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

Van Gaal defends Shaw over fitness

first_img Shaw has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford since his £28million move from Southampton. Van Gaal made the 19-year-old train on his own during the tour of the United States because he felt the player had turned up to pre-season out of shape. Van Gaal seemed perplexed by Hodgson’s comments. The Dutchman said: “He is not fit now because he is injured. Roy Hodgson cannot judge at this moment. He cannot judge him because I have never seen him here at a (United) training session. “I think he is referring to the World Cup. It is possible, I don’t know. That is what I want to ask. “But now Shaw is doing a great job.” Shaw, one of nine United players sidelined through injury, is expected to be fit after England’s double-header against Norway and Switzerland. Michael Carrick could also be back soon as he is making good progress from the serious ankle injury he suffered in the summer, Van Gaal revealed. “Carrick is also doing a great job,” the United boss continued. “Carrick removed his (protective) boot (on Friday).” Sam Johnstone, Rafael, Shaw, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Carrick are currently out injured for United, who have one point from their first two league games. The United manager was, however, impressed with the way Shaw battled his way back to full fitness, and had it not been for a hamstring injury he picked up just before the start of the season, it seems certain the England left-back would have played in the club’s opening two league games. “I have read nasty articles about Shaw,” the United boss said. “In the United States I said to him ‘you came and you were not fit’. “I changed his programme and he did everything that he has to do to be fit. “Now he is an example in the dressing room. He is training fantastically.” Given that Shaw has been out for a fortnight with the hamstring injury, it came as something of a surprise to Van Gaal that Hodgson accepted an invitation to speak about the defender’s fitness during a press conference at Wembley on Thursday. Hodgson appeared to suggest he thought Shaw was not currently fit enough. “If Louis thinks that he can get him fitter then I’m sure he will certainly have our approval,” said the England boss, who also claimed he told the player his fitness was not up to scratch at the World Cup. Louis van Gaal will ask Roy Hodgson to clarify his comments on Luke Shaw after the Manchester United manager launched an impassioned defence of the teenage star. Press Associationlast_img read more