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.
Peppers can be staked as well. Using similar one-inch square stakes, place them about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine four inches above the ground. As the peppers grow, put another string about every four inches above the first. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over. For tomatoes, some people simply use wire cages to put over the plants. The plants grow and are supported by the cages. Another method is to drive a one-inch square, four-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake. By Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaThe seeds have come up, the gnats are out in full force and the garden is growing. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer. Well, not exactly. It’s time now to trellis some of those veggies you planted. Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off of the ground, making way for better quality fruit and less disease. It also helps to maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier. Trellising is one chore that should be done fairly soon after plants are established. Cucumbers also grow better when trellised. You can use four-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow. You’ll find and pick your cukes easier. Eggplant can also be staked. Tomato stakes or rebar, a common steel bar used to reinforce concrete, can be placed next to each eggplant. Then secure the plant. If you have a long row of tomatoes, you can set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about four inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants. Don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems, too. Keep your weeds in check and water as needed. A gardener’s work is never quite done. But doing chores when needed will help you relax and enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer a little more.
When Randy Staats jumped in the air to celebrate a fourth-quarter goal against Johns Hopkins last week, John Desko didn’t know his starting attack had sustained an injury three quarters earlier that will likely keep him out for more than a week.“He was about a foot and a half off the ground, so maybe he could’ve played today,” Desko joked.Staats missed Sunday’s game against Duke with a lower-body injury and in his place, second-line midfielder Tim Barber, making his first start of the year, logged a goal and an assist in No. 1 Syracuse’s (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) 19-7 win over No. 4 Duke (7-2, 0-1) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon.“I can’t tell you how long he’s going to be out. I’m hoping just a week or two but we’ll see,” Desko, the SU head coach, said of Staats. “I doubt it, I doubt it next week. It’s just an injury that takes time and everybody responds to it differently.”In the third quarter, Barber — the reigning Junior College Offensive Player of the Year at Onondaga Community College — spun off Duke defender Greg Pelton on the right side of the goal, fired a shot off his left foot and did a windmill motion with his right fist after the ball found the back of the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re playing without a guy like Randy, everyone else has to step up and elevate their game,” attack Kevin Rice said. “Timmy Barber did a really good job stepping up.”Desko used Jordan Evans sparingly on attack as well — not as much as the head coach would’ve liked — but Barber was the main replacement for SU’s second-leading goal-scorer.And as was shown by the Orange’s 19 goals, there was by no means a drop-off in production with the insertion of the OCC transfer.“He was even unselfish, I wish he would’ve taken it a couple more times,” Desko said of Barber. “But I think getting out there for the first time with Dylan (Donahue) and Kevin and they were getting the job done.“Very happy with his performance.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman