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.
After the women’s soccer team was knocked out of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the team had time to reflect on what was a whirlwind season.The Badgers struggled in one-goal games throughout the year, losing 8 of 13 such contests and compiling an overall record of 6-8-2, while winning their last four games to get into the Big Ten Tournament.With their backs firmly up against the wall, the Badgers outscored their opponents 12-2 in those final four games and stormed through the Big Ten Tournament to win the championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It was a remarkable turnaround for a team that seemed to be headed toward an early off-season just three weeks prior.That was then.This season, the expectations are distinctly higher for the Badgers. Not only does Wisconsin return first-team all-Big Ten forward Kara Kabellis, both of their top goalies, Lynn Murray and Stefani Szczechowski, and playmaker Taylor Walsh, the Badgers bring in a top recruiting class and a number of capable transfers that bring in new style and confidence to the squad.Wisconsin will carry around 30 players in 2006, which will turn playing minutes into a premium and will certainly raise the level of competition for field time in games and practices.”We’ve deepened our roster in terms of quality players per position,” UW head coach Dean Duerst said. “That blend is important, and no player on the field can just go out and play; they need to perform. Everybody will have that pressure to perform well, knowing that someone could step in and do their job.”The two transfers Wisconsin brought into the program are midfielder Marissa Sarkesian from Texas A&M and forward Sheri Ferron from Seton Hall. In 26 games with Texas A&M, Sarkesian scored 10 points and helped Texas A&M win the Big XII Tournament championship; while Ferron, a native of Brookfield, Wis., played in 13 games during her freshman year with the Pirates.Duerst expects both these players to put in a lot of minutes for Wisconsin, since they have been good additions to the team so far.”Sheri has had a year under her belt, and she can step right in and play,” Duerst said. “Marissa has had two. She fits into our system real well. She’s a good position type player, and Sheri is a mobile player who holds onto the ball real well.”Their experience and confidence from their club backgrounds have really shown and have really added to the depth of this team.”Upon losing top ball strikers Marisa Brown, Jessica Ring and Amy Vermeulen, Duerst and his coaching staff plan on trying different combinations of players throughout the first part of the season to see what clicks for his team offensively.”We’re always going to be planning on making changes,” Duerst said. “We’re always trying to find the right blend to get results. I think what we’re going to see this year is more players getting more minutes and many players not getting as many minutes as they want. We want to see players perform at a high level and give us that energy we need.”From the first game of the 2006 season, Badger fans could see that this women’s soccer team has a lot of fight. The first game of the year against Creighton saw the women down 2-0 with 30 minutes left. While last year’s squad may have folded, this year’s experienced team fought back, scoring three unanswered goals to win their season opener.In their second game against No. 10 California, Wisconsin again found itself in an early hole, down 1-0. However, the Badgers created a number of good scoring opportunities in the second half to give the Bears a scare.It’s the fight from the women that Duerst thought was the most important thing to take away from the first weekend of play.”They have shown the sign of fighting; fighting to get back,” Duerst said. “With us being down two goals against Creighton, that’s soccer. Our team is starting to understand that you can be down one or two goals and put your game together, you can still comeback and win.”Things weren’t going the way we expected and we fought back,” Duerst continued. “We were able to get the result, which is an important thing for us to learn … You can fight back and win games.”After going 1-1 in their first weekend of action, the Badgers now play their next three games on the road against experienced teams, traveling to Nebraska, UC-Santa Barbara and Pepperdine. If UW wants to achieve one of its goals of advancing deep into the postseason, this will be one of the trips that will certainly prepare the team not only for the postseason, but for the rigors of Big Ten Conference play as well.”This team wants to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16,” Duerst said. “This team got a taste of it last year. There are high expectations of this time, and we’re challenging ourselves by the quality of non-conference opponents we are playing. We want to make a statement in conference this year and across the country this season.”
Michael Mersch has been a goal scoring machine during his Wisconsin career, but for whatever reason he has struggled to produce in the playoffs. That all changed Friday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament semifinal against Penn State at the Xcel Energy Center. Propelled by two goals from Mersch, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team trumped the Nittany Lions by a final score of 2-1 in St. Paul to move onto the Big Ten Tournament championship game Saturday.Mersch had tallied just four points in his career during the postseason with just one goal to his credit in 10 career postseason games, but in the midst of just one period he doubled his goal output to deliver the game-tying and what proved to be the game-winning goals for Wisconsin (23-10-2).“He’s been great against us,” Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky said of Mersch. “That’s not a surprise to us. He’s been great against us all year. He’s a tough, big body to handle. He’s great on the power play. But he’s also a confidence guy, five-on-five, and tough to handle in defensive zone.”All of the scoring in the game in fact was contained in just the one period, the second period, in which Mersch tallied both of his goals. It was Penn State (8-26-2), though, which struck first in a bid to continue its season after eking out a double overtime victory over Michigan Thursday.After the two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first 20 minutes, Penn State came out eager in the second frame and finally broke the scoring drought just 55 seconds into the second period when Curtis Loik chopped a centering pass from Kenny Brooks over Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel.According to Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves, it took his players almost the whole first period to get their feet under them after having a week off since playing their last game and having a goal scored just moments into the second period could have set the Badgers back. But Mersch and the second line picked the Badgers back up after falling down and quickly equalized the game just 32 seconds after the Nittany Lions had taken the lead.“Penn State was playing at a higher level, quicker pace. They were making decisions with the puck before they got it. And we started to pick it up a little bit in the second period,” Eaves said.Badgers’ redshirt freshman Morgan Zulinick started the play when he dug for the puck at the blue line up against the right wing boards and came up with possession. Zulinick slid a pass to center Jefferson Dahl at the far edge of the left circle who then found Mersch at the right goal line. After Mersch was denied by PSU goaltender Matthew Skoff on his first attempt to stuff the biscuit home, he put away the rebound chance into the back of the net to tie the game at one.The rest of the second period remained rather uneventful, although Penn State did get the first power play advantage of the game a few minutes after the Wisconsin equalizing goal at the 3:11 mark. After failing to score on the man advantage, Penn State took a penalty at the tail end of its first power play to send Wisconsin on its first power play chance of the game. The Badgers came up empty on their first chance and were thwarted on their second opportunity as well with around five minutes left in the second period.But the third time was the charm for Wisconsin as with just over a minute left in the frame Wisconsin came into the zone on an odd man rush and with only one Penn State defenseman back another Nittany Lion jumped off the bench into the play, resulting in a penalty for too many men on the ice. Mersch and the Wisconsin power play jumped on the chance, and with 10.5 seconds left in the period Mersch sent home another rebound, after the initial shot came from Zengerle at the right goal line, into the back of the net to put Wisconsin up 2-1, a lead that would hold up for good.Penn State had several quality chances in the final period and had nine shots on goal, but Rumpel stood tall to the task and came up with all nine shots to give him 24 saves in the game.The Badgers helped out their goaltender in the waning moments of the game by keeping the puck in the offensive zone and not allowing Skoff (32 saves) an opportunity to get to the bench for an extra attacker. Wisconsin held offensive possession for almost the last minute of the game and as the Nittany Lions finally broke out of their zone for one last opportunity, the Wisconsin defense forced them into a turnover at the Badger blue line and took the puck back as the horn sounded on the Badger victory.With his two goals in the game, Mersch has 22 goals on the season which includes 10 power-play goals.“It was a matter of time. Because of his work ethic, this flow and ebb thatoffense has, he works through it, shortened the time he was down in the valley and he’s back on top,” Eaves said about Mersch ramping up his postseason scoring.“Michael [Mersch] knows that one of his responsibilities on our team is to be on the score sheet. He takes great pride on that. It’s nice for him. That gives him confidence, and he gets that confidence, maybe he can stay up there for a while.”Wisconsin will play the winner of the Ohio State-Minnesota game at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.