On Saturday night, Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage at the Bender Jamboree for their first of two headlining slots this weekend at the annual festival taking place at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The band joined an exciting lineup for the evening that also included The Travelin’ McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Shook Twins, The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, and Polyrhythmics. Saturday’s performance also marked Greensky’s first show in over a month, and the jam-grass quintet had plenty of appropriately themed surprises in store for the Sin City celebration.“Past My Prime” got the set started, followed by a rendition of “Handle With Care” featuring a tease of Titanic theme song “My Heart Will Go On”. “Fixin’ To Ruin” came next and featured an appropriate sit-in from percussionist Ken Kinnear, who contributed to the studio recording of the tune for 2016’s Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted. “Room Without A Roof” and “Living Over” followed, before the band continued through a string of selections from 2014’s If Sorrows Swim: “In Control”, “Letter To Seymour”, “Demons”, and “Kerosene”.Next, Greensky welcomed out a very special, Vegas-appropriate guest: the one and only Elvis Presley. Well, not the “one and only”…One of the many, many Elvis impersonators that line the Vegas Strip, with showgirls in full regalia in tow. Elvis led the band through a bluegrass rendition of his classic tune “Viva Las Vegas” and stayed onstage for a set-closing rendition of “Leap Year”.Below, you can watch a clip of the King’s shenanigans on “Viva Las Vegas” and check out some photos from Greensky’s first of two Las Vegas performances this weekend:Greensky Bluegrass w/ Elvis Impersonator – “Viva Las Vegas”[Video: Max Berde] Bender Jamboree finishes today with performances from Shook Twins, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, Sam Bush, and Greensky, in addition to The Dustbowl Revival’s late-night festival Wrap Party. For more information, head to the festival website.Greensky Bluegrass has a lengthy stretch of festival dates on the books for the remainder of April and May, culminating in their inaugural Camp Greensky festival from May 31st – June 2nd at Hoxeyville Festival Grounds in their native Michigan. For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel | Las Vegas, NV | 4/14/18 Set 1: Past My Prime, Handle With Care, Fixin To Ruin, Room Without a Roof, Living Over, In Control, A Letter to Seymour, Demons, Kerosene, Viva Las Vegas, Leap Year
We travel with a two burner stove and often pull over at rest stops to make meals. It’s worth taking the time out of the drive to fight the hanger. 2. Free books from your Public Library 5. Snacks Snacks Snacks Bonus for finding a series you really like and knowing you have hours and hours of listening time ahead of you. We really enjoyed the entire Harry Potter series. The narrator is wonderful and listening to the story is like playing movies in your head as your drive. Overdrive and Libby are two apps that allow you to listen to free books from your public library. You need to have a library card to get access to the books, but it’s simple to set up. Make sure to look up and request a few books ahead of time, each public library only has a few licenses of each audiobook and popular ones take a while to get access to. This American Life: Classic podcast that discusses all things American, from really tough hot topics, to fun smaller local stories. Reply All: This is a podcast both Ben and I enjoy. It’s a Gimlet Media podcast that discusses all things internet. As vanlifers, we miss a lot of internet phenomenon, and this a podcast is a fun way to catch up. 1. Podcasts Mystery Show: Bring back the Mystery Show! Starlee Kine’s voice and perspective on the world make this ten episode podcast a must-listen. Similar to Heavyweight, but with a focus on life’s little mysteries. Listen to the episode on Brittney Spears, really. Some of our favorite driving music: Summer Acoustic, Your Favorite Coffee House, Folk Pop, Essential Indie, Pickin’ On Series. Heavyweight: Jonathon Goldstein helps humans right a wrong from their past. Something about his voice, sense of humor, and focus on human connection keeps us coming back. Our favorites: If you want books right away and don’t mind shelling out some dough, check out Audible. They have an awesome selection, and there’s no wait time. Everyone wants crunchy and salty treats on the road. We try to stop by the grocery store instead of the gas station when we head out on a Road Trip. This allows us to get organic nuts, fruits and berries, chips and salsa, crackers and peanut butter, and grass-fed jerky. Spend money upfront on snacks, and you won’t be forced to make poor choices when hunger strikes and you’re perusing the isles of a gas station. 4. Trusty Music Revisionist History: Malcolm Gladwell brings us super interesting stories on events we thought we knew the whole story on. We clearly did not. There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. S-Town: We listened to this podcast while we were driving through the southeast and what a background for the drive. It’s an investigative journalism podcast that dives deep into the life of an interesting man in Alabama. 3. Passengers Only Crafting projects on the road! I have learned how to cross stitch, embroidery, and macrame while headed down the road. The first two are great because they are smaller and can be stopped and started at any point. Sometimes I get ambitious and do a macrame project, but the excessive rope can get in the way. There are many craft stores that sell kits which are great to start out with, then you can start with projects of your own. Everyone knew this was coming. We rely heavily on Spotify random playlists to keep us occupied. The classic Road Trip playlists get a lot of attention as well. Thank you to Spotify for suppling endlessly hilariously titled playlists that you can shuffle through. Live Outside and Play Road Team here. We consider ourselves Road Trip experts. We have lived in a van for three years, driving back and forth across the country multiple times over these past few years. We sometimes take on ten-hour drives multiple times a week to get to a new festival location. All this time on the road has forced us to figure out how to entertain ourselves for hours at a time. There’s only so much time you can spend chatting, then starring at the driver, then making up songs about the town names we are passing. We’ve written some suggestions before if you’d like more tips on how to have an awesome summer road trip! We would love to hear your suggestions. Please help us add to this list! This is a no brainer, and the best of all the options. We’ve got our favorites that we cycle through, but there are thousands of options for all interests. Our biggest suggestion is to put down the money for a podcast playing app. The app that comes standard on most phones is frustrating. Sorry drivers, sometimes you have to keep your eyes on the road. Ben reads every road sign available to quell boredom and also peaks over at my time-passing-crafts. Don’t forget those city name songs along the way.
The government has decided to allow places of worship in COVID-19 “green zones” to reopen as the “new normal” comes into force.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi explained on Wednesday that the permits to re-open certain worship places would be issued after taking into consideration the areas’ R0 and RT. R0 refers to a virus’ basic reproduction number, while RT refers to R0 at a given time. Both indicators measure how contagious an infectious disease is. An outbreak will eventually peter out in a certain area if it has an R0 below one. On the other hand, the outbreak can grow exponentially if the R0 remains above one. “The permits will be issued by district heads upon consulting with regents. After all, it’s the regents who are fully aware of an area’s R0 and RT,” Fachrul said during a teleconference on Wednesday, adding that the permits would be reviewed monthly. “If COVID-19 transmission in an area increases, the permit to operate places of worship there will be revoked,” the minister said.The government is planning to ease large-scale social restrictions in the near future and embrace the new normal by reopening schools, offices and shopping centers as well as other public places. However, many have questioned the decision as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths still continue to rise across the country. Topics :