You don’t often think of Roslyn, New York, in Long Island as a place that has played host to some of the greatest rock and music acts of the 70’s and 80’s. However, back when My Father’s Place was open, it most certainly was, hosting big-name artists such as Bruce Springsteen, The Police, U2, The Ramones, John Mellencamp, Bob Marley, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Tom Waits, and many more. During its 16-year tenure from 1971 to 1987, My Father’s Place hosted over 6,000 performances, many of which were broadcast live on WLIR-FM and subsequently recorded for other radio stations to broadcast.Today, club founder Michael “Eppy” Epstein announced that the club will once again reopen its doors within The Roslyn Hotel and that he has signed an agreement to bring the club back in early 2018 after a 30-year absence. Epstein explained, “I want to do stuff that no one else is doing….I want to give people a live music experience unlike anything else on Long Island.” Plans for the venue include a supper club with a 200-person capacity, along with an upscale restaurant at a 60-person capacity, along with 150 shows per year to go along with that, with hopes of former attendees will once again return.“It’s a continuation of the business,” Epstein said. “If you were 18 when you went to My Father’s Place, you’re 50-something or 60-something now and you want a place with a nice tablecloth, a nice chair and an intimate concert performance.” The Police | My Father’s Place | 2.10.79 (Full Show)[via vigango][via Newsday – cover photo courtesy of limusichalloffame.org]
Recently, the news broke of a new music cruise that will be joining an already competitive field. The FriendShip music cruise is the brainchild of Gary Richards (also known as Destructo), who also founded Holy Ship!, and will be presented by AMFAMFAMF, a new platform of LiveStyle. Famously, Richards left the promotion company he founded, HARD Events, last year to join on with LiveStyle, formerly known as SFX Entertainment.Friendship will take place from Tuesday, December 11th, to Saturday, December 15th, on the Celebrity Equinox. During the four-night cruise, Friendship will make its way from the port of Miami to Coco Bay, Bahamas, where it will make pit stops at two exclusive parties on private islands.As Gary Richards noted of FriendShip:There is a place where my friends and I go and we do fun things. The kind of fun things that build everlasting memories that I could never put a price on and I absolutely never could because these times are priceless and irreplaceable. At the end when I look back and reminisce about these times I had and the experiences that molded me and watered me enough to grow, I’ll think about all the friends I’ve made along the way and how I am a part of their story and they are more than all my friends. They are all my family. That is FRIENDSHIP.Fans can begin registering for tickets on the cruise’s website, with the lineup to be announced in future months.[H/T Variety; Photo: Josh Timmermans]
Photo: Capacity Images Setlist: Papadosio | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/10/2018:Set 1: Utopiate, If It Wasn’t For You > All I Knew, We Can Always Come Back > Ph DeezSet 2: 2am, Bypass Default, Snorkle, New Love, EpiphanyEncore: We Are WaterPapadosio’s tour with Aqueous continues tonight at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to Papadosio’s website. For a list of Aqueous’ upcoming dates, head to their site.[Cover photo: Papadosio (Saturday) via Andrew Scott Blackstein; Aqueous (Friday) via Capacity Images] Photo: Capacity Images Papadosio w/ Aqueous | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/10/18 | Photos: Andrew Scott Blackstein Photo: Capacity Images On Friday and Saturday night, Papadosio and Aqueous hosted back-to-back blowouts at Brooklyn Bowl as part of their ongoing extended run of early 2018 tour dates together. Both bands put on top-notch shows for packed-out crowds on each night, a trend that continues to pick up steam as their joint run has gotten moving. Below, you can check out a rundown of Aqueous and Papadosio’s Friday and Saturday sets including setlists, video, and photo galleries via Capacity Images (Friday) and Andrew Scott Blackstein (Saturday):Aqueous kicked off each night with stellar opening performances. Friday’s set opened with a hot take on “Random Company” from their 2016 EP, Best In Show, featuring teases of MGMT‘s “Time To Pretend”. From there, the band rocked another top-notch song of newer vintage, “Second Sight”, a staple in their setlists since the song’s debut in February of 2017. The biggest surprise of the set came next, as the band debuted a cover of David Bowie‘s “Man Who Sold The World”, before finishing out with the old-school “Aldehyde” into “Weight of the Word”, one of the newest songs in their arsenal. Watch pro-shot video of Aqueous’ Friday, February 9th set at Brooklyn Bowl, provided as a free live webcast:[Video: Nugs.tv]Setlist: Aqueous | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/9/2018Set: Random Company¹, Second Sight, Man Who Sold the World², Aldehyde > Weight of the WordNotes: ¹ Time to Pretend [MGMT] tease | ² David Bowie cover, debutAqueous continued to showcase their power-packed groove-rock chops with Saturday night’s opening set, as they worked in a version of Gorillaz‘ “Empire Ants”, which they debuted during their Gorillaz-themed New Year’s Eve show this past year. That segued into tried-and-true set closer “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)” to end their Brooklyn Bowl stint on a high note. Watch pro-shot video of Aqueous’ Saturday, February 10th set at Brooklyn Bowl, provided as a free live webcast:[Video: Nugs.tv]Setlist: Aqueous | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/10/18Ser: Underlyer, Warren In the Window, Skyway> Triangle, Empire Ants> Kitty Chaser (Explosions)Papadosio also turned in great performances on both Friday and Saturday evening, serving up two sets per night and entrancing the crowded venue with their incredible stage production. The Asheville-based space rockers’ set featured a series of “picture frame”-style LED panels which their lighting designer used to incredible effect, taking the audience on a visual odyssey to match the mystical quality of the music. You can watch Papadosio’s first set openers from Friday and Saturday night at Brooklyn Bowl courtesy of Nugs.tv below:Papadosio – “Garden” – Brooklyn Bowl – 2/9/18[Video: Nugs.tv]Setlist: Papadosio | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/9/2018Set 1: Garden, Stick Figure, The Bionic Man Meets His Past, The Lack of Everything > Unparalyzer, Holy HeckSet 2: Frequence, Taking Turns > Smile And Nod, The Sum, The Eyes Have EyesEncore: Glimpse of LightPapadosio – “Utopiate” – Brooklyn Bowl – 2/10/18 [Video: Nugs.tv] Load remaining images Papadosio w/ Aqueous | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/9/18 | Photos: Capacity Images Photo: Capacity Images; from 2/9/18 at Brooklyn Bowl Load remaining images
In a Billboard exclusive, yesterday, the global pop icon Pitbull announced that he’ll be embarking on a motivational tour in 2019. During his question-and-answer session at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, he also shared the news that the iconic self-help guru Tony Robbins will be joining him for this new endeavor.Pitbull’s mother was a big fan of Robbins, so growing up, the life coach was a household name. As Pitbull became a famed recording artist, he eventually met Robbins and the two became friends. The two have a public history dating back to at least 2016, when Robbins spoke during the ceremony honoring the artist he received the 2,584th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Robbins has clearly affected Pitbull’s outlook on the music industry, with the rapper offering thoughts on how motivation plays a role in the release of his new music. As noted in the Billboard article, Pitbull noted that his new single, “The Roof Is On Fire”, will not be released on Spotify, hoping that this back-to-basics, pre-Internet approach will motivate fans to seek out and find the track independently. “I even told [my] team not to register it,” he added, solidifying his independent approach to music releases.During his chat, Pitbull noted that “I’m just being a revolutionary to wake everybody else.” Outside of the music industry, the Miami-born rapper opened a public Florida charter school in 2013 called the Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM), that focuses on drawing in students who love sports but find school boring.As for Pitbull’s motivational tour with Tony Robbins, there are still relatively few details outside the fact that they’re planning to embark on the new joint project in 2019.[H/T Billboard]
John Legend has amassed 10 Grammy awards over the course of his career. He and Common won a “Best Original Song” Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for their song, “Glory”, which was featured in the film Selma. Last year, he took home his Tony Award in the “Best Revival of a Play” category for his work as a co-producer of Jitney.Legend has been on track for entertainment greatness from an early age, beginning to sing with his church choir at the age of four and quickly and consistently accumulating accolades ever since. He started playing the piano at age seven, entered high school at age 12, and graduated as his class salutatorian at age 16. After earning an Ivy League college education from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his career in earnest, notching a number of notable collaborations and contributing to acclaimed projects by the likes of Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and more before releasing his debut album, Get Lifted via Kanye’s GOOD Music imprint in 2004.Congratulations to John Legend (as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice) for your well-earned EGOTs![H/T Billboard] John Legend is just that: a living legend. At Sunday night’s Creative Arts Emmys, the 39-year-old Legend achieved a historic milestone that places him among the most decorated entertainers of all time: the coveted “EGOT.” With his Emmy win, John Legend becomes the first black man to earn an EGOT, as well as the youngest person overall to nab the distinction.For those unaware, “EGOT” is an acronym that represents the most prestigious awards presented in various sections of the entertainment industry—Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Oscar (film), and Tony (Broadway). Last night NBC live teleplay Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert—produced by and starring Legend—earned a Creative Arts Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)”, adding the final jewel to his EGOT crown.Legend’s fellow Jesus Christ Superstar co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also completed their EGOT resumes with the production’s Emmy win last night, making the three men just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people ever to achieve the milestone. Chrissy Teigen, Legend’s wife, tweeted a photo of the three newly minted EGOTs with their awards on the red carpet. Check it out below:
On Monday, Rolling Loud Miami announced a 2019 lineup that’s packed to the brim with some of modern hip-hop’s biggest names. This year’s Miami edition of Rolling Loud, set to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL on May 10th, 11th, and 12th, will feature headlining performances from Migos (Friday), Travis Scott (Saturday), and Kid Cudi (Sunday).The hip-hop star power on the 2019 Rolling Loud Miami lineup extends far beyond the headliners, as acts like Cardi B, Rae Sremmurd, Rick Ross, YG, Juice World, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, Rich The Kid, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Young Thug, Lil Baby, Sheck Wes, Gunna, Soulja Boy, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane, Tyga, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies, and many more are set to perform throughout the weekend.Sunday’s lineup features some of the most buzz-worthy bookings of the weekend, including a set from Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y in which they’ll perform their highly anticipated joint album, 2009, a performance by Beast Coast (featuring Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies), and a set by DMX, who was released from prison just last week after carrying out a year-long sentence for tax evasion charges. Also of note, Lil Uzi Vert was scheduled to perform on January 27th at the Australian edition of Rolling Loud, but quietly cancelled his appearance at the last minute.You can check out the full lineup for Rolling Loud Miami 2019 below, and head to the event website for more information.
The future is here, and it’s pretty weird. Hologram versions of early rock and roll stars Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison will hit the road for a joint run of shows dubbed the Rock N’ Roll Dream Tour. The announcement of the new joint hologram tour comes in the wake of a lengthy Roy Orbison hologram tour last fall.Notes Brian Becker, Chairman and CEO of BASE Hologram, the company behind the tour, “These two men…defined the genre of rock and roll, from writing to recording to the standard band configuration, and they influenced everyone from Elvis to The Beatles.” As the tour website notes, “Accompanied by a live band and back-up singers, this cutting edge holographic performance and remastered audio will transport audiences back in time for an evening of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly’s greatest hits onstage.”“THESE TWO MEN…DEFINED THE GENRE OF ROCK AND ROLL, FROM WRITING TO RECORDING TO THE STANDARD BAND CONFIGURATION, AND THEY INFLUENCED EVERYONE FROM ELVIS TO THE BEATLES.In a statement announcing the tour, Roy Orbison, Jr., President of Roy Orbison Music, references the two songwriters’ history of in-person collaboration. As Orbison notes,My father’s music meant the world to not just to us Orbisons but to millions of fans worldwide. Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience. Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.Buddy Holly’s wife, Maria Elena Holly, also notes in a statement that both her late husband and the late Orbison were “Texans who shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant songwriting abilities. I am proud to work with a company like BASE Hologram. Their long-time fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting, showcasing two of the finest, most influential, and beloved artists in music history.”For more information on the Roy Orbison/Buddy Holly hologram tour, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Jon Batiste, the leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band Stay Human, has never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones. However, with all the buzz surrounding the HBO juggernaut’s series finale on Sunday, Batiste felt it was his duty to help viewers refresh their memories about all that’s happened on the show throughout the years.Related: Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Announces 2019 Fall Tour Dates“There’s a lot to keep track of in this series…You gotta keep it all in your head before this Sunday’s show” Colbert mused while introducing the song. “That’s why our very own Jon Batiste over there put together a song to catch you up on everything that’s happened so far.”“You, I understand, are a big fan?” Colbert asked Batiste. “No,” Jon responded with a mischievous smile. “Never seen a single episode.”“Well then how did you write a song recapping the entire series?” asked Colbert. “Well, I’ve seen plenty of memes online,” Batiste responded, “So, I just put it together like that, you know?… But I think I nailed it.”Nail it, he did. For his Game of Thrones recap, Batiste channeled Purple Rain-era Prince (in both sound and style) for a comical retelling of the Medieval fantasy saga.The results are just as irreverent and satisfying as you’d expect. Of course, Jon Batiste gets all the details wrong—yes, those are Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Pete’s Dragon clips thrown in there—but he does it with charismatic flair and spot-on 80s nostalgia that might help you forget how annoyed you are with how the final season has played out.Take a few minutes and watch Jon Batiste (as Prince) joyously butcher the plot of Game of Thrones with the catchiest song you’ll hear today.Jon Batiste’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Song[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]You can tune in to the series finale of Game of Thrones this Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.
The No. 1-ranked Harvard women’s squash team clinched their 17th Ivy League title on Saturday (Feb. 13) with a 7-2 victory over No. 5 Yale, and, after finishing the season with a perfect 9-0 (6-0 Ivy League) record, there is no doubt that college squash’s best team resides in Cambridge.Although the road to perfection appears to have been an easy one (the Crimson’s closest victory was a 6-3 win over Princeton), Harvard’s schedule couldn’t have been any tougher. Each of their nine wins were against top-10 teams — their most impressive being a 7-2 road win at Trinity.Along with the Ivy League title, Harvard’s first since 2006, the Crimson also receives the Barhite Award, presented to the team with the best dual match record in the nation. It is the 11th time in program history Harvard has won the award, which dates back to 1986.The Crimson will take the court again Feb. 26-28 in search of their 12th College Squash Association National Team Championship when they travel to New Haven, Conn. Last year, Harvard came one win shy of No. 12, falling to two-time champion Princeton in the national final, 5-4.
In 1836, Frank McWorter founded the town of New Philadelphia, Ill. McWorter, who owned a large farm nearby, used the sale of lots in the town not to enrich himself, but to buy his family out of slavery in the nearby South.McWorter, who was a former slave, purchased the freedom of 16 family members. Even so, the town he founded eventually failed due to what archaeologists believe was a racially inspired diversion of a proposed railroad from the town, making it a backwater whose residents eventually left.In an effort to understand more about McWorter’s extraordinary story, archaeologists are engaged in digs at the town site, incorporating new technology and driven by the enthusiasm pervading the field, according to Christopher Fennell, a University of Illinois archaeologist who spoke Monday (Sept. 20) at the Knafel Building as part of the Harvard Africa Seminar.Fennell is leading efforts to uncover New Philadelphia’s remains beneath 18 inches of soil churned by decades of agricultural use. He told students that studies of enslaved Africans and their descendants should focus on such areas as the fields of Illinois, as well as the plantations of the South, the sunken wreckage of slave ships that made the horrific Middle Passage, and Africa’s own history.Recent decades have seen major growth in the field of what in the 1960s was descriptively called “plantation archaeology,” whose focus was on understanding the life of slaves through the conditions in which they lived. That focus has gradually broadened to encompass their journey out of slavery, including locations like McWorter’s tiny community.Today, Fennell said, the field is at an interesting point. Breadth and complexity have continued to grow, spawning questions about whether there should be separate studies of the African diaspora and of African history, or whether they should be merged.Typically, he said, researchers studying the history of today’s African Americans pursue particular topics in the United States and trace them back to relevant events in African history. But he said that those going into the field might be better served if they first build a foundation of African history — allowing them to understand the cultural background that enslaved Africans brought with them — and then move forward to examine what happened in this country.As the field widens, it is becoming African-Atlantic studies, encompassing the African continent and the dispersal of people to the Americas through slavery, as well as more focused studies of what happened to Africans after they arrived here.There’s a great deal of energy in the field today, Fennell said, as well as new technological tools. The remains of African slaves in Campeche, Mexico, for example, were traced to their homeland in Elmina, Ghana, using unique chemical isotopes locked in tooth enamel during childhood. That finding, announced in 2006 and dated to the 1500s, provided evidence that African slaves were brought to the New World not long after it was discovered.Similarly, Fennell said, the 1991 uncovering of the New York African Burial Ground during construction allowed DNA analysis of more than 400 bodies that had to be moved. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA extracted from 32 individuals allowed the tracing of their mothers’ line back to Africa.“This actually is a period of tremendous energy and tremendous questions being asked,” Fennell said.