Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier is bringing his southern-bred grooves to Brooklyn Comes Alive! The pedal steel guitar player will lead bassist Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), and Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) through a game-changing mix of covers that is not-to-be-missed.Brought up in the “sacred steel” tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, “The Dr.” leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. Having shared many stages with legendary acts like the Allman Brothers, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, and so many more, Collier is ready to step in front of any crowd and consistently deliver a jaw-dropping performance.The Roosevelt Collier New York Get Down promises funk, soul, blues, and rock and roll. With these five incredible players sharing a stage, there’s no telling what’s in store.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.So far, BCA has officially announced the following supergroup formations:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis’s Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikEarth, Wind and PowerJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J DillaStay tuned for more lineup announcements over the coming weeks! In the meantime, see if you can guess what Brooklyn Comes Alive might be in store from the following artist list:Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Full Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickBrandon “Taz” Niederauer (Artist-At-Large)Showcase Sets:RIPEOrgan Freeman
Yesterday, Phish finally confirmed that their long-rumored eleventh multi-day festival, Curveball, will take place August 17th – 19th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. While strong rumors about the festival have floated through the Phish grapevine for the better part of a year, the announcement understandably sent a wave of excitement rolling through the fan base.One particularly enthusiastic fan, Steve Lacy, professed his excitement from the tallest platform he could: his seat as the weeknight news anchor for Fox 5 New York. Lacy has never been shy about his Phish fandom on the air before and has previously joked about the band’s upcoming New York shows as they come around. Today, with the announcement of Curveball just a few hours from the city, Lacy managed to parlay his excitement into a full package on the festival on the evening news.In it, he jokes about how his wife isn’t exactly excited as he is about the festival and solemnly swears to be out there getting down this August. But the best part of the clip is probably Lacy’s co-anchor, Dari Alexander. Like many of your non-Phish friends, she shoots Lacy a befuddled and amused side-eye throughout the segment. As she retorts after Lacy finishes, “That was, like, a little private interlude…Can we get back to the newscast now? You and your tribe…”As Lacy joked when sharing the clip on his Facebook, “You a big racing fan? No. I said ‘raging’. You’re going to Watkins Glen for the raging? Yes.” Watch Steve Lacy’s Curveball segment on Fox 5 News last night below:Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Curveball continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August 1996 and will mark Phish’s third weekend festival at Watkin’s Glen, following Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015. Prior to Super Ball, the NASCAR track hadn’t hosted a concert event since the famous Summer Jam in 1973, a single-day concert by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band which saw 600,000 fans descend on the venue.We’ll see you out there, Steve!
Megan McCormick/The Badger HeraldWake up, Badger fans. It’s real.After a decade of Outback, Capital One and Champs Sports Bowls, UW is headed back to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. The Granddaddy of Them All. The coolest, most awesomest, most kickass bowl of them all. Whichever name you like most (many prefer the latter), stick with it because that’s where Wisconsin’s headed.It’s been common knowledge since the 70-23 drubbing of Northwestern, but last night, it became official. For many Badger fans, another Rose Bowl berth marks UW’s return to national prominence. For others, it’s a tremendous achievement that signals where the program is headed in the immediate future, vindication for the faith Barry Alvarez had in Bret Bielema way back in 2006. Some want the Badgers in the national championship game; others want them back in the Capital One Bowl.Regardless, one thing is for certain – the success achieved by the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers is a direct result of the success achieved by the 2009 Wisconsin Badgers, most notably in last year’s Champs Sports Bowl.Wisconsin ran down, over and through Miami in that game, rushing 42 times for 170 yards and compiling 430 total yards of offense. The Hurricanes had only 61 yards on the ground and finished with 249 total. “The U” was simply no match for UW, who won the time of possession battle, 39:15-20:45.Afterwards, the Badgers were ecstatic, and rightfully so. After two consecutive bowl losses, Bret’s program had righted the ship. The players couldn’t stop talking about how long they were going to celebrate, and even stiff ‘ol Bielema threw up the Wisconsin ‘W’ in jubilation.Offensively, the Badgers might’ve been old school, but they certainly weren’t slow. The offensive line plowed through the physically overmatched (diminutive in comparison) Hurricane front seven, controlling the clock, as well as the tone and pace of the game. This year, Wisconsin is even better, averaging the nation’s seventh-best average time of possession, 32:29 minutes per game. The Badgers rushed for 2,968 yards this season, second in the Big Ten only to the Michigan Denards – err, Wolverines – and 12th in the nation.Last year, running back John Clay was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Champs Sports Bowl MVP. In the bowl game, Clay rushed 22 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns, mostly in the first half. This season, Clay was merely the Badgers’ third-best running back at times. Freshman running back James White led the team in rushing yards with 1,029, while Clay was second with 936 yards. Sophomore Montee Ball was third with 864 rushing yards, but even his yards per carry average (6.1) eclipsed Clay’s (5.3).In the Champs Sports Bowl – and really, all season – the Badgers ran the ball up and down the field with ease. Hey, it’s Wisconsin. But this year, that power run game is something more; it’s Wisconsin Football. Beating the Hurricane down as forcefully as the Badgers did showed Bielema & Co. that running the ball really is more than a strategy, it’s a mentality. It’s an identity.This year, Wisconsin Football isn’t just power running. It’s dominating, overwhelming, this-will-never-end running with three different backs. All three have different styles, too – Clay’s the traditional power back, White is as fast and shifty as you will find and Ball can literally do it all. No rhyme intended. Say what you will about maybe the Badgers getting lucky by having White emerge so quickly as a true freshman, but don’t forget, that bowl win was in the heart of Florida, where so much of the nation’s best high school talent comes from (i.e. White himself).Furthermore, Wisconsin Football has been expanded in 2010 to make the quarterback more than just the guy that hands the ball off. Tolzien surprised many by winning the starting quarterback job in Spring 2009, and he was efficient all year. Against Miami, Tolzien capped off his emergence with a 19/26, 260-yard performance. The 260 passing yards are still a career high, but this year, Tolzien has been one of the nation’s top quarterbacks.Of course, Tolzien owes so much to his offensive linemen: John Moffitt, Gabe Carimi, Peter Konz, Kevin Zeitler, Ricky Wagner, Bill Nagy, Ryan Groy (to name a few). But on defense, J.J. Watt truly epitomized the leap from good to great that Wisconsin has made this year. In 2009, Watt’s numbers basically spoke for himself; in the bowl game, he did force a critical sack and fumble, but his 44 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss of 53 yards, 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five pass deflections were what mainly stood out. This year, Watt’s stats are even better.The Bednarik Award semifinalist is the Badgers’ superstar on defense, and it was never more obvious than late in the season – his three tackles for loss and two sacks against Ohio State, his shoestring sack of Ricky Stanzi in the Iowa game, his pure dominance over Northwestern are just a few of the moments where Watt was an impact player.That’s where the greatest connection from last year’s Champs Sports Bowl victors to this year’s Rose Bowl contenders is drawn. This year, Wisconsin took the foundation provided by a dominant, eye-opening bowl win and extrapolated it for an entire season.Simply put, everything that led the Wisconsin Badgers to success this year was a result of last year’s Champs Sports Bowl. Those aren’t even purely my words.“I said in the locker room after the Miami game to the seniors that were leaving us that day, ‘You weren’t part of a championship season, but you laid the foundation for where we are to move forward’,” Bielema said. “When we do win a championship, I’ll buy you all a ring.”Unfortunately, that would apparently constitute an NCAA violation. Don’t worry, Bielema knows that. He also knows that this magical 2010 season didn’t just come out of thin air. It came from last year, a sampling of the dominance that typified this year’s Badgers and this year’s brand of Wisconsin Football.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do the Badgers owe their success to last year’s Champs Sports Bowl? Let him know at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.
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