Mountain Jam Adds Led Zeppelin Tribute, Shares Daily Lineups

first_imgIt’s a big day for Mountain Jam fans, as the beloved Hunter Mountain festival has shared yet another major announcement. From June 2-5, Hunter, NY will host the 12th annual Mountain Jam, and now fans can know what to expect for each day of the music. The festival has not only shared their daily schedule, but they’ve also revealed one additional performance.At this year’s Mountain Jam, the band Train will perform the album Led Zeppelin II. The “Drops of Jupiter” band will dig into the Led Zeppelin catalog, pulling out hits like “Whole Lotta Love,” “What Is And What Should Never Be,” “Ramble On,” and more. Nice.Check out the full daily schedule below, and head here for more information.Mountain Jam Daily LineupsTHURSDAY, JUNE 2    Umphrey’s McGee    Train plays Led Zeppelin II    Marco Benevento & Superhuman Happiness: A Tribute to David Bowie    Donna The Buffalo    Cabinet    Wild Adriatic    Jane Lee HookerFRIDAY, JUNE 3    Wilco    Gov’t Mule    Jason Isbell    Courtney Barnett    Chris Robinson Brotherhood    The New Mastersounds (late night)    Nahko And Medicine For The People    Turkuaz    And The Kids    Love Canon    Marcus King Band    Copious Jones    Madaila    Suitcase Junket    The Movement    Upstate RubdownSATURDAY, JUNE 4    Beck    Thievery Corporation (late night)    Gary Clark Jr.    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats    Lettuce    Houndmouth    Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds    The Record Company    Son Little    Con Brio    Darlingside    The Paul Green Rock Academy    Ratboy Jr.SUNDAY, JUNE 5    The Avett Brothers    Brandi Carlile    Michael Franti & Spearhead    Third World    The London Souls    The Ballroom Thieves with Maine Youth Rock Orchestra    Quilt    Elijah Wolf    Scott Sharrard    The Paul Green Rock Academy    Bari Koral’s Yogaramalast_img read more

Andy Kelso on How Kinky Boots Changed His Life and What He’ll Miss

first_img In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Andy Kelso, who started as a featured performer and then moved on to the leading role of Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, is leaving the show after a long road of (amazing!) life-changing events during the course of his run. The actor will play his final performance in the production on August 6. In his’s Exit Interview, Kelso reveals the highlights, milestones and cookies he adored during his five years with Kinky Boots.How did you feel when you first got this job? How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I was so excited and proud when I got this job—both when I was first cast in the reading of the show, and when I found out I was taking over Charlie Price. The creative team is FULL OUT, and I so desperately wanted to work with these people. Now that I am leaving, I am so happy to have learned from them and be able to call them my friends. Leaving is bittersweet. I am looking forward to new adventures and spending time with my family, but this role has been so fulfilling and this company is simply the best. I will miss them all.What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Completely life-changing.What was the easiest thing about this job? Because it’s on the other side of Eighth Ave, we don’t have to walk through Times Square to get to work! #winningWhat was the hardest thing? The amount of energy this role takes—both onstage and off. Also, the theater’s proximity to Schmackary’s.  What was the highlight of your time at this job? So many—both personally and professionally. Professionally, it was my first original Broadway cast, so all of the things that go with that: the cast recording, the opening night, the Tonys and getting to play Charlie. Personally, this show has seen three major milestones in my life: I got engaged on the stage, I got married about a year later, and my wife and I just had a beautiful baby boy. Pretty much the highlights have been EPIC.Which skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Endurance, leadership and humility. Also, juggling, tumbling and trapeze. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?This role is so much fun! There are so many different things you get to do, and it never gets boring. I guess I would just say to have a blast, pace yourself and stay in the moment.How do you think you’ve grown?I am so proud of how far I have come vocally with this show.  In the out of town tryout in Chicago, I was stressing out as an understudy—the Charlie songs had changed so much throughout rehearsal and previews. They ended up being the very top/out of my range. I thought for sure I’d never be able to get through the show as Charlie—let alone be able to do it eight times a week. It took a ton of work, but I finally got there and have discovered so much about my voice and abilities along the way.Why are you leaving?Including readings, this show has been in my life for over five years. It will always hold a very special place in my heart, and I love being a part of it. But everything must come to and end, and I am ready to move on to other adventures…not the least of which is spending more time with my wife and newborn son.What will you miss the most?It’s not every day that a role like this comes along. I will certainly miss playing these scenes and singing these songs. But hands down, the thing I will miss the most is seeing this entire company day in and day out. And Schmackary’s. I will miss being so close to Schmackary’s.       Andy Kelso Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Andy Kelso(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Matthew Murphy)center_img Star Files View Comments Kinky Bootslast_img read more

Brisbane house with 3200-bottle cellar is worth toasting

first_img MORE Brisbane’s Hollywood-style mega mansion with a heli pad Ipswich house comes back to life Jawdropping riverside home “We just like wine,” she said. “We designed the cellar with a table in it, because we love wine and we love entertaining. We often host dinner parties with friends down there. It’s a lot of fun. The pool sinks into the lower level of the house.“Luckily our two children are not yet of an age where we have to worry about bottles going missing,” Caroline laughed. While the cellar is definitely for adults only, there are plenty of architectural additions in this contemporary home, which is spread over three levels, to keep younger family members entertained. Keeping to the underground level, alongside the cellar is a pool room, gym and media room affectionately known as the “man cave”. From here the Duffys can watch a film while keeping an eye on their children, Sophia, 8, and The kitchen is the heart of the home.Johnny, 5, swimming in the pool above. How? The pool recedes into the space below.“Often times the kids will jump in the pool and we’ll wave to them from down below. They love it and it actually acts as a kind of skylight, letting a lot of light into the room.”Take the stairs up one level and you will find yourself at the heart of the home. The living spaces flow seamlessly from inside to outside the house.It’s a huge area taking in the kitchen,a guest bedroom and several living spaces with a large fireplace to keep the house warm when the winter evenings close in.When it’s time to turn in, the Duffys head to the upper level which contains four bedrooms, one master with a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite, along with further living spaces.The layout of the property appears seamless, but this is no accident.Troy is a developer and has a love for architecture so was very involved in designing the house. The pool as viewed from the lower-ground cinema room.Caroline says it has been a dream home for the family, who have lived in the Ascot area for many years.“Before we moved here we were living down the street in a beautiful Queenslander. At that time the kids were really little and the house was just too small,” Caroline says.“We built this house to withstand a growing family. We wanted it to be a space that we could share together, but not be living on top of one another,” she says. The owners wanted a house where family members could live without being on top of each other.“We have the tennis court out the front, where the children can play soccer, play netball, ride their bikes and, because the house is really open, I can stand in the kitchen and watch them from there, or I can watch them playing in the pool. If they, or we, want to get away from each other, there are three TV rooms we can escape to. An fireplace heats the space in winter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“It’s been a great house for our lifestyle. This is an easy way to live.” Caroline says the house has been her salvation during lockdown.“I’m counting my blessings. It’s such a great place to be during lockdown because there is always something different you can do away from each other. Surviving lockdown would be far more challenging otherwise.”The time has come for the family to move, on to a house in nearby Sutherland Avenue, which The kitchen leads on the outdoor entertaining space.Caroline says she has dreamed of owning for more than 15 years.“We would always drive past it and think owning that would be an absolute dream,” she says.The property recently came on to the market, so Caroline said they had to snap it up.While this left them with the prospect of selling their home at Palm Avenue during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the couple are not concerned. The outdoor entertaining area.“We’re finding there’s a lot of interest in the house. And private inspection mean you’re only getting interested buyers coming through,” Caroline says. “I feel confident that the market is strong enough, and there still are buyers for a house of this calibre.”Until then the Duffys reman in situ at Palm Avenue. “We’re making the most of it, having some lovely meals and drinking champagne by the pool.It could be worse.”The property on a 1265sq m block is open to expressions of interest through Matt Lancashire and Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm. The owners have 3200 bottles of wine in their cellar.Nestled beneath this five bedroom family home at 9 Palm Avenue in Ascot is a wine room that would make any oenophile envious.Homeowners Caroline and Troy Duffy have over the years collected 3,200 bottles, and despite it being a collection some could only dream of, Caroline swears the couple are far from connoisseurs.last_img read more

Last seven months haven’t been easy: Hardik Pandya

first_imgMumbai: An on-field injury followed by some controversial statements off the field saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the news for all the wrong reasons. But the Mumbai Indians player wants the focus back on his game and was instrumental in helping MI beat Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.A brilliant 8-ball 25 was followed by bowling figures of 3/20 from his four overs as the all-rounder was rightly handed the Man of the Match award. Speaking after the game, Pandya thanked all those who have supported him through his tough time.“The injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” he said.Pandya said he was waiting to get some game time after spending hours at the nets. He also added that he is hitting the ball really well at the moment. “It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment,” he said.While Pandya played a cameo at the end, he was well supported by West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard as he hit an unbeaten 17 off just 7 balls. The experienced campaigner said that Pandya was doing a fabulous job for the team. “Taking into context, the Pandya boys are doing really well. He has a clear mind and has been hitting the ball very well. As a team, we strive on momentum. It’s good for us, we have been batting pretty well, it’s just a matter of improvement,” he said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

FCMB Reiterates Commitment to Sports Devt as COPA Lagos Ends

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram According to Mr. Balogun, the Bank’s interventions in the area of sports are aimed at developing the minds, body and abilities of the populace, especially youths, to contribute significantly to the growth of the country’s tourism sector.“The COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament provides a platform to bring our customers, Nigerians, soccer fans, families, local and international soccer beach players and other stakeholders together in an atmosphere of relaxation, excitement and bonding which are very important to healthy living and nation building. This tournament has become one of the most exciting events not just this festive season but during the year,’’ stressed the FCMB CEO.He added that, “Beach Soccer has become more popular in Nigeria. We believe that our sponsorship of the tournament in the last six years has helped to raise the profile of the game going by the large turnout of spectators and other dignitaries that have been watching the football matches and other lifestyle events associated with the competition. We will continue to remain a strong supporter of initiatives that will create opportunities and equip our Nigerian youths for a bright future.’’ Apart from the excitement which FCMB built around the football matches, the bank also treated guests and customers that attended the fiesta to a VIP treatment at its hospitality lounge.Among the dignitaries that registered their presence at the lounge were the Special Adviser on Sports to the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Anthony Adeyinka; Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Deji Tinubu; Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Fela Bank-Olemoh; former Executive member of FIFA, Dr. Amos Adamu and President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo.FCMB also hosted former football stars like Victor Ikpeba, Mutiu Adepoju, Alloy Agu, Ifeanyi Udeze as well as top celebrities at the lounge.Guests and spectators were also provided with the opportunity to experience the unique banking services of FCMB as the sales team of the Bank was on ground to showcase its array of valued-Other highlights of this year’s COPA Lagos competition included celebrity match, fashion show and a concert with performances from top rated artistes.Commenting on this year’s competition, the President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Ladipo, expressed excitement at the growing status of beach soccer in Nigeria and the support provided by corporate bodies like FCMB. According to him, “beach soccer has come to stay and I sincerely want to thank the organisers of this tournament. FCMB in particular has been a great pillar of support”. Former Super Eagles striker, Mutiu Adepoju, equally lauded the organisers and FCMB, “for organising a marvelous competition this year. Kudos to FCMB for being a lover of sports”.Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Kinetic Sports, Mr. Samson Adamu, commended FCMB for its role in the promotion of sports development. According to him, ’”the action of the Bank demonstrates that it means well for the youths and sports, because beach soccer is an exciting game that has the capacity to effectively engage our youths to realise and fulfill their potentials. The involvement of FCMB and other sponsors in COPA Lagos has made the tournament more glamorous’’.Over the years, FCMB has supported sporting activities that have wide appeal across demographic and socio-economic classes in line with its value as a simple, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited has restated its commitment to support initiatives geared towards youths, sports and overall national development.The assurance was given by the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Bank, Mr. Ladi Balogun, at the closing ceremony of this year’s COPA Lagos Beach Soccer competition yesterday. The soccer fiesta, organised by Kinetic Sports Limited and sponsored by FCMB for the sixth consecutive year, was held at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos.Switzerland emerged champion of this year’s competition after defeating Nigeria 8-3. The highly colourful and entertaining competition also featured Enyimba Football Club and Pepsi Academy.last_img read more