Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall, Debuts Dawes Cover In Denver [Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images Load remaining images Continuing their three-night run in Denver, on Friday night, Greensky Bluegrass returned to the Ogden Theatre for a fiery performance that saw Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters, as well as Guido Batista, sit in during set one. The show also saw Greensky lay out a love-themed sandwich to close out set two and change the lyrics to refrence the band’s dobro player Anders Beck during their encore of “Frederico”.Turn On My Own Head: Greensky Bluegrass Returns To Denver With Improv & Cover-Heavy ShowThe band opened with “Windshield” off 2014’s If Sorrow Swims and worked teases of Phish’s “Harpua” throughout, making for an energized start to the performance. Pulling from their somewhat older catalog with a rendition of “Middle Mountain Towns”, the group then played Bill Monroe’s “Wheel Hoss”, made all the more complete with Paul Hoffman’s performance of the Macarena—a tune that the group gave a lot of love to recently during Strings & Sol.Greensky Bluegrass Cover Widespread Panic, Do “The Macarena” At Strings & Sol [Video]Shifting back to newer songs, next came a rendition of “Fixin’ To Ruin” featuring Guido Batista on woodblock before a cover of The Dillards’ “Reuben’s Train” and the band’s own “Cold Feet” off 2011’s Handguns. Joshua Davis’ “Last Winter In Copper Country” was up next before the group invited out The Infamous Stringdusters’ Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall to help them close out the set for renditions of Greensky’s “I’d Probably Kill You”, Johnny Cash’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, and The Dusters’ “No More To Leave You Behind”.“I’d Probably Kill You”[Video: Kyle Isaac]“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”[Video: Kyle Isaac]After the sit-in heavy close to set one, Greensky Bluegrass surprised fans once again, opening set two with their debut cover of Dawes’ “Quitter”. After “Living Over”, which featured references to their Johnny Cash tune, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, from set one, the group performed “Take Cover” off their newest album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, using the tune as a vehicle for a number of “Jeopardy!” theme teases.To close out set two, the band gave the crowd lots of love during a “The Four” sandwich housing Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”. The number also contained quotes from Burt Bacharach’s “What The World Needs Now” and The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”, most likely referencing My Morning Jacket’s love-filled New Year’s Eve celebration just outside of Denver at 1st Bank Center, during which MMJ played the two songs back-to-back.“Could You Be Loved”[Video: Kyle Isaac]For the group’s encore, the band played “Frederico”, though changed the lyrics to reference dobro player Anders Beck, with lyrics like “Anders is the name” and “Who is Anders?”“Frederico”[Video: Kyle Isaac]You can check out the setlist from last night’s performance below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 1/12/2018Set One: Windshield (1), Middle Mountain Towns, Wheel Hoss (2), Fixin to Ruin (3), Rueben’s Train, Cold Feet, Last Winter in Copper Country (4), I’d Probably Kill You (5), Will the Circle be Unbroken (5), No More to Leave You Behind (5)Set Two: Quitter, Living Over (6), Take Cover (7)(8), Just to Lie > Eat my Dust, Working on a Building, Worried about the Weather > The Four > Could you be Love (9)(10) > The FourEncore: Frederico (11)(12)(1) – Harpua tease(2) – Macarena dance by Paul(3) – w/ Guido Batista (woodblock) x2(4) – Tarpology tease(5) – w/ Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall(6) – Will the Circle be unbroken tease(7) – Jeopardy theme tease(8) – Contact tease(9) – what the World Needs Now quotes(10) – All you Need is love quotes(11) – Lyric change “Anders is the name…”(12) – Lyric change “Who is Anders”Check out the full gallery from photography Bill McAlaine below.center_img Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 1/12/2018 | Photos by Bill McAlainelast_img read more

NY AG to Obama: Dismantle Framework of ‘Discriminatory’ Registration Program

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called on President Obama to dismantle the legal framework of a since-shuttered post-9/11 traveler registration system criticized as a redundant and ineffective national security tool that’s discriminatory toward Muslims.Established by the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) captured the names of non-immigrants entering the US who originated from 24 predominantly Muslim nations as well as North Korea.Enforcement measures included capturing names and fingerprints of males at US points of entry and tracking when they exit the country. The database eventually amassed more than 80,000 names of men and teenagers—none of whom were ever singled out as potential terror suspects.Instead of weeding out potential troublemakers, the program placed 13,000 men in removal proceedings for such infractions as failing to re-register with immigration authorities, despite federal officials themselves admitting the process was confusing. In separate memos, department heads ordered subordinates to use “prosecutorial discretion” when a legitimate excuse was given.The Department of Homeland Security de-listed the countries in April 2011 after concluding automated systems it had adopted made the manual process of registering specific individuals unnecessary. The agency also admitted that NSEERS failed in providing additional security measures.“As you are aware,” Schneiderman told Obama in his letter, dated Dec. 19, “NSEERS sought to track and register non-immigrant males from primarily Arab, Muslim and South Asian countries who were not suspected or accused of any wrongdoing. The program did not achieve its intended purpose of reducing terrorist activity in the United States. Instead, NSEERS undermined the trust and hindered open communications between law enforcement and community members, thus hampering the ability of law enforcement to promote public safety.”Placing 13,000 men in removal proceedings “devastated” communities, Schneiderman added, echoing decade-long criticisms by immigration advocates. Embed from Getty Images Rights groups have in the past lambasted the program as discriminatory because of its focus on two-dozen Muslim nations. The program included a domestic agenda, which stipulated that certain men currently in the US check in at immigration offices. Many of those impacted by the program were in the dark about their periodic registration requirements, leaving them in legal limbo, immigration advocates have said.Schneiderman’s entreaty to Obama, a fellow Democrat, comes after dozens of Muslim and civil rights groups wrote a similar letter to the president on Nov. 21 asking him to rescind NSEERS’ regulatory framework. That letter documented the case of a 19-year-old Algerian athlete who came to the US on a student visa and whose visit to the local immigration office was delayed by one day because of a car accident, yet was still placed in removal proceedings.Additionally, NSEERS’ critics marched to the White House last week armed with a petition that aired similar grievances.Pleas to Obama come amid newfound worry among the program’s critics that President-elect Donald Trump could reinstate NSEERS as part of his hard-line approach to immigration.Margo Schlanger, who once presided over the DHS’ Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties under Obama, previously told the Press that there was “no security case to be made for NSEERS.”“All the people who come in on Visas are interviewed and tracked, and so we don’t have to pick based on generalizations, we can just interview and track everyone,” Schlanger said.Writing to Obama, Schneiderman said the DHS made the correct decision in 2011 to eliminate the countries from the system and now urges Obama “to fully dismantle what is left of NSEERS so that it can longer be used to instill fear and mistrust within the communities we serve.”last_img read more

M&G to transfer €7bn to Luxembourg ahead of Brexit

first_imgUK-based asset manager M&G is planning to transfer four of its funds to Luxembourg to remove uncertainty for non-UK investors ahead of the country exiting the EU.The funds are worth a combined €7bn and are offered exclusively to non-UK investors, despite being domiciled in London.Anne Richards, chief executive of M&G, said: “With little clarity yet on the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the rest of the European Union on its future trading relationship, we believe it is prudent to take action now to protect the interests of our international customers.“The proposals to transfer the assets of these four funds have a primary aim – to minimise disruption for our investors. Approval of the transfer will ensure they retain access to the same strategies and the same fund managers.” Luxembourg’s regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority have both given the transfer the green light. The proposal will be put to investors in the four funds in September with a view to moving the assets to the fund manager’s existing SICAV in November, according to a statement from M&G.The four funds affected are:M&G Dynamic AllocationM&G Income AllocationM&G Prudent Allocation (to be renamed M&G Conservative Allocation)M&G European Inflation Linked Corporate BondData from trade body the Investment Association (IA) showed that non-UK investors had £73.7bn (€83.5bn) invested in UK-domiciled funds managed by IA members at the end of April. Meanwhile, UK investors had £107.7bn invested in non-UK domiciled funds. Ireland and Luxembourg are the primary homes for these funds.Earlier this year, David Suetens, managing director of State Street in Luxembourg, told IPE there could be “some re-shuffling of products and investors” ahead of the outcome of the UK and EU negotiations being known. State Street helped M&G set up its Luxembourg operation.Suetens said: “Promoters will most likely re-direct EU investors to EU-based vehicles and keep OIECs [UK investment vehicles] as local distribution products. This said, to the extent regulatory frameworks for funds remain comparatively equivalent between the UK and the EU, and consumers are still allowed to purchase cross border… the choice ultimately will still reside with the investor who will set the course.”last_img read more

Mourinho Rules Out Ronaldo’s Return to Old Trafford Â

first_imgTRANSFER NEWS…TRANSFER NEWS…TRANSFER NEWS … Jose Mourinho has ruled out any attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after Manchester United opened their US tour on Saturday with a 5-2 rout of the Los Angeles Galaxy. United Manager Mourinho is keen to bolster his ranks further after already strengthening his squad with the additions of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku. But the Portuguese manager poured cold water on the possibility of an attempt to prise United legend Ronaldo away from Real Madrid. “I’m not going to waste my time thinking about players who are mission impossible,” Mourinho told reporters after the win. Earlier, England striker Marcus Rashford scored twice with Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan bagging United’s other goals in a one-sided victory in front of 25 667 fans at the StubHub Centre. New striker Lukaku was unable to get in on the goals after a 45-minute debut in the second half. Lukaku missed one golden chance four minutes into his United debut, with his shot saved by Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe. However Mourinho was satisfied with Lukaku’s “unselfish” display in leading the line. “Lukaku is a target man, he plays with his back to opponents,” Mourinho said. “A good thing today for me is to see that he’s a team player. He’s not selfish. He’s not obsessed with goals. “He was not that worried about himself, he was worried about the improvement of the team.” Rashford meanwhile reminded Mourinho of his eye for goal with a confident first-half display. The teenager opened the scoring after only two minutes, punishing an error from Ariel Lassiter near the Galaxy penalty area to dart in on goal and place his finish beyond goalkeeper Jon Kempin. The 19-year-old doubled his tally in the 20th minute, latching onto a clever pass from Juan Mata to make it 2-0. Mourinho later revealed that Rashford, who looks to have added a physical dimension to his game, was still growing. “It’s just the natural evolution of a kid,” Mourinho said. “He’s already taller than when I arrived 13 months ago. He’s three centimetres taller. He’s put on some muscle but without any kind of specific work because his speed is his most important quality and we don’t want to lose that.” Marouane Fellaini ensured United had a 3-0 lead at halftime, tucking a low shot past the hapless Kempin after good work down the left flank by Jesse Lingard. Mourinho changed his entire line-up at halftime, mirroring wholesale changes made by the Galaxy. United got their fourth of the night on 67 minutes when Martial burst forward and threaded a pass to Mkhitaryan who made no mistake with a confident low strike. Martial made it 5-0 five minutes later, rifling home Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s pullback. Galaxy meanwhile, who had failed to register a single attempt on goal in the first half, bagged two late consolation goals through Mexico international Giovani Dos Santos. Mourinho said the game had been “an amazing training exercise.” “That’s what we need,” he said. “They gave us two different teams, they gave people with intensity, so it was good for us.” Mourinho was also satisfied with an experimental formation which saw him play with a three-man central defence. “We tried a system that is not our main system,” he said. “We were working a few days on this to try to make the players feel a new experience in a new position and I’m really happy, happy with that. “It’s something we have to keep working and keep improving in case during the season we decided to play with three at the back. Maybe we want to do it more times.” United will today travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake in the second game of their US tour.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more