Dark Star Orchestra will be hitting the road this summer, a month after the sixth iteration of their annual festival, Dark Star Jubilee, wraps up over Memorial Day Weekend from May 26th through 28th in Thornville, Ohio. Dark Star’s summer tour will kick off in Aurora, Illinois, with two nights at RiverEdge Park, before hitting a number of Midwest dates. From their, the band will move east, with two nights at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in New Hampshire at the end of July to start the East coast leg of the run. A month later, the band will work its way down to Black Mountain, North Carolina, where their summer tour will close with a two-night stand at Pisgah Brewing Company.This tour, Dark Star Orchestra will be offering a VIP soundcheck experience in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary, which offers fans pre-show venue access for soundcheck in addition to a number of special goodies and a poster signing. You can buy tickets for any of the shows or upgrade to the VIP experience on Dark Star Orchestra’s website here. You can also check out the full dates for summer tour below.Dark Star Orchestra 2017 Summer Tour6/24 – Aurora, IL – RiverEdge Park6/25 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café6/28 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre6/30 – Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s7/1 – Eureka Springs, AR – Highberry Music Festival7/28 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom7/29 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom7/30 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent 8/1 – Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery8/2 – Buffalo, NY – Canalside Buffalo 8/4 – Rochester, NY – Frontier Field8/5 – Jay, VT – Jay Peak Resort 8/6 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier8/9 – Washington D.C. – The Hamilton8/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE8/11 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival8/12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage8/14 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork 8/15 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork8/17 – Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook After Hours8/18 – Black Mountain, NC – Pisgah Brewing Company8/19 – Black Mountain, NC – Pisgah Brewing Company
Following the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry last month, Berry’s family confirmed that Chuck, the album that Berry had been working on at the time of his death, would be released posthumously. Berry had announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year, making it the first solo album he’d worked on in over 38 years. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”Today, they release the lead single “Wonderful Woman,” which features his son, Charles Berry Jr., his grandson Charles III, and esteemed blues musician Gary Clark Jr.. “When his manager called me up and asked me to play on the Chuck album, I was really honored,” Gary Clark Jr. told Rolling Stone. “He was playing incredible still and singing amazing. I’m looking forward to this record.” This single comes after the release of “Big Boys,” which came out a few days after the record was confirmed.Chuck Berry’s final album Chuck will be released on June 16, 2017. The album includes recordings from 1991 until 2014, and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has revealed the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Montréal, Québec’s Parc Jean-Drapeau.The Friday, August 2nd lineup will feature performances by The Lumineers, Flume, J Balvin, Inerpol, Gucci Mane, Kurt Vile & The Violators, $uicideboy$, Jessie Reyez, Rosalía, Gunna, Miski, Denzel Curry, Kodaline, Dean Lewis, Joji, Bob Moses, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sharon Van Etten, and more.On Saturday, August 3rd, Osheaga will see appearances by The Chemical Brothers, Logic, City and Color, Janelle Monae, Rüfüs Du Sol, Beach House, Young The Giant, Louis The Child, King Princess, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lennon Stella, FKJ, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Sofi Tukker, GRiZ, and more.Finally, on Sunday, August 4th, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Hozier, Kaytranada, Metric, Mac DeMarco, Normani, Ski Mask the Slump God, The Black Madonna, DJ Koze, The Glorious Sons, Sebastian, Hayley Kiyoko, Sigrid, Alec Benjamin, Tierra Whack, Taylor Bennett, and more will hit the stage at Osheaga.The lineup announcement also notes that more artists will be added to the bill as the festival draws closer. Tickets for Osheaga 2019 are now available on the festival’s website.
Entering the Halloween contest, No. 20 USC has an overall record of 12-9 and a 5-6 record in the Pac-12 play, following a loss to No. 2 Washington on Wednesday night.Despite being ranked 18 spots lower, USC played Washington close, losing by just two points in each set for an overall score of 26-24, 26-24, 25-23. USC led late in the third set, but couldn’t quite hold off the Huskies, who have long been a thorn in USC’s side. Last year, Washington knocked USC out in the NCAA Regional final in a tough five-setter.Against the Huskies on Wednesday, junior outsider hitter Samantha Bricio led the charge with 15 kills, while sophomore outsider hitter Ebony Nwanebu added 11 along with eight digs.USC couldn’t quite contain Washington’s star player Krista Vansant, who posted 17 kills and 10 digs.But the Women of Troy must now turn their attention to the Cougars, who are 10-12 overall and 1-9 in conference play. Though on paper this appears to be an easy match for the Women of Troy, the team knows that they shouldn’t take any opponent lightly.When the two teams met earlier this season on Oct. 3, USC won a thrilling five-set match in which the final set had two ties and one lead change. Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio recorded a double-double with a game-high 28 kills and 13 digs.Since that match, however, the Women of Troy have changed their offensive system and personnel. Instead of running a 6-2 formation with sophomore setter Alice Pizzasegola and senior setter Hayley Crone controlling the offense, the team no longer has two back-row setters. Instead, senior opposite Emily Young has taken over setting duties in the front row, presenting an entirely new challenge for the visiting Cougars.Head coach Mick Haley acknowledged the challenges of such a midseason change.“It takes a while to develop and we have only done it for a week and a half,” Haley said. “The more we play, the better we are going to get out of it. We are just trying to speed it up as much as we can.”Though USC’s offense has changed slightly, its production has not slipped. Bricio has 313 kills on the season to go along with 63 aces. Her teammate Nwanebu has started to find her groove after coming back from a preseason injury. Nwanebu has averaged 15.33 kills and 10.33 digs in her last three matches.The Women of Troy’s defense has followed the offense’s example by upping the intensity. Sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham entered Wednesday night’s match against Washington State leading the Pac-12 with 4.64 digs per set.“[Leading the conference] is really cool. I didn’t even realize it,” Whittingham said. “It’s all thanks to the blockers because they help me see it and funnel the ball to me.”Ruddins managed 11 digs in Wednesday night’s matchup.Though Washington State has its hands full trying to contain Bricio, Nwanebu and Ruddins, the Cougars have their own one-two combo on the outside. Outside hitter Kyra Holt has been averaging 3.26 per set with outside hitter Jaicee Harris right behind her at 2.95. Setter Haley MacDonald has put up great numbers running the team’s 5-1 offense with over 11 assists per set.With roughly half of conference play in the books, the Women of Troy hope to make a late run in order to secure home court advantage for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Their quest begins on Friday night at the Galen Center. After tough matches against the nation’s top two teams the Women of Troy are set to face off against the lowly Washington State Cougars this Friday.Flying high · Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio posted 15 kills and nine digs in USC’s three-set loss to Washington Wednesday night. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojan
Massachusetts Looks To Other States For Website Fixes Among possible ways to resolve the continuing issues, state officials are contemplating the possibility of buying or leasing technology from states where the online insurance marketplace is working. They also are considering scrapping the current website and starting over. News outlets also track developments in Maryland, California and Illinois. The Associated Press: Mass Eyes States With Functioning Health WebsitesMassachusetts officials struggling to repair the state’s hobbled health care website said Friday they’re looking at the possibility of leasing or buying technology from states with functioning insurance sites. Officials said that while they’re speeding up the processing of insurance applications, the website still has serious flaws, and may ultimately be scrapped (LeBlanc, 3/7).WBUR: Despite Continued Health Site Troubles, Progress Made On Applicant BacklogMassachusetts health care officials struggling to repair the state’s hobbled website are looking at the possibility of leasing or buying technology from states with functioning insurance sites. Gov. Deval Patrick’s special assistant, Sarah Iselin, said Friday that looking for solutions from other states is just one of four options being weighed. Others include forging ahead with the current website contractor CGI Group, looking for a new vendor that would build on the existing site, or scrapping the website and starting over (3/7).Baltimore Sun: Federal Inspector To Audit Md. Insurance SiteA federal inspector general is launching a review into what went wrong with Maryland’s health insurance exchange, the first examination focused specifically on how millions of dollars in federal money was spent by the state, according to the lawmaker who requested the probe. Rep. Andy Harris, a Baltimore County Republican and vocal opponent of President Barack Obama’s health care law, said officials with the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had contacted him and indicated they will look into the creation of the state’s glitch-prone exchange (Fritze, 3/9).The Washington Post: Maryland Online Exchange Problems Cloud Doctor’s Vision For Health Care [Dr. Peter] Beilenson, a physician who has spent his career improving public health in Baltimore City and Howard County, used federal loans set aside for nonprofit insurance providers to launch Evergreen Health Co-op, a hybrid creation that provides insurance coverage and health centers. In the past, such a start-up could never have competed with industry giants such as Maryland-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Now, the online marketplaces mandated by the health-care law are supposed to make it easier for customers to browse plans and pick what best fits their needs. Evergreen’s business plan called for at least 10,000 enrollees its first year. But it has signed up only 650 since October (Johnson, 3/7).The San Jose Mercury News: Obamacare: Fifteen Percent Of Covered California Enrollees Haven’t PaidWith less than a month left to sign up for private insurance under the federal health care law, California’s enrollment numbers are closing in on the magic number of 1 million as 8,000 people sign up every day. If only everyone would pay their premiums. Roughly 15 percent of the Californians who had enrolled by Jan. 31 still haven’t sent in their first month’s payment, according to four major health insurance companies participating in the Covered California exchange. So those lofty enrollment numbers could soon be dropping substantially (Seipel, 3/9). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Tool To Compare Health Plans Tested With Consumers A website that offers Illinois consumers more information about insurance costs could help address widespread confusion about choosing a plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s health care law. It can be frustrating now to try to compare health plans on the government online marketplaces. For instance, the federal website that serves Illinois and 35 other states has no central directory to easily show which plans include which doctors in their networks (3/7).Also in the news, a look at the financial impact for middle class Californians of enrolling in a marketplace plan -The Sacramento Bee: In California, Middle Class Feels Health Insurance SqueezeIf (Dawn and Nick LaPolla of Fair Oaks) earn less than $94,200 a year, the family of four’s preferred plan through the California health exchange would cost about $750 a month. But if they make even slightly more, they’ll pay about $1,040. That’s because they would exceed the threshold to qualify for federal subsidies. Their current high-deductible plan, which expires in two months, costs $573 a month. Unlike wealthier state residents who more easily can afford the new, often more comprehensive plans, or lower-income people aided by government subsidies, the LaPollas are part of a sizable segment of Californians slowly coming to grips with dedicating a greater percentage of their income to new policies (Cadelago and Reese, 3/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.