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Charles Bradley Transfixes Over Two Nights In San Francisco [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad 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!last_img read more

Consider alternative de-risking assets as Gilt yields fall, says LGIM

first_imgLegal & General Asset Management (LGIM) has called on UK pension funds to consider alternative de-risking strategies, as Gilt yields dipped into negative territory.The UK’s largest asset manager said, in light of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme, it was likely the prevailing low yields, and the occasional negative yields seen on short-term paper on 10 August, could last for even longer than expected.As a consequence, it urged schemes to use real assets and corporate bonds for de-risking rather than rely solely on Gilts.LGIM’s head of institutional distribution Mike Walsh said that such alternative de-risking assets should be considered by gradually maturing defined benefit (DB) funds. “Adopting cashflow-matching techniques can assist schemes as they mature and become increasingly cashflow negative, thereby avoiding the need to be a forced seller of assets at a time when potentially a scheme can least afford it,” he said.“Market dynamics since the Brexit vote have reminded us that different types of real assets can diverge wildly in response to market events.”Walsh added that UK-quoted infrastructure and utilities had performed well since the UK’s vote in June to leave the European Union.“On the other hand,” he added, “we saw significant falls in the prices of UK REITs in the immediate aftermath of the vote, as well as some unit price reductions and suspensions from the managers of physical property funds.”Aberdeen Asset Management, Standard Life Investors, M&G and Aviva Investors all announced either suspension of trades on their property funds or introduced a discount on redemptions in the wake of the vote.“Although there are some signs the market is now becoming less pessimistic about the prospects for UK property,” Welsh said, “such short-term volatility can represent opportunities for longer-term investors such as pension schemes.”Pension funds will potentially be forced to rely on alternatives to Gilts in the wake of the UK central bank’s stimulus programme, which has seen the bank struggle to find sellers of UK debt.last_img read more

Brila, Beat FM Land NPFL Radio Broadcast Rights

first_imgThe LMC noted that studies indicated that radio remains the most preferred medium of information in Nigeria and “it is also based on this that we sought radio broadcast partners to take this league which is a strong unifying platform for Nigerians to the people, most of who cannot afford alternative sources of electricity power”.In the deal, the radio stations are entitled to undertake live broadcast of NPFL matches and also produce twice weekly preview and review shows featuring interviews, analysis and public opinions on the players, the matches and the clubs.The LMC said it will welcome interests from other radio broadcast stations that have the capacity to undertake live broadcasts of NPFL matches.“The expansion of the NPFL reach is part of our vision to grow the brand, offer greater and extensive experiences of the matches through the media and also deliver value to the fans and sponsors”, the LMC said.It further expressed optimism that with the entry of the two radio stations with their different audience segments, “the NPFL is poised to add new target groups that includes the eclectic urban youth segment and those of the inner cities”.There are no right fees attached to this deals as we consider it as a core social investment activity of the LMC to grow the NPFL”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Stations now to broadcast live matchesSports Radio Brila FM and Megalectrics Limited became the first radio stations to be issued radio broadcast rights of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following the signing of separate Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the stations and the League Management Company (LMC).Megalectrics Limited based in Lagos is the owners of radio broadcast licenses of Beat FM, Classic FM and Naija FM while Sports Radio Brila, the first all sports radio station in Nigeria operates the Brila 88.9 FM stations in Lagos, Onitsha, Abuja and Kaduna.A statement from the LMC described the issuance of the non-exclusive rights to the stations as ‘part of our deliberate strategy to take the Nigeria Professional Football League live matches to the people where they are especially in the inner cities and villages”.last_img read more

Iowa events showcase country’s partisan divide

first_imgDES MOINES — Two weekend events in Iowa clearly illustrated the divide between the two major political parties in America.On Saturday morning at Drake University, hundreds of Democrats greeted Nancy Pelosi with a standing ovation.“Thank God we do have the right leader at the right time in our speaker of the House,” Polk County Democrats’ chairman Sean Bagniewski said in his introduction.On Saturday night on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Republicans praised President Trump.“This is Trump Country and a place where we don’t really care what Mitt Romney thinks,” Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann said, to cheers as he criticized a fellow Republican who has questioned some of Trump’s actions.A few hours earlier, Pelosi had been asked by a moderator to describe a recent tense meeting in the White House.“I don’t really like to start a Saturday morning talking about you know who,” Pelosi said and the crowd laughed.In discussing the impeachment inquiry, Pelosi quoted one of the country’s Founding Fathers.“We do believe the times have found each and every one of us, right now,” Pelosi said.Doug CollinsThe keynote speaker at Saturday night’s Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition banquet on the fairgrounds was Georgia Congressman Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. He vowed to follow Pelosi around the country to criticize the impeachment inquiry.“Don’t let the Democrats fool you and especially the two new ones from Iowa…You either stand with the president or you’re going to stand behind this president, because he will win again,” Collins said, to cheers.Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition president Steve Scheffler praised Trump’s nominees to the federal courts.“Trump in my view is the greatest president in my lifetime,” Scheffler said, to applause, “even greater than Ronald Reagan.”Pelosi told the crowd of Democrats Trump has failed to live up to his oath of office.“Has anybody every said: ‘This is the most important election of our time?’, sadly, they just keep getting more urgent,” Pelosi asked, prompting laughter and applause from the audience. “…This one is. One term. It’s essential.”The 2020 General Election is 372 days away.last_img read more

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