“Sacred steel” master Robert Randolph and the Family Band have shared a new music video for “Have Mercy”, the second single off their forthcoming new LP, Brighter Days, due out on August 23rd.The video was shot in Nashville this past April by Juan Ibanez. As Randolph explains about the clip,I felt it was time I wrote an uplifting powerful song that embraced my roots of coming from the church that speaks to everyone going through some sort of pain, shame and some many going struggles of depression in life. So we wanted let each and everyone know that God is with all us and we can always look to the heavens for Grace and Mercy at all times. During the video we wanted to create an uplifting vibe with the choir that we used during the recording in Nashville. Shannon Sanders and his choir totally made the vibe work even better!! We hope everyone enjoys the video and also feels uplifted. We also hope it puts smiles on faces all around the world.You can watch Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s new video for “Have Mercy” below:Robert Randolph and the Family Band – “Have Mercy” [Official Video][Video: Robert Randolph and The Family Band]The release of the new video follows the band’s appearance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last weekend, where they filled in at the last minute when John Prine was forced to cancel. Randolph also lent his steel guitar prowess to Dave Matthews Band‘s headlining set at the Acura Stage.Robert Randolph grew up playing pedal steel-centric gospel music in the House of God church in Orange, New Jersey and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds, but also blood—hence the band’s name.The new album, Brighter Days, was produced by decorated producer Dave Cobb, known for his work with high-profile artists like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Marcus King. Cobb has a proven knack for bringing out the nuanced character of the artists he records, so it’s no surprise that he helped bring out some of Robert’s deepest, most passionate vocals on the nine album tracks on which he sings lead.“Dave Cobb is just a guy who likes to record good music and good songs,” says Randolph. “He wanted to do something that was fun, but it also gives you a gospel feeling. He knows the history of our band, coming from church and giving that fun church feeling to people.”Cobb’s magic touch helped bring Randolph’s unique musical character to the surface on Brighter Days. As Robert explains, “Over the years I’ve learned how to write these songs that make you feel kind of spiritual and have the gospel roots, just like the great music of people like the Four Tops, Temptations and Ray Charles. It all comes from the same place. We don’t want to sound like them – or like anybody – but that’s the feeling we want to evoke.”You can check out a full tracklisting for Brighter Days and a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates below. For more information, head to Randolph’s website.Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Brighter Days – Tracklisting1. Baptize Me2. Simple Man3. Cry Over Me4. Second Hand Man5. Have Mercy6. I Need You7. I’m Living Off The Love You Give8. Cut Em Loose9. Don’t Fight It10. Strange TrainView ‘Brighter Days’ TracklistingRobert Randolph and the Family Band Upcoming Tour DatesFri, JUN 7 Annie and Ellen Fife Theatre Blacksburg, VASat, JUN 8 Smyrna at Night Smyrna, DEFri, JUN 14 Levitt Shell at Overton Park Memphis, TNSat, JUN 15 River on the Fox Aurora, ILFri, JUN 21 Torrita Blues Festival Torrita Di Siena, ItalySat, JUN 22 Torrita Blues Festival Torrita Di Siena, ItalySat, JUN 29 Rendezvous Event Center Winter Park, COTue, JUL 2 The Wave Outdoor Wichita, KSWed, JUL 3 Atomic Cowboy Pavilion Saint Louis, MOThu, JUL 4 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee, WITue, JUL 16 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MDWed, JUL 17 Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, PAThu, JUL 18 Infinity Music Hall and Bistro Norfolk, CTFri, JUL 19 Jerry Jam Festival Bath, NHThu, JUL 25 City Winery Boston, MAFri, JUL 26 The Warehouse at FTC Fairfield, CTSat, JUL 27 Marty’s Driving Range Mason, NHFri, AUG 2 Kaslo Jazz Fest Kaslo, CanadaMon, AUG 5 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, COFri, AUG 9 Telluride Town Park Telluride, COSEP 12, 13 Erick Clapton’s Crossroads Fest Dallas, TXSat, NOV 9 Johnson County Community College: Bookstore Overland Park, KSView Upcoming Tour Dates
On Thursday, the Newport Folk Festival detailed their 2019 official aftershows schedule, with proceeds benefiting the Newport Festival Foundation. The long-running annual festival is set to return to Newport, RI’s Fort Adams State Park on July 26th-28th.On Thursday, July 25th, the late-night festivities will kick off with All Newport’s Eve Tas-Jam featuring Aaron Lee Tasjan & Friends at Newport Blues Cafe. The following evening, Friday, July 26th, will feature three aftershows, including Steal Your Folk hosted by The Cook Brothers at Jane Pickens Theater; The Milk Carton Kids at Newport Congregational; and Charley Crockett & Friends at the Parlor. The final night of aftershows, Saturday, July 26th, will feature Mavis Staples at Janes Pickens Theater; Let Us Go Into The House featuring Hiss Golden Messenger, Mountain Man, and Jonathan Wilson at Newport Congregational; and Robert Ellis at the Parlor.The three-day festivals boast an impressive genre-bending lineup including Warren Hayes, Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Benmont Tench, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Tweedy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Maggie Rogers, Sheryl Crow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more.Tickets for all Newport Folk Festival official aftershows go on sale next Thursday, May 30th at 10 a.m. (EST) here.Tickets are sold out, but fans can head to the Newport Folk Fest website for general info for this year’s event.
The Harvard and Radcliffe Class of 1968 returns to campus PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen,Demand for change,Student protests erupt,The war and the draft,Tragedy strikes again,‘A major science program for Harvard’,Visual Studies launched,Early ‘personal computers’,‘A generation in search of a future’ “All of you know that in the last couple of years there has been student unrest, breaking at times into violence, in many parts of the world. … Unless we are to assume that students have gone crazy all over the world, or that they have just decided that it’s the thing to do, it must have some common meaning.” — George Wald In any other year, the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have stood out as the tragedy that defined the troubles of its time. But in 1968, it was only the first — followed quickly by the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and played out as anger at America’s involvement in Vietnam mounted — to shake, challenge, and change the country.A new exhibit at the Pusey Library, “Harvard, 1968,” uses King’s death as a touchstone to explore what it meant to be a student experiencing, and helping shape, the political, cultural, and scientific revolutions that swept the world in that turbulent year. Related These major historical markers live on in the photographs, letters, speeches, newspapers, posters, and a recording that document the upheaval on campus and put University events into a wider context. Also featured are views of others in the Harvard community, including some of the key faculty voices of the time.“Harvard, 1968,” curated by Juliana Kuipers, Emily Atkins, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, and Virginia Hunt of the Harvard University Archives, will be on view at the Pusey Library through June 14. It is free and open to the public weekdays 9 a.m.‒5 p.m.MLK’s ties to Harvard,Listen: MLK’s 1962 speech at Harvard Law School A revolution, 50 years in the making
The new platform, whose application for computers should be officially introduced in October, and for mobile phones in 2020, offers users the opportunity to earn commissions by recommending friends to stay in Standard International accommodation units and other independent hotels. Source / photo: Shift; One Night In a move to get rid of the strengthening power that online travel agencies have over the process of booking accommodation, One Night, a subsidiary of Standard International, is launching an application based on recommendations, Skift reports. From One Night, they say the idea is to make users feel like travel agents, similar to how Airbnb made it possible for hosts and Uber for drivers. In March, the company announced the receipt of a $ 5 million investment from the aforementioned SwaN & Venture Legend. The startup was launched in 2016, and today it has more than 250 hotels in 19 cities around the world available on its platform. The offer is expected to increase to 300 properties by the end of the year. The initiative has already been invested by SwaN & Legend Venture Partners, which normally invests in technology brands, said Jimmy Suh, president and co-founder of One Night. Some of the more significant investments of the mentioned company include Airbnb and Pinterest.
As I gear up for a trip to Salt Lake City to cover USC’s matchup against the Utes, I can’t help but have an overwhelming feeling of foreboding. I can easily see this game being a combination of two of my least favorite aspects of sports: blowouts and injuries. The loss of senior linebacker Porter Gustin and the possibility of not having senior linebacker Cameron Smith, both due to injury, are not only a significant loss from both a leadership and talent perspective, but also an injustice to the game of football. Both players are captains who have a magnificent knowledge of the game and have aided some of the younger guys on the squad. They have been one of the primary reasons USC’s defense is so solid, not to mention the fact that Gustin has seven sacks, while the rest of the team combined have six. Moreover, USC’s defense has kept the team in countless games this season. USC could have beaten Stanford if the offense managed to score points; Arizona could have been a loss if the Trojans didn’t make several key defensive stops and Washington State was a field goal away from handing the Trojans a key Pac-12 defeat. The offense is very fortunate to have a defense that busts its butts to keep the team in the game. From the other side: If you are Utah, do you want to beat a Trojan team missing two of its best players? No. Sports fans should want to see the best competition from both sides go head-to-head and battle it out to claim the top of the Pac-12 South, but unfortunately I don’t think we are going to see that this weekend. The lack of key defensive players this week will most likely lead to USC’s demise.I’ve said this in many columns this year: The USC offense has the talent; it just needs to pull it all together. The Trojans need to get the running and passing game going at the same time. The offense looked extremely dominant in the first half against Colorado; several deep passes from freshman quarterback JT Daniels reconciled his early turnover troubles and led to a 21-point half. However, many people overlook the fact that USC posted a fat zero in the rushing yards column in the first 30 minutes. That cannot happen, especially not when a team has a trio of running backs who have shown they know how to be dominant.Doubling down, Utah is second in defensive rankings, allowing an average of just 74.8 rushing yards per game. Fortunately for USC, Daniels and his wide receivers should be able to find some long gains on deep passes against the Utes. Regardless, the one dimensional offensive approach will likely not be enough to best Utah, especially in Salt Lake City.I am not blaming the offense but commending the defense. The offense is young and inexperienced; consistency shouldn’t be expected. But if the Trojans want to win this weekend, they will have to pull something together. If the Trojans want to hold a close matchup in this game, the offense needs to figure it out now. I would love to see a shootout. I would love to see the Trojans and the Utes take turns demonstrating fantastic offensive drives, but right now I don’t see that happening. With USC’s losses, it doesn’t look like the defense will be able to hold the incohesive offense in the game. That is why I’m projecting a blowout in favor of the Utes. This game is crucial in determining the remainder of the season. USC is likely to run the table in its final Pac-12 games, even without Gustin. In the remaining games, there is no conference competition that should scare USC. A win in Utah will almost certainly allow USC to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game. As head coach Clay Helton always says, “USC can control its own destiny.” Sam Arslanian is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Thursday returned to the Police the investigative file on Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Orwain Sandy — who shot and killed his reputed wife Reona Payne on Saturday last – with a recommendation that he be charged for murder.Sandy is expected to be arraigned before a city magistrate sometime today.Earlier this week, detectives working on the case had confirmed that the file was completed and sent to the DPP for legal advice. Well-placed source had told the <