Suwannee Hulaween Sets The Bar High For Festival Perfection [Photos/Review]

first_imgTo close out the Meadow stage for the year, Big Gigantic welcomed The Motet to a collaborative set that saw both bands melding into something much more than the sum of their parts. It was a perfect encapsulation of the events of the festival itself. Joining their Colorado based hosts on the bill were jamtronica stalwarts STS9, who played one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend and helped to usher in the newly added second main stage, known simply as “The Patch.” Keeping them company near the park’s horse barns were some of the nation’s hottest acts, including Snarky Puppy, Gramatik, Marvel Years and Louis The Child. Mixing live acts with EDM artists provided not only a pleasing dichotomy of music experiences, but also facilitated a quick change over that had the stage running on time all weekend long. Culminating with confetti blasts and towering infernos, the band literally Burned down the house, Talking Heads style, with help from guest vocalists Rhonda Thomas and Tony White. Coming back out to survey the devastation, the band added one last set of mayhem before calling it a night and turning things over to the block rocking beats of Disclosure. Sunday saw Cheese in a much more mellow mood, rocking out with the aforementioned bluegrass set and a fun daytime set of sunshine drenched happy songs, including an always welcome sing-a-long rendition of “Way Back Home.” Taking their final bows of the weekend, the crowd begged for more, as sure a sign as any of success that after close to ten hours of music their fans still weren’t satiated. Luckily there is always next year. Whether it was Rebelution and their American reggae style or the dense psychedelic wall of sound by the Claypool Lennon Delirium, the music was some of the finest heard anywhere in the world. Out in The Meadow, the hosts with the most, String Cheese, saw their stage graced by some of music’s finest, including one of America’s true pioneer rock bands, My Morning Jacket. Larry Keel reunited with his old Natural Bridge bandmate Andy Thorn, who brought along the mandolin playing hero of his new band, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, for a set of flat picking mountain music that featured an intricate reworking of the Janis Joplin hit “Piece Of My Heart.” Antibalas fit right in on a sweltering Saturday as the heat in the air barely matched the pure fire the afrobeat band was laying down. The all star duo of Joe Russo and his frequent collaborator Marco Benevento were joined by bass wunderkind Oteil Burbridge for an exploratory instrumental set that was clearly being sent to them from a higher mental plane of pure sonic madness. All of this wonderful music was just a precursor to the main event… seven big sets from the founders and the heart and soul of Hulaween, The String Cheese Incident.No band has managed to maintain a more positive spirit among themselves and the scene better than Cheese. Their “Incidents” are legendary, and this year’s Hulaween was no exception. Though the centerpiece was sure to be the Saturday night 80’s themed “Stringier Things” set, the band had more than enough time to explore all of their many facets. Friday saw them visiting “Dudley’s Kitchen” and feeling the “Lonesome Fiddle Blues,” while Saturday saw the band prime the pump with fan favorites like “Rhum ‘N’ Zouc” and “Joyful Sound” before disappearing off stage to don a series of comical 80’s era costumes. Another Halloween has come and gone, and once again The String Cheese Incident‘s famed Suwannee Hulaween has set the standard for how a music festival should work. While children are playing tricks and devouring treats, music hungry fans are dining on a smorgasbord of savory sonic confections at the beloved Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park. With a carefully curated lineup and art installations of the famed Spirit Lake, the attention to detail and crowd pleasing intent was evident in every facet of the experience. Visitors to the event were given a golden ticket to an art filled fantasy world of sights and sounds designed for the sole purpose of creating a moment in time like no other place on Earth. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals had the packed, tree filled arena rocking front to back with their singular brand of high-energy love-infused rock and hip hop. Another hip hop hit machine, Logic, showed mad flow skills, dropping rhymes faster and more complex than could be believed. Once again, music that might not have made sense sharing the same bill on a conceptual level worked perfectly in practice, showing a deep understanding of a festival’s flow by the organizers. Jim James and company have moved into elder statesmen roles in the alt-rock world, and deservedly so. Having played career defining sets at festivals like Bonnaroo and this year’s rave reviewed Lockn’, MMJ is no stranger to the opportunities presented performing in front of a sea of faces, primed and ready to go. Building on the energy already in place, MMJ found a perfect simpatico wavelength with the crowd and used that connection to deliver a focused beam of dream-like rock and roll energy that mixed theatrical pining with thrashing jams. Mixing in band staples like “Evil Urges” and “Victory” with fun covers from The Commodores and Pink Floyd showed once again why MMJ has earned its place on modern rock’s Mt.Rushmore.center_img We named Hulaween the festival of the year in 2015, a feat they truly earned. With the spectacle they put on this year, they are a strong contender for that title again. The positive energy flowing between artist, fan and location was of such magnitude that the reverberations will last long beyond the festival itself. The love shared by all those in attendance was written on their very hearts and souls, and will be carried to each and every one of their final days. The sheer size of the crowd made the most iconic land mark of the Spirit Of The Suwannee, the Amphitheater stage, less of a focal point than usual, but it still had some of the heaviest hitters trod the boards. Festival faves Umphrey’s McGee played a pair of earth rattling shows, anchoring the Thursday pre-party and rocking out with singular style and aggression in Friday. From there, the Amphitheater fare took the sharpest turn towards the eclectic of any over the weekend. Even park veterans were dumbfounded by the art installations that filled seemingly every nook and cranny of the venerable venue this year. The famous Spirit Lake installation returned, bigger and better than ever. While some elements of previous years were evident, they served as a skeletal structure for the visual feast that was erected by an inspired but exhausted team under the watchful eye of art director Andy Carroll.Carroll, a long time partner in the visual art side of String Cheese productions, personally curated a collection of wonderful, fever dream inspired designs that bent light in incredible new ways, destroyed conventional concepts of form and function, and even brought great gusts of living flame to the heavens. In honor of the host band’s roots, the festival saw a plethora of top notch bluegrass entertainers, including the leading acts in the progressive string scene like Greensky Bluegrass, The Travelin’ McCourys, Fruition and Larry Keel. String Cheese continued their tradition of bringing out special guests for a slightly less destructive set of bluegrass tunes to help relax and rebuild the often drained Sunday crowd. This year saw the entirety of The Travelin’ McCourys join their hosts for a special three song jam that hit all the right notes and had fans from their earliest days smiling at memories of picks on the mountain side. With the Antibalas horns and a parade of guest vocalists, aerialists, giant inflatable Rubik’s Cubes, fire dancers and yes…the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the air was filled with more than incredible homages to the music of the MTV generation. Older music fans might even  have remembered all the selections the band chose from a mythic single day of programming from the mighty music giant. Songs like “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” from The Clash kept the Stranger Things connection alive and kicking, while tunes from The Eurthymics, The Talking Heads and Billy Idol kept the spandex dance party going in full swing. Not content to let the front line have all the fun, Jason Hann and Michael Travis took the opportunity to come out from behind their kits and play front man, including a hilarious turn by Travis on the Thomas Dolby hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” As patrons wandered the grounds of the Suwannee, wide-eyed at the visual splendor surrounding them, the soundtrack to their movements was just as carefully curated. There are many approaches to selecting bands for a weekend of music, but the care shown by Hulaween in creating a consistent, positive, yet decidedly off kilter sonic showcase is unmatched. The String Cheese Incident themselves were born through humble bluegrass roots, before evolving into the top tier jam/electronica/Americana band that they are today.last_img read more

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Keeping up with the weather

first_imgChanging minds is more important than changing systems. To facilitate growth, it may not be the technology that needs to evolve, but rather the entire corporate culture. That was the message Bryson Koehler delivered in his keynote presentation at the sixth annual Harvard IT Summit.Koehler, a vice president at IBM and chief information and technology officer of the Weather Company, addressed the daylong gathering of IT professionals in Sanders Theatre on Thursday, giving a detailed example of just how such growth can be achieved.In 2012, when Koehler first came to the Weather Company – then the Weather Channel — the forecasting business was decidedly old-school. Data came in from 13 weather centers and was used for forecasts that were updated every six hours.But although many of us may think of weather forecasting as trivial — a question of when to don a jacket or carry an umbrella — what happens in the atmosphere is vital.“The intersection of weather and your own life is tremendous,” said Koehler. As he illustrated, weather touches every aspect of our lives, from safety and travel to construction, farming, and myriad other activities, which he estimated affect about one-third of GDP. All of which meant that the model he inherited was simply not good enough.Koehler also saw that just adding dedicated weather centers or processing the data more efficiently would not solve the company’s biggest problems, which included both a lack of accuracy and a lack of flexibility. His solution began with changing the way the organization saw itself. The Weather Company had to be reconceived not as a weather forecaster, he said, but as a processor of big data.“We had to realize we were not building a weather platform,” he said. “We’re building a data platform.”Harvard’s vice president and University CIO Anne Margulies talks with keynote speaker Harvard Medical School Professor Isaac Kohane. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat is where the cultural shift came in. To improve accuracy, the company needed to gather all the data available, which meant shifting from its own weather centers to an open-source cloud model. By making the company “vendor agnostic” — not linked to any specific software — it could access information from many more sources, a move that would position the company to expand in line with new technologies.In the four years since Koehler took the helm, the number of data sources has exploded. Instead of crunching just the numbers from its own data-gathering centers, for example, the company now incorporates barometric pressure readings from smart phones that have the Weather Company’s app installed. It takes in turbulence reports from pilots in the air, and live input from users and weather centers around the world — including more than 500 million personal weather stations.To make this shift possible, Koehler and his staff had to re-examine the way everything at the company was done, including how responsibility was assigned. Ultimately, he said, the company had to learn the value of taking calculated risks, with everybody focused less on their personal turf than on the ultimate result.“It wasn’t necessarily about the technology,” he explained. “It was the cultural shift. For a long time, we were trained to do the wrong thing.”The results speak for themselves. The company now aggregates more than 170 weather models to create forecasts on demand for 2.2 billion precise locations that are updated every 15 minutes“All of this helps us have a better understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere,” he said. Advising the IT professionals who had gathered to hear him speak, Koehler suggested they think like a band, in which the members learn to improvise and play off each other on stage. He urged his audience “to act and work and think together, to take risks and have courage.”last_img read more

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The Experience of a GSAP Graduate

first_imgGSAP? What’s that? GSAP stands for Global Services Associate Program. So let’s break that down. As a GSAP you will be a Technical Support Engineer (TSE) for one of Dell EMC’s products from their suite of industry-leading business solutions for large multinational company’s worldwide ranging from government agency central banks to Disney Pixar Nickelodeon to Sony.The 24The first day of GSAP begins with 23 other graduates to commence your eight-week bootcamp. The bootcamp is loads of fun and very educational from a number of different aspects, it can also be intense at times as there is a huge amount of material to get through. This intensity helps you strive for success, and hey who doesn’t love a bit of a challenge! As a reward for getting through this large volume of information you also get certified in an industry-wide recognised exam, the ISM [Information Storage and Management].More importantly, you learn about yourself and your peers along the way. The vast social network that you build with your program peers stands by you as you move into your role as a TSE in the company, one of the most outstanding aspects of joining a large multinational company. Not many people get an opportunity to learn what it is like to work with so many surprisingly different products while at one company. Through the GSAP program, members of two completely different teams can collaborate and win together.The People, the TeamAfter you finish bootcamp it’s time to move on to your new team. I found this scary at first as I had a few personal doubts.  Do I have what it takes? Am I capable? Will I fit in with the team? Will I understand the technology? In reality, it was actually fairly easy and the team made me feel comfortable. Right away you will be introduced to your mentor who is your go-to person until you feel more comfortable to reach out to more members of the team. This allows you time to figure out who’s who and where to go when you have a question about something in particular.If you ask me one of the best things about my life as a GSAP is the people I have met along the way! I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with my team who are all very helpful. They don’t help because they have to, they help because they want to. This is part of the culture code at Dell EMC!“Winning together: We believe in and value our people. We perform better, are smarter, and have more fun working as a team than as individuals.ShareWork / Life BalanceI work on a shift rotation which allows me to see my family and friends regularly even though they live at the far side of the country. I also like the fact that I can attend the gym in the evenings and get it out of the way early then have the evening to myself to wind down and chill out with my friends, play some games, play some guitar and watch some TV.Career Opportunities and Training & DevelopmentIn Dell EMC there are ample opportunities for training in areas that you are interested in. If you feel you are more skilled in an area and feel this is your best route to go you will be encouraged to pursue it. Alternatively, if you feel weak in a skill set, you are given the opportunity to change that. These are all opportunities that are possible. If you have drive and commitment, the opportunities are there.Company Culture / ValuesOne of the things that I love about working for Dell EMC is the commitment to the community. As part of a global GSAP initiative the Cork GSAP’s raised €485 for Laura Lynn Hospice with a cake sale.We also raised money for our partner charity, Barnardos, and designed a golf hole that was really fun and for an amazing cause! I even did a round of the golf myself and our team won!All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the bootcamp experience and love my position on the Isilon Support Team where I feel valued and can continue to broaden my knowledge of the IT sector. This is all thanks to the team and management of the GSAP.last_img read more

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Teach for America ranks ND highly

first_imgFor the fourth time in the past five years, Notre Dame ranked among the top colleges and universities contributing graduates to Teach for America’s newest class of teachers. Teach for America (TFA), a nonprofit organization that recruits college graduates and professionals to teach in underserved neighborhoods and schools, issued a press release ranking the schools that sent the most graduates into the 2012 Teaching Corps according to three categories: large, medium and small schools.b Notre Dame ranked 12th among medium-sized schools after 27 members of the class of 2012 joined TFA’s ranks of teachers. Gaby Barahona, TFA’s manager of regional communications, said some schools send more graduates to the program than others for a variety of reasons. “It hinges on a few things, like how well TFA is known on campus or what the leaders on campus decide to do after their undergrad career,” she said. “I think it has to do with what our presence looks like. Do we have active recruiters on campus trying to engage the top leaders?” Northwestern University, Harvard University and Georgetown University ranked in the top three spots respectively for medium schools, which are defined as those with between 3,000 and 9,999 undergraduates. The high numbers of Notre Dame students who have entered the TFA Teaching Corps may assist future University applicants because it brings a greater familiarity with the organization to campus, Barahona said. “You might have friends who have done it, and you know their experiences and have a stronger knowledge base of what TFA is and what they look for,” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily give you an edge, but it helps inform the decision making and application.” TFA attracts exemplary college graduates and professionals to apply each year, Barahona said, and the process is very competitive. This year, the program received over 48,000 applications and accepted 5,800 teachers, a 17 percent acceptance rate. Brittany Scherer, class of 2012, was one of the lucky 17 percent to join the TFA 2012 Teaching Corps as a teacher of eighth grade reading and literature at Arlington High School in Indianapolis. “I love it,” Scherer said of her teaching job. “I never thought I wanted to be a teacher, but I’ve been in school for about a month so far and I absolutely love it.” Scherer said she decided to apply to the program after she participated in a Summer Service Learning Project involved with education. “I saw the achievement gaps firsthand with eight-year-olds,” Scherer said. “If the problem was starting with eight-year-olds, I couldn’t imagine what it was like for 12th graders, so I knew I wanted to work with an organization that fights that gap.” Many Notre Dame graduates choose to join TFA because of the value of service the University instills in its students, Scherer said. “It’s one of the main reasons I knew I wanted to do something with my life in service to others,” she said. “I think a lot of students at Notre Dame realize how blessed they are to be there, and it makes you realize how important it is that you use this gift to serve others.” For future TFA applicants, Scherer said the organization emphasizes the well-rounded individual, one who not only does well academically, but also has demonstrated extracurricular involvement and leadership qualities. Barahona also said leadership is a crucial quality for a TFA application, as well as individuality and passion. “What are the leadership qualities you bring to the table?”What have you done on campus to set yourself apart?” she said. “Going through those questions can help you figure out if you’re compatible for TFA.”last_img read more

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Talk highlights racial differences on TV

first_imgEnglish professor Stuart Greene held an open discussion on the depiction of black love and family on television as part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) lecture series for Black History Month on Thursday in O’Shaughnessy Hall. The series was co-sponsored by the NAACP, Africana Studies department, the Africana Studies student organization, Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Gender Studies department.Junior Preston Igwe began the discussion by highlighting “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and the way in which the 1990s series defied typical stereotypes of black families, portraying each family member in a way that is “a lot more real and a lot more genuine.”Igwe said there is a stark contrast between the “stereotypical black son” and Carlton, the son on the show played by Alfonso Ribeiro.“There is the black son who is a lot of times angry, unintelligent, sex-crazed, and then you have Carlton who is a gentle young man who is funny and ambitious and is a hopeless romantic,” he said.One particular scene from the show that Igwe described depicts Phil, played by James Avery, as a compassionate and loving father-figure to his nephew played by Will Smith.“He let [his nephew] know it is okay to be vulnerable sometimes; it is okay to let it out; it is okay to be angry; it is okay to cry,” Igwe said. “We all need Uncle Phil in our lives. We all need to try to be that person in someone else’s life.“I think he is one of the best representations of how to be a good black father and a good black man.”Junior Ray’Von Jones said most other television shows featuring black characters depict them in a negative light. She addressed the negative ways in which television portrays black love and particularly sexuality by pointing to “Love & Hip Hop,” a television show on VH1.“It tells us that black love is dysfunctional,” Jones said. “If you watch these shows, you know that there are very few relationships in ‘Love & Hip Hop’ that are successful that go on without cheating and violence.”She said women are the ones who are particularly shown in an unfavorable way.“[According to the show] a black woman’s love and sexuality can be bought,” Jones said. “They portray women in a way that is overall negative in terms of a woman’s role in a black relationship. They portray women as angry; they portray women as [people who are] always going to go back to these men who are doing terrible things to them.”Junior Nora Williamson said she thinks it is easier for adults to recognize that these are negative depictions, but less so for younger audiences.“I remember watching things like [“Love & Hip Hop”] when I was 12, 13, 14, and I feel like it is especially formative on kids, regardless of race. But just watching this when you are little, and if you think that that’s what a relationship is like … that could be a real problem,” Williamson said.Tags: Black History Month, NAACP, Stuart Greenelast_img read more

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Take a Study Break & Check Out Broadway.com’s A+ Playlist

first_img View Comments The season of flip flops, ice cream cones and Shakespeare in the Park is so close, but before wearing out cast albums by the pool and reading Hamiltome on the beach, theater fans in school will have to drop some serious knowledge. Don’t despair as you churn out those last papers and study for those final exams (all right, and occasionally procrastinate by watching vlogs)! We’ll help you make the grade with Broadway.com’s A+ Playlist! Need an anthem for acing the test? Want a song to get you focused on that final paragraph? Craving a quick dance break? We’ve got you covered so that the tail end of the school year doesn’t seem like a total nightmare. Don’t throw away your shot because you’ve got this! (Photos: Matthew Murphy & Joan Marcus)last_img read more

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Here’s Who Should Play Regina George in the Mean Girls Musical

first_imgGet your army pants and flip-flops ready! It’s October 3, a.k.a. National Mean Girls Day, and on top of planning our perfect pink ensembles for Wednesday, we are also dreamcasting the part of Regina George in Tina Fey’s musical adaptation of her 2004 teen classic. The nine-time Emmy winner’s tuner is set to hit the stage in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017. Everything Fey creates is so fetch (hello, Peeno Noir), and we know this will be, too. In the meantime, here are your picks to play Broadway’s leader of The Plastics! Jasmine Cephas Jones Ashley Spencer Jennifer Damiano Julianne Hough Samantha Barks Jessica Keenan-Wynncenter_img Vanessa Hudgens Anna Kendrick Adrienne Warren Carrie St. Louis View Commentslast_img read more

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$5.7 million Navy contract to Goodrich-Vergennes will extend plant’s work on helicopter diagnostics unit

first_imgCollins Aerospace,Senator Patrick Leahy says a new $5,765,474 US Navy contract with Goodrich for additional units of the company’s groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced by the firm’s facility in Vergennes, shows the advanced system has quickly taken its place as a key maintenance feature of US military helicopter programs.Goodrich’s Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) give mechanics feedback on a helicopter’s engine performance, structural performance, and rotor function and wear, allowing a helicopter to be serviced before major systems fail. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, Leahy led as the panel’s early promoter of the concept and technology behind HUMS. Enabled by his work, HUMS units have become standard equipment on military helicopters.Leahy announced that the modification to an existing Navy contract will allow for the additional purchase of 19 more HUMS systems for MH-53 ‘Pave Low’ helicopter.Leahy joined Goodrich employees twice this year to mark shipment of the 2000th helicopter system and other successes of the workforce at the Vergennes facility. Source: Senator Patrick Leahy VERGENNES, Vt. (FRIDAY, Sept. 17) ‘last_img read more

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Binghamton boy donates toys to families devastated by Liberty Street fire

first_imgNot only were his neighbors grateful, but his stepdad was brought to tears by the kind gesture. After hearing about what happened, 8-year-old Eryk Warner wanted to help out his neighbors. The fire severely damaged a residential building, home to several families, before it was demolished a few days later. He cleaned out the toys he no longer played with and brought them over to Liberty Street.center_img As for Eryk, he said Monday, “Felt good…because I was helping.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After hearing about the Liberty Street fire in his neighborhood, an 8-year-old decided to lend a hand.last_img read more

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‘PGA Tour 2K21’ to tee off worldwide on Aug. 21

first_imgTopics : “I’m excited to join the 2K family and challenge players everywhere on the digital links.”Thomas will be joined by 11 additional PGA TOUR pros, each of whom will present a challenge to players in the PGA TOUR Career Mode as they compete to become a FedExCup Champion. Players can also create and personalize their MyPLAYERs with equipment and apparel from licensed brands including adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Malbon Golf, Callaway Golf, Bridgestone Golf, TaylorMade Golf and more.Capping off the simulation experience, PGA TOUR 2K21 will feature a broadcast-style presentation with state-of-the-art graphics, dynamic cut scenes and a seamless replay system, all anchored by the play-by-play commentary of renowned broadcaster Luke Elvy and analyst Rich Beem.“As a global leader in the sports simulation genre, 2K is the perfect partner to kick off the new PGA TOUR 2K video game series and introduce the PGA TOUR experience to new players of all ages,” said Len Brown, PGA TOUR chief legal officer and executive vice president, licensing. “Golf is hotter than ever with celebrities, athletes and musicians playing the game and sharing their experiences on social media every day,” said Chris Snyder, vice president of marketing for 2K.”Our goal is to create the most authentic golf simulation experience ever.” Gaming publisher 2K has announced that PGA TOUR 2K21, its forthcoming, officially licensed golf simulation video game, is currently scheduled for worldwide release on Aug. 21 for the PlayStation 4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam, the Nintendo Switch system and Stadia.Featuring decorated PGA TOUR pro Justin Thomas as the cover athlete, PGA TOUR 2K21 heralds the return of the great golf video game that fans have been missing. “Being chosen to be the first-ever cover athlete for the premiere PGA TOUR 2K game is a tremendous honor,” said Justin Thomas, the 2017 FedExCup champion, PGA Championship winner and former world number one on the Official World Golf Ranking.last_img read more

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