Umphrey’s McGee Celebrates A Hometown New Year’s With Debuts And Bust Outs Galore

first_imgFor the first time this decade, Umphrey’s McGee returned their end of the year celebration to their hometown of Chicago and rang in 2016 with several debut performances alongside old favorites. New year’s Eve 2016 was the band’s 2201st show together.As has been typical for the band since the early 2000s, Umphrey’s McGee performed three sets of at least an hour each, beginning at 8:30PM and wrapping up closer to 1:30 AM. It did not take long for the venue to fill out – fans scrambled to find their spot up front or hoped for a decent sight line out of the balcony at the Aragon Ballroom.When the lights went down for the first set, guitarist Jake Cinninger struck the opening notes of “Attachments”, a song that saw 30 plays in its debut year. Cinninger had been using a new blue Fender “Wallycaster” the entire run, but changed up his weapon of choice several times last. A “Partscaster” put together with Mike Wallace’s pickups and Wally Langle’s setup, giving Cinninger a wide palette of tones. They can be purchased exclusively at South Bend Music Exchange in South Bend, IN.By the time they worked their way into “The Fussy Dutchman” however, the Wallycaster was back. A birthday requested “Puppet String” followed with a blood-pumping industrial jam and wiggled into the Anchor Drops track “Wife Soup”.As if “Soup” was not grandiose enough on its own, the band perfectly squeezed an unpredictable “Dump City” between halves. Throwing the crowd for a loop (both “Soup” and “Dump” have tendencies for horns on nights like this), the band waited until the next song to welcome out trumpeter Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou’s horn group Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret and special guest saxophonist Jeff Coffin.“Cut Off” continued the practice of debuting new original songs with a backing horn ensemble on New Year’s Eve (a la “Bad Friday” or “Speak Up”) before transitioning into the set ending bust-out of “13 Days” – marking its only performance of 2016 and first since February 2015, or 180 shows.Following a thirty minute set break, the band came out strong with a hair-raising booty-bouncing take on the Death By Stereo track “Booth Love”, complete with horns. It was a hot, heavy and horny performance for sure, but not because of the brass – Cinninger, guitarist Brendan Bayliss and keyboardist Joel Cummins were wrestling for the most attention without losing a step of passion. Check it out here and see if you can catch the Pink Floyd nod.Next the band moved into Steely Dan’s 1976 track “Kid Charlemagne” off of The Royal Scam. The tune hasn’t been played since its debut five years ago in San Francisco, following the death of counter-culture magnate Owsley Stanley, 595 shows ago. Bayliss popped off during his guitar solo, but Coffin’s saxophone was not going to end the tune quietly.“The Triple Wide” made an appearance once the dust settled and a brief tease of Men Without Hats’ tune “The Safety Dance”, one of the only tracks in Umphrey’s quiver that traditional features bassist Ryan Stasik on vocals. He never made it to the microphone, but took solid control of the groove, providing a menacing framework for Cummins’ medieval keyboard renaissance. Cummins segued into “The Bottom Half” and maintained a strong lead throughout an impressive jam section.“Mad Love”, the heavy handed creation from UMBowl V in Port Chester, NY saw its 30th performance since 2014 and gave way to a “Hangover”. While it was still a fun move, Umphrey’s McGee didn’t break out the booty wax on this one.Mad Dog, Coffin and company returned for the final two songs of the second set, led by Cinnenger: “Comma Later” which appears on the 2014 album The London Session and the cover debut of 2016 Grammy nominee Sturgill Simpson’s “Call To Arms” to end the set. Check it out here.At 11:45PM, the lights went down and the anticipation for the countdown grew, only to be quelled with the familiar introductory notes of “In The Kitchen”, the unofficial Umphrey’s ode to Chicago in the winter. “ITK” gave way to a planned jam around Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” during which the horn section returned mid-tune to prep for the countdown into the new year. Watch the transition into 2017 belowFollowing a few minutes of boisterous welcoming of 2017, Umphrey’s gave 2016 one last middle finger before busting out a cover debut of the 1976 David Bowie track “Golden Years” from Station to Station. as the band dropped into “Partyin’ Peeps”, all with the brass accompaniment.The perennial favorite “All In Time” followed, complete with a huge showcase between the hardest working drummer in the music business, Kris Myers, and the unique flavoring of percussionist Andy Farag as they led a boisterous drum jam a la EOTO.Following “All In Time” was the dance favorite “Day Nurse” that saw Myers and Cummins controlling the vibe and keeping the energy at a high level. Bayliss introduced “August” by reminding the crowd “this is a birthday party, too.” Bayliss faked out a return to “In The Kitchen” and instead the band dropped into George Michael’s “Freedom” for the first time since 7/3/00, ending the third set and a 2022 (!) show drought.For the encore, the band returned almost immediately and ran through a standalone encore of “Bad Friday” before ending the show at quarter after 1AM.2017 is the 19th year of Umphrey’s McGee, and we cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeve. Happy New Year!You can see the All Things Umphrey’s setlist below, as well as a full photo gallery from Must Have Media.Umphrey’s McGee | The Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 12/31/16Set 1: Attachments > The Fussy Dutchman, Puppet String, Wife Soup > Dump City > Wife Soup, Cut Off[1] > 13 Days[2]Set 2: Booth Love[2], Kid Charlemagne[2], The Triple Wide > The Bottom Half, Mad Love, Hangover, Comma Later[2], Call to Arms[3]Set 3: In The Kitchen[4] > Auld Lang Syne[2] > Golden Years[5] > Partyin’ Peeps[2], All In Time, Day Nurse, August, Freedom[6]Encore: Bad Friday[2][1] debut, original; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[2] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[3] debut, Sturgill Simpson; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[4] with Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) jam; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[5] debut, David Bowie; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[6] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns and Steve “Britches” Britz on percussion with AndyNotes:last Kid Charlamagne 03.13.2011 (595 shows)last Freedom 07.03.2000 (2,022 shows) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Run to raise awareness for eating disorders

first_imgTags: eating disorder, Fun Run, Kathryn Schultz, Molly Cullinan, NEDA, NEDA Fun Run The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) two-mile Fun Run and Walk takes place Friday at 1 p.m. in front of Rockne Memorial. The run is free for all participants.NEDA, founded in 2001, is the United States’ leading non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness of eating disorders, according to its website. NEDA works to support those affected by eating disorders, work toward the prevention of eating disorders and improve access to treatment for those affected.The run will begin at the Rockne and continue to Angela Boulevard and around Main Circle.Juniors Katie Schultz and Molly Cullinan are part of the student team that planned out the logistics of the run.“We’ve been working on [the run] for about a month,” Cullinan said. “We originally wanted to do the lakes … but that wasn’t feasible. Mapping the run and figuring out an actual feasible distance was the hardest part of it.”The NEDA Fun Run coincides with the University’s Love Your Body Week, as well as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.“We’re trying to raise awareness for eating disorders, because it’s a problem that is widespread but not talked about often,” Cullinan said.Schultz said one of NEDA’s goals is to focus on and debunk misconceptions about eating disorders — for example, that eating disorders affect only females and not males. According to NEDA’s website, approximately 20 million women and 10 million men are affected by an eating disorder in their lifetime.“There’s a general stigma [that] people have a choice [on whether or not they have an eating disorder], but there are biological, genetic and environmental factors,” Schultz said. “It’s not something intrinsically wrong with the person.”According to NEDA’s website, eating disorders are mental illnesses and not lifestyle choices. In comparison with other mental disorders, anorexia has one of the highest mortality rates.Cullinan said there is a difference between exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercising to lose weight.“Exercise is great and part of a healthy lifestyle, but our focus is running to be healthy [to gain] cardiovascular benefits and not to lose weight,” Cullinan said.Schultz said the NEDA run helps promote this healthy mentality of exercise as a long-term investment as opposed to a short term weight-loss goal.“This happens every year and is solely for the point of raising awareness,” Schultz said. “We want the run to emphasize … that there is a huge support system here.”The run will begin with speeches about NEDA’s mission and end with all participants receiving free food such as Kind bars, fruit and Einstein Bros. products.The run will also promote awareness of resources for combatting eating disorders, including the University Counseling Center, Cullinan said.“We want this to be an open discussion. It’s not anything to be ashamed of,” Cullinan said. “[The run is] really just to raise awareness and [to say], if you have a friend, or if you yourself are struggling, get help.”last_img read more

Colombia Supports Peacekeeping Mission in Sinai

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo December 05, 2017 In mid-October 2017, members of the Colombian Military Forces deployed to Egypt to support the peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula. The group, comprising 113 service members from the Colombian National Army and Navy, joined the 3rd Colombian Battalion attached to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). “It’s an honor to belong to the Colombian Battalion in the Sinai Peninsula,” Colombian National Army Sergeant First Class Jairo Quintero, a current MFO member, told Diálogo. “Even though it’s grueling work, away from family, and far from everything you know, it’s a very important opportunity in your military career to experience other cultures and serve your country from a different standpoint.” The objective of the international mission is to maintain security in the region pursuant to the peace agreements between Egypt and Israel. The mission includes checkpoints operations in the area, reconnaissance patrols, observation posts, and ensuring navigation freedom through the Gulf of Aqaba, whose coastline is divided among Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Peacekeeping misión MFO is an independent international entity established as an alternative to the United Nations (UN) to fulfill the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel. The treaty marked the end of 30 years of hostilities and set the borders between the two countries. Both parties had called for the presence of a UN observer force. When the Security Council failed to give its approval, a protocol establishing MFO was negotiated. In April 1982, MFO’s mission began with international military forces, including Colombia. Twelve nations now participate in the multi-national force, with Uruguay being the only other Latin American country. The Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty divided the Sinai peninsula into four zones. Two of them account for most of the territory and fall under the security control of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The zone bordering Israel is the responsibility of the Israeli Defense Forces, while the intermediate zone is under MFO control. The international zone has two camps: the North Camp in El Gorah and the South Camp near the city of Sharm El Sheikh. Specific duties According to Sergeant First Class Wilmer Alejandro Calderón, who was a member of Colombia’s 3rd Battalion and returned to Colombia in June 2017, each MFO nation has a different responsibility. “They perform administrative, engineering, transport, intelligence work, and comprehensive actions, etc.,” he explained. The Colombian Battalion works out of the North Camp. “We’re in charge of security watches, guarding the towers, the perimeters, the entrances and exits in the North Camp, and escorting convoys, among other security-related duties,” Sgt. 1st Class Calderón said. The tour in Sinai entails certain challenges for Colombian service members. They have to adapt to the harsh desert climate and deal with the complexities of the zone, which serves as a battle ground for various extremist groups, including the Islamic State. During their 10-month tour, service members remain on base or in the patrol zone except for two weeks of leave to visit tourist sites in the region. “It’s an experience that requires some strength. The confinement is difficult, weather conditions are extreme, and work is constant. Dealing with people from other countries who don’t speak Spanish can also be a challenge,” Sgt. 1st Class Calderón said. “But it’s an opportunity I’d love to have again.” Training to deploy Each year, Colombia does two changes of command to carry out the MFO’s mission. On this occasion, the 111th change of command included 11 officers, 21 non-commissioned officers, and 94 soldiers from the Colombian National Army as well as one officer, one petty officer, and five marines from the Colombian National Navy. The group’s selection is done through a competitive application process that takes into account service members’ performance. “Going to Sinai is a dream that’s hard to achieve because you have to have a spotless performance record throughout your military career,” said Colombian National Army Captain Miguel Giraldo, who was a member of the Colombian Battalion in the 109th change of command. “I’ve been in the Army for 13 years and only now did I get the opportunity.” Candidates undergo a series of physical and psychological tests to determine whether they are suited for the mission. For three months, they take courses on the regional context, MFO’s history and structure, as well as classes on aircraft, tanks, and improvised explosive devices, among others. “The training is very important to adapt to conditions in the zone. We learn about the history of Egypt and Israel and about how to appropriately handle potential events as MFO members,” Capt. Giraldo explained. “But some really important parts are the intensive English course and the social and humanitarian training to help us deal with people from other countries.” Peacekeeping operations represent a fundamental experience for Colombia. “The Colombian Battalion has been in the Sinai Peninsula for 35 years, raising Colombia’s stature abroad,” concluded Major General Ricardo Gómez Nieto, second commander of the Colombian National Army. “It’s an experience that enriches us and fills us with satisfaction.”last_img read more