Pearl Jam Cancels North Carolina Concert Amid LGBTQ Law Controversy

first_imgUPDATE: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about the cancellation at last night’s performance in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. He said “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the reality is there is nothing like the immense power of boycotting and putting a strain and it’s a shame because people are going to affected that don’t deserve it but it could be the way that ultimately is gonna affect change, so again, we just couldn’t find it in ourselves in good conscience to cross a picket line when there was a movement.”Watch the video here:After Bruce Springsteen cancelled his performance in North Carolina two weeks ago, artists everywhere are being forced to reconsider their performances in the state. North Carolina recently passed a law called HB2, which has been reviled as a discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQ community. With other artists taking a stand, including Mumford & Sons donating their proceeds to a local organization, the latest to speak out is Pearl Jam.The band has been rocking out on their 25th anniversary tour, which recently included a full performance of the Vs. album. With a show scheduled at the PNC Arena on April 20th, the band has officially taken a strong stance against the HB2 law by cancelling their show. In a lengthy public statement, Pearl jam calls the law “despicable,” and will be donating money to local groups to help combat the state’s oppression.Read the full statement below:PEARL JAM STATEMENTIt is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.With immense gratitude for your understanding,Pearl Jamlast_img read more

Dispatch Announces Trio Of Summer 2019 Shows At “Iconic Outdoor Venues”

first_imgToday, Dispatch has announced the “Dispatch Summer Stops,” a series of three summer 2019 performances at “iconic outdoor venues” across the country.First, the band will head to Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 9th for a performance with support from The Record Company. Next, on June 29th, Dispatch will head to Vienna, VA for a gig at Wolf Trap‘s Filene Center with help from Anderson East. Finally, the band will head to Portland, ME on July 20th for a show at Thompson’s Point featuring an opening set by Moon Taxi.Fan presales for Red Rocks and Thomspon’s Point start Monday, January 28th at 12 p.m. EST with code: WIMPY. The Wolf Trap performance is a series show that has a member presale starting February 15th at 10 a.m. local. A Dispatch Fan Presale for the Wolf Trap show will begin on February 20th at 10 a.m. local with code: WIMPY.The summer shows will also have a community service aspect, which you can learn more about here. As the announcement notes,In true Dispatch fashion, each day will begin with a service project. It’ll be your chance to hang with the band while making a difference in your community. If you’re road tripping out to a show, it’ll also be a great opportunity to meet some fellow Dispatch fans.In addition, the band notes that if you are planning to hit all three “Summer Stops,” you can contact them via email once you have your tickets and they’ll “put something special together for you and your concert companions.”For more information, head to the band’s website here.last_img read more

Hempstead Shooting Leaves Teen Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager was gunned down in Hempstead over the weekend and investigators are searching for the shooter, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to Washington Street, where they found the 19-year-old victim suffering from gunshot wounds at 8:39 p.m. Saturday, police said.The victim was taken to Winthrop University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity wasn’t immediately available. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Sports infrastructure is the biggest brake on the development of sports tourism

first_imgThe panelists emphasized that the sports industry brings in 300 billion euros, or 2% of GDP in the European Union, while according to estimates in Croatia it participates with 1,4%. It was concluded that sports tourism can provide more income and extend the season, but a prerequisite is to attract investment in sports infrastructure. A significant increase in investment in the offer, and quality sports infrastructure, are a prerequisite for the development of sports tourism in Croatia. This could be heard from the participants of the 15th Debate on Tourism on the topic “Sports tourism in Croatia – can we do more and how?”. They participated in it Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Zlatko Mateša, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC), Goran Sprem from Uniline, Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, i Sanda Čorak, research associate at the Institute of Tourism. In this context, the participants pointed out Istria as one of the positive examples of a region in which the existing infrastructure enables and supports the development of this specific form of tourism. The four key areas where progress can be made, it could be heard, are: recreation, preparation of athletes and various camps, organization of major sporting events, as well as promotion that includes our successful athletes.center_img As a concrete project for the development of sports tourism in Croatia, Sprem pointed out the project “Croatian country of sports”, which aims to attract athletes from around the world to prepare for Croatia and a better position of Croatia on the map of sports destinations. It was also heard at the discussion that great potential lies in the use of European funds for the construction of sports infrastructure that Croatia has not yet begun to use, and the example of neighboring Slovenia, which has so far withdrawn 100 million euros from the funds for the development of this segment.last_img read more

Bulldogs Baseball Team Falls Short To Lions

first_imgThe Bulldogs get more hits, but not more runs in 3-2 loss to Rushville.The Bulldogs lost 3-2 in seven innings on Friday, despite outhitting Rushville five to four.Wyatt Schebler was hot from the plate for the Bulldogs. Schebler went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the sixth inning.Brad Busalad got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out 10, walked one and surrendered five hits.Connor Schuck ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just five innings, walked three, struck out five, and allowed three runs.The top of the third saw the Bulldogs take an early lead, 1-0.The game’s last lead went to Rushville thanks to a fourth inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on a two-run single by Micheal St. John.Courtesy of Alex Davislast_img read more

EPL: Sheffield United stun Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Sheffield United produced a dogged and determined performance to claim a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Everton side devoid of creativity.The Blades managed just one shot on target – substitute Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute effort – in 90 minutes after Yerry Mina’s own goal had put the visitors ahead just before half-time.Chris Wilder’s side, back in top flight for the first time since relegation in 2007, are unbeaten away from home since mid-January and this performance demonstrated why that was the case.Organised, disciplined, decisive and committed to a game plan – almost everything their hosts were not having gone behind vastly against the run of play.Marco Silva’s team were previously unbeaten at home since February but having failed to press home their first-half advantage the latter stages of the game bordered on the chaotic in a hastily thrown-together formation as they tried to salvage something after last week’s chastening defeat at Bournemouth.It was in stark contrast to the way the visitors operated, never once deviating from what Wilder had asked them to do despite seeing little of the ball.Silva opted for Moise Kean up front but he looked like he was trying too hard to score, having not found the net since April 13, although he was not presented with many opportunities.One clever act of escapology out on the right saw him squeeze between the two bodies of Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell but his trickery was negated by a shirt pull pre-turn.Everton’s domination of possession led to little in the way of chances with the final pass often wayward or intercepted and for seasoned Goodison-goers what came next was all too familiar.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford came to claim Oliver Norwood’s inswinging corner, United’s first, and although there was shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Callum Robinson there was not enough, VAR ultimately decided, to warrant a foul.The ball going in off the apparently startled Mina’s shoulder merely added to Everton’s embarrassment.The unmarked Richarlison epitomised Everton’s weakness in front of goal with a poor header 10 yards out.Whereas United’s flexible back five encouraged their central defenders to regularly join the attack, Everton needed one of their holding midfielders of Morgan Schneiderlin and Fabian Delph to occasionally break the line.Silva rectified that 10 minutes into the second half when he dropped Gylfi Sigurdsson into a deeper midfield role, switching to 4-4-2 after bringing on Alex Iwobi and Cenk Tosun for Bernard and Schneiderlin.The hosts were re-energised and Wilder sent on former Toffees captain Phil Jagielka, who finally got to say goodbye to Goodison Park properly having left in the summer after 12 seasons, to add his vast experience to the rearguard action.Silva took another gamble with 20 minutes to go, taking off right-back Seamus Coleman with substitute Theo Walcott given instructions to hug the right touchline from an advanced position.However, Everton’s haphazard 3-1-3-3 set-up only seemed to produce confusion and not penetration with the visitors’ tried-and-tested organisation allowing them to profit.John Lundstram rolled a pass down the side and with Lucas Digne not tracking substitute Mousset and Pickford reluctant to come for the ball, the forward rolled a shot into an empty net.That prompted hundreds of home fans to head for the exit and suddenly next week’s Carabao Cup tie in Sheffield – against Wednesday – takes on unnecessarily greater significance for Silva.Tags: EPLEvertonSheffield Unitedlast_img read more