Trampled by Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, Indigo Girls, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Rhiannon Giddens are among the acts that will perform at the eighth annual FreshGrass. Slated for September 14th through 16th, the festival will once again take place at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA.Others artists on the bill include the Steep Canyon Rangers, Alison Brown, Altan, Della Mae, Keith Little & Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, and Pluckin’: A Bluegrass Tribute to the Grateful Dead. More artists will be added to the lineup in the coming months.In addition to the music, FreshGrass will also find a number of musicians vying for awards as part of the festival’s annual competition. A panel of judges led by Alison Brown will give out honors to bands, banjo players, fiddlers and singer-songwriters, who will be judged on the basis of skills, stage presence and proficiency in the tradition. Five finalists in each category will be invited to compete in head-to-head performances during the event.Tickets for FreshGrass are now on sale via the festival’s website.
Today, St. Louis, MO’s LouFest Music Festival has released the artist lineup for their 2018 event. Set to take place on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th at Forest Park in St. Louis, LouFest will feature 30+ bands across four stages, from household names to local and up-and-coming talents.Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Modest Mouse, The Head and the Heart, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., and Michael McDonald lead the diverse LouFest roster. The festival will also feature performances from T-Pain, Brothers Osborne, Moon Taxi, Quinn XCII, Margo Price, Misterwives, Anderson East, Mt. Joy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Tank and the Bangas, Jukebox The Ghost, Keyon Harrold, Durand Jones & The Indications, White Reaper, Larkin Poe, Savannah Conley, Walker Lukens, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, The New Respects, and many more.The festival will feature art markets, the LouKidz Stage, photogenic spaces and plenty of activities for your whole family to enjoy. The event will also feature the best local food and brew that St. Louis has to offer. LouFest will also team with Rock & Recycle to help provide fans an opportunity to actively support a healthier planet. Festival-goers can visit the Rock & Recycle Center on the grounds to pick up a bag to fill with recyclables. Those who do can trade their bag back to Rock & Recycle in exchange for a commemorative t-shirt.For more information, head to the festival website. 2-Day GA, VIP, and Platinum Passes are on sale now.
Fruition Upcoming Tour Dates:August 7 – Hope, AK – Creekbend CompanyAugust 8 – Anchorage, AK – WilliwawAugust 10 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater #August 11 – Livingston, MT – Pine Creek LodgeAugust 12 – Alta, WY – Grand Targhee Bluegrass FestivalAugust 14 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera HouseAugust 15 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up AspenAugust 18 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater %September 12 – Arcata, CA – HumbrewsSeptember 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel &September 15 – Templeton, CA – Whale Rock Music FestivalSeptember 23 – East Aurora, NY – Borderland FestivalSeptember 26 – Ferndale, MI – Otus Supply @September 27 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme @September 28 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs’ @September 29 – Winona, MN – Boats and BluegrassSeptember 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Colectivo @October 03 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Cafe @October 04 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10 @October 05 – Arrington, VA – The FestyOctober 07 – Ontario, CA – Huck Finn JubileeOctober 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle ^October 11 – Washington, DC – Union Stage ^ @October 12 – TBAOctober 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^October 17 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theater @October 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Breck TrekOctober 19 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands @October 20 – Fayetteville, WV – Bridge JamNovember 15 – Bend, OR – Domino Room *November 16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom *November 17 – Seattle, WA – The Croc *January 15-21 – Port of Miami, FL – Jam Cruise# opening for Greensky Bluegrass% opening for Railroad [email protected] with Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival& with Bear Market Riot^ with The Lil Smokies* with Yak AttackView All Tour Dates On August 17th, the Portland jamgrass rockers of Fruition will release a new EP dubbed Fire. Featuring four tracks, Fire will be supported with an extensive fall tour following Fruition’s return to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 18th with Railroad Earth. In addition to announcing the Fire EP, Fruition has also released a pro-shot video of the band’s live rendition of its title track, “Fire”, from Red Rocks in 2017.Per a press release, three of the EP’s four tracks—”Baby Let’s Go”, “Dirty Thieves”, and “Fire”—were recorded during the band’s recording sessions for their latest full-length album, Watching It All Fall Apart, which was produced by Tucker Martine (First Aid Kit, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists). The remaining track, “New Colossus”, was mixed and engineered by Fruition’s own Tyler Thompson.Thus far, the band has also announced that the new EP’s first single, “Baby Let’s Go”, will be released on August 10th. However, the group has special plans for the official release of “Dirty Thieves” and “New Colossus”, with the band pledging to donate the proceeds from the first three months of digital sales and streaming of the two numbers.The Jay Cobb Anderson-penned “Dirty Thieves” was inspired after the band’s van was broken into during a show in San Francisco’s Mission district. Per a press release,The song references being woken up to the area’s homeless problem by the sound of shattered glass, feeling inconvenienced by the theft at first, but upon looking closer, seeing it as another human struggling to survive. It imagines them using what was taken to somehow improve their desperate situation that is all too often overlooked. Keeping in spirit with the song’s message, initial proceeds will go to San Francisco’s Community Housing Partnership whose mission is to help homeless people secure housing and become self-sufficient.As for “New Colossus”, Kellen Asebroek composed the song using lyrics from Emma Lazarus‘ similarly named poem engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty. The first three months of proceeds from the song, which was also previously recorded as part of the band’s entry for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, will aptly be donated to the National Immigration Law Center.Fruition’s new EP, Fire, is due out on August 17th. To pre-order the album, head here. Furthermore, the band has announced a number of new headlining dates in the fall, including new shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City, and more. At a number of these performances, Fruition will be joined by Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival and The Lil Smokies. The group has also announced a run across the Pacific Northwest in November with Yak Attack, marking Fruition’s first headlining shows in the region since their last New Year’s Eve run in Seattle and Portland.
Today, the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced they will play a show at The Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt on March 15th, 2019. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18th at 8 a.m. local time here.In September of 1978, the Grateful Dead traveled to Egypt and played three shows at The Great Pyramids of Giza, cementing the venue as one of the most legendary in the world. You can watch a free webcast of the show below:Red Hot Chili Peppers – Live at the Pyramids – Free Webcast[Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Nugs.tv]The Chili Peppers are gearing up for their only other scheduled performances of 2019, in Australia and New Zealand this February and March, in support of their 2016 studio album, The Getaway. The band’s drummer, Chad Smith, recently lent a helping hand as part of Will Farrell‘s “Best Night Of Your Life” benefit concert along with Jerry Seinfeld, Duff McKagan, and Brad Paisley at Hollywood’s Greek Theatre back in early October.For ticketing information and a full list of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Dark Star Orchestra has announced the second leg of their upcoming spring tour, reaching the Northeast this May with a pair of multi-night stands at Washington, DC’s The Hamilton and Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre.The first leg of previously announced Dark Star Orchestra spring tour dates focus on the American Southeast, performing five shows in Florida, kicking off on March 28th, before weaving north and hitting key spots in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama through April 14th.The band will regroup in May for leg two of the tour, hitting Boston, MA (5/9), Westbury, NY (5/10), Jim Thorpe, PA (5/11), Washington, DC (5/13-14), Port Chester, NY (5/17-18), Princeton, NJ (5/20), and Buffalo, NJ (5/21).Then, DSO will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019 for the eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee. Along with DSO as the host band, the full lineup includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines.However, before the spring, DSO has a winter tour ahead of them that will focus on the west coast, kicking off on February 7th in Seattle and winding down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona before ending in Beverly Hills on February 23rd.For more information, head to the band’s website.DSO Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/28 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live3/29 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre3/30 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater4/1 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando4/2 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon4/4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall4/5 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/7 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City4/9 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works4/11 – Asheville, SC – The Orange Peel4/12 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte4/13 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz Theatre4/14 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater5/9 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur5/10 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury Theater5/11 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak5/13 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/14 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/16 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts5/17 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre5/18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre5/20 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center5/21 – Buffalo, NJ – Town BallroomView All Tour Dates
Hollywood Vampires is back with their first announced batch of shows for 2019. The rock supergroup, comprised mainly of Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and actor-turned-rocker Johnny Depp, will head out on a brief run of performances this spring scheduled to begin on May 10th in Las Vegas.The upcoming run will take the band to a mix of venues/cities along the western U.S throughout the month of May including The Joint in Las Vegas, NV (5/10); The Greek in Los Angeles, CA (5/11); the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA (5/12); The Fillmore in Denver, CO (5/14); Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, NM (5/16); Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, AZ (5/17); and Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA on 5/18.Related: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Previews New Line Of Gibson Les Paul GuitarsNews of the supergroup’s upcoming spring tour comes a week after Aerosmith announced their plans to bring their Las Vegas residency to the east coast for a run of dates come August. Joe Perry was supposed to perform a run of solo shows this past November and December but was forced to cancel all of the shows on the early winter run after being hospitalized following a Billy Joel concert in New York City just a few weeks prior to the start of the tour. Alice Cooper also announced an upcoming run of summer tour dates alongside Halestorm on Monday.Tickets for the May Hollywood Vampires concerts will go on sale to the public starting this Friday, March 8th, at 10 a.m. Local. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Hollywood Vampires 2019 Tour DatesMay 10 – The Joint – Las Vegas, NVMay 11 – The Greek – Los Angeles, CAMay 12 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CAMay 14 – The Fillmore – Denver, COMay 16 – Sandia Casino – Albuquerque, NMMay 17 – Talking Stick Casino – Scottsdale, AZMay 18 – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CAView Hollywood Vampires 2019 Tour Dates
Keller Williams has announced his latest studio album, Add, due out on Friday, May 31st. The follow-up to 2018’s Sans, Add marks Keller’s 24th official studio album.Keller Williams’ forthcoming nine-track LP features new material, an old song that’s never seen the studio, as well as covers of Firehose’s “Brave Captain” and Joni Mitchell‘s “All I Want”. Co-produced, mixed, and recorded by Jeff Covert in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Keller handles guitar, vocal, bass, keyboard, and percussion duties on his latest studio effort.Ahead of Add‘s May 31st release, Keller has shared the albums lead single, “The Big One”. Keller shared his thoughts on the new song, explaining, “I’m excited for ‘The Big One’ to see the light of day as it’s had tons of stage time and no real place on any of my last few releases.”Listen to Keller Williams’ new single “The Big One” below:Keller Williams – “The Big One”[Audio: Keller Williams]See below for the album’s tracklist. Fans can head here to pre-order Add.For a full list of Keller Williams’ upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.Keller Williams Add Tracklist:Beat My ChestThe Big OneDubstepBrave CaptainLandlordImpeding The HuntAll I WantPoser The FakeI BelieveView Tour Dates
On an early morning in January, eight upper-year Harvard Law School students landed on the lone runway at the sleepy international airport in Lesotho where they were warmly welcomed by officials from the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (“MCC”), an innovative U.S. government foreign assistance agency. Though still recovering from the day-and-a-half-long trip to Lesotho, the students had a lot to accomplish in the three short weeks ahead and dove into action on two exciting law and international development projects organized by the student organization, the Harvard Law & International Development Society (“LIDS”).With the support of the HLS Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and financial support from the MCC and HLS International Legal Studies program, four of the students, under the supervision of Professor Lucie White, worked on the ongoing effort to decentralize health services in the country. The other four students, under the supervision of Professor Joseph Singer, worked with MCC’s local partners on a program to issue land titles in informal settlements in and around the local capital of Maseru.This trip is one of many opportunities sponsored by LIDS, a student organization started only two years ago in light of the growing student interest in the field of law and international development. James Small, a third-year student graduating this spring, described the trip as “a tremendous learning experience. Although I have had the opportunity to engage in significant human rights-related coursework and clinical work while at HLS, until this January I had never done fieldwork in a developing country. Although it was a short time frame, it was still a terrific opportunity to finally get on-the-ground experience.” Read Full Story
Read Full Story Elif Yamangil, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been awarded the 2011 Google Fellowship in Natural Language Processing.Yamangil, who is advised by Stuart Shieber, James O. Welch Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science at SEAS and director of the Office for Scholarly Communication, is particularly interested in statistical machine learning, generative models, grammar induction, and Bayesian posterior inference, as well as novel uses of Web text such as data mining Wikipedia revision histories.Moreover, she is working with Peter K. Bol, Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, on the China Biographical Database (CBDB) Project to build computational methods and tools for data mining biographical information about prominent individuals in Chinese history primarily from the seventh through nineteenth centuries.Prior to enrolling at SEAS, Yamangil received her B.S. in computer science and engineering from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.
NASA announced a problem on Wednesday that threatens to cripple one of its highest-profile missions, the Kepler Space Telescope, an instrument dedicated to finding Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Since its launch in 2009, Kepler has found 130 planets orbiting other stars and 2,500 planet candidates requiring further investigation. The space telescope has pulled back the veil on the true nature of the Milky Way, showing it to be a galaxy rich with planets, and potential homes for life outside of Earth. Gazette staff writer Alvin Powell discussed the problem with one of Kepler’s co-investigators, Astronomy Professor Dimitar Sasselov, asking what the glitch means for Kepler, for the quest for extra-solar planets, and for the search for life outside the solar system.GAZETTE: Can you tell us what is going on with Kepler?SASSELOV: The telescope needs to point very precisely in the direction in which it takes images. That pointing has been compromised by the breakdown of one of the reaction wheels — or gyroscopes — which keep it aligned.The wheels come in packages of four, with three needed and one a spare. We lost one last July, so we have been without the spare since then. Losing a second one means that the telescope cannot point, and hence the images are not precise enough for us to continue the scientific mission of the telescope.GAZETTE: Are there potential fixes or workarounds being considered?SASSELOV: What is happening now is an immediate assessment, and within a few days we’ll know the results. It’s very likely the engineers will test and implement some new workarounds in the coming weeks, trying to recover the wheel functionality. So they’re not going to write it off.However, there is no obvious workaround. We were forewarned that this may happen when the spare stopped working last July. So I don’t think there was a clear path to solve this if the second wheel really got stuck.GAZETTE: What are the implications for Kepler’s scientific mission?SASSELOV: We have collected data for a little bit more than 17 quarters. Only about two-thirds of that has been analyzed or downloaded to the ground. Inevitably, there is always a delay between what the telescope has obtained — in the can, so to say — and that data having been fully reduced and analyzed.In the next year and probably more, there will be analysis of data that is currently on the spacecraft. When that is done, you can say the scientific mission has been completed. You will continue hearing about Kepler discoveries at least for the next two or three years. It is not over yet.GAZETTE: Will the problem interfere with transmission of data already collected to the ground?SASSELOV: The satellite has two functional wheels and thrusters powered by hydrazine fuel. Those thrusters allow the telescope to point in different directions. It doesn’t allow the telescope to point precisely enough to allow for data collection, but under normal conditions it would be enough [to relay data to Earth].GAZETTE: Just about a year ago, NASA extended Kepler’s mission through 2016. What had scientists hoped to learn during the additional time?SASSELOV: The telescope would gather additional data that would improve dramatically our statistical confidence of our final results. It was also kind of a no-brainer. The telescope was working fine and taking great data. At a minimal expense, you continue to use it.GAZETTE: Can we say Kepler has been successful, whatever the outcome of attempted workarounds for the balky wheel?SASSELOV: It’s been a resounding success. Not only because you hear about it in the news all the time, but because when you look at what we knew [before it launched] and what we know about exoplanets from all our other efforts combined, Kepler stands way above all of them.So just by sheer volume, it provided us new insights and data to understand how planets form, what they are, and where they are. [Kepler] has provided us with a mother lode of planetary systems that we will be exploring for decades in the future, not just a few years, but decades. Kepler has already delivered beyond expectations. So it was worth every penny.Artist’s composite of Kepler viewing a small planet. Since it launched in 2009, Kepler has found 130 planets orbiting other stars. Credit: Ames Wendy Stenzel/NASAGAZETTE: What’s the feeling of the scientific team now?SASSELOV: Obviously, we were very excited about the extension, and we did expect to find exciting new things in the additional four years. You shouldn’t be surprised that the team would feel that we have the best telescope working, and it’s a shame if it cannot deliver more.On the other hand, if this had happened two years ago, it would have been really a disaster for our efforts. We would have essentially failed if it were two years ago.Now we can forge ahead and plan our next steps. Kepler was able to accomplish two things. One was the research and new discovery. The other was helping prepare so the next step in our exploration is successful. That has been done, and, for posterity, that’s probably the most important thing. Now we have TESS [the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite] already approved.GAZETTE: Is TESS the next step or is the James Webb Space Telescope?SASSELOV: Both. They go hand in hand. Kepler was supposed to deliver the numbers, the frequency of planets the size of the Earth around solar-type stars in the habitable zone.Now, we want not simply to improve the number, we want to find those planets we can study directly with high precision. Now we want to find the nearest ones. There, we need TESS to discover them, and then we need James Webb to analyze them.GAZETTE: Any possibility of a Hubble-like rescue for Kepler?SASSELOV: The answer is very clearly no. Kepler is in an orbit around the sun, very far from the Earth and the moon. It’s trailing behind the Earth, and no human has gone that far from the Earth before. You’re talking about capability similar to going to nearby asteroids, which we’re talking about developing, but we’re not there.GAZETTE: How does this change the work of researchers at Harvard?SASSELOV: A lot of this does relate to our efforts here at Harvard. Last summer, we installed a new spectrograph on the Canary Islands, together with our colleagues from Geneva. It is currently the highest-precision spectrograph in the world, and it has the specific goal to observe the planets that Kepler has discovered.The demise of the Kepler telescope would have very little effect on our plans for the work with the spectrograph because we already have the data. Once you identify the planets with Kepler, then you pick the best candidates and spend one to four years observing them with the spectrograph to determine the planet’s precise parameters.So in a certain sense, that second step has been happening for the past year. The original plan was that Kepler would gather data for four years, and then we’d continue with HARPS North, our spectrograph, for another four years. So from that point of view, our work here at Harvard is going on as scheduled.