San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy made headlines recently, when he brought the famed Jerry Garcia “Tiger” guitar from Indianapolis to San Francisco for the Dead & Company performance at The Fillmore earlier this year. While “Tiger” never made it on stage, Peavy told us that he brought it to a late night jam session that featured some of the Bay Area’s most prominent players.Those same players will join forces for Can’t Stop The Train, a benefit concert for both the Jake Peavy Foundation and the Rex Foundation. The show itself will take place on August 17th, and will feature Peavy (and his band, The Outsiders), as well as an all-star cast that includes Jackie Greene, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jeff Sipe, Cody & Luther Dickinson, and Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band. It all goes down at The Fillmore, only adding to the excitement of this show!Major League Deadhead: Jake Peavy’s Unlimited Devotion To The Grateful DeadThe show is also one day before AT&T Park hosts Jerry Garcia Day, and the benefit will serve as a preamble for the large scale festivities. “Jerry Garcia Day at AT&T [park] is always such a huge event,” said Jake Peavy in a statement. “Coming to play baseball in the Bay Area, and seeing all of the enthusiasm for the Grateful Dead among the Giants fanbase…it inspired me to do something for those fans. And what better partnering organization to team up with than the Grateful Dead’s own Rex Foundation. We’re honored to be a part of this event and it’s going to be a very special night.”Special guests are expected be announced soon, and tickets are available through the Rex Foundation website starting this Friday, July 8th.
Load remaining images Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires returned to The Chapel in San Francisco, CA, playing two consecutive sold out shows to kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend.After a legendary list of life events, the 67 year old former James Brown impersonator has nothing but genuine unconditional love for the city whose streets he slept on for 17 years before returning home to his mother in Brooklyn. It was there, at age of 62, that Bradley was discovered by Daptone Records.His third album, Changes, named after the Black Sabbath song Bradley covers on the album, was released this April and finds Bradley at his most powerful. Of the many stories he does tell on stage and in passing, the weight of a thousand more are always on his mind and when he opens up to sing, he lets every one of them out.On Friday, Bradley’s band took to the stage and took the crowd on a jam, loosening up the legs and getting people moving with some high caliber funk rhythms before Bradley’s groovy introduction as a man known “from nation to nation.”Jumping right into it, the emotion was exploding off of Bradley’s face and he only intensified as he moved through selections from each of his albums for a total of 13 songs in just under 75 minutes. He got the show started with “Nobody But You” off of Changes and moved quickly into the title track from his 2011 debut album, No Time For Dreaming.Another exciting aspect to Bradley’s unapologetic take on the soul-funk fusion brand is how everything he does he does with his entire spirit- whether he is delivering an original composition or a cover makes no difference to him. “Love Zone”, the 1986 hit by Billy Ocean, definitely flew under the radar for most of the crowd, but thanks to Bradley’s delivery, everybody enjoyed it’s placement in the middle of the set.Throughout the exhilarating performance, Bradley touched on dreams and opportunities, both crushed and realized, as well as an unyielding hope for the good in the future. This was most fervently acknowledged between the tracks “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from the first record and “Ain’t It A Sin.” A live staple over the last few years, “Sin” is another of the new tracks that made its way to The Chapel.The set ended with “Changes”, the Black Sabbath song Bradley fell in love with at first listen to the lyrics.“I’m gonna give you this song the best way I know how,” said Bradley. “The way I do things best is putting it into my soul. I lost the best friend I ever had.”During the song, Bradley took a momentary break from his high kicks, spin moves and microphone stand shenanigans to get down on the stage, close to the edge and identify with the front rail. A crew member suddenly appeared and handed Bradley a bouquet of multi colored roses.He was handing them up front and throwing them into the middle. Unable to get off the stage and join the crowd, he addressed the crowd with a single rose left in his hands.“I held onto a rose for the back of the room, I tried to get back to you, know that I love you,” he said. “From my heart and soul I gave you all the spiritual roses.”Supporting Bradley Friday and Saturday was San Diego based jazz duo Mattson 2. On Friday, they warmed the crowd up proper, ensuring maximum loose grooves across a 50 minute six song set. Brothers Jonathon and Jared Mattson comprise the duo, with Jonathon manning the drumkit and Jared providing layers of oceanic bass and jazz guitar melodies. They are definitely a West Coast group worth keeping an eye on!Check out a full gallery of images from the show below!
Phelps said LOMAS’s services enhance professionalism and competency by addressing the following objectives: LOMAS promotes professionalism Providing a broad range of practice management information services to members of the Bar, the Law Office Management Assistance Service plays an integral role in promoting professionalism. LOMAS is a fees supported educational resource housed within the Bar’s Programs Division. “The teaching of practice management skills to lawyers has been haphazard over the years because most law schools do not consider it to be a part of their mandate to educate their students in these matters and no other effective teaching forum exists,” said J.R. Phelps, LOMAS director. The LOMAS department offers the membership an affordable way to obtain answers to questions regarding practice management and basic technology systems. Phelps said this is particularly important for sole practitioners and small firm members who may not be able to afford these services if they are not offered by the Bar. “The phone rarely stops ringing in the LOMAS department as we log over 10,000 calls each year concerning a wide range of topics,” Phelps said. “And with the advent of e-mail, each morning’s listing of requests continues to grow.” From an initial staff of one full-time director in 1980, LOMAS now has three full-time practice management advisors and a full-time secretary. With the increase in telephone inquiries to the program, the staff is now spending the largest portion of available time in telephone consultations, Phelps said. Just as the numbers of members of the Bar have increased during this period of time, so has the complexity of issues faced by law firm managers. “Technology, staffing shortages and labor law issues today are far more of a factor for law firms and correspondingly require more of the attention of LOMAS advisors,” Phelps said. The Florida Bar’s LOMAS department was the first of the state bar-sponsored practice management advisory services, and has now been copied by 19 other state bars. Phelps said the development of the LOMAS program occurred in response to the growing evidence that: December 1, 2000 Regular News Professionalism, sound management and effective leadership are inherently intertwined and dependent one upon the other Many, and perhaps most, complaints to discipline authorities and malpractice claims against lawyers are caused, in large part, by poor practice management. Improving practice management skills can play an important role in reducing the number and dollar value of malpractice claims and improving the public perception of lawyers. Solo and small firm practitioners have few options available in trying to find the necessary assistance with law office management and technology issues. LOMAS promotes professionalism Assist lawyers in improving efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of legal services. Assist lawyers in implementing systems and controls to reduce risk and improve quality in the delivery of legal services. Assist lawyers by fostering better client relations. Assist lawyers and their office personnel to use emerging technologies to enhance the delivery of legal services. Telephone advice and information on the complete range of practice management issues. On-site consulting services to solo and small firms. Business plan development for new start-up firms or lawyers transitioning from an existing firm. Technology needs hardware and software selection. Staffing and human resource management. Financial management. Trust accounting management. Law firm governance and partnership considerations. Malpractice prevention through calendar, docket and conflict-of-interest management systems. “promoting and providing the services of LOMAS, The Florida Bar enhances the value to its members by reducing the potential for legal malpractice liability; reducing disciplinary complaints; providing an alternative to disciplinary proceedings through LOMAS disciplinary and diversionary on-site office reviews; and reducing the stress within the practice caused by poor office systems and procedures,” Phelps said. A sampling of the services provided by LOMAS includes: Additional responsibilities and activities of the department include serving as a resource to Bar sections by providing speakers and materials for programs; providing articles or speakers for local and voluntary bars serving the legal community; serving as a resource to other ancillary support groups such as legal administrators, paralegal and legal support staff organizations; cross-marketing other Florida Bar departments such as SCOPE, FLA, Inc., and the Lawyer Referral Service. “Feedback concerning the program is welcomed and used to identify strengths and weaknesses of existing services and products, as well as to determine other services that members desire,” Phelps said. “Through feedback received in early 1999, LOMAS determined there was a need for an educational program concerning the difficulty law firms faced in meeting the IRS requirement to provide 1099s for certain transactions handled within a trust account.” Because of the feedback, Phelps said, a special program was produced and presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting this past June. LOMAS also has produced or developed a number of videotapes, audiotape books and manuals regarding practice management topics, all of which are described on the Bar’s webpage at www.FLABAR.org.
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