Keep Austin Weir’d: Bob Weir Awarded Key To The City Of Austin For His “Vote Local” Initiative

first_imgThis weekend, Bob Weir took to Austin, Texas, to continue his Campfire Tour with his Campfire Band with two shows at The Moody Theater for Austin City Limits Live. Before his first performance on Saturday, the Grateful Dead guitarist met with Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, to talk about his “Vote Local” initiative. This newest project is in conjunction with HeadCount, an organization that advocates for musicians and music lovers to get more involved in politics and for which Weir is a board member. After Saturday’s meeting, Weir kicked off the first of two nights at Moody Theater with the Campfire Band featuring Steve Kimock, Jash Kaufman, Jon Shaw, and The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. This most tour has been in support of Weir’s recent solo album, Blue Mountain, which was released during the tail-end of last year. You can check out pictures from Weir’s mayoral meeting below, as well as setlists from Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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

Mexican soldiers rescue toddler abandoned in Rio Grande

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say soldiers and immigration agents have rescued a 2-year-old girl from Chile after she apparently fell into the Rio Grande and the adults who were with her left her and crossed the river into the United States. Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said Sunday that the incident happened a day earlier as a group of migrants was crossing the river near Ciudad Acuna, across from Del Rio, Texas. The agency says the adults made gestures, pointing out the toddler to soldiers and immigration agents, who waded into the river to rescue her. Officials say the adults did not stop to retrieve the girl and continued across the river. The girl has been placed with child welfare authorities.last_img read more

Martinez enters ban row debate

first_img Much to the Magpies’ annoyance, McManaman was not sanctioned for catching Massadio Haidara with a knee-high tackle because the incident had been spotted by one of the officials, even if the severity of it was clearly not. There is an obvious disparity between how the two cases have been dealt with, but Martinez cannot see how they can be linked. “It is completely different,” said the Wigan boss. “There is a big difference between something that happens when you have behaviour that is a normal part of the game. You are trying to win the ball, hit it and then follow through. That is very different to having unsporting behaviour with violent conduct.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez does not believe any comparisons can be made between the 10-match ban Luis Suarez has received for biting and Callum McManaman escaping any punishment for his X-rated tackle against Newcastle. Martinez believes Suarez deserves a lengthy suspension. “I don’t think there is a question about the ban,” he said. “Everyone agreed it was wrong behaviour and he was the first one to accept it. “We need to know what the FA is basing its ban on and whether they have taken into consideration his previous charges and the previous incident in Holland. “I am sure we will know more when the FA gives its reasons. “We all knew it was wrong behaviour. It is not something you should see on a football pitch. Everyone has to accept that it was going to be followed by a ban.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more