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
Three University of Georgia students earned $5,000 to bring their sweet business plan to fruition thanks to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ FABricate entrepreneurship challenge. VTasteCakes, a company founded by food industry marketing and administration seniors Jasmyn Reddicks and Tatyana Clark and agricultural communication senior Ayodele Dare won first place in FABricate’s final pitch contest on March 29. All are students in the college.“This an impressive group of young entrepreneurs,” CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue told the FABricate spectators. “We are certainly grateful for their ideas. We want to foster creativity and one of the ways we do that is through programs like FABricate.” Part of the college’s Food and Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Initiative, the FABricate competition provides students with a platform to expand their business and leadership skills. In the competition, students produce and market new products or services in the agriculture, business, technology or food production sectors. The final presentations were given in the style of “Shark Tank,” the reality TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to investors.This year’s judges included Keith Kelly, owner of Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia; Laura Katz, director of the UGA Small Business Development Center’s Athens, Georgia-area office; and Jim Flannery, an instructor in the UGA Terry College of Business Entrepreneurship Program. VTasteCakes’ understanding of the growing market for vegan foods, along with their delicious cupcake recipes, sealed the deal for this year’s FABricate judges. Reddicks, the group’s head baker, based her vegan cupcake recipe on one of her grandmother’s cupcake recipes, then tweaked it to increase the vegetable content. They caught the judges’ attention with their products’ rich taste and their health-conscious marketing strategy. They made each cupcake without eggs or dairy products and used vegetable pulp to maintain a moist texture and to add extra nutrients. The team plans to use their prize money to expand their product line and to launch a pop-up shop that will serve cupcakes around the Athens community and the UGA campus. The competition’s second-place winners, Kona Kola, took home $2,500 to launch their line of cold-pressed and cold-bottled sugarcane juice. John Tarleton, who is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, teamed up with his sister and brother-in-law, CAES graduate students Alyssa and Lane Flanders, to develop their concept.They pitched the drink as a natural, fiber-rich alternative to sodas sweetened with refined sugar. The third-place team, Wished Trees, founded by CAES agribusiness graduate students Rance Paxton and Mary Kate Bagwell, aimed to connect people who want to plant trees with companies that want to offset their carbon footprints by sponsoring reforestation projects. The teams have been honing their concepts since fall. “Since October of last year, each team has spent hundreds of hours perfecting their business ideas,” said Hannah Rull, contest coordinator and former contestant.Teams worked with Four Athens, an Athens-based entrepreneurship resource center, and hosted think-tank seminars with local entrepreneurs to work through their ideas.The prize money for this year’s competition was contributed by Kelly and Farmview Market; Caroline Bakker Hofland, president and CEO of CBH International; and the Terry College Entrepreneurship Program. For more information about the FABricate program, visit students.caes.uga.edu/current/fabricate.html.
The Wisconsin women’s soccer team and head coach Paula Wilkins have grown more confident as the season has progressed.The Badgers (10-4-3, 7-1-1 Big Ten) are coming off some big wins: one against Michigan, in which the Badgers came back in the last half to score all three winning goals to win 3-2, and the other against Michigan State, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Badgers.These big wins are helping to instill confidence in the team, Wilkins said during her weekly news conference Monday, and that is what is going to help to carry them through the next few matches.After sustaining the Badgers’ last loss, which came at the hands of Penn State Sept. 17, Wilkins told the team to focus on the games ahead instead of the losses that should be left behind them.Those words helped Wisconsin push to do better, and they came back to produce three shutout matches against Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota.The Badgers will need this new-found confidence as they head into the next few weeks. Following this week’s match against Maryland and next week’s match against Northwestern, the Badgers will begin their playoff season, and they hope to win the Big Ten Conference for the second year in a row.Wisconsin will play Maryland (5-10-1, 0-7-1 Big Ten) Saturday, and even though Maryland is currently last in the Big Ten, Wilkins believes that they are still a team to be concerned about.“Maryland is the best last-place team,” Wilkins said.Wilkins said while Maryland might be winless in conference play, they also haven’t lost a game to a Big Ten team by less than a goal in the last few weeks, which makes them just as competitive as any other Big Ten team.Maryland’s last three losses have come in double overtime, something the Badgers haven’t seen since they played Ohio State a month ago.Wilkins said the Badgers’ seniors, who have scored all of Wisconsin’s six goals in the last three games, will have to keep the team’s energy level up.“All we talk about is getting better in each game,” Wilkins said. “They have, and there’s an energy about them right now.”