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”
The grand mansion at 1525 Riverdale Dr, Hope Island.PRIVATE negotiations will begin this week on the sale of Harbour Point, the grand Hope Island mansion which was passed in at auction on Saturday.The sun was shining down on 1525 Riverdale Drive where more than 200 people turned out to see the fate of the largest land holding in the exclusive enclave.Spectators and bidders gathered around the pool. Photo: Jason O’BrienA strong local contingent gathered around the resort-style pool where auctioneer Colin Banks listed the virtues of the iconic estate.“This is the largest block in the area,” he said.“There are 11 entitlements, subject to council approval; it’s a whopping 4982 sqm property. The house is master built and has a 1815 sqm footprint.”One of four registered bidders – all local – got the ball rolling at $4 million, with the auctioneer bidding $4.25m when no further offers were forthcoming.“People have travelled over the border to be here — I can’t do anything to help you unless that hand goes up,” he beckoned.MORE: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate onsells bargain buyUntouched time capsules prove irresistible for buyersChance to buy your own Gold Coast chapel Auctioneer Colin Banks passed the property in at $4.5 million. Photo: Jason O’BrienThe same bidder upped his original offer to $4.5m, still well short of the $9 million paid by the Chinese owners during the GFC in 2009.“I know you’re going to test me here, but $4.5m isn’t going to buy it,” Mr Banks told the crowd.“We’re not selling cattle or horses, we’re selling a mansion of a house.”When the third and final call produced no further interest, the property was passed in and the auction wrapped up less than 10 minutes after it began.The doors were open to the public for the first time in 18 years. Photo: Jason O’BrienProfessionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Mark Carew, who led the marketing campaign alongside Nikki Dunlop, said the result was a surprise given the level of interest.“It’s been very positive,” he said.“There are a number of interested parties who we will be speaking with this week.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Carew said the border closure and lockdowns prevented a serious Melbourne contender from attending the auction, which was conducted onsite only.The campaign pivots to private treaty this week, with an anticipated price guide of $6.5m-$7.5m.Gilt columns, decorative domes and ornate ballustrading dominate the interior.The Mediterranean-style mansion was built by national car-warranty business owner Gary and Suzanne Chuck, who purchased the prime plot in 2001 for $2.1 million.Long-time Riverdale Drive residents Daryl and Pam Sutherland, who attended the auction, recall dinner parties at the house during the Chuck’s tenure.“There were chefs, waiters and sorbet between courses,” Mr Sutherland said.“It was like being in a five-star hotel. Gary was a real character, it was always a lot of fun.”Mr Sutherland said he was surprised to see the property passed in.“I really thought the bidding would have started at $5m or $6m,” he said.“I thought a wealthy celebrity might have bought it, like maybe Russell Crowe and his football team.”
After a first half that saw around a third of our preseason Top 50 Prospects receive big league promotions, the number of elite players on the cusp of the major leagues has shrunk considerably. However, there is still plenty of talent in the upper minors and there’s no doubt that we’ll continue to see large numbers of rookies make their way to the bigs in the second half of the season — which means we’ll see plenty of call-ups play key roles in fantasy baseball leagues down the stretch (especially in Keeper/Dynasty leagues). Interested in sports betting? Tell us what YOU want from a mobile sportsbook 8. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Seattle (47). Sheffield is like the proverbial box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. At his best, he’s a No. 3 starter with a plus fastball and nasty slider. At his worst, he can’t find the zone with his heater and throws cement-mixer breaking balls that get launched in the seats. If he can show some consistency over the next month the Mariners will almost certainly give him a big league look, if for no other reason than to show that they got some return in the James Paxton deal.9. Dustin May, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (49). The Dodgers have a fragile rotation and have already used eight different starting pitchers this season. May is a polished arm who has logged at least 120 innings each of the past three seasons. He’s currently throwing well at Double-A (3.74 ERA with an 86/21 K/BB in 79.1 IP) and has the stuff to be a quality mid-rotation guy. He’s an obvious choice for a call-up if the Dodgers lose one of their starters down the stretch.10. A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland (#18) – Puk missed 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and has just returned to game action but he’s already 24 years old and was on the cusp of the majors when he got hurt last year. Puk will get eased back into action but if the A’s hang around in the Wild Card race, he would be an attractive late-season addition to the big-league bullpen or rotation. When healthy, he has an electric fastball, wipeout slider, and can draw comparisons to a young Chris Sale. Here are the 10 guys from my midseason Top 50 who are most likely to have a big league impact in the second half of the season:2019 MLB Top Prospects: Second-half fantasy baseball sleepers1. Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee (No. 12 in our midseason prospect rankings). Hiura impressed in a brief May call-up (.281 with five HRs), but he was sent back to Triple-A after 17 big league games when Travis Shaw returned from the injured list. Since then Hiura has continued to hit and Shaw has continued to struggle. The Brewers are still in the thick of the pennant race and eventually should give Hiura another shot. Hiura can be too aggressive at times, but he’s one of the best pure hitters in the minors and should continue to produce in the bigs. Long-term, expect an average near .300 with moderate power (12-15 home runs) that could increase as he matures.2. Luis Urias, 2B, San Diego (14). Urias also spent some time in the bigs earlier this season but struggled mightily (.083 average in 11 games). Since returning to Triple-A he’s been on fire (.331 average with 17 HRs in 59 games). The Padres still have a shot at the playoffs and incumbent second baseman Ian Kinsler hasn’t played well, so San Diego could soon give Urias another chance. From my conversations with Urias about his big league experience, I think he was just anxious and should eventually adjust to the majors. His skill set is elite – great hand-eye coordination, plus bat speed, and excellent pitch recognition – and his 2019 home run surge is a sign that he could hit for both average and some power.3. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh (17). Keller has been knocked around this season in three big league spot starts, but he has an elite arm and should see more action in Pittsburgh later this year. Keller has dominated in the minors, but he’s typically taken some time to adjust as he’s advanced from one level to the next. Keller has plus stuff featuring good command of an electric mid-90s fastball, a plus curve, and above-average changeup. Long-term, he could be a No. 2 starter.4. Bo Bichette, SS/2B, Toronto (6). Bichette missed time earlier this year due to a broken hand, but he looked big league ready when I saw him in spring training and hasn’t skipped a beat since returning to game action at Triple-A (.295 average with three HRs and seven SBs in 25 games). The Blue Jays are in full rebuild mode and could very well give Bichette an extended look in the latter part of the season. I expect Bichette to succeed right away, as he’s a ferocious competitor with a great work ethic and the tools to hit for average, stroke 20-plus home runs, and steal 15-20 bags.5. Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Tampa Bay (15). The Rays are in the playoff hunt this season, and McKay is a talented arm who’s big league ready (1.22 ERA and 88/15 K/BB with only 38 hits allowed in 66.2 IP between Double-A and Triple-A). Eventually Tampa will need to call him up even if an innings limit relegates him to a bullpen role. McKay has a smooth, repeatable delivery, shows plus command of four quality pitches, and should eventually be a No. 2 starter in the bigs.MORE PROSPECTS: Updated Top 50 rankings6. Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston (10). Tucker struggled in a big league cameo last season and is now stuck behind a log jam in the Houston outfield. All he’s done in response is get off to an eye-popping start at Triple-A (.281 average with 23 HRs and 17 SBs through 71 games). The Astros have a deep but injury-prone outfield, so don’t be surprised if injuries open the door for Tucker to get another shot in Houston. Tucker is a polished hitter with good balance and plus bat speed that generates excellent raw power. If he can tighten his plate discipline, he should hit .270 with 25-plus home runs over a full big league season.7. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Oakland (5). Luzardo missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder strain and is still working back into shape, but he looked big league ready when I saw him in spring training. Only 21 years old, Luzardo is already one of the best pitchers in the minors with excellent command of three quality pitches (plus fastball, plus change, and above-average breaking ball). If he can tighten his curve and pitch consistently at Triple-A, he’ll probably get a call-up to Oakland later this summer.