This Saturday, April 29, Bruce Hornsby will perform at A Day At The Downs Wine and Wildlife Festival, a unique event taking place at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA (otherwise known as the home of LOCKN’ Festival). Attendees can spend the day tasting wine from some of Virginia’s top wineries while mingling with endangered species including the Bongo Antelope, Lemurs from Madagascar, the Australian Red Kangaroo, African tortoises, and many many more. Musical entertainment will be provided by Hornsby, Erin Lunsford and Michael Coleman.Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting from participating wineries, animal photo-ops, demonstrations and music performances. VIP tickets include a meet & greet with Bruce Hornsby and special shaded tent and VIP bathrooms. Camping is also available. For more information, visit InfinityDowns.com. The event benefits The Wildlife Conservation Center in Nelson County.Enter to win a pair of tickets below!
Eager fans gathered in anticipation last Wednesday for Spafford‘s debut performance in Athens Georgia and they were not disappointed! After Spafford’s customary “Soundcheck Jam”, their two sets included a groovin’ 19-minute “Minds Unchained”, an uplifting 13-minute “Windmill”, and a tasty “In the Eyes Of Thieves” into JJ Grey‘s “On Fire”. However the most memorable and surprising moment of their peach-state debut was when Spafford brought up longtime songwriter-rights advocate and University of Georgia professor, David Lowery, to close out the first set with Cracker original, “Low”.David Lowery, in addition to being the founder and co-founder of “Camper van Beethoven” and “Cracker” respectively, is most well know for his fight for songwriter royalties from digital distribution services like Spotify and Pandora. An established professor in UGA’s Music Business program, Lowery has brought to light the prevalent issues of digital music services taking advantage of copyright loopholes and neglecting to pay songwriting royalties, or mechanical rights, to the artists. In the complex system of royalties for online music distribution Lowery is an outspoken advocate for musician’s rights to their songs, and while his lawsuits may fizzle out in court it highlights a bigger issue of importance whereby creative artists are compensated for their work in the digital age.Conversely, jam band fans have historically opted not to monetize the taping and sharing of live performances, which is what makes their live performances so amazing and this sit-in so surprising! The 6-minute “Low” was met with cheers as audience members recognized the acoustic guitar bearing staple of their community. By the time the chorus came around, bewilderment turned aside and a hundred voices sang in unison. There was no doubt in the crowd’s mind that they were witnessing a rarity inside the historic 40 Watt Club.So while David wont get songwriting royalties on the audience recording of Cracker’s biggest hit, his unexpected collusion with Spafford paints a more poignant picture: that beautiful 6-minutes of keyboard riffin’, bass groovin, and guitar soloin’ brought together two unlikely heroes and will surely resonate in the hearts of music lovers as a moment of solidarity across genres.Setlist: Spafford | 40 Watt Club | Athens, GA | 10/25I: Plans, It’s a Bunch > Mind’s Unchained, Windmill, People, Low*II: Lonely, The Remedy, In The Eyes Of Thieves > On Fire^, All InE: Todd’s Tots*Cracker – with special guest David Lowery (of Cracker)^JJ Grey[photo by Tipping Point Designs]
Notre Dames Club and ND Women Connect will co-host a Campus to Career panel discussion and networking event featuring six Notre Dame alumnae in the Morris Inn Ballroom on Friday afternoon.Senior Alison Leddy, founder and president of Notre Dames, said the event will help the club promote its mission by providing women on campus with opportunities that could prove beneficial to their future careers.“The mission of Notre Dames is to strengthen the female voice on campus and to bring awareness to issues that affect women at Notre Dame, across the country and around the world,” Leddy said.According to its website, ND Women Connect works to create alumnae outreach programs and increase graduate involvement among the female population at Notre Dame.“We are really excited to co-sponsor this event with ND Women Connect,” Leddy said. “They are an affinity group within the alumni association that is inclusive of everyone, but female-focused, very similar to the Notre Dames.“[ND Connect is] trying to increase its visibility and presence on campus, so that you don’t have to wait until after you graduate to hear about them. They’re a really great way to connect Notre Dame women in all different cities.”The Campus to Career event aims to encourage networking among Notre Dame women, both here on campus and throughout the country, Leddy said. It will consist of a panel and an informal networking session with alumnae.According to the Campus to Career event page, six Notre Dame alumnae will attend the event: Joya De Foor (’77), Elizabeth Tavitas (’85), Eleanor Kuhns (’88), Sheila Delaney (’99), Monica Zigman (’06) and Kaitlin Sullivan (’10).Leddy said both Notre Dames and ND Women Connect recognize there is power in bringing women together.“You can find inspiration in a lot of places, and I think inspiration can be incredibly meaningful if it’s from someone who comes from a similar background to you,” Leddy said. “That’s why I love having strong, female role models, and I think the Notre Dame alumnae are a perfect example of that.”Leddy said she hopes both the alumnae and current students form natural and organic relationships based around experiences they share.“It can be something as informal as ‘Let’s talk about our mutual experience of living in Cavanaugh,’ for example,” Leddy said. “I hope that these initial conversations will foster more long lasting mentoring relationships.”The event is a good opportunity for older students starting to think about what steps to take after college, Leddy said.“We’re going to touch on each panelist’s professional experience, but we’re also going to be able to ask questions and to talk about how they balance work and family life and if they have suggestions and reassurance for graduating seniors who might be panicked about the job search,” she said.Leddy also said she highly encourages underclassmen to attend the networking event.“I think it’s especially perfect for underclassmen who might have been intimidated to go to the internship fair,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to work on those skills needed to talk to potential recruiters … and to get very tangible advice about pursuing your professional goals.”Leddy said she hopes the Campus to Career event will give students the opportunity to ask alumnae questions relevant to their own futures.“What’s great about Notre Dame alumni, in general, is that they’re always interested in what’s going on on campus, they really care and they want to get to know students. So this is a great way to make that connection,” Leddy said.Tags: Campus to Career, ND women connect, Notre Dames
Within five minutes of the final out of Long Beach State’s 7-1 victory over USC on Tuesday, all 35 players were gone from the field, clubhouse and stadium as a whole.No support · Junior pitcher Brandon Garcia gave up four runs, but was hurt by two errors that led to two unearned Long Beach State runs. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “I kicked them out,” said USC interim coach Frank Cruz. “They didn’t wanna be here the whole game, why should they wanna be here now.”The first-year coach was understandably unhappy after his team seemed to disappear on him.The Trojans (18-22) recorded just five hits and a lone first-inning run against the Dirtbags (20-18). What drew the ire of the coach even more were the Trojans’ three errors, which led to four unearned runs.“We were not prepared to play,” Cruz said. “That’s all there is to it.”The fifth inning was particularly poor to USC, as the Dirtbags plated four runners to break a 1-1 tie.The decisive inning started with a pair of back-to-back singles off USC junior pitcher Brandon Garcia. A sacrifice-fly brought the first run in, and then things really started to fall apart. USC allowed a steal off second on a botched pitchout.Then with runners at the corners and one out, Dirtbag first baseman Ino Patron slapped a grounder to USC junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa. Instead of getting the sure out at home, Oropesa tried to spin and turn a spectacular double play, but instead threw the ball into left field.After getting an out at home on a fielder’s choice by Dirtbag catcher Mike Marjama, USC looked like it might get out of the jam with just two runs on the board. But Garcia threw away an attempted pickoff attempt, allowing Patron to score from third.The Dirtbags tacked on their fourth and final run of the inning on an infield single.USC actually struck first against the Dirtbags (20-18) in the bottom of the first. Junior catcher Kevin Roundtree walked and stole second. Senior second baseman Joe De Pinto followed with an RBI double to right, and then the Trojan bats fell silent.USC recorded just four more hits in the entire game off six different Dirtbag pitchers, striking out six times.Freshman pitcher Kyle Richter made his third-career start and delivered three strong innings. The young lefty scattered three hits over the three frames before being removed in favor of Garcia following a leadoff walk and single in the fourth.Garcia allowed one of Richter’s baserunners to score, but got out of the fourth relatively unscathed. The fifth, however, was not so kind to him.Following the disaster of an inning, the Trojans made wholesale changes in the sixth, but to minimal avail.Senior second baseman and captain Joe De Pinto dropped a routine fly ball that led to a run to make it 6-1.The Dirtbags tacked on their final run in the seventh without a hit, courtesy of a walk, balk, sacrifice and wild pitch.It’s USC’s first midweek loss in four weeks, and their first multiple-game losing streak since early April at No. 13 California.“We just need to bury the shovel,” Cruz said. “Me yelling at them was gonna do no good. We all just need to forget about it and move on.”It won’t be easy for the Trojans to rebound. They face perennial powerhouse Arizona for a three-game set this weekend in Tuscon, Ariz.