The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park has seen some fairly incredible jams over the years, and the Suwannee Summer Clusterpluck was a fine addition to that hallowed tradition. The concept behind the two-day bluegrass Clusterpluck was a simple but solid one on the part of promoter Paul Levine: Gather some of the finest pickers in the land, add a proper stage and PA, and turn the musicians loose. The result was a weekend of musical mix-and-matching, with each set sporting a number of sit-ins and collaborations from the talented musicians on hand in addition to the super jam on the final night dubbed the “Summer Suwannee Clusterpluck.”Vince Herman Leads Wild 30-Minute “Midnight Rider” All-Star Jam At Clusterpluck [Video]Of course, when it comes to pulling together the right players for an event of this nature, it’s easier said than done. To make an event like Clusterpluck work, you need to find the right balance of talents and personalities, and for the final super jam, it doesn’t hurt to have someone who can act as an on-stage general to keep everyone on the same page. So when Levine was putting the event together, he knew there was only one choice to help him launch this new endeavor — the living embodiment of festival life himself, Leftover Salmon‘s Vince Herman. Herman, along with his partner-in-Salmon/crime Drew Emmitt, acted as the brain trust for the planned super jam, in addition to the duo taking on the responsibility of a set each day.The Wit And Wisdom Of Leftover Salmon’s Vince HermanGenerals need soldiers, and Clusterpluck filled out its ranks with the husband and wife duo of flat-picker guitar buzzsaw Larry Keel and his bass-playing better half Jenny Keel. Rising stars The Jon Stickley Trio brought their neo-classical, jazz-tinged bluegrass to add much-needed depth and sonic diversity to the mix as well. Outlaw bluegrass act Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Pickled Holler, Albert Simpson and the right Reverend Jeff Mosier rounded out the stellar assortment of musical weapons at the disposal of the coming war on boredom.The various bands each took a set a day, eagerly welcoming their fellow players from the other acts for a weekend chock full of magical collaborative moments that simply can never be repeated. The off-the-cuff energy and improvisational nature of the performances made each song an adventure that was familiar but boldly retold for fresh ears. The fun didn’t even stop when the last notes rang out in the beloved Suwannee Music Hall, as the players took their musical circle out into the friendly confines of the park itself.The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park was founded so that bluegrass could flourish year round, and the Clusterpluck did a wonderful job of honoring that tradition. Fans of the genre and fans of music itself would do well to hope that the “Summer” in the title is an indication of a seasonal return for this first-time event. Until such an announcement comes, our own Rex Thomson has several highlights from the first iteration of the festival for you to check out below. Keep an ear out for possible follow-up events in the future, and until then, you can listen to a variety of tracks from the various acts and the best of the multi-player mayhem that closed out the weekend. It truly earned the title “Clusterpluck!” Enjoy!Grandpa’s Cough Medicine“Jam 1”“I Ain’t Got The Money To Drink No More”Larry & Jenny Keel“Ashes Of Love”The Jon Stickley Trio“Jam”Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt“Gentle On My Mind”“Melissa”Suwannee Summer Clusterpluck“Road Kill”“Black Muddy River”“How Mountain Girls Can Love”“Jam”“Louie Louie>Love Light”The combination of friends and family, great weather, and once-in-a-lifetime music made the inaugural Suwannee Summer Clusterpluck a perfect blend of love and insanity. The players had the time of their lives, and the audience was delighted to be the lucky recipients of an incredible feel-good show in The Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park. When the artists feel as at home as the fans and the smiles never fade away, you know you are exactly where the universe wants you to be.
Published on October 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Field HockeyOpponent: at No. 4 DukeWhere: Durham, North CarolinaWhen: Saturday, 1 p.m.Syracuse is just one win away from a perfect regular season. Read what the team has to do to win and the challenges ahead.More: Syracuse stands 1 win from perfect regular seasonLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorFootballOpponent: No. 25 PittsburghWhere: Carrier DomeWhen: Saturday, noonTwo road losses stopped the momentum of a 3-1 start, but now Syracuse’s defense must focus on stopping screen plays, hits on quarterback Eric Dungey and Pitt running back Qadree Ollison.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere’s a graphical preview of the game.More: Here’s all of The Daily Orange’s coverage of Syracuse-Pitt.Men’s SoccerOpponent: at North Carolina StateWhere: Raleigh, North CarolinaWhen: Friday, 7 p.m.No. 15 Syracuse limps into its high-stakes matchup with North Carolina State after a 2-2 tie with Hartford earlier in the week. The game’s implications are huge in terms of seeding.More: Seeding crucial in Syracuse’s game against N.C. State on FridayMoriah Ratner | Asst. Photo EditorVolleyballOpponent: at Florida State, at MiamiWhere: Tallahassee, Florida and Coral Gables, FloridaWhen: Friday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.Women’s SoccerOpponent: Wake ForestWhere: SU Soccer StadiumWhen: Sunday, 1 p.m.Hannah Wagner | Staff PhotographerIce HockeyOpponent: at St. LawrenceWhere: Canton, New YorkWhen: Saturday, 4 p.m.TennisEvent: ITA Northeast RegionalWhere: Hanover, New HampshireWhen: Thursday, Oct. 22 to Tuesday, Oct. 27Cross CountryEvent: John Reif MemorialWhere: Ithaca, New YorkWhen: Friday, 4:30 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Kolkata: The BJP has created phobia among the people of Kashmir and anyone asking anything about the valley has been threatened, while the media has been forced to give a rosy picture of the area, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.She was addressing a gathering at Behala on Wednesday evening, on the eve of Independence Day. Banerjee said: “I reiterate that the procedure which was followed to do away with Article 370 of the Indian Constitution giving special status to Kashmir, was wrong. The decision was implemented by using brute force. Instead, the Centre should have talked to the people and won their confidence.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It is a major tragedy that on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day we do not know what has happened to the former Chief Ministers or how the people of the area are spending their days. This is not democracy,” she maintained. Stating that Bengal has taught people unity and integration, Banerjee added: “Bengal has produced the highest number of freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for future generations.” She said Bengal will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the bicentenary of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. “When the entire country was rejoicing on August 15, 1947, Gandhiji was in Kolkata spreading the message of national integrity and peace and to ensure that no communal riot took place,” she added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAcknowledging the contribution of Raja Rammohan Roy and Vidyasagar, she said: “Raja Rammohan had fought to stop the evil practice of sati and Vidyasagar had introduced widow remarriage. Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 and Rabindranath’s role to oppose the decision to partition Bengal in 1905 are remembered by the people of our country. Bengal has taught us to be responsible and uphold the message of love.” The Trinamool supremo mentioned that in the past eight years, remarkable development has taken place in Bengal, saying: “Anyone coming to the city from other cities or abroad appreciates the way both sides of VIP Road have been beautified.” Banerjee will hoist the National Flag at Red Road and take the guard of honour on Thursday morning on the 73rd Independence Day of India. She will also hand over police medals to awardees. Independence Day will be observed in all 341 blocks throughout the state.
EDMONTON – For the first time in four decades, a bird known for its speed could be removed from the list of threatened species in most of Canada.The peregrine falcon, which can fly at speeds up to 320 kilometres per hour, was listed as endangered in 1978. At the time, there was only one active nest east of the Rocky Mountains and south of the 60th parallel, and the northern population was also struggling.Its numbers have increased steadily to 600 birds in southern Canada and 1,500 in northern Canada after a ban on DDT, a toxic pesticide. There has also been a captive breeding program in the southern population that has helped in the bird’s recovery.The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada is now recommending to the federal government that the peregrine be delisted as a threatened species.“It’s impressive,” said Marcel Gahbauer, a bird expert with the committee.“We always have all of these things being added to the list, and even this time around we had other species that are not doing well, so to have one that has the reverse trajectory is very welcome and unfortunately more unusual than we would like it to be.”The bird is still considered a species of special concern on the Pacific coast.The committee assessed a total of 44 species during this year’s meetings, held last week in Ottawa. Of those, it says 14 are endangered, nine are threatened and 10 are of special concern. Eleven were deemed not at risk.It recommended eight populations of sockeye salmon as endangered, two as threatened and five as special concern. Nine populations are stable or increasing.“It’s obviously an iconic species on the West Coast and arguably in Canada,” said Eric Taylor, committee chairman.“Because sockeye are so important, it’s easy to focus on them … There’s a problem with many of our salmon species — a lot of it goes to changes in the ocean conditions and also changes to freshwater habitat. Even when we regulate fishing, it’s often not enough.”The committee also assessed three populations of the Pacific grey whale, determining two of three populations that move along that coast as endangered.Other species being recommended to be listed as threatened are a subspecies of the northern saw-whet owl, which is unique to Haida Gwaii forests; Verna’s flower moth, found on the Prairies; and lumpfish, an Atlantic Ocean species known for caviar-like eggs.