Back in September, we took a look at up-and-coming jam bands that are setting themselves up to be the next big thing. It was tough picking out just five, as the jam scene is already hugely diverse and always in a state of growth, with acts synthesizing influences ranging from EDM to bluegrass. That got us thinking about how we could show some love to up-and-comers in the other genres we cover while giving our readers the heads-up of who to keep an eye out for; thus, for your reading pleasure, for our next installment in the series, we’ve sat down and picked out five of our favorite bluegrass rising stars who should be on your radar.Bluegrass is a dynamic genre, as explained by this wonderful essay by Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters detailing the history behind the two diverging sects of the genre: old-school traditionalists and those of the inventive “newgrass” mindset. Pandolfi writes, “Bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Punch Brothers, and Railroad Earth [are] now all prominent members of the thriving progressive music world. These groups have origins in bluegrass, but our metric for success has little to do with how authentically ‘bluegrass’ we are. . . . In 2016, progressive bands are hitting that stride and changing people’s idea of what’s possible. Right behind us is a long line of quality young acts, all with their own original acoustic sound, eager to be a part of a growing bluegrass-rooted scene. From this side of the divide, bluegrass has never looked healthier.”We have to agree with the infamous stringduster. We love the new acts that are being born out of the genre and rising the ranks, and we’re constantly excited by the innovation that young players are bringing to the table. The competition was fierce and this list is by no means complete, but make sure to keep an eye on these newer names on the bluegrass circuit, as we expect you’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the future. We love these acts for their ability to tap into bluegrass’s roots while simultaneously using music as an expression of themselves and captivating and converting contemporary audiences. We think you’ll love them too.Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWisconsin’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades formed in 2010, and since then have been grinding away, slowly building a name for themselves with their exceptional songwriting, stellar picking, and near-constant touring schedule. Having shared the stage with Merle Haggard, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more, it’s clear that other bluegrass musicians are also feeling the group’s high-energy and progressive twist on the basic elements of old-time and bluegrass.The group consists of David C. Lynch (harmonica, accordion), Russell Pedersen (banjo, fiddle), Adam Greuel (guitar, dobro), Sam Odin (bass), Collin Mettelka (fiddle, mandolin), who consistently woo fans with the undeniable fun-lovin’ and foot-stompin’ spirit they bring to their frequent live performances. You can check out Horseshoes & Hand Grenades when they hit the American Beauty in New York City this Friday (tickets available here) before continuing on their tour that runs from now through the end of August (see, we told you they tour a lot!). Watch one of their live performances below to see what we mean about their high-octane bluegrass stylin’s, and check out their website here for more information and additional tour dates![Video courtesy of wklitz1]Kitchen DwellersThis year has been very good for the Kitchen Dwellers, the Montana-based quartet featuring Joe Funk (bass), Shawn Swain (mandolin), Torrin Daniels (banjo), and Max Davies (guitar), only confirming the upward trajectory of the band since their inception in 2010. Fans of all musical persuasions love their fusion of psychedelia and jam-band elements into their bluegrass-rooted sound, creating a unique jamgrass synthesis the Kitchen Dwellers call “galaxygrass,” while their undeniable musicianship both as writers and players grounds the band and gives them the foundation that allows them to innovate.Last week, they released their latest album, Ghost In The Bottle, produced by Andy Thorne of Leftover Salmon and featuring members of Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, and Little Feat, with a giant two-day 4/20 blowout across Colorado’s front range. With the success of their album release parties, the band is riding high as they look to their summer tour, dates for which can be found here. Check out a live performance from the Kitchen Dwellers below, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these boys when they hit a town near you.[Video courtesy of Kontagium]Lindsay Lou & The FlatbellysBorn in 2009 in Michigan, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys were born, and their intelligent and dynamic blend of Americana, roots, jazz, and bluegrass has allowed them to rise the ranks and gain notoriety within the scene. Even their name speaks to their cross-generational bluegrass appeal, having earned the title after a fellow musician announced “It’s good to see you Flatbellys out here pickin’ with us Greybeards” late-night during a bluegrass festival. Lindsay Lou’s voice is soulful and cuts straight to the heart, while Joshua Rilko (mandolin), PJ George (bass), and Mark Lavengood (guitar) are responsible for weaving the gorgeous and delicate instrumentation of the band.Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys seem to be primarily interested in honoring their own musical vision, which is clearly working considering the steadily rising numbers in their fan base. You rarely find them breaking out into frenetic bluegrass pickings like others in the list, but it’s all for the better, as the talented musicians are honing in on a truly unique sound rooted in bluegrass tradition.You can check out a performance of the quartet below, and mosey over to their website for more information. Also, friends hitting The Aiken Bluegrass Festival should make sure to see Lindsay Lou & The Ladies, a special set featuring all the ladies of the festival, including Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Mimi Naja (Fruition), Jenny Keel (Larry Keel Experience), and Mackenzie Page (Gipsy Moon).[Video courtesy of Audiotree]Billy StringsThe guitarist Billy Strings is young, but he’s good. He’s stupid good. The Kentucky-born Michigan-transplant is only now rounding into his mid-20’s, and he leaves those who see him play with their jaws on the floor. He’s cut his teeth playing bluegrass since a young age, and it shows with his raw and energized playing while sharing the stage with the likes of Don Julin and Greensky Bluegrass. He can pick with the best of them, though the guitarist imbues his playing and stage presence with a distinctly rock ‘n’ roll style, a sensibility that enraptures eager audiences and can get a room amped up and energized in record speed. You can check out a video of a full performance of his with the Billy Strings Band below, as well as hit up his website here for upcoming dates for his aggressive touring schedule this summer.[Video courtesy of wklitz1]Kind CountrySnagging the last spot and rounding out our not-very-extensive list is Kind Country, the Minneapolis-based jamgrass band forged in 2012. Originally started as a four-piece string band, the band expanded into six-member ensemble featuring Mitch Johnson (guitar), Brandon Johnson (guitar), Max Graham (mandolin), Joe Sheehan (bass), Chris Forsberg (violin), and Chris Wittrock (drums). These guys have some thing special going on, with the addition of drums allowing the group to go deeper in exploring how bluegrass can morph and intersect with other genres and giving them the freedom to create a sound that is truly their own. However, they still stay true to their string-band origins and bluegrass roots, with their energetic playing and the talent among the six players more-or-less guaranteeing a foot-stompin’ good time. You can watch Kind Country performing below, and check out their website for more information and their upcoming tour schedule here.[Video courtesy of Ocooch Mountain Music]
Richard Notebaert, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, was re-elected for a three-year term at the Trustees’ meeting May 1, the University announced Friday.Notebaert was a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997 and became chair in 2007. He is also a Fellow of the University and previously served as chair of the board’s University Relations and Public Affairs and Communications Committee.Douglas Ford was also elected a Fellow of the University at the meeting. Ford is a Notre Dame alumnus who served as a member of the Board since 2001.The Fellows of the University are comprised of six men and women and six Holy Cross priests. The Fellows elect the Trustees and are responsible for maintaining the University’s Catholic character, according to the press release.Ford succeeds Terrence McGlinn, who served on the Board since 1994 and was elected to be an Emeritus Trustee at the spring meeting.Robert Biolchini, Michael Geddes and Thomas Larkin were also elected as Emeritus Trustees. Four alumni were also elected as new Trustees as the meeting. James Dunne III, Fr. Thomas O’Hara, James Rohr and Anne Thompson bring the board to a total of 49 active members.Dunne, a Notre Dame alumnus, is the senior managing partner of Sandler O’Neill + Partners. He heads the Executive Committee of one of the largest full-service investment banking firms serving the financial services sector.O’Hara serves as the president of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a Holy Cross institution. He earned his bachelor’s degree from King’s and his master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame.Rohr, a Notre Dame alumnus, serves as chairman and CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group. Previously, he was elected vice chairman of the company in 1989, a director in 1990, president in 1992 and chief operating officer in 1998.Thompson is the chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News, reporting on issues such as global warming and land usage. She began her career at WNDU-TV in South Bend after graduating from Notre Dame.
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former West Indies batsman Bryan Davis, has slammed the preparation of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, after the national franchise lost their third game in four outings in the Regional Four-Day Championship on Monday.The 76-year-old, who played four Tests in 1965 against Australia, said the trial games which had been used in the lead-up to last month’s start of the tournament had been inadequate in getting the side ready for the longer format.“I don’t think the team for the last three years has been a well-prepared team,” Davis told the NewsDay here.“I don’t like the whole preparation aspect of the trial matches how it is played, it is too lackadaisical; it does not seem to be following any definite order.“When you reach this level of cricket, this level of cricket is one step away from Test cricket. I think it is preparation. We are not properly prepared for four-day matches.”Red Force started the tournament strongly when they defeated Windward Islands Volcanoes by nine wickets at Queen’s Park Oval here.Their form declined drastically since then, however. They slumped to a 292-run loss to Barbados Pride at the Oval here, drew with Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the third round before suffering back-to-back defeats to Jamaica Scorpions and reigning champions Guyana Jaguars.In their most recent defeat at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown on Monday, Davis said he had witnessed a side lacking in motivation.“They have talented players there but I looked at some of the cricket (during the last game) through the computer and men walking around with their shoulders down and they don’t look like if they happy,” said the Trinidadian, who played 112 first class games including two seasons for Welsh county Glamorgan.“They are playing the game but they look like a losing bunch of players. So somehow they are not motivated, and a team is only motivated when they feel they’re good.”Davis believes Red Force’s fortunes may benefit from a change in the captaincy. Currently, Yannick Ottley has charge of the squad but Davis argued the responsibility was too much for the 25-year-old.“I think it is very unfair to put Yannick Ottley as captain of the team because I don’t think he has that experience and I don’t think he has that knowledge,” Davis said.“He might develop it and I hope he does, but certainly he is far too green a cricketer to put into that situation. I think it is tough on him, I am not blaming him, but all this comes back to the selectors.Red Force lie bottom of the six-team standings.
PREMIERSHIPEvergreen Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic yesterday likened himself to film character Benjamin Button after inspiring his team to a 3-0 victory at Premier League basement club SunderlandIbrahimovic, 35, opened the scoring with his 28th goal of the season and after Seb Larsson had been sent off for Sunderland, goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford completed victory.“I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old and will die young,” Ibrahimovic said, citing the 2008 Brad Pitt film about a man who ages in reverse.In the day’s other game, league top scorer Romelu Lukaku took his tally to 23 goals with a brace as Everton ended Leicester City’s six-game winning run with an entertaining 4-2 victory.United extended their unbeaten record to 21 league games and climbed to fifth place in the table, four points below fourth-place Manchester City, who have played a game more.“The result was good,” said United manager Jose Mourinho, whose side will return to sixth place if Arsenal wins at Crystal Palace this evening.“We resisted the results of yesterday when Manchester City and Liverpool won. They left us in a position of ‘yes or no?’ It was ‘yes’.”United was without goalkeeper David de Gea due to a minor hip injury, with Sergio Romero deputising, but Mourinho expects the Spaniard to be fit for the visit of leaders Chelsea next Sunday.Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock on the half hour at the Stadium of Light, fending off Billy Jones and whipping a low shot past Jordan Pickford from 20 yards for his 18th goal of the league campaign.Sunderland then lost Larsson to a furiously contested straight red card after referee Craig Pawson decided the Swede’s challenge on Ander Herrera had been unduly reckless.The hosts’ hopes of a comeback evaporated within 46 seconds of kick-off in the second half as Luke Shaw fed Mkhitaryan to drill a low, angled shot beyond Pickford’s dive. Substitute Rashford completed the scoring late on, exchanging passes with Ibrahimovic and arrowing a low drive into the bottom left corner.United plays Anderlecht in Brussels on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal.Sunderland has lost six and drawn one of the last seven games and now lies 10 points adrift of safety, relegation to the Championship looming closer with each passing week.“Today the result was helped by the referee,” said Sunderland manager David Moyes, the former United boss.“Manchester United played well, but the red card was a decision that went against us.“We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday (against West Ham United) and we have to try and win it.”Everton drew level with sixth-place Arsenal, having played three more games, after thwarting Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare’s quest for a sixth successive league win and seventh in total.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram