Headcount Announces Upcoming 2018 Holiday Auction

first_imgVoter registration non-profit Headcount has announced their 2018 holiday auction, which is open for bidding until December 18th at 3 p.m. (EST).Auction items include a stage monitor control box used in the 1980s by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, and a D’Angelico guitar signed by performers at this year’s LOCKN’ festival including the members of Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, Jason Bonham, Umphrey’s McGee, Margo Price, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Moon Taxi and others.Other auction items include a 2018 Newport Folk Festival guitar signed by Brandi Carlile, Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, Gary Clark Jr. and more, as well as an assortment of posters signed by members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, Jim James, Warren Haynes, The Disco Biscuits, Cody and Luther Dickinson, Jeff Tweedy, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, and more.Head here to view a complete list of Headcount’s 2018 holiday auction items.To learn more about Headcount’s holiday auction, head here.last_img read more


Kasvot Växt Was Originally Named The Sphere, Directly Inspired By Curveball’s Silver Centerpiece

first_imgThis week, SiriusXM kicked off their second running of Phish Radio, which will run on Ch. 29 through New Year’s Day. In addition to a bevy of Phish content, live streams of the band’s upcoming New Year’s Eve show, and more, the new edition of Phish Radio features a brand new installment of its centerpiece program, “Ask Trey,” in which Trey Anastasio answers the burning questions of fans across North America.There’s plenty of juicy new info to learn from the “Ask Trey” segment, and we’ll touch on it all in due time. For now, we wanted to call your attention to one part in particular. In answering a question about how to push past creative roadblocks, Trey explains that he owes his perseverance to his highly creative mother, a “lifelong boundary-breaker,” who taught him, “If there’s a wall, leap over it. Failure or a stumble can be turned into an asset if you change your perspective.”He goes on to give a recent example that hits close to home for Phish fans everywhere—the unceremoniously cancelled Curveball. Trey explains how “absolutely heartbroken” the band was about the situation—not only for the fans and vendors and the expenses they incurred to get there, but also for themselves, as they’d been cooking up some very special surprises for the better part of a year that nobody would get to see. “We had a big silver sphere,” he reminds us, and some exciting plans for how to use it.The Curveball program booklets hinted at the magic to come: “Steps from the concert field, and towering nearly six stories off the ground, BIG SILVER is a massive chrome sphere, surrounded by constellations of smaller orbs. During the day, come by BIG SILVER to relax and reflect on the world around you. Come sunset, the constellations come to life and offer visual and audio delights deep into the night.” However, just like his mother taught him, Trey was quick to turn this roadblock into something positive. Trey explains,The next morning we woke up and my first thought was, “How can we take this loss and turn it into a gift?” I always think that way, but where can creativity and joy turn this thing around? My first thought was, how can we repurpose that plan for Halloween, and started brainstorming. … That brainstorming led to an idea about a fake band that was originally gonna be called The Sphere. That brainstorming continued, the band got involved, we kept going, we kept going, we kept going, and eventually we ended up with Kasvot Växt. I can tell you right now, straight up, that wouldn’t have happened if Curveball hadn’t have gotten cancelled.There you have it. When one door closes, another opens. Curveball still stings for many fans, and that sting probably won’t go away any time soon. But knowing that the festival’s downfall led the way to the band’s fantastically strange and quintessentially Phishy Kasvot Växt Halloween celebration should offer some amount of solace.Tune in to SiriusXM’s Phish Radio (Ch. 29) or listen online here for more illuminating band insights. You can check out a schedule of upcoming airings of the new edition of “Ask Trey” here or listen on demand here.last_img read more


Lotus To Bring Their Blissful Grooves To Red Rocks With Ghostland Observatory, Jade Cicada, Magic Beans [Video]

first_imgJamtronica pioneers Lotus had a busy year in 2018, and will continue their momentum with another big year ahead of them. In early December, the band released a brand new album, Frames Per Second, their first studio release since 2016’s Eat the Light. Frames Per Second is a sprawling, all-instrumental 19-track release comprised of a mix of never-before-heard material as well as songs the band had been introducing and road-testing since the release of Eat The Light.Along with the album itself, Lotus released a studio documentary chronicling the recording of Frames Per Second at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia. The documentary showcases Lotus in a pure, raw form performing live in the studio, highlighting the band’s ever-evolving style over their 20-year career.As guitarist Mike Rempel told Live For Live Music last year, “When I look at the way my life has unfolded, I mostly just feel gratitude. With all these years under our belt, we’ve been able to cultivate a musical intelligence or intuitive capacity that wasn’t possible in the early years. When we are accessing it, it’s very powerful. That capacity for intuitive musical communication is a result of all those years, and it’s amazing and beautiful and fun.”In April, Lotus will head out on a run of tour dates in support of Frames Per Second. That 8-date jaunt will culminate in a headlining blowout at Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The five-piece band consisting of Mike Greenfield (drums), Jesse Miller (bass, sampler), Luke Miller (guitar, keys), Mike Rempel (guitar), and Chuck Morris (percussion) has tapped an impressive support lineup for their Red Rocks bash including experimental electronic duo Ghostland Observatory, Denver-native electronic producer Jade Cicada, and Colorado’s own jam favorites Magic Beans.The band’s previous Red Rocks performances have produced some explosively creative results, ultimately pushing the band to release full-show pro-shot video of the magic that ensued at their 2016 and 2017 headlining performances along with some pretty cool behind-the-scenes backstage b-roll.Lotus – “Arupa” / “Umbilical Moonrise” – Red Rocks – 9/16/2017[Video: Lotus]Prior to Lotus’ Red Rocks Amphitheatre show, the band looks forward to throwing down a three-night stand in Brooklyn, NY (4/4, 4/5, 4/6); Harrisburg, PA’s Club XL (4/18); a two-night stint in Washington, D.C. (4/19, 4/20); and an intimate show at Denver’s Summit. The quintet will also make summer festival appearances at Stephentown, NY’s Disc Jam Music Festival and The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA.Tickets for the majority of Lotus’ upcoming shows—including their headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre show on April 27th—are still on sale here, so grab your tickets before it’s too late!For a full list of Lotus’ upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.Lotus Upcoming Tour Dates:4/4/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl4/5/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl4/6/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl4/18/2019 – Harrisburg, PA | Club XL4/19/2019 – Washington, DC | 9:30 Club4/20/2019 – Washington, DC | 9:30 Club4/26/2019 – Denver, CO | Summit4/27/2019 – Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre^6/6/2019-6/9/2019 – Stephentown, NY | Disc Jam Music Festival7/25/2019-7/28/2019 – Scranton, PA | The Peach Music Festival^with special guests Ghostland Observatory, Jade Cicada, Magic BeansView Tour Dateslast_img read more


Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” Performed On Actual Bells [Watch]

first_imgIt’s safe to say that the majority of the music written by Metallica was not meant to be performed lightly. The idea of comparing the famous thrash metal band’s material to that of soothing instrumentals worthy of inspiring sleep and meditation would seem ludicrous. Yet, that’s how online musician Rob Scallon interprets the band’s music, as one of the best videos from his viral catalog is an unusual, but fun cover of Metallica’s 1985 hard-hitting song, “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. What makes Scallon’s cover of the song so unique? Perhaps it’s the fact that Scallon took things a bit too literally and performed the song entirely with bells, in addition to a few other enjoyable instruments.Related: Metallica Members Play National Anthem, Throw First Pitch At The San Francisco Giants’ “Metallica Night”Metallica’s music has been played on child-like instrumentation to much delight of the Internet in the past, but Scallon’s rendition of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” reaches new territory thanks to his wonderful use of bear bells, non bear desk bells, and xylophone. Even the soothing use of a Tibetan singing bowl chimes in to provide a soft wave of relaxation to the performance. Watch and listen to the strangely fun cover below.Rob Scallon – “For Whom The Bell Tolls” [Video: Rob Scallon]What is it about Metallica’s music that continues to inspire the Internet to put in the time and effort to produce such viral-worthy covers? Perhaps it’s the band’s own unique cover attempts which continue to set the standard for putting a fresh spin on old fan favorites. Regardless, fans can sleep well knowing that the Internet will never cease in providing content worthy of wasting five minutes of your day, one metal anthem at a time.Metallica is currently on tour in Europe throughout the spring and summer months, but will return to their native area of Northern California for a performance alongside the San Francisco Symphony on September 6th to celebrate the opening of San Francisco’s newest major music venue, Chase Center.last_img read more


Brendan Bayliss, Joel Cummins Discuss New Umphrey’s McGee Cannabis Strains Ahead Of Red Rocks Run [Interview]

first_imgEarlier this week, Umphrey’s McGee revealed their plans for a new THC extract collaboration with MedPharm Holdings. The “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” strains are now available for fans and cannabis connoisseurs of legal age to purchase at eight Lightshade locations throughout the state of Colorado ahead of the band’s upcoming three-show run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 21st–23rd. If you’re jonesing to try them, don’t delay! “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” will only be available during the month of June.The new Umphrey’s cannabis collaboration is the latest in a string of similar announcements in recent months. Artists including The Disco Biscuits, The Motet, Jimmy Buffett, and even the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart are all hoping to cash in on the blossoming “Green Rush,” which has resulted in millions in cash revenue for aspiring cannabis business owners in select states throughout the country.We spoke to Umphrey’s pianist Joel Cummins, guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss, and manager Kevin Browning to hear what they have to say about their history with weed, the ways it has affected the band and their music, and why now is the right time for them to get in the game.Live For Live Music: What’s the story behind your new cannabis strains “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse”?Joel Cummins: We were approached by our friend Tim Mathisen about the idea of creating an Umphrey’s-specific product for our upcoming visit to Colorado. We loved the idea and he’s helped us make the process an integrated and simpler one. So working with MedPharm has been a very enjoyable experience.Kevin Browning: As a general rule, Umphrey’s is pretty bad at naming things. See band name, for starters. Happily, I can say that we did a little better with this one. Named after a pair of UM tunes, “the nurses” felt like a good fit. “Day Nurse” is Sativa based, good for that uplifting go get ‘em feeling while the Indica derived “Night Nurse” delivers more of that relaxing, calming nighttime vibe.Umphrey’s McGee – “Day Nurse”[Video: CLOUD9ADVENTURES]Umphrey’s McGee – “Night Nurse”[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]L4LM: What made you take the leap on the product?Brendan Bayliss: It’s nice to be alive in 2019Kevin Browning: The stigma that has long surrounded cannabis in the U.S. has finally, and sensically, began to lift. We’ve discussed it for years and feel like the conditions are finally right, there is no putting this genie back in the bottle. American lawmakers seem to have finally realized that maybe having access to taxed and regulated marijuana won’t result in society crashing down up us.L4LM: How has cannabis been a part of the band’s history?JC: With Umphrey’s McGee firmly entrenched in the jam scene, cannabis has seemingly been around at our shows for decades. It provides a very creative buzz so I think it really does mesh who both the fans and some in the band.L4LM: When did cannabis first become a part of your lives, and how were you introduced to it? What were your initial reactions?JC: I went to see Bob Dylan at the Chicago theater as a sophomore in high school. at the time my bandmates and I had a dugout with a metal bat that we fired up in a car in a parking garage. I got a couple of good hits but didn’t really understand what I was doing and blew the cherry out on the third try.BB: I was in a forest in South Bend in what is now the Eddy St. commons. I didn’t think it was working so I took a bunch of hits. I was suddenly 50 yards to the left in a bush. I also thought the traffic helicopters knew what we were up to. So I went into a Notre Dame football game and promptly burned the roof of my mouth on some hot chocolate. It was kind of intense. But I grew to love it.L4LM: Any preferred weed strains within the band?BB: My personal favorites include “Cali Star,” “Chocolope,” “Strawberry Cough,” and “Green Crack.” They’re all very similar in that they are motivational, uplifting, and delightfully tasty strains as well as being consistent.L4LM: Who smokes the most weed in the band?BB: Who smokes the most weed at your fine publication? [Note: it’s a respectable three-way tie between the main L4LM staff writers]L4LM: How has cannabis had an impact on the band’s music?JC: At its heart, I think cannabis is a mind-opening, creative buzz that should inspire and help any artist push boundaries. It should help you get in the zone and focus on the music. When used properly, cannabis can take you to some great places.L4LM: Any specific funny smoking/high stories from over the years?JC: No funny stories here, lots of serious conversations for usKB: Is that a rhetorical question? One that comes to mind… In 2001 we played a small club in Vegas by the name of Legends Lounge. Unbeknownst to [bassist] Ryan Stasik, his parents made a surprise trip to “Sin City” to see their son’s glorious Vegas debut. About twenty minutes before show time, a handful of us were hotboxing my old Suburban (the touring rig circa ‘01) with authority. As we open the stage door to come back inside, who is standing right there but Randy and Marsha Stasik. It was hard for him to handle that one high school baked.L4LM: Any song references about weed that fans might not know?JC: Yep, songs like “Blue Echo”, “#5” and “Sweetness” all feature content that references weed.L4LM: How has the stigma of weed changed since 1997/1998?JC: Since the advent of vaping I think you’ve seen a lot more people getting into consuming cannabis. Obviously, edibles have helped along that line too, but vaping is a much easier, less obtrusive way to consume than many of the other methods which might not be as discreet or practical in a public setting.L4LM: So you’ve got 3 days at Red Rocks coming up. What makes performing at Red Rocks different from other venues?JC: Red Rocks is simply the most incredible place for music in our country, for both the musicians and the fans. It’s awe-inspiring, just the coolest place to stand on a stage and let the music flow.Head to the band’s website for tour info and tickets to upcoming shows. For more information about Umphrey’s McGee and MedPharm Holdings’ new “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” products, head here.last_img read more


BSC offers 5-week fall course on reading

first_imgRegistration will open Sept. 7 for the Bureau of Study Counsel’s Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies.The reading course is designed for people overwhelmed by the prospect of reading more, and reading critically. The course helps students read strategically, selectively, and actively, and to develop reading strategies and other beneficial skills.The course will be held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 29 in two sessions. The morning session will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8 to 9 a.m.; the late afternoon session will meet on the same days, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Both sessions take place in Lecture Hall E at the Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge.The cost is $150 in general, and $25 for full-time Harvard College students and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students. Registration is required; e-mail pdusossoit@bsc.harvard.edu and request instructions, or visit the bureau in person at 5 Linden St.For more information, visit the bureau’s website.last_img read more


Harvard financial aid program tops $160M for first time

first_imgHarvard College will increase its tuition by 3.8 percent for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year, resulting in a total undergraduate package price of $52,650. Concurrently, Harvard will maintain its exceptionally strong financial aid program for undergraduates, increasing scholarship aid to the highest level in its history, totaling more than $160 million. This investment will keep Harvard affordable, with more than 60 percent of students receiving need-based scholarship assistance.Since 2004, Harvard has dramatically reduced the amount that families are expected to pay to send a child to Harvard College. Harvard has a policy of “zero contribution” from families with normal assets making $60,000 or less annually. Families with incomes up to $180,000 with assets typical for these income levels are asked to contribute no more than 10 percent of their incomes.Since 2007, Harvard’s investment in financial aid has climbed by more than 60 percent, from $96.6 million to more than $160 million, significantly outpacing increases in tuition.“Excellence and access are core to Harvard’s identity, and we remain committed to need-blind admissions, in good financial times and bad,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Our investment in financial aid will enable us to continue attracting the world’s most talented students, regardless of their economic circumstances.”last_img read more


Davos, more optimistic and less glamorous, struggling with 2.0 world

first_imgThis year’s World Economic Forum at Davos was a more sober, but also more optimistic affair than in recent years, which found political leaders preoccupied with the usual matters such as economic growth and environmental sustainability but also struggling to adjust to a world transformed by social media and communications.That was the consensus offered Feb. 1 by a panel of Harvard experts assembled for the annual Davos Debrief, an event organized by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and hosted by Executive Dean John Haigh, co-director of the center.“The mood of the meeting was absolutely different from last year,” Felipe Calderon, the former president of Mexico and inaugural Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Kennedy School. “It was very pessimistic in 2012 and today it is more positive.”Ricardo Hausmann, professor of the practice of economic development at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Center for International Development, has been attending the Davos event for two decades. He commented on the increasing diversity of the conference, which has evolved from a meeting of businessmen and policy makers to one also involving academics, artists, scientists and many more.last_img read more


Cultural Entrepreneurship finalists named

first_imgHarvard University today announced the selection of 10 teams of finalists in the inaugural Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge.Sponsored by deans from across the University and hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), this challenge was created to support students in exploring how entrepreneurship or innovative business ideas can be used to sustain the longevity of the arts and enhance their cultural impact.  The challenge is an example of Harvard’s recognition of cultural entrepreneurship as an emerging discipline that is gaining traction with artists and business leaders alike.“The arts are integral to the advancement of our culture but also for the nourishment of the individual. These proposals create new ways to break down barriers between artists and businesses so the arts can continue to flourish in our global society,” said challenge co-chair Diana Sorensen, dean of arts and humanities and James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature.In preparing their applications, participants thought about issues such as artist services and support, funding and audiences, broadening cultural impact, and increasing accessibility of the arts.The finalists were selected from a pool of 70 applications by a judging panel that included Harvard faculty members and alumni, as well as prominent cultural entrepreneurs. The teams’ ideas range across a wide set of problems, but each incorporates a solution to increase access to the arts.  Brief descriptions of the finalists’ projects follow:CreativeSPACES is an online platform that provides an easy way for emerging artists to find, select, and book venues through a direct payment or ticket prepurchase marketing campaign.Hamdasti (meaning “partnership” in Persian) is a nonprofit organization based in India that builds partnerships between government, artists, and designers to create civic engagement in governance.Hearing Things will reimagine the unstable public radio model while supporting and benefiting from the museum community.Indigo is a social discovery and engagement ecosystem for the arts that unites three main audiences: cultural institutions, artisans, and cultural enthusiasts.Ripple (rippleconcerts.com) is a community marketplace where musical artists and raving fans can find one another and book private concerts in unique places.Midas Touch — “seeing” paintings through touch — uses 3-D printing technology to render paintings an accessible art form to the visually impaired.MUSEY is an online platform and mobile app solution using geotechnology to enable users to find art in their immediate vicinity, learn more about it, and aid it financially, supporting art outside museum walls.Music+1 is a mobile app that accompanies musicians playing concertos, sonatas, and chamber music. It listens to the soloist and automatically adjusts the speed and volume of the accompaniment (a recording of real instruments) to fit the soloist’s style in real time.SOAP Fair is a cross-disciplinary auction for art, design, and technology objects produced by graduate students and alumni from top universities.Urban Canvas collaborates with artists and their audiences to extend street art through the urban realm using an online and mobile app interactive map system to turn open space into a virtual “museum.”The Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, supported in part by the Office of the President, leverages the expertise of a multifaceted partnership among the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and the Silk Road Project, a nonprofit arts organization affiliated with Harvard University and led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.“The in-depth challenge programs and the high caliber of the applications are true reflections of the strength of the idea and the partnership that has been developed between the Silk Road Project and Harvard,” said Laura Freid, Silk Road Project executive director. “The proposals illustrated an understanding of artistic tradition and a commitment to innovation. We are honored to be part of the planning team for this exciting journey.”“The impact of organizations like Kickstarter, Behance, and Etsy, which have introduced unique business models to sustain the arts, indicates that cultural entrepreneurship has a foothold in the innovation economy,” said Harvard Business School Professor Mukti Khaire. “These student teams are presenting innovative solutions that will further grow the partnerships between artists and entrepreneurs, and contribute to the emerging field and discipline of cultural entrepreneurship.”All participants were supported by a series of workshops on cultural entrepreneurship, which offered information on the emerging practice of cultural entrepreneurship and the arts ecosystem and provided forums for idea development. Presenters included Khaire, Michael Spalter (chairman of the board of trustees at the Rhode Island School of Design), Jim Bildner (Harvard Kennedy School), musician/composer/entrepreneur Cristina Pato (Silk Road Ensemble), and producer/writer/director Randy Weiner (“The Donkey Show,” “Oberon,” “Sleep No More”).Finalists will receive a $5,000 prize, dedicated space at the Harvard i-lab, and programming and expert mentorship to further develop their solutions. They will present their ideas to the local and Harvard communities at a Demo Day in early May.The grand prize winner and up to four runners-up will be announced in May, when they will take home a share of the $75,000 purse. They can continue their residency at the i-lab, with dedicated workspace, mentoring, and access to expert resources throughout the summer.The Deans’ Challenge for Cultural Entrepreneurship is one of two deans’ challenges hosted by the i-lab this year. Finalists for the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge will be announced soon; finalists for the President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship were announced March 25.last_img read more


Will they or won’t they? Examining state Medicaid expansion

first_imgIn June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s mandated Medicaid expansion for low-income Americans should be optional for states. Since then, health policy experts have been paying close attention to how individual states are proceeding with the rollout of national health reform.Two of those experts from Harvard School of Public Health—Benjamin Sommers and John McDonough—were quoted on the subject in an August 7, 2013 Bankrate.com article.As of midsummer, roughly half the states were planning to join the initial Medicaid rollout. States that opt in to the expanded program—which would cover everyone with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level including childless adults for the first time—would have their expansion completely funded by the federal government for three years. Over time, the federal contribution would decrease to 90%.McDonough, director of HSPH’s Center for Public Health Leadership and an architect of Massachusetts’ health insurance reform—which served as a template for Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA)—said that the Medicaid expansion outlined in the ACA is aimed at standardizing eligibility across the nation. Currently, he explained, states vary widely in how much Medicaid they provide their citizens. Read Full Storylast_img read more