On Sunday, May 6th, paying tribute to Minnesota’s favorite son, Prince, members of Snarky Puppy, The Motet, The Main Squeeze, Thievery Corporation, Turkuaz, The Magic Beans, The Nth Power, Mama Magnolia, and even Prince’s own bass player MONONEON gathered together at The Maison in New Orleans. Under the “Purple Party” banner, the group threw the funkiest and latest of late nights in honor of the late rocker, which was still packed and ragin’ six a.m. in the morning.Though Prince’s living reign may be tragically over, his legacy will be echoing for years to come thanks to generations who have grown up getting funky to the Purple One’s insane catalog of near-perfect tunes. To make the show celebrating the last night of Jazz Fest even more special, the setlist was no “Greatest Hits” affair, though big-name tunes like “Purple Rain”, “1999”, and “Kiss” were represented. The show saw deep dives into Prince’s entire body of work, including songs he gave to other artists and older projects like 94 East for a true representation of Prince’s prolific brilliance.The deep personal connection to Prince’s creations was apparent in the care and love each member of the seemingly never-ending parade of band members gave to the music. Whether it was Ryan Jalbert nailing the “Purple Rain” solo, his Motet bandmate Lyle Divinsky singing and strutting with eerily familiar energy, or the twin threats of Turkuaz’s Shira Elias and Sammi Garret hitting the notes that only they (and Prince) could, the passion was plain to see. Keyboardists Steveland Swatkins and Casey Russell traded keyboard licks and smiles of delight while a rotating rhythm section saw seemingly everyone in the house take a turn.Nikki Glaspie, drummer of The Nth Power, took a turn in the percussion pit, sitting down behind the main kit for a tune, before picking up a Stratocaster and playing guitar for a number. Vocalists like Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia), Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze), and Jessica Jones took their songs to incredible heights, as they each gave their all to honor their hero and, in many cases, inspiration for making music. Oh, and who better to slap the bass for the show than Prince’s hand-picked touring deep-end specialist MonoNeon?Though the musical guests and performers came close to boggling the mind, the focus was squarely on the man whose legacy these dedicated performers were honoring. We’ve got nearly the entire show ready for you to watch at your leisure with crystal-clear soundboard audio. That said, though the audio may be clear, it is nigh impossible to capture the spirit in the room when the music was pumping, the crowd was locked in a groove, and the musicians themselves were lost in their bliss.Setlist: Purple Party | The Maison | New Orleans, LA | 5/6/2018Set: Lets Go Crazy, D.M.S.R, Just As Long As We’re Together, Sexy Dancer, Lady Cab Driver, Musicology, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Soft And Wet, I Feel For You, Controversy, Call My Name, Partyup, Just Another Sucker, Head, Kiss, 1999, It’s Gonna Be Lonely, Baby I’m A Star, She’s Always In My Hair, Purple RainEncore: Jungle Love “Purple Rain”“Jungle Love”“1999”“I Wanna Be Your Lover”
Imagine a world where ‘It got lost in the mail’ is no longer a viable excuse for late or missed payments. Not only is payment processing an essential operation for any business, it is also a point of contact that directly correlates with customer satisfaction. If there was a way to increase borrower satisfaction by tweaking your payments process to a more convenient model, would you buy in?Companies in every industry have had to adapt to growing consumer expectations for financial interactions that are fast, easy, and secure. Experiences with online retail firms like Amazon have conditioned consumers to expect a seamless payment process where debit or credit cards can be used with the click of a button from any device—or even activated through voice commands. That retail experience has evolved into strong payment preferences that have influenced how consumers want to manage their loan payments.Both consumers and servicers benefit when servicers offer debit card payment options. For consumers it’s easier, instant, convenient, and cheaper, resulting in a positive user experience. Since people typically have their debit cards on hand, it’s easier to make a payment on the go rather than trying to recall a routing or account number. For collections servicers, for example, a study conducted by Visa found that implementing payment by debit in collections cut 80% from customer call times— an incredible savings of time and resources. Millennials, the largest generation at more than 75 million, 78% have shown a definite preference for debit cards. Providing them with an easy, seamless bill-paying experience is an opportunity to build relationships with a cohort that has less entrenched loyalties to name brand lenders or servicers—and a long runway for financial service needs. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Just two points separated winner and loser as the George Stevens Academy Eagles edged Mount Desert Island High School and captured their fleet race regatta last Wednesday 89-91.The racing could hardly have been closer. Sailing five races around a triangular course, each team won a single event. Three races finished as ties, with each team earning 18 points.Even the wins were close. In the first of the day’s five races, GSA finished with a first, second and fourth, beating MDI 15-21. Two races later, MDI managed second, third and fourth place and nipped GSA 16-20.The Eagles’ strongest performance came in the first, and longest, race of the day. Racing in winds of less than 10 knots, GSA finished first, second and fourth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe day’s third race, sailed over a shorter course because of the light southeast winds, was MDI’s best. The Trojan sailors finished second, third and fourth led by senior skipper Tyler Steel.Senior skipper Johnny Jagger and his regular crew, Jen Powell, led GSA. The pair won the first three races before Eagle coach Tom Gutow swapped crews around. Adam Groves, another of GSA’s senior skippers, added a win in the day’s last race to a second-place finish in first race of the afternoon. Senior Solomon Krevans joined Steel leading MDI’s effort.This Saturday, the Eagles and the Trojans will send teams to southern New England in an attempt to qualify for the O’Day Trophy regatta, scheduled for Portland on Sunday. The regatta determines the New England Fleet Racing Championship, and attracts sailors from high schools all over the Northeast. For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015
Dancehall star, Alkaline, is back on the streets again.The DJ, was released without charge by homicide investigators in Kingston on Monday afternoon, hours before an order issued by a Kingston Parish Magistrate that he be charged or released by 6:00 PM the same day.The judge made the order following an application submitted to her by Alkaline’s attorney, Peter Champagnie.The artist was taken into custody on Thursday last week after he was named as a person of interest in the murder of Rohan ‘Head’ Morris, who was killed gangland style at his Three Oaks Gardens home in Kingston on January 13.The entertainer has taken to social media to proclaim his innocence and also begged the media to desist from spreading rumors about him.The police have not been forthcoming on whether they will seek to charge the popular DJ in the future.