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Pretty Lights Takes On Telluride With Fresh Perspective

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first_imgWhen last we met in this Southwestern Colorado mountain town one year ago, the Pretty Lights Analog Future Band changed the game, the traveling PL-fans from all over the country impressed the locals, who were all happy to welcome the fan-base back to Telluride, CO for a second two-night run.The ever-evolving lineup of musicians who support Derek Smith, now includes new drummer Alvin Ford Jr., along with PL-Veterans Brian Coogan (Hammond B3, Clavinet, Wurlitzer), Break Science’s Borahm Lee (Prophet, Farfisa, Fender Rhodes) and Chris Karns (turntables).  The PL Live Band took the project to new places with fresh takes on old school jams, classic rock remixes to stoke the locals, and brand new improvisational vintage future sounds.Something about the Telluride altitude elevates Pretty Lights Music and it was obvious that last year was a major turning point for the project.  The Telluride 2015 experience seemed to really deliver on the idea that this project goes beyond just the music; it’s a broader thing, about the family vibes of a group of travelers who rely on each other, who contribute to the experiential vibes that the band feeds off of, along with an improved and completely in-house approach to video (much of which was shot by Smith in the days ahead of the shows), along with a new lighting approach, where lasers and lights were accented by glittery raindrops on night two.In the past, PL-heads would live and die by set lists, hoping for rare gems, but with the current incarnation of the band, all of the music is new-sounding with way more empty space which creates a head nod hip-hop vibe that seemed to look back from the future toward Derek’s earlier collaborative hip hop project, Listen, where he was an MC and producer. This decade-plus old hip hop legacy came to a culmination on night two, where Derek asked drummer Alvin Ford Jr. to lay down a beat for him to ad-lib three full verses, providing a platform for the usually vague Smith to directly address the Telluride crowd, letting them know that the collection of letters delivered to him by the fans the previous year made him cry and changed his life, along with the his perspective on what the PL project is. Tossing his trademark Yankees hat into the crowd and removing his hood for the last two tracks of the weekend emphasized the extent to which Derek had put himself out there this weekend.  And everyone was most definitely on the same page.– words Brian Jonke [all photos courtesy of Djivan Schapira – B.A.D. Photography] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Burlington’s Miller Center gets $166,000 grant

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first_imgRep. Peter Welch announced a $166,000 federal grant for the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center Monday at a Burlington press conference with Mayor Bob Kiss.The grant secured by Welch will support Burlington s transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a multi-use community center with a gym, a community room, a teen center and other public space. The $1.2 million project also received funding from the City of Burlington, private donors and developer Robert Miller.Managed by the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, the Center coordinates programs and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Since its opening in January, the Miller Center has attracted roughly 6,600 visits by residents each month. The creation of the Miller Center was in every way a community effort. Since 2005, the people of Burlington, city officials, private donors and Bobby Miller himself have teamed up to turn this dream into a reality, Welch said. I am pleased to make this community resource available for North End residents and others to enjoy for years to come.Welch was joined at the announcement by Mayor Kiss, Parks and Recreation Director Wayne Goss and Parks Commission member John Ewing. The transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a community center is a significant event for Burlington s North End and the city as a whole, said Mayor Kiss. Congressman Welch s persistent support for this project and his securing of federal funding for its completion have been very important to the project s success. On behalf of the city and people of Burlington, I d like to thank the Congressman for all his efforts to make this project a reality.last_img read more

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ABU Title: Okorodudu Throws His Weight behind Oladosu to Beat Joe…

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first_imgFormer national boxing coach, Jerry Okorodudu, has tipped Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu to dethrone Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph as the African Boxing Union lightweight champion.Real One, who is the West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion, is due to fight Joe Boy for the ABU title at GOtv Boxing Night 20 on 12 October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Okorodudu, who represented Nigeria at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and won a bronze medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia, said he is convinced that Real One will win because he is a better boxer. “I worked with both of them in the national camp and I know them well. Oladosu, I can tell you, is a fantastic boxer. He is really good and I believe will defeat Joseph,” he said.He admitted that Joseph is also good, but relies solely on his punching power to overwhelm opponents.“Joseph is a hard puncher. That is his main weapon. If allowed, he can easily win by a knockout. But if the fight lasts the distance, Oladosu will win. He only needs to avoid being knocked out,” explained the former Olympian.Despite tipping the WABU champion, said he expects the encounter to be close run because both boxers are familiar with each other.GOtv Boxing Night 20 will feature eight fights with some of the biggest names on the domestic scene set to be in action. Among these are Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, national super featherweight champion; Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, WABU welterweight champion; Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, national light heavyweight champion. Others are Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi and Sadiq Adeleke.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Joe Boylast_img read more

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