Get Excited For Sophistafunk’s Upcoming Tour Dates And New Album, “Real Vibration”

first_img2017 is going to be a busy year for Sophistafunk! The band is hitting the ground running, having recently revealed plans for a new album and a major tour. With a sound that recalls a mixture of “The Roots” meets “Rage Against The Machine,” the band is set to reveal their new release, Real Vibration, on February 14th, 2017.To get the party started, the band has announced a series of tour dates leading up to the album release. They’ll kick off the tour this Saturday, January 21st in their hometown of Syracuse, NY, before hitting stops throughout the Northeast from 1/21 through 2/11. The band’s explosive sound will be featured in full force, as they continue to own 2017 with their unique brand of music. Speaking of which, Sophistafunk wrote the theme song for Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games newest season, and Adam (keys) is a contestant on the show as well!Says vocalist/lyricist Jack Brown, “It is hard to explain the spirit of peace and unity that I have experienced as a lover of live music, but anyone who has ever felt it knows exactly what I’m talking about. Right now, I think the world needs to feel the Funk more than ever! Music has the power to build bridges where walls once stood, which inspired us to create the songs that would become our new album, Real Vibration. Our goal was to follow in the footsteps of Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Franti, and many others by writing music that uplifts people and brings them together. The key was holding on to the essence of Funk, Soul, Jam, and Hip Hop that makes us who we are sonically”He continues, “I think anyone who loves to see us live will really enjoy sharing this album with their friends and family, because it balances the raw emotion of a Sophistafunk dance party with the veteran production skills of Jocko Randall at MoreSound Studios. Although it was fun in the studio, I am excited to get back out on the road this week for the Real Vibration 2017 CD Release Tour, coming soon to a venue near you. We are also happy to announce that we will be rejoined by our funk brother Tommy Weeks (of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band) on saxophone, and will also feature Brian Graham (from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds) for our shows in Portland and Boston.”To get fans ready for the excitement, check out a video of their theme song for Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games from this most recent season!Check out the full tour schedule, posted in the artwork below. You can head to the band’s website for details.last_img read more

Water main break causes boil water advisory for Village of Hancock

first_imgIf a water sample test comes back and shows the water is not clean enough for human consumption, the advisory will be extended. Falsetta told 12 News the advisory will be in place for a minimum of 3 days. According to Village Clerk Phyllis Falsetta, the water main break is in front of the McDonalds on West Main St. and traffic has been reduced to one lane to allow crews to space to work on repairing the damage. VILLAGE OF HANCOCK (WBNG) — A water main break has caused a boil water advisory to be in effect for some parts of Hancock. center_img The break has caused a boil water advisory for any businesses or residences on West Main St. from Pennsylvania Ave. to Sands Creek Rd. in Hancock. Stay with 12 News for updates as they come.last_img

Flagler Beach Project to Begin in May 2020

first_imgFlagler County officials reported last week that some of the money saved by bringing the county’s 11.4 mile dunes restoration project in-house will be used as the local match for the Army Corps project in the City of Flagler Beach.“This is very exciting news,” said County Engineer Faith Alkhatib, who received a letter Tuesday afternoon from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) notifying her that the request to extend the Flagler County Hurricane Matthew Recovery Agreement until March 2021. There are about $3.9 million remaining funds.“The state remaining funds may be used for state’s portion of the nonfederal share for dune construction work during USACE Flagler Beach project scheduled to begin in May 2020.” wrote Rob Buda, Program Administrator with FDEP. “The state’s portion is 50% of the nonfederal share for the dune.”At Alkhatib’s request, the Department of Environmental Protection has committed to covering half of the $6.12 million local match – about $3 million. The Florida Department of Transportation is also willing to contribute $2.2 million to the local match.“This leaves Flagler County’s responsibility at about $1 million of the local match,” Alkhatib said. “This is great news for our residents. Not only did we save money on the dunes restoration project, but we are keeping those savings within our community.”The Army Corps federal project in Flagler Beach is less than 3 miles – from the north side of 6th Street to the south side of 28th Street – and will cost $17.5 million for the first phase of a 50-year authorization.Initial construction in 2020 followed by four renourishments in 2031, 2042, 2053, and 2064. The project becomes eligible for federal emergency beach repair funding after the initial construction.About 550,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed for the initial construction. The sand will be pumped onto the beach from an offshore location and graded into place by bulldozers.last_img read more

La Liga: Barca secure vital win over Athletic Bilbao in title push

first_imgBarcelona secured a crucial 1-0 La Liga win on Tuesday night at home to Athletic Bilbao, thanks to a late goal from substitute Ivan Rakitic.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… center_img The win ensures Barcelona’s La Liga title defence remains on track, following a 0-0 draw at Sevilla last week allowed Real Madrid to leapfrog them at the top of the table.Zinedine Zidane’s side can return to the summit tomorrow, based on head-to-head record, if they beat Real Mallorca tomorrow in Madrid.Athletic Bilbao had the better chances in the first half, with Yeray Alvarez heading wide, and Inaki Williams firing off target following a quick counter attack.The hosts improved after the break, with Antoine Griezmann forcing a smart block from visiting keeper Unai Simon.With time beginning to run out for Quique Setien, the former Real Betis boss brought on Rakitic, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati.Read Also: Video: Ivan Rakitic fires Barca in front against Athletic BilbaoPuig provided much needed drive from midfield, and Croatian international Rakitic found the breakthrough goal on 71 minutes, as Lionel Messi’s blocked shot fell to him inside the box.Barcelona almost made it 2-0 in added time, but a fine double stop from Simon, on Arturo Vidal and Fati, kept the score at a single goal.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘leading the way’ to be Dolphins’ starting QB, Brian Flores says

first_imgBrian Flores revealed who is winning the quarterback battle early in Dolphins training camp.According to the first-year Miami coach, veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the one to impress over second-year quarterback Josh Rosen as the team gears up for the preseason. However, things could change before the Dolphins’ regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Ravens, something Flores acknowledged.”It’s still a competition. Every day is a competition. I think they all know that, but as we stand today I think Ryan has done a really good job,” Flores said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and is consistent and that will help this team for sure.”Fitzpatrick finished last season with the Buccaneers with 2,366 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in eight games, while Rosen had 2,278 passing yards for 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 14 games (13 starts) with Arizona. “It’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way,” Flores said, via the team’s website. “He’s done that in a lot of areas, from leadership to production on the field to the meeting rooms to the walk-throughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he’s leading the way.”Previously, Flores had said the quarterback competition was wide open, but Fitzpatrick has been getting the majority of the QB 1 reps throughout the offseason. Related News NFL news and notes: Dolphins make coaching moves; Ezekiel Elliott still a no-show “He’s been more productive, and at the end of the day that’s what it comes down to,” Flores said. “He runs the offense very efficiently. He has great rapport with the entire team. He has a lot of leadership ability, and we need that to continue. We need him to grow in that role.”Rosen, who was traded to the Dolphins by the Cardinals for a 2019 late second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick, could become the starter in later seasons should the Dolphins keep him long term. Fitzpatrick, at 36, appears to be a shorter-term alternative. Dolphins waive Kendrick Norton after arm amputation, will still pay full salary NFL free agency news: Dolphins sign Allen Hurns to 1-year deallast_img read more

Sprinter Marion Jones seeks to make amends in WNBA

first_imgby Jeff LatzkeAssociated Press Writer TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Marion Jones made a mistake and paid the price for it.Her prison term completed, she could have found a quiet place and stayed away from the scrutiny and all the questions about being stripped of her Olympic medals.Instead, she wants to make amends for what she did wrong. The 34-year-old Jones returned to the world of sports May 15 when she made her debut with the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA franchise that moved out of Detroit in the offseason. Known for her triumphs as a track sprinter at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and later for having her five medals taken away for using steroids, she’s returning to her roots as a basketball player after more than a decade.“I’ve made the choice not to disappear, not to crawl up in a hole, not to be a hermit, but to put myself out there on the highest stage of sport again and have people judge me, criticize me, watch me and then hopefully it helps them in their lives,” Jones said, taking a seat on the floor of the college practice gym where the Shock work out.“If I see that happening, then all of this would be absolutely worth it.”Jones was a superstar, among the world’s most recognizable female athletes, after she won three gold and two bronze medals in Sydney. All that was washed away as she spent about six months in a Texas prison for lying about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam.Jones has maintained that she didn’t know she was taking the designer steroid known as “the clear” until well after the Olympics, and she believed Trevor Graham—her coach at the time—was giving her flaxseed oil. She says her mistake was not stopping to “take a break” before the lies to federal investigators that landed her behind bars.“It’s part of who I am. I think I have really taken and embraced it, and at this point that’s all I can do,” Jones said. “I have learned from it. I think I’m a better person because of it.”Her road back into the public eye began a year ago when she got word that WNBA teams might be interested in the services of a former point guard who won a national championship at North Carolina—albeit back in 1994.Eight months pregnant at the time, Jones could only laugh at the notion of playing pro basketball. But she talked to her husband about it and realized she still had an unquenched passion to play. Plus, it would be a way to promote her “Take A Break” platform of thinking before acting—a chance to lead others away from the path that led her astray.“I have this competitive drive that is kind of hard to kind of channel toward anything else,” said Jones, whose children are now six, two, and 10 months. “I love being a mom, love being a wife but it’s just hard to channel that really competitive energy, and so I really missed it. I missed the training, I missed competition and I missed everything related to it.”Jones still has her sleek, athletic frame although she has run into something new going through the Shock’s training camp: She simply isn’t used to being a step slow.It’s not her conditioning. Instead, Jones is still trying to regain her basketball instincts. She catches herself thinking before she releases a pass, an extra split-second she can’t afford at this level.“I spent so many years perfecting my craft in terms of going over and over certain angles of my body—how my foot should be, my head, my hand, my back—that it’s different,” Jones said. “I’m a perfectionist, so I would practice over and over and over and over again. Here, these ladies are all professionals and the coaches have already said they don’t have time…to really teach.”Just like Jones, her coach is pursuing a second chance. She’s playing for Nolan Richardson, who won a national title with Arkansas in 1994 but was fired eight years later and then lost a discrimination lawsuit against the school.He had never before coached women and was hesitant at first to accept the Shock job, since he wasn’t looking to get back into coaching. Eventually, he bought in and returned to the city where he won an NIT title and made it to the NCAA tournament three times at the University of Tulsa.In what will be the WNBA’s second-smallest market, Richardson is adapting to his role as “the face of the squad,” which has him serving as equal parts ticket-seller and coach. The first player he signed was Jones, a natural fit for his frenetic “40 Minutes of Hell” style and a big splash for a franchise that lost its two top scorers from its championship-winning days in Detroit.The combination has helped the Shock sell out its first game (only the lower bowl of the BOK Center, seating about 7,500, will be used for WNBA games).Richardson insists Jones’ signing is more than a PR stunt and said she has a chance to be good. “It’s just a matter of sharpening up the knife,” Richardson said. “It still can cut if you sharpen it.”In Jones’ mind, there’s still plenty of sharpening to be done. She stays active in practice, shifting back and forth and trying to dart into passing lanes on the defensive end. When she heads to the sidelines to rest, her chest heaves as she tries to catch her breath.But it’s in those moments that Jones catches herself smiling.“I’m tired and, yeah, I kind of want the drill to stop but I’m so happy that I’m here. There’s so many other worse places that people can be,” Jones said.“I could have not awakened this morning or I could be in some other places that— trust me are not very fun to be in. But I’m here, doing what I love, getting an opportunity to just play basketball. It doesn’t really get much better than that.”Jones had little impact in the first WNBA game for the Shock who lost their inaugural game 80-74 to the Minnesota Lynx. Jones played less than four minutes and was held scoreless. She took no shots and picked up one foul. RETURNS TO ROOTS—Marion Jones prepares to throw the ball inbounds during a team practice for the Tulsa Shock in Tulsa, Okla., May 7. last_img read more

Starting 2016 on the Right Foot

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen | While some people were sleeping late or nursing hangovers the morning after New Year’s Eve, others were welcoming 2016 by taking a brisk walk in nature.Out on the northern tip of Sandy Hook, about 200 people gathered for the American Littoral Society’s annual beach walk, led by Executive Director Tim Dillingham.The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk took hikers through the Ramanessin section ofHolmdel Park. Photo: Courtesy Marissa FinkFurther inland, 17 people met on in the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park for a journey along a 2.1 mile trail. The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk, sponsored by the Friends of Holmdel Open Space, was led by Holmdel’s former mayor and former Environmental Commission chairman, Larry Fink.Both men said while having fun was important, getting people outside to enjoy and appreciate the environment is important to their respective groups’ missions.The American Littoral Society, a national nonprofit organization based in Sandy Hook, promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitats along the coast. Dillingham has led the annual walk for 13 years.“We’ve found the best way to help people learn about and understand the coastline is to get them out here so they develop a passion for it,” Dillingham said. “We love to be on the beach.”But life on the coast is getting more complicated.“We are trying to help fashion a better relationship with how we live along the ocean. People have been living in New York and New Jersey for 400 years and they’re not likely to leave anytime soon,” Dillingham explained. “Now the change in climate, ecologically, is causing the ocean to change so it’s becoming hazardous. We need to help people to know how to live here.”Part of the ecological coastline balancing act is preserving wetlands and salt marshes, rebuilding sand dunes and oyster reefs, and not building walls that cause waves to carve away the ocean’s bottom, Dillingham said. Those measures also are very important to the survival of marine life that live in those areas, he added.But on a chilly and windy January 1st morning, foremost on the minds of beach walkers was simply keeping warm and hoping the sun would break through gray clouds — which it did around noon.Cleo Boiko of Allenhurst said she enjoyed her first New Year’s Day beach walk with the American Littoral Society.“It was very very invigorating,” said Boiko, a member of the Monmouth County Senior Hikers group. “One of the other ladies and myself picked up a bag full of garbage so I felt I did something good for the environment and something good for myself.”Siobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife. Photo: G. Van BenthuysenSiobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife were enjoying refreshments at the Littoral Society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive following the walk. Quinn said this was her fifth time walking, although she only walked part of the way since Aoife, who turns 1 in February, was getting cold. Raised in Leonardo, she said her parents taught her and her four siblings how to swim in the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay.“We’d have picnics here at Sandy Hook, walk the beach, watch the sun set and the moon rise,” she said. “It’s a place that should be cherished, preserved, respected, appreciated and acknowledged. And this is a perfect day to do that. We so often don’t take the time to be in awe of how beautiful our surroundings are.”The Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park is another beautiful area people may miss as they drive by in their cars, said Larry Fink. The New Year’s Day walk began 21 years ago, he said, after a 416-acre area was purchased with $19 million in public and private money to preserve it from being used for a housing development.“The area was divided in two parts with over 200 acres becoming the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park and managed by the county,” Fink explained. “It’s a conservation and wilderness area that’s been kept as natural as possible with a gravel parking lot and gravel and dirt trails.”Maps of the trails are available online at and in the parking lot on Roberts Road. Fink strongly suggests first timers use one.People interested in learning more about land use in Holmdel may contact Citizens for Informed Land Use at learn more about the American Littoral Society, upcoming events, or to receive its newsletter should call 732-291-0055 or visit read more

South African children’s voices heard in London play

first_img21 October 2015The experiences of children from Rammulotsi township in Free State province is getting global attention on stage in London.Directed by Danny Boyle, The Children’s Monologues Anniversary Gala Performance will take place on 25 October at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In South Africa it will be performed by the children themselves on the same night.The monologues relate the stories from over 200 children who were asked by the Dramatic Need charity to describe a day they will never forget. They shared their stories in Sesotho and playwrights adapted them for the stage for the first time in 2010.Watch more about the 2010 version here:The anniversary performance has an all-star line-up, including acclaimed actors and actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James McAvoy. They will be performing the monologues.#BenedictCumberbatch discussing the #childrensmonologues + why they matter, watch for a special announcement today!— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed)October 18, 2015We are so excited that @NazaninBoniadi is joining the #childrensmonologues. Cast/Tickets:— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed) October 8, 2015The storiesBoyle told British newspaper The Guardian that the stories were raw, and described them as gut-punching. “They have that directness that you find with children anywhere,” he said. “Kids can’t compartmentalise or filter traumatic stuff so they just say it. With that directness comes this terrible heart-wrenching intimacy.”The testimonies from the children were adapted by playwrights including David Hare, Laura Wade, Neil LaBute, James Graham and Jack Thorne. Topics range from small moments of childish discovery, to more serious issues such as sexual abuse and the effects of Aids.The Children’s Monologues were first performed in 2010. (Image: Wikipedia)“You don’t always want to know these things are going on in the world, especially to children, but when those actors get up on stage in London it will mean that another thousand people hear those stories, and that those kids really have a hell of a voice,” Boyle said.“Part of the brief is translating the piece into something which has slightly more metaphor to it, and something that theatre does really well is find the meaning and humanity underlying the facts [and turn it] into something which can become universal and meaningful and therefore relatable,” said playwright Wade of converting the stories for the stage.About Dramatic NeedDramatic Need is a non-profit organisation that helps children use creative art as a form of expression and self-discovery.“We work in rural areas of Rwanda and South Africa to provide creative arts education, resources, support and inspiration for children and youth,” the organisation explains. “We promote creative expression as a tool for conflict resolution, social development, gender empowerment and for the communication of positive health messages.”Source: The Guardian and reporterlast_img read more

Qunu residents share their ‘Madiba moments’

first_img13 December 2013 Residents in Qunu, the tiny village in the Eastern Cape that Nelson Mandela always called home, this week shared their memories of the former president, recalling how humble he was and the excitement they felt when meeting the world’s most admired leader. Mthobeli Jaji met Mandela when the former president visited a local school in Qunu in 1998, and for Jaji it was a moment that he has cherished forever. “He was very humble. I remember he actually shook my hand and asked for my name. I found that to be very humble,” Jaji said. “From that day, Mandela forever represented more than a leader, he was a father figure to me. That is how Mandela will be remembered.” School teacher Mzobanzi Gxobolo said his first “Madiba moment” was when Mandela visited the museum in Qunu several years ago. “That day I was seeing him for the first time, he was wearing one of his trademark shirts,” Gxobolo said. “Even though I never got close to him, the humbleness he displayed when he was interacting with people struck me. I was with my son and I still remember the excitement he felt seeing Madiba. “My second Madiba moment was when I saw him in Mthatha at an event,” Gxobolo said. “That day I managed to take a picture with him, and that picture now hangs on my wall. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” For a 20-year-old Walter Sisulu University student who did not wish to be named, her moment with Madiba was when he opened a school in Qunu. “I happened to attend [the school] and he came on this day to officially hand over the school,” she said. “I was in the school choir and while we were singing, he joined us and started to dance. All of us were so excited. After that, we took a group picture with him. It was a very exciting moment for all of us.” Asanda Nkwani, who works at a nearby service station, recalls when she and her friends ran after a convoy transporting Mandela to his residence. “He waved at us, but a policemen stopped us from coming closer. But when he smiled and waved at us, it was a moment when I felt I have met him and that he really touched my heart.” Eighty-seven-year-old Mantombi Mbewu said that, although she never met Mandela personally, a framed portrait of him in her living room will always be her Madiba moment. “It’s been hanging there for years and there is not a single day that I don’t look at it. For me, he is part of my family.” Source: read more