PREMIERE: We Can’t Stop Smiling At The Reverend Shawn Amos’ New Puppet-Filled Music Video

first_imgThe Reverend Shawn Amos has been bringing his soulful blues to clubs on the West Coast, deep south joints, festivals across the globe, and the podcast world for years. Blending black roots music, R&B, and stripped down rock n’ roll, The Rev delivers authentically raw tunes, with socially conscious ideas and issues, layered between his soulful voice. While out on the road in support of his 2015 release, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Amos was bothered by the country’s altered political landscape that he visibly noticed from city to city. This inspired Amos to release his most recent studio effort, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down.As a musician, American citizen, African-American male, and father, The Reverend Shawn Amos was influenced by the writing of Dr. Martin Luther King, which transpired into Amos’ 2018 release of The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. Addressing love in our country’s current political state while avoiding reeling in the dark and dreariness, Amos works through a series of “freedom songs”, with deeply conscious messages rooted in the contemporary new tunes.Live For Live Music is proud to premiere The Reverend Shawn Amos’ new official video for “(We’ve Got To) Come Together” featuring the Pop Culture Passionistas puppet troupe. The song, which is part of The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down‘s”Freedom Suite”, was inspired by The Staples Singers Amen! album and recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios. As for the fantastic puppets in the song’s new music video, the Pop Culture Passionistas have made a career based on their love of pop culture through elaborate and comical sock puppets. The soul-drenched tune’s incorporation of puppets makes for a fun and funky exploration through race and politics.Regarding his official video for “(We’ve Got To) Come Together”, The Reverend Shawn Amos explained,This is the first freedom song I wrote for the album. I was inspired by the Staples Singers and great freedom singers of the 1960s. We live in similar times. This ain’t a song about laying blame. It’s meant to remind of our commonality and our humanity. We clearly need to come together ‘cause pulling apart ain’t doing it.I’ve been a fan — and friend —  of the Pop Culture Passionistas for over 15 years. They are so creative and have such love. There’s no one else I would entrust with turning me into a puppet.  It also gave me a chance to get two of my kids involved as puppeteers. It’s the only way I could ever get them to come around — bribe them with puppets. Although it kinda works for all of us. We’re all kids at heart, right?You can watch Live For Live Music’s premiere of the official music video for “(We’ve Got To) Come Together” below. For more information on his upcoming dates and music, head to The Reverend Shawn Amos’ website here.The Reverend Shawn Amos – “(We’ve Got To) Come Together”[Video: The Reverend Shawn Amos]The Reverend Shawn Amos is getting ready to embark on a small tour, with an upcoming three-night run in California, followed by a brief European run in November, that will take the artist through the U.K. and the Netherlands.Upcoming The Reverend Shawn Amos Tour Dates:OCT 9 TUEVibrato Grill JazzLos Angeles, CA, United StatesOCT 10 WEDBlue Note NapaNapa, CA, United StatesOCT 11 THUBiscuits and BluesSan Francisco, CA, United StatesNOV 15 THUThe Arts ClubLondon, United KingdomNOV 17 SATTenby Blues FestivalTenby, United KingdomNOV 19 MONMeneer FritsEindhoven, NetherlandsNOV 20 TUEMuziekhuis Q-BusLeiden, NetherlandsView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Prince Estate Sends Trump A Cease & Desist Letter For Using “Purple Rain” At Rallies

first_img[Video: Eryn Allen Kane][H/T Consequence Of Sound] Earlier this month, Donald J. Trump hosted a rally in South Haven, Mississippi, during which the President used Prince‘s classic tune “Purple Rain”. However, recently, the Prince Estate has issued a request to President 45 to stop playing Prince’s music at his political rallies, joining a number of other high-profile artists like Neil Young and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler who have publicly denounced Trump using their songs at rallies.Notes the Star Tribune, after footage of the rally surfaced on Fox News and CNN with the song being played in the background, the Prince Estate issued the following via Twitter: “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”However, unlike Neil Young and Steven Tyler’s public requests for Donald Trump to abstain from using their music, the Prince Estate’s request seems less likely to be explicitly political. Before Prince’s untimely death in 2016, the famed guitarist and singer was notorious for protecting his music’s rights and for aggressively shutting down any unauthorized use of his music. In that vein, Prince was also selective about what he chose to address politically, frequently avoiding taking sides politically.This is not to say that Prince was non-political; rather, the famed pop icon was very intentional about how and why his music was used. For example, a year before his death, Prince released a protest song with soul singer Eryn Allen Kane that addressed the Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of Baltimore City police officers and the community’s tumultuous response, which has since been renamed the Baltimore Uprising or the Baltimore Riots.last_img read more

Judge approves divorce for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has approved a divorce settlement between the former Minneapolis police officer who placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck and his wife. The divorce of Derek Chauvin and Kellie Chauvin was finalized Tuesday and redacted documents were made public Thursday. The approval comes months after Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman rejected a prior agreement that transferred most of the couple’s assets to Kellie Chauvin. The judge wrote at the time that transfer of most of the assets to one party could be a “badge of fraud.”  The terms of the finalized settlement have been heavily redacted. Derek Chauvin is charged with murder in Floyd’s death and faces trial in March.last_img read more

Long Island Weather: Blizzard Hits Suffolk Hardest, Cuomo Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trucks plowing roads in Locust Valley Saturday morning. (Photo credit: Michael Damm)Suffolk County was the hardest hit area in New York State after a Nor’easter rolled through Long Island and dumped more than two feet of snow on the region, officials said Saturday.“Suffolk has sustained significant damage and significant hardship as a result of the storm,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Saturday morning.In order to improve road conditions the governor said Suffolk would receive assistance from New York City and Nassau County, which will be sending additional crews to help plow streets to make roads passable.The biggest obstacle facing crews Saturday morning are abandoned vehicles, especially on the Long Island Expressway, officials said. More than 150 cars were stranded, Cuomo said, complicating matters for emergency crews. No deaths were reported.Late Friday night, authorities shut down all major highways in Suffolk, including the LIE, Sunrise Highway and Southern and Northern State Parkways.“If this storm would have happened two hours later, the hundreds of people struggling to get home would have made it home,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “Emergency vehicles were dispatched immediately but emergency vehicles at this time were getting stuck. Fire trucks were getting stuck…We’ve never seen anything like this.”Suffolk also saw the most outages, with more than 10,000 homes and businesses losing power, officials said.Watch live streaming video from newyorkstateofficeofthegovernor at livestream.comThe rest of the state, including Nassau, fared much better during the powerful Nor’easter, which dropped more than 30 inches of snow on Long Island.Although New York suffered “statewide consequences,” according to Cuomo, the damage didn’t compare to Connecticut and Massachusetts, the two states hit hardest by the storm.Cuomo said the state would deploy additional resources to aid both states, including utility and emergency workers.Back on Long Island, the National Weather Service said roads remain “either impassable or treacherous.” Officials recommended that residents only leave their homes for emergencies.“If you don’t have to leave the house for an urgent matter,” Cuomo said, “don’t leave the house.”last_img read more

Happy hour at the branch

first_imgHosting after-hours beer tastings is a way for O Bee Credit Union to pay tribute to its roots and to change the way members think about their local branch.“It becomes an inviting place for members to mingle and socialize,” says Lee Wojnar, VP/marketing of the Tumwater, Wash., credit union, which was founded to serve Olympia Brewing Co. employees and their families. Olympia has since been sold to Pabst, but the credit union still embraces its logo and the Pacific Northwest’s reputation for nurturing craft and micro-breweries.In fact, Wojnar credits O Bee CU’s celebration of its ties to the brewing industry with the credit union’s doubling in asset size to $255 million over the past five years. The members-only beer tastings featuring a different brewery at each event and spirits from Sandstone Distilling evoke how once-popular Olympia plant tours ended in its tasting room. Check out a video from a happy hour that took place early this summer: tinyurl.com/obeehappyhour To comply with state liquor license and branch occupancy rules, the credit union opens its free beer-tasting events to a limited number of members who sign up online on a first-come, first-served basis. Since the first tasting this spring, O Bee CU has learned to keep several pour stations operating so members don’t need to stand in a long single line to try different beers, he notes. continue reading » 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A transformational leader

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Joe Newberry believes in the power of transformational leadership. This leadership approach takes a great organization and makes it excellent, guiding the management team and employees alike toward becoming more innovative in their thinking. It’s an approach that requires a strong and visionary leader, which is what makes Newberry so worthy of being named CUES’ 2018 Outstanding Chief Executive.“I try to practice as best I can to be a servant leader and have a transformational leadership style,” says Newberry, who has been the president/CEO of $4.8 billion Redstone Federal Credit Union, Huntsville, Ala., for more than 10 years.In his role as a transformational leader, Newberry has led Redstone FCU through a cultural change that has greatly improved the organization’s processes, products and performance. As he explains, “You can create an amazing strategic plan; however, culture is the engine that drives strategic objectives and performance. You need your people aligned and a culture that supports it to achieve desired results.”last_img read more

Lynbrook Man High on Drugs in Crash That Killed 2, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man and woman were killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a driver who was allegedly high on drugs in their hometown of Lynbrook on Monday night, Nassau County police said.John Aniano, 25, was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota, which then veered into the opposite lane of traffic, where it collided with another vehicle at 8:13 p.m., according to investigators.The driver of the Toyota, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, where he died. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries.Aniano, who is also from Lynbrook, was taken to a local hospital for a leg injury. Homicide Squad detectives alleged that he was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle, police said. Detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle while the investigation is continuing.Aniano was charged with two counts second-degree manslaughter, two counts second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. He will be arraigned as soon as medically practical, police said.last_img read more

Long labour of love creates stunning entertainer

first_img138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.Paul and Romina Rotheram took 10 years to renovate their Jindalee home, but they enjoyed every minute of it. The kitchen area at 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee. 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.Their four-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 138 Mount Ommaney Drive was purchased with the intention of transforming the 1980s build.“It had a lovely feeling when we walked through the door and we knew it was the one,” Ms Rotheram said.“We lived in it for a little while but wanted more light in the property so we called in a designer and architect. My husband built it over a period of time but we only finished in the last 18 months as he was still working.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.center_img 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.Created to entertain large numbers, the kitchen is one of the more spectacular additions.“We designed it and it ended up in the Queensland Kitchen + Bathroom Design magazine,” Ms Rotheram said. 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.NGU Real Estate sales agent Chris Foenander said the property was an outstanding family home.“It’s been a long journey to build this masterpiece.“It’s one of Jindalee’s most impressive renovations,” Mr Foenander said.The property is on a 607sq m elevated allotment.last_img read more

Central Asia link accord

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES from China, Kirgizistan and Uzbekistan signed an agreement in the Uzbek capital Toshkent in June for a technical and economic feasibility study into construction of a rail link into western China. According to Uzbek Vice-Premier Rustam Junussows, the three countries also signed an accord on the management of transit traffic between China and the CIS Central Asian states.Rising to over 3000m to cross the Tyan-Shan mountains, the line would link the Uzbek city of Andizhan with the Chinese city of Kashi, which will be the terminus of the South Xinjiang Railway now under construction. The first 50 km will be in Uzbekistan, taking the line to Osh, second biggest city in Kirgizistan. The 600 km from Osh to Irkeshtam will more than double the Kirgizian rail network, before the line crosses into China for a 200 km descent to Kashi.The route is seen as offering a direct link from the Pacific Rim to the Central Asian states and parts of southern Europe. As well as transit traffic, the line is expected to capture local business; South Korea’s automotive group Daewoo already sends 500 containers a month to Andizhan for local assembly. olast_img read more

Borssele Beta cable work to cost TenneT € 50 million more

first_imgWorks to install the Borssele Beta export cable in the Netherlands will set TenneT back an additional € 50 million after contractors discovered unstable soil along the cable route. Namely, the cable installation contract TenneT signed with NKT and VBMS (now Boskalis Subsea) in 2016/2017 will now be worth € 210 million, instead of € 160 million. “This route survey has been executed by an expert contractor who had extensive experience in performing similar surveys. The data of these surveys did not indicate the physical conditions of the Northern slope of the Honte. When executing the Sea Cable installation these conditions were discovered and made it necessary to apply a different working method.” The two companies installed the Borssele Alpha export cables in 2019. Although a survey to investigate the soil conditions of the subsea cable route was performed in 2015, TenneT said it had not indicated these specific physical conditions of the Northern slope of the Honte. center_img TenneT awarded Boskalis Subsea (VBMS) and NKT Cables a contract to supply and install two Borssele Alpha export cables with an option for Borssele Beta in November 2016. The option for Borssele Beta was awarded at the end of October 2017, with an additional 7-kilometre interconnector cable to be installed between the Borssele Alpha and Beta offshore substations. The reason for this is that the challenging physical conditions of the Northern slope of the Honte, part of the cable route, have been discovered during cable installation works for the Borssele Alpha platform and have now been marked as unforeseeable. last_img read more