It 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]
Sharing is caring! 107 Views one comment Share Share Tweet LocalNews Francophonie awardees grateful for recognition by: – March 24, 2012 Share Two individuals and one organization who were recently recognized by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) as part of French Day celebrations have expressed gratitude to the organization.The Association awarded Ophelia Marie; Dominica’s Lady of Song, Leroy “Wadix” Charles and the Dominica Festivals Committee earlier this week for their contribution to the French culture and the French language.According to the citation read; Ophelia is a “queen of cadence who has had a great career; 16 albums, 12 prestigious awards including lifetime award, Maracas Does Award, Sisserou Award of Honor, Golden Drum Awards and very recently Kaiso Trail Blazers award”. Marie thanked the Commission for the award noting her delight for receiving yet another award.“When you receive an award from home it has a very special feel to it because you know that you receiving from people who might not love you all the time but they love you anyway and you know that when you go out to represent Dominica, you are going with all their love”. Leroy “Wadix” Charles who is the co-founder of the musical group Wadicole a Hi Fi system which was created in 1985 was said to be “in love with music from the Francophone world, whether it is Cadence, Cadence-lypso, Zouk or Soukous.Ophelia Marie. According to the citation, “Wadix began his career as a radio deejay in 1995 with two radio programs, Hit Pawole Creole and Cadence Zouk Festivals. Best deejay by Fame Awards in 1995 and 2000, he has also received an award from the Dominica Festivals Commission for the promotion of creole music in 2000 and 2003, he has also received an award from DBS Radio for his promotion of creole music and the award from Flamboyant Awards in 2005 for best musical show”. Charles was also very grateful for the award said, “I have given my entire life to the promotion of music and as long as I live I will continue to promote French and creole music”.Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Festivals Committee Colin Piper who received the award on behalf of the Committee joined Marie and Charles in thanking the Commission.Meanwhile national correspondent for the Commission, Sonia Magloire Akpa highlighted the importance of the French language and culture to Dominica.French is a part of our everyday lives; our creole language, our heritage, our surnames like Magloire, names of our towns and villages, fauna and flora, so we can’t get away from it. Additionally, we are situated between two French islands which bring us closer to La Francophone”. Akpa said, it was a “great pleasure and honor” for the Commission to recognize the awardees for their role in the promotion of Francophone music. [nggallery id=150]Dominica Vibes News
THG Pacesetters fall to Suriname’s De Arend 47-64ON a night packed with basketball action, the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) was the place for basketball fans to be.With three matches slated to be played plus the feature game,fans were in for a treat;and they were not disappointed.In the feature game of the night,which saw THG Pacesetters up against the visiting De Arend of Suriname,the Locals went down 47-64.At the end of the first quarter,which saw De Arend opening the scoring with a deep-three from Xavier Elburg,the visitors were leading 14-8,and already seemed in control.The second quarter saw the Suriname side passing the ball around the perimeter while crashing the paint for inside shots and lay-ups.On the Guyana side, Stephan Gillis showed why he is Guyana’s best shooter,scoring multiple three-pointers to keep his side in the game.However, the first half finished with Suriname leading by 11 points,with a score of 27-16.The third quarter saw more of the same approach from Suriname, with the apparent game plan being to crash the paint and hit the open man for the shot.The most exciting point of the third quarter came when Mitchell Zeefuik of De Arend tried to crunch a left hand tomahawk over a Pacesetter’s defender. The attempt missed but showed the intentions of the visiting side. The quarter ended 39-44 with Pacesetters still behindThe fourth quarter saw De Arend turning on the jets to score 20 points to Pacesetters 7 to finish the game at 64-47. For the visitors,the scoring was almost evenly distributed between team members,while Stephan Gillis finished with 15 points for the local side.Meanwhile, in the supporting games,Guyana’s U-16 side fell to the Guyana U-19 side, while Plaisance Guardians thumped Nets.In their first game back in the arena since qualifying for Centro Basket, the Guyana U-16 team came up short against the Guyana U-19 side. The game finished 65-76 with a first half score of 30-36, with the U-19 leadin by 6 points.Starting the second half, the offensive deficiency of the National side saw them giving up 20 points while only scoring 9 points in 7 minutes of play. For the next three minutes of the quarter, only 4 points were scored by both sides.The final quarter saw the U-16 outscoring the U-19 by 21-16,but the earlier damage had been done and the U-19 cruised to victory. Jaleel Duke led the scoring for the U-19 with 16 points, while for the U-16 side, Kevon Wiggins scored 18 points to be the leading game-scorer,albeit in a losing effort.In the second supporting game,Plaisance Guardians knocked off Republic Bank Nets in a game that saw overtime needed in deciding the winner.The game finished 83-71 after being tied 71-71 at the end of regulation time. It was a very physical game, getting close from the second half.Nets led throughout the game with consistent scoring, but the dynamic guard Nikoli Smith kept the Plaisance side in the encounter,whether it be through long range shots or shots in the paint. Smith finished with a game high 32, to give his side the win.
Published on September 21, 2016 at 11:14 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse captures ACC title with 1-0 victory over Notre Dame No. 2 Syracuse (8-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) faces its toughest test yet when the Orange travels to South Bend, Indiana for a Friday matchup with No. 3 Notre Dame (6-1, 1-1) at 7 p.m. The Fighting Irish was last week’s No. 1 team but a 1-0 loss to Louisville spurred a two-spot drop.SU came back to comfortably beat winless Cornell, 3-1, on Tuesday while UND has the beginning of the week off before it hosts Syracuse. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.All-time series: Notre Dame leads, 12-3-2Last time they played: Syracuse took down then-No. 9 Notre Dame, 1-0, on Nov. 15 of last year to win its first ACC title and first conference championship since 1985. Ben Polk, now of the MLS’s Portland Timbers, scored the game’s lone goal from 10-15 yards out after a failed clearance by the Fighting Irish. Only three players registered shots for the Orange — Polk, Juuso Pasanen and Chris Nanco — but Syracuse squeaked out its second win against a top 10 team in as many games.The Notre Dame report: After beating Cornell, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre called UND’s Bobby Clark the best head coach in the country. Clark has guided the Fighting Irish to another stellar start, which included a 2-1 double-overtime win over defending national champions Stanford on Sept. 2. Notre Dame is led in scoring by senior Brandon Aubrey’s six goals and junior Jon Gallagher’s five, the two highest totals in the ACC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoalkeeper Chris Hubbard ranks second in the conference in saves (24), tied for third in shutouts (four) and tied for second in goals against average (.41). The Fighting Irish has only allowed three goals in seven games this season compared to Syracuse’s four in eight games.Courtesy of the ACCHow Syracuse beats Notre Dame: Don’t fall behind early because UND won’t be as easy to come back against as Cornell was Tuesday night. Gallagher and Aubrey will cause havoc in the attacking third and Syracuse’s stout back three will have its hands full. Miles Robinson, Kamal Miller and Louis Cross will need to turn in all-conference performances if the Orange wants to keep the lethal tandem off the score sheet.On the other end, it won’t hurt if Nanco can find the net. After Tuesday’s win, a teammate joked with Nanco, saying “You cost me seven assists tonight.” The senior almost always finds chances — he leads the team in shots by nine and is the only player with double-digit shots on goal (16) — but occasionally struggles to convert.Stats to know:1 – Syracuse is the only team left in the ACC that hasn’t lost or tied a game this season5 – The Orange has five players with three or more goals while the Fighting Irish only boasts two in Aubrey and Gallagher0.41 – SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert and Hubbard share identical goals against averagesPlayer to watch: Brandon Aubrey, defender, No. 10Aubrey is listed as a defender but still leads the conference in goals, so he serves a role similar to SU’s Robinson in advancing into the attacking third from the back. At 6-foot-3, Aubrey will likely factor in all of Notre Dame’s set pieces and Robinson — Syracuse’s best defender in the air — will have his hands full.“I think it’s a little unusual he’s scored so many goals so far,” UND head coach Bobby Clark said of Aubrey. “But I’ll take it.”Seventy-five percent of Aubrey’s shots on goal have found the back of the net, including his three penalty kicks, which poses a challenge to SU’s defense unlike one it has gone up against this season. Clark said Aubrey played forward during his club soccer career and also at Notre Dame before switching primarily to the back line. Comments