Widespread Panic Covers Black Sabbath For The Fourth Consecutive Show

first_imgOn Friday, it was “Fairies Wear Boots.” Saturday, “Sweet Leaf.” Sunday, “Children Of The Grave.” Last night, Widespread Panic continued their trend of covering a Black Sabbath tune in the encore, bringing out a wild debut version of “Electric Funeral” – in the middle of “Chilly Water” no less.Panic was on hand at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, playing to an enthusiastic crowd on a fall tour run that will ultimately land them in Colorado for three nights. With all eyes on the Halloween run, Panic continues to serve up fiery dishes of Southern-fried jam rock. The band has yet to repeat any songs on this tour as well, continuing to mine their deep catalog over the course of these four nights.“Let’s Get Down To Business” opened the show, before the classic Pops Staples cover “Hope In A Hopeless World” came next. The band touted out classics like “Heroes” and “Old Neighborhood,” included a great “Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” and ended the first set with “Conrad.”The band got to jamming in the second half, with “Steven’s Cat” opening and great segues like “Time Zones > Solid Rock” and a “Machine” that would ultimately lead into “Little Kin,” “Travelin’ Light,” “Barstools & Dreamers,” a mini “Drums” jam,” “Red Hot Mama” and “Fishwater.” Of course, you know the ending by now, as Panic brought out “Chilly Water” and segued into their debut of “Electric Funeral,” before returning to “Chilly Water” to end the set.In honor of the debut Black Sabbath cover, listen to the first three Sabbath tunes that the band played in Milwaukee below (though the “Fairies Wear Boots” video is actually from Austin).Fairies Wear BootsSweet LeafChildren Of The GraveYou can see the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at the Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN – 10/25/16Set 1 Let’s Get Down To Business, Hope In A Hopeless World, Heroes, Old Neighborhood, Makes Sense To Me, I’m Not Alone, Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Conrad (60 mins)Set 2 Steven’s Cat, Wondering, Time Zones > Solid Rock, Machine > Little Kin > Travelin’ Light > Barstools & Dreamers > Mini-Drums > Fishwater > Red Hot Mama > Fishwater (80 mins)Encore Chilly Water > Electric Funeral > Chilly Water (16 mins)Notes [‘Electric Funeral’ first time played (Black Sabbath); 4th consecutive show featuring Black Sabbath in encore (Halloween theme?)]last_img read more

Aqueous Shares Pro-Shot Video of Nicktoons Mashup From Halloween Performance [Watch]

first_imgThe members of Aqueous were in full cartoon mode for Halloween last week when they celebrated the costume-friendly holiday at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York along with Mungion. The concert was professionally filmed and streamed live on Halloween night for fans outside of New York City to enjoy following their night out trick-or-treating. On Wednesday the jam band from Buffalo shared one of the nostalgic highlights from the show with a nearly 17-minute video of their performance of “Split the Difference”, which included a Nicktoons mashup of themes from Rocko’s Modern Life and Rugrats.The performance of “Split the Difference” from Aqueous’ recently-released Color Wheel album came at the climactic end to the first set of the show. The track opens up with guitarist/keyboards Dave Loss (dressed as Chuckie Finster) controlling a mix of old-school video game sounds out of his synths while guitarist Mike Gantzer (Quailman) provided a layer of swelling guitar chords at the opposite end of the stage. The song began to transition into the familiar chord progression of Rocko’s Modern Life shortly after the 5:00 minute mark before Loss sung out those weirdly-fun lyrics to the animated cartoon from the 1990s.Gantzer tore into his guitar as the spacey mashup continued into the more innocent melodic theme from Rugrats, with Loss pounding away at the familiar riff on his keyboard starting before the 8-minute mark. The band then began to head back to their original chord structure with more jamming courtesy of Gantzer before they all returned to “Split The Difference”. Not a bad way to end a first set!You can watch the pro-shot video of the Nicktoons mashup below.Aqueous – “Split The Difference > Nicktoons Medley > Split The Difference”[Video: MKDevo]Aqueous will continue jamming their way across the country on their North American tour in promotion of Color Wheel with a show in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, November 7th. The tour is scheduled to run until the end of the year when the band will close out 2018 with their annual New Year’s Eve show in Buffalo, New York. Fans can click here to see the full listing of the band’s upcoming shows.Setlist: Aqueous | Knitting Factory Brooklyn | Brooklyn, New York | 10/31/18 Set One: Killer Tofu > Realize Your Light, The Median, Don’t Do It > Catdog Theme > Don’t Do It, Split the Difference > Rocko’s Modern Life Theme > Rugrats Theme > Split the DifferenceSet Two: Aldehyde > Ren and Stimpy Theme, Good Enough > Ocean Man > Origami > What’s the Connection? > Hey Arnold Theme > What’s the Connection? > Doug Theme > Weight of the WordEncore: Rocket Power Themelast_img read more

Creative ways you can energize your staff and yourself

first_imgI don’t know about you, but even after a good night’s sleep, by around 3pm, I feel sluggish. In today’s world, the average employee has so many balls in the air, it’s inevitable leaders are faced with an exhausted workforce. To get yourself and your staff up and moving, try these creative ways to spark that creative energy and enthusiasm.First, check inSchedule a team sit down to evaluate where everyone’s energy stands. Ask your team, “Are there certain times of day where you feel more productive?” Establish when the majority feels run-down and ask for feedback on ways everyone can band together to fight off low energy levels. Calibrating what a typical day is like for most will help everyone better plan on how to move forward and get moving.Celebrate the small thingsDon’t let too much time go by between workplace outings and small celebrations. Breaking up the monotony of office life is a surefire way to energize your team and raise employee morale. These don’t have to be expensive affairs that will set the company back. Even simple things like an office picnic or group stroll around town can be refreshing and rewarding.Be randomSure, we thrive on structure. But, going through the day-to-day avoiding any change can sure be a drag. You can still conduct necessary business while still changing things up. Instead of holding your daily (or weekly) team meeting in the conference room, invite your team outdoors or to the local coffee shop. Small changes that still allow the work to be completed will shake things up and demonstrate your desire to keep things creative and new. 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Sweden’s Folksam hit by 42% drop in first-half premiums

first_imgFolksam Liv, Sweden’s biggest life insurer by market share, saw a sharp decline in premium income in the first half of this year after it pushed through major changes in its with-profits life products last year.The life and pensions arm of Swedish mutual Folksam reported a 42% slide in premiums written to SEK5.18bn (€543m) from SEK8.94bn in the same period to June last year.In 2015, Folksam made changes to its traditional life-insurance product by separating old and new capital with a mid-year cut-off point and applying different bonus rates for each.It did this to reduce one-off deposits aimed only at sharing in its bonus interest programme; new capital pays out only half the percentage bonus rate applied to old capital. The move has had the desired effect of decreasing one-off premiums and increasing monthly instalment payments, Folksam said in the report.“As a result, we are ensuring our customers will continue to experience long-term, secure retirement savings,” it said.Private savings into traditional pensions dropped to SEK2.6bn from SEK3.8bn.Chief executive Jens Henriksson said the company’s biggest challenge was to achieve a return on assets under management amid negative interest rates and stock-market turbulence.He said the Brexit vote, while heightening uncertainty, could also provide opportunities for long-term investors.“Even though it is difficult to foresee the long-term economic consequences of this, Folksam and its subsidiaries can, as a well-capitalised investor, withstand downturns in its investments,” Henriksson said.Folksam Liv’s solvency ratio dipped to 155% at the end of June from 162% at the same point in 2015.The decline was due to lower market interest rates, which increased the technical provisions.The total return for the period amounted to 2.6%, down from 3.7%.“Equity assets in the portfolio,” the company said, “developed slightly negatively during the period, while fixed interest securities and, above all, real estate contributed positively.”AUM rose to SEK168bn at the end of June from SEK164bn at the end of December.Solvency levels at Folksam subsidiary KPA Pension, the local government sector pension fund, fell to 154% at the end of June from 166% at the end of December 2015. As with Folksam Liv, this weakening was due to low market interest rates that had increased technical provisions.KPA’s overall return fell to 1.9% in the first half from 4% in the first half of 2015. Premium income increased during the six-month period to KPA Pension by just over 3% to SEK10.6bn from SEK10.3bn.KPA’s assets under management grew to SEK144bn at the end of June from SEK132bn at the end of December.last_img read more