first_imgLegendary soul man James Brown is the focus of an exciting new tribute, as an all-star lineup of musicians will join the James Brown Band for an exciting “James Brown Birthday Family Bash” event. Held at the Augusta Common in Augusta, GA on May 3rd, a who’s who of jammers will be in attendance for the tribute.The lineup features Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester, as well as thirteen members of James Brown’s classic crew. If that doesn’t get you grooving, nothing will!Of course, you can always head down to Fool’s Paradise from April 1-2, where you can catch Porter Jr. and Neville as part of the festival’s Soul Revue superjam championed by Chris Robinson. Hosted by Lettuce, the inaugural festival in St. Augustine, FL will feature performances from Vulfpeck, GRiZ, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Tickets are available here.The James Brown Birthday Family Bash performance is set to take place on May 3rd, which is held to benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown. More information about this exciting show can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Bresica have parted company with head coach Eugenio Corini for the second time this season. The Serie A club announced the news on Wednesday, with reports claiming that Diego Lopez is set to take over. Corini was previously sacked in November before he was re-hired one month later, replacing Italian World Cup winner Fabio Grosso. A club statement read: “Brescia Calcio announce to have relieved Eugenio Corini of the position as coach for the first team. “The club wants to thank Mr. Corini and his staff for the professionalism, dedication and commitment they have shown.” Brescia, who were promoted from Serie B last season, are currently 19th in the table, four points from safety. And reports emerging from Italy suggest club president Massimo Cellino has already agreed terms with former Cagliari and Bologna manager Lopez to take over the first-team.last_img read more

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> Not to be overly sensational, but if this works out, they might want to consider using Jerry West’s silhouette as the logo for life itself.The most famous outline in NBA history and one of the league’s predominant championship architects, West has agreed to join a construction project still maddeningly incomplete after nearly five decades.“Fear of failure is the worst possible fear you can have,” West said Monday after being introduced as the Clippers’ most celebrated consultant ever. “I’m not afraid of anything.”Clearly not, a man who has won everything willingly becoming part of a franchise that has won nothing. He detailed the agony involved in saying goodbye to Golden State in part because “no one’s going to beat (the Warriors) for a couple years, if they stay healthy.”West also talked about his desire “to work for the worst team in basketball in a small market,” which led to him helping turn once-vagabond Memphis into a playoff-caliber operation.“That’s the ultimate test of a person,” he said, “to see if you do have anything.”Really? Because I’m thinking the Clippers are the ultimate test by just about every definition, this being a franchise that might actually be, you know, cursed.Now, I have serious doubts that it was the presence of West that convinced Kevin Durant to sign with the Warriors last summer, not when the team also boasted the presence of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.There is, however, no questioning the validity and expertise West immediately provides the Clippers, a team hardly famous for compiling an abundance of credibility over the years.The challenges before the Clippers include the reality of everything they do being viewed within the context of the Lakers, few things more so than the hiring of West.A Lakers icon, West hasn’t been with the team for 17 years. Yet, his connection remains so current that just seeing him sitting in front of the Clippers’ logo Monday was disorienting.The truth is before long everyone will set aside this announcement and refocus on the Lakers’ upcoming No. 2 draft pick. And, by before long, I mean you’ve already gone back to thinking about Lonzo Ball, haven’t you?Well, stop it. This column still has 12 paragraphs to go, and I’m determined to keep the Clippers as the main topic.West first officially met with team officials three weeks ago, the Clippers quickly putting together a remarkable coup, especially for a franchise that has been at this 47 seasons and still hasn’t come close to figuring it out.“I left somewhere that was really safe, too,” Coach Doc Rivers said, referring to his previous job in Boston and how he sold the Clippers to West. “You know, let’s keep taking chances. I think we can build something great here.”Rivers has been criticized for many of his personnel decisions, the executive in him unable to provide the coach in him the necessary roster to push the Clippers over the hump.Wait, hump? Who are we kidding? The obstacle the Clippers have been trying to clear has grown into a mountain, the sort that can’t be summited without auxiliary oxygen.This team has advanced to the playoffs in each of the past six seasons, at which point the Clippers have encountered adversity ranging from the comical to the calamitous.The addition of West no question makes the Clippers smarter, Rivers today, as a basketball operations boss, better than he was yesterday, better than he ever has been, in fact.But no one in the front office was going to prevent Chris Paul from imploding in the closing minute at Oklahoma City in 2014 or the Clippers from blowing a 3-1 series lead to Houston in 2015 or any of the various fractures, breaks and strains that have helped trash this team’s recent springs.The Clippers, like few franchises in sports now that the Chicago Cubs are champions again, need all the help they can get, this organization still somehow having never won as many as two playoff series in one season.The current Clippers also face uncertainty as it relates to the possible free-agent futures of Paul and Blake Griffin and, like every team in the league, the genuine possibility that Golden State is committed to consuming this sport whole.West helped construct those Warriors, a near-perfect collection of talent and unselfishness he now must attempt to beat.“If you don’t have a reason for getting up in the morning, you better go back and stick your head in the house,” West said. “I’m not going to do that. Period. That’s not me.”No, that’s not Jerry West, a self-described crazy man whose brilliant NBA career just took its least likely and most unconventional turn yet. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Just the same, right here at the top, I’d like to note that it was West who, during his introductory news conference, called himself “crazy.”He is simply the most valuable 79-year-old in the history of the NBA, a man hired just to share his opinion being trumpeted for his ability to now make a tangible difference.“I’ve never been conventional,” West said as to why someone would leave the two-time NBA champion Warriors for the all-time NBA also-ran Clippers.He noted that he retired as a Laker in 1974 when he felt it was time even though he “would have been the highest-paid player in the league.”He explained that he departed from the Lakers as an executive in 2000 after winning another NBA title – his seventh overall – despite knowing “they were going to win more.”last_img read more