Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Elvis Impersonator & Vegas Showgirls For Sin City Spectacle [Video]

first_imgOn 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 Yearlast_img read more

Leis show support for Te’o

first_imgAfter losing his grandmother and girlfriend within hours of each other last week, Irish linebacker Manti Te’o could have left Notre Dame and his teammates to be with his family in Hawaii. Instead, he stayed in South Bend and led his team to a decisive victory at Michigan State on Saturday. This Saturday, under the Notre Dame Stadium lights, tens of thousands of Fighting Irish fans will return the favor and display their support for Te’o during his time of loss by donning leis at the football team’s night game against Michigan. The “Wear a Lei for Manti” campaign was conceived at a Monday night meeting of the Leprechaun Legion when the student spirit group discussed the possibility of giving out leis to students at the pep rally before the Michigan game, senior and Legion football leader Rosemary Kelly said. “The idea was suggested at the Legion meeting in recognition of Manti’s allegiance to Notre Dame, his sacrifice to stay an extra year and his decision to play in the Michigan State game under personally difficult circumstances,” she said. “As students, we want to do our part and let him know that we value his contributions and support him as a man of Notre Dame, on and off the field.” Coincidentally, a similar idea was posted by someone unrelated to the Legion on the social media pages of The New ND Nation (TNNDN), a Notre Dame fan group committed to positive attitudes toward the school, within hours of the Legion’s meeting, Kelly said. Lynne Gilbert, a TNNDN volunteer who manages the group’s Twitter account, said the group helped publicize the idea via Twitter and Facebook on Monday. By Tuesday morning, a local South Bend radio station contacted Gilbert to discuss the lei campaign. “[The idea for the campaign] just blew up on Monday after we asked our Twitter followers what they thought of it,” she said. “We started a Facebook event page, ‘Wear a Lei for Manti,’ that now has 4,000 members, so it’s just been growing and growing.” The social media-driven publicity helped the Legion find a way to distribute leis to students without violating NCAA compliance rules about paying for promotional items in Te’o’s name, Kelly said. “We had to figure out how to pull it off without spending any money,” Kelly said. “Fortunately, a flurry of social media in the last few days has garnered support for the movement, and less than 24 hours after the idea surfaced, we had a donation for the pep rally, and we now have an opportunity to make the idea a reality.” Kelly said United Beverage Company of South Bend volunteered to donate 7,500 leis to the Legion to be distributed at Friday’s pep rally. At least 25,000 leis will be distributed Saturday from various sources, Gilbert said. Budweiser and WSBT have partnered to donate 10,000 leis for students on gameday, Brothers Bar and Grill will contribute 1,000 leis to the campaign and TNNDN purchased 500 leis with out-of-pocket money and donations received through its website. Gilbert said TNNDN’s goal in supporting the lei campaign was rooted in the group’s love for Notre Dame. “We really just want to give back to Manti and the whole team. Look what he’s done through adversity … just going out there and playing with his heart and putting it all on the field,” she said. “It’s a different atmosphere and the team is so unified, so anything we can do to give back to them, we want to do.” As a member of Notre Dame’s student community, Kelly said the movement holds even greater meaning. “Hopefully students will take a moment to think about what the lei means as they put it on. It is a sign of affection for Manti and a symbol of our support for him,” she said. “It is a nod toward what we, as a community, hold to be important in our representative student-athletes, and after this week, I think each student on campus will have a new awareness of just how tight-knit the Notre Dame community is and will realize that community does not end at campus boundaries.” For more information, visit TNNDN’s website,, and the Facebook pages of TNNDN and the Leprechaun Legion.last_img read more

ND freshmen take part in revamped Welcome Weekend

first_imgThe class of 2019 spent its first days at Notre Dame participating in events organized by the University and its 29 residence halls during this year’s Welcome Weekend, formerly known as Frosh-O. Over the course of the weekend, freshmen partook in a variety of activities alongside their classmates and older student ambassadors, which were designed to make the first-year students feel comfortable as they adjust to life away from home.Michael Yu | The Observer Freshman Andy Nelson said he felt a sense of belonging within the Notre Dame community when he pulled up to Morrisey Hall for the first time.“I just opened my car and everyone helped take my stuff to my dorm room,” Nelson said. “It helped me feel welcomed. Everyone had Morrisey T-shirts on and when I got mine, I just felt like part of the group.”Nelson said he enjoys the energy, community and faith that he has experienced at Notre Dame.“I went to a Catholic grade school and high school, so I’m kind of used to Catholic schooling,” Nelson said. “I liked how faith is an important part of school here at Notre Dame. Over Welcome Weekend, we had a lot of stuff centered around faith, like the opening Mass and the visit to the Grotto.”Welcome Weekend was led in the dorms by staffs consisting of current student ambassadors who worked to help the first year students move in and transition into their lives at Notre Dame.Junior Maggie Blake, Walsh Hall’s Welcome Weekend captain, said she thought this year’s Welcome Weekend was the best one yet. Blake said an event called “Ice Cream on Ice” was her favorite.“We did an event with Keenan where we went ice skating at Compton and ate ice cream,” Blake said. “It was so much fun. Everyone was having a blast and everyone skated, even the people who didn’t really know how to or went in not wanting to.”Blake said she wanted to highlight the sense of love and community within Walsh for the first year students.“I remember when I was I freshman, I was really nervous coming in,” Blake said. “Just coming to this place, where people love each other so much, made me feel way better.”Freshmen Kimberly Faust and Caroline Forlenza, roommates in Farley Hall, said their residence hall’s Welcome Weekend staff made them feel comfortable and excited to begin their time at Notre Dame.“They were really helpful just while moving us in and helping us organize our furniture,” Faust said. “I didn’t expect them to carry all our stuff for us.”Forlenza said she felt a sense of unity with her new classmates after the weekend.“When we were all at the Grotto, we were holding candles and they read aloud some of the concerns I’ve felt,” Forlenza said. “It was nice to hear that everyone’s feeling the same way.”Junior Jay Dawahare, the Welcome Week captain in Alumni Hall, said his favorite part of the weekend was teaching Alumni’s serenade songs to the first year students.“Every year we teach the Pups ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion,” Dawahare said. “The words are easy enough to teach, but the emotion behind the song and dance takes a skilled and passionate staff. Usually the Pups laugh at us at first, but by Sunday night you can see a few Pups serenading the women.”Dawahare said Welcome Weekend was a success, although he said he felt some of the changes this year have hindered the ambassadors’ abilities to welcome new students. Alumni Hall was unable to host its traditional Dawg Run across campus, according to Dawahare.“In general, there is too much emphasis on one individual, instead of the group,” Dawahare said. “Because a couple people might not want or be able to fully participate, they shut down the whole event. There are carts as an option for people unable or unwilling to run so they are able to ride alongside.”Dawahare said he presented Alumni Hall as a home and family to its new residents.“My goal was and still is to foster the sense of brotherhood and community that Alumni Hall is known for, and that has been integral to my experience at Notre Dame,” he said.Tags: Alumni Hall, Class of 2019, Frosh-O, Grotto, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer

first_img Related Shows What I Did Last Summer View Comments Tickets are now available for A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer. Carolyn McCormick, Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen and more will star in the off-Broadway production, which will begin previews on April 28 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Jim Simpson, the production will open on May 17 and run through June 7.The play takes place near the end of World War II. With her husband overseas, Grace takes her teenage son and daughter to Lake Erie for the summer. However, she soon discovers that her attempt for maintain the status quo may have adverse effects on her splintering relationship with her family.The cast will also include Pico Alexander, Juliet Brett, Noah Galvin and Kate McGonigle. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015last_img read more

Kings Park Man Convicted in Son’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County jury convicted a 32-year-old Kings Park man Friday of manslaughter in the beating death of his 43-day-old son nearly four years ago. Christopher Foster was acquitted of the most serious charge of second-degree murder. Foster faces up to 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced Sept. 8, prosecutors said. Foster’s conviction stems from his son’s death on Oct.11, 2011. Prosecutors said an autopsy revealed that the infant, Jonathan Hertzler, suffered a fractured skull, four broken ribs and bruises to his face. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner testified during trial that there was evidence the boy suffered bruises inflicted before the night of his death, prosecutors said. The fatal injuries were the result of multiple blows, according to the medical examiner’s testimony. The infant’s mother testified that Jonathan was a “source of constant aggravation” and that Foster often became angry when the infant cried, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors told the jury that Foster was the last person to hold his son and that the father called his boss to report that Jonathan wasn’t breathing instead of 911. Foster was also found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child.last_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 Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Eddie Jones: England coach says Ireland is their most important game of the year | Rugby Union News

first_imgEngland head coach Eddie Jones says Ireland will come to Twickenham with plenty of swagger after beating Wales Eddie Jones has described England’s Autumn Nations Cup game against Ireland as their most important game of the year.Both teams recorded big wins in their opening fixtures, Ireland beating Wales 32-9 in Dublin on Friday night before England whitewashed Georgia 40-0 at Twickenham.“We realise the Ireland game is going to be the most important game of the year,” said Jones, whose side have been comprehensive winners in their last three matches against Ireland, including a 24-12 victory at Twickenham during this year’s Six Nations.“We’ll go away and have a good preparation. Ireland will be cock‑a‑hoop after their big win against Wales so they’ll come with plenty of confidence and swagger.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – England beat Georgia 40-0 in Autumn Nations Cup opener to register fifth successive win; Eddie Jones’ side face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday; Jones: “Ireland will be cock‑a‑hoop after their big win against Wales so they’ll come with plenty of confidence and swagger” Last Updated: 15/11/20 11:28am England head coach Eddie Jones says Ireland will come to Twickenham with plenty of swagger after beating Wales 0:43 Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton will have a scan to discover the extent of his injury suffered against Wales, but is hopeful he will be fit to face England “We know already that that won’t be good enough at Twickenham but we’ve got to be realistic, we took a step forward,” said Murray.“There’s a good feeling in the dressing room, especially that we left a little bit out there and we can make that extra improvement that we will need to do to play at Twickenham and to get a result.“We know we’ve great potential in this team and I think everyone is searching to reach that, which is exciting.”center_img Jamie George bagged three tries against Georgia Jamie George bagged three tries against Georgia

Danish Cup final interrupted as fans refuse to keep distance

first_imgThe Danish Cup final was interrupted for almost a quarter of an hour because fans refused to comply with the social distancing rules inside the stadium, police said. The two finalists, Aalborg (AaB) and SonderjyskE, were each allocated 750 tickets for the match in Esbjerg on Wednesday evening.During the first half, “the referee had to suspend the match for up to 15 minutes, when the AaB fans refused to stay in the designated seats and huddled together in violation of the Covid rules,” Sydjylland police said on Twitter. Pictures show members of the Aalborg staff unsuccessfully encouraging their supporters to return to their designated seats. Between 40 and 50 of the fans were expelled from the ground and put on a bus and sent back to Aalborg with a police escort.The match resumed after 14 minutes and ended in a 2-0 victory for SonderjyskE, who won the competition for the first time.The police also tweeted that they arrested some fans for letting off flares.The increased crowd for the match represented a loosening of Denmark’s earlier coronavirus rules limiting attendance at a football match to 500 with a minimum distance between them of two metres.On Tuesday, the Danish government said it would allow 500 fans into each section of the stadium and that would have to keep one metre apart. In Copenhagen, up to 10,500 fans will be able into Parken, Denmark’s largest stadium which can hold 38,000, FC Copenhagen club communications manager Jes Mortensen told AFP on Tuesday. Topics :last_img read more

Danica’s Aarup-Andersen promoted to join parent Danske Bank’s board

first_imgJacob Aarup-Andersen, CFO at Denmark’s Danica Pension, is leaving the DKK327bn (€43.8bn) commercial pension provider, where he has spearheaded a major strategy overhaul in the last year and a half to take a top position at Danica parent company Danske Bank.Aarup-Andersen was named as the successor to Danske Bank’s current CFO Henrik Ramlau-Hansen on 1 April 2016, when the latter has said he wants to resign.As well as being the new CFO, Aarup-Andersen will also join the bank’s executive board.Thomas Borgen, Danske Bank’s chief executive, said: “Jacob Aarup-Andersen has shown he is well-versed in strategy and management and possesses the qualifications needed to take up the position as CFO at group level.” He said Danske Bank was in the process of making itself more customer-focused, simple and efficient, and that Aarup-Andersen would help with this.Aarup-Andersen joined Danica in May 2014, coming to the pensions subsidiary from the role of chief portfolio manager at Danske Capital, the asset management arm of Danske Bank.In the short time he has been at Danica Pension, he has overhauled the provider’s investment strategy, putting the focus sharply on taking on direct investments and reducing its holdings in bonds.He quickly set about hiring in the skills to build an in-house team capable to making such direct investments.Danica’s subsequent head-hunting activity has been a key factor in the wave of top job changes that has swept through the Danish pensions sector in the last 18 months.Aarup-Andersen will stay at Danica until the end of December 2015, and then act as deputy CFO for Ramlau-Hansen from 1 January until he takes over as CFO in April.No one at Danica was available to comment on how he would be replaced at the subsidiary, or the implications of the move.last_img read more

Dominican mother gives ‘gift of life’ to daughter

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Chris Rossi/The Gazette Marilyn Claudette Loblack (right) donated her kidney to her daughter, Sacha K. Webster (left), on Dec. 22.Now that the new year has begun, Marilyn Claudette Loblack and her daughter, Sacha K. Webster, both of Landover, plan to follow through with an unusual resolution.Both are recuperating in their apartment from a Dec. 22 kidney transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where Loblack, 51, donated one of her kidneys to Brewster, 31, whose kidneys were failing because of diabetes and hypertension.When mother and daughter are fully recovered, they say they plan to help educate people about how to donate in hopes of shortening the wait for kidneys, which are donated by both living and deceased people.Success rates are better with living donors, and the wait for a deceased person’s kidney can be longer, anywhere from two to five years, according to the UMMC website.“I want to encourage people to get tested because you can help your loved ones,” said Loblack, who was found to be a good potential donor after a series of compatibility tests.“You can save someone’s life,” said Loblack, who said she didn’t think twice about donating one of her kidneys to save her daughter, whose kidneys started to fail after she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Type II diabetes in 2010.Most people are born with two kidneys that remove toxins, waste products and excess water from the blood, producing urine in the process.Treatment of failing kidneys can include a transplant, which can lead to rejection or post-surgery infections; or dialysis, which uses a machine to filter blood, but Brewster said the treatments caused her fatigue, itching, fluid buildup and inability to sleep.“Dialysis wears you out,” said Brewster, who did it three times a week for more than three hours each day for over a year.Although mother’s and daughter’s blood types are different, their immune systems were a good match, lowering the risk she would reject the kidney from her mother, Brewster said.Brewster, who had been working at the front desk of a Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., said she first realized she had kidney problems in 2010.“It’s hard to digest something like that when you’ve been a healthy person,” said Brewster, who learned everything they could before the operation with help from the National Kidney Foundation and UMMC.The transplant was performed by UMMC surgeon Rolf Barth, who was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.UMMC performs about 200 kidney transplants a year, some of which use the single incision laparoscopic surgery, or SILS, technique that was used in the Loblack-Brewster transplant, said hospital spokeswoman Meghan Scalea.The SILS method, involves removing the donated kidney through an incision in the naval, leaving a much smaller scar than operations using additional incisions in the abdomen.Scalea said eight people from Prince George’s County donated kidneys in 2009, and two from the county donated kidneys in 2010, all using the SILS method.Loblack said buying Christmas presents from stores this year took a backseat for her because she knew she was giving the “gift of life” to her daughter by donating one of her kidneys.A member of Evangel Assembly of God in Temple Hills, Brewster said members of the church visited her the morning of the operation.Senior Associate Pastor Diana McConaty of Brandywine also visited with her daughter, Crystal McConaty of Waldorf, two days after the transplant, on Christmas Eve.“It was such a transformation,” said Diana McConaty about Brewster. “Her whole countenance, her complexion — she was like a brand-new person.”“She was still in pain, but she was more talkative than I’ve seen her be in a year,” Diana McConaty said.During the Christmas Day service at the church, Diana McConaty tied in her message about the true meaning of Christmas with the gift Loblack had given her daughter, then asked the congregation to turn and wave at the camera that was taping the service.“It made me feel really good. I could see them waving,” said Brewster, who was able to watch the service as it was taking place on her computer.“God gave me a chance to have a second life,” Brewster said. “I have a much better perception of life and what it’s really worth.”“Nobody in my family will ever forget this Christmas,” she said.For more about UMMC’s transplant program, visit information is also available at (National Kidney Foundation in New York City, with a Maryland branch in Lutherville) and (United Network for Organ Sharing in Richmond, Va.)By: by Virginia Terhune, Staff LocalNews Dominican mother gives ‘gift of life’ to daughter by: – January 9, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 43 Views 4 commentslast_img read more