The Magpie Salute Announces 2018 Tour With Gov’t Mule & Avett Brothers

first_imgBack in late 2016, Rich Robinson of the The Black Crowes announced a brand-new project called The Magpie Salute. Joining him for the new band, Robinson recruited former Black Crowes members, guitarist/vocalist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien in addition to Rich Robinson Band member Joe Magistro and The Magpie Salute’s lead vocalist, John Hogg.Today, The Magpie Salute has added a number of tour dates across 2018, detailing a number of headlining performances, festival sets, and supporting gigs for Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers. These performances come in addition to the band hitting the studio, where they’re currently working on their untitled debut album that is due out this year.The Magpie Salute’s upcoming summer tour kicks off on July 8th at Thunder Bay, Ontario’s Thunder Bay Blues Festival. From there, the group will support Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers for a number of dates in the Northeast before landing in Peekskill, New York’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater for a headlining gig on July 17th. After headlining shows in Waterloo, New York, and Fairfield, Connecticut, The Magpie Salute will reconvene with Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers for three dates in late August. Closing out the recently announced dates, The Magpie Salute has five headlining performances in September, with the last of their announced dates falling at Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.You can check out The Magpie Salute’s upcoming tour dates below, and head over to their website for more information.MAGPIE SALUTE – 2018 TOUR DATES7/8 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Blues Festival7/12 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater^7/13 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center^7/14 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center^7/16 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley Theater7/19 – Waterloo, NY – Del Lago Resort & Casino7/21 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse8/23 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center^8/24 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^8/25 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre^9/8 – Ardmore, PA – Armore Music Hall9/12 – Fredericton, CAN – Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest9/13 – Portland, ME – Aura9/15 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino9/23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival^ – With Gov. Mule & The Avett BrothersView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Artist Sheperd Fairey surprises two USC classes

first_imgGraphic artist Shepard Fairey, designer of the Barack Obama Hope poster, surprised two USC classes yesterday by dropping in to explain his life’s work of exposing cultural truths and inspiring social change through graphic and street art.Students in the School of Cinematic Arts’ IML 420: “New Media for Social Change” and the Roski School of Fine Arts’ PAS 371: “Art in the Public Realm” class asked Fairey questions about his work for the last 30 years.“I reclaim American symbols and turn them toward change,” Fairey said of his art. “There ought to be windmills where the buffalo roam.”Fairey emerged in the art scene in the late ‘80s with his grassroots “Andre the Giant Has A Posse” campaign that has since spread worldwide.“The OBEY poster was not about a specific social change, just that there are forces that want you to submit that are more covert that overt,” Fairey said. “You have to realize that you have choices to make about structures you follow.”Fairey has also produced art for the Occupy movement, the Japanese tsunami relief effort and environmental change. He is also launching a series, Rebel Music, with MTV-U that will focus on young people in areas of conflict around the world and use music and art to sponsor changeFairey, who was wearing a leather jacket and Sex Pistols T-shirt, said that he wanted to reach a larger audience with his work outside the elite, privileged circles of the art world. Street art has allowed Fairey to get his message across to a wider demographic.“I used everything at my disposal to get [my message] out,” he said. “The age of only showing in galleries and in elite circles is really not relevant anymore. Figure out ways to engage people meaningfully and powerfully but take into account a very short attention span. You really need to take it to people.”Sometimes Fairey’s methods, however,  have gotten him in trouble with the law. He has been arrested 16 times for vandalism.In 2008, Fairey’s iconic Obama Hope poster went viral and became one of the most widely recognized symbols of the Obama campaign.“I opposed the Bush agenda from 2000 on and thought I should make work opposing the Iraq War and shrinking civil liberties,” he said. “At the time, he seemed to be the antithesis of these ideas.”Though the poster appeared on street corners, billboards and bus stops around the country, it was also very popular on the Internet. Fairey said the digital side of his art allows him to expand his message.“Before, people would see my work on the street and think, ‘Yeah, that’s punk rock,’” he said. “Now, you can write about whatever you believe in. It’s an opportunity to share the concepts and statistics behind my art. You draw them in with the visual but this can be the pathway to finding out a lot about an issue.”For the Japanese tsunami relief effort, Fairey tried to create a beautiful aesthetic with an underlying social message. He sold his print, Dark Wave/Rising Sun, to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross.“When it’s a heavy topic, people don’t want to feel worse,” he said.Fairey, however, has not always been a fan of his popularity. He pointed out the proliferation of his clothing line on figures such as Justin Bieber.“I’ve seen frat guys [wearing my T-shirts] and it’s just made me really nauseous,” he said.The “New Media for Social Change” class studies theory but implements them through digital media. The “Art in the Public Realm” class focuses on art in the public realm that has social or political issues in mind.Overall, Fairey says he creates his art in part to remind people of the absurdity of some of the claims that are made by the government and large corporations.“I encourage people to question the propaganda,” he said. “I make propaganda to get people to question propaganda.”last_img read more

France shocks US women 76-72 in exhibition game

first_imgPhoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner (42) gets a shot off over Los Angeles Sparks’ Sandrine Gruda (7), of France, as Sparks’ Jantel Lavender (42) watches during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference semifinals, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Sparks 75-72. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PARIS (AP) — Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday.It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour.The Americans, who beat the French by 36 points in the gold medal game at the Olympics in 2012, had a 12-point halftime lead and were up 60-52 with 6:39 left in the game before the hosts rallied. France led 71-67 with 27 seconds left after Celine Dumerc, who plays for the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA, hit a jumper. Maya Moore made a 3-pointer 7 seconds later to make it a one-point game.After the teams exchanged free throws, Dumerc made the first of two from the foul line before corralling her own miss with nine seconds left to seal the win.“We talked to the players about how difficult all this is going to be,” U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said. “Sometimes maybe we think this is going to be easy, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s not easy to beat a really good team on their home floor if you don’t shoot the ball well, if you don’t make shots. The way we started in the first quarter, I thought we started the right way. Our defense was really good. Our offense was going. And then when we got into a little bit of a lull, France and Sandrine (Gruda) especially, they just made shots. They deserved to win tonight. No question about that.”Tina Charles scored 12 points to lead the U.S., which shot just 40 percent (27 for 67) from the field. Moore missed her first nine shots before hitting the 3 that brought the Americans within one. Diana Taurasi was 3 for 13 from the field. The U.S. was also outrebounded 44-38.The U.S. is still trying to finalize its roster before the world championship. After the game the Americans cut Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride and Stefanie Dolson, who didn’t play in the loss. That leaves 13 players, and the U.S. needs to be at 12 by the tournament.“This was a very difficult decision,” said U.S. national team director Carol Callan. “Given the quality and depth of our USA national team pool, the final decisions will always be tough. But, our future is bright knowing that these players have a hunger and desire to continue to get better and be a part of our pool. We look forward to seeing them at future camps. We certainly appreciate all that they have given and will continue to give to USA Basketball.”The Americans are still awaiting word on whether 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner can join the roster pool. She was sidelined by a retinal injury in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals and is awaiting doctor’s clearance. With returning Olympians Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles out with injuries, the U.S. was lacking an inside presence against France.The U.S. will head to the Czech Republic for one more exhibition game before opening up the world championship against China on Sept. 27.“I think in my experience every loss has been a good thing,” three-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird said. “It’s kind of woken us up and showed us some things that we need to work on. Usually, it plays out to our favor. I can think of literally every time I’ve lost in this USA jersey, and it’s helped us, so that’s how we are looking at it. That’s why you play these games leading up to a competition, to see what you need to work on. And we definitely found out some things.”last_img read more

Benfica fans stone players after bad result; two players hospitalized after attack!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaAdvertisement 3aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsauw1tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3jl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4Would you ever consider trying this?😱advkCan your students do this? 🌚kfd3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The football fans of Portugal were finally treated with the return of Liga Nos- the country’s top football division with a mouth watering fixture of the elites SL Benfica going head to head against Tondela. Three months after seeing their club back in action, the Benfica fans were eager to see a stunning match with the club securing a clean three points. Instead, the match ended in 0-0, and some agitated fans pelted stones on the team bus following the game, injuring two players.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaThe incident happened following the match on Thursday, when the team bus had exited the Estadio da Luz. Following FC Porto’s 2-1 defeat against Famailcao earlier, Benfica missed the chance to secure the lead in the table due to the goalless draw.The over enthusiastic fans, who gathered outside the stadium as spectators weren’t allowed inside due to the COVID-19 outbreak, took out their frustration on the team bus while it was on the highway, with pelting stones.Advertisement Two Benfica players, Julian Weigl and Andrija Živković sustained injury after being hit with shrapnel, and were taken to hospital in Lisbon. Bruno Lage, the club gaffer was also injured in the attack.Živković, the 23 year old Serbian winger and a fan favourite, joined Benfica in 2016, while Weigl, the 24 year old German midfielder arrived at Os Encarnados this January.Advertisement Following the incident, the club released an official statement, where they denounced the stone attack on the players, and have confirmed that the perpetrators are being searched with the help of local authorities.“Benfica denounce the criminal stoning the bus of its players was victim to,” the statement read.“We guarantee total collaboration with authorities to whom we appeal for the greatest effort to be made in identifying the offenders responsible for these criminal acts,” the statement added.Both Benfica and Porto now share the league table with 60 points each, however, the former have a higher goal difference of 38, compared to the latter’s 33.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read who just became the first footballer ever to earn $1 billion!Read which Indian legend Aaron Finch picked to open in an India – Aus combined ODI XI Advertisementlast_img read more