**** Check here for ticket, camping, full lineup, and additional Gathering Of The Vibes information *** WilcoAlready one of the best and most unique alt-rock bands in the world today, Wilco definitely knows how to keep things interesting as they just surprised the music world by releasing a full album of new music, titled Star Wars, for free the other day. The reason? Just because. As lead man Jeff Tweedy said, “It felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?” Listen to the album below, and download it for free HERE. Oktopus ft. Todd Stoops and Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident)A new project that will be making its debut at Vibes, this should make for an interesting late-night set. While the pair have never performed together as Oktopus, anyone who was at The Capitol Theatre for SCI’s performances last November will certainly enjoy reliving this sit-in from Stoops on the song “Rosie”.Billy & The KidsGrateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann brings along his “kids”, JRAD/American Babies’ guitarist Tom Hamilton, Disco Biscuits’ keyboardist Aron Magner, and Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis. Breathing new life into classic music, the quartet formed last year and has been on a tear ever since. Check out full show footage from their set back in March at the Cap, which included some additional guitarwork from Robert Randolph.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Karl Denson is the man. After a full fledged tour with The Rolling Stones, his Tiny Universe band is sounding funkier than ever. Not to mention the return of Alan Evans (Soulive) behind the kit! Here they are with frequent Stones collaborator, pianist Chuck Leavell.LettuceIf you want to get funky, there simply isn’t a group better in the game right now than our boys in Lettuce. The Brooklyn based ensemble just wrapped up a run with Umphrey’s McGee, bringing the heat with collaborations and high energy each and every night. These guys will funk you up! ElectronIf you are looking to get your late-night dance on then make your way over to Electron after the String Cheese Incident ends. The side-project of The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton and Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield will keep things going as the band jams out Brownstein-penned Biscuits songs and some covers along the way. Watch their recent face-melting VIP set from Electric Forest here. With the 20th anniversary celebration of Gathering of the Vibes right around the corner, we wanted to take a good look at some of the highly anticipated acts on this top notch lineup. These acts and many more will be gracing the stage in Bridgeport, CT from July 30th – August 2nd for what is sure to be yet another weekend of great music and vibes.Tickets and more information can be found on the festival’s website!The String Cheese Incident w/ David Grisman and Peter RowanIf there is one band in the jamband scene that knows how to bring the right vibes, it is the String Cheese Incident. It’s hard to believe the Colorado-based group has never played the festival before, but we are happy to see them on the bill this year. And they are bringing along fellow Jerry Garcia partners in crime David Grisman and Peter Rowan for a special tribute set. This is a definite must-see performance. Please play the Rowan-penned “Sweet Melinda”!Greensky BluegrassThe boys from Greensky are on fire right now, and don’t sleep on this early day set. We know, it’s an earlier Saturday day set, but just get your butt over to the main stage and thank us later. These guys transcend the entire bluegrass genre and are taking it to new places, with Paul Hoffman’s smooth vocal delivery and the band’s knack at story-telling taking their music to great heights. There is a reason their last album, If Sorrows Swim, was L4LM’s #1 album of 2014. Check out “Windshield” below:Doyle Bramhall IIIf you are not familiar with Doyle Bramhall II, get familiar. This Texas-born guitarist is blues to the bone, as his father played drums for legendary bluesmen Lightnin’ Hopkins and Freddie King and was a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan. The southpaw guitarist, who plays his axe strung upside down, has made quite the name for himself as he has toured and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Elton John and Jimmy Vaughan over the years. Check out the video of Bramhall performing his own “Smokestack” below, and at the end of the video as the band is jamming you can hear some Hendrix-like licks taking place.Warren Haynes ft. Railroad EarthOne of the most anticipated albums of the year brings with it one of the most anticipated live shows of the year. We don’t think it’s a stretch that they go hand in hand with one another, right? The 13-track album, Ashes & Dust (check L4LM’s review here), spearheaded by Haynes (who was backed by Railroad Earth on the album) is unlike anything we have heard from the Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers guitarist. This should be a great set!Warren Haynes & The Seaside All-StarsHaynes will be leading a band consisting of George Porter Jr., Branford Marsalis, Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and “Friends” (just that word makes our minds race with the possibilities). As this is the first time this collaboration is playing together, we have no videos to show you, and no idea what magic this ensemble is going to create on stage. Just use your imagination, and we are sure everything will be just fine.
Trevor Nunn’s celebrated West End revival of Fiddler on the Roof will welcome stage veterans Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson as Golde and Yente, respectively, on June 18. They will succeed original stars Judy Kuhn and Louise Gold, who will take their final bow at the Playhouse Theatre on June 16.Friedman is a three-time Olivier winner for Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement, Passion and Ragtime. Her other credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Blues in the Night, Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick and The Woman in White.Dobson has been seen onstage in Annie, 3Women, The Shadow Factory, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Budgie, The Three Sisters, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Kvetch, Lovely Shayna Maidel, Charley’s Aunt and Chicago.Friedman and Dobson join a principal cast led by Olivier winner Andy Nyman as Tevye, Molly Osborne as Tzeitel, Harriet Bunton as Hodel, Nicola Brown as Chava, Joshua Gannon as Motel, Stewart Clarke as Perchik, Matthew Hawksley as Fyedka and Dermot Canavan as Lazar Wolf.Direct from a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the West End production began previews on March 21 and opened on March 27. View Comments Maria Friedman(Photo provided by Kate Morley PR)
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new post, Marshia brings extensive experience as a field service engineer, most recently working in the industrial power supply industry for Dynapower Co. in Vermont. Marshia also is a licensed Master Electrician and has substantial background in customer support, training, troubleshooting and knowledge transfer with other field technicians. STEVENSVILLE, Md. – Stertil-Koni, a leader in heavy-duty vehicle lifts, announced that Brian Marshia has joined the company as technical support manager. He succeeds Keith Bunn, who was recently named Western regional sales manager for the company. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement In making today’s announcement, Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, stated, “Brian is a very strong addition to our rapidly growing company. His technical expertise, combined with his depth of experience in delivering exceptional customer and field support, will enable Stertil-Koni to build on its hard-fought position as the No. 1 provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting systems.”
The Legal Ombudsman expects to receive 3,000 extra cases a year once it assumes responsibility for complaints about claims management companies, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.Handling these complaints will cost around £2.9m a year, on top of £800,000 to set up the scheme.The estimates appear in a consultation published by the MoJ yesterday seeking views on how the revamped system will work. It is expected that the ombudsman will handle complaints about CMCs from the end of this year.The MoJ said it had considered a number of options on the fee structure for CMCs, from charging the taxpayer to taking a flat fee from claims management companies. The final proposal is to charge complaints fees on a sliding scale of fees based on a company’s turnover.Under the proposals companies turning over between £75,000 and £163,636 will pay an annual fee of £540. Any companies with a higher revenue will pay a percentage of their takings, with fees capped at £40,000.Currently, firms with a turnover of less than £25,000 make up 40% of the industry: these companies will pay up to £250 in fees.The consultation document says: ‘Any other way of structuring the fee, including a flat fee, would not be justified in these circumstances as it would have a disproportionate effect on small and medium entities, potentially forcing some firms from the authorised market because the fees would be unaffordable.‘The extension of the ombudsman service has been promised by the government since August 2012 but has been delayed over concerns about funding.In 2013/14, the service dealt with around 69,000 contacts about law firms, of which 20,000 were complaints. Of these, 8,055 required an investigation.The Legal Ombudsman’s total operating expenditure for 2013/14 was £15.7m.The size of the claims management industry has decreased since the referral fee ban was introduced last April. The total number of CMCs dropped by more than 1,000 from a peak of 3,367 in 2011 to 2,254 in November 2013.The consultation closes on 6 June.
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