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

Lecture examines origin of “Blessed are the poor”

first_imgNotre Dame law professor John Finnis posed the question, “Who Said, ‘Blessed are the Poor’?” in a lecture Friday at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s 15th Annual Fall Conference entitled “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor.”Finnis said the answer to the lecture’s titular question can be found by exploring the differences between the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.“The firm answer [to the question, who said, “Blessed are the Poor?”] is given by the Gospel [of] Luke,” Finnis said.Finnis said Jesus clearly that addresses not only the poor, but also his disciples, when he compares the destitute and hungry to the rich.“What [Jesus] promised the poor was not social justice,” Finnis said. “What he was — and is — holding out is the short hope of a place of Kingdom of God — not now, but as a great reward in heaven.”Finnis said “blessed are the poor” with “blessed are the poor in spirit” are found in distinct accounts of the gospels.“The Gospel according to Matthew describes similar blessings in the Beatitudes,” he said.  “Notice in his account that the poverty in the third and fourth Beatitudes are spiritual. Do not care for riches. Lay up your treasures in heaven. You cannot serve two masters in God and wealth.”Luke cautions readers of his gospel about the vices wealth may spawn.“In the context of warning, [Luke] cautioned against avarice,” Finnis said.  “… The poor in Luke’s straightforward sense is what the poor in spirit are to experience, that is the good news of the gospel — there is a treasure in heaven.“So, did Jesus say, blessed are the ‘poor’ or ‘poor in spirit?’ The two evangelists are reporting the same sermon.  Both contain —in the same order — love your enemies, judge not others, but it seems clear one account is not derived from the other and they’re not from the same source.  Two different reports on one sermon.”Finnis cited theologian John Chapman and said, “There is no reason to doubt that Jesus on inaugural sermon said both.”“While Luke’s Beatitudes may represent the fiery, original words, Matthew spiritualized them, making them applicable to the spiritual needs of others,” Finnis said. “Gospels are not eyewitness testimonies all the time, but each evangelist has arranged the accounts to address the spiritual needs of the community they are a part of.“One can forge a good argument from discontinuity for the core Beatitudes — in spirit can represent the Beatitudes in the communities. As for the other Beatitudes, they are parallel to the form and function of the work of Jesus.“Those Beatitudes may be referred to be authentic.”Tags: beatitudes, blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit, Gospel, Luke, Matthew, poor, poor in spiritlast_img read more

Town of Palm Beach sets new curfew due to increase in coronavirus cases

first_imgThe Town of Palm Beach announced Monday that it is issuing new curfew hours due to the record increase in coronavirus cases, particularly among young people, and lack of available hospital beds.The new hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., effective Thursday, July 2, until further notice.last_img

Kiffin, QBs waste talented roster

first_img“Four-Point Shot” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this story, email Jacob at or visit Jacob on Twitter @Jacob_Freedman After another stalled drive against Washington State, USC’s star wide receiver, junior Marqise Lee, who will almost certainly be nabbing passes from an NFL quarterback a year from now, stormed off the field.He yanked off his helmet and screamed in frustration in the direction of the stands that were once filled with cheers but were now rife with boos and chants of “Fire Kiffin.”Two years removed from a 10-2 season in which the Trojans clobbered UCLA 50-0 to finish the year, the result for USC’s players, many of whom were on that 2011 team, on Saturday was a 10-7 loss at the hands of a Washington State team that couldn’t muster an offensive touchdown.For Lee, who didn’t catch a pass longer than 10 yards for the first time since his first game at USC, talent will win out over statistics when it comes to his draft status next April. Regardless of how much his production drops this season, his athleticism and overall pedigree ensure that he will be a first round pick. Senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin, who had two sacks and looked to be at full strength coming off of an injury, will still hear his name called in the early rounds.This USC roster is brimming with elite talent, stockpiled by USC head coach Lane Kiffin and his predecessor Pete Carroll. And therein lies the real shame of the Trojans’ newfound ineptitude. How unfair is it for the Trojans that, despite a plethora of talent up and down the roster, the startling incompetence of two quarterbacks and their head coach can snowball into a loss to one of the Pac-12’s least talented squads?The portion of blame between Kiffin and his two signal-callers is up for debate, but there is little doubt that the quarterback situation has become a hot mess.It was USC’s biggest question coming into 2013 following the 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl that left an unpalatable taste in the mouth of every Trojan supporter. After the quarterback duo struggled in an ugly 30-13 season-opening win over Hawai’i, the pair’s performance went up in flames on Saturday. Redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek each played a half, and combined to throw for 54 yards with an interception each.Kessler was named the starter for the foreseeable future on Monday, and with that announcement should come a system tailored to his strengths and set up to mask his weaknesses. The damage, however, has been done.Many top recruits were in attendance for Saturday’s game. Expecting to see the supremely confident and talented Trojans wallop the Cougars back to Pullman, Wash., they instead were treated to a night full of bubble screens and redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden (admirably) punching the ball up the middle. Highly touted defensive ends Kylie Fitts and Eddie Vanderdoes decommitted last year after the 7-6 debacle, as did safety commit Max Redfield. Even with Kiffin’s reputation as a recruiting guru, games such as last Saturday’s, where the standout performance of the entire defense was wasted, are the type that make commits re-evaluate their prospects and move the Trojans down a notch on their wish lists.The worst betrayal in all of this, though, is suffered by the players already on the Trojan roster. USC’s defense has been outstanding in 2013, allowing three points to a Cougar offense that put up 24 points against Auburn the week before. On Saturday night, it felt as if USC had a better chance of putting points on the board when the Cougars had the ball, rather than when the Trojans did. The level of frustration after constantly stopping your opponent only to see your offense sputter must have been unimaginable.Sophomore defensive tackle Leonard Williams looked lost as he wandered around the far side of the field following the final whistle. A highly sought-after recruit in high school, Williams chose USC over football powerhouses in his home state of Florida. So far, he’s been treated to a 7-6 season and now, this. Sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor also made the cross-country trek from Florida, and the Trojans’        No. 2 wide receiver was targeted just once on Saturday and has only two receptions all season.There’s no doubt the 2011 season was a feather in Kiffin’s cap, but USC has now lost six of its last eight games. The players won’t ever admit it, but if on-field emotions and body language were any indicator, they have to be wondering why they are at USC if the incompetence of one coach and two quarterbacks can torpedo their collective efforts.Nearly all college football coaches lure talent with the promise of being part of a winning program. And though USC went 7-6 last season, there was at least some competence on offense until the Sun Bowl disaster — at least more than 54 passing yards’ worth.Redshirt junior defensive end George Uko, who forced the fumble that led to USC’s only score of the game, was sobbing as he left the field Saturday night. He didn’t choose USC because he wanted to lose to Washington State at home. None of these Trojans did. Yet that’s the new reality. It’s not fair to the players, and it has to change.last_img read more