Relive The Magic Of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 With This Set-By-Set Breakdown

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Marc Millman Photo: Marc Millmancenter_img Over the weekend, the third annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three beloved venues in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski), bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, tribute sets, and all-star supergroups. Over one hundred artists were brought together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive pushed the boundaries of a traditional music festival. By taking some of the most talented artists from our favorite bands and grouping them into dream collaborations–almost like a fantasy sports league–Brooklyn Comes Alive succeeded in creating a highly unique and memorable weekend of musical community and camaraderie that proved to be far greater than the sum of its (already fantastic) parts. Now that the marathon weekend of live music is behind us and the proverbial dust has settled in Brooklyn, we’re taking a look back at each of the vastly diverse and uniformly amazing sets of music played at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017Leslie MendelsonThis four-piece group started the festivities on Saturday at Schimanski with singer and pianist Leslie Mendelson front and center. During her set, she performed a new song, “The Hardest Part”, and revealed that she’s been in the studio and that fans can expect a new album coming soon. Midnight North’s Crosby Stills Nash & Young TributeMidnight North’s tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young early Saturday at Schimanski was a highlight of the first day of the event. Classified by spot-on vocal harmonies from Grahame Lesh, Elliot Peck, and Alex Jordan, the group laid out amazing versions of classic songs like “Carry On”, “Teach Your Children Well”, “Ohio”, and more. EXCLUSIVE: Midnight North’s Elliott Peck Talks CSNY, The Power Of A Great Song, And Brooklyn Comes AliveFinally, the band capped their set with a spot-on rendition of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” a sought-after cover in the band’s regular live repertoire that spawned the initial idea for their CSNY set at Brooklyn Comes Alive. You can read what Elliot Peck has to say about Midnight North’s “Judy Blue Eyes” and the delicate art of songwriting by following the link below:Bitch!: Women of the 90’sHayley Jane was the perfect songstress to lead this tribute to the female pop icons of the 90’s with her charismatically captivating stage presence. Along with the help of Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri, who has the ability to play any genre with perfection, the energetic ensemble enthralled the crowd with their renditions of classics like “Zombie” by The Cranberries, “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree, “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, “Happy When It Rains” by Garbage, “Just A Girl” by No Doubt, and a set-closing “Waterfalls” by TLC.DJ Logic & FriendsAfter introducing the band as “some of my best friends,” DJ Logic and live backing band featuring MonoNeon, Marcus Machado, and Daru Jones conjured some of the craziest sounds at the festival. With DJ Logic creating the perfect pocket for the other musicians to riff on top of, the group put on a tight improvisational set that was built around classic hip-hop and funk grooves, such as De La Soul’s “Me, Myself, & I.”Natalie Cressman and FriendsNatalie Cressman brought together an all-star lineup for her collaborative set at the Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday featuring Louis Cato, James Casey, Nate Werth, Anthony Wellington, Randy Runyon, and Akie Bermiss. Her performance was a jazzy affair, with the Trey Anastasio Band trombonist and vocalist impressing with her wide range of musical talents.Roosevelt Collier’s Brooklyn Get DownRoosevelt Collier returned to Brooklyn Comes Alive this year with a highly anticipated reprisal of his “Brooklyn Get Down” set from last year’s event. With Michael League, Bob Lanzetti, and Robert “Sput” Searight of Snarky Puppy backing him up, highlights of Collier’s set included the pedal steel virtuoso’s medley of Beatles tunes including well-jammed renditions “Come Together” and “Get Back” and the debut of a brand new song off his upcoming albumFuture FolkloreFuture Folklore was hands-down one of the most unique sets at Brooklyn Comes Alive. It was clear that the numerous musicians onstage were all having a ball together, with each member of the collective sporting a huge grin on their face as they recreated the sounds of West Africa. With so many musicians on tap, Weedie Braimah and Luke Quaranta did an amazing job curating such a standout high-energy performance that featured impeccable music woven in with theatrics, storytelling, and undeniable showmanship.Muzzy BearrDan Hacker, under the pseudonym MUZZY BEARR, began touring with GRiZ when he was just 17 years old. Now 22, the guitarist has honed his solo performance to exciting effect. He melded soulful hip-hop beats with trill tendencies and live instrumentation for a high-energy dance party at Music Hall of Williamsburg.Rooster ConspiracyReed Mathis, Eric Krasno, Todd Stoops, and Jay Lane debuted their new funky Grateful Dead-inspired cover project, Rooster Conspiracy, and took the crowd on a 90-minute improvisational journey that  covered two songs: “Deal” and “Cassidy”. The band weaved in-and-out of both songs throughout the set for a tease-heavy, improv-laden performance. The band’s concept was born from a New Year’s Day jam session in Bill Kreutzmann‘s garage, and while Billy himself couldn’t make it out, Lane availed himself to impressive effect, exhibiting a specifically strong chemistry with Krasno despite the fact that the two had scarcely ever played together in the past. The set even welcomed an appropriately strange and powerful sit-in from the endlessly energetic Hayley Jane. We sincerely hope this project continues to build on their Gratefully out-there concept.James Casey & FriendsJames was scheduled to bring his band Animus Rexx to Brooklyn Comes Alive, but due to a visa issue, one of his band members got tied up overseas and couldn’t make it back to States for the scheduled performance. So instead, the week of the performance, James decided to gather together some friends for a jam session. Here’s what we learned: James Casey has some seriously badass friends.For the performance, Casey tapped Felix Pastorius, son of the legendary Jaco Pastorius, to fill bass duties, as well as Louis Cato and Randy Runyon to round out the core band. The set also featured guest appearances from Robert “Sput” Searight and Casey’s Trey Anastasio Band cohort Natalie Cressman, who helped James Casey & Friends execute an out-of-left-field cover of “Wildfire” by SBTRKT. With the debuts of two “new” bands, Rooster Conspiracy and Matador! Soul Sounds going on simultaneously, the James & Friends jam session flew somewhat under the radar. But those who were able to catch this set will all agree that it was, without question, one of the best and most interesting of the weekend.Matador! Soul SoundsThis new band from Eddie Roberts, Alan Evans, Chris Spies, Kevin Scott, Adryon De Leon, and Kimberly Dawson was the shot of funk Brooklyn needed. Characterized by tight grooves, powerful vocals, and locked-in musicianship, Matador! Soul Sounds put on an outstanding debut performance, which also saw sit-ins by trumpeter Nick Atwell and keyboardist Wil Blades. After Eddie joked that “This ain’t no side project,” everyone should make sure to check out Matador! Soul Sounds in 2018!ProbCauseChicago rapper, ProbCause played to a relatively small crowd during his set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, but made the absolute most of the situation with his magnetic onstage charisma. As he joked, when he becomes famous everyone there will remember that one time they saw him at a very rare intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He spent most of the show rapping on the floor with the crowd lapping it up in a half-circle around him. On one track he even allowed two fans to rap their own verses. It was a party, and ProbCause embraced the moment.George Porter Jr., Mike Dillon, SkerikIf you like “weird”, this was the set for you. Skerik is a visionary, and his atypical approach to making music rubs off on all who play with him. Porter specifically requested this set because he wanted to make “space jazz”, and that’s exactly what this band delivered on Saturday evening. Maurice Brown jumped on stage for a memorable guest spot that saw him blowing his trumpet into Skerik’s heavily effected microphone. After a while, Skerik started gently scraping the insides of Mobetta’s trumpet like a madman, adding an extra layer of strange to this already out-there performance.The Road Goes On ForeverThis set was filled with highlights—one after the other. Scott Sharrard, musical director of the Gregg Allman Band for the past eight years, built an incredible performance, reigning in an all-star group of musicians to create something truly special. Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Joey Porter (The Motet), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), and Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band) rounded out the core band, while guitar players Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), Rob Compa (Dopapod), and Dave Harrington (DARKSIDE) all filled special guest spots throughout the set. However, there is no debating that the incendiary guitar solo from Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks protégé Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on an emotional “Whipping Post” was the highlight of the set–perhaps even the highlight of the weekend. Harrington took the Bowl way out there on “Dreams,” and Krasno was impeccable on “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” Porter was the low-key MVP of the set, nailing the iconic organ sound of each classic Allman Brothers tune with ease and precision.Dave Harrington’s Merry PrankstersThis was a 75-minute non-stop freak-out, with one long, patient jam winding its way towards a climax that few in the room saw coming. Dave Harrington is a rising star for sure, and he continued to plant his flag in the post-jam scene with this epic and memorable performance. KJ Sawka (of Pendulum & Destroid)KJ Sawka, drummer of Pendulum and Destroid (and formerly of Conspirator), brought new solo show combining live drums with electronic music to Schimanski for a unique, hard driving electronic experience. Widely recognized as one of the best drummers in the world of electronic music, KJ brought his raw, raucous energy to Schimanski as part of an exciting electronic lineup on Saturday night.DJ Premier & The Badder BandFor anyone that loves 90s hip hop, this was the set to see at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Premier and company touched a wide selection of classic tracks he produced for  The Notorious BIG, Nas, Big L, and Jay-Z, while running through medley’s of some of his favorite artists. He also made skilled work of a remix of B.B. King‘s “Chains and Things.” His live band was tight and energetic, led by the efforts of Lenny “The Ox” Reece on drums. Perhaps the most powerful moment of the set, however, came when the band left the stage and Premier paid homage to his fallen brother Guru, the other half of the seminal group Gang Starr that put Premier on the map, with a medley of their most notable songs, including an extended rendering of “Full Clip.”SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017Jon Cleary Solo PianoAn incredible talent with endless passion and artistry, on top of his distinctively soulful singing voice, Jon Cleary delivered a gorgeous set filled with emotional highlights. The intimate performance saw the powerful vocalist and pianist command the early-afternoon crowd in his finest cocktail lounge singer form, even taking song requests from the crowd. If you closed your eyes, you could feel the New Orleans vibes of Chickie Wah Wah surrounding you.Joel Cummins Solo PianoUmphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins laid out a rare solo piano set to kick off Sunday’s festivities at Brooklyn Bowl. His performance included a number of songs from the romantic composer Claude Debussy, a cover of “Jesus, etc.” by Wilco, and “Peg” by Steely Dan (which he dedicated to the late Walter Becker). He also performed Umphrey’s classic “2×2” as well as a set-closing rendition of “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers Band, which included a section of the Umphrey’s rarity “Orfeo.” Skerik / Reed Mathis / Alan Evans / Will Bernard / Wil BladesThis stacked supergroup featuring Skerik, Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, Will Bernard, and Wil Blades tore up Schimanski mid-day Sunday. Alan Evans was grinning from ear-to-ear for the duration of the impeccable jazz-funk fusion set. Throughout the playful performance, the all-star musicians each shined individually, truly flexing their musical muscles with their jazz-inspired improvisations. A Tribute To Herbie HancockThis set was unbelievably funky, from the set-opening rendition of “Watermelon Man” to the closing “Chameleon.” A frequently self-professed student of Hancock’s style, Joey Porter managed to do uncanny justice to the vaunted keyboardist and bandleader Herbie Hancock, perfectly channeling the jazz-funk great’s playing and general musical aesthetic. Nate Werth was on fire, building off his Snarky Puppy band-mate Robert “Sput” Searight’s tight grooves to create sonic soundscapes that were rich and full. James Casey delivered solo after solo as Porter slapped at his keyboard with a giant smile on his face. The set also included a thrilling cameo from Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on trumpet–the first of several Mobetta guest spots on the day. Brownstein / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert / Hartswick / CressmanThis highly-anticipated septet set was plain fun from top to bottom. Dave Watts of The Motet joined the band for their first song while Mike Greenfield dealt with some car troubles. After 20 minutes Greeny arrived and the band dropped right into “Rapture” by Blondie, which Jennifer Hartswick belted with perfection. Natalie Cressman impressed many with her sultry take on “Toxic” by Britney Spears, and the band delivered a spirited take on “Just Stopped In To See What Condition My Condition Was in” that Hartswick dedicated to Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. It’s beyond rare to find Aaron Magner (The Disco Biscuits) and Cummins (Umphrey’s) onstage together, and this set saw both of them trading off lead and rhythm work on the keys with ease.Jennifer Hartswick & FriendsA regal Jennifer Hartswick took the Brooklyn Bowl stage on Sunday afternoon with a soulful squad behind her, and delivered song and emotion that was nothing short of mesmerizing. Singing mightily, and playing a majestic trumpet alongside trusty trombone foil Natalie Cressman, the empress they call J-Ha serenaded the ensconced assembly. Hartswick led a charge of collaborators consisting of multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato (Stay Human) on drums, Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Dezron Douglas, Akie Bermiss, and the Snarky Puppy Horns including Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Bullock.  A spellbinding take on the traditional “I Shall Be Released” closed the tremendous set, as Hartswick threw the lead vocal to organist Bermiss, and the dreadlocked Brooklynite proceeded to take all of the Brooklyn Bowl to a Sunday church service. Yes Lawd! Octave CatJesse Miller of Lotus and Eli Winderman of Dopapod teamed up with Charlie Patierno for a proper Brooklyn throwdown with their electronic-side project Octave Cat. Known for their infectious grooves, the fusion trio started after Miller and Winderman realized they shared a mutual appreciation for vintage keyboards and analog synths. The passion was obvious, and with Dopapod taking a break in 2018, it was especially exciting to see Eli’s fierce commitment to the project. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the project continues for years to come.Metropolitan Jam Grass AllianceAndy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Jacob Joliff of Yonder Mountain String Band brought together friends and family from the modern bluegrass scene, including Patrick Falco and Ryan Cavanaugh, to form the Metropolitan Jam Grass Alliance—a group of New York-area-based bluegrass musicians who know how to throw down! Having only performed a few times previously, their BCA set took a proper course down jamgrass lane, keeping fans on their toes as they all yearned for more.The Russ Liquid TestRedefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band, while guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out–each provided a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene, the perfect fusion for Brooklyn Comes Alive attendees.SunSquabi (with Jason Hann)SunSquabi continued to break down and analyze the expectations of what a “live electronic” band should be during their set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, showing utmost dedication to their ever-evolving live stage performance. The band’s electronic hydro-funk experience was only intensified by the special guest performances from String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann. Having only collaborated in rare instances before, the SunSquabi + Jason Hann set was satisfying beyond measure.Pow! Pow! Power TrioRob Compa was so excited to light the fuse on the Pow Pow Power Trio that he and his Dopapod partner-in-crime Chuck Jones and Kung Fu drummer Adrian Tramontano kicked off the show early! The walls of the Music Hall Of Williamsburg rang with feedback laden guitar, drenched with renditions of tunes from Black Sabbath, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Police. The Dopapod love was in full bloom as Compa’s bandmate drummer Neal Evans jumped behind the kit for AC/DC‘s “TNT.” It’s always a pleasure to see the musicians enjoy themselves as much as the fans and judging from the ear-to-ear grins from the guys on the stage and the cheers of the crowd, the feeling was clearly mutual.Jon Cleary/John Scofield DuoWhen two musicians as talented, decorated, and beloved as Jon Cleary and John Scofield come together, the results are sure to be memorable. But this keys/guitar collaboration managed to exceed the already lofty expectations many had for the set going in. Both of these men are absolute masters of their respective crafts, and hearing them tackle everything from NOLA staples like “Tipitina” to early American R&B classics like the timeless “Fever” with their own stylish flourishes was just as satisfying in practice as it sounds on paper.George Porter Jr./ Henry Butler/ Johnny VidacovichSeeing these three bonafide legends share the stage was a surreal experience. The blind yet still impeccably dressed Henry Butler performed with an unteachable cool in his red silk suit. The decorated Johnny Vidacovich kept the rhythmic pocket so tight that you could barely see his arms move. And the one and only George Porter Jr. was his typically charismatic self as the band worked their way through a smattering of NOLA classics, including perhaps the best of the several very different versions of “Tipitina” that would pop up across the festival during the Sunday schedule.OktopusTodd Stoops and The String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann‘s raucous drum-and-keys project made its return to Brooklyn Comes Alive on Sunday evening, as the two left it all on the stage with their jacked-up performance. Adding to the strangeness, special guest Hayley Jane and her backup dancers/singers April Pittman and Emory Campbell helped add a layer of extraterrestrial theatrics to the set, performing a satisfyingly weird alien choreography complete with costumes and space-age goggles to augment the enormous sounds being created by Stoops and Hann.Moe.queousWith moe. off the road as a result of bassist Rob Derhak’s ongoing battle with cancer, .rons got their fix of guitarist Al Schnier & drummer Vinnie Amico with a side of Aqueous. Made up of Mike Gantzer, Dave Loss, Evan McPhaden, and Rob Houk, the rising stars from Buffalo got to make one of their dreams come true by playing a set with their hometown heroes. The band opened the show with a run from moe.’s “Head” into Aqueous’ magnum opus “Origami,” before going back into the end of “Head.” The band also worked out a fun version of “32 Things” that featured a transition into “Bertha” by the Grateful Dead. The standout moment of the set, however, was an emotional take on “Plane Crash”, one of Derhak’s most well known songs. Schnier dedicated the song to him, and had a visible smile on his face as Mike Gantzer started singing the song. After hundreds of performances of the song with Derhak by their side, it must’ve been weird for Schnier and Amico to hear someone else sing “Plane Crash,” but that’s just the point of Brooklyn Comes Alive: unique situations that may only happen one time ever. This set was a dream for fans, but also for the bands, as the two Buffalo bands got to pay homage to each other in a way few get to do.A Tribute To JamiroquaiJoey Porter, Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, and Lyle Divinsky from The Motet, Todd Stoops, and Jen Hartswick & Natalie Cressman all dominated this set. It was a powerhouse performance that brought the biggest crowd of the weekend to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Jamiroquai hasn’t toured America in years, and this was a great opportunity for any fans to celebrate the music of this amazing yet reclusive group. Lyle was a force to be reckoned with on lead vocals throughout, and the band was responsible for setting off the biggest and most virtually insane dance party of the weekend.DookieAfter a weekend of jams, there wasn’t a better way to close out the festival than 90-minutes of punk and rock songs. Mike Gantzer is a true star on stage, with awesome vocals and impeccable guitar playing that spans genres. In the second-ever voyage of this endlessly fun tribute project (following this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival), he linked up with Ryan Stasik and Kris Myers of Umphrey’s like they’ve been playing together for years, recreating the sounds of Green Day, Weezer, Ween, and The Ramones with perfection.Eric Krasno & FriendsOn Sunday night, Eric Krasno reconvened his long-dormant former band Chapter 2–comprised of himself, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, and Chris Loftlin–as the house band for a star-studded jam session to close out the Sunday lineup at Brooklyn Bowl. The reunion of this particular quartet on this particular stage as the culmination of a incredible two-day lineup of music at the fan-favorite held a considerable emotional weight for all involved. As Hall commented from the stage, the Brooklyn Comes Alive Eric Krasno & Friends set marked the first time the four had played together since the first-ever night of music at Brooklyn Bowl, at its soft opening in 2009. After beginning the set as a quartet, and making their way through classics like Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” (featuring some “Fire On The Mountain” teases from Kraz), and The Beatles’ “Get Back” (featuring Wil Blades), the band welcomed the singular Mr. John Scofield. With his “personal hero” onstage with him, Krasno gracefully stepped into the rhythm role as Sco lead the way for a pair of extended tunes, including a “Hey Joe” masterfully sung by Nigel and a genre-bending rendition of Scofield’s A Go Go instrumental, “Hottentot.” All the while, Jon Cleary, who had opened the day’s lineup with a solo piano set at noon and played a duo set with Scofield in the afternoon, was smiling in the front row, dancing and witnessing the magic with the rest of the festival’s crowd. Once Sco finished, and Nigel had finished praising him as “the greatest of all time,” he and Krasno began to welcome more guests onto the stage…and more, and more: New Orleans legends George Porter Jr. and Cyril Neville. A horns section featuring Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Michetti of Snarky Puppy, Jennifer Hartswick, Maurice Brown, and more. As Neville and Porter led the band through The Meters’ “No More Okey Doke” and “Africa,” Blades rejoined the jam, Cleary came up from the audience to hop in on keys…By the time all was said and done, the number of artists onstage was pushing 15, while Scofield and countless other artists who played throughout the weekend looked on from the crowd. As Kraz mused while the guests accumulated, “They told me that I could bring some friends, but they had no idea how many I’d actually bring!” Whether they were onstage or in the crowd, nobody in the room that night will soon forget the Brooklyn Comes Alive Eric Krasno & Friends set. Artists playing with their heroes, reuniting with old friends and bandmates, creating one-of-a-kind musical memories…Brooklyn Comes Alive was conceived to provide moments like these. With help from a crew of veritable music legends, Eric Krasno & Friends put an exclamation point on an unforgettable weekend of collaboration in Brooklyn.You can check out photos from this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive below, courtesy of Keith Griner, Chad Anderson, Scott Harris, Patrick Hughes, and Marc Millman.Brooklyn Comes Alive | 9/23-24/17last_img read more

Enterprise in takeover talks

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Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared

first_imgHector Bellerin still faces a long stretch on the sidelines (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have already been dealt an injury blow for the start of the forthcoming season with Hector Bellerin set to miss the opening weeks of the campaign.The right-back has been out of action since January with an injury to his left knee, which saw him need surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments.The initial diagnosis was the Spaniard would be out for between six and nine months, and it looks like it will be closer to the more pessimistic end of that scale.The Evening Standard are reporting that Bellerin will miss ‘several weeks’ at the start of the 2019/20 season, which begins on 11 August against Newcastle.ADVERTISEMENT Bellerin has been going through recovery since January (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Right-back is a position that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to strengthen this summer, with the Gunners linked with a move for PSG’s Thomas Meunier.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, with the transfer budget limited to around £45m at the Emirates, a deal for the Belgian would represent about half of the funds available to Emery this summer.With Stephan Lichtsteiner leaving the club, right-backs are thin on the ground at Arsenal and Emery so Bellerin’s extended absence will come as disappointing news for Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal do look set to sign a forward in 18-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli although their moves in the likes of Ryan Fraser and Yannick Carrasco appear to have slowed to a halt.Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba remains another key defensive target, but the clubs continue to haggle over price.With money tight at the Emirates, club legend Charlie Nicholas has encouraged Emery to sell Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira to free up funds.MORE: Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outMORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Martinelli transfer in coming days Advertisement Comment Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared Advertisement Phil HaighTuesday 18 Jun 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shareslast_img read more

Grand Opening Friday For RomWeber II

first_imgThe grand opening of RomWeber Flats II will be held Friday.BATESVILLE – A ribbon cutting will be held Friday for the second phase of RomWeber Flats. The addition of RomWeber II offers another thirty, one and two bedroom apartments for seniors, bringing the total number of units to eighty-four.RomWeber has also joined in partnership with Cincinnati-based Nursing Care Management to offer assisted living options on campus. It is the first assisted living facility of its kind in Indiana.“The ability for Hoosiers to maintain their independence into their golden years is a valuable asset to any community,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. “The addition of assisted living options in the RomWeber Flats developments will enhance the lives of elderly citizens in Batesville, reducing isolation and limiting the cost of care.”This innovative approach will allow residents to age in place and to live independently using a combination of affordable housing and Medicaid waivers to offset the cost of care. “This unique combination of programs will make assisted living available to Hoosiers who would traditionally reside in nursing homes due to the lack of availability of assisted living,” noted Mike Scharfenberger, owner of Nursing Care Management.Charles Anderson, Senior Vice President of City Real Estate Advisor, the Tax Credit Syndicator commented: “RomWeber Flats is a perfect example of a successful public / private enterprise.  The benefits to the residents, the property serves, are countless and the redevelopment that has occurred in the downtown Batesville market as a result of this development is truly remarkable.  This property symbolizes what should come to all of our minds when we hear the words ‘affordable housing’.”With the addition of RomWeber II, the total investment on the RomWeber Campus is now close to $17 million. This project has created 22 full time jobs and added three new businesses in downtown Batesville.Romweber Flats is a 55 and over community with amenities including a movie room, beauty salon, library, tenant storage facility, community areas and the award winning Big Four Café.last_img read more

SOI Looking for Polar Plunge Sponsors

first_imgAURORA, Ind. — Special Olympics Indiana is looking for sponsors for its signature fundraising event, the Polar Plunge.Since its inception in 2000, the Plunge has raised more than $3 Million for Special Olympics Indiana.The 18 plunges around the state feature 2,900 plungers braving the icy cold water, as they fundraiser to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies to partner with Special Olympics Indiana.For more information on sponsorship call 812-584-6861.last_img

Toys-R-Us announces comeback in time for Christmas

first_imgWashington D.C. — A group of investors is planning a comeback for Toys R Us, in the latest twist for the troubled retail brand.The group, made up of secured lenders, said Tuesday it’s scrapping an auction for intellectual property assets because it didn’t receive any bids that were better than its own.The investors said they’ll work with potential partners to develop new ideas for stores in the U.S. and other countries “that could bring back these iconic brands in a new and re-imagined way.”The reorganized company will control trademarks, e-commerce assets and data related to the Toys R Us and Babies R Us brands.Toys R Us liquidated its U.S. business earlier this year, after filing for Chapter 11 reorganization following a leveraged buyout that hobbled the company.(Associated Press)last_img read more

Fans Cheer FLOTUS and POTUS at College Football Championship Game

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the College Football Championship game in New Orleans on Monday, with LSU and Clemson set to face off. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump were cheered by the crowd as they walked onto the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and stood for the national anthem.President Trump was met with chants of “USA” at the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 14, 2020 LSU took down Clemson 42-25. LSU finishes the season 15-and-0 and claims its first national title since 2007. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were greated with cheers and chants of USA and left before the end. LSU fans are not only celebrating their College Football Playoff National Championship Game victory, they’re also trolling Clemson fans with an online fundraiser aimed at helping the South Carolina school buy a better looking mascot costume. The head is tiny….A tale of two Tigers: How Clemson and LSU got their mascots— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 13, 2020 Images of the two school’s mascots flooded social media last night as fans seemed to favor the outfit worn by LSU’s Mike the Tiger when compared against the duds of Clemson’s mascot, which is simply known as The Tiger.last_img read more

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Borland embracing move to middle linebacker

first_imgChris Borland suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, but as he works his way back to full heath, he is preparing to man a new spot – middle linebacker – for the Badgers this year.[/media-credit]Chris Borland seemed to be in the middle of everything during the 2009 season when he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, forcing turnovers and recording sacks on a regular basis.Now, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last season, Borland is set to become the official man in the middle for the UW defense in 2011.Head coach Bret Bielema announced at the start of spring camp that Borland was making a position switch from outside to middle linebacker. Borland remains limited in spring camp as he works his way back to full health, but the transition to middle linebacker has already started in the film room.“I’ve just been familiarizing myself with the position,” Borland said. “It’s not too difficult really. And we’ve changed some things with our defense so everybody is learning. I played a little bit my freshman year and its been a pretty smooth transition so far.”But why the need for such a transition in the first place?Borland established himself as a defensive play maker in his first season on the outside, so why make a change?According to Borland, the move fits better with Wisconsin’s current linebacker depth.“I think it’s just a practical decision based on our personnel,” Borland said. “Mike [Taylor] and Clax [Kevin Claxton] are two great outside linebackers and I’m probably a better fit than both of those guys in the middle.“To get three of our better guys on the field – I think it makes the most sense.”In addition, Borland appears to have the skill set necessary to excel at the middle linebacker spot.The 5-foot-11, 242-pound player is stout enough to hold his ground against inside running plays, and he also has the quickness needed to shoot the gaps and make plays on the edges.With that in mind, Borland’s fellow linebackers are excited about the positive effect the move will have on their unit.“I think it’s a really good move,” senior linebacker Kevin Claxton said. “Chris is a very athletic, explosive guy who can go sideline to sideline. It’s a good thing for us to have him on the inside.”“In this defense having Chris in the middle keeps him in the box,” junior linebacker Mike Taylor added. “Chris is just great for fighting those linemen and using his quickness and strength to bully those guys. Having him always in the box where he can always make plays will be really helpful.”Offenses now won’t be able to run away from Borland’s side of the field in hopes of keeping him away from the action.In the middle, Borland can use his speed to track down plays on either side.But how does Borland’s unique pass rushing ability fit in? In his freshman season, Borland finished with five sacks and was constantly pressuring the quarterback with his trademark spin move off the edge.Opposing offensive tackles were simply no match for Borland’s quickness, and though he may be moving inside in UW’s base defense, don’t be surprised to see Borland lined up on the outside for that very role in specific third down packages.“We don’t know what we are going to do yet for our third down package but yeah, absolutely,” Borland said with a smile. “I think that will stay.”Borland says he expects to be back to 100 percent by June when the Badgers begin their summer workout program.He’ll continue to study his new position until camp resumes in the fall when he will presumably be able to return to full-contact action for the first time in months.So, how anxious is Borland to test out the middle linebacker spot and absorb that first collision?“Words really can’t describe,” he said.last_img read more

Amit Panghal: ‘Landed in more clean punches; Thought I’d won the Gold’

first_imgLast Updated: 24th September, 2019 02:56 IST Amit Panghal: ‘Landed In More Clean Punches; Thought I’d Won The Gold’ Amit Panghal felt that he had actually won the final showdown & clinched the World Boxing Championship gold, he revealed in an exclusive chat with Republic TV Amit Panghal felt that he had actually won the final showdown & clinched the World Boxing Championship gold as he had “landed in more clean punches in the right areas” but chose not to cry foul when his opponent was adjudged the winner as it would go against the “spirit of the game.”Amit Panghal in an exclusive chat with Republic TV”Yes, I had hit more clean punches. In the first round, it was seven clean hits while my opponent had five and in the second both of us had six each. So who was the winner? But anyway, its a part of life and its a part of sports. I did not lodge any protest nor my coach as we thought there might be some technical reasons that maybe we are unaware of. And it goes against the spirit of the game” Amit Panghal told Republic TV in an exclusive chat after his return from World Boxing Championship today.READ | Amit Panghal insists his former coach be considered for DronacharyaAmit said: “It is very tough to understand the scoring system. There should be some kind of clear cut transparency and objectivity. Unfortunately, it’s left to the subjective interpretation of the referees who sometimes can go wrong.” In fact, when Republic TV watched the final match along with Amit’s family from his village ‘Maina’ in Rohtak, his father Vijender & brother Ajay had alleged “foul play and cheating” by referee and bias of world wrestling body against India.READ | Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign”Referees might go wrong. It’s part of the game”: Amit Panghal”Nothing like that. They are emotional. They love me too much. No cheating. No foul play. Referees might go wrong. It’s part of the game. Now, bygones are bygones. I am not thinking about it. I have to move on. I still feel proud of winning the silver medal. It feels nice to be the first Indian ever to achieve that,” Amit observed.READ | Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik ensure medals for India at WBCAmit also promised that he will beat the same opponent when they play again in the Olympics. “Yes now, my focus is to first qualify for the Olympics and win a medal there. Not thinking of Olympic gold from now. No need to take additional pressure from now. It’s better to take one step at a time,” he added.READ | Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships COMMENT 11 months ago World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponent 11 months ago Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik ensure medals for India at WBC Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND First Published: 24th September, 2019 02:56 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US 11 months ago Amit Panghal insists his former coach be considered for Dronacharya LIVE TV 11 months ago Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships 11 months ago Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more