There are few bands currently touring that combine elements of jazz, blues, southern rock, and good ol’ Americana as effortlessly and beautifully as The Wood Brothers. With Oliver Wood’s pseudo-southern roots and bassist brother Chris Wood’s extensive free jazz experience in Medeski, Martin, and Wood, the group is undeniably one of the most raw, heartfelt, and genuine bands on the live music circuit today.Following a heavy, folky, punk-laced opening set from Indiana rockers (and Stanley Hotel legends), Murder By Death, the brothers took the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, joined by their other third, multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. The sun began to set on an unseasonably warm Friday night, and with a quiet hello and little fanfare, Oliver broke into the certifiable classic, “Postcards from Hell,” off of their 2008 release, Loaded. The song seems to be one of Oliver’s favorites, and tells the story of a man with a deep passion for the blues and for music. It’s not the first time the band has played this song at Red Rocks, yet it seems to strike a new chord each and every go around. In our current, rather unstable political climate, the song seems to speak to our beliefs and our commitments, serving as the perfect opening tune. The trio followed with “Tried and Tempted” off their debut album Ways Not to Lose. The stripped-down, bass-led groove got the crowd moving, and the band quickly slipped into another rocker, “This Is It,” from their latest release, One Drop of Truth.The group kept chugging along, playing the fan-favorite “Keep Me Around” off of 2013’s The Muse back-to-back with the classic “Mary Anna.” The chorus of “Mary Anna” featured a new, slightly faster, funkier arrangement that seemed to derive itself from many of the groovier, keyboard-led songs on One Drop of Truth. Perfectly transitioning into said new material, “Sparkling Wine” and the title track, “One Drop of Truth” came next, both keeping the crowd on their feet. Determined to keep the energy up, the brothers pulled out “Snake Eyes” from their 2015 album featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Paradise. Oliver’s rhythmic strumming and Jano’s steady beat allowed the song to really open up, and giving Chris a chance to dance around with his bass, both musically and literally. Following “Snake Eyes,” they continued to criss-cross their catalog, playing “Loaded,” “Shoo Fly Pie,” “Happiness Jones,” and “That’s Where My Baby Might Be.”Near the end of the set, Oliver took a moment to point out that he saw “a show at Red Rocks” as a 19-year-old kid from Boulder, Colorado. He noted, “I didn’t really realize how important it was at the time,” or something along those lines. The band then dropped into a blistering, original rendition of the late Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me.” Bearing an eerie resemblance to Petty, Oliver played the part perfectly, both vocally and musically, mentioning afterward, “oh yeah, it was Tom Petty!” Following the tribute to a guy who has to be one of Wood’s southern heroes, the band wrapped up the set with a sing-along take on their hit single, “Luckiest Man” before ending the night with “Honey Jar.”Not to be forgotten, The Wood Brothers were followed by California’s own The Devil Makes Three. Playing their own pioneering blend of bluegrass, folk, gypsy jazz, and Appalachian hick-pop, the band played to an absolutely ecstatic crowd that was eager to see them after too much time away. Playing a set heavy with tunes off of their eponymous album, “All Hail” and a spacey, feedback-laden “Chained to the Couch” came early in the set. “Hallelu,” “Graveyard,” and the quintessential “Old No. 7” closed out the evening, leaving the fans with little left to desire.Generally, early season Red Rocks shows can always be hit or miss with the weather and the music, but Friday night proved to be an absolute barnburner. With an incredible summer calendar ahead, it’s looking to be another divine summer at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/25/18Postcards From Hell, Tried and Tempted, This Is It, Keep Me Around, Mary Anna, Sparkling Wine, One Drop of Truth, Snake Eyes, Loaded, Shoo Fly Pie, Happiness Jones, That’s Where My Baby Might Be, You Wreck Me*, Luckiest Man, Honey Jar* – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover Photo: Chris Klein The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO| 5/28/18 | Photos: Chris Klein Load remaining images
Michael VanRooyen and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) team he directs are working hard to develop new ways to offset the miseries of humanitarian disasters. In a January 2012 Boston Magazine article titled “The Saving Game,” VanRooyen talked about how relief workers — if their efforts aren’t properly coordinated—can sometimes do more harm than good.The article also outlined the overall goals of the seven-year-old initiative, cofounded by VanRooyen, associate professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Jennifer Leaning, HSPH professor of the practice of global health.HHI “combines data-driven research, new technology, and fieldwork into a single academy designed to build a better humanitarian,” the article states. Goals include providing better, more practical training for would-be humanitarians; promoting better coordination, analysis and research to support humanitarian efforts; and using state-of-the-art surveillance technology to track potential crises before they happen.
New clothes of Brijuni – the largest project by value in the history of the Public Institution NP Brijuni
Last week, representatives of the Public Institution Brijuni National Park signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the project “New attire of Brijuni”.The allocated funds of the European Regional Development Fund amount to HRK 27.285.453,83 and make up 85 percent of the total costs, while the total value of the project is HRK 33.662.108,06 + VAT. The importance of the project was also recognized by the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency with 10 percent of approved co-financing in the amount of HRK 3.201.953,39, and the project is implemented within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion within the call “Promoting sustainable use of natural heritage of nature ”.This is the largest project in the history of Brijuni, which by the summer of 2020 will regulate the visitor infrastructure, modernize tourist facilities, diversify the excursion offer, enrich the educational and presentation offer and improve the visitor management system.On Veliki Brijun, it is planned to equip and arrange a summer cinema; modernization of a natural history exhibition; arrangement of the ‘Živa voda’ well and compressor station for the purpose of presenting the hydrogeological features of the archipelago, such as water phenomena, wells, pumping station and geological column; arranging a promenade under the Straža hill with the aim of presenting the forest ecosystem and establishing an additional information point for better direct informing visitors about all the contents of the NP.The renovation of seven facilities in the port of Mali Brijun will expand not only the excursion, but primarily the educational offer of the Park, with accommodation, catering services and multi-day educational programs for kindergartens, schools and universities and artists, scientists and researchers who want to work there.This is the largest project in value in the history of the Public Institution NP Brijuni, and is crucial for the reconstruction and future development of the park, which will use these funds to improve and modernize the tourist offer and show the general public the enormous development potential of the Brijuni Islands.. “Pointed out the director of JU NP Brijuni, dr. Sc. Marno Milotić.For greater comfort of visitors and better connection of attractions, a hybrid boat with a capacity of 150 passengers and two trains, with a capacity of 80 passengers each, will be purchased. New tools for the modern interpretation of Brijuni heritage will be developed and about a hundred employees will be trained with the aim of improving communication, presentation and sales skills.
Recently the African Union said the continental stand by force will soon be operational.The force’s logistics headquarters are set to be in Cameroon’s port city Douala.But what exactly are their capabilities and where will the funding come from?CCTV’s Girum Chala sought to find out.