The inimitable Umphrey’s McGee stopped in Columbus, Ohio last night for a night of high-octane rock and roll at EXPRESS Live!. The show featured a number of classic Umphrey’s tunes, a few standout jams, some of the band’s best new material, and a standout cover of the Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows” to close out the show.Set one kicked off with the piano driven intro track “Jekyll & Hyde” before transitioning Similar Skin‘s progressive bonus track “Room To Breathe”. Newer tune “Speak Up” came next, and the song quickly launched into “Jazz Odyssey” territory, with the band taking an extended improvisational take on the funky track. Eventually, the jam moved into “Get In The Van”, with the beloved older song bringing the vibe back to heavy rock. “No Diablo” is a great, soaring ballad, and Umphrey’s used the track to perfection as a semi-breather. The breather was temporary, however, as the band then started up their electronic rager “Nothing Too Fancy”, which contained a glorious jam before moving into more progressive rock with “Cemetery Walk 1”. “Water” provided another moment of deep improv for the band before winding their way back into “Nothing Too Fancy” to conclude the dancey song and the improv-heavy first set.Set Two kicked off with another new song, the AC/DC-esque “Rocktopus” that has been melting faces all over the country this summer. “Rocktopus” made way for a rare “Spires”, another excellent track from the band’s 2009 progressive rock breakthrough, Mantis. “2nd Self” provided a great moment for the old-school fans to let loose, and the set would focus on older material for the rest of the night. “Prowler” into “Syncopated Strangers” was an excellent pairing, that really pushed the band outside of the box, showing off the band’s jazz-fusion skills as they played the composed sections with perfection.“Much Obliged” always pumps up the crowd, and it was no different last night, as the fan-favorite track brought a thunderous energy. “No Comment” eventually emerged out of “MO”, providing the set’s first down moment after six songs of pure, unadulterated rock and roll. “Cemetery Walk 2” would come next, and would act as one more opportunity to dance before the band finished set two.For the encore, the band kicked things off with a rarity with the acoustic “The Weight Around”, played for the third time this year but only the eleventh time since its debut in 2010. The band then completed the encore with an extremely fun “Bad Friday” that eventually segued into “Tomorrow Never Knows”. John Lennon’s magnum opus was an early cover for the band, but fell out of favor after 2004, as the band has only performed the Revolver track live five times since then. This show marked a gap since October 21st, 2013, and the cover surely acted as a huge surprise for all in the audience.Umphrey’s McGee returns to the stage tonight with a show in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE.Umphrey’s McGee | 9/8/2016 | EXPRESS Live! | Columbus, Ohio Set One: Jekyll & Hyde > Room To Breathe, Speak Up > Get In The Van, No Diablo, Nothing Too Fancy > Cemetery Walk 1, Water > Nothing Too FancySet Two: Rocktopus, Spires, 2nd Self, Prowler > Syncopated Strangers, Much Obliged > No Comment, Cemetery Walk 2E: The Weight Around, Bad Friday > Tomorrow Never Knows
Businesswoman Mellody Hobson will deliver the 2012 Commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Saint Mary’s, the College announced Monday. Literacy advocate and businesswoman Kathleen Flynn Fox, a 1974 Saint Mary’s alumna, will also be awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the ceremony, according to a press release. Susan Fitzgerald Rice, a 1961 College alumna and member of the SMC Board of Trustees, will receive the President’s Medal for her “exceptional contributions to the life of the College and society,” the press release stated. Hobson, a Chicago native and Princeton University graduate, is the current president of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm where she is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, according to the press release. Hobson is nationally known for her expertise in financial literacy and investor education. She has appeared as a financial contributor on “Good Morning America” and ABC’s “World News Tonight.” She currently serves as a weekly finance expert of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show radio program and is a contributor to Black Enterprise magazine. Additionally, her financial expertise has been profiled in a number of well-known publications including Essence, Fortune and the New York Times. Commencement will take place May 19 at noon on Le Mans Green.
Press Association Chelsea have been tipped as having identified a nucleus of candidates to take the Stamford Bridge helm, with former Argentina defender Pochettino believed to number among them. “No I don’t mind, we are supposed to receive the rumours and we are in a media that all is about rumours,” said Pochettino, when asked if links to the Chelsea job could cause any unrest at White Hart Lane. “But I don’t care about that. “It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard. “That’s all about rumours. “I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy. My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. “The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.” Tottenham travel to League One side Colchester for Saturday’s fourth-round FA Cup tie, with Pochettino admitting he could yet start England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli from the bench. Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he remains unfazed about being touted as Jose Mourinho’s long-term successor at Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea. Tottenham boss Pochettino insisted he did not care when quizzed on rumours Chelsea could seek to lure him to Stamford Bridge this summer. Interim manager Guus Hiddink will guide Chelsea to the end of the season, when the Blues will appoint their permanent boss. Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer is poised to deputise for Jan Vertonghen, missing with knee ligament trouble. Pochettino insists Spurs have sufficient quality within their current ranks to cope with the loss of both Vertonghen, and Andros Townsend, who joined Newcastle this week. Victory at Colchester would hand Tottenham 10 games in 35 days, but Pochettino continues to insist his squad boasts the depth to cope with such rigour. “I think yes, I believe that we already have enough quality, and it’s true that we lost people a few times, but that’s why we have a squad of 24 to 25 players,” said Pochettino. “With Jan’s injury it’s important that a player like Kevin Wimmer can show his quality. “It’s important for that that you always keep all the players fit and focused. It’s a very good period now to show that we have a very strong squad. “It’s a test for our squad that’s true, a very busy period with a lot of games. “But we’ve come through a very busy period too and that was a big test for the squad. We’re not worried, I think we’ve shown we’ve got enough quality to compete across all the competitions.” Pochettino refused to rule out completing a deal to bring Fulham’s Moussa Dembele to White Hart Lane, while also wishing departed winger Townsend good luck in the north-east. The former Southampton boss admitted it was best for all parties for Townsend to leave Spurs in search of regular football. “It was important for him to find a club that gave him the possibility to play consistently in the Premier League,” said Pochettino, of Townsend. “We kept a very good relationship and always it was about the player needing to play. “We had other players and he wasn’t my first choice and it is normal that players always want to play. “The club believes it was a good deal and we wish him all the best at his new club.”
Jamaica will be represented by a 10-member team at the January 26th DSI invitational/Armory invitational at the Armory Indoors in New York City.The men’s team, which comprises Oshane Bailey, Jermaine Brown, Kavon Rattary, Miguel Barton and Stallone Watson, are defending 4×200 meters champions. The women’s team consists of Verone Chambers, Tovia Jenkins, Shellone Calvert, Okhalia Buchanan and Candice McCloud, placed second in that event last year.Dalton Evans is the team’s head coach. He will be assisted by Mike Williams and Dwayne Evans with Louie Grant in the role of manager.“As head coach I am expecting both (teams) to be victorious, looking at the performances indoors of Oshane Bailey, Jermaine Brown and IAAF number two in the world Daniel Jamison. Whereas the women should have little or no problem crossing the finish line,” said Evans.Dr. Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, general secretary Garth Gayle and senior coach Maurice Wilson, complete the Jamaican delegation.