Sunny Ortiz Discusses The Future Of Widespread Panic In New Interview

first_imgWith the news that Widespread Panic‘s decision to not tour after this year causing, well, a panic amongst fans, frontman John Bell has since clarified some of the initial statements, saying the band is just scaling things back after this year. In addition, percussionist Sunny Ortiz also allayed the fears that Panic wouldn’t be touring at all. In an interview with C-Ville, Ortiz discussed the group 30th anniversary tour, and the decision to simply take some time to concentrate on family, recharge the batteries, and work on non-Panic related projects when the celebration is over.Widespread Panic Will Not Be Extensively Touring After This YearOrtiz clarified the no-touring statement: “Well, I think you almost have to read in between the lines, you know. We really didn’t say, or at least we really didn’t come to a decision as far as [to] stop touring. I think what the verbiage should have said was that we’re going to do a smaller amount of shows than we are doing this year.”Widespread Panic Heats Up The Historic Tenneesee Theatre For Two Night Run [Setlist/Stream]With the decision to dial things down from the arduous touring schedule that provides plenty of wear and tear both physically and mentally, the band will still play the major multi-night runs, festival plays, and do some minor touring, but stay away from the 100-date a year, day-in, day-out tour bus lifestyle, as Ortiz explains “for us to say that we’re going to not tour. …I think we need to expand on that and say, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to tour. We have to sustain ourselves.’ It’s what we’ve been doing for the past 30 years is touring..”.In short, relax, there will still be plenty of time to get your Panic on.[via C-Ville.com]last_img read more

Benevento/Russo Duo Play The Paradise On This Day In 2005 [Full Show Audio]

first_imgThere really is never a bad time to listen to a Benevento/Russo Duo show, is there? Especially given the fact that Marco Benevento and Joe Russo haven’t played as “The Duo” very oftern over the last ten years. As the two began to team up with guitarist Scott Metzger and Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz to form Bustle in Your Hedgerow, which then turned into the juggernaut that is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, with the addition of long-time collaborator and friend Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past / American Babies), Duo performances simply became a thing of lore.Benevento Russo Duo Returns! A Look Into The Group’s Exciting StoryThe two did perform a surprise set at 2015’s Mountain Jam, which had old-school fans foaming at the mouth in obvious excitement at this extremely rare occurrence. More recently, The Duo returned to perform at last year’s edition of Jam Cruise, in addition to playing at Florida’s Suwannee Hulaween. So, we decided to take a look at a show that the group played back on this day (December 2nd) in 2005 at Boston’s The Paradise.It is an incredible show that features all of the elements that made The Duo a major player in the early 2000’s jam scene. The mad scientist skills of Benevento on keys, along with the technical proficiency that is Russo on drums, to create an amalgamation of sound that combined elements of acid jazz, rock, experimental, and last, but not least….jam.This show features a great “Sunny’s Song” with the help of The Slip‘s Marc Friedman on guitar, a majestic “Soba” from 2006’s Play Pause Stop, a really far-out version of “Three Question Marks” (Best Reason to Buy the Sun – 2005), and a straight filthy version of Radiohead‘s “Myxomatosis” that features a tasty little nugget of Faith No More‘s “Epic” in the middle section. This is definitely a show worth a listen, so stream the full audio below:Benevento/Russo Duo – 12/2/2005 – Full Audio[Audio: B.H. Toque]last_img read more

Saint Mary‘s implements new environmental studies major

first_imgThis academic school year marks the official launching of a new major in environmental studies offered at Saint Mary’s. Last spring, the program was approved by the Academic Affairs Counsel after a yearlong process of researching and planning for the curriculum. Historically, implementing a new major requires a two-year period in order to thoroughly understand the program’s vision, cost and demand, professor of environmental studies Christopher Cobb said. However, Cobb and professor of biology Cassie Majetic co-chaired the initiative on an accelerated time table to create the environmental studies major in one year. Cobb said one of the major motivating factors throughout the process was living out the College’s mission.Majetic said ever since the minor was established seven years ago, students have always shown interest toward majoring in environmental studies. Within two years, questions regarding a major surfaced. One Saint Mary’s student developed her own “student designed” major in environmental studies when the minor was the only option, Majetic said. Now, environmental studies is a significant interest among the students. Majetic said she spent the entirety of 2017’s summer developing the program’s core elements. In the following months, an innovation team composed of Saint Mary’s faculty from 15 different departments formed to propel the project further. The variety of faculty ranged from departments such as biology, philosophy, English, political science, art, education, math, economics and more.“We wanted a truly interdisciplinary program,” she said. “We wanted the major to be authentically Saint Mary’s.” The innovation team’s efforts culminated into a final proposal, which was presented to the Board of Trustees and then approved by the Academic Affairs Counsel. Once the new major was publicly announced, a number of Saint Mary’s students asked about declaring a major in environmental studies.“Admissions is super excited to advertise the new major,” Majetic added.In accordance with the College’s mission statement, Cobb said the class reflects themes from “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’s encyclical on care for the environment. “‘Laudato si,’ [Pope Francis’s encyclical letter] makes it clear that everyone is called to creation care,” he said. “Environmental justice is very much a part of the charism of the Sisters [of the Holy Cross]. The direction we are going is very much consistent with their mission.”In addition, Cobb shared some of the team’s intentions that helped sculpt the vision of this program. “We were mindful that we wanted the major to connect with the natural area, the sustainable farm and the built environment of the campus as a space for learning about and practicing sustainability,” he said.Majetic said she was willing to meet with any students who have questions regarding the new major.She said she believes instituting the major aligns with Saint Mary’s’ Catholic mission.“We think, as a Catholic institution, we have a call to this work,” she said. “We have students who are very interested in this kind of work.”Tags: Academic Affairs Counsel, environmental studies, majorslast_img read more