Following their 2017–2018 New Year’s Eve show, jam scene favorites, Dopapod, began an indefinite year-long hiatus, with no word on any upcoming shows or festival appearances announced as of now. Comprised of guitarist Rob Compa, drummer Neal “Fro” Evans, bassist Chuck Jones, and keyboardist Eli Winderman, the band has a deep history dating back to 2007, with over 1,000 lives shows under their belts.Dopapod was originally formed by Michelangelo “Mikey” Carubba, Compa, and Winderman, when the trio met as music students at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Through shared mutual interests and a love of jamming together, Carubba and Winderman started booking gigs, with Compa joining shortly thereafter—marking the original Dopapod trio’s formation. In the time since, Dopapod’s lineup has continued to evolve with the addition and departure of players; in 2010, Carubba left the band to become the full-time drummer for another massively popular band in the live music scene, the fan-favorite funk act Turkuaz. During Carubba’s time with the band, they recorded their debut album in 2009, Radar.Dopapod – Berklee College of Music – 4/23/2009[Video: jazzrevelation]Following Carubba’s departure in Dopapod’s early days, Boulder, Colorado native Neal “Fro” Evans joined the band, playing an integral part in the band’s formative years of recording and writing music together. With their new drummer, the group began touring harder and harder, year after year, eventually playing upwards of 150 shows a year. However, Evans was no stranger to the Dopapod boys, as he formerly played in a band with Jones and Winderman called The Actual Proof.Dopapod – “Turnin’ Knobs” – 10/16/2011[Video: DrifterMedia]With Evans in the mix, the band recorded and released Drawn Onward in 2011, which was recorded as an entirely instrumental album and followed the same style as Radar. However, Compa and Winderman started to sing more on stage together and work out tight vocal harmonies, with the band’s sound and style slowly moving to include vocals and lyrics. 2012’s Redivider is Dopapod’s first studio recording to feature Compa and Winderman sharing vocal duties. Following a successful summer tour in 2013, Evans left the band for personal reasons, as longtime friend Scotty Zwang joined the band on drums, helping the group record 2014’s Never Odd Or Even, while also touring the country relentlessly coast-to-coast.Dopapod – Brooklyn Bowl – 4/4/2012[Video: mk devo]In 2015, RollingStone named Dopapod Bonnaroo’s “Best-Kept Secret”, comparing them to Phish, the Disco Biscuits, and Frank Zappa—some of the quartet’s biggest influences. With almost three years in the bag with a new drummer, the other three members found themselves reeling over their initial band chemistry with Evans on drums. Eventually, in 2016, the band invited Evans back into the mix, with Zwang leaving the band to start playing with Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling for their recently launched improvisation-heavy endeavor, Ghost Light.Dopapod dropped some surprising news to many last fall, with both the announcement of their fifth studio album, MEGAGEM, as well as the band’s announcement that they would take a yearlong hiatus in 2018. The band shared, “Following seven years of ceaseless touring, the sabbatical is a blueprint for wellness borne from love and mutual respect amongst old friends. It’s a pre-emptive move of self-preservation inspired by the TED Talk, ‘The Power of Time Off’.”“Every seven years, this guy closes his design firm and everyone who works for the company works on their own projects for the year,” explained keyboardist and singer/songwriter Eli Winderman. “When they come back, everyone is inspired and working with a newfound sense of excitement.”Dopapod – Fete Music Hall – 12/30/2017[Video: mk devo]While Dopapod may be off the road this year, fans of Rob Compa, Eli Winderman, and Chuck Jones can still catch them performing at Brooklyn Comes Alive in various supergroup formations later this month. At this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, the original Dopapod lineup will re-form for a special performance. Winderman and Compa will team up with their original drummer, Mikey Carubba, for a set of funked-out jams and exploratory improvisation under the moniker “Carubba, Compa, Winderman”. Jones will join Katharsis, a project led by The Motet’s Dave Watts along with fan-favorite keyboardist Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) and guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine).The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.
Shepherdstown is an under-the-radar arts enclave and outdoor utopia in the lower Shenandoah Valley. Situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, the small town offers a unique mix of past and progressive. Historic buildings with weathered charm dating back to the 18th century sit beside hip coffee shops and eclectic restaurants, enjoyed by Shepherd University students and city transplants like David Lillard, who moved 90 minutes west from Washington, D.C., 15 years ago and never looked back. Lillard, editor of the West Virginia Observer and an author of guidebooks including Exploring the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, found Shepherdstown while biking with his wife on the C&O Canal Towpath, which runs by town on its 184-mile route between D.C. and Cumberland, Md.“In some ways we got on our bikes and moved 70 miles upriver,” says Lillard.In addition to the river access and close proximity to the C&O, Shepherdstown is a recreation hub for Appalachian Trail hikers and explorers of the nearby Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield. After a day at play, you’ll find friendly locals and adventurous visitors grabbing a beer at Stonewall’s Pub or watching an independent film at the Opera House.“It’s an interesting blend of people who are into the arts and the outdoors,” Lillard adds. “This is a town where you’re always going to run into someone that you know, but I’ve been here for 15 years and I’m still regularly meeting people.”Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. Originally called Mechlenburg, it was founded when the state was still part of Virginia. Illustration by Scott DuBar Lillard’s Outdoor Picks:Running Through HistoryAntietam National Battlefield might be the most scenic, safest road run in the East, with views of the Blue Ridge in the distance and battle monuments all around. Choose from an easy rolling circuit or a brutal climb from the creek to the observation tower.Hiking Above Harpers FerryThomas Jefferson said the view from the rocks above Harpers Ferry was worth a trip across the Atlantic. For the best views, head across the Potomac in Maryland for a short but strenuous hike up Maryland Heights.Skiing the Legacy LoopTwelve miles from Shepherdstown in Loudoun, Va., is the 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Nestled below the Appalachian Trail, its 10-mile trail system, especially the Legacy Loop, offers solitude and wildlife.Bike CampingWant a quick escape for a night under the stars? Peddle out of Shepherdstown and head upriver on the C&O Canal’s towpath. The first biker campsite is just a couple miles away. In the long days of summer, you can set up camp, ride into town for burgers and beers, then back out in time for dark.Easy PaddlingOne of Shepherdstown’s greatest assets is the Princess Street boat ramp. Within a few miles, there are two put-ins upstream and one downstream. Sure, you’re just outside town, but once you’re on the water, you’ll feel like you’re out in the wild.
Mayor Geefre Alonsabe ordered themunicipal police station to set up checkpoints, inspect motorcycles andconfiscate noise-enhancing mufflers. ILOILO – Noisy motorcycle mufflers arebanned in Alimodian, Iloilo. Many residents have been complainingabout these noisy motorcycle mufflers, especially at night, according toAlonsabe. A municipal ordinance banning these mufflersimposes a fine of P150 to violators. Last week, 16 motorcycles wereapprehended. Their mufflers were seized and destroyed. “Disturbogid sa mga pumulyo. Bisan ako nagakakibot sa pagkagahod sang mufflers,” said Alonsabe. “We started our operation againstnoisy mufflers on the first week of December. We are warning all motoristsnot to use noisy mufflers because we will confiscate them,” said PoliceLieutenant Danilo Noca, municipal police chief./PN
The Wisconsin football team will kick off their regular season against No. 3 Alabama Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Here are five questions No. 20 Wisconsin hopes to have answered as they begin their 2015 campaign against one of the country’s most historic programs.Who will emerge as the No. 2 option at wide receiver?Alex Erickson is the clear-cut No. 1 target for starting quarterback Joel Stave after recording team highs in receptions (55) and receiving yards (772), on top of scoring three touchdowns. But who is going to lineup opposite of Erickson appears to still be up for grabs.It’s essentially a two-man race between redshirt senior Tanner McEvoy and junior Rob Wheelwright, with McEvoy currently listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart. While McEvoy has only taken on-field snaps as a quarterback and safety, he’s been impressive throughout camp as a wideout, especially given his size and athleticism.Wheelwright, on the other hand, has been able to show flashes of potential through his first two seasons with the team, but has not been able to stay healthy enough to see consistent snaps on the field.Both guys are seen as big targets who will be looked at in red zone situations and should see plenty of snaps Saturday as the University of Wisconsin coaching staff looks to finalize their depth chart.Football: Wide receiving unit looks to get healthy and produce in 2015Potential is a word often tossed around in sports. But potential is meaningless if it doesn’t result in on-field production — a Read…What will each team’s quarterback situation look like?The Alabama coaching staff is still yet to announce who their starting quarterback will be for the season opener.As of now, it appears to be a three-way race for who will replace last year’s quarterback Blake Sims at the position, and it doesn’t look like Alabama will be releasing any more information until kick-off to keep Wisconsin’s defense and coaches on their toes.On the other hand, the Badgers have had their starting quarterback in place since the spring, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding Stave.Now a redshirt senior, Stave is entering his final season as the man under center for the Badgers and has left a lot to be desired in terms of on-field production and efficiency.He’s coming off a disappointing season where he appeared in 10 games and threw just nine touchdowns to 10 interceptions, but reports out of training camp say Stave is showing improvements in his game, displaying more poise in the pocket and a quicker release on his throwing motion.Against a defense like the one the Crimson Tide boasts, the Badgers will need to bring a balanced offensive attack. Stave will need to bring composed, efficient play under center to make that happen.Can backup running back Dare Ogunbowale run effectively behind Corey Clement?Clement’s talent as a runner is well documented. He is a shifty runner with breakaway speed whose size prevents him from going down easily. But he can’t expect to be on the field for every snap, and for the first time in a long time, the Badgers don’t have an overly reliable backup running back.Last year they had now-starter Clement as a backup, while the year before they had both Melvin Gordon and James White at their disposal in the backfield. This year, they have cornerback-turned-running back Dare Ogunbowale, who has not shown — at least not yet — he will be as reliable as some of the backups UW has had in the past.Ogunbowale will absolutely need to take some snaps out of the backfield when Clement needs a breather, so it will be very interesting to see how a runner like Ogunbowale, who relies more on speed than strength, fairs against the always-vaunted Alabama defense.How will the offensive line perform?A running back is nothing without his offensive line, and Wisconsin has been known for having some of the best offensive linemen in the country. Those guys in the trenches are a big reason why UW has always had successful running games.But this year is a bit of a different story, as the team’s starting offensive line was not established until earlier this week because of various injuries and the shuffling of different combinations.Now, the starting offensive line officially consists of fifth-year senior Tyler Marz at left tackle, redshirt freshman Michael Deiter at left guard, redshirt junior Dan Voltz at center, redshirt junior Walker Williams at right guard and redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel at right tackle. While the talent may be there, the chemistry may not, as the listed unit has not worked together once during training camp.Given the Alabama defensive front is likely going to be the best the Badgers see throughout the regular season, they’ll need a strong performance from the line to not only allow for Clement to have room to run, but also to give Stave enough time to make smart, efficient passes from the pocket.Football: O-line ready for Alabama no matter who plays on right sideThe Wisconsin football team released its depth chart Monday in anticipation of its prime-time matchup against No. 3 Alabama Saturday. Read…Can UW’s linebackers live up to the pre-season hype and halt Alabama’s offensive attack?Wisconsin’s linebacking core, consisting of junior Vince Biegel and senior Joe Schobert at outside linebacker, and redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards and junior Leon Jacobs on the inside, serves as the foundation of a stout Badger defense.With Alabama having some quarterback issues of their own, it will be important for UW to limit the Crimson Tide’s running game led by standout power runner Derrick Henry. Henry is a powerful back who commonly finds his way through the defensive line and into the second level of defense, so it’ll be important for the linebackers to stop Henry from breaking off large gains.If the Badgers want to give themselves the best chance to win, they will need to hold down the middle of the field, limit Alabama’s big, momentum-shifting plays and keep the score low — which all starts with the four guys in the middle of the field.Football: “Yin-yang” balance between OLBs Biegel, Schobert spells doom for opposing offensesAfter a series of fist pumps, chest bumps, hoots and hollers from other teammates, Wisconsin football outside linebacker Joe Schobert, Read…
Prime Minister Keith Rowley PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says despite the loss of thousands of jobs over the past three and half years, his administration has been able to keep the nation out of the clutches of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and urged citizens never forget the atrocities of the previous government.In the second part of his “Mind Your Business” presentation on Monday night, Rowley told a television audience that “we did not use retrenchment in the public service” as a means of dealing with economic situation he inherited when he came to office in September 2015.He said unlike other Caribbean countries, notably, Barbados and Jamaica, that had sought assistance from the IMF, “We will take our own medicine and manage ourselves.”Defends closure of PETROTRINIn his presentation, Rowley defended the decision to shut down the loss-making oil refinery at the state-owned company, PETROTRIN, noting that while it meant the inevitable loss of thousands of jobs, thousands others however have found employment with the new companies formed to take on the role previously undertaken by PETROTRIN.He said four billion dollars in royalties were not paid just to allow the company to continue to stay in business, adding that was the only company in the country that was not paying taxes. He said the forecast for the company was two billion in losses every year going forward.“We restructured the company in 2018. The debt owed by PETROTRIN would be serviced by the Heritage Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of PETROTRIN, so it would relieve the Finance Minister of the burden of servicing PETROTRIN’s debt, which left more money for the minister to do other things in the country.”But Rowley said that while Trinidad and Tobago economy is based on the oil and gas sectors, there was need to diversify into other areas.In the way of diversification, Rowley said the new Phoenix Park will be used for manufacturing aluminum cables and make sheet aluminum as well as aluminum wheels for cars. He said the methanol plant will also be on stream. He said the drydock at La Brea will invite ships to come in for repairs.He also said he has approached the private sector with proposals to invest in agriculture in the over 1,000 acres of agriculture land that has been laid to waste in Aripo.“This is job creation. These areas of employment will generate jobs.”He reminded the nation that the previous coalition government led by Kamla Persad Bissessar had engaged in several policies resulting in a significant decline in revenue to the country.But he said three and a half years later, the statistics show the country is improving.
The trophy will then be paraded for public viewing at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) the following day, February 27.“This is the most coveted, top prize in football. Every footballer’s dream is to have this trophy or even come close to it and the opportunity that Coca-cola is giving the Kenyan fan to see the trophy gives the young players hope that this is what every footballers dream is all about,” Coca-cola’s Ampher Apidi said during the tour launch on Wednesday.Coca-Cola Senior Franchise Brand Manager, Rodney Nzokia (From Left), in company of Harambee Stars Head Coach, Paul Put and Coca-Cola Country Manager Satya Ram, embrace their sportsmanship in a Kodak gestural moment during the Fifa World-Cup Trophy Tour media launch. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Trophy tour kicked off last September in Russia and will visit more than 50 countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.Within Russia, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 25 cities – the longest host country tour in history – with one out of every three Russians having the opportunity to experience the Trophy in person.“We are proud to welcome the World Cup trophy to Kenya for the third consecutive time. This recognition and honour attests to the country’s undying love for the game. The trophy is only visiting 10 countries in Africa and this attests to the great pride Coca-Cola has for Kenyan people,” Rodney Nzioka, Cocacola’s Senior Brand Manager in Kenya said.The heavily guarded piece of silverware is only touched by Heads of State and previous winners and fans will only be allowed to view and take photos with it from a well covered podium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coca-Cola Country Manager Satya Ram, addresses the media personalities and invited guests on the plans and logistics of the forthcoming Fifa World-Cup Trophy Tour in Kenya. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7- The 18-karat gold FIFA World Cup trophy that will be the centre of attention when the footballing world’s eyes turn to Russia in June will land in Kenya’s capital on February 26 on a two-day tour, its third ever in the country.The trophy which is on a world-wide tour of over 50 countries will land in Kenya on 26th at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before proceeding to State House, as is the norm, to be welcomed into the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta.