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Dead & Company Welcome Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon At Alpine Valley Closer [Videos/Photos]


first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, Dead & Company concluded their two-night run at the legendary Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. As per tradition in a multi-night run, the Grateful Dead-inspired band flexed their creativity by expanding upon a wicked first night and adding new flavors for round two. Fifteen shows into the summer tour and Dead & Company welcomed their first guest to the stage on Saturday night, vocalist/guitarist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, to close the first set.The first set opened with an appropriate “The Music Never Stopped”, led by Grateful Dead original Bob Weir and newfound Dead Head John Mayer, kicking off night two in total celebration mode. A cover of Rob Wasserman‘s “Easy Answers” came next, marking the third performance of this tour and the fourth ever.The Music Never StoppedJohn Mayer and Bob Weir continued to swap vocals between “Alabama Getaway”, “Big River”, and “Jack Straw” before welcoming their guest, Justin Vernon, marking the first of the tour. The Eau Claire native contributed his sultry vocals and silky guitar pickings to “Black Muddy River”, “Friend of the Devil”, and “Bird Song” to close the first set. Vernon is most well known for his signature style of singing in his own indie folk band Bon Iver. Most recently, Vernon announced a new band with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, who released a Grateful Dead tribute album in 2016, Day of the Dead, and even recorded and toured with Bob Weir as part of his Campfire Band in 2017. On Day of the Dead, Vernon’s first band DeYarmond Edison backed Bruce Hornsby on a studio version of “Black Muddy River”, and the version was revived at Vernon’s own Eaux Claires Music Festival in 2016. While the sit-in might have felt random to longtime Grateful Dead fans, it’s an interesting step forward in the evolution of the band’s live repertoire.“Bird Song” with Justin Vernon[Video: Milwaukee Live]After the scheduled break, Dead & Company returned to the moonlit stage for a rocking second set. Bob Weir, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti harmoniously sung The Band‘s “The Weight” to open the second set, marking the song’s third performance of the tour and the sixth ever. The high notes continued with “Shakedown Street”, “Althea”, and a “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” of the ages, turning heads of fans everywhere calling it the “set of the tour”. The percussionists kept the momentum for a far-out “Drums / Space” portion of the evening before the rest of the band returned to the stage.The WeightChina Cat > I Know You Rider[Video: Still Dead]The tour’s second and sixth ever “All Along The Watchtower” came next, as Bob Weir took lead on the Bob Dylan classic. Weir continued with the lead vocal duty to close the show with “Standing on the Moon” and “Sugar Magnolia”. During the latter, Weir’s microphone stopped working and he gave the stand a powerful smack to the ground. After his technician came to revive the microphone stand, Weir jokingly gave it a “test” before taking the first verse of the song. Dead & Company encored with “One More Saturday Night” to close their show.[Video: Uberdemon76]Dead & Company have a bit of a break before they head to George, Washington for a night at the Gorge Amphitheatre on June 29th, before they continue their way throughout the Midwest. Check out their full tour schedule on the band’s official website here.Setlist: Dead & Company | Alpine Valley Music Theatre | East Troy, WI | 6/23/2018I: Music Never Stopped, Easy Answers, Alabama Getaway, Big River, Jackstraw, Black Muddy River*, Friend Of The Devil*II: The Weight, Shakedown Street, Althea, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Drums/Space > Watchtower > Standing on the Moon, Sugar MagnoliaE: One More Saturday NightDead & Company | Alpine Valley Music Theatre | East Troy, WI | 6/23/2018 | Photos: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more


Appeals court weighs constitutionality of terror watchlist


first_imgFALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal appellate judges expressed concerns about ordering revisions to a government watchlist of roughly 1 million individuals labeled as “known or suspected terrorists,” despite a lower court finding that the list was constitutionally flawed. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of the watchlist. Government lawyers urged the judges not to intervene in the list’s administration. They argue that the problems encountered by those on the list, like enhanced screening at airports, were too insignificant to merit intervention on constitutional grounds. Opponents of the watchlist say the burdens are significant for those who must live with them and that most are on the list for no good reason.last_img read more


Weekly unemployment claims fall as volatility continues


first_imgThere were 942 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 572 from the week before, as the data continued to show great volatility. Altogether 12,903 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 1,167 from a week ago and 2,149 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,203 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 80 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 869 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 25 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more


Allardyce making pre-season plans


first_img “If Bournemouth let a player of his calibre go, after just being promoted to the Premier League, they would put a massive price on his head. If they were tempted to sell him it would be for a big number.” The club also confirmed on Thursday that Umbro will produce their kit from next season onwards after signing a five-year deal with the sportswear manufacturer. Adidas currently produces all of the Hammers’ official kits but the change will take place ahead of the club’s final season at Upton Park before the move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign. Press Association Sport understands the new Umbro deal is twice the size of their technical partnership with Adidas, which was announced in 2013. With a move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was pleased to seal a new partnership. “As we approach two historic seasons for West Ham United, we are delighted once again to team up with Umbro,” she told the club’s official website. “(They are) a company which – like West Ham – is steeped in the heritage of English football but also a fast-growing global brand with an exciting future ahead. “It is especially fitting that – during our final season at the Boleyn Ground – our players and fans will wear a brand synonymous with one of the finest moments in West Ham’s rich history: England’s 1966 World Cup triumph.” The 60-year-old’s position as manager at Upton Park has come under increased scrutiny as he nears the end of the his current deal, with the likes of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and departing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp linked to the job. Allardyce has been at West Ham since he guided them back into the Premier League in the 2011/12 campaign and has easily kept them in the top flight since. Sam Allardyce has refuted claims he has opened contract talks with West Ham’s owners but insists he is preparing for next season as normal. Press Association Recent form has seen the Hammers slip into the bottom half of the table despite a positive start that left them in the hunt for European qualification. The club move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 and it remains to be seen if Allardyce will be the man chosen to lead them there, although he is planning for next season as if he is to be at the helm. “No, there’s no truth in that,” he said when asked about reports he had opened contract negotiations. “What my future will be will be when we decide to sit down at West Ham and talk through our situation. Outside of that, at this moment, nothing else interests me. “We are doing all the pre-season work. Martin (Glover), our head of recruitment, is looking to pull a list together with all the people that we work with. “If and when we decide what is happening with some of the players…as always sort myself out, the most important thing, then we move forward with that.” One player who does not appear to be on Allardyce’s radar is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, the 23-year-old who has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the all-but promoted Cherries. “I think he would probably be too expensive,” Allardyce said when asked if Wilson would be a target. last_img read more