The 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 images
USC’s executive vice provost for academic affairs will leave USC at the end of this semester to become provost at Boston University.End of an era · Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Jean Morrison will leave at the end of the semester to become provost at Boston University. – Photo courtesy of BU Now Jean Morrison will be the first female provost in the history of BU and will assume her position in January. She is also the first external hire for the provost position at the university in 30 years.Morrison said she is looking forward to the new position.“The opportunity to serve as provost under Boston University President Dr. Robert Brown is an extraordinary opportunity,” she said.Morrison has worked at USC since 1988, when she joined the faculty as a full-time professor of earth sciences.She has served on multiple National Science Foundation panels because of her research on the evolution of the earth’s crust, and has also led USC’s Women in Science and Engineering program since 2002.Over the last few years, Morrison expanded her role at USC to include a number of administrative positions. She has served as vice provost for academic affairs and graduate programs, vice provost for graduate programs and associate dean in the graduate school.Elizabeth Garrett, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, said Morrison has made great contributions to USC’s graduate programs.“She’s led our graduate programs for several years and was responsible for creating data portfolios for all of our Ph.D. candidates,” Garrett said.In her current position as executive vice provost of academic affairs, Morrison oversees the Office of Undergraduate Programs, the USC Graduate School and the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Programs.Garrett said Morrison has been extremely influential in creating excellent and innovative academic programming.“Over the past several years, she’s played a real role in bringing schools together and moving forward in interdisciplinary relationships,” Garrett said.Garrett said this new position at BU will be a great opportunity for Morrison.Michael L. Jackson, vice president for student affairs, said Morrison will be missed by those who have worked with her.“She has been a great friend, colleague and mentor to many of us at USC,” Jackson said in an e-mail. “Boston University is very lucky to have attracted such a capable, energetic and super smart person to become their next provost.”Her successor at USC will be chosen by the provost at a later time, Garrett said. Information about potential candidates for this position has yet to be released .In her new position, Morrison said she hopes to help Brown fulfill his agenda for the university.“Boston University is a large research university that has ambitions to become an even stronger and more competitive university,” she said.Though Morrison said she is excited about this new position, she said she is also sad to leave USC after 22 years.“I love my colleagues here and will miss them,” she said. “It’s bittersweet.”
Ghana’s local Black Stars arrived in South Africa on Friday morning ahead of their first COSAFA Cup tournament game on Sunday.The Council for Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) had invited Ghana to feature as guests from West Africa. The tournament was to be hosted by Botswana in September last year but was later cancelled due to ‘financial and logistical constraints.’Team coach Maxwell Konadu is leading the home-based group has drawn out a strong squad comprising the Ghana Premier League’s finest top scorer Nathaniel Asamoah, former Maritzburg forward Yakubu Mohammed and Fatau Dauda, who last played for South African clubs Orlando Pirates and Chippa United.Konadu said before leaving Ghana: “Like any other team at a tournament, the target is to get to the finals and try winning the ultimate and I think it is not different with our team.”“Our hope is that we justify the decision of the organizers to invite us as guests at the Cosafa tournament.”“Even though this is our first time and have not had enough international friendlies, yet still we want to go and do our very best for Ghana so that every year, we get invited,” he ended. In the opening games of Group B on Monday, Swaziland nicked one over Tanzania while Lesotho lost 1-2 to Madagascar. They play the second round of matches at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday and the final group games on May 22.Ghana, based in Rustenburg, then faces the winner of this group at the quarterfinals stage on Sunday. Zambia and Zimbabwe are record winners of the Cosafa Cup with four titles each.Ghana squad for Cosafa CupGoalkeepers: Mozart Adjetey (Heart of Lions), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Joshua Tijani (AshantiGold), Emmanuel Asante (Asante Kotoko), Ahmed Adams (Asante Kotoko), Asiamah Badu (Heart of Lions), Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko), Alfred Nelson (Liberty Professionals)Midfielders: Zakari Mumuni (WAFA), Michael Akuffo (Asante Kotoko), Isaac Twum (Heart of Lions), Hans Kwofie (Medeama), Bernard Morrison (AshantiGold ), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars), Malik Akowuah (Medeama)Forwards: Kwame Boateng (Great Olympics), Yakubu Mohammed (AshantiGold), Nathaniel Asamoah (Medeama–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
We have reached Week 5 out of 10 in the Alliance of American Football, which means after this weekend, we’ll be halfway through the league’s inaugural season. Last week was interesting with several upsets. The Express and the Legends both played new quarterbacks, leading to their first wins in franchise history. Also, the Commanders went on the road and defeated the Iron, giving Birmingham its first loss. As a result, we went 1-3 with our picks last week, giving us a 7-4 record on the season. The Hotshots will have a similar strategy, as Jhurell Pressley ran for 110 yards last week. Both teams have struggling QBs with strong ground games, so expect a lot of rushing in this one.Who to watch: Arizona WR Rashad Ross has had at least one touchdown in every game this season while also finishing with at least 50 yards in each contest. He has been consistently great and will be someone the Commanders need to stop if they want a chance to win.Prediction: Commanders win, 28-24 MORE: 10 AAF players who have made a case for the NFLWe’ll be diving in to each of the Week 5 matchups, but before we do, let’s take a look at the schedule. (Betting odds via BetOnline.)Alliance of American Football Week 5 TV scheduleMatchupTimeNetworkOrlando Apollos at Birmingham Iron2 p.m., SaturdayTNT/ fuboTVSalt Lake Stallions at San Diego Fleet8 p.m., SaturdayNFLN/ fuboTVMemphis Express at Atlanta Legends4 p.m., SundayCBSSN/ fuboTVSan Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hotshots8 p.m., SundayNFLN/ fuboTVMORE: AAF Power Rankings ahead of Week 5Apollos (4-0) at Iron (3-1)Spread: Apollos -3.5 (-110)Over/Under: 34The Iron lost in Week 4, so we don’t get a battle of undefeated teams, but this is still the clear matchup of the week. The Apollos and Iron are the top two teams in our Power Rankings, as they boast the two best records in the league. Their quarterbacks also place No. 1 and No. 2 in the league in passing yards.Of course, the most interesting part of this matchup is the Apollos’ top-ranked offense against the Iron’s top-ranked defense. Orlando is averaging just under 30 points per game, while Birmingham is allowing slightly more than eight points per game. At the very least, we can expect Orlando’s offense to struggle a bit.On the other side of the ball, though, we have seen the Iron’s offense struggle all season, while the Apollos’ defense has been able to make plays. Unless Birmingham suddenly finds a spark on offense, it’s hard to see Orlando suffering its first loss in this one.Who to watch: Trent Richardson has been awful through four weeks, and Birmingham might have found a solution in Brandon Ross. He ran nine times for 64 yards (7.1 yards per carry) last week and should get more carries than Richardson, who is averaging 2.4 yards per carry.Prediction: Apollos win, 18-6Stallions (1-3) at Fleet (2-2)Spread: Fleet -6 (-110)Over/Under: 36The Fleet were dealt some bad news when quarterback Philip Nelson suffered a fractured clavicle in Week 4. He’ll be out at least a month, meaning San Diego is turning back to QB Mike Bercovici, who started Week 1 before he was benched due to poor play.Under Nelson, San Diego was looking like one of the top teams in the AAF. The Fleet even jumped out a 20-6 lead in Week 4 before backup Alex Ross came in and turned the ball over three times. Now they’ll face a tough challenge against the Stallions, who are better than their record suggests.Still, given a week of preparation with Bercovici, the Fleet can get something going. They just need to avoid turning the ball over.Who to watch: Fleet’s Dontez Ford was PFF’s top WR last week, earning a 77.0 overall grade. He had 57 yards after catch (finishing with 71 total yards) on three receptions. He also found the end zone and could be a good target for Bercovici in his return under center.Prediction: Fleet win, 18-12Express (1-3) at Legends (1-3)Spread: Legends -1.5 (-110)Over/Under: 38.5The matchup everyone has been waiting for. OK, maybe not, but this game does carry some intrigue, as both franchises picked up their first wins last week. The Express finally sent QB Christian Hackenberg to the bench, and Zach Mettenberger looked surprisingly good in his place.The Legends were forced to go to Aaron Murray at QB after Matt Simms suffered an injury, and he led them downfield several times (although he needs to work on finishing drives in the red zone). Atlanta also found help in Tarean Folston, who had 87 scrimmage yards by running (21) and receiving (66) out of the backfield.Memphis’ defense has been strong all season, and the unit had three players on PFF’s top defense in Week 4. This should be a close game, especially with it being in Atlanta, but expect the Express to extend their win streak.Who to watch: Express EDGE defender Corey Vereen was a force in Week 4, picking up two sacks and two forced fumbles. If he is able to keep up that production, it will be a tough afternoon for Murray and the Legends offense. Prediction: Express win, 17-12Commanders (2-2) at Hotshots (2-2)Spread: Hotshots -2.5 (-110)Over/Under: 40 (-110)This matchup is interesting because it’s a battle between two teams going in different directions. The Commanders have started to look like one of the top teams in the AAF after knocking down the Iron in Week 4. Meanwhile, the Hotshots, who were title favorites at the start of the year, have lost two games in a row to previously winless teams.San Antonio was able to get things done on the ground by rushing Kenneth Farrow 30 times last week for an AAF-record 142 yards. He probably can’t keep up that production, and we’re surprised the Commanders didn’t let Trey Williams get more carries since he has been impressive as a spell back.