Although its weight isn’t as comparable to Mumford and Sons’ absence at Bonnaroo, The Lumineers’ sudden cancellation at this weekend’s Firefly Festival will be felt by many. But like Bonnaroo’s Jack Johnson substitution, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are stepping in to Dover, DE to save the day. Although the exact details of the cancellation aren’t clear, The Lumineers released a statement earlier today:It is with great regret that we have to announce that due to an illness in the band, The Lumineers will not be able to perform at the Firefly Music Festival this coming weekend. We were all extremely excited to be a part of this great event and share our music with you, but the health and well-being of the band along with giving the fans the best possible performance remain our top priority. Unfortunately given the circumstances, both of those things would be in jeopardy if we went ahead with our set this Sunday. We hope everyone enjoys the festival and we will be back to see you all as soon as humanly possible.Although the cozy acoustics and sweet melodies of the folk trio will be missed, the Harper Musselwhite duo will surely bring a more rooted, flavorful act at the festival. They are currently on the road touring their collaborative effort, Get Up!, which features a heavy dose of Musselwhite’s epic harmonica playing, and Harper’s always organic perspective. The powerful Chicago- bluesy spirit will surely do The Lumineers great justice. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jim, James, Edward Sharpe, and many more incredible acts are still set to fill up the roster in Dover, Delaware this weekend.
Renowned guitarist Steve Kimock has announced plans to celebrate his 60th birthday in style! Kimock will assemble a “very special” cast of characters at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA for the performance, which will be held on Kimock’s birthday of October 5th. The great Wavy Gravy will be on hand as the emcee for the night.The event invitation promises dinner, live music with very special guests, and a whole lot more. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to promote Camp Winnarainbow, and tickets can be found here.
On February 28th, 2020, Circles Around The Sun visited Relix for an in-studio performance with temporary guitarist Scott Metzger. Just under one year later, the instrumental jam outfit has announced a limited-edition vinyl pressing of the set, marking the first installment of The Relix Sessions Vinyl Series.This live session came at a time when the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist was filling the slot vacated by Neal Casal following his suicide on August 26th, 2019. During a brief winter tour, CATS would also recruit Eric Krasno to sub in on guitar, fulfilling one of Casal’s last wishes that the band continues on without him as surviving members Adam MacDougall, Dan Horne, and Mark Levy brought in a rotating cast of guitarists.Related: Circles Around The Sun: Adam MacDougall Talks Losing Neal Casal & Finding A Path Forward Without Him [Interview]The half-hour livestream saw the band take on “Leaving (Rogue Lemon)” and “Babyman” from the band’s impending self-titled album, as well as “One For Chuck” off 2018’s Let It Wander. Though Metzger was not the guitarist heard on either of those records—as Circles Around The Sun contained the band’s final recordings with Casal—he steps up to the plate admirably as he pays tribute to a colleague with his own interpretation of Neal’s handiwork.“A year ago (almost to the day) I joined CATS for 10 shows in 10 nights,” Metzger wrote on Instagram. “We started in Baltimore, went as far north as Burlington, then headed south to Charlottesville. When the tour passed through NYC we were invited to do an in-studio set at the Relix offices in Manhattan. That set is presented here on vinyl, mixed & mastered. For a number of reasons this was a very, very special run of gigs. I’m so glad this was recorded and that you can own a slice of it in this beautiful packaging that Relix has put together.”Circles Around The Sun’s The Relix Sessions 001 go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. ET and will be limited to 300 pressings. Multiple packages are available that include a limited edition poster, a foil variant, and a Relix Sessions slip mat. Head over to the Relix Marketplace to secure a copy, and revisit the band’s performance with the original video below.Circles Around The Sun Live at Relix | 2/28/20 | The Relix Session
Too Hot to Handle?A few contestants at a “world’s hottest chili” charity eating competition in Scotland quickly became EMS patients after sampling one entry–aptly titled the “Kismot Killer.” Thankfully, the chili didn’t fully live up to its name, but it did cause one patient to need hospitalization and several to writhe in agony, pant and vomit. Although the contestants signed a waiver before competing, the organizers didn’t expect so many to become ill. Next year, we hope both the organizers and recipe makers will take the necessary precautions to cool things down a bit so this doesn’t occur again and unnecessarily tax the Scottish Ambulance Service or other EMS resources. Harley GiveawayTo recognize public safety professionals–that’s you, EMTs and paramedics–California Casualty is giving away a Harley-Davidson XL Forty-Eight motorcycle. All you have to do is enter is go to www.mycalcas.com/harley. Although there are no strings attached, there are a couple of hoops to jump through. Depending on which state you live in, you might have to belong to a professional association. It’s probably fair to say CC has more in mind than just giving away a sweet ride. The contest is a great way to make public safety professionals aware of the 97-year-old company, which offers auto and home insurance to select groups: educators, law enforcement officers, nurses, firefighters and EMS personnel. We applaud the company’s acknowledgment that EMS folks are generally a low insurance risk–and for giving away a Harley. Did we mention it’s orange? Careless CompromiseRecently, a Pennsylvania firefighter noticed boxes of ambulance call trip sheets in a Dumpster behind a fire station. On further examination, he noticed the documents also contained employee payroll records, which had belonged to the now inactive Hazleton Community Ambulance Association. According to a story in Hazleton’s newspaper, The Standard Speaker, the records had been stored in a garage, but had to be removed. So one of the defunct ambulance association’s officers decided to ignore the proper protocols about document disposal and toss them into the Dumpster.Apparently, the man thought the Dumpster was in a remote area and far enough out of sight so that no one would notice the boxes. He admitted to using “poor judgment,” claiming he was unable to take the paperwork to a shredder because it was Saturday. After the documents were found, he promised to make sure they were shredded.Lucky for him and the countless individuals whose information would have been shared, no harm came from his carelessness thanks to the alert and conscientious firefighter who discovered them. Still, this doesn’t excuse the employee for his laziness and lackadaisical attitude about such a serious matter. Quite the PunchScene safety can dictate whether you go home at the end of your shift–and this doesn’t always relate to dramatic incidents like a hazmat scene or a motor vehicle crash, a fact one Pennsylvania paramedic can attest to.This paramedic and his partner responded to a call about a teenage male with chest pain. But when they arrived at the address they were given, no patient was in sight. While they drove around in search of the patient, someone knocked on the back door of the ambulance and asked for help. The paramedic opened the door and saw two young men. Then, before he could react, one of the men punched him in the face–twice.Law enforcement responded within minutes of the partner’s call and took the attacker/patient into custody with charges of felony assault. He was treated for a possible panic attack. The paramedic went to the hospital, but was released soon after. He has more than 20 years of experience in EMS and naturally reacted the only way he knew how: as a caregiver. We give a thumbs down–not to the paramedic involved–but to the general lack of attention the field of EMS has given over the years to training providers in self defense and scene safety. Without keeping our own safe and protected, how can they be expected to defend themselves, and perhaps their patients? It’s an area that needs more attention. JEMSThis article originally appeared in December 2011 JEMS as “Last Word: The Ups & Downs of EMS.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThree weeks ago in Nepal, 1,000 villagers gathered to mark a momentous day in the history of Room To Read, a charity that builds children’s libraries around the developing world. They celebrated the opening of the group’s 10,000th library.John Wood, founder and executive chairman, launched Room to Read 10 years ago after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools. He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages in furthering the educating of young people.Wood wrote on his blog, “This achievement was not just an achievement for me but it was an achievement for all of us -– for our staff that has worked tirelessly over these past ten years to enable us to reach this point, and for our partners who have helped us to create a global movement to bring change to the world through education.”Room To Read boasts an astonishing average of 6 library openings every day in the developing world -– that’s 3,000 kids every day who gain access to a well-stocked library with the tools they need to further their education.Since 2000, the team has supplied more than seven million books to more than four million children in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. The non-profit organization has also built 1,000 schools, particularly empowering girls with increased access to high-quality educational opportunities – including 10,000 girls this year who are attending school on scholarship.“Marrying the best business practices John and I learned from the private sector with those from the nonprofit sector has allowed us to scale to the degree that we have with maximum efficiency and quality,” said Erin Ganju, Room to Read Co-Founder and CEO.WATCH the Room To Read Video below, Celebrating its 10,000th library:AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
In celebration of their recently released Global Cycling Network Kit, GCN is giving away a set to a lucky winner who guesses at least five of the ten riders being impersonated in this video and subscribes to their network. To enter the competition go here.
View Comments Alice Ripley(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Alice Ripley will find new ways to dream this fall, when the Tony-winning star headlines a new production of Sunset Boulevard at North Shore Music Theatre. Ripley, who originated the role of ingenue Betty Schaefer in the original 1994 Broadway production of the musical, will graduate to the lead role of silent-film star Norma Desmond for the new staging, set to run from September 24 through October 6 at the Beverly, Massachusetts theater.Ripley told Broadway.com, “I’m happy that my chance to play Norma is now, when I’m finally her actual age. I’m confident surviving the last decade of my life especially is going to prove to be quite useful in approaching Norma Desmond.”In addition to her original turn in Sunset Boulevard, Ripley earned a 2009 Tony Award for performance as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal. Her other Broadway credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Side Show, as well as performances in American Psycho, The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce’s The Dead, King David, The Who’s Tommy and Les Misérables.Based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical Sunset Boulevard centers on faded, silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Ripley), who lives in a fantasy world. Soon, an impoverished screenwriter named Joe Gillis stumbles into her reclusive domain and is persuaded to work on the film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras. He is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Entrapped in a claustrophobic existence, his love for another woman leads him to try to break free of Norma’s web, but with dramatic consequences.Additional casting and creative team members for North Shore’s Sunset Boulevard will be announced at a later date. Star Files Alice Ripley
Ryan Arter and daughter TaylerMission’s Johnson Drive has another new business that is already drawing customer through the doors in its first few days open.Mission Repair Express is a computer repair business that has expanded beyond its origins of working on Apple products. It is still Apple-centric, says owner Ryan After, and more focused on hardware than software, but it now takes on handheld electronics and desktops of any manufacturer and will even work on game consoles. “We will do it all for any computer,” After says. “We do a lot of cracked glass, but will do anything.” A large portion of the business is still in cell phones and tablets.The 5604 Johnson Drive store is not Arter’s first foray into the business. He already has a thriving mail-in repair business that brings in several thousand customers each month and a storefront in Olathe. The Johnson Drive store is full service with its own technicians on site and can offer some repairs while the customer waits. Arter’s business card offers same day iPhone, iPad, iPod samrtphone, tablet and laptop repairs. Diagnosis is free. He works on out of warranty products, but offers a warranty for his work that means a customer never pays full price again on the same device.His entrance into the repair business stretches back to 1994 helping his father with monitor and disc repair. He became more involved with Apple products and in 2001 someone asked about an iPod repair. By 2004, he was in business for himself and a pioneer with the mail-in service. In 2008, the Olathe location opened. Now, his daughter, Tayler, works with him.Arter says two of his employees – he now has 24 in the business – who live in the area encouraged him to open the store on Johnson Drive to serve this area. “We are planting roots here,” Arter says. “You can reach me anytime. We are customer service oriented. We do what we say we are going to do.”Store hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A full list of repairs can be found on the business site. Arter’s repair blog can be found here.A ribbon-cutting for the new store will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon with the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Parking for the ceremony will be available on the north side of Johnson Drive, as well as in the municipal lot on Outlook between Johnson Drive and Martway.
Mentoring made easy Mentoring made easy March 15, 2010 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News YLD Web site provides opportunities for those who seek guidance Associate Editor T he Young Lawyers Division is fulfilling its promise to provide its members with a variety of mentoring possibilities, thanks in part to the launch of its “Mentoring Matters” Web site.The site, which went live in January, provides young lawyers with a list of local and statewide mentoring programs designed to educate members as they enter the practice of law.“I have personally been the beneficiary of great mentoring, but I realize that not all young lawyers are as fortunate,” said R.J. Haughey, president of the YLD. “So this page seeks to provide opportunities to those who want the guidance and advice that a mentor can provide.”Mentoring efforts became a priority last March after a decision by the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and the Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism to table discussions regarding a required mentoring program. (See Bar News story, March 1, 2009.) Attentions then turned to voluntary mentoring efforts sponsored by a variety of parties, including the YLD.“When the decision was made. . . to table the mandatory mentoring idea, there was a very mixed reaction among YLD members,” admits Haughey. “There were certainly some that were happy there was no new ‘mandatory’ requirement imposed, but there was a huge number of young lawyers who voiced the desire for more mentoring.” Haughey conveyed the importance of a mentoring project to YLD Board of Governors representatives and encouraged them to carry the message back to their respective circuits. Third Circuit YLD representative Jennifer Kuyrkendall immediately began collaborating with other lawyers statewide to compile submitted lists of local, statewide, and national mentoring programs for publication on the then in-production Web site.Today, “Mentoring Matters” offers a list, by location, of organizations willing to provide mentoring services to new lawyers. The links, Kuyrkendall points out, are just as much for the mentors as they are for the young lawyers looking for them.“We also included links to well-established mentoring programs in Florida and other states so local programs may explore how mentoring programs operate in other areas and adopt any and all operating procedures already in place in other programs,” said Kuyrkendall.The goal of the site — and the voluntary mentoring programs in general — is to help provide younger lawyers with the guidance they need as they begin to navigate the legal world.“With so many attorneys graduating from law school without a job, more and more people are opening their own practice straight out of law school,” said Kuyrkendall.“There are so many simple things that you just do not learn in law school. Having a mentor will help the young lawyers transition from law school into practice.”To access the YLD “Mentoring Matters” page, visit www.flayld.org/mentoring. To submit additional resources and mentoring program information, e-mail Jennifer Kuyrkendall at [email protected]