Béla Fleck And The Flecktones Were Pure Magic For Capitol Theatre Debut [Full Audio]

first_imgIt was Future Man that hit the nail on the head when he was introducing Béla Fleck, calling the banjoist an absolute master and visionary for wanting to bring the banjo into jazz music. The Flecktones are heady jazz through and through; don’t let Fleck’s bluegrass tones fool you. The band recently reunited for their first shows since 2012, playing a short but sweet two week run on the way to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Their stop at the Capitol Theatre was a work of beauty, treating fans to an instrumental odyssey that captivated at every turn.At the crux of the Flecktones is incredible musicianship. Aside from the band’s namesake, the band features brothers Victor and Roy Wooten, the latter best known as “Future Man.” Additionally, multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy has made his return to the Flecktones. Levy was a founding member, but left in the 1990’s and was replaced by Jeff Coffin. As Coffin joined the Dave Matthews Band, it was up to Levy to help rekindle the “original” Flecktones magic. Fortunately, the group had a lot to say when they hit the Cap.All four are tremendous musicians, bringing a unique slice to the tight-knit core of the band. Fleck alternated between a traditional and custom electric banjo throughout the night, while Victor Wooten offered some funky tones with his arsenal of basses. Futureman kept the rhythm rocking with an incredibly unique instrument, dubbed a drumitar. Somewhere between a drum machine and a guitar, Futureman would stand up at times and sit down at others, but one hand was always rocking along on that drumitar. Rounding out the ensemble was Levy, who alternated between piano and harmonica primarily, at times peppering the music with juice harp or other percussion tactics.To attempt a description at the music would do it an injustice, because the sheer talents of each member came together to go well beyond the sum of its parts. Together, the four musicians captivated for a full two set performance, keeping fans at the edge of their seats throughout the show. There was a unanimous feeling of reverence from the crowd, as the four awe-inspiring musicians led listeners through an aural journey.Thanks to taper Kevin Antaya, we can listen to the whole show. Tune in below.If you have the chance to see this band live, do not miss it. They are truly masters of their craft, and seeing them perform was a true gift.[Photo by the Capitol Theatre]last_img read more

USG Senate meeting covers upcoming budget

first_imgDuring the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting, newly appointed Treasurer Tiffany Chang announced the various budget expenses for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.“In regards to income, we get our budget from a $64 stipend per student per semester, with a base number of 15,000 students,” Chang said. “We also get carry-over income from previous years.”Chang then discussed the budget divisions for Student Affairs programming: the volunteer center, LEAD programs and Conquest.“We’re trying to have Conquest cover more of the production part of the program because it is one of the biggest events on campus,” Chang said. “We want to take the burden off of Concerts Committee, because now they have to cover both the artist[s] and production.”All USG branches received an increase in funding for next year. The professional academic fund received $40,000 in expenditures, philanthropy received $82,000, leadership received $77,000 and discretionary received $112,000.Chang said some parts of the budget were allocated to ensure a better team dynamic and development.“It’s in our bylaws that allocations are used to better establish our team and make it more cohesive so that everybody can talk about their vision and really have a face outside of the office,” Chang said.Chang said there has also been a $2,000 increase in public relations funds.“This increase happened because this year, our USG website got hacked eight times in a week,” Chang said. “So this is for more security.”The Academic Culture Assembly also presented their proposals during the meeting. Hannah Nguyen, the incoming director of ACA, explained the assembly’s mission is to “encourage the merit of learning through interdisciplinary exploration and programming.”Some of ACA’s signature events include Beyond Books, EDmonth, TEDxTrousdale and Study Nights.Nguyen discussed ACA’s goals for this upcoming academic year, highlighting specific events that would attract a large gathering of students.“We want to foster mental health awareness and advocacy,” Nguyen said. “We also want to maximize potential of our signature events, such as Study Nights.”ACA’s Study Nights are a space for students to unwind during finals. Added features of Study Nights would include massages, puppies, a drawing wall, food vendors, free blue books and scantrons, care packages from the health center and counseling services. Study Nights have drawn over 3,000 students each semester.Other goals included growing EDmonth, solidifying its platform for education justice and establishing of the ACA community building, which ACA explained would offer support, guidance, exposure, monthly one-on-one meetings, organization meeting visits and member organization mixer events.“We just really want to expose students to the academic possibilities on campus … especially for transfer students, who might not know what major and minors they can pursue, or which student organizations they can join,” Nyguyen said.Nguyen also said ACA’s mental health awareness week runs from Oct. 5 Oct. 11. The week contains such sample events as a slam poetry night at Ground Zero, speaker events, workshops and forums.“One thing I really want to stress about mental awareness week is that we really want to ensure that this programming translates into action and change for students,” Nyguyen said.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Chang said USG represents a base number of 16,000 students. They actually represent a base number of 15,000 students. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

All eyes on wounded Grupo Codere

first_img Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Related Articles Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 European business analysts are monitoring the movements of Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere SA closely, as the embattled company faces multiple obstacles in its corporate recovery.Following the publication of its Q3 2018 trading update (13 Nov) in which the company posted year-to-date net losses of €55 million, Codere has witnessed its share price collapse from €6.20 to €2.85 (Madrid index – 23 Nov).The heavily indebted Spanish gambling group (debt – €870 million) has been crushed by 2018’s Argentine Peso collapse hampering performance within its biggest operational market.A dire 2018 has seen Codere branded as Bolsa Madrid’s ‘biggest bleeder’, with the Spanish legacy gambling outfit losing circa €700 million in market capitalisation.Further nausea for Codere sees Bloomberg report that US fund Invesco has sanctioned a full-offload of its investment in the gambling group, as numerous debt holders appear anxious with regards to their holdings in the wounded enterprise.In its November update, Codere governance has stated that it was dealing directly with its Argentine market realities, undertaking corporate adjustments which will see ARG Peso inflation impacts separated from its core business reporting.At board level, Codere continues its legal battle with the enterprise founding Sampedro Family, who this November filed a US lawsuit against the firm’s US investors, claiming unfair dismissal and non-representation from the firm’s corporate governance structures. Share Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more