from material from their yet-to-be-released album, and if this set was any indication, this forthcoming record will be a masterpiece in jazz and funk music. With Kofi and Neal holding delivering a dual keyboard attack, Oteil was free to basically run the melody on the bass, performing with a wicked smile on his face as he connected with Alan for some syncopated rhythmic jamming. The All Brothers Band showcased jamming at its purest, and as it was meant to be: adventurous and fun.Setlist: Rampage, Untitled 1, Untitled 2, Big Brother, Untitled 3, PungeeScott Metzger, Joe Russo, Robert Walter & Andy Hess – 7:45 @ Brooklyn BowlWhile the All Brothers Band were crushing it at The Hall, a venerable quartet of rock ‘n’ roll masters took the stage at Brooklyn Bowl. Familiar NYC musicians Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, and Andy Hess joined forces with keyboard/organ master Robert Walter for a fantastic set of originals and covers. The band performed some awesome covers–“Yeah, You’re Right” by The Meters, “The Ironic Twist” by Jimmie Vaughn, and “Funky Mule” by Ike Turner–while also including a few Metzger-led WOLF! songs and some Robert Walter original compositions. The two biggest highlights, however, came in the form of The Beatles‘ “Day Tripper” and The Band‘s “Ophelia”, which both drew huge reactions from the excited audience. Russo and Metzger are no strangers to the Bowl, and they know just how to harness the energy in that room, putting on an energetic performance that delivered the goods.Setlist: Yeah, You’re Right (The Meters), Aquafresh (Robert Walter), Pork n Slaw (WOLF!), Day Tripper (The Beatles), Don’t Chin The Dog (Robert Walter), The Ironic Twist (Jimmie Vaughn), Funky Mule (Ike Turner), Sock Full of Quarters (WOLF!), Corey’s Snail and Slug Death (Robert Walter), Ophelia (The Band)Brasstracks – 8:00 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgBack at Music Hall, Electronic duo Brasstracks brought their unique blend of electronic music, hip-hop, and horns to Brooklyn Comes Alive. Their set was filled with favorites like “Good Life” by Kanye West, “Work” by Rihanna, “Sleepy Head” by Passion Pit, “Encore” by Jay-Z, “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly, and “No Problem” by Chance The Rapper, a song that the duo actually produced. Brasstracks kept things uptempo for their whole set, giving all the electronic music fans that called Music Hall home for the evening a set to remember.Setlist: Good Life (Kanye West), Corduroy, Work (Jarreau vandal remix) (Rihanna), RIP (Kill The Club) (Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar), Good Love, Sleepy Head (Octbr remix) (Passion Pit), True (Jnthn Stein), Encore (Jay Z), Dreaming at the Function,, Get your way, Telling the Truth, Panorama, Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1 (Brasstracks remix) (Kanye West), Let Me Put This Cup Down. Feelin Good (S’natra), Say U Will, Ignition (remix) (R. Kelly), No Problem (Chance The Rapper), My Boo (Ghost Down DJs), Say U Won’t, Dance On Me (Brasstracks remix) (GoldLink), Lotus Eater (Mura Masa), Movin (krne), Pay for what (Alexander Lewis remix) (Mr. Carmack), Higher Ground (Brasstracks remix) (TNGHT)The Coomes Brothers Ft. The Shady Horns (Jesus Coomes, Ty Coomes, Adam Smirnoff, Eric “Benny” Bloom & Ryan Zoidis) – 9:45 PM @ The Hall at MPTeam Lettuce came together at The Hall for a special set with Jesus and Tyler Coomes. The set featured the brothers performing some downtempo electronic beats while the band flanked them on either side. This set was kind of under the radar, which allowed for the added bonus of fans finally feeling comfortable at the Hall at MP. Everyone spread out and got down with Jesus, Tyler and co., locking into their hip hop beats with ease. Both of the Coomes brothers are talented studio musicians, helping with some of the best and most bangin’ beats in hip-hop, and their skills shined brightly during this set. Zoidis and Bloom added to the mix by adding tons of affects to their instruments, and Shmeeans was the set’s secret weapon, playing a seemingly endless barrage of psychedelic licks. What fun!Setlist: Mind Yo Manners, Cray Cray Train, Blowchella, Flakey Friends, Bad Dreams, Mindset, Sailing at Sunset, Trip & Fall, Imagina, Lowlife, 420, 421, Gimme A Break, Mindfull, Bet, Hornytoads, Stankbounce, Runaway, Church, How HighNatalie Cressman Presents (Natalie Cressman, Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora Pinderhughes) – 9:45 PM @ Brooklyn BowlPerhaps best known for her role in Trey Anastasio’s band, trombonist Natalie Cressman not only comes from a family of world-class musicians, but she is one herself. Cressman’s combined abilities as a vocalist and horn player set her apart as a musician, and those skills were on full display during her super group performance at the Brooklyn Bowl. Cressman commanded the room with an all-star cast that included drummer Nikki Glaspie, guitarist Will Bernard, bassist Benny Reitveld, saxophonist Chris Bullock and pianist Samora Pinderhughes. The show marked Cressman’s second year performing at the festival, and, as a Brooklyn native, we can be sure this won’t be the last! With special guest spots from Louis Cato and Elise Testone, Cressman’s jazz-soaked set was a highlight of the night.Setlist: Tu Eres Tu, Soy Yo (Henry Cole), Dark Red (Peter Apfelbaum), Que Beleza (Tim Maia), Actual Proof (Herbie Hancock) *w/ Louis Cato, You Need Love Like I Do (Gladys Knight & The Pips) *w/ Elise Testone, Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Roy Ayers), Blister (Will Bernard), He Loves You (Seawind), Baião (Banda Black Rio)[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits (Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Aron Magner, Marc Brownstein) – 10:00 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgOne of the more highly-anticipated sets from Brooklyn Comes Alive was that of [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, the new collaborative projects featuring Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee alongside The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner. The ferocious foursome dug into the jamtronica catalog and pulled out a number of winners, opening up with Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” before grooving on covers of Air, DJ Shadow, The Orb and more. The free-for-all performance saw the band play just six songs in their two hour set, teeing up great music for a total dance party.Setlist: Robot Rock, La Femme D’argent, Building Steam with a Grain of Salt, Little Fluffy Clouds, Rolf Royce, HorrorThe Nth Power Presents Earth Wind & Power (The Nth Power, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Skerik, Natalie Cressman, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, Farnell Newton) – 11:30 PM @ Brooklyn BowlDuring Jazz Fest earlier this year, the one late-night party that everyone was talking about was The Nth Power’s tribute to Earth Wind & Fire. Dubbed “Earth Wind & Power,” the show saw The Nth Power welcome an insane lineup of musical guests to help pay tribute to the iconic soul catalog of EWF. In honor of the late Maurice White, his music was on full display with an energetic showing start-to-finish, opening up with favorites like “In The Stone” and “September.” The band was accompanied by Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge and a killer horn section that included Eric “Benny” Bloom”, Ryan Zoidis, Skerik, Natalie Cressman, and Farnell Newton. The group even welcomed child prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to the stage, as the young guitarist shredded his way through “Serpentine Fire.”Setlist: In the Stone, September, Fantasy, Sun Goddess, Open Our Eyes, Jupiter, Getaway, Got to Get You Into My Life, Love’s Holiday, Runnin, Devotion, Shining Star, Serpentine Fire, That’s the Way of the WorldRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down (Roosevelt Collier, Michael League, Rob Compa, Eli Winderman & Adrian Tramontano) – 11:45 PM @ The Hall at MPWhile many festivals will put together unique bands for late night super group jams, Brooklyn Comes Alive had these types of sets running from morning until night. Still, that didn’t stop fans from getting down to the super grooves, and Roosevelt Collier led an all-star cast of his own. The pedal steel guitarist packed The Hall at MP with a group that included Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Kung Fu’s Adrian Tramontano, Dopapod’s Rob Compa and Eli Winderman. The band kept the setlist interesting and diverse, covering everything from the blues classic “Don’t Keep Me Wondering” to Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” to John Scofield’s “Hottentot” to Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.” The band brought an excited pace, keeping the energy up for the second-to-last show at that venue.Setlist: Churchin, Spankalee, Don’t Keep Me Wondering /feat Jackson Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow, Hottentot, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Rampage, Foxy LadyManic Focus & Friends – 11:45 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgAcclaimed producer Manic Focus kept things fresh at the Music Hall, bringing a varied cast of musical friends to accompany him during his performance. The show started with Todd Stoops and Jake Barinholtz on the first few songs, before Brasstracks stepped in some wild ride funky tunes. Later on in the set, Aron Magner, Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee would all join in, and Jesus Coomes and his brother Tyler Coomes would also make appearances. The show ended with some unreleased Manic material as well, with Brasstracks accompanying for a perfect end to a great set of music.Horizon Wireless Live (Horizon Wireless, Wiley Griffin, Dan Lyons, Luke Bemand) – 1:30 AM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgThe jams were in full force when Horizon Wireless called upon some jam scene talents for his live set at the Music Hall. Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin, Lespecial bassist Luke Bemand and drummer extraordinaire Dan Lyons were all staples of this set, accompanying Horizon on a musical journey through the highs and lows. The band kept things tight for a great performance.Jason Hann’s Rhythmatronix (Jason Hann, Oteil Burbridge, Todd Stoops, Fareed Haque, Raul Pineda) – 1:45 AM @ The Hall at MPWorld music was at the forefront of The Hall At MP’s final hours, as String Cheese’s own Jason Hann led his acclaimed Rhythmatronix ensemble for a very-late night performance. The drum heavy celebration was led by Hann, with Raul Pineda accompanying on the drums. With Oteil Burbridge, Fareed Haque and Todd Stoops rounding out the lineup, the group moved through various compositions with a light touch, focusing heavily on exploration. Oteil’s brother Kofi Burbridge sat in throughout the set, as did vocalist Elise Testone, only adding to the magic of this late night jam. The rhythm-heavy beats were a perfect way to put that second wind to good use!Setlist: Gibraltar, Manga, Opus Pocus, Havona (w/ Kofi Burbridge), Barefoot beauty, Palladium (w/Kofi Burbridge), Seven Days (w/Elise Testone), Rooftops of ViennaDRKWAV (Adam Deitch, John Medeski, Skerik) – 1:45 AM @ Brooklyn BowlWhile Hann was holding it down at the Hall, renowned musicians Adam Deitch, John Medeski and Skerik were on hand at the Brooklyn Bowl for the return of their jazz project, DRKWAV. The recurring side project for all three players focuses on the darker side of jazz composition, bringing a cerebral jam for the late night music seekers. Their 2015 album The Purge really highlights the essence of the band, capturing their ability to interlock in the unknown. The three talents are on another level, and it showed when they closed out Brooklyn Comes Alive just last weekend.Setlist: Drkness Awaits, Drkness Lurks, Evil Andromeda, You Want It Darker, Broken Sax, No Cymbals, The Devourer of LightSo there you have it, 19 full sets of unique collaboration across three venues on one glorious day. That’s the Brooklyn Comes Alive way! What were your favorites?! We’ll see you there next year.Check out this awesome recap video of Brooklyn Comes Alive from our good friends at Human Being.-Written by Gideon Plotnicki and Dave Melamed-Photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography, Faces of Festivals, Phierce Photography, and Jeremy Gordonlast_img read more

Former biology prof. dies at 92

first_imgJulian Pleasants, associate professor emeritus of biological sciences at Notre Dame, died Sept. 17 at the age of 92, according to a University press release. Pleasants graduated from Notre Dame in 1939 and began working at LOBUND, the University’s germ-free research center, in 1944, according to the press release issued Thursday. He earned his doctorate in microbiology from Notre Dame in 1966, and worked in germ-free research for the rest of his career. In addition to his work teaching and researching at Notre Dame, Pleasants worked throughout his life as a Catholic social activist and peace activist. He joined the Catholic Worker movement at the end of the Great Depression. In 1941, he helped create South Bend’s first Catholic Worker house of hospitality to serve meals made from Notre Dame’s dining hall leftovers to unemployed men. As a member of the Catholic Worker movement he joined a community of Catholic social activists, which included Catholic writer and editor Eugene Geissler and Notre Dame professor Willis Nutting. He began to correspond with his future wife, Mary Jane Brady, when she was editor of “Life and Home” magazine. They married in 1948. In 1949, Pleasants, his wife and other members of the Notre Dame theology program, in which he studied for a master’s degree, purchased an 80-acre farm in Granger to live in a communal, religious setting and work closely with the land. He and his wife raised seven children in that community. The Pleasants were also founding members of Little Flower Catholic Church. Pleasants, his family and other members of the community sought to integrate faith, Catholic liturgy, social justice and the importance of life into their lifestyles. He was a volunteer at South Bend’s Logan Center and a founding member of Friends of l’Arche, both of which serve the developmentally disabled. Pleasants died at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross. He is survived by three daughters, four sons and 17 grandchildren. There will be a visitation today from 5 to 7 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, both at Little Flower Catholic Church on 54191 Ironwood Rd. Contributions in Pleasants’ memory can be made to the Logan Center or Little Flower Catholic Church.last_img read more

Intentionality starts with breathing

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Three simple words, three simple actions, one game changer. I recently read the book “Pause Breathe Smile” by Gary Gach. The core focus of the book deals with intentionality. To stop and focus, even just for a moment, on your breathing. It sounds simple enough but in the crazy world of notifications and their accompanying questions popping up all day long, it is easy to let our lizard brain take over and handle the automatic part of breathing for us.You may be writing me off as a hippy at this point, but please keep reading. This is more of a mindset change than meditation practice. It starts with the simple act of paying attention to your breath and then expanding that scope to ultimately cover each action you are doing.I know we have all sent an email to the wrong person (I can’t be the only one). We have all signed off on a project only to later find a looming error. Taking the time to be intentional in each of our actions can fix the vast majority of these mistakes that lessen our quality and cause unnecessary stress. But with only so much time in a day, it is important to curb the amount of time spent on mistakes by catching them before they make their way into your projects.last_img read more

Trump haters and Clinton haters: Put a sock in it.

first_imgNow go and find, if you can, the June 7 Local section of the Daily Gazette and take a look at Marc Schultz’s Page 1 photo of Dean Akinyele and Imani Webster. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Take a good look at it.If you can look at this up-to-date depiction of an All-American classic — a suitable subject for a modern-day Norman Rockwell — and not smile, then I’d think there was something wrong with at least one of us.Former President George H. W. Bush (41) used to advocate for Americans to become points of light, as in letting our lights shine. Well, here are two.Thank you, Daily Gazette.K.D. REYNOLDSMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Ashtead and Forum Complete Joint Venture

first_imgAshtead Technology and Forum Energy Technologies have completed their joint venture, with effect from January 03, 2018.As part of the transaction, Forum Energy Technologies contributed its subsea rentals business, which traded as Forum Subsea Rentals.The business, which will trade as Ashtead Technology, will service all major subsea hubs from its bases in Aberdeen, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, London and Houston.Allan Pirie, CEO of the combined business, trading as Ashtead Technology, said: “With a fleet of 19,000 assets valued in excess of $139 million, and the ability to service all major subsea hubs, we become a business of significant scale and enhanced capability that is well placed to support our customers’ project requirements.“We are ready and looking forward to helping address our customers’ challenges head-on.”last_img read more