The Magic Beans Bring the Heat for their Hometown Celebration [Photos/Recap]

first_imgThe Magic Beans came out of the gates hot last night for their triumphant return to the historic Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado. The Boulder locals had the honor of hosting an unforgettable Saturday night throwdown alongside many incredible acts this month in celebration of the Fox Theatre’s 25th anniversary. For The Magic Beans, The Fox feels like home, and that energy and vibe resonated throughout the crowd over the course of the evening.The groovy Portland-based trio, Yak Attack, started the night off right, entertaining the crowd with synthy-dance beats and preparing to welcome the main event of the evening. The Magic Beans developed a connection with Yak Attack while out on tour, and have since developed an admiration for the trio, recently inviting them to play at the Bean’s festival, Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival this upcoming June.As the Magic Beans walked on stage at 10:15 sharp, the entire crowd erupted, fueling a fire that was blazing on all night long. Former Magic Beans drummer Will Trask (Great American Taxi, The Runnikine) accompanied the band on percussion the entirety of the evening. As the boys discussed prior to the show, they wanted to bring the FUNK! An extended version of a Magic Bean’s favorite, “Lazer Lady,” kicked off the evening in style, and the band quickly found their sound and started bringing the jams. The night was full of both new and old material, highlighted by an enormous “Kid Rocket,” “Five Points,” and “Lost and Found” to name a few.With an entire half-hour to utilize for encore, the Beans did what they do best; they conquered. Original tune “Casino Cabaret” highlighted the incredible talent that the Beans possess across the board. Bassist Chris Duffy threw down a monstrous, crunchy solo, before the band threw a curveball out of left field. The band decided that a cover of Ween’s “Monique the Freak” would be the best note to end the show on, and a sentiment that was clearly shared by the crowd. Keyboardist Casey Russell assisted on vocals with a Talk-box effect, trading licks back and forth with guitarist Scott Hachey until 1:30 on the dot. To say the boys are back in town would be an understatement! You can check out the setlist and photos from last night below, courtesy of Sam Berenson.The Magic Beans head out on a coast-to-coast tour starting at the end of the month, moving their way from Colorado, across the Midwest to the East Coast, and then head out to California and up the coast next month. Make sure to see The Magic Beans in a city near you, and if you’ve been contemplating attending Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival, you should definitely pull the trigger. 2017 is a year not to be missed, and if Saturday night was any indication of the fun to come in the Colorado mountains this June, start packing up your camping gear and get ready for an unforgettable weekend!Setlist: The Magic Beans | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 3/18/2017Set 1: Lazer Lady, Alway Coo, Kid Rocket, As You Like It> Nothing from Nothing> Dr. BubblemanSet 2: Five Points>Mind Over Matter>Dirty Wook, Common Mind, Lost and FoundEncore: Casino Cabaret, Monique the Freak (Ween cover) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

US, Colombian Armies Conclude Annual Staff Talks

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2012 United States Army South and the Colombian Army concluded their third annual bilateral staff talks in Bogotá on March 22, and agreed to conduct 19 activities over the next 12 months. Army South, as the U.S. Army’s executive agent, conducts the bilateral talks with Colombia annually as a strategic forum to guide the armies’ interaction for the upcoming year. The agreed-to activities for 2012 include exchanges on humanitarian and disaster relief operations, and Colombian army participation in U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercises. Some activities may extend into 2013. “I think we have developed a robust plan for engagement and training opportunities with the Colombian army for the next year or so,” said Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, commanding general of Army South and head of the U.S. delegation. “We are exploiting the expertise and capacity of both armies and I know we will both benefit from working together through the agreed to activities.” Through the staff talks the U.S. and Colombian armies formalize their cooperation and relationship ensuring that both grow and endure. “This third bilateral meeting was very important,” said Maj. Gen. Manuel Guzman, deputy commander and chief of staff of the Colombian Army. “Everyday our army becomes more professional and we have important work to do in 2012 such as building four joint task forces and revising our plans.” According to Guzman, the training and engagement opportunities agreed to in the talks will help the Colombian army to address current challenges as well as reach future goals. He credits the Colombian army’s current high level of professionalism, in part, to the years of training and advice from the U.S. Army. The relationship between the armies is more than just a professional military one, said Guzman. It is a relationship between friends and colleagues. “We are stronger because of that (relationship),” Guzman said. Prior to the final meeting in Bogotá, working groups with representatives from both armies developed proposed activities that were then approved during this week’s talks. “Our working groups met in person and through VTC before this executive meeting so that we could present a validated list of activities to the key leaders of the armies,” said Col. Jim K. Rose, Army South security cooperation division chief. “Working with our Colombian army counterparts has been outstanding throughout the whole process. Because we have such a strong and close relationship, we work very well together.” In addition to finalizing the agreed to activities for 2012, various subject matter experts presented briefings on subjects of interest to both delegations. The U.S. provided briefings on operational law, countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and development of the non-commissioned officer corps in the U.S. Army. The Colombian Army briefed on the Army’s operational plan for the next 24-48 months, Army modernization and transformation, and the role and function of the Army’s command sergeant major. This is the third round of staff talks conducted by Army South with the Colombian army. On behalf of the U.S. Army, Army South also conducts staff talks with El Salvador, Chile and Brazil. These staff talks were agreed to by the four countries through the diplomatic process and serve to enhance regional stability and security.last_img read more