Americana heroes The Avett Brothers returned to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, in support of their recently released album True Sadness. The Avetts continue to make waves with their exciting sound, and their performance on Colbert was no exception. The band broke out into the title track from the new LP, and delighted fans with the emotional rendition. You can stream the performance in the embedded player below.
The Jerry Garcia Family recently announced a blowout celebration for Jerry Garcia‘s 75th birthday at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 4th, 2017. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” will feature performances by Bob Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band, a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones of Jerry Garcia Band as well as Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; American Babies), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic) and more. Today, the Jerry Garcia Family has announced that the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert celebration will continue with five additional concert events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Brooklyn, and Burlington.The newly added celebrations are anchored by the 15th annual Jerry Day in at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in San Francisco’s McLaren Park on August 6th featuring Melvin Seals and the JGB, Stu Allen, and Mars Hotel, and Midnight North. Jerry Day is free to attend, however donations are gladly accepted.On August 1, at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, Aquarium Drunkard and the Jerry Garcia Family will present Grateful Shred and Friends, a collective of Southern California’s premiere session players including members of Circles Around The Sun, The Western Stars, Mapache, and more. Expect an evening built on a foundation of the Grateful Dead’s country-Americana classics of the early seventies, but reverently spanning the entire history of the Dead.On August 1, the Brooklyn Bowl will host NYC’s celebration with The Garcia Project performing a full, classic Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976-1995 and Andy Falco (of the Infamous Stringdusters) & Friends presenting a special performance of Garcia & Grisman’s The Pizza Tapes.On August 1, the Burlington celebration will occur at the Higher Ground Ballroom and feature an all-star cast of local musicians. The evening’s line-up and program will be announced shortly, but expect an evening centered around the music of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, and more.On August 2, a collection of Nashville’s finest musicians will present Ain’t No Place I’d Rather Be at the Basement East in Nashville, TN. The collective will explore the expansive Garcia Songbook with portions of the evening dedicated to Garcia’s many solo projects and work with the Grateful Dead. Additional details and line-up to be announced shortly.For more information on the upcoming events, head to the Jerry Garcia website.
A daily drink or two is good for your heart, studies have shown, but new findings introduce a caveat: a temporary increase in heart attack and stroke risk. A study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that the ill effect dissipates within hours, yielding to benefits for moderate drinking. The work, led by instructor in epidemiology Elizabeth Mostofsky, analyzed the findings of a range of studies on alcohol and health conducted between 1966 and 2015.Published this month in the journal Circulation, the meta-analysis, or “study of studies,” also reinforced the harmful effects of heavy drinking. Mostofsky spoke with the Gazette about the study and its implications for healthy vs. unhealthy drinking habits.GAZETTE: What is the take-home message? Is it that alcohol isn’t as good for you as we thought — or is it that, like so many things, it’s complicated?MOSTOFSKY: I think it’s more that it’s complicated. Although there’s consistent evidence that habitual, moderate intake can be beneficial, there is some evidence that there may be a transiently higher risk immediately after drinking alcohol — even for smaller amounts. The complex physiological effects of alcohol result in both higher and lower cardiovascular risk depending on the amount consumed, drinking frequency, and the outcome under study.This is the first paper to synthesize all studies on the acute risk of heart attack and stroke in the hours, day, and week after drinking. Despite the differences in the study procedures, the populations, and the outcomes of interest in the included studies, there was consistent evidence that alcohol consumption was associated with an immediately higher cardiovascular risk that was attenuated after 24 hours. In fact, within a day, moderate alcohol intake was even protective for heart attacks and hemorrhagic strokes and protective against ischemic strokes within one week. In contrast, heavy alcohol drinking was associated with higher cardiovascular risk in the following day and week.Based on these results, it is possible that the brief risk is outweighed by the health benefits of regularly drinking moderate amounts of alcohol. Therefore, the take-home message is still the same. We cannot recommend you begin drinking, but, consistent with the American Heart Association’s recommendations, if you do drink, do so in moderation. That means no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men, where a drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, or one ounce of 100-proof spirits.GAZETTE: What happens if you’re following the guidelines and having one or two drinks, but doing so every day? Do the short-term negative effects — repeated daily — ever cancel out the longer-term beneficial effects?MOSTOFSKY: That’s a great question. Prior work by our co-authors showed that the health effects of alcohol intake depend on both the amount and the pattern of consumption. Heavy episodic drinking has harmful effects, even if individuals who binge only drink one or two days per week, resulting in the same average alcohol intake per week that is known to yield cardioprotective benefits. Among men, drinking a small amount of alcohol regularly — one to two drinks a day, four days a week — lowers cardiovascular risk more than drinking the same total weekly amount but on fewer days per week.Therefore, it is possible that over time, individuals who frequently drink small amounts of alcohol may experience a temporarily heightened risk, but this may be offset in part by the subsequent protective benefits in the hours after consumption. On the other hand, consuming large amounts of alcohol at once may result in both a sharply higher immediate risk and … a higher long-term risk.GAZETTE: So drinking small amounts daily reinforces the beneficial effects?MOSTOFSKY: Exactly. In our study on the acute effects of alcohol on the risk of heart attacks, we found that among participants who did not drink alcohol daily, there was a 3.3-fold higher risk of heart attacks in the hour after consumption, but the higher rate was not apparent for daily drinkers.This may be due to alcohol tolerance whereby habitual intake leads to up-regulation of enzymes that metabolize alcohol, resulting in a lower physiological response to each drink. Therefore, once again we see that the people who regularly drink small amounts of alcohol have a lower cardiovascular risk.GAZETTE: Let’s talk about the other half of this, the heavy drinkers. How does your study define heavy drinking, and what did you find specifically?MOSTOFSKY: In this study, heavy alcohol drinking — six to nine drinks in one day — was associated with a higher cardiovascular risk on the following day. And heavy drinking in one week, 19 to 30 drinks, has a harmful effect in both the immediate and in the subsequent week. So there seems to be no benefit to heavy drinking. We never get to a point where it garners any health benefits.GAZETTE: Can we quantify the increased risk?MOSTOFSKY: Sure, heavy alcohol drinking was associated with a 1.3- to 2.3-fold higher risk of heart attacks and strokes in the following day and a 2.2-fold to more than a sixfold higher risk in the following week. Keep in mind that our classification of heavy drinking is based on the amounts reported in the included studies and not intended for the purposes of guidelines. For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming 15 drinks or more per week. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming eight drinks or more per week.GAZETTE: It sounds, for moderate drinking, as if you’ve found a new wrinkle, but for heavy drinkers, is this substantially different? Does it quantify what we already knew?MOSTOFSKY: Our results are consistent with prior research showing that moderate alcohol consumption has health benefits whereas heavy consumption is dangerous. What is novel here is that alcohol may have markedly different effects on immediate and long-term risk — you can have an acutely increased risk that becomes beneficial over time.
EC varsity & JV volleyball traveled to Jennings County on Saturday 9-26. Varsity went 1-1 on the day losing to Terre Haute North in 5 and defeating Jennings County in 3.It was a tough loss against Terre Haute North. It went 5 and all the games were long. The girls never quit and played great volleyball as a team. That has been a big focus for us in recent weeks. We needed to go back to playing as a team and we are starting to see more and more of that. It was hard to lose that match because we fought so hard, but we showed a lot of resilience and can take a lot from it.The girls bounced back well and found a way to win in 3 against Jennings County. Some of our veteran players really stepped up and showed the confidence and poise they’ve had since day one. It was a great team win.Varsity is now 14-11 on the season.Next up- all 3 teams face Milan on Thursday at EC at 5pm. This is our annual Dig Pink game, so come out and support the girls and the cause!Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
Detectives are investigating a early Sunday shooting in Broward County that left two people dead and two others wounded.According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gerdy St. Louis, the gunfire occurred around 1:30 a.m. near the 3000 block of NW 12th Court, in the unincorporated part of the county.Genesie Homes, a neighbor who witnessed the incident, described a scene with “people running everywhere” after the shooting started during a street party.“A girl was running and fell,” she said. “I was trying to revive her. She still had a pulse. I worked on her until police took over. She was shot in the head.”Several people called 911 to report the shooting.“All of 30th Terrace was full of people,” Homes said. “I heard a whole heap of shots. We were all running and ducking.”Responding deputies found four individuals bleeding from gunshot wounds.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue treated the wounded, but two victims ultimately died at the scene.Paramedics rushed the other two to a local hospital for treatment.The names and ages of the victims have not yet been released.Homes says a man driving through the neighborhood was also shot and taken to the hospital for treatment.This is a developing story.