Tom Hamilton is a busy man. Somehow, in between performances with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Electron, Billy and The Kids, and releasing a new album with his band, American Babies, Hamilton was able to put together a tribute to Bruce Springsteen – a beloved rock and roll legend who doesn’t generally get much attention from the jam band world. Acting as the band leader, Hamilton conducted the American Babies along with guest appearances from a slew of musicians – Jackie Greene, Ross James, Katie Jacoby, and the Superslick Horns – through a spot on musical impersonation of Springsteen throughout the night.Many of Springsteen’s songs sound like simple and straightforward rock songs, but there are a lot of moving parts involved. It was really fun watching Hamilton conduct the entire ensemble while also doing a Springsteen impression on the mic. At times, he put down the guitar to walk around stage and sing like The Boss, although there was no power slides or crowd surfing. You could tell these songs had been rehearsed – most songs sounded pretty close to the album versions, and the older Springsteen loving crowd seemed to approve of renditions by dancing and singing a long.It’s tough to find places to really provide true jams within Springsteen’s catalog. The solos are iconic at this point, there’s not much space to truly go off and improv. But, when given the chance, these musicians all know how to do it, providing some of the night’s highlights. The Ghost of Tom Joad, which works well as a jam vehicle, was probably the best of the night, including some incredible interplay between Hamilton and violinist Katie Jacoby, who really stole the show and came across as a star. The Boss and the E Street Band aren’t the easiest band to replicate on stage, but through Hamilton’s tight conducting and dedication to the material, this show worked extremely well. With more shows to come, hopefully the band takes some of these songs into new directions and really owsn them. Hopefully this project will continue to evolve and take a life of its own in the future.Check out videos below, and a full audio stream can be streamed via taper Eric McRoberts. The Ghost Of Tom JoadBadlands Load remaining images
During the last week of September, members of the U. S. Marine Corps Forces South (MARFORSOUTH) and Navy and Marine forces from Brazil, Canada (Army), Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru came together in Miami, FL to initiate planning for UNITAS Partnership of the Americas 2014 (UNITAS-POA 2014). UNITAS POA is the Marine Corps amphibious phase to the Naval exercise UNITAS. UNITAS is an annual U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored exercise representing a half-century legacy of naval cooperation in the Western Hemisphere. This was the first time the Partner Nations (PN) sat down together to begin planning for Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014. For 2014, POA will focus on improving the participants’ proficiency in the following environments: Countering Transnational Organized Crime; Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief; Military Operations other than War; Crisis Management; and Littoral Warfare, among others. POA began in 2006 as a company level multinational exchange engagement leveraging U.S. Navy ships and assets engaged in the exercise. “The exercise is also the perfect venue to improve tactical interoperability among exercise participants in the areas of Command and Control; Common Operational Picture; Rules of Engagement; Doctrine, Logistics, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures; and others,” said Augustin Bolanio, Director of Exercises, MARFORSOUTH. Recognizing the potential for a reduction in budgetary resources, the planning team has already considered reducing PN participation from one platoon (36-40 personnel) per participating country to one squad (14 people) per country. U.S. participation has been reduced from a regiment headquarters and battalion size unit with air and logistics support, to a company level unit with logistics-deterrence detachment support and battalion level leadership. Canadian and Mexican forces agreed to participate, and the Mexican Navy will conduct feasibility studies in providing a Mexican amphibious ship for the exercise. the concept of participation, and the availability of having a Mexican amphibious ship for the exercise is being considered. “I think it is a very important activity among the exercises that SOUTHCOM does with its partner nations in the region. In this opportunity, Chile has been asked to host this amphibious exercise with a multinational view where partner nations will share amphibious operations experiences and interoperability capabilities in order to be able to provide support to a country that may be affected by a natural disaster,” said Captain Claudio Escalona, Chilean Partner Nation Liaison Officer at SOUTHCOM. By Dialogo October 04, 2013 Brief history UNITAS is normally conducted in two phases: Atlantic and Pacific. The purpose of UNITAS is to conduct interoperability exercises among multinational forces including matters related to training, combat doctrine, logistics, communication and other matters of inter-service interest. The first seeds for UNITAS were planted in 1958, when the U.S. South Atlantic Force established it to counter Soviet naval activities in the South Atlantic. One year later, U.S. and major South American navies agreed to participate in a series of exercises with a visiting U.S. task-force. UNITAS I was developed in 1960, with the participation of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States. From 1965-75, there was an increased sophistication of South American forces, paving the way for more advanced exercises. But from the end of the 1970s through 1994, multinational scenarios involving amphibious, surface warfare, and maritime search and rescue operations became the standard. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces also began to participate. In 1999-2000 UNITAS split into two large-scale exercises: UNITAS Atlantic and UNITAS Pacific, and began to address new and emerging threats between 2001-2002, when advanced, complex, and relevant training and scenarios were adopted, including simultaneous and advanced air, surface, and sub-surface threats, advanced air defense, small boat threats, and maritime security. Since 2006, POA has been executed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Miami, and Camp Blanding in Jacksonville, Florida. Last year’s POA was cancelled due to budgetary constraints but in 2012 the exercise focused on amphibious operations and regimental amphibious staff planning in connection to Peace Keeping Operations.
RelatedPosts Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Oshoala unlucky as Wolfsburg beat Barca to reach Women’s Champions League final Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Nine-time African champions, Super Falcons, pipped their Algerian counterparts 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying match in Lagos on Tuesday. The Falcons secured a 1-0 win courtesy of a 57th minute strike off a solo run by Captain Asisat Oshoala. The Algerians were ejected on a 3-0 aggregate defeat, and the Falcons progress to the second round of the Tokyo 2020 African race to play Cote d’Ivoire. There were a number of misses from the Nigerian side with Amarachi Okoronkwo heaving her shot a little too high in the 6th minute, before goalkeeper Kahina Takenint, who impressed on the evening, saved from Asisat Oshoala. A minute later, Takenint saved as Rasheedat Ajibade curled a smart one from a tight angle. On the quarter hour, Oshoala dashed down the right and sent in a grounder, but the ball went begging for connection. Six minutes from recess, Yasmine Benlazar headed over the bar as the Algerians threatened. In the second period, the visitors improved their game, and Lina Khelif, Horiya Affak, Benlazar, Megane Belkhiter, Mounia Houheche and Lyidia Belkacemi were impressive with their ball sense, positioning, ball distribution and anticipation, cutting off the Falcons from doing damage, and looking anything but a team that the Falcons had beaten 2-0 in Blida six days earlier. It took a strong solo run and finish from Oshoala, after all-action forward Francisca Ordega intercepted the ball at the halfway mark in the 57th minute, for the Falcons to break the deadlock. Ngozi Okobi impressed in the middle with clever touches and silky passes, and Oshoala’s teasing crosses kissed the crossbar a couple of times, but Nigeria would not add to the scoreline. At the end, Sports Minister Sunday Dare congratulated the Super Falcons and charged them to continue winning in the race to Tokyo 2020 in order to be one of the teams that will fly Africa’s flag at the women’s football tournament of next year’s Olympics. Dare also assured that his tenure would focus on a template of providing the best training facilities for both men and women football players to excel, cater for their welfare and work peacefully and harmoniously with the Nigeria Football Federation to guarantee adequate preparation for Nigerian national teams before international matches and championships.Tags: AlgeriaAmarachi OkoronkwoAsisat OshoalaKahina TakenitSuper Falcons