Lettuce’s Travel Guide To Surviving Life On The Road

first_imgSince meeting as teenagers in the dorms of Berklee College of Music in 1992, the members of Lettuce have spent countless hours on the road together. In fact, they got their name by walking into various jazz venues around Boston asking club owners and other musicians if they would “let us play.” Today, in 2016, the funk powerhouse is at the top of their game with a reputation that speaks volumes to the last twenty-six years of their musical existence.Having just thrown their own music festival Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, and on their way to headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado later this week with support from Rahzel, Pete Rock, Manic Focus and The Wailers (tickets for Rage Rocks are still available), there are few milestones these traveling musicians haven’t reached during their expansive experiences on the road. Granted, road life isn’t easy, and it may take some time to fine tune your own personal recipe to survival. But the show must always go on, and these guys are here to show you how.L4LM: What are the top three most important things to pack (besides your instruments)?Adam Deitch: My computer, pro tools key (drum key), and usb keyboard.Ryan Zoidis: Good Headphones, great weed, high-end cologne.Jesus Coomes: Your Mind, Your Body, Your Spirit.L4LM: How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle while living out of a van/bus/hotel/green room?Deitch: Follow Benny Blooms vegan lifestyle as closely as possible.Zoidis: Exercise daily, make superfood smoothies on the bus and find the best restaurant in every city. We Surround ourselves with quality food and drinks.Jesus: Green Juice, The Force, Everything in Moderaging! L4LM: What’s your secret to staying up late and waking up early?Deitch: I work on music after every show till around 420 waking up around 2pm to eat prior to sound check.Zoidis: I try to wake up early go for a jog and make a smoothie before everyone gets up. Take a nap before the show. Jesus: Don’t wake up too early. (Or just remember you can sleep on the plane.)L4LM: If you’re ever lacking energy before a show, do you have any methods for overcoming restlessness?Deitch: We stoke each other out and dab it up!Zoidis: Deep breaths and writing a set list always help with restlessness. Jesus: Prayer, Tea, Meditation & Strategic Naps. Plus you have to just think to yourself, “This is a burst of energy and adrenaline along with many different chemicals that is coming to me right now for a reason (to perform in front of an audience) and I don’t have to name that energy ‘restless’ or ‘nervous’, I can call it whatever I want like, ‘excitement or ‘power’. This feeling before a performance is an absolute necessity to the show. Also practice, yeah you should know the songs too that helps a lot. L4LM: How do you overcome the elements of nature that aren’t always in your favor?Deitch: My late grandmother controls all weather (according to my mom).Zoidis: Stay positive and focus on the music. Jesus: I have my connections. L4LM: What’s the best way to celebrate a sold-out show?Deitch: We celebrate with some high 5s and a Lil veuve cliqout.Zoidis: Listening back to it. Jesus: Play an incredible set.L4LM: How are you preparing for your next big gig, “Rage Rocks” at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre with The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock, and Rahzel this June? Deitch: We are rehearsing, conversing, and dreaming of it being sold out!! New songs will be attempted!Zoidis: We’re rehearsing some new material and working on a collaboration with Pete Rock and Rahzel. Jesus: We are preparing some surprises that I can’t talk about until the show.  We are going to debut a new original Lettuce song, blessit! I wasn’t supposed to tell you that …we have more up our sleeves for you, don’t worry.  L4LM: Any additional pro-tips?Deitch: Pro tips would be to practice being a nice person, regardless of circumstances, day on and day outZoidis: Space is the place.Jesus: Uber Everywhere and Bring your own Salt. Thanks for Letting us into your lives. Peace be with you.At the end of this week, the funk phenoms will be returning Red Rocks Amphitheatre with The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock and Rahzel for a true musical celebration that could only be dubbed “Rage Rocks.” The Colorado throwdown will be popping off on June 10th, and we couldn’t be more excited. As Deitch, Zoidis, and Jesus have mentioned, the night will be filled with surprise collaborations, as well as a new original Lettuce song. May the rage be with you always! Tickets are still available here.last_img read more

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PODCAST: Insights on the 2020 election

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » Ryan Donovan Amid an extended and contentious 2020 election, the CUNA/league advocacy team had another successful campaign cycle, winning 97% of the more than 400 races it supported for candidates on both sides of the aisle. That includes wins on 10 of 11 priority races.As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, the CUNA/league advocacy team is examining what a Biden presidency will mean for credit unions, advocacy, and progress toward our priorities, says Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Donovan examines the 2020 election, what it will mean for credit union advocacy and key issues, and next moves for the CUNA/league advocacy team. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Show me the money: S. Korean soccer fans to sue over Ronaldo benching

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo. PHOTO via @juventusfcen Seoul, South Korea | AFP | More than 2,000 South Korean soccer fans will sue a sports agency after superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stayed on the bench when his Juventus side played a friendly in Seoul last week, a law firm said Monday.The star Portuguese striker did not play a single second of the match against a K-league all-star team, ignoring appeals from the sell-out 65,000 crowd at the World Cup Stadium to lace up his boots.With frustration mounting some even chanted the name of his great Argentine rival Lionel Messi.When the game was first announced, organisers said the contract with Juventus obliged Ronaldo to play for at least 45 minutes, prompting many fans to splash out, according to Seoul law firm Myungan.Tickets — priced from 30,000 won (US$25) to 400,000 won ($338) — sold out in just two and a half hours when they were released on July 3.“So far, more than 2,000 fans have contacted us to pursue the suit,” Myungan attorney Kim Hun-ki told AFP.“We plan to officially file the suit on their behalf sometime next week, if the agency does not offer a concrete plan to compensate the ticket holders before then.” The Italian team’s flight from Nanjing in China was delayed, so that they landed only five hours before the scheduled start, delaying kick-off by an hour.Robin Zhang, CEO of The Festa, the Korean agency which arranged the game, told local broadcaster SBS in tears that she had complained to Juventus vice chairman Pavel Nedved during the match.He responded: “‘I also hope Ronaldo plays. But he says he doesn’t want to. I’m sorry there’s nothing I can do’,” she told SBS, adding that she will find “ways to compensate” ticket holders.Ronaldo has been subjected to a backlash on social media.“He betrayed the 60,000 audience and belittled us,” a Korean who attended the game posted on Instagram. “I’m no longer a Ronaldo fan.”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Bringing Style & Confidence to Cancer Patients

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnRED BANK – Michele K. Lawson isn’t the type of person who volunteers for a short time and then goes onto something else.Lawson, a hair stylist at the Hair Company on White Street, has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society (ACS) since 2001, giving her talents to women needing wigs and a lesson in makeup for the organization’s Look Good …Feel Better program. Last year, she was awarded the cancer society’s Sunshine Award, which recognizes an individual in the state who has “displayed exceptional dedication and outstanding volunteer leadership” with the program. She was lauded for “going the extra mile” to meet with patients at the ACS office, hospital and the salon where she works and enthusiastically promoting the program which helps patients learn beauty techniques to manage “appearance-related” side effects of cancer treatment.Michele K. Lawson, an American Cancer Society volunteer since 2001, uses her talents as a hair stylist for the Look Good … Feel Better program.The impetus for Lawson to become a volunteer came about while she was visiting her stepmother in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City when her stepmom was being treated for colon cancer. Lawson saw a session of the Look Good…Feel Better program being held and knew immediately she could help others. She contacted ACS in Monmouth County and began first as a program facilitator and then – putting her talents to use – as a wig stylist. She now holds wig clinics on a regular basis, helping women keep their wigs in good condition and in style and stresses that every female cancer patient should know that they can get a free wig through the ACS.The 45-year-old attributes her longevity in the program to the deep emotion she felt when her stepmother, who was “like a mother” to her, died at age 55. “It totally changed my life forever. Cancer has made a great impact on my family,” Lawson said.Lawson said she felt “completely out of control” when her stepmother was diagnosed with cancer. “I couldn’t help her. I couldn’t change anything … This is where I can help.”Even though she is a single mother of three boys, ages 18, 16 and 14, “works every day in this economy” and doesn’t really have extra time to volunteer, Lawson “can’t imagine quitting … I can’t imagine not helping these people,” she said. “Instead of volunteering less, I think I actually volunteer more now.“Personally, I love what I do as a hair stylist and makeup artist … It’s my forte. Being able to help people with my craft is an easy way of giving back,” Lawson said.Her sons also give back to the American Cancer Society. They have been volunteering their time for many years, loading or unloading trucks, participating in Making Strides For Breast Cancer walk and doing whatever they can to assist.The salon where Lawson works also is in involved in the fight against cancer. The Hair Company is one of the Red Bank businesses that supports the Paint the Town Pink effort by Meridian Health Systems, Lawson said. The salon’s windows are decorated to help women remember to get their mammograms and a pink piggy bank is located in the shop to accept donations to help fund the diagnostic tests for those who are uninsured or underinsured.In the next few weeks, when she is scheduled to get her mammogram, Lawson expects to be one of the people helped by the Paint the Town Pink campaign. “I have my doctor’s appointment coming. I don’t have health insurance and I will be using one of those vouchers for my next mammogram,” she said. “I have to or I will be skipping my mammogram and I don’t want to do that.”last_img read more

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QPR v Swansea in pictures

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:QPR boss promises immediate improvementQPR v Swansea player ratingsHughes adamant new-look QPR will deliverWoe for Green as Swansea destroy QPRA selection of images from QPR’s 5-0 defeat against Swansea at Loftus Road. (Click an image to start slideshow)last_img

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Top honour for Cape Town mayor

first_imgMayor of Cape Town Helen Zille flanked byher supporters. She has been named 2008World Mayor for her dedication to takingcare of the city and its inhabitants.(Image: Helen Zille) Tamara O’Reilly Cape Town’s charismatic mayor Helen Zille has been announced 2008 World Mayor, making her the pick of a crop of worldwide city leaders that are making a sterling contribution to their cities.The World Mayor Project has been run by London based independent internet platform http://www.citymayors.com since April 2003. The aim of the website is to publicise work being done by mayors in cities across the world and to raise their profiles in their countries and internationally.Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the strongest opposition party to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) took up the position of mayor of the City of Cape Town in 2006.“It is a great honour to have been awarded the World Mayor award. It is a tribute to the teams, in the mayor’s office, the city officials, my caucus colleagues, the team in Parliament and my family who work tirelessly to support me in everything I do,” says Zille. “It is a great incentive for us to keep working to build democracy in South Africa with opportunities for all.”More than 800 mayors from around the world were nominated for the award. This was eventually watered down to 50 which included 11 mayors each from Asia and Latin America, 10 from North America and 15 from Europe. Two of the three African candidates who made the Top 50 list were from South Africa – the other being City of Johannesburg Mayor, Amos Masondo. The list was then further shortened to 11 finalists, including the mayor of Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden as well as mayor of Zurich, Switzerland.Editor of City Mayors, Tann vom Hove, says Zille was the unanimous choice for the 2008 World Mayor Prize which was motivated by the comments and supporting statements readers made during the adjudication process. “The Mayor of Cape Town has dedicated all her professional life to further the well-being of all sections of South African society. She has done so with courage, tenacity and, above all, a deep-felt love for Cape Town, her country and its people.”Zille’s association with politics began as a reporter for the Rand Daily Mail where she made her mark by uncovering the truth behind the death of apartheid activist and Black Consciousness Movement founder Steve Biko.She was the Member of the Executive Committee for Education in the Western Cape and subsequently became a Member of Parliament for the DA. Within the party rose to deputy federal chairperson and became the national party spokesperson and spokesperson for education.She was a finalist in the South African Woman of the Year Award in 2003. Zille reflects the multilingualism of the country, and speaks English, Afrikaans and Xhosa (as well as the language of her parents, German).A total of more than 200,000 votes and comments on the finalist mayors were received from around the world. In previous years voters were allowed cast the make their choice with a simple click. This year though, all voters had to provide a comment for their votes to count.Commenting on Zille’s performance, one reader had this to say, “I served under the previous mayor, and now have the privilege of serving under Helen. The difference in the council is phenomenal. Every councillor is included in portfolio committees with real oversight powers and input, whereas previously input from all but the chosen few was listened to.  We now have a public accounts oversight committee (the first in a South African municipality), with an opposition party chairperson, to ensure real accountability and minimise corruption. Mayoral Committee meetings, which were previously held behind closed doors, are now open to the public and the media.  The appointment of officials is being done on merit, instead of on political allegiance. Performance is being driven from the top, and we are all being held accountable in our sphere of influence.”Runner up in the contest was Zurich’s mayor Elmar Lederberger while the third spot went to Leopoldo Lopez, Mayor of Chacao, Venezuela.Related articlesCape Town, a sustainable city South Africa’s political partiesUseful linksHelen Zille City of Cape Town SA HistoryDemocratic Alliancelast_img read more

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Klopp: LFC defending hurt attack

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts a greater focus on defending has impacted his team’s attack this season.Klopp’s men are unbeaten in eight Premier League games, but their attack is yet to reach the same heights as 2017-18.With 15 finishes thus far, Liverpool are equal fifth for goals scored, however, they have conceded just three – a league-best alongside Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klopp said a change in approach had contributed to those numbers, but believes his team are still creating enough.”We want to be stronger defensively but we didn’t say that means we don’t have that much interest in offensive things,” the German told UK newspapers.”It’s a normal period of adaptation. You need to get used to things – closing this gap, this space.”You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”But we have created enough chances, it’s just that we didn’t score. It’s not that we’ve had no chances, it’s just that we didn’t use them like we used them in the best period of last season.”I am completely fine with that. We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve. We need to keep the stability – no doubt about that.”FINALLY…@premierleague football returns tomorrow!! Meanwhile, enjoy every #LFC goal so far this season… pic.twitter.com/EsyFLXCSYs— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 19, 2018Liverpool have also made adjustments to their pressing this season, with it occurring less often higher up the pitch.But Klopp, whose team visit Huddersfield Town on Saturday, said that was purely down to the approach of opponents.”It’s more the case that teams don’t usually play against us. They overplay our pressing with long balls, which makes sense,” he said.”In a lot of games our counter-press has been really good, which is much more important in terms of losing the ball and winning it back.”In terms of the high press, it depends on the style of play of the other team. You can’t do it if they don’t play. It’s not that we don’t want to do it any more. If they play then we should be there.”  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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NTL’S FOR EX-NRL STARS

first_imgRobbie McCormack played Rugby League for the Newcastle Knights between 1988 and 1996. He played 154 games for the Knights, primarily at hooker, played for NSW Country in 1993 and 1994, played State of Origin in 1993 and is playing at his first National Touch League (NTL) tournament this year. After playing touch as a child Robbie had to give it up, as his potential in rugby league began to be fulfilled. During his time at the Knights, he was unable to stay involved with touch footy because coaching staff believed playing an alternative form of football would teach the players bad habits and impact upon their league skills and results. But now his rugby league days are finished and he’s suited up for the Hunter-Western Hornets Mens 35 years team at this year’s senior NTL’s. “I basically got asked by a mate to play for Newcastle in their Mens 35’s and then ended up here. It’s all another step up, the Country Cup was big, then I was blown away by the State Cup, which was even bigger and now the NTL’s”, he says. “The organisation and professionalism is fantastic, but mostly I’m having a lot of fun and just really enjoying playing, it’s great to see the occasional league mate out here as well.” Cliff Lyons is one of those mates who is also here at the NTL, playing Mens 40 years for the Sydney Scorpions. After a league career spanning 1986-1999, Lyons came away with over 330 games for the Manly Sea Eagles, two premierships, two World Sevens titles, six tests for Australia, six State of Origins and the list goes on. It’s his third NTL and his team started the tournament well with an 8-2 win over Tropical Queensland Cyclones. For players like Robbie and Cliff, the chance to compete in a National Tournament in the Senior divisions, is something incredibly worthwhile. “It’s so good to be back competing and playing for fun but also to win”, says Robbie. “After having a few years off from this sort of competition, it really brings it back to you and it’s great!” “Touch football goes up and back so quickly, but thankfully a lot of the rugby league skills and training programs we’ve done, combined with the touch football work, give us more options during games”, he says. Cliff played touch all through his NRL career and also believes that the game of touch improved his speed and fitness, especially being six players a side, and would do the same for others. For many young touch footballers, the attraction of playing rugby league can draw them away from the lower-profile sport of touch football. Benji Marshall is starring for Wests Tigers in the NRL and looks like he will have a successful career. What many sports trivia buffs may not realise is that Benji was a part of Australia’s winning Mixed Open team that won last year’s World Cup in Japan and he took home the International award for Player of the Series. Enjoy your career, but don’t forget touch football. That’s the message from players like Cliff and Robbie. “Go for the career and money in league, if that’s what you need”, says Cliff. “But don’t forget to come back to touch when you’ve finished, it’s always here and it’s a great sport”, he says. “Events like the NTL’s are great, I just keep enjoying myself and coming back each year.” Media contact: Rachel Moyle, 0422233165last_img read more

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2004 AUSTRALIAN MASTERS TEAMS

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is proud to announce the 2004 National Masters teams that will represent Australia in South Africa, England and The European Championships in Jersey July 2004.  The teams can be viewed by clicking on the following download button 2004 National Senior Teams For further information on the Tour go to the International Events button which is under the Tournaments area of this page.last_img

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9 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with Nasri for Arsenal win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with Nasri for Arsenal winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with Samir Nasri’s performance for victory over Arsenal.Declan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner on the day.Nasri made an encouraging Premier League debut too, lessening a headache Pellegrini had in the midfield area.“He kept with the pace [of the game] for the 65 minutes. I think he could have continued, but I didn’t want to take the risk.“He gave us what we need as a team, because in that position, with Lanzini’s injury, Yarmolenko’s injury, we needed him. I was sure that if Samir wanted to be the player he was before he would do it.” last_img read more

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